Lucy
Beginner October 2023 Cumbria

Is it possible to find a dress for under £700

Lucy, 11 November 2021 at 16:44 Posted on Wedding Attire 0 27
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I’m worrying a bit on spending too much on my dress so I had wanted to keep it to a minimum and I’m now worrying about alterations etc. I’m curvier and wondered what websites people have been using (that have in person stores) with this sort of cost?

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Latest activity by Grace, 20 November 2021 at 12:16
  • M
    Expert July 2023 Cheshire
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    Hi lucy i think wed2be would be perfect for you x💗
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  • Kelly
    Curious July 2023 Lincolnshire
    Kelly ·
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    Have you thought about ASOS? You can order on buy now pay in 30 days through Klarna....you can try on and return before having to make the payment. If you want your bridal party there, you could invite them round and make an evening of it
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  • Charlotte
    Expert April 2022 Wiltshire
    Charlotte Online ·
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    Mine was 449 with alterations, got it in a little shop that is not well known, a family run place, so is worth looking for bridal shops that are not the boutique places. The one I used does prom and ballgown as well, from the outside was nothing special and want going to go in but my Bm forced me and so glad I did, they were lovely and felt they helped and understood what I wanted. Wed2be are all under 600 I think but I really felt like it was a production line and the staff were not I terwsted and the dresses just didn't feel that nice and hard to tell if it would look good when their sample sizes are small so fur us curvy brides you have to take the risk and order it without knowing the true fit. If you were closer I would say go to where I went. Really hope you can find something x
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  • Jane
    Savvy June 2022 Bristol
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    Yes! I went to a more traditional bridal shop (with the intention of learning what I wanted and then buying somewhere cheaper) and fell in love with my dress (never though a dress would make me cry but it did I )- then I discovered it was an end of season display dress that cost half your budget (£1k+ off list price). I’m very lucky as it fits perfectly - I need to pay for some bits to be tidied/cleaning etc but total cost will be less than £700 and it’s a designer dress…
    Long story short - yes, you can do it for less than £700. Keep your eyes (and options open). Good luck!
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  • Jill
    Beginner February 2023 South East London
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    You can definitely get one for under £700. I'm on the dress hunt and during my research I've seen dresses for under that price on Wed2b and other bridal sites, a lot of them have sale sections. There's also outlets if you Google your nearest one. I've been surprised by how many dresses are available on the likes of Facebook, so join some bridal groups, they aren't all secondhand either. Also check the for sale section on here and of course eBay. Good luck! X
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    Beginner April 2022 South West London
    Holly ·
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    I checked with a bridal shop what styles I liked and then bought my gown new from ebay as an ending item that had no bids for just £100 I made sure it had a corset back so it was fully adjustable and that the size was roughly what I needed + a bit extra. When it arrived, I tried it on and it fit everywhere except length, that's going to cost about £250 to fix, so a £350 spend on what would have been a £1-2k dress.


    I also found another new one of the same dress on ending bid for £110, which I purchased and resold for £700, completely paying for my dress and making £240 profit to spend on a tea dress for my reception party and separate family dinner.
    That I spent on an RRP £1.6k tea length handmade cotoure lace and silk dress on final bid for £160 which needs a bit of altering for £200 (it has a zip back and I want a corset back and an extra layer of satin) so all in all a £120 spend.
    I'm likely going to resell the two used gowns after the ceremony, or at least the full length one because it's too massive to store, so hoping to end up with a profit at the end, which will offset the wedding part (we're eloping and it's costing £600). Hopefully I'll sell both at around £300-400, making up to a £200 profit from them and having a "free" wedding.
    Below are the pics of the big dress I went for ❤️
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  • R
    Super July 2020 Monmouthshire
    RomanticGreenStationery27135 ·
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    There are loads of options for under £700. Mine was under £200! Try mail order, high street shops and second hand (I also found a couple of bridal boutiques that had a selection for under £500 and bridesmaids dresses that could be ordered in white/ivory etc for under £200)

