(Closed) You spent HOW MUCH???

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Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2016

If you have any in your area, I would definitely reccomend checking out bridal consignment shops! I was hesitant at first, but my mom convinced me to check our local one first… I ended up picking out the first dress I tried on! The majority of the dresses still had the original tags on them, and I ended up getting an $800 dress for $275. ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely worth a look!

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I think it is all about what you can find for what you want to spend. At first, I didn’t want a bridal gown. I tried on a dress that fit what I wanted to spend but didn’t flatter me at all!!! When I did opt for a bridal gown, I set a budget and the consultant delivered below it. Of course, I will be right back up there (and beyond) with taxes, delivery, alterations…. But I am really happy. So, I say figure out what you are comfy with spending and go from there.

Post # 33
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Worker bee

I like the quality and intricacy of the designer gowns, but that is just my preference. I do sometimes feel sick about spending as much as I did for a dress I will wear for 6 hours, but I know I would regret it if I had not gotten my dream dress. I could have bought a car….no joke, it is a grotesque thought. It is timeless, though,  so hopefully my daughter will wear it (yeah right lol). Dare to dream. 

Post # 34
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Worker bee

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sumshine.dawn:  ohh can you link me in a message, what a great find

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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newbeonka:  yeah. I think it’s a tad more now 60 but lemme look on my order details ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

My advice would be to stick to David’s Bridal.  they have dresses ranging form $99-a few thousand $$.  My dress was under $800 after tax and i loved it.  Its all about what you can afford.  I got the DB Credit Card was approved in store, the first 6 months was interest free, as long as it is paid off in that time frame, there is no interest!  that definiltely made it possible for me to be able to get a dress at the price.

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I say spend what you are comfortable with. There really is no average price as you can see from the many responses on this forum. Some brides spend $30 and some spend $10,000 so if there was an average it would be extremely skewed. I feel the same way about the average cost of a wedding some people spend a little and some people spend a lot so the average is not really predictable. If you don’t want to spend a lot I agree with David Bridals, Alfred Angelo, preownedweddingdress.com if you don’t mind a preowned gown. Good luck! 

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I realize not everyone will be able to do this, but I bought a white empire waist hi low dress from Torrid (see pic below) on clearance for $30. While I can’t make a dress from scratch, I’m decent at alterations, so I’m going to add chiffon around the empire waist so it’s floor length, add long sleeves, and get a sparkly belt to cover the seam where the bodice meets the skirt. I expect the fabric to not cost me more than $30 as well (if I get good coupons). The really pricey thing will be the sparkly belt, but I’m hoping to find an inexpensive one online. Also I’m considering making my own veil (I want a fingertip veil with a blusher) 

But even if you can’t sew, if you’re not interested in having a super sparkly or volumnious dress (which I’m not but a lot of girls are which is fine), you might try getting an inexpensive white dress and taking it to a good local seamstress and brainstorming. If she/he can’t or won’t help you can always return the basic dress ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t know what the average is but I paid A LOT for my dress and never once regretted it.

It’s all relative!

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think it’s hard to say what is too much for a dress. Just spend what you’re comfortable with and if it makes you feel like a million bucks, it shouldn’t matter whether you spent 50 bucks or 5 grand on it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

Some girls do like to compare though as long as you are happy with what you’ve chosen I truly don’t think it matters what others have spent. 

 

That said, Pnina Tornai… Oh my. I don’t know haha – Fiance caught a few episodes with me and was like $25000 for lingerie?! To each his own i guess haha! 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My dress was £1500 (not sure about USD sorry). I do feel ever so slightly bad about it because we’re eloping so I won’t even be wearing it all day. But something I did want all along was a beautiful dress that I will love. As our wedding is only cheap anyway because there are no guests we decided it was OK to splurge on my dress, photography and a honeymoon.

But, yes, wedding dresses are so pricey! I had no idea.

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I think average depends on your location and style. I have a Disney ballgown from Alfred Angelo and I paid just around $1400 for it. I would reccomend that store, unlike other designers they do not charge a higher price for a dress just because it is plus size. I ran into that with a couple bridal boutiques while I was searching. During my search for a dress I tried on dresses ranging from the clearance area of Davids Bridal (around $450) all the way to a designer boutique ($2500+) in the end there are pros and cons to both ends of the budget chart, but it all comes down to what you feel comfortable spending. My best friend purchased a bridesmaid dress in white from Alfred Angelo for her wedding and I think she spend just around $300 and it looked just as well made and beautiful as all of the other dresses in the store. Hope this helps and good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall

In my first marriage I paid $300 It was a small local-ish boutique. Great quality and it fit me amazingly from the get go, no need for alterations of anything. 

This time around I’m planning on not spending more then $1,000 on a dress, but won’t feel bad if I go over it. I want my dream wedding ^_^ I plan for this one to REALLY be my last wedding lol

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I know that people think that David’s Bridal is super expensive, but when they have sales you can get an amazing deal. My dress was origionally over 1200. I got it at a David’s Bridal sale for $350!

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee

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mtodd0516:  I think 2000 is “average” but not everyone can afford that or wants to. Have you tried bridepower or preownedweddingdresses.com? Can get one half price that was worn once 

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