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#1 of 34 Old 07-29-2012, 11:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm SO happy, dp and I are getting married this fall. It will be a private ceremony and a simple reception/party at our house. I've been able to figure out how to do most things on a budget, but I would like to find a cheap dress. I am scouring the thrift stores but no luch so far. I do look on ebay and etsy, are there any other sites that are good? Thanks!


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Congrats!  It's looking likely that I will have a wedding on my hands before too long as well!  I also want to do things pretty low key, and I read a great tip about ordering a bridesmaid's dress in white or ivory as a wedding dress.  

 

I've been looking at Alfred Angelo dresses, as they available in heaps of colours (inc white) and have found several that I thought would be suitable for what I'm after.  I don't know about the pricing in the states, but here in Oz, the BM dresses range from about $150 - 300.  I daresay they are probably cheaper in the US.  (Actually, just looking on the US site, it says from $99 - 179!)


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I was in a wedding 20+ years ago where the bride rented her wedding dress. It was beautiful - and certainly a lot cheaper than buying.


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I got mine from David's Bridal -- $99 rack. I don't know if there's a David's near you, they do have a website & if you go to the "Sale" section & sort by price (lowest to highest) there are under $100 options. http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_Bridal-Gowns-Sale___lh Their in-person options are better & more plentiful though (or at least they were 7 years ago when I got mine!)

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Also, don't be afraid to check out prom gowns (at places like JC Penney's), a lot of them won't work but you might find something just right and way cheaper than a designated "wedding" dress.

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I wanted a black wedding dress and I ended up with the perfect dress, I think it cost my Mom $80 because it was a discontinued prom dress, I got it at a "formal event" store. I always see a lot of wedding dresses on craigslist for cheap, you have to check often to find your size and one you like, but I have seen them for as little as $30 because a lady was mad because she had just divorced the person she married in it.

 

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I got my wedding dress from a bridal store but it was a bridesmaid dress and I had it made in ivory.  It was easy because they did all of the alterations and the dress was very pretty.  I don't remember how much I paid, but it was very reasonable and all of the real bride's dresses were way too frou-frou for me to be happy with them anyway.
 

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I had a Jessica McClintock dress for my wedding. I believe I paid about $250 for it seven years ago but the prices don't seem to have changed. you might also check Craigslist - there are great deals there since people post dresses after they've worn them for their weddings.

 

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Thanks so much for all the advice! I do have a David's near me, I didn't know that they had 100 and less gowns, I'll definitely check it out! And I will scour the stores for evening/prom dresses, and I don't want a traditional "puffy" gown. I am fine with ivory or silver, so maybe I'll get lucky! 


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I had a Jessica McClintock dress for my wedding. I believe I paid about $250 for it seven years ago but the prices don't seem to have changed. you might also check Craigslist - there are great deals there since people post dresses after they've worn them for their weddings.

 

congrats, also!

also did a mcclintock dress for around $200.

 

maybe try consignment stores


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Just another vote for David's! They have some $99 dresses in the store and also a bunch on the website. I got my wedding dress from the website for $99 and I felt so beautiful in it.  One thing I'd recommend is going to a store if you can and trying on some dresses to get an idea of the sizing, especially if you're ordering online.  I found that my bust caused me to have to size up more than I originally thought.  It was worth the trip for me because I knew to size up when I ordered my gown online.

 

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Ahh one more thing I thought of, watch out for alterations. For some reason the dress I picked out needed alterations (probably all wedding dresses do) and minor repairs... the alterations were way more expensive than the dress itself! So it would probably be worth it to settle for a second-best that fits well than your absolute favorite that would need a few alterations. Everyone in my family sews but because of the layers of lace and beading and delicate fabrics we wouldn't have been able to hem or fix or alter it ourselves.

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Wow!  Stuff is so cheap over there... Jealous.  


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Thanks all! I'm hoping to go shopping next weekend, our local JCPenny is closing and having big sales so maybe I'll get lucky there! And the tip about alterations is helpful, I am going to get one that fits, or at most just needs to be hemmed.


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I bought my wedding dress from J Crew (five years ago) for $200.  It was on sale, down from $300.  Right now they don't have any on their site under $300, but I would keep a look out because they do go on sale!




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Here we have a consignment shop or two for formal and wedding wear.  You might want to check a place like that.


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I wish we had a nice consignment shop here! I'm not in a small town, but the shopping choices here are lacking, which I don't usually mind as it's good for the budget, lol. I am going to the thrift stores again today, and I also found out that Goodwill has an auction website shopgoodwill.com where I have found a few cute and inexpensive dresses; I'm just trying to find one NOT online so I can try it on. 

 

I went to Davids Bridal and they did have some affordable dresses, however the sales people were so incredibly rude that I will never go back there and am completely turned off to them and all of their products :( I need to write a letter. 


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Try www.preownedweddingdresses.com there are some bargains on there -- including mine! :)

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Thanks that is a great site! I tried on a few gowns at the thrift store and am totally frustrated with sizing, lol. I don't understand how the measurements say one thing but it fits totally different. By most measurements, I am an 8 (10 bridal). But most 8's are too big, even though they claim to be 34/36 bust and 28 waist. Ugh. I'm going to keep trying! So frustrated.


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That's what I'm saying, they all need alterations!! Crazy!!

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Thanks that is a great site! I tried on a few gowns at the thrift store and am totally frustrated with sizing, lol. I don't understand how the measurements say one thing but it fits totally different. By most measurements, I am an 8 (10 bridal). But most 8's are too big, even though they claim to be 34/36 bust and 28 waist. Ugh. I'm going to keep trying! So frustrated.


Oh I think 34/36 bust and 28 waist is a size 6 nowadays, maybe even 4 for some brands. :) Unless it's a vintage dress (then it's size 12).  When I go to thrift stores I usually check dresses from size 1/2 up to size 9/10 racks as they all might fit size 6.

 

I suspect many used bridal gowns have already been altered and "let out", that's why they're a big bigger than the size tags?


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I found one! I'll post a pic when I have a chance! I found it at the thrift store, no size label, fits great. I think it was made in the 80's, the only label is the "union made" one; but the look is more vintage, it has a 30ish feel to it. It's lace, mermaid style, off-white. I am SO HAPPY! And the grand total........7.99!

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Fantastic!  Sure cannot beat that price!!!

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Congrats! I also just got married a month.

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Congrats!  It's looking likely that I will have a wedding on my hands before too long as well!  I also want to do things pretty low key, and I read a great tip about ordering a bridesmaid's dress in white or ivory as a wedding dress.  

 

 

I actually bought a bridesmaid dress in ivory when I got married.  It was a very pretty floor length dress.  I loved it.  And I spent much, much less than a real bridal gown would have been

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Wow, this thread popped back up!  I've been married almost three months, and as it turns out, I brought a dress from Etsy, made to measure. 

It cost less than $200, including shipping to Australia, and people raved over it.  (The grooms outfit was more expensive than mine!)


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Totally just stalking by to say... congrats milk! And I miss you!

 

Oh, and my best friend got married in May in a dress she bought at Goodwill, too, and you never would have known it!


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also did a mcclintock dress for around $200.

 

maybe try consignment stores


My McClintock dress was 180, I think? Best decision ever.

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