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Designer Wedding Dress – How Much Should You Pay?

| planning, tips | June 2, 2014

You want a designer Wedding Dress don’t you…

So you’re engaged, the wedding plans are well underway, and it’s time to start shopping for the dress of your dreams. You may have an idea of the style you’re after, but how much should you spend?

 

designer wedding dress, how much should you pay

Chances are, this is your first trip down the aisle, and even if it’s not, you don’t exactly go wedding dress shopping regularly. That makes it hard to know what is reasonable to expect to pay, particularly if you have your heart set on designer or vintage wedding dresses.

Is it possible to find something nice for a few hundred dollars on a bargain website? Or should you expect to pay into the thousands? The average cost of a wedding dress these days varies between $1600 and $2300 US,  but it is entirely possibly to spend either far more or far less!

Designer wedding gowns, such as Vera Wang wedding dresses, will set you back considerably, as will paying for details such as elaborate detailing and beading. Depending on whether they’re handmade or where the material comes from, lace wedding dresses can also be rather expensive.

Vintage wedding dresses, depending on the fame of the designer, the age or the material used, can also be costly. Expect to pay at least $2000 US for a gown of this nature, if not considerably more.

Deals are available, though, before you worry that getting a great dress means breaking the bank. Online retailers often have blowout sales, and many brides have reported spending just a few hundred dollars on a dress that originally cost thousands. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to fit into a sample size, there are also sales on top designer dresses in limited runs, frequently discounted up to 70%.

Furthermore, many “preloved” sales websites feature local girls who are selling on their designer wedding dress, or even their mum’s vintage gown, at cut-rate prices. These sites and social media groups can be great sources of deals for brides.

However, if you have a larger budget or your have your heart set on a sumptuous, posh frock, then expect to spend out. For example, vintage dresses at shops in London are thought of as a bargain at £950, or $1750 AUD. And legendary Vera Wang wedding dresses will cost upcoming brides between $7200 and $33000 AUD.

When it comes down to it, for most brides the important parts are that the overall event goes well and they walk down the aisle in a dress that makes them feel like a princess. It’s more common that a specific style or shade is preferred, rather than insisting on a certain designer.

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