Brittany
Savvy June 2017

What's a average price for a wedding dress?

Brittany, on September 29, 2016 at 1:50 AM Posted in Wedding Attire

What's a average price for a wedding dress? I found a dress that I love and it costs 1250. Is that reasonable? Also how much are alterations usually?

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  • carriemichelle
    VIP June 2016
    carriemichelle ·

    It really all depends what type of dress you have, and where you got it. Is it in your budget to spend $1250 on a dress?

  • HoneyLife
    VIP October 2016
    HoneyLife ·

    Picture of the dress and tell us what types of alterations.

  • Ioana
    Devoted November 2016
    Ioana ·

    I spent $1150 for mine.

  • Miss.MtoMrs..K
    Master October 2016
    Miss.MtoMrs..K ·

    I spent $300 on my dress but with alterations and the things I added to the dress it was $600. So the grand total is $900

  • Brittany
    Savvy June 2017
    Brittany ·

    This is a picture of it in all white. Im getting it in white and ivory. I feel like its worth it because of the beading. I originally said 1,000 as my budget for my wedding dress.


  • Brittany
    Savvy June 2017
    Brittany ·

    This is the back of the gown


  • Natalie
    Dedicated June 2017
    Natalie ·

    Spend only what you feel comfortable spending on a wedding dress, it doesn't matter what anyone else here has spent.

    That being said, mine rings in right at 2000, so your's isn't expensive in my view.

  • PushingButtons
    Super May 2017
    PushingButtons ·

    Try it on and see if it is worth going 250 over budget and if you can make cuts elsewhere in your budget to accommodate that 250. Factor in alterations as well which will probably cost hundreds of dollars easily.

  • Genny
    Dedicated October 2017
    Genny ·

    It's so pretty! And if you're comfortable with the price, I say splurge a little! Or maybe cut a few hundred dollars from another part of your budget? My dress was $1300.

  • BlueHenBride
    Master March 2017
    BlueHenBride ·

    It's gorgeous! Since it's not quite in your budget, I'd recommend looking around at a few other dress shops to see if you can find a similar dress that has a slightly lower price tag. I can't guarantee you'll beat this one, but it really wouldn't hurt to try.

    When we went dress shopping, my mom asked each boutique what their average dress price was so we would know what we were walking into. 3 out of 4 shops had an average of $1500. The fourth shop was a little higher.

    My dress cost around $1800, but we ordered it with a hollow-to-hem and bust-waist-hip customizations to avoid major alterations later. The customizations totaled $267 (this amount is included in that $1800 total). I've read other brides on here with lace dresses have spent as much as $400 just on hemming a dress, and had I ordered a standard size, I would have needed major alterations in the bust on top of that. We would have been looking at much more than the $267 in alterations.

    Hems can cost different amounts based on how complicated the job is. If the material has an intricate pattern that needs ti be preserved, like the lace that I mentioned before, it can be super expensive because they have to remove the lace trim at the bottom of the dress, hem the remainder, and then see the place trim back on. Dresses without trims don't require quite as much work, so the cost wouldn't be as high.

  • S
    Savvy December 2016
    SamiJo ·

    My dress was $1450 and veil was $354. To have my fitting done through the place I bought the dress alterations were $350 as well.

  • Melissa
    Master March 2018
    Melissa ·

    I personally think that's around the average price. But it all depends what you're comfortable spending. Some people won't spend more than $100. Some people will spend $10,000.

  • Lacy
    Super March 2017
    Lacy ·

    Just depends on budget. My dress was 1100, but only because my sweet FH snuck a thousand dollars into my bank account because he knew my budget was so low. Had he not done that, then my dress would have been unreasonably priced. It's all relative!

  • MzRosaLu
    Master July 2016
    MzRosaLu ·

    That looks very similar to my dress (Allure 9266), which retails for $1400. Is this photo from a site like preownedweddingdresses.com or tradesy.com? Just asking because of the way the photos were taken.

    Also, I ended up spending $495 for dress alterations, which included having cups sewn in, side seams, hem, and bustle.

  • Private_User832
    Master August 2017
    Private_User832 ·

    I read an article that said the average wedding dress was $1300 and in my area I've not seen any dresses for less then 1100 unless at a consignment shop - my area has been around $1500 in the stores I've seen as the average but it's ultimately about your budget

  • Phylicia
    Super April 2017
    Phylicia ·

    Mine is $1100... I didn't want to spend that much, but I fell in love and so did my mom... the most expensive dress in the store was $2500.. it was a smaller boutique ..

  • Jennifer
    VIP July 2016
    Jennifer ·

    It depends on where you are, what your looking for, and what you can spend. I originally spent $1300 for a dress, but by the time my wedding rolled around I'd gained weight and they couldn't let it out enough. So I bought another dress for $170. It was the same body style, and it was gorgeous!

  • MrsDrum
    Master June 2017
    MrsDrum ·

    There's such a big range of prices and factors that it's hard to come up with an average. There are dresses for $200 and dresses for $20,000.

    Mine:

    Ceremony dress: Maggie Sottero $1700

    Reception dress: David’s Bridal $600

  • Trish
    Super June 2017
    Trish ·

    Mine was $1400

  • MB2MA
    VIP January 2017
    MB2MA ·

    It's reasonable ...if you can swing it -do it !

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