Groom ‘refuses’ to let his wife-to-be buy her dream $950 dress wedding dress


A groom-to-be has been branded ‘childish’ and ‘controlling’ after ‘refusing’ to let his fiancée buy her dream gown due to the price tag – despite it being under $1000 (£766). 

The man, known only as Josh, from the US, took to Reddit to complain about the supposed hefty cost of the gown his wife-to-be had chosen. 

In the lengthy post, Josh explained how the couple, who ‘aren’t the extravagant type,’ had each managed to put aside $10,000 (£7,648.00) for their dream day.  

But when his partner, referred to only as Emma, had her heart set on a $950 (£726) dress and a $120 (£91) veil, he put his foot down and set to work finding cheaper alternatives.     

Josh, who plans on wearing his dad’s old tux he used for his wedding to his mother, explained: ‘I had a quick Google around at dresses online and there were so many! And so many just like the one Emma wants for like $50 (£38) to $100’ (£76).

‘I’m not trying to get her to cheap out on her dress but she will literally wear it once. One dress for over $1000 (£766) is just insane – that would fund our honeymoon .’

However, many were quick to take to the comments section in support of Emma – and branded her choice of dress a bargain.

‘You say you don’t want her to cheap out, but then you say you want her to buy a $50 (£38) – $100 (£76) wedding dress. That’s cheap. That’s cheap even for a regular dress,’ wrote one.

A second agreed: ‘Honestly. I was going into this thread expecting her to want a 10k dress like the ones you’d see on Say Yes to the Dress or something. $950 (£727) and $120 (£91) for a veil is practically a steal depending on the area.’ 

Meanwhile, a third added: ‘If my fiancé called me a toddler for spending one grand of my own money on a reasonably-priced dress for our wedding, I’d be seriously reconsidering the marriage. That’s such childish behavior.’ 

The groom-to-be went on to say how he ‘refused’ to pay such a large amount for her dress – despite the bride and her mother offering to pay.  

‘It’s not a case of not being able to afford it,’ he continued. ‘It’s a dress! There are identical one’s online at a fraction of the cost.’

However, when Josh showed Emma the supposedly similar dresses he’d found for a snippet of the price from an App, he says he was shocked to find her ‘angry and upset.’ 

He added that after branding her a ‘toddler’ after ‘throwing a tantrum,’ she went to stay with her parents so she could ‘really consider’ if they were a ‘good match for marriage.’   

Many social media users were left infuriated by the post, and defended Emma and the price of her dress. 

‘Wedding dresses are expensive. A compromise would be a $500-$700 (£383-£536) dress. $50 (£38) is a joke,’ wrote one, while a further commented:

‘Wedding dresses and their tailoring are expensive. $1000 (£766) is actually a low priced dress. Yeah, the industry may be messed up and slightly exploitative, but honestly not too terribly priced of a wedding dress.’


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