Wedding Dress Quality vs. Price – General questions

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FutureLadyL:   I also tried on a wide range of dresses in terms of price, simply because I have very sensitive skin and didn’t want to have an itchy scratchy feel to my dress, and certainly didn’t want an allergic reaction!   I found the quality took a big leap forward at around $3,000.-    My dress is a Martina Liana and the quality of the fabric is superb.   I also was very comfortable in several of the Paloma Blanca dresses, I loved the silk dupioni ones, and they were exceptionally well made.  The prices of those dresses was around $2,000 or a bit lower.  Good luck in your search!!!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

When I went dress shopping I tried on several Allure dresses that felt really nice and were all under $2000. The dress I ended up choosing is a super sparkly detailed Mori Lee, and it came in at $1380, so maybe the less detailed Mori Lee’s would be less expensive? Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@FutureLadyL:  Hayley Paige dresses are in the $3000 range.  I definitely agree with the quality changing around hte $2500-$3000 mark.  With that being said, have you thought about buying a pre-owned dress or going to a store that sells samples?  BHLDN has some really beautiful dresses of great quality for around your budget.  Nicole Miller, Ann Taylor, and JCrew are also a good place to look

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FutureLadyL:  My dress is a Maggie Sottero. The quality of the dress is magnificent. I tried on a dress that was about $500 more than my dress and the quality sucked. It looked cheap. I don’t remember the designer. I love my dress. My budget was $2,000. I ended up paying under that for my dress, veil, jewelry, and shoes. I was so pleased. I can’t wait to wear her in less than 5 months!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My dress is a symphony bridal and I paid 1200… The quality to me seems awesome

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@FutureLadyL:  I wonder what everyone means when they talk about “quality of fabric?”

An article on A Practical Wedding contained an interview with a dress consultant and she said that silk kicks in around–was it–$3,000 (?) Lower than that, not silk, generally speaking.

But I know that J Crew and others have simple pretty silk dresses for $1,000. They have no embellishments, however.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@FutureLadyL:  I wonder what everyone means when they talk about “quality of fabric?”

An article on A Practical Wedding contained an interview with a dress consultant and she said that silk kicks in around–was it–$3,000 (?) Lower than that, not silk, generally speaking.

But I know that J Crew and others have simple pretty silk dresses for $1,000. They have no embellishments, however.

Of course there are thin silk weaves, heavy weaves, and weaves in-between.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t know about quality of workmanship – but I wanted silk and that did seem to kick the price up a bit. I think fabric has a lot to do with it.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@FutureLadyL:  I’m on the Maggie Sottero, Alfred Angelo, and Mori Lee bandwagons! I had an under $1500 budget and tried on probably over 50 dress including many of these three and few were over $1300. Of course I ended up purchasing a Maggie Sottero that was originally $1800 but i got it for $500 at a sample sale. The sample was tried on hundreds of times and had zero discoloration and tearing. Only a few snagged beads, so I think that speaks to the quality and craftsmanship of the dress.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I bought a Pronovias dress at a sample sale for $915 out the door and the construction is absolutely stunning.

I also have a Maggie that I got as a steal, but even the real price of the dress (~$1200) is reasonable, and the construction on her is wonderful as well.

I think it’s more than just the fabrics used. It’s the techniques, attention to detail, and overall construction that lend to an “expensive” looking dress. You can use the best fabrics in the world but if the construction is flimsy or you have threads hanging out everywhere, or your pleating is uneven, it’s going to look cheap. Just my 2 cents!

EDIT: Oh, and another pet peave on construction is when the seams from the lining show through the outer layer of the dress, or you can SEE the boning when it is not part of the style to see it. Just cheap.

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Sure – quality is important but this is a dress you’re wearing for ONE day.  I mean, how “high quality” do you really need it to be?  Is a 15K price jump in “quality” actually justifiable for a one-day-wear?  IMO – no way.  

Nobody wants a cheap feeling wedding gown but if you’re going to pay out the arse for a gown….do it because you LOVE the gown…not because of the “quality.”  

The dresses I tried on ranged from $1100 to $3000 and I ended up taking the one that was $3000.  They all felt the same, quality wise, to me.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@FutureLadyL:  the only comparison I have are the 6-800$ dresses at davids bridal. I went to a salon and tried on amazing quality 1400-1600  $ essence of Australia. Compared to davids dresses, I understood why people pay way more than I thought I would ever. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

have you looked on preownedweddingdresses.com ?

I bought an $11,000 oscar de la renta dress for $2500. There are a lot of dresses to sift through so you should mostly know what you’re looking for. You can even search a specific dress if you want, or just by style or designer.

 

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

OP, I would suggest looking at samples or pre-owned. My dress was originally $3k, got it as a sample for half the price, and plan to sell it- too pretty to sit in my closet and turn yellow!

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