When it comes to planning a wedding, a wedding dress can often be a significant and surprising cost. It can be a little bit of a shock when you first walk into a bridal salon. Why are these dresses so much more expensive than your typical gown? And what should you do if youre really looking for a budget wedding dress?
Here at K&B, we believe in giving you the best experience, so were lifting the veil a little on why wedding dresses cost more than people expect. Better than that though, we want you to get your dream dress at a budget wedding dress price! Our Ready to Wear Flash Sale is a chance for you to get a designer gown at a discount price.
Okay, so first lets talk about the factors that make a wedding dress more expensive than a regular dress.
They Have More Fabric
Lets start with the most obvious cost contributor - a wedding dress has waaaay more fabric than your average outfit. Its nice fabric too, so that you can be comfortable on your wedding day and look stunning in photos! Its yards and yards more fabric than even a fancy floor-length gown. Think about that gorgeous train. It looks pretty as a picture following you down the aisle in the chapel, and it's center stage in all your wedding photos, but it comes with a cost. More money for more dress right? That makes sense to us!
They Have Particular Detailing
Beads make a dress sparkle in all lighting, and draw attention to you, the bride. When brides come into K&B, they often talk about how the beaded gowns make them feel special, like every move they make is important. On your wedding day, it is! In low-light, beaded gowns also make you stand out and light up a room. You have to see it to believe it! Totally magical. Before your dress arrives all those beads have to be added by hand! That takes a ton of time, skill, and attention to detail.
If you're not into beading, lace is another popular decoration on wedding gowns - perfect for the romantic bride. Lace dresses also can be quite expensive, because making lace is an intricate process. Have you ever noticed that lace on clothes that comes from places like ASOS and H&M all kinda looks the same? That's because it is! Even though lace making has come so far from the days of candlelight and hand-weaving, it's still time consuming to make on machines.
Lace making is a dying art - more and more companies are going the route of H&M and using the same patterns for everything. Even if you're not a fashion geek like us, we bet you can tell when lace looks special. Any designer using their own lace pattern is offering you a unique gown. We think that's totally right for your special day. But when they make their own lace, they're also taking on additional costs. They need to commission a lace designer to create the pattern and they order the lace in smaller quantities - everyone only buys one wedding dress - and those costs add up.
They're Made to Order
First, we have what could be shocking news. After you find your dream gown (hopefully at that budget wedding dress price), it can take four to six months to come in. Yes, that's right. Not weeks. Months. We want you to hear it here first, so that you're prepared before your appointment.
In this age of next-day delivery, that can feel like an eternity. There's a good reason though - wedding gowns are made to order. That means the fabric for your gown is only cut once the order comes in. It is quite literally a dress made just for you! From the designer's perspective, they have to order the fabric before anyone gets a dress. They pay the same whether one dress is ordered across the country or if it's the most popular style of the season. That increases the risk for the designer to lose money, and the cost reflects that. That's how designers keep providing unique designs season after season, so you're sure to get a wedding gown tailored perfectly for your love story.
Find Your Dream Dress at a Budget Wedding Dress Price
Okay, so those are some of the reasons wedding dresses cost more than regular dresses. It's still tough to take if you've fallen in love with a dress that's stratospheres above your budget. Now for the best news! We want every bride to get her dream wedding dress, no matter what her price point. If youre looking for a budget wedding dress that's also your dream dress, then we are here to help!
Next weekend we are having a Ready to Wear flash sale - that means that our sample dresses, the dresses we have in store, will be FIFTY PERCENT OFF! Thats not fifty percent off the first price. No, these dresses have been discontinued by the designer, so they are marked as Ready-to-Wear. They have already been discounted, but next weekend they are an additional 50 percent off! This sale is perfect for that thrifty bride who is looking to have a once-in-a-lifetime kind of wedding.
These dresses are truly one of a kind, because they are the last sample we have. They're literally the last dress in the store, and there's no way to get more. That means if you find your dress, not only do you (lucky you!) get to skip the four to six month waiting period most brides go through, and leave with your dress, but you also get to leave knowing you are the ONLY bride with that dress.
Book your appointment early the weekend of March 29th to 31st, because you don't want someone to take your dream dress before you even have a chance to try it on!
Leave Your Thoughts on Wedding Dress Prices
Did this clarify why these dresses cost more than other dresses? What would be your dream dress price? Let us know!