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I’m in Australia and am just starting to get in the swing of things re: wedding planning. I’ve started looking at wedding gowns and initially was thinking of a dress budget of $2500 for something off the rack and then adding on alterations costs. However, I’ve become a bit smitten with a simple sheath dress I found on google images and I haven’t found something similar enough that’s ready-made so I’ve asked a local dressmaker if they’d be able to custom design one for me. They’ve quoted a starting price for $3500 which is significantly more than what I had planned but I just wanted to get an external point of reference re: how much others usually spend on wedding dresses and whether this would seem reasonable for a custom made dress. Although I have been bridesmaid plenty of times, my friends have mostly all had cultural weddings so don’t really have an external point of reference for a traditional white wedding dress. Would appreciate input from the hive to put together some sort of frame of reference re: budget.
Post # 2
First and foremost your budget should be what you are comfortable spending and what you can afford to spend. Some brides spend $500 and some $10,000+.
My budget was $5000 but I found a dress I liked for $3000. With alterations it was $3333.33.
You say a starting price of $3500 so what would the range be? Could that $3500 become $5000 and if so, is that something you can afford? I would try to lock down a solid price before committing to something like that.
Post # 3
I don’t think what other people spend should be any consideration when deciding what you should spend.
I was originally looking to spend around £1.5k to maybe £2.5k at a push but I was interested in simple well constructed crepe dresses and I soon realized these cost a lot more than all the lacy sweetheart neck dresses that I was seeing but didn’t like. I ended up spending £3.5k on my because I could, if my 1.5k original budget was strict then I would have had to find something for that.
Can you post a picture of the dress that you like and maybe someone can help find similar designs? Someone here actually found something really similar to one of the dresses I was considering and it was only around 1.8/2k but it wasn’t easily available in the UK so in the end I couldn’t go for it.
Post # 4
I appreciate what you guys mean about not basing it on what others have spent. It’s more that I’d like to get an idea of the bell curve of where people’s dress prices sit – even if it is just a small sample on the wedding bee. Whilst stores will sell dresses that are priced $10k+, that doesn’t necessarily mean most ppl are spending anywhere near that much. I’d be able to spend 5k+ on a dress but, of course, there is always opportunity cost associated and I’d prefer not to spend too much on an outfit which will be worn for a short six to seven hours of my life. I’d basically just like to know if $3500 is reasonable for a custom made gown and if I should be reassessing unrealistic expectations.
This is the dress: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/256634878752063643/
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2016 - Temecula, California
My dress was about $2400 and I got it at a trunk show for around $2000. I really wanted a romantic Maggie Sottero dress but I was unable to see prices online so I went in kind of blind. I saw that there was a trunk show about an hour away from me so I decided to check it out. Luckily when I got there I found a bunch in my price range and fell in love with the second one I put on. Plus the trunk show discount was awesome! I highly recommend doing that! You can definitely find something in your price range you love! Good luck!
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
That’s a beautiful gown! I didn’t go the custom route so I can’t say whether or not the price is fair, but if it feels too high then definitely shop around! Show different consultants the photos and see if they have anything similar in stores and then compare prices! You may even find something you like more.
To answer your question, we were planning a very small, affordable wedding so my dress budget was $700-$1000 (we were going to pay $5,000 for the whole wedding!). But then we had an amazing opportunity come along to have our wedding with all expenses paid, so I ended up with a dress in the range of $3,000 – $5,000 from Kleinfeld. I don’t know how much money I’d have to be making to feel comfortable spending that much on a dress for ONE day, so if it wasn’t gifted, I would have spent far less.
Post # 7
Ok, my budget was £1,500 MAX but before I started shopping I was sure I would find loads of dresses for WAY cheaper than that. Lol. I was wrong. The dress I bought came in just under BUT it was in a sample sale, full price was like £2,300! Also, I didn’t factor in alterations at the time as I knew it would be dependant on the dress and what needed doing. My alterations are costing me £280. So, overall, a big chunk of budget has gone on my dress which is insane as it is only and dress and only for one day, but I feel amazing in it – so, pfffft, who cares lol.
Post # 8
I don’t have any idea how much a custom made wedding dress would be. But as far as how much I would pay for a wedding dress, I would not want to pay over $800. I am not a picky person. I am only going to wear it for a day. I’d rather use the money towards our honeymoon. Our honeymoon will probably cost more than our wedding.
Post # 9
So this will be different in Canada but I paid $500 for my dress (from Etsy) and my friend had a custom dress made for around $1000 from a small designer who just worked out of her apartment. Etsy is a fantastic place to get a custom dress for less money. But if you’d rather avoid the risk of buying online and don’t have a problem spending the money, then it doesn’t really matter what other people have spent.
Post # 10
$3,500 doesn’t seem unreasonable for a custom gown but it sounds like more information might be needed to really know what the 3500 includes. If it is custom made I’d doubt you’d need alternations since it is being made for your body.
My dress budget was $3000 and that’s what I spent on my dress without alternations but we saved a good chuck of change with a florist so the budget is still balanced.
Post # 11
My Mother-In-Law wanted a simple sheath dress and paid less than $2000CAD to have it custom made with a good quality fabric (6 years ago).
Not custom: my gown cost $1200CAD and I expect to spend a couple hundred on alterations. My SIL’s gown cost $2000CAD.