Dress Dollar$

I received a really great question the other day from another bride-to-be friend of mine.  She has a budget of $5,000, but wanted to know if she should tell her consultant a lesser number to make sure she doesn't go over budget.   Here are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Does your budget include alterations, and your veil/headpiece? 
I assumed this as well, but your fittings and the alterations made to your dress are NOT included in the price of your dress.  Alterations can range from a couple hundred up to a couple thousand dollars depending on the dress and amount of work that needs to be completed. Your veil is also not included.

Like alterations, veils and headpieces range from a couple hundred up to a couple thousand. I was just as surprised as you, but its true! It all depends on the designer, material, and time it takes to create the piece.
If your budget is $5,000 total you can do a couple of things:
  • Drop the amount you spend on the dress to $3500-$4,000
  • This will leave you up to $1500 for alterations and your veil
If you decide that the veil, shoes, and other accessories are on a different budget, then you can spend closer to your budgeted dress price- but alterations are always going to cost extra.

Your bridal consultant should answer all of your questions prior to you trying on any gown. 

Never try on a gown without telling your consultant what your budget is and if that includes alterations and a headpiece. 

This will help your consultation go a lot smoother and make sure you’re not put you in a gown you can’t afford- that is not a good situation to be in. 

Another great option are gown re-sales. These dresses have only been worn once and instead of spending thousands on a new dress, you can get a really great discount for practically a new dress.  The alterations can be made at a bridal salon (call first) or at a trusted tailor.

As always, please feel free to comment or email me directly with questions at CharlotteLucey.info@gmail.com