Wedding Articles & Tips – Shopping For A Wedding Dress

Not only are there are a variety of beautiful wedding dress styles available to suit your wedding theme and body, there are many amazing bridal couturiers and even more retail bridal shops to choose from. Selecting the right dress for you can become overwhelming.

Shopping for a wedding dress should be fun, so it’s important that one of the first things you should decide on is whether to have a one-of-a-kind wedding dress created for you or to purchase a ready-to-wear wedding dress. There are differences to consider when selecting between a couture or ready-to-wear wedding dress, so read on to be in the know …

Creation. A couture wedding dress is made to measure – its one-of-a-kind design is as unique as the bride. It is made specifically for the bride via extensive personal consultation and a series of fittings. Ready-to-wear wedding gowns are a popular choice with many brides, as the bride-to-be can immediately try on the wedding dress and see the finished product.

Quality & Workmanship. Couture gowns are usually made from quality natural fabrics such as silk. Ready-to-wear wedding dresses are generally produced from more economical fabrics such as synthetics. The difference between natural and synthetic fabrics is in the look and feel of the wedding gown. Shop around as more and more ready-to-wear bridal houses are introducing finer quality fabrics into their collections. The distinctive characteristic of a couture gown is the finish. Couture gowns are intricately detailed, painstakingly made and perfectly finished. They can take anywhere from 40-50 hours to produce. The seams and hems of couture gowns are hand-finished, smooth, invisible and comfortable against the skin. Some ready-to-wear manufacturers glue beads onto the dress instead of sewing them in and machine sew the hems. These little things are what take a wedding dress from lovely to amazing – it’s all in the fine details.

Design Choice & Fit. The sky is the limit with couture wedding gowns. They are a piece of art, sculpted exclusively to fit the bride’s curves like a glove. Couture gowns open up a world of fabrics, colours and embellishments to select from. Ready-to-wear selections are limited to the designs available for sale in the retail store, with many stores generally only carrying a number of designs from each collection. Ready-to-wear wedding dresses are like fashion, they are made to standard sizes. Whilst they may fit those brides-to-be that fall into the ‘standard’ size range, more often than not alterations are still required to ‘take-in’, ‘let-out’, shorten or lengthen different areas. Alterations to ready-to-wear wedding dresses do add to the cost of the dress, so be mindful of how much you need altered and how much you would like to change. Changing the neckline, adding beading or sleeve length all add to the cost, so that couture gown may not end up being that much more expensive if you are making several changes to a ready-to-wear gown.

Price. Couture gowns are generally priced between $3500 and $8000, although many cost $10,000 +. The average price of a ready-to-wear wedding dress is around $1500 – $2000. When you consider the individuality and workmanship of a one-of-a-kind designer wedding gown, if you can afford it, it’s the one to go with. If not, shop around as the quality and designs of some of the better ready-to-wear boutiques come very close to the couture wedding gowns, without the high price tag.

Whether you purchase your wedding dress off-the-rack, or have it made by a couturier, is a decision that only you can make, however make your decision sooner rather than later and the rest will fall into place.

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