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Finding an Affordable Wedding Dress

Tiffany, on May 19, 2017 at 11:08 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 36

For a dress I'm only wearing one night, it kills me that the market seems to have quality gowns starting at $2k+. Any recommendations on feminine vintage inspired dresses for under $900? Looking for something fitted and possibly Chantilly lace (like the picture).


Latest activity by Kandi , on June 12, 2017 at 12:18 AM
  • CoffeeNColor
    Master August 2017
    CoffeeNColor ·
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    Affordable means different things to different people. Are there consignment shops in your area? I got mine there. It was a sample dress but in perfect condition. Search the dress tab on wedding wire for ideas and designers who make what you're going for.

    Also, Tradesy and are good sites for re-sale dresses.

    If you see a gown you like in a store, see if someone is re-selling the dress on there.

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  • Ashley
    Devoted August 2017
    Ashley ·
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    Bought mine used. Harder to find the one you love, but totally worth it to me! I paid $250 !!!!

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  • Amanda
    Master October 2018
    Amanda ·
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    I heard great things about lace marry on etsy

    ... the girl Loren wore one of her dresses on 90 day fiance ... her dresses seem to run 400 to 1000

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  • Erin Wood
    Master July 2017
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    I would definitely look at buying off the rack or getting a used dress. I found my dress used for 1/2 the price and was kicking myself for not even looking before I bought it.

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  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
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    Check for trunk sales in your area. I got an Allure dress with lace for 10% off (it was still about $1300). I've never been to David's Bridal, but from what friends have told me, their dresses feel cheap compared to other designers.

    Rebecca Ingram is another great line - it is a Maggie Sotero line that has all dresses priced under $1200. I tried one or two on and really liked them!

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    Hi Tiffany! Because of the detail and craftsmanship, all-over lace can frequently be more expensive!

    Look through the Dress search here on WeddingWire! You can filter by price as well as silhouette, neckline, accents, and more:

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  • Colleen
    VIP June 2016
    Colleen ·
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  • T
    Just Said Yes May 2018
    Tiffany ·
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    Thanks all! Great suggestions. My friend was telling me about some online stores that ship designer looking dresses, where you can get Maggie sottero for under $400. Anyone have real luck on these sites? Or are most a scam?

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  • Ellen
    Expert July 2017
    Ellen ·
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    I got mine at David's bridal. Wasn't planning on it, just went there to get an idea of styles and stuff, but then I fell in love with one for $500. Definitely worth scheduling an appointment at David's

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  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    Consignment shops can be fabulous; they have samples, returns, once worn; the savings are amazing.

    I would not risk an online knockoff site. i know some people have had good luck, but my personal brides all have horror stories.

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  • cantwait4thedate
    VIP November 2017
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    I haven't gotten mine yet but a couple of ladies here had such great reviews of their dresses from that I went ahead and ordered mine, and got it for $237 including shipping from the UK. Here is my dress pic.

    ETA: Ashley, your dress is GORGEOUS!!

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  • Bunny
    Just Said Yes January 2020
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    Etsy is a great source of beautiful wedding dresses for a reasonable price.

    Some of my favorite shops:






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  • K
    Beginner January 2018
    Katherine ·
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    I bought my vintage style dress at David's Bridal for $150. I got great service too.

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  • Nessa
    VIP December 2017
    Nessa ·
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    My dress was lace, ball gown, MoriLee and it cost $1,300. I know a little over budget still but I wouldn't say quality starts at $2K.

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  • Samantha
    Dedicated September 2018
    Samantha ·
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    The bottom back half of my dress I am OBSESSED WITH IT!! With veil was $1600 not under $900 but less than $2000.00

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  • L
    Just Said Yes July 2017
    Lexi ·
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    There are beautiful lace dresses at the $1,000-1,500 price point. I saw many of them in the bridal salons I went to. Just be persistent and keep looking, good luck!

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  • Mrs. B
    VIP March 2017
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  • Mrs Green
    Expert February 2021
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    Try preowned wedding

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  • Kristin
    Master January 2034
    Kristin ·
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    Like others have said, consignment stores, thrift stores or used sites.

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  • Jacqui
    Super June 2018
    Jacqui ·
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    Maybe look into prom or evening dresses or custom designers on Etsy.

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