To ask how much your wedding dress cost?

(327 Posts)
Ambrosius Tue 21-Aug-12 16:31:43

Because I can't find the bloomin' Weddings topic!
I'm getting married sometime next year and I have no idea how much anything costs.
So go on how much was yours? grin

MixedBerries Tue 21-Aug-12 16:38:19

£8.79 from Ebay. It wasn't really a "proper" wedding dress, it was a Coast dress. A wedding dress will cost you however much you want to spend. Congratulations and have a fantastic day!

SzechuanPalace Tue 21-Aug-12 16:38:31

Mine was £48 but it wasn't a traditional wedding dress, just a dress I loved that was reduced in Monsoon.

OldGreyWiffleTest Tue 21-Aug-12 16:39:34

£16 - in 1983 !

mintsauceandgravy Tue 21-Aug-12 16:40:26

Mine was £70 from Light in the box and it was beautiful.

Noggie Tue 21-Aug-12 16:40:43

I think it is true that you can spend as much, or little as you like. Mine was £800- a lot for a dress I will never wear again! I have heard of people paying £2000 + !!!

Bingdweller Tue 21-Aug-12 16:41:24

£650 7 years ago. It was bloody gorgeous - Maggie Sottero and I don't regret my choice for a minute. I felt like a princess and had a waist for the first time ever.

LadyRainicorn Tue 21-Aug-12 16:41:30

£25. 5yrs ago in TKMaxx, real wedding dress allegedly rrp of £600. A lot of my work colleagues seem to have spent between £800-£1200 on a dress. with lots of fittings.

theoriginalandbestrookie Tue 21-Aug-12 16:41:58

£660 in 2005 - I could have bought it for half the price on the internet but bought into the ludicrous notion that I was special perfect princess for the day and didn't want to risk it. Wedding shop people turned into complete arses once money received and were extremely rude and unhelpful. If you live in Edinburgh avoid buying your dress from Emma Roy.

<< sorry a bit of oversharing there but very cathartic!>>

Frontpaw Tue 21-Aug-12 16:42:07

I had it made, so it wasnt very much (a couple of hundred or three I think)

Pontouf Tue 21-Aug-12 16:42:21

Just over £1000 including alterations. It was on offer, reduced from £1400. I loved it but it is a crazy amount of money to spend on something I wore once and then put in the loft. This was 2009 by the way.

Frontpaw Tue 21-Aug-12 16:43:09

If I had a dress worth that much I would wear it to do the shopping, and the school run... and the gardening!

MrsDL Tue 21-Aug-12 16:43:48

£1050 in 2006, made to measure. Think in wedding dress world, this is a good price for made to measure. Kind of regretted it though!

gordyslovesheep Tue 21-Aug-12 16:44:07

£180 in 2001 in the sale

BeaWheesht Tue 21-Aug-12 16:44:37

It was alfred angelo one and was £750 plus fittings etc and alterations - with tiara, veil and alterations it was probably £1250 or thereabouts.

nokidshere Tue 21-Aug-12 16:44:42

have a look here! Awesome prices smile

wigglesrock Tue 21-Aug-12 16:44:45

I hired mine grin, but I got married 14 years ago. My sister got a Monsoon one last year in the sale from £220ish to £75.

BeaWheesht Tue 21-Aug-12 16:45:14

That was 7 yrs ago.

Greatdomestic Tue 21-Aug-12 16:45:18

Mine was about £250 but that was 12 years ago.

Remember it costs a lot to alter them too if you're not the manufacturers standard size. I've heard of girls taking out alteration packages of £150 when they order their dresses.

Nymia Tue 21-Aug-12 16:45:26

£1100, 4 years ago, and worth every penny to me.

If I wasn't pregnant right now I'd still be trying it on every so often usually after a night drinking with my girlfriends and prancing round the house swishing my skirts!

eurochick Tue 21-Aug-12 16:45:55

Just under £1000 (just over that with alterations).

SuperSesame Tue 21-Aug-12 16:46:07

£860 in 2008. Best of intentions to sell it on afterwards but couldn't part with it.
Now gathers dust in wardrobe. Still think I should sell it while it is still fashionable but probably won't.

ViviPru Tue 21-Aug-12 16:46:08

£129 from TK Maxx, I bought it the week I got engaged, figuring it wasn't the end of the world if I saw something else and didn't end up wearing it

I treated myself to an afternoon at a really nice bridal boutique with my pals and fell in love with Clarlotte Balbier's Flo which was £1200. But I think what I loved about it was how trussed up and corseted I was in it, it's not a million miles away from Maxxy. So I'm going to buy a corset to wear under Maxxy and it'll be reet smile

valiumredhead Tue 21-Aug-12 16:46:11

Had it made - couple of hundred plus the material, 13 years ago.

BeaWheesht Tue 21-Aug-12 16:46:27

Funnily enough also from Emma Roy in Edinburgh...

Frontpaw Tue 21-Aug-12 16:49:56

Mine went off to charity via the church (some poor woman in Africa is now wearing it to get married). Where does everyone keep theirs?

ButternutSquish Tue 21-Aug-12 16:50:27

Just about to order mine....£1200 Justin Alexander dress.

Make sure you pay by credit card to protect your purchase

LittleMoo6 Tue 21-Aug-12 16:51:13

Mine was £49 from TK Maxx! I chose an evening dress style as I was getting married abroad though.

OvO Tue 21-Aug-12 16:52:56

£12. It was a red dress bought in the January sales from Dorothy Prkins! Still wear it now.

Ephiny Tue 21-Aug-12 16:52:59

£140 from Coast, not a traditional wedding gown though.

theoriginalandbestrookie Tue 21-Aug-12 16:54:51

BeaWheesht - I hope you had better service than myself !

I did love the dress though Maggie Sottero, even though they gave me the non matching wrap it was my mum that noticed not myself.

oneofthosedays Tue 21-Aug-12 16:55:19

Mine was £80 off ebay, sold it for £30 after the wedding, think it was mori lee.

Wigglewoo Tue 21-Aug-12 16:55:26

£150 from house of fraser and I was 24 weeks pregnant smile

I nearly brought one for £1700 the week before but wasn't too sure and then saw the hof one and loved it smile

For my first wedding (aherm) I hired one for £250 which was worth £2500 but my hof dress walked all over that one smile

reddaisy Tue 21-Aug-12 16:56:05

£85 for a normal lovely dress from Monsoon. My bridesmaids dresses cost more than mine did!

EasilyBored Tue 21-Aug-12 16:56:28

About £1500 including alterations, 4 years ago. That was with a student discount. Is a stupid amount of money to spend on a dress I've worn once, but I loved it.

ViviPru Tue 21-Aug-12 16:57:09

Butternut which one?

<Nosey wedding dress voyeur>

Nagoo Tue 21-Aug-12 16:58:04

£89. Debenhams sale. 4 years ago.

£900 last year, they gave me the veil for free and knocked £85 off the tiara. They also gave me a bottle of bubbly when I collected the dress but I don't drink

Sparkles23 Tue 21-Aug-12 16:59:00

Mine was £1,600-Maggie Sottero, 4 years ago, it was beautiful!

ShoeJunkie Tue 21-Aug-12 16:59:57

£100 from debenhams - it was my favourite of all the (about 20) that I tried on that day.

MrsPresley Tue 21-Aug-12 17:00:16

55 pounds (half price sale back in 1982)

My daughters dress was just short of 2500 pounds in 2007.

gabbymum Tue 21-Aug-12 17:01:37

About three grand - it was awesome and I felt a million dollars in it! I had a lot more dosh in those days (2005) - no kids, fab job etc so I really went for it and bought a couture number.

Fast forward seven years, two kids and a mortgage - I'll never spend that amount on a piece of clothing again but I'm glad I did. Those were the days when it was all about me me me - once you've had kids, it becomes all about them and rightly so.

rainonmyparade Tue 21-Aug-12 17:03:24

£1500 in 1997. Ridiculous. Veil and attached head-dress was £250. shock What was I thinking? Much less would have done.

AdoraBell Tue 21-Aug-12 17:04:37

Mine was about £200, 14 years ago. officially it was listed as a bridesmaids dress though. I couldn't wear a meringue, and decided to have a strong colour.

StaceeJaxx Tue 21-Aug-12 17:04:53

£40 in 1999, from a little boutique next door to where I worked.

lovintheolives Tue 21-Aug-12 17:06:04

£1250 in 2006 (+ alterations)....i realise now that it was a bit extravagant but it was beautiful and i felt amazing in it! my sister however, bought hers for £60(ish) off ebay, an english lady living in china who makes them to measure! def worth a look! x

Just under £1000 last year. I totally loved the dress and would still wear it now to do the hoovering (if I could fit into it!)

MrsKeithRichards Tue 21-Aug-12 17:06:51

Also had bad Emma Roy experience and paid £120 for ny dress brand new made to measure from eBay.

lisaro Tue 21-Aug-12 17:07:21

Over 600 pounds in 1988. I'm now divorced. The dress was taken apart and the silk re-made into a bridesmaid dress, bag and wrap for my then little niece in 1992. It's been a bridesmaid dress (with different sashes) about 5 times and a First Holy Communion dress as well, simply because it was so beautifully re done.. Bit of a fave among the younger family members.

Vaginald Tue 21-Aug-12 17:08:13

The one I tried in the wedding shop was £2500, the old season-version of it I purchased from eBay was £125!!! The thought still makes me smile!

Bingdweller Tue 21-Aug-12 17:08:26

Aaaah, Emma Roy, the place of absolute cowbag staff. I went for a browse and never went back, horrid staff.

