Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:14

Why Does My Wedding Dress Cost What It Does?

Most of us have dreamt of the perfect wedding dress, what styles we like, our vision of what we want to look like on the big day, and more importantly what we want to feel like! We want to be the most perfect version of ourselves and we want the dress of our dreams. You don’t have to have got married before to know that wedding dresses don’t come cheap, and for most of us it’s probably going to be the most expensive piece of clothing that we’ve ever bought. Today we are sharing an insight as to why your wedding dress costs what it does, and why it’s worth the money!

Fishtail wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Fishtail Dress by Justin Alexander

 

Bridal gowns are ultimately stunning dresses and most probably the most beautiful dress you’ll wear in your lifetime. They’re made of beautiful, often expensive materials and contain multiple layers of fabric with  the most intricate details, embellishments and beading. They’re also expensive for bridal boutiques to buy; with everything there are multiple levels of design and quality within the wedding dress market and the higher designer brands are pricier because of the level of detail and construction that goes into them.

 

It goes without saying that the more expensive the fabrics, the more expensive the dress, so if you’re looking at pure silk gowns or dresses with Italian laces these will be much more expensive generally than something that has a tulle skirt and a plain bodice. Different qualities of fabric will effect both the look, drape and feel of the dress, so generally the more expensive the fabric the better the quality of the dress and how it looks and feels.

 

Once a wedding dress has been designed, the process of constructing that gown includes grading into the different sizes for production and of course working out the mathematical requirements of any lace, beading and detail that is in the design. Many bridal gowns are hand finished and hand beaded which makes them very lengthy and costly to make for designers, and amendments must be made to make sure the dress and it’s details will work in every size.

 

As with high-street and designers for everyday clothing, the more well-known the designer the higher the price tag of the gown. These gowns tend to be constructed with more costly fabrics and a more intricate make-up resulting in a better fit. Yes of course, as with everything  there are gowns available at a lower cost often very similar to the well-constructed higher priced brands, but be very wary of ordering online dresses from overseas as sometimes what you see is definitely not what you get; the fit and construction could leave you disappointed and having to start your hunt for a gown all over again with a slashed budget.

 

With most designers, dresses are made to order, which is why your wedding dress can take up to 6 months to come- it’s being made for you after all! If you love the dress and want amendments to it from the designer, for example, adding a sleeve, or further embellishment to make it how you want it, this will also add to the cost, as there will be more work to do!

 

There are also other things to think about when it comes to the cost of your dress. If you leave it until the last minute there may be extra costs in all areas to get your dress ready for the big day, so make sure you shop early. Most designers will charge a late order fee as they will have to push your order forward, work longer hours or get extra workforce in than anticipated in order to get it to you in time;  this may also result in more costly alterations when it reaches you, for exactly the same reasons, so don’t delay shopping if you have an option.

 

Our advice to you?

  • Set your preferred spend early on and stick to it where you can.
  • If you love a high end designer, expect to pay a high end designer price.
  • Keep an open mind and try on similar dresses to what you have been dreaming about
  • Please remember that the majority of wedding dresses are intricate, well-constructed and costly to make and definitely worth the spend for the most important day of your life!

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Wedding dress shopping is far from your average shopping trip, and it’s not something all of us have done before, so doing your research before starting to find the perfect one for you is definitely sound advice. Visiting a bridal boutique is a far cry from high street shopping, expect to be in good hands as bridal boutique assistants know everything there is to know about their wedding dresses and how the process works. No question is a silly question and don’t be afraid to ask at any point.

 

We’ve put together our top 17 questions to ask, just so you’re in the know- you may not have thought about some of them!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Booking Your Appointment

Wedding dress shopping appointments generally last between 1-1.5 hours, and you may be limited to the amount of guests you can bring. Make sure they stock the types of dresses and designers you’ve been looking at and that they are within your price range, to really make sure  that this is the right boutique for you.

 

Ask the following…

  • How long will my appointment be?
  • How many people can I bring with me?
  • Do you stock (designer)? Or (ballgown/fishtail/boho) styles of dresses?
  • What is your price range of gowns?

 

At Your Appointment

When you come to trying on the dresses, it’s an exciting process with lots of mixed emotions, so relax and enjoy the process. Take recommendations and advice from your bridal assistant and think about your vision for your wedding day. If allowed, it’s always good to take pictures while wedding dress shopping so you can look back at your favourite dresses and compare. Think about amendments, alterations and accessories to make it perfect for you as it might just be the deciding factor on whether it’s the one, or not!

 

Ask the following…

  • What style will suit my body shape? (Check out our blog on How to choose the right dress for your body shape
  • Can I take pictures?
  • What’s the timeframe for me to decide and order my dress, and how long will it take for my dress to arrive?
  • What amendments could be made to this dress? For example, if you love the dress but really wanted sleeves ask whether these can be added?
  • What accessories would you add/do you have available?

