(Closed) NPR: Why Did My Wedding Dress Cost SO Much?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i saw this today too! it’s crazy but not at all surprising to see a $2,000 mark-up on a dress. her tips werent all that helpful, but then again, i dont really think there is anything to be done about it. if you want the intricate white gown and you don’t know a seamstress who owes you a favor, you’re going to over pay :/

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Come on!  She didn’t know her dress was polyester? 

I believe in being an informed consumer.  It’s not hard to investigate where dresses are being made and what materials are being used. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Thanks, I can’t watch it now but I will when i get home.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wish I could watch it. I hate how all the news now is starting to become videos!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@bostongirl27:  Yeah, her tips were really unhelpful. “Shop around,” after she had just gotten done explaining that she shopped around for her dress and still overpaid! And $700 was just an estimate of fabric + labor. She glossed over the costs for R&D, marketing, distribution, the designer’s, manufacturer’s and salon’s overhead and all the other many costs that go into any product. And after all those costs, the designer, manufacturer and salon still have to make a profit.

@mink:  ITA, and the way she turned up her nose and said, “THIS is POLYESTER?” Polyester has come a LONG way since double-knit suits.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

To summarize, she took her Enzoani gown to a wholesale fabric shop in NYC and asked the owner how much the materials would cost.  He went through the layers and ultimately determined that it would cost around $1,200 (but that the manufacturer probably gets a deep discount on the materials). When he stated that it was polyester, she seemed shocked (this is what I reacted to above…it’s not hard to research the materials and the tags give the content as well).

She then took the dress to a seamstress who said that it would cost about $200 in China to cover the labor it took to make the gown.  The seamstress guessed that it was a $1,500 gown.

She paid $2,700 for the dress after shopping around (I think she said she was originally quoted $3,500).  So, she feels ripped off.  Her only tip was to shop around.

 

 

She obviously loved her gown and she wouldn’t have bought it if she wasn’t comfortable with the price, so it’s kind of sad that she feels “ripped off” now. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Pretty pointless video. I learned…nothing. We all know we pay more for things than the manufacturer did. A good tip would be to shop sample sales. Or not go designer. Enzoani dresses are slighty more pricey. And wasn’t the lining polyester? Not like the top material was. People fork out thousands for a wedding dress no matter the material or manufacturing cost. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

@garden_bride:  Agreed.  I’m constantly posting links to the sample and preowned websites here when people talk about being on a budget.  There are so many ways to get a discount on bridal!  🙂

 

In case anyone is intrested…

The pre-owned sites:
Pre-owned Wedding Dresses

Once Wed
Recycled Bride
Bravo Bride 

 

The sample/resale shops:
Church Street Bridal
(online and b&m)
Vows (online and b&m)
Your Dream Dress
Le Dress Boutique (online and b&m)
Encore Bridal (online and b&m)
Fabulous Frocks of Charleston (online and b&m)
Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria (online and b&m)
Bridals by Lori’s Outlet
(online)
Scarlet’s Closet (online)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@mink:  I am a designer fan, and would pass out from excitement if I could afford an Elie Saab to walk down the aisle in. But I can’t afford it. My dress would have cost me $4000 – it is a private designer but paid $900 for it cause it was a sample. My belt cost $500 and that was a splurge. I am such a sample advocate!! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

@garden_bride:  Same here.  I’m happy to pay for quality fabrics and good construction…but I’m even happier to find a sample sale.

Perhaps it’s the NYCer in me.  🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@garden_bride:  @mink:  Aww. My dress was 100% polyester. And still gorgeous! I didn’t feel like it was low-quality. Granted, it wasn’t a high-end designer dress.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I am fairly certain I have said similar things to these on other boards. But I will say them again. When I started researching wedding dresses I had a mini heartattack and actually laughed when some of my friends told me how much they spent (i know I shoudln’t have, but it was one of those impossible to contain things) I have made a majority of my clothing throughout my life and my mother and grandmother made it for me when I was young, I think this might be not an american culture thing, but we have a different appreciation for clothes I guess. I was origionally researching only the best organic fair trade silks and cottons to make my dress out of and it still was not going to be nearly what it cost for a designer dress. buying all the fabric and counting my self as $20/hr to make the dress would have MAYBE cost $1000 total Counding the time it took me to dream, design, draw, MAKE a dress dummy of my self, fit and HAND BEAD the bodice. This is a realistic dress price. 

@Over the Moon:  I read the rubuttal, what they are missing is that other dress stores have the same things (rent, utilities, paying the clerk and the stop manager, the cost of the delivery and shipping and cleaning etc) Macys for instance spends the same ammount of money to ship a white prom dress weighing 9lbs as Davids bridal spends to ship a white wedding dress of the same weight. Why are the white prom dresses made of similar materials (and often looking the same) $300? Just my thoughts. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Keltaena:  I don’t have anything against polyester, but the way she was talking in the video was like POLYESTER?!?!?! lol It was the lining in her dress so her reaction just didn’t make sense to me. I saw pics of your dress and your recap – you looks stunning!! 

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