The exact same dress cost £400 cheaper in another out of town shop.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Tue 21-Aug-12 17:08:38

£300 four years ago from Debenhams I toured the boutiques and that was the one I wanted. My mum was proud of her thrifty child grin The matching veil was £30 and the bolero was another £30. No idea what to do with the dress now; it's hanging in my parents' wardrobe.

DottyWottyDooDah Tue 21-Aug-12 17:08:49

Had mine made to my own design by local dressmaker. £450.

uselfullife Tue 21-Aug-12 17:09:03

I had 2
One for the registry office was £45 from M & S bridal
One for the party was £80, hanging on a sale rale in Debenhams

ArtyJennie Tue 21-Aug-12 17:09:55

£1200 (2009) and that seemed like a pretty mid range price in the wedding dress shops I visited (

FoxtrotFoxtrotSierra Tue 21-Aug-12 17:10:16

£180 odd from Karen Millen, though it wasn't a traditional dress or ceremony.

We had planned a big circus do, but for many boring reasons cancelled it. I spent nearly £3,000 on a couture frock that I was bullied into blush and then didn't even wear it! It went to the charity shop soon after so I hope someone got a lovely dress for next to nothing.

Boobz Tue 21-Aug-12 17:11:54

£1100 in 2005. It was lovely but I really think I spent far too much on it. And everything else really. Wedding cost over £16k (plus honeymoon on top) and tbh, I think I could have spent a third of that and had just as an amazing wedding. But I was 26 and a bit of a bridezilla. If I could do it again, I would go to Vegas and just have family and close friends (we had over 120 people and some of them I still don't know who they were to this day when I look at the photos!)

Sorry, I digress.

takingthestairs Tue 21-Aug-12 17:12:35

The price of a small car blush

But I sold it after the wedding and got 1/3 of the price back.

Badvoc Tue 21-Aug-12 17:12:44

I spent £400 12 years ago which I still think thought was a lot!
It was lovely and I was very comfy in it all day and my cousin told me I looked like a model smile (she is notoriously short-sighted mind)
My couin was engaged to a girl at the time and she was telling me about the wedding dress she had just bought (wedding didnt happen in the end...long story...) and it was £2,500 shock
Some people pay £10 some people pay £10,000.
As long as you can afford it and it is in keeping with the rest of the wedding then it doesnt really matter...

cherrypieplum Tue 21-Aug-12 17:13:10

Mine was a £1000 Alfred Angelo in 2009.

I saw it in a magazine, eventually tracked it down and found it was out of my price range. After much searching for a cheaper alternative (it has straps) I'd almost given up but was made permanent in a job so my DH encouraged me to get it :D

recentlymoved Tue 21-Aug-12 17:13:12

Mine was 2700 inc. alterations. DH paid for it and it made me feel amazing, it was silk with beautiful hand embellishments and lace detailing. We did have quite a big do so a cheaper one wouldn't really have fit in.

takingthestairs Tue 21-Aug-12 17:14:12

Actually, closer to 50% now that I think about it, but still a ridiculous amount of money.
Saying that, I saved up and spent my own cash on it, so it was my money to waste blow.

plummie2003 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:14:18

I bought mine last week, it was £900 half price from £1800.. Would have settled for a cheaper one though had my parents not offered to foot the bill and insist I find the 'perfect' one.. X

lynniep Tue 21-Aug-12 17:14:35

£50 on ebay. Included a tiara and veil. I thought it was a total bargain having only been worn once before! New it would have been £800-£1000

MrsPresley Tue 21-Aug-12 17:15:19

Another one here that wouldnt recommend Emma Roy either angry

They almost ruined my DDs entire day because they couldnt put the payment through properly and ended up doing it 3 times. Of course it wouldnt be accepted then they told me, no payment no dress, 3 days before the weddding.

What a nightmare angry

EmmaNemms Tue 21-Aug-12 17:17:03

In 1988, £325 from Berkertex, cream lace number. Civil wedding November 2011, £80 or so on a burgundy velvet maxi dress in the East sale, 5.10pm on a Saturday afternoon in Dorchester, the worse place to shop in the entire South West. Three weeks later, for the blessing, around £3000, made by the most amazing lady ever. I felt the best that I have ever felt in my entire life, she is a genius. I feature on the real brides page too!

BlueMoon74 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:17:17

The one I really wanted (and was about to buy) was £1200....

then I fell pregnant grin and priorities shifted (considerably!)

The one I have cost £200. Will probs cost me another £100 or so in alterations. But it is a Maggie Sottero dress and originally cost £1100. Ebay bargain for moi! grin

I'd say, spend as much or as little as you want/can afford. Do bear in mind though, the second hand market isn't great - if you do sell your ££££ dress you will get a fraction of the cost back, and no retailer wants to buy your very ££££ dress either!

nickelcognito Tue 21-Aug-12 17:17:31

mine cost about £130-ish.

not quite sure cos i made it myself.

i based it loosely on a dress i'd seen elsewhere and bought a pattern for the skirt bit, £5 odd from ebay, but had to alterthat to match the bodice, which i drew myself.
the fabric was about £110, i think, again from ebay/online retailers, and notions and beads etc made it add up to just over £130.

dixiechick1975 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:18:08

Approx £75 from Monsoon.

Top was half price in the sale but I think I paid full price for the skirt. Ivory silk and not stapless.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Tue 21-Aug-12 17:18:14

£40 from the outlet Monsoon shop in Portsmouth (2004). This was my second wedding dress, however, because I was pregnant and the first one that cost about £100 no longer fitted me by the time I got married. I loved my second dress more, and stupidly gave it to a charity shop. I would love to still have it just to look at it, silly as that sounds!

zukiecat Tue 21-Aug-12 17:18:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Groovee Tue 21-Aug-12 17:19:27

Mine was £900 but they discontinued it. So the owner of the shop whose DD I had at Brownies told my mum she would only charge £400 instead.

theoriginalandbestrookie Tue 21-Aug-12 17:21:50

I didn't realise what a nerve I hit with the Emma Roy comment !

The girl helping me when I was selecting the dresses was nice as pie only to be replaced by evil cackling invoice witch once dress confirmed. I had to go for fittings during the week as they refused to do any at the weekend and were just generally unnecessarily unpleasant. I suppose the only reason they are still in business is because generally bridal gowns are a one off purchase and they have a good selection of frocks in a good location.

OP I would suggest that sourcing of dress also depends on figure. If you are a will'o'wisp type person then Monsoon has some lovely floaty numbers but if you need a bit more structure like myself then designer dresses with corsets and boning can be more flattering. Does not necessarily mean more expensive as they can be bought second hand through E-bay or I think Oxfam has wedding shops as well.

FoofyShmooffer Tue 21-Aug-12 17:22:02

My Parents paid £495 for my dress in 2000. Not including underskirts, tiara and long veil. The lot probably came to about £ 900 roughly.

It was from a wedding retailer and regarded as one of the cheapest in the shop. Probably due to the fact that bustier dresses had become the in thing so mine, plain with long sleeves, was not considered fashionable or sought after.

maras2 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:29:24

1975, in the sale at C&A ........ £6 50p. We are still together 37 years later.My dress is in our wardrobe next to his white,flared trousered suit.Neither of us has a cat in Hell's chance of ever fitting into them again but our kids and now DGC's use them for 'themed' or as I like to say 'saddo 70's parties'.

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 21-Aug-12 17:32:01

£1100 blush this year, including petticoat & veil.

BUT it was designed, made and fitted for me by a designer specialising in vintage styles. My DSis pointed out that just over a grand for what was effectively couture wasn't that bad. was still mortified though, especially as my mum paid for it

curmit Tue 21-Aug-12 17:35:35

£80 - but it was just an off-the-peg 50's style cocktail dress. We didn't do the whole big wedding thing though.

Mrbojangles1 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:37:09

£500 it was vintage

McKayz Tue 21-Aug-12 17:37:22

£235 earlier this year. It was a Tiffany Rose maternity one.

coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 17:37:40

About £30 for material.
Someone made it for me.

ladymariner Tue 21-Aug-12 17:39:27

£100 because I hired it, 20 years ago, it was brand new into the shop the day before and if I'd bought it it would have cost me £1000! No way was I paying that amount of money for something I'd never wear again, so I hired it and felt like a million dollars in it. It really was a truly beautiful dress.

Funnily enough, we went to a wedding dress exhibition in our local church last month and there it was!!!! Well, not sure if it was 'my' dress but it was the exact same one, and I got tears in my eyes looking at it. Took a photo of it hanging there to show dh smile

Sevillemarmalade Tue 21-Aug-12 17:39:30

£900 in 2008. The shop price (Pronovias) was twice that but good old eBay saved me the cash.

peeriebear Tue 21-Aug-12 17:40:23

£30 off Ebay from Hong Kong. Not a wedding dress, just a pretty sort of dove grey party dress. Looked fab with my £5 silver gladiator sandals smile

Rainshine Tue 21-Aug-12 17:42:14

About £2k and I bloody loved it. Still don't regret spending the money.

ColourMeWithChaos Tue 21-Aug-12 17:42:44

My grandmother made mine for me - she was Italian and an absolutely beautiful seamstress.

She used some of the fabric from her wedding dress, the buttons from my mum's and some lace from my other grandmother's dress.

It was so perfect and she gave it to me as a wedding present.

I've kept mine and it is in our wardrobe still actually.

Ithinkitsjustme Tue 21-Aug-12 17:42:52

£250, 16 years ago and worth every penny - even if I did have to lose 2 stone into it! grin

NCForNow Tue 21-Aug-12 17:46:50

I worked in a posh wedding dress shop in 1990....the most expensive dress was 1.500 and looked like a sort of Cinderella type thing...which was a tonne then. They told me to "Look out for how big the bride's "rock" is...if it's small, don't waste time on them..."

