Trisha
Just Said Yes June 2020

What’s your wedding dress budget?

Trisha, on January 23, 2019 at 7:34 PM

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Just started my dress search and visited a shop this past weekend where I tried on some dresses and the dresses I liked fell into the $2500-$3000 range. I don’t necessarily have a budget, but I’m kind of uneasy about purchasing a dress I will only wear once. But again, I don’t want to limit myself...
Just started my dress search and visited a shop this past weekend where I tried on some dresses and the dresses I liked fell into the $2500-$3000 range. I don’t necessarily have a budget, but I’m kind of uneasy about purchasing a dress I will only wear once. But again, I don’t want to limit myself too. But I do think I should set a budget. So I just wanted to get an idea what everyone else’s budget is and which designer did go with? The dresses I liked were either Pronovias or Sottero & Midgley.

TIA!

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  • Stephanie
    Savvy May 2019
    Stephanie ·
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    My budget was 1000 I found a dress for 700 before alterations at David's bridal. I didn't want to go crazy for a dress I wear once.

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  • Gloria
    Super March 2019
    Gloria ·
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    I didn’t have a budget but I paid $2000 for my dress and vail .My alterations were $350 and I had to purchase a trumpet skirt that was $75.And I purchased a pair of spandex or $55 on sale. So in total I spent $2,480
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  • Devin
    Super October 2019
    Devin ·
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    My budget was $1300. I found my dress on sale for $776. Hopefully it won’t need much in alterations once it comes in.
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  • Tynesha
    Dedicated May 2019
    Tynesha ·
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    My dress was originally $2000 but it was a trunk show going on at the time for the designer and I ended up getting my dress for a little over $1800. My budget max was $2000 though.

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  • Amy
    Savvy June 2019
    Amy ·
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    I went in without really a set budget too; I ended up falling in love with a $1300 Justin Alexander dress. I tried on Sottero and some others as well. Keep in mind with the price of veil/accessories and alterations, you’re still looking at $2000 plus so if the dress alone costing $2000 plus makes you nervous I’d go lower.
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  • Kelsey
    Savvy July 2019
    Kelsey ·
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    My parents gave me a budget of $3,000, but I really didn't want to spend over $1,500. Enter the Hayley Paige dream dress. It was $3,800 plus tax (so about $4,200). I tried to find something similar (A line, illusion neck, modern floral, no lace) and it just didn't exist. So I tried it on again while shopping down in Oregon and the store offered me 15% off (plus no sales tax, thanks Oregon!). It ended up being about $275 dollars over my 3K budget and my mom said if that's the one you want ... So I bought it! I justified to myself that because it's designer and more expensive that I can resell it a recoup some money if needed. Lesson: You can work with stores to get your dream dress within reach. So if you have the money, get what you want!

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  • Summerbride77
    VIP July 2019
    Summerbride77 ·
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    My budget was $1500 total (that includes alterations). The dress came in at $1000, have my first fitting the first weekend in March. I'm asking my seamstress go make my veil out of silk illusion fabric my mom had and lace removed from my dress to hem it, so that will likely push up the total spend a bit.
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  • A
    Dedicated November 2021
    Amber ·
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    My budgets 1500 not including alterations, undergarments,jewelry,shoes but I would go up another $250 if I really love the dress I’m in love with photos of in person but I also plan to sell it after the wedding online and hope to recoup at least 25% of the original cost of the dress
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  • Rachel
    Super July 2019
    Rachel ·
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    I set my budget for $2000 but after a few months of not finding a dress I loved I bumped it to $2500. I ended up finding my dress for $1600, it just took me changing the style I was trying! However, the dresses I truly love are $3500 and up (Enzoani, Hayley Paige, Galia Lahav, etc) but I know I can’t really afford those. Maybe when we do a vow renewal down the road Smiley winking
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  • C
    Beginner April 2019
    Courtney ·
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    My budget was $1000. I tried on many dresses that were over that that I really liked and was worried I may have to raise my budget. But then after several trips to bridal salons with my friends, on a whim I stopped by a bridal/prom shop on my own one day and thought “i’ll Just have a look.” Well they so happened to be having a sample sale and I found my dress! It was a sample dress but had zero flaws for being the showroom dress and it just so happened to be my size! It fit like a dream. It was originally marked at $1795 brought down to $1495 then $1195 and then finally $895 so after tax it was just shy of $1000. Alterations will probably cost about $200 but I didn’t have that as a factor in my wedding dress budget. I can’t wait to wear it on our big day! I’m not sure if I will wear a veil yet. But I know I want a flower crown.

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  • FutureStephD
    Super March 2019
    FutureStephD ·
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    I like the 5-10% rule!

    OP, I didn't follow that and came way under - I purchased a $4K dress for $900 at a bridal consignment shop. $325 on alterations by going through a seamstress and not a bridal shop. If you're worried about spending so much on a dress you'll wear once you might try the route I did - consignment shop or online resale like preownedweddingdresses.com or stillwhite.com

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  • Kodi
    Super April 2019
    Kodi ·
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    I thought I'd find one I loved for like 2k, didn't really know the costs of dresses so I didn't have a budget per say. But I spent 4k on mine.

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  • C
    Dedicated January 2020
    Cora ·
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    I was originally thinking around $2k, but ended up with a beautiful sample for $199. Didn’t need alterations, spent $75 to get it steamed, $500 on my dream shoes (hello red bottom soles😍!), lace bolero for $120, gorgeous veil for $20 from Amazon, $90 for hair accessories and jewelry, $25
    for mermaid petticoat (Amazon) and $20 for shaper underwear (already had bra!). Also ended up spending $150 for a short dinner reception dress at Macy’s. Moral here: all the other stuff adds up! (But I’ll wear my Louboutin’s again!!)
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  • S
    Dedicated September 2020
    Sarah ·
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    My budget was originally $300 for a ball gown, lol!! I had absolutely no idea how expensive wedding gowns were, even pre-owned ones! After reality set in, I bumped my budget up to $700, with an extra $200 wiggle room (before alterations). I ended up finding a Hayley Paige gown at a consignment store for $850, yay!

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    Your dress is so beautiful Monique!!! I love the details along the sleeves and skirt!

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    That's a great deal!! Dresses can be pricey sometimes so it's nice that you were able to save a little and get it at a consignment shop! Your dress is so beautifulSmiley love

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  • Jessica
    Savvy November 2019
    Jessica ·
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    My budget is to keep it under $1,000.00 with a little wiggle room

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  • Erikasviolin
    Savvy September 2019
    Erikasviolin ·
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    My budget was $2,000 and I found THE perfect dress for JUST under that and it fits like a glove!

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  • J
    Devoted April 2020
    J ·
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    Lol.$300-$500. The thought of even spending $300 on a dress I’m gonna wear once makes me wanna vomit. I found one I love that’s $280 but I’m still looking around.
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  • S
    Dedicated September 2020
    Sarah ·
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    Thanks babe!! Highly recommend looking into consignment dresses if you haven’t got yours yet!
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