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Savvy October 2021

Dress shopping under $500?

Naomi, on November 18, 2020 at 4:43 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 1 70
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I need help! I’ve been trying to keep my budget tight. We splurged on venue and photography because that’s what we felt was important to us so I’m trying to stay under $500 on my dress. It seems impossible and I’m feeling pretty discouraged. Anybody have luck with this? If so, where? I am in Kansas City if you are from around here and have suggestions.

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Latest activity by Samantha, on December 18, 2020 at 2:05 PM
  • Jasmine
    Rockstar January 2022
    Jasmine ·
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    If you're open to pre owned dresses, you can check Stillwhite.com. That's where I got my dress and I absolutely love it. Some dresses still have the tag attached/never been worn.


    Good luck!
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  • B
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    Becky ·
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    My dress was $399 (plus underthings, alterations, taxes, etc.) - got it at David's - people have mixed experiences with them, but the store I went to was great.

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
    Mrs. Spring ·
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    I recommend looking at goodwill or thrift stores.
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  • Haleigh
    Savvy October 2021
    Haleigh ·
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    You might try looking at bridal shops outside KC or opt for a sample dress. I live in Lawrence, and that is where I bought my dress (J. Lynn Bridal downtown). I think I got way more for my money than if I had looked in the KC, and they were great at working within my budget. So I definitely recommend checking them out if you don’t mind the drive! Smiley smile
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    Super April 2021
    Tiger Bride ·
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    $500 is a pretty low budget for a wedding dress. I would focus on sample sales and pre-owned stuff, even look on FB marketplace.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle Online ·
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    Azazie has a TON of gowns for under $500!

    another idea is looking for something alternative to wedding gowns. my dress was actually an evening gown i got and it looked just like a wedding gown. so maybe think about white or ivory evening gowns, bridesmaid dresses, etc. it would certainly cut the costs because it is not in the wedding category

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  • Stacey
    Expert May 2021
    Stacey Online ·
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    Try BHLDN! If that is your style, I think they have some beautiful designer dresses in your price range. Also, look at Lulu's, JJ's House.

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  • Kiara
    Super August 2021
    Kiara ·
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    Try online with one of the dress stores or see if any stores in your area are having a black friday or cyber monday sale

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  • S
    Dedicated March 2021
    Shannon ·
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    David’s has great prices
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  • Naomi
    Savvy October 2021
    Naomi ·
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    Thank you! I went to a smaller David’s bridal and they tried to sell me a dress almost 3 times my budget. Maybe if I look online.
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  • Naomi
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    Naomi ·
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    Ooooo! That’s a great idea thank you!
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  • Naomi
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    Naomi ·
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    I’ll try it out! Thank you!
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  • Naomi
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    Naomi ·
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    I’ll try it thank you! All great ideas! I saw some “maxi dresses” the other day that looked exactly like wedding gowns. I don’t know why I didn’t try that.
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  • Naomi
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    Naomi ·
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    Awesome! Thank you so much!
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  • Naomi
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    Naomi ·
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    Great idea! Thanks
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  • Naomi
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    Naomi ·
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    Thank you! I went to a smaller David’s bridal and they tried to sell me a dress almost 3 times my budget. Maybe if I look online or go to a larger store.
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  • Naomi
    Savvy October 2021
    Naomi ·
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    Oh wow! I didn’t know this was a thing. Thank you!
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  • Kiara
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    Your very welcome

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  • Jasmine
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    Jasmine ·
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    You're welcome. There's a couple of other resals sites as well but I can't think of the name. Definitely do some research and see what you can find. I always recommend Stillwhite. Gorgeous dresses, great prices.
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  • CountryBride
    Super April 2022
    CountryBride ·
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    David’s bridal has dresses in that price area try local fb wedding groups as pp said still white.com is a resource
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