I didnt last long. It was AWFUL!

Mrbojangles1 Tue 21-Aug-12 17:47:30

Basically op you can spend as little or as much as you like

My sil spent 3k on hers it was some massive poffy thing its just about the type of wedding your having we had a very vinatge tea party type wedding with only 40 people and big puff would of been out of place were as my sil got married in a castle with 790 people

My sister however is a bit ott and had a posh and becks style wedding and had some sexy thing with the sides cut out (god help her)

I would avoid going to a wedding dress shop until you have exsauted other areas unless you want somthing very teraditional

Fuchzia Tue 21-Aug-12 17:52:51

About £125 when the $ exchange rate was about 2:1. From a huge out of town store in Boston which I shall ever think of as the 'bridal barn'. Think it would have been much more in a bridal shop in the UK.

Spenguin Tue 21-Aug-12 17:58:53

Dress £3,500.

And I love it still.

Ambrosius Tue 21-Aug-12 18:00:39

Lots of responses! Thank you! I have a better idea of prices now, had a look at all the links, such beautiful dresses smile

riskit4abiskit Tue 21-Aug-12 18:01:31

i have just got married at end of july, mine was maggie sottero in antique gold. was about £690 ish i think.

hoping to sell it actually as i dont have storage space. For a cheap price! in north-west.
size 12-14. message me if you are interested, although i dont know how that works yet.

this is my first mumsnet message, thought i would try a non-controversial topic first, so hello!

Ambrosius Tue 21-Aug-12 18:02:35

Wow Colourme, that sounds like the perfect dress! Wish I had a seamstress in the family... smile

£59. I walked into Monsoon with the £250 to pay for The Dress and there was one left, in my size, reduced to £59.


28 american dollars and about 6 dollars for the postage grin It came from Holy Clothing.

BarredfromhavingStella Tue 21-Aug-12 18:06:06

£340 + alterations so about £410 I think, this was 5 years ago & dress was very simple but gorgeous-didn't want a big faffy thing as I got wed in Cuba.

TheCountessOlenska Tue 21-Aug-12 18:06:13

£700 - which seemed steep at the time and now (what with ebay, getting them sent from China etc) I just think what was i thinking shock! It did look pretty fab though, I just regret getting ripped off by the wedding shop. The rest of the wedding was cheap as chips though - I think the total cost including the ridiculous dress was only a couple of grand.

InTheoryBut Tue 21-Aug-12 18:07:47

£30 in the sale at Jigsaw, but was just a summer dress really, not a proper wedding dress.

But I have worn it every summer since (married in 2004), especially on holiday, and it always makes me smile.

Ambrosius Tue 21-Aug-12 18:08:22

MrBojangles I can't wait to go wedding dress shopping! I need to see what styles suit after all!
Hello Riskit! Congrats on your wedding, hope you had a lovely day smile I don't think your dress would fit and I live near London anyway but thanks for the offer thanks

Ambrosius Tue 21-Aug-12 18:09:24

Ohhh Barred, We want to get married in Cuba! Any advice?

MegBusset Tue 21-Aug-12 18:11:45

£124 for mine, it was half price in the Liberty sale, not a wedding dress but a beautiful Ghost dress.

Hairtodayandgonetomorrow Tue 21-Aug-12 18:12:25

Mine was £150 (plus £70 alterations) from a proper wedding shop. It was in a sale and they were lovely! I was pregnant so they kept a last minute emergency fitting available just in case :-)

Hairtodayandgonetomorrow Tue 21-Aug-12 18:13:55

(2 1/2 years ago)

fishybits Tue 21-Aug-12 18:15:52

£2200, couture and I felt beautiful wearing it. It was designed so that I can shorten it and dye it another colour but I can't decide what colour so it'll stay in the wardrobe till I make my mind up blush

nickiminja Tue 21-Aug-12 18:17:44

£30 for some gold silk for my mum to make into a skirt and a jacket made from red silk (free) that my mum had in her box for 30 years previously

ColourMeWithChaos Tue 21-Aug-12 18:18:28

Ambrosius it was perfect!

Also meant I could have a much nicer dress than I ever could have afforded otherwise.

Enjoy the dress shopping experience - I tried a lot on to see what I liked and what suited me and it was so much fun!

GragPop Tue 21-Aug-12 18:19:11

About £40, was just a normal cream coloured dress.

broadsheetbabe Tue 21-Aug-12 18:20:48

Mine cost $12 at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 21-Aug-12 18:20:58

£20 from Debut in Debenhams. Was a cream fitted long ball gown.

Should have been £80, the lovely sales assistant told me to wait 2 days as the big sale was starting. She put it to one side for me, was reduced to £40.

I got it home and found a tiny mark on the back, they knocked another £20 off it when I went back moaning. The mark sponged off fine.

Chandon Tue 21-Aug-12 18:21:50

£800, hand made and designed by Claudine Dolamore in London, after my specific requests. Silk too. Loved it.

FrankelSaysRelax Tue 21-Aug-12 18:23:12

£711 for this dress. I felt a million dollars so worth every penny.

BarredfromhavingStella Tue 21-Aug-12 18:26:06

Yes Ambrosius Go for it!! Seriously, Cuba is an absolutely gorgeous place with fabulous people-we stayed at Cayo Guillermo which is less touristy than Varadero-Make sure you visit Havana & Club Tropicana is an absolute must!!!

joanofarchitrave Tue 21-Aug-12 18:26:21

Outfit 1 - £250, dark slate velvet suit.
Outfit 2 - £600, local dressmaker, embroidered silk and satin and just lovely.

If there were a number 3 (which the Lord forbid) I would have a look at Monsoon first and then try second hand, starting with Oxfam Bridal and working ebaywards. The trouble with Debenhams is the fabrics were a bit urgh when I looked at them.

£40 for a maternity bridal dress from Monsoon in 2006.
£2 for flipflops, as at 28 weeks pregnant i couldnt wear anything else!

CakeBump Tue 21-Aug-12 18:27:34

over 2000 pounds including alterations, this year.

I love it and felt so special in it. I didn't set out to spend a lot, just fell in love with it!

ILiveInAPineapple Tue 21-Aug-12 18:29:29

Dress was about £200, nets for underneath were about £70, veil was £30, tiara was £40 and shoes were £40.
This was in 2003.

My mum did the alterations to my dress because I'm short but that involved unpicking the dress at the waist to take it up because it had a scalloped embroidered edge at the bottom!

flixy102 Tue 21-Aug-12 18:32:56

£1095 just last year, excluding veil or alterations. A Justin Alexander design.

Ridiculous amount of money but my granny paid for it and unfortunately she died a few months before the wedding so it was very special as it felt like a wee part of her was there and I'll never part with it.

HorseyGirl1 Tue 21-Aug-12 18:35:22

£100 from Cancer Research. EX shop sample so all I had to do was get it cleaned and altered lengthwise. 3 years ago. Still regularly see new unaltered wedding dresses in this shop so a local bridal shop must send in their old samples to it. Have fun trying on the dresses no matter what you decide to do. xx

Mine was hand made/designed and cost £3k for the ill fated marriage to XH, My Jewellery was all Tiffany and cost around £2k Shoes were £1k. My Tiara was a gift from a friend and was about £1k

When DP and I get married I would happily spend the same for an Art Deco inspired dress.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 21-Aug-12 18:36:49

£180 in 1987, including veil and headdress

stargirl1701 Tue 21-Aug-12 18:38:03

£1500 last year. Plus fitting costs.

I looked amazing! (just for one day grin)

DorisIsWaiting Tue 21-Aug-12 18:38:09

£400 in the sale in 2005 (it was cheap compared to a lot but it was still a huge amount of money for a dress I have worn once) I hindsight I'd have been better off on ebay.

SorryItsNotFriday Tue 21-Aug-12 18:39:44

£1200 but I bought it second hand - it was £4300 new!! For a dress - mad!!

winkle2 Tue 21-Aug-12 18:42:09

£825. It's by Ronald Joyce.

Then £225 for a veil - cathedral length with sparkles!

My tiara cost me £60 and I've never worn it since!

This was last year.

LynetteScavo Tue 21-Aug-12 18:44:37

I have no idea. It was hand made. My mother paid, and wouldn't let me know how much it cost.

Tartymuffin Tue 21-Aug-12 18:45:04

With alterations - just over £1000 (but it was reduced by 25% in the sale so a BARGAIN lol!)

Then add £40 for shoes, £50 for tiara, and (!) £150 for a veil - I know that's obscene for a bit of net with crystals on but I HAD to have it. It ended up being shipped in from Canada and it got held up in customs - the Thursday before my wedding it was still there, it finally arrived the afternoon before. Phew!

TheFallenMadonna Tue 21-Aug-12 18:45:31

Fabric cost £80ish, and my mum made it.

Accessories (inc. jewellery), probably about £150 more. I remember the earrings cost more than the dress!

Tartymuffin Tue 21-Aug-12 18:45:36

That was 2004 btw.

elliejjtiny Tue 21-Aug-12 18:49:45

£370 in 2003. Included alterations and a cathedral length veil and a comb thing with flowers on that they sewed onto the veil

Minstrelsaremarvellous Tue 21-Aug-12 18:50:39

£7000 but I could afford it and it was beautiful. A Vera Wang and the curse of the designer struck again. Marriage barely lasted 2 years.
However I spent £200 on my dress when
I married my DH and I felt a MILLION dollars. He treats me like a princess and my dress was gorgeous!

ProPerformer Tue 21-Aug-12 18:53:44

£500. A friend made it for me.
In a shop it would have cost far far more to have it handmade (the one it was based on was £2000!!) and would have prob used much cheaper materials. My friend did the 'labour' for free as a wedding present, the reason it cost so much was that she used (with permission) material from a VERY posh shop - one that's 'by royal command' and many of the queen's Taylor's use it. Was loads of fun choosing the materials grin

BunniBoiler Tue 21-Aug-12 18:53:57

£1,000, reduced from £1,300. It was a beaautiful creation from India.

