How much are bridesmaid dresses is a question that comes up on a regular basis. The prices can range from $50 to $1000 and more.
There are many factors that go into the price of a bridesmaid dress and knowing them can help you find one within your budget.
The first thing to consider when shopping for bridal party dresses is whether it’s designer or not and what brand it is. A nice sparkly Nicole Miller gown for example will have an upper range price, but there are still affordable options available, just do some research before you shop!
Fabric & Detail
Another factor that goes into pricing is the fabric used in the dress. Satin, chiffon, or lace? All three options tend to look very different and therefore have higher and lower price points.
If you’re looking for a high-quality dress, look for dresses made from silk satin or chiffon. This type of fabric drapes beautifully and is comfortable to wear as long as the dress isn’t too tight. Lower-priced bridesmaid dresses will be made from more inexpensive fabrics such as polyester, nylon/spandex blends (this type of material tends to look cheaper because it clings to your body), or lace that may pill after several washes. These types of materials are good if you’re on a strict budget and can still make an affordable bridesmaid dress work at your wedding (just keep in mind that these dresses aren’t high quality and may not look as good on your bridesmaids).
After the fabric, consider whether you want a dress with or without lining. Dresses with lining tend to be more formal and elegant because they have a cleaner finish due to the way it hangs off of the body. If you’re looking for something less formal or are on a budget, consider dresses that are unlined or partially lined. These types of dresses are often made out of lighter fabrics such as chiffon which can help keep them from being too hot during the summer months.
The amount of detail in a certain dress is what sets it apart from other options in its price range. A higher-priced dress will include things like beading, embroidery, or unique detailing. A less expensive dress will either have a plain neckline and/or lack embellishments such as beading, which keeps the cost down.
Designer vs Consignment
Designer dresses are often sold at high-end boutiques or online through wedding consignment shops. Designers who’ve closed their business may also sell their dresses through preowned websites. If you’re shopping for a designer dress in this way, keep an eye out for listings that include original tags and packaging to help ensure it’s the real deal and not a knock-off.
If you’re looking for a less expensive option, consider buying a dress that was worn only once at another bride’s wedding, then cleaned and prepared to sell. Be sure that the listing clearly states whether it has been altered or not, as all dresses will fit each individual differently. A good rule of thumb is to buy something off the rack if you can find one in your size; otherwise order at least one size up (i.e., if you wear an 8, buy a 10) because alterations are typically costly and not guaranteed to make it fit like a glove. Here are some great places online to buy new & used bridesmaid gowns.
The quality of a dress should also influence the amount you’re willing to pay for it. The more detail and fabric used, the higher the price tag attached! Quality is typically reflected in two areas:
The brand (and how long it has been around). How well dresses are made (i.e., small details such as beading sewn onto bodices, lining that doesn’t easily snag or tear) usually reflects better construction and craftsmanship. If you’re looking into less expensive brands, check online reviews from previous customers to help determine if they’re good quality and worth the price. Measurements you supply based on current size to ensure proper fit before it ships.
As with all clothing items, the fit of a dress makes the biggest difference to your overall look and comfort (basically how gorgeous you feel), so it’s important to find one that fits perfectly. When choosing an off-the-rack dress, take accurate measurements based on your current size to ensure correct sizing before purchase. If there are any alterations needed after it arrives, they can be done easily but keep in mind that these costs may play into your final price tag for the gown.
This is something many brides don’t think about when shopping online; shipping charges may or may not be included with the purchase of your chosen dress. Before making a purchase make sure you know if the cost of shipping is included (if not, you may end up paying two or three times for your dress if the seller only offers one flat rate).
Sellers will usually offer insurance with a purchase to help offset the cost of any damage that may occur during transit. You can choose to decline this coverage, but be aware that it does add to the final price of your gown and you’ll need to cover all damages yourself. If damaged items are sent back, they’re considered used which decreases their value significantly. For more valuable purchases such as designer dresses, it’s a good idea to opt for insurance protection in case something happens on its way home from a wedding.
The Wedding It’s being worn in
This is probably the easiest factor to overlook when buying a dress, but just because it looks great for your best friend’s wedding doesn’t mean that it’ll work for yours. Are all of your bridesmaids wearing long sleeves? Will any part of the dress be obscured from view by other attendants blocking the shot from certain angles? Thinking these things through can help ensure you find something perfect, not just for another bride’s big day, but also so you look amazing on your own!
It’s important to understand the factors that influence the price of a bridesmaid dress before you make a purchase. Though it may be tempting to invest in a designer or boutique style, you can’t always account for how your ladies will feel in them on the big day! Buying used is a great way to save money and may result in more budget for other items on your wedding checklist. With careful consideration as you search, finding the perfect dress for your wedding party should be stress-free!