It’s no great secret that weddings can get expensive, with everything from the rings to the late-night snack table liable to run your budget up to that of a small country. But no matter how much you try and save, some expenses may as well be written in stone. Chief among them? The dress, the cost of which soars to nearly four times the amount once the word “wedding” gets attached to it.
According to a study from research company Edited, retailers charge 3.9 times the price for a dress when it’s aimed toward a bride-to-be. To put that into perspective, a $500 dress becomes nearly $2000 after wedding inflation. However, some designers argue that a wedding dress is usually worth the steep asking price. “It’s not just a white dress,” says wedding dress designer Anne Barge. “It’s the fabric, and it’s the workmanship, and it’s the lining, and it’s the fit.”
Barge also believes that the significance of the big day befits the big markups. “It’s the dress of your life, and if there is ever one picture your [descendants] have of you, it’s the one in your wedding dress,” she added.
The study also pointed out that bridesmaids dresses are marked up 1.8 times then a dress that’s similar, which may be something to keep in mind when planning your wedding.
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