Wedding Dresses

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Published: 11th January 2011
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Weddings are generally expensive occasions to host and organize. Even if the wedding is the simplest one can imagine, it still requires some serious amount of money to spend as there are so many things that needs to be prepared for the wedding occasion. There are fees that need to be paid for every goods and services to be used in the wedding like wedding venue and catering. Of all these wedding essentials that must be prepared, perhaps wedding dresses are the main contributors to the total wedding cost.

Wedding dresses generally do not come in cheap, unless the gown is an heirloom from a great grandmother. An average typical wedding gown may cost around $800-$1500. Lucky is a bride who can find a brand new wedding dress with good quality at very low price. There are 3 key factors affecting the cost of wedding dresses. First is the label. Luxury dresses made by infamous designers definitely cost quite high. Designer labeled wedding gowns usually cost from $10,000 dollars and more cheap wedding gowns.


The type and kind of the type of fabric that it is made of also affects the cost. There are expensive fabrics and there are cheap fabrics. For instance, a raw fabric like raw silk would be less cheap than refined silk, taffeta or satin. Wedding dresses are and could be made using different types of fabric. Tulle is probably the least expensive fabric that may cost only up to $4 per yard. Chiffon comes in second to tulle and costs up to $30 for every yard. Organza may cost up to $60 per yard; silk is up to $250 per yard and lace may come at $600 for every yard. Of course one may choose from the various qualities of these fabrics and with some amounts of resourcefulness, the bride may even get great deals on the internet for some cheap but quality fabrics. In addition, the amount of fabric used will also affect the overall cost of the dress. wedding dressess
usually have trains and the longer the train; the more fabric will be needed.

The third factor that affects the cost is the gown's detailing. The beadwork, add-ons and embroidery of the wedding gowns all contribute to the total cost. The more detailed embroidery or beadwork that the bride requires, the more expensive she will need to pay.

Brides, however, are not limited to using the typical bridal gowns and dresses complete with crinolines and train. Budget conscious brides and those whose weddings are not the usual formal wedding events, may look at other available dresses in department stores and dress shops to find their suitable wedding dresses. At about $200, there would be a fabulous evening dress made with synthetic fabric on the rack of the department store.

A bride may also have her wedding dress custom made for her with less amount of detailing. Such simply embellished cheap wedding dresses
may also be found in some bridal boutiques up to $1,000.

There might also be some additional costs that will add up to the cost of the gown. There might be some needed alterations on the dress. A minor nip and a bodice tuck would cost about $20. The more elaborate and detailed the alterations are, the higher the fee. Ordering the gown at a rush period will also cost more. The wedding dress must be ordered up to 5 months before the wedding date. Rush fees are usually up to 25% more.

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