(Closed) high fashion wedding dresses…am I the only one?

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ LLauRRa True dat! haha… that really irritates me. What are you spending your money on?!


I agree that there is better quality and details… cuts… fabric… w/ev that go into designer gowns than say DB… but not that much better when you get into the realm of Mag Sottero and Enzoani… gowns that are in the 1-2k range. Those are what I’m most attracted to. To be honest, once you’ve hit a certain price… that covered the materials and extra man hours… all you’re paying for is the label and rights to say who’s gown you bought. Thats how I feel. I’ll actually probably end up getting a knock-off that has my own customizations b/c nothing I see is theeeeeee perfect gown anyway.

Post # 33
1481 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I want to know why they are so high dollar…I know she has a line at target now …so now the rest of us can wear her name….but what about wedding dresses….some of them are a little crazy looking even the non fashion names…I look at them and think, "Really!". But someone out there will wear it…I guess! Im not one to spend $500 on a purse! Though I did spend $1,000 on my dress…but its not because I was looking for fashion names…mines an Allure…and I know there are fashion names out there that are 500 or less for wedding dresses…it just happen to be the one I fell in love with…and my mother gave me $1,000 for my dress. I guess Vera Wang and others got popular and esp in Hollywood and thats why their prices are so high. Im sure when she first started her prices werent so high…then again I dont know I dont follow fashion! Im a t-shirt and jeans girl! I like Target, Walmart, JC Pennys, places like that! O And June Bride…Im a size 11 shoe as well…Im looking for flats!! I hate shoe shopping as well…I usually go to Payless or Target for shoes…Im not sure where Im going to look for my wedding shoes!

Post # 34
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I feel the need to point out that I’m also one on of those "crazy" apparently woman who spend a lot of money on purses. 🙂 I love purses and shoes! As much as I love VW, Carolina, etc. I’m actually having my dress made by a woman in Portland. http://www.elizabethdye.com http://www.theenglishdept.com

Post # 35
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t know about all designers, but esp. if beadwork etc is hand done, the labor costs are significantly more.  My custom gown is being made in SF, and I have a good sense of how many hours of work are put into it.  And Suzanne’s employees are very talented aspiring designers themselves…so I don’t want her to pay them minimum wage.  Of course, it’s not like VW and OdR are sewing the dresses themselves anymore.

And so, yes, I think sometimes the name itself brings a mark up, but there is still significant extra cost.  Often the more expensive designers source from Europe instead of developing countries in Asia.  This drives up labor costs.  As does the much, much tighter quality control.  I think there really is a difference.  Maybe not enough to entirely explain the price tag, but at least part of it.  That difference may not be worth the extra cost to everyone, though.

Post # 36
62 posts
Worker bee

For my part, I might think it would be worth it if anyone in my ‘world’ could tell the difference, but I am fairly certain that none of my wedding guests would know a Vera from a David’s from a Maggie’s. It would kind of irritate me to know that I spent thousands of dollars extra on a dress that everyone would assume was from DB.

I have actually pondered going for a second hand dress, in the hopes I could do designer without the big price tag. I am near DC and a few of the wealthiest cities in the nation are right here, so I’m kind of hoping there would be a higher volume of used designer dresses there.


Post # 37
22 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

I like some designer gowns. SOME being the key word! I would probably 10% of the dresses the designers come up with. They are just too expensive for what they are actually worth.

Post # 38
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mandalee0624  I work with couture clothing and can tell you that the high prices truly are justified by the extra house and stupendously crazy cost of the materials. Most of the very expensive wedding dresses, like some of Vera’s, are so expensive because of their highly sophisticated and complicated design. Layer upon layer of boning in the bodice and endless pleating, ruffling, and folding of chiffon takes weeks to make (that’s why these gowns must be ordered a minimum of six months in advance!).

I’ll be rocking a J. Mendel gown (purchased today-so excited!) but I didn’t discriminate against lower priced dresses in my search. I’ll admit, I avoided David’s Bridal, but that’s really only because I’m not into traditional wedding gowns.

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