Saturday, February 09, 2008

You Decide 2008..on the dress...not the candidates!

Honestly I don't know what to do. Every dress I like is $4,000. It's not fair. Why can't I just find something that's less than 2k that's wonderful? It's not that I'm going to the wrong places...I've been to high end salons...low end salons...everywhere. And the only two dresses I actually see myself wearing are 2 grand outside my budget.

Really...what do I do? I'm going to either suck it up and pay the big bucks...or keep looking. Here are the two favs. I felt amazing in both, and would love to wear either one on my wedding day. They both felt like "the one"...(both photos from the Knot) I'm taking votes. Do you like 1 or 2 better? OR do you think I can do better in general (for cheaper).

1. Jenny Lee

2. Modern Trousseau


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me personally the Jenny Lee is my hands down favorite. No comparison! But I'm slightly biased because a Jenny Lee dress was my second runner up. I ended up not going with it b/c it was about 1,000 more then my dress (which was already too much!). But I can still feel the softness of the silk.... So if you did end up paying in the 4,000 range at least you know you're getting quality.

It's super easy to say "keep shopping and find something cheaper." Sometimes I regret spending so much on my dress (3,700 total)...not b/c I don't love it but because it seems SO crazy to spend that much on anything. But like you I had been everywhere (both high end and budget)...I was exhausted and couldn't imagine trying on any more dresses. The process wasn't even fun anymore. Maybe I should have taken a break and then tried again, but I felt like I hit every store, I don't even know where else I could have gone.

Saturday, February 09, 2008 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger EthidiumBromide said...

I also like the Jenny Lee more than the Modern Trousseau. Personally, I can't imagine spending that much on a dress I will wear for 8 hours and then donate, but that's just me and I'm just a poor biomedical Ph.D. student shelling out a fortune for the wedding. I was in LOVE with a $3500 dress but could not fathom spending that much. After months and months of searching, I finally found another dress for $780 that I liked just as much.

Saturday, February 09, 2008 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are both beautiful dresses, but i don't think I'd want to spend that much money on a dress for one day. I got my $650 dress from Elegant Forever Bridal Boutique in Germantown, MD. Check them out. That's the only store I went to. I tried on 4 or 5 dresses and I found the one, very quickly!

Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger X said...

Looking at these photos, I would hands down choose the Jenny Lee, too. But the modern trousseau has the most amazing organza "tails" that stem from that band across the waist. They trail just a little longer than the train, and did I mention that for the same price as the jenny lee, a long, chapel length mantilla with just a touch of lace would be included? It's positively radiant and flowy...perfect for the beach. And does wonders for my figure.

Sunday, February 10, 2008 4:41:00 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

I'm with Ms. Capital Hill on this one. However you decide, just keep in mind that even though you'll only wear the dress for a few hours, you'll have pictures of it for a very long time. If you don't have much time left to find something more affordable - then just go for it! Good Luck!

Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger Bsam said...

I love the Jenny Lee! I also second Ms. Capitol Hill, as you know from previous posts I was second guessing how much I spent on my dress ( only wearing it for 8 hours) but you can look at everything that way..how much your spending on cake/food/CHAIRS thats only for 8 hours...so what i suggest is go with your gut/heart and definitly keep budget in mind. Its your one day...you want to feel comfortable and beautiful, after all eyes WILL be on you. If you can stretch your budget and you feel the dress is worth it go for it!! If you think you could use that money else where than perhaps keep looking, or look on the web...if you could find that dress in a sample sale size you coudl get it for half off! Personally I kept to my budget and than for xmas/my bday i asked for gift certificats to my bridal salon from my parents/relatives and that helped offset the cost of my dress! Kepp us informed of what you choose!

Monday, February 11, 2008 9:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try buying a dress at a sample sale. You can pick up a designer dress at about half the cost. Just start calling around to the salons to find out when they'll be wanting to start unloading their samples.

Monday, February 11, 2008 11:52:00 AM  

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