There is such a range on dress prices that it's hard to pick an average.
Also factor in how important "the dress" is to you.
For me the dress is super important... So I paid for the perfect Watters dress, and it will end up being 3800 plus whatever alterations come out to be. I knew after I tried on that dress nothing would compare. With that being said my dress budget was 5000 so I still stayed under budget.
If you get this, can you pull from other areas of your attire budget to cover it? I.e. spend less on shoes/veil/jewelry? It's pretty and that price seems fine to me but it's such a personal decision re: budget
My dress was 1295 plus tax. Just got an alterations quote last night and I'm looking at about $500 for that. That includes changing the zipper to a corset, hem, bustle, and if the side seems need adjusting.
I spent $130 on mine. All depends on taste, style, and budget. Our budget is very small. And our style is very modest and simple. I was trying to stay within $500 for mine. And I'm very happy with the (very low priced) dress I decided on!
If you and your FH are comfortable with that price, then, say Yes to the dress!
I spend 484.00 on mines and I loved it I tried on more expensive dresses and did not feel like it was the one for me ..my budget was for my dress was 1200 so I am saving almost 800 dollars to go to something else ..but it all about what's in your budget and what you love
Your alterations are going to vary based on what you need. On my dress I need it shortened and it has a scalloped lace edge. I also need to have cups added and have the top portion made smaller. If I only needed a basic hem or just cups added it would cost much less.
The dresses I looked at (Davids Bridal & Alfred Angelo) we 800-1500... not including alterations. My dress was 1700, I got it for 1000. That was expensive for me, but they got me because I fell in love with the dress!!!
@MzRosaLu i found the pic on one of the random websites. I just dont have a good pic of me in it. Im going back sometime next week to try it on again.
Im also getting the dress at Vows, which is on the TLC's show I Found the Gown. So i think that makes the dress special as well. Im having a destination wedding, so by me saving so much money by doing that, that I think Im going to spend the extra money and get what I want
Like everyone has said, what is "reasonable" is up to you.
I went in with a $2000 budget and got mine for $1100 so to me, that is very reasonable. But is it what you want? Is it worth going over budge for? Are there other areas you can cut to make up for that $250? Have you factored in alterations?
I think the dress is beautiful and I do think that's a fair price to pay. But again, that's not up to me - it's up to you.
My dress was around $2300, no alterations yet. I never would have spent that much on a dress but my mom was actually heart broken that I didn't want her to buy it for me, so she eventually wore me down and we purchased it.