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How much does price matter for THE dress? PIP

When I was first engaged September 2009 we decided on a mid-2010 wedding. My mother and I went to a little boutique and I tried on some wedding gowns. The very first gown I tried on was absolutely perfect on me. I loved it! I tried some more on and kept going back to that one. I told the consultant not to bring me anything over $1500 - this dress was exactly $1500.

Due to venue dates and scheduling, we ended up pushing our wedding date back to spring 2011, so I stopped looking at dresses for almost an entire year. Just last week I started my serious search for a gown, as my new wedding date is now coming a little closer. I went to David's Bridal and tried on about a dozen dresses and there was one that I actually liked quite a bit, and $450 I thought it could definitely make me happy. Before making any final decisions we decided to go to another little boutique a couple of days later. And there it was...my original favorite! I tried it on again, and knew it loved it more than the David's Bridal one. Now I'm just left with this decision.......is $1100 difference in your wedding dress worth it if it is THE ONE?  I know everyone's wedding budget is very personal, but I just want to know if that much of a difference is worth it to YOU for a dress you will wear for only one day.....BUT one of the most important days of your life. What do you think?

David's Bridal Dress - Style T3039


Boutique dress - Paloma Blanca #4004


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Re: How much does price matter for THE dress? PIP

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    I think peace of mind alone is worth the price tag. If you're in love with this gown, you're going to have doubts about walking down the aisle in anything else. You might wind up buying the DB gown and then changing your mind and buying the Paloma dress too. And then you're out a lot more money.

    If you can afford the dress and love it, get it. If you're squeamish about the price, look into getting a sample or consignment gown--there are tons out there. Or you can buy the gown new and try to sell it after your wedding to make some of your money back.
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    I tried on that first dress,  it was very cleavage-y on me. Kinda a bummer because its a fav of mine.
    If its in your budget, get the dress you like. There are tons of dresses like the second one that I"m sure you could find for less though, if its that much of an inner issue for you:)
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    I couldn't vote. $1,100 is a BIG difference. Did you factor in alterations?

    If it were me, and I could afford it, I would handsdownnoquestionsasked buy the 1500 one. If that fits into your budget, and you love it, GET IT :)

    If you can't afford it, I would look on netbridal, preownedweddingdresses.com, bravobride.com, and search your eyes out to find the Paloma cheaper. We can help if you want :)

    If you really, really can't swing it, I think that DB dress is awesome! I bet it looks great on you, and you'll be stunning on your wedding day.
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    From what you have written, if you end up purchasing the DB gown you'll only be thinking of the Paloma.  Get the one you want, if you can afford it.
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    Thanks to everyone for your insight and ideas!

    Opalsky- Selling the gown after the wedding is a great idea. I'm just worried about finging a buyer as I will need some pretty hefty alterations being only 4'11. What do you think?

    Christine- That would be AMAZING if you could help me find it cheaper!!
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    Whoa...So they have quite a few re-sellers for the Paloma Blanca online. Thanks for searching those up for me Christine! I'm not sure what size I would take. The sample at both stores I tried it on at was an 8, but I had those jumper-cable type things pulling the extra fabric back.
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    I think you'll regret not getting the more expensive dress.  When I was shopping for dresses, I was debating between a $900 David's Bridal gown and a $3,700 designer gown.  At first, I was happy about the DB dress, but once I tried designer gown, I just wasn't as happy with the DB gown.  I tried really hard to convince myself otherwise, as I didn't want to spend all that money on just one dress.  My parents had to convince me to go for the more expensive dress.  Looking back in hindsight, I'm glad I did get the more expensive one.  I know I would have regretted the DB dress.  I'm so excited about walking down the aisle with the One. 
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    Orange: so the 8 was too big or too small?

    If it was too big, maybe take a risk and order the 6. If it's a total fail, then you can resell it for the same price you bought it for or more (no harm!). If it's a win, you got your dress for cheaper!
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    I'm with the girls that said if you can honestly afford the differance go with the one want. However, if its going to cause financial hardship stick with the lower priced one.
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    For me, it was finding the one I loved. I found some that I could have settled with elsewhere and looked good on me, but I just knew I wasn't going to be happy unless I settled for the higher priced one.

    Like the others said, you don't want to end up regretting your decision, so if you can afford it, buy the one you love. You only get married once.
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    Get the dress you want without breaking the bank. If the Paloma dress you LOVE is within budget, then definitely get the one you love :-). I think the only time the price matters for the dress is when you can't afford it.

    You mention you are 4'11....Have you factored in alterations into your dress budget? Most places I checked in my area charged about $100 for shortening the dress, $15/each for bustling, $30 for bra cups....etc. I'm about 5'3 and spent $125 on alterations.
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    I'm not married yet--but here's my two cents. Go for the more expensive one if you can make your budget work around it. This means saving money elsewhere where you think it may be less important (skip the passed hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour, or go easier on flowers, or make your programs yourself...).

    Budgets are important, and you don't need to suffer needless debt later on, after the wedding...but it's also important to make yourself happy. If your dress is your number 1 priority, then spend less on something else so you will have the one you love.


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    I'm not married yet--but here's my two cents. Go for the more expensive one if you can make your budget work around it. This means saving money elsewhere where you think it may be less important (skip the passed hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour, or go easier on flowers, or make your programs yourself...).

    Budgets are important, and you don't need to suffer needless debt later on, after the wedding...but it's also important to make yourself happy. If your dress is your number 1 priority, then spend less on something else so you will have the one you love.


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    one thing to point out the dresses are very simmilar in shape, aline and very clean, what about the expensive one do you prefer and is it a grand cooler then the other one? do you feel a thousand times prettier? if the answer is yes then don't look back
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    Go for the Paloma, if it's the one you really want (and can afford).  The PP's gave you some great advice, do go check out the preowned wedding dress sites, or some of the online retailers.  There are a few that are well known that are recommended regularly on here- Pearl's Place and netbride are two off the top of my head. 
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    I purchased a DB gown because of the price.... And granted its a great dress and very flatering, but I bought it for the price tag, not because I loved it.  I hunted for my "dream" dress on ebay and oncewed.com and managed to find "my" dress. 

    If your budget allows for the dress, go with what you really feel good in.
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