10/30 {Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Vera Wang Joy-Inspired Gown for Under $1,500

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Is your wedding dress a splurge-worthy occasion? That’s what Ya-ting is trying to decide.

Hello!  I’m kind of in a dilemma about a wedding dress…  I’m in LOVE with the Vera Wang Joy dress from Fall 2012. but I’m not in love with the price tag ($6000+).  I have been to a couple of wedding dress shops but have not found a similar style yet and I feel as if I won’t be able to.  I have some people telling me to splurge, and some saying it’s not worth it.  What do you think and can you help me find similar styles??  Thank you!!


Personally, I wanted to splurge on my dress,  but also keep it within reason. For me, $700 was a stretch in what I was comfortable with. Later, after buying my dress, my fiancé told me he had envisioned me spending $1,000 to $1,500. Basically, people differ on what a “splurge” actually constitutes. It’s all relative! Is an authentic Vera Wang paramount to your wedding vision? And are you willing to cut back in other ways to compensate?  I can’t answer these questions for you, but I can give you other options to consider before you decide to throw down 6 large on a real Vera Wang. I found several, far more affordable blush and off-white options that I think you’ll love…


Vera Wang Joy gown

(Estimated retail price $6,500)


Organza Fit and Flare ($1,248 at David’s Bridal)

Strapless Wedding Gown ($1,350 at upoppy via Etsy)

Tadashi Shoji Strapless Dress ($798 at Nordstrom)

Reem Acra Florence Gown ($400 rental through Rent The Runway)

Theia Tiered Organza Mermaid Gown ($1,495 at Neiman Marcus)

Blossom Sheer Mermaid Evening Dresses by Mignon ($398 at eDressme.com)

I have to caution people about being in love with a dress they’ve never tried on. It’s a beautiful dress, but that lower waist, for example, wouldn’t look good on me. The dress I ended up with, in fact, wasn’t what I would have envisioned for myself. But it looked amazing. Try some things on. Give it a try, and, if the price is still too much, pick the features you truly love, and focus on finding those details in a cheaper dress.