How to get a Colorful Dress for Less $$$
PRICE, it’s my Number One Question that I struggle to Answer.
The Price has a TON of factors that unless you fill out my Booking Form I can’t account for.
If you want to know a price. First get a clear idea of the dress you want, then fill out the booking form and I can at least get you a smaller range with that information.
I will say this, the high rates of the bridal world are what allows me to do this work. Each dress is custom, hand colored and takes at least a week of work. Coloring your dress can cost just as much if not more than your dress. I’d say on average $1000 - $2000 but there are gowns that are more than that and some that are less.
Some brides handle this by looking for ways to get the coloring as low as possible and others aim to get the dress as cheaply as possible. Both are great solutions when your on a budget and I’m going to tell you how to do them both.
For the bride looking so save on the dress
Try On Dresses at a normal bridal boutique. This will help you determine what style looks best on your body, the hardest part will be walking away empty handed, but this is key to getting a good dress for half the price.
SO many brides think they know what they want from the pretty pictures online, then totally change there mind when trying on gowns. I did! That’s why you have to try them on.
Now you are ready to HUNT!!! I find this pretty fun.
Look though apps like Let Go, Offer Up, and Still White for insanely cheap dresses in a similar style to the one you liked in the dress store.
Go thrift shopping, this is best in & around bridal season, since some thrift shops will hold there wedding gowns in the back until that time of year.
Go to bridal stores to ask if they have any sample wedding dresses they are trying to clear out. I have purchased 4 full and fabulous dresses for only $40 each this way (that’s less than the fabric alone would cost). Although that’s rare I’d say anything under $300 your doing really good.
Keep in mind the dress does not have to be perfect. You can get a dress taken in or even add corset ties to one that won't zip up. Add sleeves or remove them, add lace or remove it. Scrub stains and patch tears. Add a layers or remove one. There is seriously so much you can do to take an old dress and make it brand new and beautiful.
I definitely suggest talking to an alterations person or someone with good sewing skills that can help you determine what is feasible.
If you are hoping to go really cheap on the dress expect to pay more on alterations but overall it will still cost less than most gowns unless your a perfect size - but let’s face it, most of us arn’t (most places don’t even sell gowns my size!).
Avoid Gowns that don’t have a designer tag. Ask the seller where they got the dress from. Typically no tag means it was purchased from china on a online store that rips off designers, steals there photos, and then clams to be able to make the dress for super cheap. These places have even taken my wedding pictures. O and the dress you get, won’t be the one in the photo. Often they have strange proportions and bad workmanship.
This is the BEST way to get a great deal on good quality dress. Don’t resort to the china bridal rip-off websites!
I personally do not think it is worth it and due to the low quality fabric these are harder to color. I have gotten some that are Okay but the majority have really bad hems and other issues that make my job so much more difficult. As you can assume that means these cost more to get colored.
Now for saving on coloring!
To put it simply less fabric equals less cost. Bigger the dress bigger the cost. Here are some more detailed tips. O and if I’m losing you with my terminology, look here for help.
Lace is a bit higher than the other fabric types and and chiffon is a bit less.
Avoid Satin/lining fabric that repel water.
For Poof, look to add crinoline under the lining rater than a dress that has layer after layer after layer of tulle.
Avoid dresses that have a horsehair hem in ORGANZA, in tulle or satin is fine.
Avoid or remove beads or sequins in the to be colored portion of your dress.
For Chiffon or Organza consider only getting the top layer colored. This works well for lighter/brighter colors and cuts cost a ton.
Avoid Rosette gowns, some I won’t even color, all are expensive.
The Layers of the gown affect the cost more than a long train.
Book early and in off season months. The months prior to June get super busy, November to January is less.
Don’t get the Sunset combo or Peacock Combo! These are so popular I had to put a high minimum on them. Slight variations however avoid the minimum, like no blue in the sunset, or a green in the peacock combo.
Lastly to help with the cost of coloring I do give the option to break the payments up each month prior to your booking. $300 is due for booking and then the payments start the following month. Just another reason to book early!
I’ll be adding to this but for now I hope this helps you get a good deal on the dress of your dreams <3