Desperate to wear it again but sadly that wont ever happen.

If i got married again i would spend less on the dress and some mmoney on hair and make was a botch job by a friend sad

elfycat Tue 21-Aug-12 18:57:48

£550 8 years ago, but I was in a position to wear it to a couple of balls after that as it was the dress in the window at Christmas and was red with white embroidery

nutellaontoast Tue 21-Aug-12 19:01:45

£50 on a lovely ivory silk number from Monsoon on sale, alterations another £50, it was gorgeous.

But if I could do it again I'd go ghost and get some good undergarments grin - and wear hush puppy heels that FIT WELL. (seriously, think about the amount of pain your shoes will cause, the number of hobbling brides I have seen and it's not a good look...)

Mine was reduced to £900 but had been nearer £2000

OBface Tue 21-Aug-12 19:05:07

£3700. Probably quite a lot of money seeing costs on here but then can afford it. After trying it on I spent another few months looking for a cheaper alternative but nothing came close.

Wasn't a massive poofy job FWIW, was this Jenny Packham (probably not the best link as the girl blogging didn't choose it in the end - only picture I could find!). You can't really see the detail in the picture but had lots of layers and was very vintagey - perfect for our black tie 20th December wedding.

Have no regrets in buying it.

vnmum Tue 21-Aug-12 19:06:33

£850 ten years ago. I have worn the corset once since I got married. I put it with a formal skirt for a winter ball

YouBrokeMySmoulder Tue 21-Aug-12 19:07:27

150 Viv in the sale.

£1500 in 1998. It was made for me by the same women who did a lot of the wedding dresses for Emmerdale. I still have it, can't bear to part with it.

MrsApplepants Tue 21-Aug-12 19:14:06

£2750 in 2005. Veil and tiara was more, but cant remember how much they cost. My parents paid for it luckily! It pure silk and chantilly lace from Ritva Westenius. I still love the dress!

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Ambrosius Tue 21-Aug-12 19:19:02

OBface, that dress is pretty much what I picture myself in! Jenny Packham and Yolan Cris are my favourite designers so far. But maybe a little expensive for me!

OhTheConfusion Tue 21-Aug-12 19:21:49

£1950 for dress, £400 for bolero, £120 for underskirt/hoop, £350 for veil plus alterations... grand total of £2970.

I was very lucky that my parents paid for it and I really did love my dress.

It's all the extras that add up.

rarebreed Tue 21-Aug-12 19:24:24

£550, gorgeous dress, was a sample and reduced from £1300, this year. Will get to wear it in two weeks grin

SoleSource Tue 21-Aug-12 19:25:47

Mine was made with a few Tesco carrier bags. Free.

TruthSweet Tue 21-Aug-12 19:26:31

Originally I was wearing a 'Cadbury's Purple' evening dress bought by DH, but my friends were messing about trying on evening dresses in Debenhams and insisted I tried on a couple of wedding dresses. I found one that I fell in love with in the sample sale and it was £200. It did cost more than that really as it meant the shoes/bag/accessories had to be changed but I did all that on the cheap via Ebay and internet discounters. It was all kept secret from DH and he had no idea.

DH got the shock of his life as the car door opened at the registery office as he thought someone couldn't be so insensitive to wear a full length ivory dress on my wedding day and travel in the wedding car only to find it was me in the ivory dress!

He was very pleased though as secretly he'd had worried I would regret not wearing a 'traditional' wedding dress.

£70 made to measure from china. Absolutely beautiful and fit perfectly. Last year

TruthSweet Tue 21-Aug-12 19:26:55

We got married in 2004 btw.

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melliebobs Tue 21-Aug-12 19:29:19

Mine was £650 (was supposed to be £800) but got discount cos my wedding was at the venue the shop did the fashion shows for. I'm not a girlie girl n hadn't worn a dress since I was little. But for that one day I wanted to look n feel bloomin amazing. Objective achieved grin

OBface Tue 21-Aug-12 19:34:19

Ambrosius I really do think if you're a Jenny Packham girl you are a Jenny Packham girl! I visited many many boutiques after JP and nothing felt right - they're just a very different sort of dress.

I would really recommend going to the actual shop in Belgravia. All the dresses are there to try and the staff much less snooty than other places I went to. I actually don't think it's too expensive either, in 2008 I seem to remember the dresses starting at around 1500k (I just managed to pick one of the more expensive ones!) which is line with a lot of other places and really good quality. I had an awful experience at another boutique close by where I couldn't believe the cheap material, IMO, used for a 2k dress.

Jenny Packham is very popular with la Middleton as well don't you know grin

HiHowAreYou Tue 21-Aug-12 19:34:44

Mine was a Jenny Packham. I can't find a picture on my phone because her website doesn't seem to work. It looked a lot like the dress that model got married in, what's her name... Kate Moss!

But I got married first!

Nobhead Tue 21-Aug-12 19:36:46

Mine was £800 5 1/2 years ago. It was by Maggie Sottero and it was stunning, with veil, tiara, under skirt and hoop and alterations it cost £1300 and I looked and felt amazing. Even my FIL was in tears when I walked down the aisle because he said I looked so lovely.

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Tue 21-Aug-12 19:39:10

£49.99 in River Island. Gorgeous short cream lace dress - still wear it occasionally

glastocat Tue 21-Aug-12 19:46:06

Mine was 110 quid in 1996. It was a red velvet mini suit from Wallis (Xmas wedding). I loved it, never wanted a big frock, tbh they all look the same to me.

LadyMaryCrawley Tue 21-Aug-12 19:47:51

£200, in 2010. It was a second-hand Alfred Angelo one which would have cost about £1,000 if I'd bought it new. My MIL and her friend did the alterations. They got me to wear it and then stand on my MIL's kitchen table while they chopped two inches off the bottom. It was nerve-wracking (for them) and bizarre and hilarious (for me) grin

Rowgtfc72 Tue 21-Aug-12 19:51:21

Mine was £90 from BHS. They actually do some nice dresses. Short ,fifties style. That was fifteen weeks ago wistfully remembering

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shinyrobot Tue 21-Aug-12 19:54:07

@FrankelSaysRelax - that dress is utterly beautiful!

I think mine was £60ish from Debenhams a couple of years ago, it is not a traditional wedding dress so could be worn again but I have dropped 2 dress sizes (post baby weight thankfully, finally and hopefully permanantly gone) and it is now too big so I'd have to have it altered.

TheWalkingDead Tue 21-Aug-12 19:54:17

Spent about £700 on the dress (Alfred Angelo), about £90 on a tiara and had a bolero made for about £30 as the wedding was in winter. I will never, ever wear or buy anything like that again - I don't wear dresses and I just felt like this was the one time I would look amazing and be the centre of attention, so I went for it!

I found this small independent wedding/prom/suit hire shop run by a family and I was quite scared as the lady was very loud and flamboyant, but so lovely and nothing was too much trouble. Was a bit worried when she was going to ask her son to do up my corset the first time I visited as she sometimes struggled with her hands hurting, but by the end I didn't care a bit - they made me feel totally at ease! I loved going there and meeting with them <misty eyes>

thanksamillion Tue 21-Aug-12 20:20:36

£360 from Debenhams. The veil though cost 50p for an offcut of fabric which I then hand stitched.

Calabria Tue 21-Aug-12 20:22:08

Hand made old gold silk dress, boned bodice and small fish tail hem, and jacket with very full organza sleeves. £95, which was the cost of materials, I made it myself with the guidance of a couple of dear friends.

The tiara was a gift from my mother-in-law and I avoided a veil despite my mother-in-law grin

ringos Tue 21-Aug-12 20:22:37

£17,000 ..... 23 years ago.

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ringos Tue 21-Aug-12 20:24:50

It had gold thread but was silk......

dublindee Tue 21-Aug-12 20:27:04

€600 for dress, tiara and donut thingy to hide the ginormous bingo wings to keep me warm

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internationalvulva Tue 21-Aug-12 20:27:51

£1300, 11 years ago. my lovely, lovely Mum bought it for me. She came shopping with me and I was all set to buy myself a £200 dress that I liked when she made me try one on that she she'd seen me look at and that she also thought was lovely. I putit on and instantly fell in love, but decided that it was cerazy money and I'd be practical and buy the cheaper one. She went and advance paid for the gorgeous one whist I was changing back into my clothes.

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£700 3 years ago smile

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Tue 21-Aug-12 20:31:22

First dress shop I went to was an episode from a bad comedy show,
I had to wear mesh over my face because I had mascara on and gloves so I didn't touch the dress.. they were SOOO rude very obviously looking me up and down and telling me that I should look at the dresses in "this" room because they are the "cheaper" range. Having asked what my budget was and I had already said that I was lucky in that I had been told to find the right dress and not worry about the cost.

Anyway that was 12 years ago, am sure things are much nicer these days/

80sMum Tue 21-Aug-12 20:31:59

I hired mine for £40 in 1978. DD married a couple of years ago. Her dress was about £1,200!

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Tue 21-Aug-12 20:33:10

D0G that poster has a lot of 'interesting' comments on threads this evening. Reported.

holler Tue 21-Aug-12 20:35:18

Mine was £150 from Coast. Then I had to buy a maternity one (surprise!) which was about £400. I love it, and plan to get it altered into a party frock one day.

Kladdkaka Tue 21-Aug-12 20:35:42

£150 Cabury's purple satin. Like the purple one halfway down this page but without the sparkles and with a halter neck and train.