 

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Once You’ve Found The One

Once you have found your perfect dress you’ll be filled with excitement! Enjoy the moment and think about the next process of making your dress perfect for you. You’ll need to know about alterations, payment plans, any other services that you may need from the boutique and any other costs that you need to be aware of, and plan for.

 

Ask the following…

  • Do you have an in-house or recommended seamstress?
  • What would be the estimated costs of alterations?
  • What is the deposit/payment plan?
  • How much time do I need for alterations?
  • Can a bustle be added to the dress?
  • Do you have a post-wedding cleaning service for my dress to preserve it? 
  • Can the boutique store the dress for you once it’s delivered and before alterations?
  • Are there any extra costs?

 

Wedding dress shopping is the ultimate dress up so enjoy the process and take advice where needed along the way! Have your vision at the forefront of your mind and work out what you're willing to compromise on! And finally, make sure you not only love the dress, but you feel amazing in it!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

 

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With so many different wedding dress shapes and so many different body types, there’s no wonder it can be so overwhelming when it comes to choosing the perfect dress for your body type and for the big day. Knowing your body shape and the general dress styles available will mean you can have a successful dress shopping trip, hopefully, without the drama! Here we give you some top tips and advice on how to do just that!

Fishtail wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander

 

You’ll be armed with knowledge, know your body shape, and what style of dresses you need to look for and more importantly which ones to avoid. If you narrow down your options before heading to the shops, you’re more likely to feel more relaxed, so have some form of criteria set in your head; what does your vision look like and are there some non-negotiable elements i.e. you just have to have a sleeve?

 

Here we look at body shapes and dress types to help you choose the best wedding dress for your body type - a sure way to limit your options for when you start your shopping experience.

 

Body Types

Pear – Hips are wider than your shoulders.

Inverted Triangle - Your shoulders and/or your bust are larger than your hips

Hourglass - Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size and you have a very defined waistline.

Straight or Athletic - Your shoulders, bust, waist and hips are all roughly the same size, and you have no defined waistline.

 

Wedding Dress Shapes

Ball Gown

A ballgown is great for most body types and if your looking for a traditional or princess look this is the dress to go for. Hourglass, pear, straight or athletic types can wear this dress with elegance. It’s both classic and timeless, generally a fitted bodice with a dramatic flared skirt from the waist down. It’s complimentary in style and shows off the shoulders, bust and waist, whilst keeping the hips covered.

 

 Ball Gown Wedding Dress by Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander

A-Line

With a fitted bodice and natural flared skirt, the A-line gown will suit both an inverted triangle, balancing out the shoulders, and it can give shape to more straight and athletic body types. It’s a classic bridal look that never ages and most gowns this shape have a romantic feel without all the drama of a full ballgown.

A Line wedding dress by  Randy Fenoli

 Randy Fenoli

Empire

A high waisted gown with a straight or shaped seam that sits just under the bust, the empire gown it a relaxed, simple look that compliments the majority of body types due to its versatile style and shape. Hourglass, pear and straight or athletic body types can wear this gown with ease, and feel amazing in it for their big day.

 

Fishtail

If you want to show off your sexy side on your big day the fishtail dress has lots of va-va-voom and hugs in all the right places for hourglass and pear-shaped brides. Sometimes called a mermaid gown it has a fitted bodice that hugs the waist and hips and flares out from the mid-thigh or knee with dramatic effect.

 

Fishtail wedding dress by  Randy Fenoli

Randi Fenoli

Fit and Flare

Similar to a fishtail it has a fitted bodice it flares out from mid-hip, but stills hugs the waist, the perfect dress for someone who wants to show their top curves but not their bottom curves- it’s the happy medium! It still has sex appeal but without the full drama of the fishtail. A versatile shape and will work on hourglass and pear body types perfectly! It will also bring shape to a straight or athletic figure.

 

Fit and Flare wedding dress by Randi Fenoli

Randy Fenoli

 

Sheath

With a long straight and slim, silhouette, a sheath shaped gown is both elegant and chic and is perfect for a straight or athletic figure. This is probably the most least a versatile dress in terms of body shape however if there’s detailing on the waist it could work well with an hourglass body type too.

 

Sheath wedding dress by Justin Alexander 

 Justin Alexander 

 

Hopefully you now know your body type and are armed with all you need to start your wedding dress shopping experience. Why not book an exclusive appointment with us at the boutique and we can help you find the perfect dress for your body type! Get in touch, we look forward to meeting you!

Or come along to our Randy Fenoli Trunk Show on October 25th and 26th - more information can be found here.

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