How Much is a Wedding Dress?
Many brides are often put in two situations when choosing the right bridal dress. For one, it’s a dress you will wear only once – just once in a lifetime. And, for something that you can’t go out with, have drinks wearing, or go to any event with, would it really be practical to spend so much on it? On the other hand, a wedding dress is clothing that you will have to wear on one of the most important days of your life. You will be photographed and recorded with it, thus, your image wearing that same dress will live on forever.
Now, no matter what side you are now, knowing the average cost of a wedding dress is important as it will allow you to gauge your budget. And the good news is, the average cost is surprisingly low! Well, okay. It’s not low-low, just okay-low. You might be thinking thousands of dollar but it’s actually not as much as you’d expect! So, what is really the average cost of a wedding dress in today’s time?
Drum roll, please.
The average cost of a bridal dress is around $280 to $1650, including the alterations.
So, what do you think? Certainly, that’s not “nothing” and it’s still a big amount. But, don’t you agree that it’s not as crazy as you’d think?
Factors that Affects the Cost of a Bridal Dress
To understand the wide gap between the prices, here are the factors that affect it:
- Where you purchase your dress
If a dress carries the name and label of a famous designer, such as Vera Wang, Christina Wu, Jenny Packham, or Oscar De la Renta, then it would exceed our average price range – around $2,000 to $12,000 and more. However, if you really prefer couture and personally designed wedding dress, the best way to stay within your budget is by finding local wedding gown designers. For example, Judith Valente was once the best bridal shop in Melbourne. Each of her dresses has that timeless elegance and sophistication every bride would certainly love. And, if you’re in San Francisco, there’s Amy Kuschel and Krustallos for Florida. They produce quality couture dresses at affordable costs.
Note that if you’re not picky about the name brand of your dress, the price you’d have to pay drops even lower and
you will have more options to choose from. You can try to shop for the perfect dress in a bridal salon with pre-made gowns ranging from $500 to $1,000. Or, you can look through dresses at a retail store or online and expect to pay only $280 or less!
- The details of the wedding dress
Naturally, a simpler dress will cost less. So, if you’re looking for a bridal dress with lots of beading and fancy fabric, expect to pay more. And, this is because intricate gowns need more materials as well as labor. Other details of a dress that affects the price are layers of tulle, crystal embellishments, corset bodices, and hand-embroidered floral appliques. To give you an idea, an elegant and grand ball gown complete with detailed embroidery will always be more expensive than a simple sheath dress.
Additional Costs to Consider
Now, there are more things you will have to spend on aside from your dress. You have to buy a veil, your lingerie, and your shoes as well. And all these can add up to about $250, considering that you ditch the branded and expensive shoe girls in “Sex in the City” wear. In addition, there’s also your accessories. What jewelries do you want with your wedding dress? You need to include all these costs to your bridal dress budget.
On top of everything else, there’s your hair and makeup. To hire a professional to do such service, you need to shell out at least $225. This is important to make sure that you will look as fabulous and breathtaking as you want to be during your big day!
Another additional cost you need to consider is dry cleaning. Of course, after paying so much for one special dress, it will be wise if you keep it in great condition. And, prices usually start at $100.
Add everything together and the total average cost of a wedding dress – along with everything else to complete your bridal look
except jewelry – is around $855 to $2,225. Feeling overwhelmed yet? Remember, this is just the beginning! There’s still the venue, catering, photography, videography, wedding invitations, wedding rings, flowers, party favors, and entertainment. Plus, there’s your groom’s attire, gowns for your bridesmaids and suits for your all groomsmen as well. So, stay calm and breathe. Your wedding dress is just the start of many more decisions to come.