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Naomi
Savvy October 2021

Dress shopping under $500?

Naomi, on November 18, 2020 at 4:43 PM

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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...

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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  • Naomi
    Savvy October 2021
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    Thank you!
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  • Kari
    VIP May 2020
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    Online, for new dresses, I'd recommend Lulu's, ASOS, and BHLDN. Azazie, JJ's House, and David's Bridal also have sale dresses that would fall within your budget range.

    If you are open to pre-loved dresses, you can find amazing deals on StillWhite, OnceWed, PreownedWeddingDresses.com, Poshmark, Mercari, Tradesy, and the like. I got my $2000+ dress on StillWhite for less than $500 shipped and it already had a bustle added, was altered to fit my size, and was dry cleaned and ready to go. There are usually a mix of lightly worn and sample dresses in excellent condition, and some of the dresses on those sites are even NWT and the bride just changed her mind or the event was canceled.

    If you are planning on alterations, be sure to budget at least an extra $50-$150 for those (that's just for minor stuff, like small adjustments, hemming, and maybe a basic bustle). Alterations can easily get into the $500-$800 range for more complex adjustments, such as dealing with beadwork and appliques, multi-layer bustles, or altering necklines, adding sleeves, etc.

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  • FELICHA
    Savvy July 2021
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    Look on stillwhite.com, they have designer dresses brides area selling. You can search in your size and budget.

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  • Nataliaiaia
    June 2020
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    I found this dress for only $229 on Instagram

    I like this dress.

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  • Dana
    Dedicated August 2021
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    Try azazie.com beautiful reasonable dresses

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  • CountryBride
    Super April 2022
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    I know David's Bridal has a sale going on currently some dresses for only 100 dollars

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  • CountryBride
    Super April 2022
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    That's beautiful

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  • Kristi
    Just Said Yes December 2020
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    I'm probably too late but check out Lulus it's a website I got my dress from there they have tons of options and really cheap! Mine was 89 bucks!
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  • Amber
    Savvy September 2021
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    Check Etsy! I found my dress for less than $350!
    I haven’t ordered it yet but the reviews are amazing!
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  • Samantha
    Dedicated July 2021
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    Etsy! I got mine custom made off of Etsy for just under $600. It is made of WAY higher quality materials and craftsmanship than anything I tried on in any boutique in even the $3,000 range. I would be happy to recommend the designer to you if you send me a message!

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