Wedding Dress Cost


The perfect wedding dress represents, for brides, the ultimate search for that outfit that will valorize their body and personality on the wedding day. However, around the right wedding dress revolve many factors like time, budget, prejudices, different tastes, etc., which is why the decision may not be an easy one.

As the most important accessory, the wedding dress must be sought in advance. Whether you choose to buy it from a store or do it at a workshop tailor, you must first inquire about this year’s trends – if themed weddings are still on-trend and which are, depending on the place you will organize the wedding and the guests you will have. These are just a few aspects that you must take into account when choosing a wedding dress that, above all, must be impeccable and must fit you like a glove.

Try on as many models as you can and do not be embarrassed to tell the shop assistant that you can’t decide, and if you choose the services of a fashion house, ask the tailor for all the necessary changes. Do not forget, however, to consider their advice, given that most brides want their dresses with a molded corset. Start looking for your wedding dress at least two months before the wedding.

Typical costs:

  • Low costs: $200 or less
  • Medium costs: from $500 to $1000
  • High costs: from $2000 to $5000 or even more.

A cheap off-the-rack wedding dress bought from a department store or from a chain bridal retailer may cost around $200 or less.

For a medium cost, somewhere from $500 to $1000, you can buy a custom-made or an off-the-rack wedding dress with some lace detail, either from a bridal boutique or a chain bridal retailer.

If you are willing to pay a high price, somewhere from $2000 to $5000 or maybe more, you can have a designer custom-made silk dress from a well-known wedding boutique.

The Bridal Association of America states that the average cost is $1505 per wedding dress.

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Additional costs:

Don’t forget to take into account the dress alteration cost because you will pay from around $20 for a small adjustment to $200 for more labor-intensive work. When you buy your dress ask if alterations are included and if not how much will they cost, in case you have a budget plan.

Try to look for your dream wedding dress and order it at least 2 to 5 months before the big moment because many shops charge from 10% to 25% extra for urgent orders.


You should know that wedding dresses usually are easy to take in, but difficult to let out and you should also know that they run 1 size or 2 smaller than your usual size.

If you dream to have a designer dress but can’t afford one you can buy a worn-once dress from online stores for a price up to 70% off.

Nobody likes impulsive people and it is not necessary for a bride to have the sellers’ indulgence.

The most essential aspect that you must not forget is to … “remember to breathe.” You have no idea how much it will help you if you will keep calm, have a positive attitude and composure in front of the tailor, events organizer, cook, and especially in front of your husband.

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