Why Are Designer Wedding Dresses So Expensive?

All about what makes a gown so pricey

A question I get from many brides and their mothers is, “Why is this dress so expensive?” Some brides are shocked when they find out that a gown with little-to-no detailing costs more than the gown with all of the tulle and beading in the world. Here is a breakdown of the 4 things that go into making an expensive designer gown. Hopefully, this can help clear up some confusion about gown prices.

DETAILING

As mentioned before, sometimes the detailing isn’t the most costly aspect of a gown – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contribute to the overall price. There are many different types of lace, beading, appliqués, and shimmer. All of them can vary in complexity and quality. If a dress has designer-unique detailing, like this caviar beaded gown from Tara Keely, it is is going to be more expensive than a beaded Ella Rosa gown, which has a more generic beading. The same goes for lace and other detailing.

Style 2810 Tara Keely by Lazaro bridal gown - Ivory beaded floral and chevron modified A-line bridal gown, illusion V neckline, open back with dual crystal straps and chapel train.


FABRIC

Fabric is one of the bigger factors that plays into the price of a gown. Polyester tends to be a cheaper fabric than silk crepe or chiffon. So why isn’t everything made in polyester, or other cheaper fabrics? The simplest answer is that different fabrics create very different looks, and frame your shape in different ways. For example, silk crepe by Mikaella is a natural fiber that hugs the body, and drapes in a way that no other fabric does. The fabric is one of the first signs of high quality, and the quality of the gown helps to determine the price.

DESIGN

Something that not everyone considers when looking at a gown is the designing that goes into it. To create the unique shape and fit of a gown, a lot of time and thought must be put into the design. More expensive gowns will have a more calculated pattern that deliberately showcases certain aspects of the figure. This is especially apparent in minimalist styles, like those by Amsale. Remember, “less is more,” but less is more difficult than it looks. Every line and seam in the dress is purposefully placed to create the effortless-looking shape that you love. The time and talent of our designers is very valuable, and truly transforms a gown, from a blob of fabric to a work of art.

Ball Gown Wedding Dress with Open Back and V-Neck | Amsale
Amsale
Slim crepe bridal gown with illusion bodice with sheer lace back and lace appliqued train from Nouvelle Amsale. Available in Ivory.
Amsale

DESIGNER

Last, and certainly not least, is the designer. Every designer has their own invaluable style and creativity. However, much like other areas of fashion, the name behind the creativity is important too. Because designers like Lazaro and Hayley Paige have made such a big splash in the bridal world with their designs and innovation, they can charge more for their gowns. There is nothing more amazing than hearing that someone was able to purchase a gown from a popular and big name designer. The status of the designer is another factor that can lead to a gown being more expensive.

Style 3814 Lazaro bridal gown - Ivory silver checkered net bridal gown, sculpted V-neckline with crystal beaded strap, natural waist, A-line skirt with side pockets, chapel train.

Style 1802 Kona Blush by Hayley Paige bridal gown - Ivory draped chiffon A-line bridal gown, sweetheart neckline with beaded strap accent, draped cut out back detail, flowing chiffon skirt with slit.

Hopefully this can shed a bit of light on how gowns get so expensive. When it comes down to it, the quality determines the price. It’s always a good idea to keep this in mind when planning your wedding, and thinking about how you want to feel and look in your gown. If you want to check out our beautiful, high quality gowns, call or book online to come in and try out our collection. Don’t forget to check back for some more tips! While you wait for next time, check out our post on Alteration Terms, for when you find the dress of your dreams!

Until then!

-Stacie

 

Bridal Trends

Will You Go Trendy or Traditional?

Fashion Week just took place in the beautiful NYC, and most of the new Fall and Spring collections have been released! We are living for all of the trendiest new bridal looks out there, and thought we would showcase some of our favorite designers, who are leading the pack in innovative design trends.

SAREH NOURI

Sareh Nouri is always on trend in her own way! She has perfected the beauty of the blue dress as well as other colored gowns.

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Below, we have a pink version of the gorgeous “Peony”, featuring a clean, minimalist mermaid cut, and the ivory trumpet gown, “Paulina,” both leading designs in the trend of bow back trains.

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And her newest collection is springing with beautiful blossoms!

Wedding dress by [Sareh Nouri](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/sareh-nouri?)

Wedding dress by [Sareh Nouri](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/sareh-nouri?)

Hayley Paige

The ever chic Hayley Paige has taken up fabulous florals in her fabrics as well!

"Jardin" ivory sugar rose caviar ball gown featuring a spaghetti strap bodice with sweetheart neckline, and full caviar skirt with cashmere lining, [Blush by Hayley Paige](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/blush-by-hayley-paige?)

She has also taken on the high and mighty neckline.

"Saige" ivory floral embroidered gown with sparkle underlay and cashmere lining, illusion jewel neckline and low open back, and full embroidered A-line skirt with pockets, [Blush by Hayley Paige](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/blush-by-hayley-paige?)

Kelly Faetanini

Kelly is the new mistress of off the shoulder sleeves!

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And she has embraced a bold color in bridal: Black!

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This noir nightingale also alludes to the very high fashion statement of fringe for days!

Lazaro

Even the man of glitz and glam is following the trend of minimalism in his own way.

