We get phone calls everyday asking us what the starting price point is for our designer dresses. We have decided to write a blog about wedding dresses and budget. 

Brides sometimes have no idea how much a wedding dress will really cost. Magazines and websites are confusing and often don’t even list prices for gowns. So here is an easy guide to help you figure out how to create a budget for your wedding dress. 

For about $500 you can purchase a wedding dress at a larger retailer that is machine made. Those type of gowns for that price point are generally made largely of synthetic fabrics, and have minimal amounts of hand-detailing i.e beading and lace work.  You mostly likely will be spending some major dollars on alterations  to get the wedding dress altered to help it fit you properly. 

Brides who are looking for a designer wedding dress in Lace, Satin, Organza or any other fabrics should expect to pay between $1000 and $4000. For this amount of money, the gown should be very well made, and include some hand detailing. You’ll go to a salon where they’ll measure you, help you pick your wedding dress, and order it directly from the designer in your size. Once it arrives, you’ll pay a little extra to have it altered to fit you. 

At Savvy Bridal you can expect to find a designer dress for a lot less. We carry sample designer gowns that we can price 40-60% off retail price. So a dress that originally retails for $2,000 at a regular bridal salon Savvy Bridal will have it for $1,100 depending on the style, beading and lace work. 

For brides who have an extravagant budget, expect to pay $6000 and up for a designer wedding dress custom made just for you. A seamstress will work with you to precisely fit and design the gown around your body. Most of the work will be done by hand. Oh, and don’t forget that you’ll have well known designers.