Viperidae Tue 21-Aug-12 20:37:58

£300ish in 1983 which was a lot back then but it was gorgeous.

LackingNameChangeInspiration Tue 21-Aug-12 20:39:15

£700, been trying to sell it for ANYTHING with no joy, so don't count on getting any of it back

ThisIsMummyPig Tue 21-Aug-12 20:40:55

Mine was £100 from a charity shop - I looked fantastic in it - it was an Alfred Angelo one - so if you gave one to St Annes hospice in Eccles you made me very happy (and got them a good donation too)

Thank you

SorrelForbes Tue 21-Aug-12 20:44:41

I bought mine three days before my wedding from the Sassi Holford sale (last summer) and cost £695 plus £100 for a matching lace shrug.

My original dress (which I changed my mind about four days before the wedding) was an Ian Stuart Costa Rica and cost £1135! It's for sale if anyone's interested wink

I also ordered a 50s style one from Dolly Couture Beverlywood but it didn't arrive in time.

I'm so glad I ended up wearing the Sassi dress. It was beautiful (if a little large due to not having time to get it adjusted properly!)

Foshizzle Tue 21-Aug-12 20:48:07

£500 plus fitting costs. I was lucky I managed to fit into a Temperley sample otherwise the cost would have run to a couple of thousand (and therefore been vetoed).

marriedinwhite Tue 21-Aug-12 20:48:14

In 1991 it was about £700ish. It was a Ronald Joyce one. One of the cheapest in Harrods. It was much less than that off the peg, but I had it made to measure and had the train "hand rolled". Once I had bought the shoes, veil, head-dress and underwear it came in at just under £1000 and I was very pleased with it all. Oddly - it was white grin.

I would have paid double or more if I had found a dress I was happier with but that one suited me and felt comfortable and after much deliberation (the other contender was a plain silk dress with a fancy cropped jacked from Droopy & Brown for about £1200) and at least two glasses of champage my mother and I decided on the cheaper one!! We managed to lose the veil after the reception!!!

It's upstairs in my off season wardrobe, yellowing a bit because I never had it properly wrapped and packed in an extortionate box on the basis that it wasn't actually silk. I would love to get back into it sad.

It looks lovely in the pictures and I look young grin

delilahbelle Tue 21-Aug-12 20:54:50

Mine was £250 three years ago - then another £90 for a party dress to change into in the evening.
I've not worn either again, they're hanging in the spare room wardrobe and the party dress really needs to go on eBay.

EnjoyResponsibly Tue 21-Aug-12 20:59:22

1999, £1,400.

Loved it, looks fabulous in the photos. It hangs in my cupboard and when I smell it, it reminds me of my wedding day.

Mine was £350 from the local Oxfam Bridal Suite. It was brand new, beautiful and perfect, made me feel fabulous, and is the largest single donation to charity I have ever made! 100% worth it (and I can feel morally smug) smile

Novia Tue 21-Aug-12 21:05:00

£2125 for my beautiful Jenny Packham dress which I wore in June this year (plus an extortionate amount on a JP veil). I loved it - felt like a goddess. It was the perfect dress for me. Luckily my wonderful mum paid for lots of it. Best part is that I get to wear it for our UK blessing soon! grin

MrsLocog Tue 21-Aug-12 21:05:19

A beautiful Maggie Sottero gown cost £900 in 2008. Paid for with some of the compensation money I got for the car accident Dh and I were in where a twat drove into us head on at 40mph as he was on our side of the road on a country bend. Felt lucky to be getting married at all after that so it kind of justified the extravagance!

happydotcom Tue 21-Aug-12 21:18:34

£100 in sale from £899 !!

trumpton Tue 21-Aug-12 21:21:14

£9.50 Laura Ashley milkmaid style in 1975 . " you will look like a pregnant bridesmaid " said MIL .

FadingAwayToAHippo Tue 21-Aug-12 21:24:18

Free, I won it in a competition! grin

can't wait to wear it in 7 weeks grin grin grin

Halfawife Tue 21-Aug-12 21:28:25

£2500 for a custom made dress from a local wedding boutique. It fit me like a glove! Loved every minute of the fittings process and felt great on my wedding day!

lovebunny Tue 21-Aug-12 21:32:43

£114:95 in february 1978, susan smart in stockport.

KellyElly Tue 21-Aug-12 21:35:30

1.5 K

Loriens Tue 21-Aug-12 21:36:23

I paid £ 120 for mine including alterations. It was 'officially' a bridesmaid dress with a halterneck in deep red perfect for my Christmas wedding. I made my own headpiece thingie from svaroski crystal.

I had originally ordered a different dress and when the shop owner kept calling to see when wanted it fitting I had to own up that I hated it. I told her that I was going to wear a LBD dress I had bought for the wedding party a few days after the ceremony (£40 in the Coast sale).

I did offer to pay for the original dress despite her insisting I didn't have to and when I went into the shop (two days before) saw the dress that Ieventually wore. She did the alterations there and then.
This was 2008.

VampiresGymAndSciFi Tue 21-Aug-12 21:39:40

A lite over 2 grand blush made to measure by Suzanne Neville. It was gorgeous but a lot in hindsight.
It doesn't matter how much you spend as long as you are happy and it is in your price range.

betterthannext Tue 21-Aug-12 21:46:20

nothing it was my sil before me

LivingThings Tue 21-Aug-12 21:47:00

My perfect dress was £300 in Debenhams (5 years ago) - when I went to buy it it was reduced to £150! It was exactly what I had pictured in my head asl my perfect dress and I still absolutely love it smile

reddaisy Tue 21-Aug-12 21:48:26

That was very Silence of the Lambs of you BetterThan grin What had she done to you that pissed you off so much?!

Gatorade Tue 21-Aug-12 21:52:18

The best part of 2,000, worth every penny.

ExasperatedSigh Tue 21-Aug-12 21:58:23

£150, for a Vivien of Holloway frock and petticoat. I knew I wanted something frivolous and fun because all the fuss about 'the dress' made me feel a bit ill, so it was ideal really - I looked good, felt great, danced all night and spilled red wine down the front and didn't care grin

BulletProofMum Tue 21-Aug-12 22:00:19

1600 blush

PropertyNightmare Tue 21-Aug-12 22:10:02

£100 on my wedding dress. I have lots of designer items including bags worth over £2.5k but for some reason I really could not see any point spending much at all on a dress I'd only wear once. Plus I've never bought into the whole 'princess fairytale' wedding hype so was immune to getting sucked into the expensive wedding dress shops.

Freshletticiaandslugs Tue 21-Aug-12 22:12:05

Made to measure corset was about £90 and linen skirt about £80 I think. Shoes about£120. All in buttery cream and bronze.
Jewellery made my me with cream pearly seashells bought in the sale as crap costume jewellery and re-strung.
Bouquet from my garden made by my mother.
I changed into combat trousers around midnight with my corset. Lol.

ivanapoo Tue 21-Aug-12 22:12:57

Mine was about £70, reduced from 300 in Monsoon. The first dress I tried on and I just couldn't get it out of my head.

I tried on lots of v expensive dresses but either felt too trussed up (Suzanne Neville corset job) or too unstructured and low cut (Packham).

I also spent £90 on a white dress from French Connection to wear to our legal ceremony.

As I saved so much cash by buying a cheaper dress I splurged quite a few hundred on a lovely silk jersey designer dress after the wedding which I've worn about 8 times in two years which for an occasion dress is pretty good I think!

WolfinaRedCloak Tue 21-Aug-12 22:14:23

mine cost £545 exc hoop and alterations in 2008. I was on a serious budget at the time and stalking ebay but tried mine on in the shop and fell in love with how it made me look and feel. I scrimped and saved to pay for it. I still think it was a lot of money for something that got worn for one occasion and keep contemplating having it made into a christening gown as a heirloom, its a shame its going to waste stuck in the attic.

lechatnoir Tue 21-Aug-12 22:17:43

About £2k Sassi Holdord made to measure & really beautiful. Luckily my parents were paying & didn't have a set budget so we just trawled wedding shops until I found 'the one'. Shoes, veil, tiara, gloves were another £500. Oh what I would do to have that sort of cash handy now..,

perfectstorm Tue 21-Aug-12 22:19:00

£50 bias cut silk crepe from Monsoon, reduced in the sale from £350 because someone had got foundation all over it when trying on. I took a punt on a decent dry-cleaner getting it out, which they did! I really wanted a slinky, 1930s style bias cut one and even 2nd hand by a designer called Christiana Couture were over a grand, so I happily compromised.

But we spent a grand on DH's suit - very classic, two sets of trousers, Church's shoes, two ties, two shirts, the lot. It was sensible because bad tailoring looks awful, worse than a cheaper dress, and he still wears that suit now, almost 10 years on, whereas my dress just sits in a box. It made for comedy on the day though - my outfit cost £75 if you included the LK Bennet wedding shoes from Ebay, while his outfit was £987. grin

I was not a good Bridezilla. I was far more neurotic about baby equipment though - daftly so, in retrospect.

KenDoddsDadsDog Tue 21-Aug-12 22:20:49

Jenny Packham £1800

Eves Tue 21-Aug-12 22:21:21

£3k Reem Acra-sold it on eBay afterwards for half. I miss it though.

expectmiracles Tue 21-Aug-12 22:24:09

found mine in a bag a friend was taking to the charity shop ! It was really nice though

MouseyHousey Tue 21-Aug-12 22:25:40

Another one here who would not recommend Emma Roy, as other posters have said they are lovely (and remembered my name) up until I paid then were the most unhelpful rude pople you could come across!
I had a Maggie Sottero dress too and loved it! I paid just over £1100 and was married in May.

moonbells Tue 21-Aug-12 22:27:43

£172. Made it myself from cream raw silk. You can still (just about) get the pattern here

I ended up with three of the dratted pattern, an 8-10-12, a 14-16-18 and a 20-22-24 as one bm swore she was an 18 but in their sizings turned out to be a 22! (The other two of us were 12s)

I spent £40 of the sum on some astonishing lace for the top decoration. The silk and lining were only about £120, and I will forever be glad I did a mockup first.

