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How much do wedding dresses roughly cost?

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justanotheryoungmother Thu 06-Jul-17 23:35:06

Just that really?smile

How much do the average not-really-cheap-but-not-mega-money ones cost?smile

wobblywonderwoman Thu 06-Jul-17 23:36:11

About 800

AutumnGlitterBall Thu 06-Jul-17 23:38:24

I had a Ronald Joyce dress. Cost £1100 in 2011.

WhatToDoAboutThis2017 Thu 06-Jul-17 23:39:47

Mine was a Maggie Sotterro and cost around £1200 in 2012. Absolutely stunning dress.

BeepBeepMOVE Thu 06-Jul-17 23:47:37

All my fiends who've married in the last few years spent £1100-£1900ish. Nice weddings. Reckon the dress is normally 6-10% of whole budget in my circle.

BeepBeepMOVE Thu 06-Jul-17 23:48:25

Friends not fiends!!!

The fiends all spent millions wink

BrieOnAnOatcake Thu 06-Jul-17 23:48:46

My first was about 300, second about a hundred!

BrieOnAnOatcake Thu 06-Jul-17 23:49:45

10% of whole budget would have been about right for us too then!

Much more a few grand than 10-20grand!

BarbedBloom Thu 06-Jul-17 23:52:32

To some extent they can cost what you want them to. You can buy dresses on the high street for £150-200 or go up to the thousands for a designer dress. You could buy sample dresses off the rack in a bridal shop or even get a white or ivory dress from anywhere and get married in it, which makes it a wedding dress.

Personally have a look at some styles you like and that will give you a rough idea of the budget needed.

Avoid ordering a dress from China on EBay unless you have done a lot of research. Often a false economy as they need so much alteration or straight up replacing.

TheCraicDealer Thu 06-Jul-17 23:52:35

My pronovias dress was £1,300 (wedding is in September). That was over my budget which I set at 1k but it was pretty original and exactly what I wanted. The only other one I really liked was something like 2.5k- didn't even try it on, just dropped the tag like a hot potato. And this wasn't even a particularly salubrious dress shop, just a nice one in mid-Ulster! My sis paid £900 for a full-on tulle princess gown last year which was lovely.

You can keep an eye out for sample sales and events which can help reduce the price, but it's a pricey game getting it from a bridal shop. You can save by going online and avoiding the big names like Hayley Paige, Martina Liana, Ronald Joyce etc. But I did like the shopping experience and having a bricks and mortar place to go to to collect it, seamstress recommendations, etc.

If you want a shock look at MoTB outfits. Shit the bed, like; there were places I went to with my mum and it was a shiny dress and jacket set for literally 1k. The standard price was around £600. People must pay it, but I don't know who! Mum jacked it off and got something similar from HOF for £120 in the sale.

TheCraicDealer Thu 06-Jul-17 23:53:23

I meant "sacked it off".

Sorry mum.

DiamondShine Thu 06-Jul-17 23:58:10

I had a Sophia Tolli dress made to measure. Cost was £1,200 plus alterations on top

Passmethecrisps Thu 06-Jul-17 23:59:20

I had a dress and coat hand made and they cost a total of £1400

Tootsiepops Fri 07-Jul-17 00:01:04

My dress cost £1200. I wanted to wear a £90 one from BHS, but my mum wouldn't let me grin

IJustGotHitByADeer Fri 07-Jul-17 00:38:27

Mine was £850. It happened to be the cheapest dress in the shop.

CatThiefKeith Fri 07-Jul-17 00:46:03

Mine was £30. I got it from a fb selling site, reduced for a quick sale, never worn.

I bought one prior to that from eBay but couldn't get into it a month before the wedding so panic bought.

The earlier one was £40 I think.... boutique closing down sale!

LadyMaryofDownt0n Fri 07-Jul-17 00:46:33

How longs a piece of string? They are made for all budgets.

LadyB49 Fri 07-Jul-17 00:52:45

Young friend got hers in a local shop closing down sale for £60. Fabulous.

BrieOnAnOatcake Fri 07-Jul-17 04:59:28

Oxfam so once worn/never worn/ end of srock drrsses too if you're a conventional size. We have one of their rooms near me. It's amazing!

Greaterthanthesumoftheparts Fri 07-Jul-17 05:31:44

Mine was £89 from marks and Spencer's (got married last month). I took it on honey moon for a photo shoot and it travelled really well. I can wash it at 40 degrees. It was so comfortable and I might dye it and wear it again.
www.marksandspencer.com/cotton-blend-lace-short-sleeve-skater-dress/p/p22500815?image=SD_01_T42_6475J_KY_X_EC_90&color=IVORY&prevPage=plp&pdpredirect

BrieOnAnOatcake Fri 07-Jul-17 05:33:53

That's lovely greater thansmile

lunaysol3828 Fri 07-Jul-17 05:50:30

It's entirely up to you. It can be £20 or £5000. It depends on your style, on the type of wedding and of course, on your budget. I do recommend sticking to your budget. My friend had £1000 budget for her wedding dress, but then she saw a £5000 one, and guess what: she took a freaking loan from the bank. I'll have to admit: dress was something else and her wedding was like a fairytale. However, 2 years later she's still paying for the loan with the wedding loooong gone.

My dress was £2800, but it was well spent money. I felt like a princess and it was my dream dress & in my budget.

lunaysol3828 Fri 07-Jul-17 05:51:06

Oh fuck. I meant £1800, definitely not £2800.

FlipperSkipper Fri 07-Jul-17 05:52:51

Mine was £560 in 2007. From a bridal wear shop but one of the cheaper brands.

Boredboredboredboredbored Fri 07-Jul-17 05:53:44

£75 in the BHS sale and it was bloody lovely too. Very simple and understated, just what I wanted.

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