What is the Average Cost of a Wedding Dress?

October 20, 2021

Your wedding day will be here before you know it. There are so many things to plan for and consider when it comes to the perfect wedding day. 

This includes your wedding budget. From gowns and flowers to catering and the venue, figuring out what kind of budget you can work with is absolutely one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. 

When you’re looking for your dream wedding dress, it’s hard to know what kind of dent to expect in your wedding budget. After all, finding the perfect dress for you takes time and multiple shopping trips, and you might have your heart set on one that comes with a hefty price tag. However, not every dress is going to break the bank. 

For every bride-to-be, knowing how much you want to spend on a wedding dress is very important. Do you know how much you want to spend? Do you know the average wedding dress cost? While the national average for a wedding dress can exceed $1,000, it’s important to know what goes into the cost of a dress. 

What Goes Into the Cost of a Wedding Dress?

Think about the last wedding dress advertisement you saw or the last wedding you were at. The wedding dress was probably a lot more than just a fabric overlay turned into something wearable. 

Wedding dress designers put time and detail into every aspect of a wedding dress, from the type of fabric used to any embellishments or accessories included with the dress. 


If there’s one thing that can drive wedding dress cost up dramatically, it’s  the type of fabric used. 

Some of the most common types of wedding dress fabrics include silk, charmeuse, lace, and tulle. However, these also happen to be on the more expensive side of the fabric-cost spectrum. In terms of quality, no one fabric is better than the rest, but if you’re looking to lower your wedding dress cost, you may want to consider an alternative option. 

Look for wedding dress designers or dress boutiques that offer a variety of dresses in poly fabrications. With this fabric, you can keep the high-end feel to your dress without the high-end cost that accompanies it. Some of these dresses even feel better than silk! 


Some wedding dresses are more than just the dress and fabric. Adding custom designer touches to a dress with embellishments is what makes each dress different from the rest whether it means adding hand-placed lace or rows of beading. 

The more complex and intricate the designs on the fabric of the dress, the higher the cost. But how do you drop the potential costs of unique embellishments? Have your alterations done with a seamstress who can add embellishments to a simple gown that doesn’t already have any on it.

You can also opt for different accessories to level up your wedding dress look without adding cost to the design of the dress. Add delicate dangling earrings, an understated pendant necklace, or a wristlet that will stand out. 


While the average cost of a wedding dress depends heavily on the fabric and embellishments used, the cost also depends on the wedding dress designer that you choose. 

High-end designers that make dresses from start to finish using only the most intricate fabrics and designs in the wedding industry could charge upwards of $10,000 or more for their wedding dresses. So choosing a custom Lazaro Perez wedding dress might put a bit of a dent into your wedding budget. Why not try to look for something that is still unique but maybe a little more unconventional?

Finding a dress and designer that meet your needs can be a challenge, but modern times have pushed more online retailers and custom dress boutiques to the forefront. These tend to offer wedding dresses at just a fraction of the cost that high-end designers would. The dresses are still unique and on-trend, making the one you choose something both affordable and special for your big day. 

Seasonal Shopping

While you might not think there is a typical season for weddings, retailers and designers would probably disagree, as indicated by wedding dress prices. 

Buying a wedding dress in winter or summer will help you score a better deal than buying in spring or fall. And if you’re really looking for the best deal on a wedding dress, last season’s trends might just be the place to look. Designers and boutiques often have sales on last season’s dresses or dresses from older collections. 

Find the Dress that Speaks to You and Your Budget

At Sposa Mia Bridal, we can’t wait to help you find the wedding dress of your dreams. With a unique selection of gowns and accessories, you’ll be able to find something elegant, timeless, and romantic for your special day. 

We have dresses for every budget need, ranging from $1,000 to $7,000, and your own bridal stylist will be on hand to introduce you to our collections while keeping your preferred dress and accessories budget in mind. 

To schedule your visit, please give us a call at the boutique or take a moment to complete our appointment request form!

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