£90 made to measure from China through eBay (risky i know but it is gorgeous luckily and fits like a glove!) plus £10 for local lady to take my measurements - its quite princessy (not at all what I thought I would like before I started looking) and I will be walking down the aisle in it in just over 3 weeks time!! grin

openerofjars Tue 21-Aug-12 22:31:32

£180 from House of Fraser, in Kaliko. It was a top and skirt and absolutely gorgeous.

On my wedding day I kicked through the hem with my pointy toed wedding shoes and then a friend accidentally burned a hole through the top layer of the skirt with a fag. No regrets: it was a fab day and it doesn't fit my massive carcass now anyway it's not like I'm going to wear it again.

Springforward Tue 21-Aug-12 22:34:05

Monsoon, £180 plus another £150ish on alterations and having a matching tulle shrug made by the local wedding dressmaker shop.

My mum paid £2k blush
But we didn't have a price in mind just waited til I found one I really liked.
Bought my rainbow shoes in sale though only £30 in John Lewis!

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 21-Aug-12 22:36:52

£250 in 2002.

Avoid Wedding Belles in Pyle near Swansea! Cows!

JobCarHouseNoBaby Tue 21-Aug-12 22:37:01

£1050 plus £300 for tiara, veil and alterations. It's a Maggie Sotterro and the boning just makes my waist look amazing.

Final alterations next week and I finally get to show it off in just over 6 weeks!!

Tip - do go to lots of shops and try on, even if way above your budget. I originally avoided satin and thought I wanted chiffon but soon changed my mind once I tried it on.

Brandnewbrighttomorrow Tue 21-Aug-12 22:42:21

£1800 in 2002

Still love it!

Taffeta Tue 21-Aug-12 22:45:09

10 years ago. It was £55, reduced from about £150. I got it in the BHS sale. Nvere been to BHS before or since, but was very pleased with it.

EugenesAxe Tue 21-Aug-12 22:54:13

I thought mine was quite cheap but I'm obviously delusional reading the first lot of posts... about £1,500 I think including bolero. Shoes were on top.

That was in 2009. Agree with advice to try on lots and above all don't go in with a preconceived idea of what you will have. I know sooo many people who tried on dresses they would have never shortlisted for style only to find they looked amazing in them.

SleepyCaz Tue 21-Aug-12 22:54:30

£800 five years ago. By Christiana Rossi. I adored it and still do smile

TheSmallClanger Tue 21-Aug-12 22:56:17

£300 from a boutique in Liverpool, in 2000. It is a cream shift dress with sort-of applique in various shades of gold and cream on the front, which has been slashed to show the underneath layers. It was exactly what I wanted. It lives in my wardrobe now, having been worn twice since the wedding: once for Ascot and once for a vv posh theatre trip. I can't remember how much the boots or the headband that went with it were. My pointless pashmina thingy that I left in someone's car was a present.

DH's outfit cost more than mine. He still wears the boots occasionally. I think his younger cousin still has the £££ velvet blazer somewhere.

DappyHays Tue 21-Aug-12 22:57:59

Dress would have been around £800 and veil £200 but as my mum owned the wedding dress shop I got them for freeeeeeeee.

My mum also knew the designer, Amanda Wakely, so my dress had a few differences to the original design, suggested my me and okayed by AW (though if not I'd have had the seamstress make they changes). A year after the wedding, when my daughter was born, Amanda kindly sent a gift.

I needed about 4 fittings because, without trying, my weight started seriously dropping off directly before my wedding (oh how times have changed).

DappyHays Tue 21-Aug-12 22:58:39

Meant to say 9 years ago.

bubalou Tue 21-Aug-12 22:59:10

£750 - 5 years ago. Mine was an Alfred Angelo. grin

Floggingmolly Tue 21-Aug-12 23:02:15

£125, 13 years ago. DH's suit cost about a grand smile. I'd pick the same one again, though, it was exactly what I wanted.

Floggingmolly Tue 21-Aug-12 23:05:18

Oddly enough, my dd's communion dress cost exactly the same 4 years ago...

Willowme Tue 21-Aug-12 23:07:13

£2500 and I travelled to NY to try it on, had my heart set

Willowme Tue 21-Aug-12 23:08:02

Oops hit post too soon

Had my heart set on it so I was totally worth it.

mrsduff Tue 21-Aug-12 23:10:56

£3,300! Was hand made by Stephanie Allin in Mumbles, Swansea..
I don't know what madness went through my mum's mind when she decided that was the dress for me but there you go.

Have a sneaking suspicion that it looked like I was trailing a quantity of lace doilies behind me, and that I looked as stout as a wardrobe in it...

VisionaryGoat Tue 21-Aug-12 23:11:20

£1250 for the dress (La Sposa - Fez) another £70 for the shoes and another £200 for the tiara and veil. Very expensive for something you only wear once, but I felt amazing and loved every minute of it and DH nearly cried when he saw me and then couldn't stop grinning like a loon so it was worth it.

This was in 2010.

janji Tue 21-Aug-12 23:18:43

£1000 ten years ago! Can't believe I spent that much!

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marymary40 Tue 21-Aug-12 23:30:26

Wedding 1 - in 2005 - just over £1000. gorgeous bodice with fishtail skirt.

Wedding 2 - in 2010-£40, from Monsoon in jan sale - also gorgeous halterneck.

Loved both dresessed, gave first one to cancer research, really hope they made a fair bit from it.

2nd one sold on ebay - made £82 (the orginal full price of the dress was £120 - but it was a good profit for me).

I know wish so (now i have a dd) that I had kept it.

I can honestly say the cost of the wedding does not affect how much you enjoy it ot how much it means. Focus and the 2 of you not the flashy must have stuff.

InkyBinky Tue 21-Aug-12 23:38:09

We were moving as expats to the US so had to get married in a bit of a rush so just used a monsoon dress I had recently bought. I think it was about £80-100. It was beautiful but not that weddingy. This was a about 20 years ago.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 21-Aug-12 23:41:26

1500, 4 years ago

aufaniae Tue 21-Aug-12 23:42:40

I plan to spend about £300 max

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 21-Aug-12 23:49:42

moonbells weirdly that is the picture I gave to the dressmaker and said 'like that, but with this, and not that, and all that bit in lace...'

Actually by the time I finished I think the only thing that was the same was the line of the skirt and the train wink

catinboots Tue 21-Aug-12 23:58:21

£3300 last year. It was an Ian Stuart. I justified the big spend by convincing myself I'd sell it afterwards. But I just can't bring myself to.

Pictures on profile.

Shakey1500 Tue 21-Aug-12 23:59:16

£90. It was a childs bridesmaid dress from BHS (age 13-14!) Tis in a carrier bag in the bottom of the wardrobe (I think)

catinboots Wed 22-Aug-12 00:05:29

Mine didn't need altering but I had to pay about £300 for the hoop amd veil

Tallalime Wed 22-Aug-12 01:03:38

Mine was £900 reduced from £1250 last year. They didn't charge any extra for alterations.

My shoes and tiara were £60 each and my veil was my something borrowed from a friend.

I love my dress, even if it's about 50 times more expensive than anything else I own. Luckily my mother paid for half of it or I'd never have been able to afford it!

monsterchild Wed 22-Aug-12 01:07:56

Mine was just under £20. As I had to ride a horse in it, I knew I would never get it clean again. it was lovely!

dashoflime Wed 22-Aug-12 01:17:01

Spent £150 on duchess silk and sparkly bits. £16 for paper pattern. My brilliant Mum spent a month sewing it from scratch. It had three layers of corsetry, sticky out princess skirts and associated habidashiral wonderfulness.

Mosman Wed 22-Aug-12 01:45:15

£2500 ten years ago and stunning but don't believe anyone who tells you that you'll get half back on eBay if you sell it. I didn't and hoped I would.

Mominatrix Wed 22-Aug-12 04:00:58

$5000. Hated it, and it was ruined by due transfer from the red velvet upholstery hope the dining chairs at the reception. Binned it.

TheCatInTheHairnet Wed 22-Aug-12 04:08:16

1500 pounds in 1997. I also spent 300 pounds on a bespoke page boy outfit for our 18 month old ds1. Which was particularly stupid as it was bespoke when he was measured for it, and 3 weeks later he had grown an enormous amount and it was too bloody small!

I always said I would sell it, but it's still at my mum's in a wardrobe. My veil is here in the US and my dd plays dress up with it, along with my wedding shoes. I really like that, and I hope she remembers is as something a bit special.

Thumbwitch Wed 22-Aug-12 04:16:11

Mine was, I think, £375 back in 1994, in the sale. Mum didn't want me to get the first one we saw, so I put it on reserve and we went up to London to look at more - found a nicer version in real silk but it cost £2000, so went with the first one. Didn't then get to use it until 2007 (I Just Don't Care) - it still fit but as I was pg, I needed a couple of side panels put in to expand the bodice to fit my pregnant tum. Cost about £20 to alter (friend who is a tailor did it).

I still have it - didn't want to part with it the first time around - some people thought I was strange and should have got rid of it at the time of first breakup, but it was my dress that I loved so I wanted to wear it at my wedding, whenever that came about. And if it hadn't, I would have dyed it greenyblack and worn it for other things (may still do that...)