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  • Jess
    Savvy October 2022 Worcestershire
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    Depending on whereabouts in the country you are based there’s a great small business in the West Midlands (Hagley, just outside of Birmingham) called With Love Bridal and all of their dresses are in your budget and they have lots of plus size dresses too. The owner is really knowledgeable and I’m sure she’d be able to help you out!
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  • Lucy
    Beginner October 2023 Cumbria
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    I’m actually going to be moving to the Leicestershire area by the time I need to go shopping so that’s perfect!
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  • Lucy
    Beginner October 2023 Cumbria
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    Thank you! I had looked, I think I’m just nervous to try on dresses and feel sad about what I look like! I’ll definitely add it to the visit in person list!
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    Expert July 2023 Cheshire
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    Im the same so ordered on line without trying on now im going to try in bridal shops im nervous like you i hope you enjoy the experience and find your dream dress x💗
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  • R
    Savvy September 2023 Durham
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    I have just been to wed2b today myself and they have some gorgeous styles I think the lady said the cheapest was £400 and most expensive £800 staff was lovely and helpful as well and I didn’t get pressured into buying anything today which I liked
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  • Rachael
    Beginner February 2022 West Midlands
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    Yes! I was worried too so I went to the wedding fair at the NEC and got a beautiful sale dress at 500 quid! 60% off the retail price!!

    Look out for wedding fairs!

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  • Emma
    Beginner October 2022 Norfolk
    Emma ·
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    Yes! I bought mine from a small bridal shop, they were all ex samples so that made them slightly cheaper. I spent £450 on my dress Smiley smile

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  • I
    Beginner August 2023 Cambridgeshire
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    I have two friends who’ve got their wedding dresses from Dig for Victory in Brighton: https://www.digforvictoryclothing.com/
    It’s come in at £500-600 including consultation, alterations, customisations etc, and they provide a really good service. One friend is a bit curvier and she finds the vintage look really flattering Smiley smile
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    Beginner June 2022 Hertfordshire
    Carole ·
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    I have this BNWT for sale. Size 14 but corset back will allow it to fit 12-16. Includes the fishtail underskirt presentation box and hanger

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    Beginner June 2022 Hertfordshire
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    Can’t seem to upload photo. It’s the Wed2be Constantina

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  • HayleyIngram
    Beginner April 2022
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    Hello,

    I also wanted to not spend too much on my dress so looked at second hand bridal shops and the bought my dress at a seconds shop in Rugby (Mabel and Maud). All the dresses are ex display items so most less than half the price but still amazing.

    Hope you find your dress soon Smiley smile

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  • Mia
    Beginner April 2026 West Midlands
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    I have just bought my dress from Amros Atelier on Etsy. It should be about £444 quid but because it was on sale I bought it for £267. I sent the head seamstress a message with my most up to date measurements and recent photos so she could see my body shape. I've yet to try it on and even if it does need altering, it's far more reasonable that what brides seem to expect to pay. Hope this helps ❤️
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  • J
    Beginner October 2022 Aberdeen & Deeside
    Jennifer ·
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    Ive seen some really lovely dresses on WED2BE, with a lot of them being under £700. 😊
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  • L
    Beginner September 2021 North London
    Leanne ·
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    If in London try Betty McCaul in Enfield, ranges start from £499 and have a good range of sizes
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  • L
    Beginner November 2021
    LuxuriousPurpleDecor72825 ·
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    I got my dress in the sales when the next season dresses were due to come in. They had loads to choose from and it cost just under £500 - with the alterations it came to £720

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  • Jess
    Beginner June 2022 Berkshire
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    I got mine on stillwhite.com for £400! you have to search a lot and make sure to use the location filters but there is so much choice on there. I was able to go and try it on first and the dress itself had never been worn, they just were not able to return it to the shop!

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  • L
    Beginner August 2022 Cambridgeshire
    Luxuriousivoryconfetti75138 ·
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    Try Sample sale! My budget was £2000 going into dress shopping but found my dream dress which retailed at £1600. I'm an overthinker so I left the store to look at the dress online and found the exact same one in my size (18) for £699 (essence of australia)
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  • Romanticpurplediamonds32382
    Dedicated April 2022 East Riding of Yorkshire
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    I got mine from wed2b and got it for £579
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  • Angeline
    Beginner October 2022 Dumfries Galloway & Ayrshire
    Angeline ·
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    I got my dress from eBay brand new designer dress £300 for what should of been a nearly 2k dress
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    Beginner June 2022 Devon
    Grace ·
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    Wed2B is amazing! Most dresses are under £700, and they have so many different styles to choose from! X
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