I got a white prom dress for around $100 and paid about $30 for some minor alterations. I had to go through a lot of dresses to find anything white, though. It was frustrating. But my budget at the time absolutely did not run to a $300+ dress from a bridal salon, so.
i got my wedding dress from the fancy pants place in town. they had a one day sale to get all of the old merchandise out and make room for new stuff.
My $1,400 dress was $199. =)
a friend got hers on ebay. wedding was called off, and dress was never worn. $200
Also, our goodwill ALWAYS has dresses. The last place I lived, Goodwill NEVER had dresses. Can you call neighboring towns and see if they get a lot of dresses
If you want a simple dress, definitely see if any bridesmaids or prom dresses fit the bill!
I also wanted a cheaper wedding dress, and wanted to side-step the cost of major alterations, so I got a dress commissioned from scratch. Because it was a simple (but very specific design) and I chose the simple fabrics, it kept the price down, but I still got a perfect fit WITHOUT spending hours and hours scouring for deals and then paying for piecemeal alterations. The time was more $$$ IMO than the extra cash I put out. All in all I paid $500 for labor and materials.
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