As others have said, you can spend as little or as much on your dress depending on whether you have a set design/designer in mind, or are happy to scout through chazzer shops/ebay/high street stores to pick up a bargain.

nooka Wed 22-Aug-12 05:22:51

I wore my mothers dress, which was handmade for her way back when. There were some alteration costs, not sure how much. My big sister wore my grandmother's dress when she got married. It was nice to pay a bit of a tribute to my parents, wear something far more beautiful than I suspect I would have been likely to find, plus avoid what for me would have been a fairly hideous experience of wedding dress shopping.

We did spend a fair bit of money on dh's suit, but he did wear it again on many occasions until it no longer fit.

squeakytoy Wed 22-Aug-12 05:23:12

Mine was a tenner in the sales grin

SleepyFergus Wed 22-Aug-12 05:39:51

Another Emma Roy, Edinburgh customer here. Pretty hideous service from them...there's the old crone who mans the door/sits at the desk as you walk in and seemingly 'vets' you before you're even allowed to touch a dress, and then there's the goth like youngsters (no offence to goths, just seems a strange place to want to work in) that 'assist' you in the 'glamourous basement' (ie. bowels) of the shop. Never at any stage was I meant to feel remotely special or excited about buying my wedding dress. I wish I'd gone elsewhere.……

Having said all that, I also had a Maggie Sottero dress which was just gorgeous and which I loved the minute I tried it on. Cost £500, and that was 7 years ago. Worth the dour service and experience sort of

lovetomoan Wed 22-Aug-12 12:11:08

£75.00 Monsoon 2012. I love it smile

1stbabyat30 Wed 22-Aug-12 12:18:55

£700 and I was told this was very cheap compared to some. Chose it purely on the fact it made me look the thinnest - rather than on the cost and it so happened it was the cheapest I tried on.

moonbells Wed 22-Aug-12 12:24:10

BellaOfTheBalls heh. That's funny. I altered mine a bit too, but not too much. Stitched a lot of lace applique on both the front and the back, more than the pattern suggested, and had a lace-edged cathedral veil.

I was after a dress with long sleeves since we were getting married in October. This was early 2004, and absolutely nothing had sleeves. I saw this one, and despite looking for several more weeks, couldn't get it out of my head. It was a bit like shoe shopping. You always end up with the one you saw first. I did think of putting on full sleeves but in the end went for the simpler solution of buying some wraps for us all.

Needless to say I loved the Duchess of Cambridge's dress and veil.

StrawbRhi Wed 22-Aug-12 12:31:40

Mine was £960 before alterations, bought in January this year (married in June).

Wasnt intending to spend anywhere near that much but fell in love the moment I put it on. At 5ft11 and size 24, anything that made me feel close to attractive is worth every penny though. It doesnt happen that often.

PineappleBed Wed 22-Aug-12 12:31:43

£650 down from £1600 Amanda wakley dress I got from the wedding dress sale at the thistle hotel marble arch wedding dress sale which they hold annually.

The alterations done by a lovely shop just off oxford street for £150.

If you can get to a sale like this I think they're good.

Also try Google "swoon wedding dresses" they do v reduced samples, seconds and second hand.

Shoes £11 debenhams as they ones I bought from the rainbow wedding shoe range in john Lewis just wouldn't break in.

Jewelry and hair dodah from wedding shoe I got bridesmaid dress from.

I only had a maid of honour and a small child bridesmaids so spent c.£320 on adult and £8 in monsoon sale on child.

Good luck - choosing a dress is so hard. Try to to let ppl saying spend more/less get this/that lead your choice.

Clytaemnestra Wed 22-Aug-12 12:32:21

£1400 for my dress, it was Charlotte Balbier - Arianna in pale gold and I bought it because it made me look like Belle from Beauty and the Beast smile

Before seeing it I didn't want a big princess dress, I wanted an understanded vintage lace number. Once it was on, couldn't take it off!

PineappleBed Wed 22-Aug-12 12:32:25

*not to

skyebluesapphire Wed 22-Aug-12 12:36:35

My dress material was £80, a friend who worked in a small wedding dress workshop made it for nothing. My tiara cost £50 and I got the shoes off eBay for £8.

jamboncru Wed 22-Aug-12 13:01:50

£800ish I think, in 2007. Shoes were a tenner though!! (mind you I did lose a heel at the end of the night so good job grin

It didnt look much on the hanger- in fact i didn't even pick it to try on, it was the assistant who brought it out after she had seen me in a few dresses and suggested it. She was a star - i bought it purely for the gasp and gawp from my mum as i exited the changing room (she is impossible difficult to impress). I loved every minute of dress shopping and don't regret spending that although i clearly never will again!! At the time we could afford it, we had a teeny tiny mortgage and no kids, and I felt amazing all day. OP hope you have a great time choosing

Badgerina Wed 22-Aug-12 13:07:03

£600 - handmade, custom, silk and french lace dress smile

FromagePlease Wed 22-Aug-12 13:35:42

£1460, but I negotiated it down from £1700, lots of lace and tulle in mine.

Always negotiate on anything wedding related: wine, flowers, dresses etc, we got money off lots of things. Good luck with youre dress hunt.

FromagePlease Wed 22-Aug-12 13:36:13

Sorry, this was 2011, I was married in May this year.

Nightfall1983 Wed 22-Aug-12 13:40:05

Ultimately about £0 grin

I'd decided on a £200 debenhams one as they are v. nice but still wanted the "Bridal Salon" experience with my DM and DSis (maid of honour), went to a local posh store and absolutely fell in love with one of the dresses. It was beautiful. Cost about £600 which was not bad really for a wedding dress but rather more than I'd budgeted. Went away feeling a little crushed, trying to work out if I could re-jig the budget whilst googling for the best price for that dress, found one on eBay. One one of that dress available on all of eBay, it was in my size and it was based in the same town. Went and tried it on, then bid for it and won - at £150, was thrilled!!

Then, despite wanting to keep it forever and ever and see my as-yet-unborn daughter get married in it eventually convinced myself to sell it. Spend about £25 getting it drycleaned and then sold it on eBay for £175 - total cost to me = £0!!

I fell in love with This Benjamin Roberts dress But it was discontinued around the time I started looking for dresses, although I don't think I would have had it as it was £1100 new and we were on a budget!
By some miracle, I found a lady selling the exact dress second hand in my size for £350 on
It fitted like a glove and it was absolutely perfect. She also gave me her cathedral length veil for free.

So, my dress cost £350 second hand in 2009 - but everyone who I know who has got married recently has spent £700-£1000 on their dress. I think around £1000 is quite normal now, if you are buying from a bridal shop.
It might be worth looking on google to see if there are any bridal dress warehouses in your area. (sell discontinued/ex sample dresses)
My mum and a friend of mine have recently bought their dresses for less than £400 from a place like this near Leicester where they had hundreds of dresses!

jamboncru Wed 22-Aug-12 14:01:55

Keepthechange - that was my dress too!!!!!!! grin. Love love loved it
Didn't pay £1100 for it though, was about £800 new - maybe it was a sale? Can't remember.
Still sitting in a box in a cupboard in my house. If I'd known I could have got £350 for it I might have gotten the thing repaired....

notnowImreading Wed 22-Aug-12 14:10:33

Mine was £500 plus £200 for the alterations (I had the style of the back changed). I loved it.

I have just seen the most beautiful wedding dresses reduced to £67 in the Monsoon sale this morning and if I were getting married again (I wish) that's what I'd get.

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Wed 22-Aug-12 14:13:44

100GBP, Oxfam Bridal, 100% silk designer smile

joanna111 Wed 22-Aug-12 15:16:59

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Flisspaps Wed 22-Aug-12 15:18:13

£200ish from eBay, new, 3.5 years ago.

HistoryNerd Wed 22-Aug-12 15:26:20

£130 from Coast, it wasn't a proper wedding dress, just a dress I liked smile

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Wed 22-Aug-12 15:29:45

joanna - really? hmm

Thumbwitch Wed 22-Aug-12 15:44:23

Good fucking grief. Just clicked on Joanna's "friend"'s choices. hmm
I think I'd rather wear actual clothes if I ever got married again.

€1,650 in 2008.

Mosman Wed 22-Aug-12 15:51:55

As Hugh Grant once said a vicar with a hard on is not a good look at a wedding. I'd probably skip the table decorations before skipping the actual outfit myself but each to their own

GragPop Wed 22-Aug-12 15:54:37

Hooker chic?

Whitamakafullo Wed 22-Aug-12 15:57:18

£250 9 years ago smile

reluctanttownie Wed 22-Aug-12 16:02:03

About £150 (may have been less, can't remember) 3 years ago. It wasn't a 'wedding dress' though, just a cream shift dress from LK Bennett.

Pandemoniaa Wed 22-Aug-12 16:18:54

Cripes! It occurs to me that Joanna's friend must have wanted to make as tasteful impact as this bride:

Thumbwitch Wed 22-Aug-12 16:25:55

Ugh - are those rubber wetsuits? Or just body paint? Ugh.

I think Joanna's friend forgot the actual dress to go over the underwear.

Flisspaps Wed 22-Aug-12 16:28:11

joanna111 are you having a laugh, or are you perhaps affiliated to

Pandemoniaa Wed 22-Aug-12 16:28:12

It's difficult to tell. But the strange bit of netting around her knees doesn't really make a wedding outfit! Like Joanna's friend who has clearly forgotten to buy a dress.

Fuzzymum1 Wed 22-Aug-12 22:02:04

I made my own - spent about £90 on raw silk fabric a few quid on a pattern etc - that was in 1993 :D

Hmm me thinks Joanna works for the site that sells all that tat.
My friend who got married this weekend just gone actually wore that exact outfit for her hen party for a laugh. Complete with flashing tiara and tacky veil, L plates etc.
jamboncru Wow that's amazing! I never found anyone with the same dress when I was planning the wedding, how funny! Wow £800 was good, although to be fair I didn't shop around for prices as I knew I wouldn't be buying from a shop. Might be worth a try to fix it and sell it?