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

He has also been playing with florals too!

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

All of our designers, even those not here, have been updating their lines and styles and we are excited to share some of their beautiful creations with you! If you enraptured with some of these amazing trends in the bridal world give us a call or book an appointment online to see if you will love being on trend or if you prefer a traditional look! Check back with us for some more info on what’s new in the bridal world and, while you wait, take a look at our recent post about Waistlines and our other post on Silhouettes to stir up some ideas about tres chic look on your special day!

 

Au Revoir Darlings!

 

-Stacie

 

Stylist Picks: Barnyard Bride

Hello Gorgeous!

I will admit that these are my all-time favorite posts to write. Maybe its because at the end of the day I’m just a sucker for bridal gowns or maybe I have a thing for playing favorites … ha … Either way, here are the stylist picks for a barnyard  or country wedding.

Ball Gown

Pippa from Blush by Hayley Paige 

Pippa is a pheonomenal gown and an archetype of Hayley Paige’s designs.

She is flirty fun and princess-y but has a good done of rustic charm or bohemian flare depending on how you wear her. Head over to my post dedicated to Pippa for more info.

ALine

Ella Rosa style BE400.  Another brand new gown to Bitsy Bridal and one that I am loving! Beautifully detailed bodice and a skirt that has just enough volume to be fun without getting in the way.  Strap details and a scalloped neckline add to the interest.

Column

Matie from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini. Slim fit, flowing gown with thin straps and lace details.  Matie is one of those gowns where the fit is right on the edge between ALine and Column.

Soft chiffon and a mock basque waist line slim the hips without adding volume.

Fit to Flare

Tara Keely 2450.

This is a tried and true style from Tara Keely.  Venise lace sleeves and bodice paired with a crepe skirt are a very demure combo. The wide, plunging neckline is incredibly daring. The combo makes for a mesmerizing gown.  The skirt is straight cut but due to the train and the fabric it falls into a soft flare which lands it in Fit-to-Flare territory over Column.

Crepe is the most difficult fabric to wear as it is the most unforgiving. It is comfortable as it acts like a second skin but not the best choice for summer weddings since it isn’t the most breathable.

Trumpet/Mermaid

Tara Keely 2751.  Unlike 2450, this is a brand new design from Tara Keely. We had this dress in store for a trunk show a couple months ago and are insanely excited to get it back in store as part of our collection. It should be arriving any day now!

Chantilly lace in a beautifully rustic gold color lays atop this trumpet gown from top to bottom.  Spaghetti straps fall into a plunging neckline and V back reaching to or almost to the natural waistline which is marked by a gold ribbon.  This gown is remarkably simple yet full of texture and interest.

Final Thoughts

I can just envision a pair of funky cow boy boots peeking out from under Pippa or BE400. And Matie or either Tara Keely gown would look fantastic in silhouette against the sunset in a field or in a candle lit barn.  If a barn wedding isn’t your style, take a look back at the Stylist Picks for backyard, city, and temple weddings.

Check back for later installments including tropical weddings and garden weddings.

5 Best Things About Tara Keely Fall 2017

Hello Gorgeous!

In May, we were lucky enough to host a trunk show for one of the favorite bridal lines among stylists and Bitsy Brides: Tara Keely.  Part of the JLM design house and designed by Lazaro Perez, Tara Keely is for the sophisticated and timeless bride who is not afraid to make a statement.

The new season is To. Die. For.  The girls here were literally drooling over the newest designs. The official pictures are not out yet but I just couldn’t wait to give you a taste so…. without further ado…. here are five things to expect from the new season of Tara Keely.

1- Sleeves

Sleeves were a rare luxury among bridal designers over the past several years but they have been making a comeback in the most recent seasons. In my opinion, the JLM design house (which includes Tara Keely) does sleeves better than most. You will find dainty cap sleeves and long, lace, masterpiece sleeves in the newest collection.

2 – Sparkle

If you thought it was impossible to have a sparkled dress without looking like a chandelier or like a 4 year old playing dress up then you have never tried on a gown designed by Lazaro Perez. With cascading waves of sparkle and perfectly placed belts or jewels, each dress with the addition of shine is made with the utmost regard for taste and sophistication.

Silk shantung, long sleeve gown. Via Tara Keely instagram.
3 – A-Line Perfection

There is a reason it is the most requested silhouette. ALine gowns flatter nearly every body type. They are feminine and elegant without being hard to manage or overdone. A Line is classic and gives you a lot of wiggle room to show your personality with the gown design, which is exactly what happens with a Tara Keely gown. With a design channeling Princess Diana hanging next to a bohemian beauty, there is a gown for everyone in this collection.

4 – Lush Materials

Tara Keely always has amazing fabrics and finishes but this season is particularly spectacular. I am in love with the use of Silk Shantung I am finding.  Shantung is an amazing material with just enough luster and the perfect amount of drape to easily be worn in a formal or whimsical affair.

Spaghetti strap trumpet gown with bohemian vibes. Via JLM instagram.
5 – Bohemian Charm

I am particularly critical of boho-style dresses. Just not my favorite. I will however have to admit that I am drooling over Tara Keely’s bohemian additions to this season.

Get ready ladies, this season is going to be AMAZING!

Until next time,

Becca