Comments on: Stretching the Dress Budget http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/stretching-the-dress-budget/ helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Alexis http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/stretching-the-dress-budget/#comment-66978 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:26:55 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=22492#comment-66978 I agree with Jenn. Sure, you could have tried on dozens of other dresses and would there be one in there that you loved even more (and might have been a better price)? Maybe. But you love the dress you have now, it makes you feel good, and it wasn’t wildly out of your price range, plus you guys are finding other areas in which to save.

I bought the fifth dress I tried on in the first shop I went to. I just felt right in it – it was comfortable and made me feel beautiful. It was at the top of end of my budget but my mom surprised me and got it for me. Afterward we went to another shop to look at shoes and dresses for her, and I saw a lot of pretty dresses that fit my initial budget. Did I have doubts? Sure. I could have tried on those dresses and probably found something else I liked just as much and maybe saved some $. However, I love the dress I got and I don’t need it to fit some image in my head of “the one.” My fiance already does that.

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By: Ashley Catherine http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/stretching-the-dress-budget/#comment-66218 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 04:54:23 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=22492#comment-66218 Thanks Jenn! I just had my first alterations appointment this weekend and trying it on again I loved it just as much as I did when I purchased. It wasn’t the cheapest option I had but I am happy with my decision. We are finding ways to save in other areas of the wedding so I feel good about sticking to the overall budget.

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By: Wynelle http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/stretching-the-dress-budget/#comment-65759 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:13:36 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=22492#comment-65759 I also started at David’s Bridal. I wanted to make sure my Mom got to be with me when I first looked at gowns, so while visiting her on vacation last year we went to her local DB where I tried on five or six gowns. I’m 5’9″ and am a 47 year old first time bride and I didn’t want a dress that was “too much” – as in too much lace, too much cleaveage for a church wedding, or just plain too much dress. Saw some gorgeous ones, and found one we all liked (trumpet style that fit like a glove). But the price was $699 w/o alterations. That was simply way out of our price range.

BUT, I wound up meeting a gal at home while helping a friend with her daughter’s wedding. My new friend had a connection with a wedding planner who said she refers all her brides to a knock-off website for wedding gowns. cheap-wedding-gowns.com. Thousands of dresses to choose from, custom-made (at no additional charge) or standard size, and the prices are crazy good. (Ex. gowns that look identical to one particularly featured SYTTD designers that go for $5K was for $249.99. Is a designer label really worth $4750.00?) I spent hours pouring over the site. Knowing what style fit my body type best helped tremendously. Then I found it! The dress that was all I could have asked for. More lovely than anything I tried on elsewhere…for $179.99. I ordered it yesterday and can’t wait to see it!

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By: Jenn http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/stretching-the-dress-budget/#comment-65660 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:44:04 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=22492#comment-65660 Ashley – the dress you chose is beautiful and flatters your figure so well! The most important thing? YOU feel the same about it and when you put it on, it’s what YOU want.

We easily get caught up in that we “need” to feel this way on our wedding day. Reality check – we don’t NEED anything but the man whom we love standing with us. The flowrs, the earrings, the bouquets, the aisle decor and the tiny little placecards you handmade? Cute and awesome, none of it is needed. And I remind myself when I, too, devulge myself in an afternoon of “Say Yes To The Dress!” In fact … it’s my guilty pleasure! However, I find that with every episode, I find myself laughing and rolling my eyes most of the time … I tried on a dress that was on an episode of “Say Yes To The Dress” – the episode the woman came in wanting a “blush” dress and it was this giant poofy blush dress with a flower sash, strapless. I tried it on (same day and location as the dress I went with) and yea … it was nice … but this incredible dress worth over $10k? No … definitely not. AND the store I went to was a high-end store that did sell dresses up to $8k and higher in their store (I just happened to find mine in my size and exact style on the discontinued rack in the back for $399 … and guess what? It’s actually almost identicle, except about 3/4 of the ‘poof’ of that TLC SYTTD dress!).

Make sure you’re happy with your purchase – it’s amazing when you put it on and you DO get that feeling, but some girls never find that moment. Not because they don’t find the dress, but because it’s not the dress that they’re looking for … for some women (and this doesn’t make those of us who do go googly and cry when we put on our dress) the dress, deep down, is just a piece of the day and it’s the DAY that means the most, as a whole.

You did good sticking to your budget and even if there are other options out there that you may see even further under budget, like you said, just save in other areas. :) Looking forward to seeing you in this dress on your big day!!

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