My daughter and I started shopping last week for her wedding gown, as she was recently engaged.
We were amused to see that there really are wedding gowns on the retail racks that can cost thousands of dollars.
But since the most expensive gowns were not the shape and style she had settled on after trying on several lower-cost dresses, we simply admired the exquisite detailing as if they were works of art in a museum and she did not try any of them on.
Since that time, one of the aunts sent my daughter this article that explains how and why wedding gowns can be made in such a wide variety of price ranges and ordering deadlines. You want to read it too, if you are in a wedding planning stage: A Practical Wedding’s Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Shopping.
The industry has evolved so far that today is a fabulous time to be shopping for a $500 wedding dress. Price points have actually come down. You can get a super cute dress, that totally looks like a wedding dress in that traditional sense, that has some embellishment for under $500. You will be buying poly. You may or may not be buying domestically produced. So you have to pay attention if it matters to you. The only thing you typically won’t get is an underskirt. It’s the weight of the dress that translates into a really stunning fit that you won’t get until you hit probably $800.
Once you hit $1,000, you’re typically going to get a train. You’re going to have more structure. The dress will have more layers of lining. You might get into lace. Very likely at $1,000 you’ll have a head to toe lace dress as an option. It’s just going to be a little more substantial. For some women it’s going to feel more like a “traditional” wedding dress.
The image with this post is some of some of the dresses my daughter and I saw. None of them are the three she currently has on the top of her list – I just wanted to take the picture to illustrate the endless variety of styles that exist!
– Paula Wethington