How Much Should You Budget For A Wedding Dress?

How Much Should You Budget For A Wedding Dress?

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Sep 21, 2023

You’ve got the ring, you've got your favorites pinned, and you’ve booked the dress shopping appointment! Now you’re preparing for your upcoming shopping experience but you're not quite sure how much to budget for your wedding dress... Sound familiar?


With so many different styles and prices, wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming. Let's talk budgeting and why your dream gown is ultimately worth every penny!


1. It's all in the details


From lavish beadwork to delicate laser-cut appliques, our brides (and designers) love wedding dresses dripping in detail! Our designers hand sew each strand of crystal beading and individual layers of lace to create the showstopping dresses we all love. They are truly a work of art. The more detailed a gown the more it will likely cost simply due to the hours of work and precision that went into these custom-made gowns. So if you’re looking for intricate detail from head to toe, we have options you’re sure to love!


Justin Alexander Signature Collection


2. It’s designer


Here at Charlotte’s, we carry a vast range of designers that suit all our brides' needs and styles! Our boho babes love Lillian West for their effortless + whimsical gowns, and our timelessly chic brides are head over heels for Justin Alexander! But just like a high-end handbag, these dresses are made with the utmost quality care and materials on the market. Our average price range is between $1800-$2500; with our most budget-friendly designers being Adore and Sincerity, and our more luxurious designers include Justin Alexander and Justin Alexander’s Signature collection. For a more detailed price breakdown based off designer, reference this chart!


Sincerity Collection


3. Fabric is everything


 This may not be surprising, but not all wedding gowns are made from the same fabric! Wedding dress fabric can range from a multitude of textures and styles, and some materials are simply best for proving certain silhouettes! As you are finding inspiration for your own wedding dress and getting familiar with the styles you like, some of the most common fabrics you’ll find featured on our gowns in-store at Charlotte’s Wedding include lace, chiffon, mikado, crepe, and many many more!


 A heavier, more luxurious silk fabric like mikado or crepe gives ballgowns that timeless and classic look, and often costs a bit more than a lightweight and flowing fabric like chiffon. A wedding gown with a tulle skirt is a great option for most brides because it adds volume and still feels weightless and delicate, while more trendy fabrics like a slinky satin can cost more due to resourcing.


Another factor to keep in mind is the construction of these gowns. Dresses that feature extra structuring, such as boning in the bodice or extra layers of crinoline in a ballgown, will also come at a higher pricepoint and elevate our dresses from the rest!


Julia Leigh Private Collection


No matter your budget, our expert stylists are here to find your dream gown and you can feel educated and confident when making one of the most important purchases for your wedding day!


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