Katienana Thu 23-Aug-12 15:29:37

£1200 plus alterations for a Justin Alexander 8483 dress. For the detail on it I thought it was a good price (before I saw the price tag I assumed it would be over budget).

My shoes were £25 from Next, my underwear was an expensive set from Bravissimo (about £80 altogether), borrowed my sisters veil and tiara. Borrowed necklace, wore my own earrings and DH bought me a bracelet to wear.

NoComet Thu 23-Aug-12 16:06:07

£100 worth of Liberty's fabric and a kind aunt who dress made for a living.

She made it as my wedding present. Probably the cheapest fabric she ever had. She tended to do jobs for Brooke who picked up silk and beaded fabric from Liberty's not the acrylic moiré taffeta my student grant would stretch togrin

NoComet Thu 23-Aug-12 16:06:58

How can people become Brooke ???angry

Spuddybean Thu 23-Aug-12 16:22:31

I have to ask after looking at Joannas friends wedding choice - when you say she looked like a princess, of where? Where do princesses dress like that? In disney porn!

My first wedding dress was £1250 reduced to £750 as display. My next one will be this dress ;)

I had this one from Helen Marina in 2004. Cost £2000. The cost was irrelevant, it was just the one I loved.

nkf Thu 23-Aug-12 16:48:19

£180 from Nicole Farhi and I wore it over and over again till it died.

LeftTheBlimminWashingOutAgain Thu 23-Aug-12 16:56:02

i had mine designed and made by a local shop for about £750 altogether including alterations. the material was beautiful. it was a very simple dress with beading and detail around the waist. i got married this feb. didn;t have a veil. most people i know who have got married over the last couple of years have spent over a grand.

OlympiaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 23-Aug-12 17:58:06

Hi there
WE have moved this to our weddings topic
Best of luck OP
NB mine was made for me and including 2 x bridesmaids all came in just under 1K but this was nearly 10 years ago shock

taxiforme Thu 23-Aug-12 19:14:08

£650 made by Sincerity

their dresses are mid priced and very good value for the workmanship (I was expecting to pay £2000 but loved my dress so much) lots of diff styles from classic to more simple/modern. Good luck. I would love to do it all again.

Tries on wedding dress at least one a month and has been married three years smile

Dettmann Tue 28-Aug-12 09:34:47

About $400! I bought at

highlandbird Tue 28-Aug-12 10:09:08

mine was the older version of this,mon_6.21/1531434112
with gold embroidery on it, about £220 at the time. Monsoon do beautiful, reasonably priced wedding dresses. My neighbour hemmed it for me, cost me a bunch of flowers smile

booksandchoc Tue 28-Aug-12 10:13:01

£30, wasn't even a wedding dress. Just a short cream dress. (it was a bit too short so I added a taffeta underskirt to make it more presentable)

itsjustmeanon Sun 09-Sep-12 21:36:45

£840 for dress veil and alterations in 2011. It's a crazy amount to spend on one day's dress, but parents insisted on paying. I got carried away as usually I'm very frugal.

rubyrubyruby Mon 17-Sep-12 22:32:12

I couldn't get the dress I wanted sad

I wore something very different instead - about £500

Oh my the cleaners now and can't wait to get it back....
Provonia 'petunia' with the cathedral length veil......had work done to the dress and veil so think it came in just over £2000. My wonderful parents got that bill :-)

Vera Wang for the dress and veil, in a beautiful duchesse silk, in 2008.

Have to say that Selfridges was wonderful for the whole experience!

xkcdfangirl Tue 23-Oct-12 19:13:24

I got a cream silk evening dress from M&S for £80, then spent a further £60 getting it slightly altered to fit me better. That was in the late 90s.

Well, DP and I have been planning on getting married for a while, but then illness and redundancy got in the way. We're well back on our feet now, so hopefully I shall be doing some dress shopping soon-ish. I'd kinda love something like this, which is weird as it is so not my usual style (am very much a skinny jeans and Cons / Docs kind of woman), but I just love it.

My sister is getting married next year, she has recently ordered her dress. It will cost £8000, plus whatever alterations she might need. She had tried on a few dresses and they were all lovely, but when she put this one on it was perfect and she looked so stunning I may have burst into tears blush. So well worth it, in my opinion.

However, I also have a friend who spent $40 on her dress off of Ebay, and it was just gorgeous, and she too looked beautiful. Obviously, the more you can afford to spend, the easier it may be to find a dress that you love, but I do think it's more about finding the perfect dress for you, and one that you feel great in, than the £££s you spend.

£30 in the sale at tesco, lovely ivory panne led dress, satin strapless fitted bust(panelled) and satin and lace panelled skirt, knee length. It was perfect and nobody who's seen the pictures (had no guests at the wedding) believed it was only £30 smile

£2500 blush

It was actually £3200 but I bought the shop sample

lynzie68 Mon 17-Dec-12 11:02:59

350ish this year, then paid 80 to have the whole horrible huge train etc cut off. So I had a 50s style dress (I loved the top section of the dress). I had pale blue and white petticoats added too.
I plan on wearing it again for a Vegas wedding when we eventually afford our honeymoon lol

Hendersaq Fri 28-Dec-12 05:47:19

About $300. You can try this

Notafoodbabyanymore Fri 28-Dec-12 06:57:48

£400 ex display model. Maggie Sottero dress marked down from £1100 which was a total bargain. Even came with a gorgeous full length lace veil and free re-size. Loved it and felt like a million bucks in it, but would never have paid full price! (Stingy? Me? Never!)

Notafoodbabyanymore Fri 28-Dec-12 07:00:16

Oh, sorry, it was 5 and a half years ago, btw.

DragonMamma Sat 29-Dec-12 23:46:46

£1250 for a Justin Alexander one which I sold for £750 a few weeks after. So technically £500 was the actual cost to me.

Beaverfeaver Thu 03-Jan-13 10:03:15

Mine was £800 in the sale reduced from £3000 and was a one off

mistlethrush Thu 03-Jan-13 10:10:57

My mother and I made mine, I think I paid about £170 for the silk. I couldn't have bought one that I liked more

jessjessjess Thu 03-Jan-13 23:43:00

Mine was £897 including alterations. The brand was Benjamin Roberts I think.

BadIdeaBear Sun 06-Jan-13 23:01:15

£35 inc p&p from ebay. From someone in Kent who bought two for choice...! Couldn't believe it fits almost perfectly although will have a few tweaks made.

Reaa Sun 06-Jan-13 23:11:02

£150 brand new from BHs, end of season and had "missing" pearls from the pattern which was not actually missing smile and my bridesmaid dress was £10 end of season with slight mark on the front which came out in the wash-my best bargains ever!

CointreauVersial Sun 06-Jan-13 23:14:21

£190 from Jigsaw, ten years ago.

I still wear it occasionally; it's a slinky number in maroon and pink crushed velvet.

CointreauVersial Sun 06-Jan-13 23:18:54

Shocked at people paying upwards of £3K for a dress worn once.

I know, special day, and all that...... £3K??!

janji Sun 06-Jan-13 23:33:48

£900 in 2000, but looking back would have been far more sensible to spend less on wedding and be more practical / cost conscious (still happily married and expense for one day not worth it in retrospect).

About £100 (12 years ago) for the fabric and made by a relative, no headdress or tiara or anything to bump the cost up either, it was a very simple long shift dress. Haven't got the faintest idea where it is, must be at my parent's house as it's not here.

BestIsWest Wed 09-Jan-13 22:16:14

£480 in 1987. I wanted something plain, long sleeves, heavy satin. In the second shop we visited the saleswoman insisted I try on a new dress they'd just had in as she wanted to see it on someone tall. I fell for it. It was a typical 80s Diana-Style meringue, huge lantern sleeves, ivory silk and lace and pearls. I adored it.

Wore it with a pearl and crystal tiara and a veil.

I still have it in the back of the wardrobe. Can't imagine parting with it

1Catherine1 Wed 09-Jan-13 22:28:03

£85, 5 weeks ago - ebay from China. An absolutely gorgeous dress. I love it, although there was a mark on the front of it which my mum though was done while making so it cost me an extra £60 to get it dry cleaned prior to the big day. So I guess £145 in total.

bubbles1231 Wed 09-Jan-13 22:31:52

£180 fifteen years ago. Bought it in my lunch hour much to my mother's horror, who had a day out planned shopping for it. It fitted like a glove & needed no alteration. I donated it to a charity shop 8 years ago before a house move (still happily married BTW)

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Wed 09-Jan-13 22:44:46

£225 in 1999. Forever yours. It was a one off sample the shop had been sent and it was the first one I tried on. Big pouffy princess/ballerina tulle skirt with a halter neck with collar. Gorgeous.

M0naLisa Wed 16-Jan-13 02:29:27

£40 Alfred Angelo from eBay.
Dad and stepmum bought me it after showing me it. When I saw it I fell in love with it so they bought it grin

Originally it cost £1500 but the girl selling wanted rid ASAP after her new failed marriage. No photos of the dress being worn as ride 'had ripped then up' shock (wonder what happened there then)

It was perfect, gorgeous. Now it's in a bag in our bedroom.

mmmmsleep Wed 16-Jan-13 03:31:57

400 inc alterations. Maggie sottero from ebay...was a cancelled wedding. Love it. It's one day keep that in perspective with cost...

Sucksoutthejoy Thu 17-Jan-13 01:14:40

No perspective here, £2,000 for dress, £3k all in. Pronovias double layered lace with cathedral lace edged veil. Getting married this year

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