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What’s the average cost of a wedding dress?

What’s the average cost of a wedding dress?

There is something really special about walking through the doors of a wedding gown boutique and knowing you could find ‘the one’ among the racks. But how much are Australian brides willing to spend? What’s the average cost of a wedding dress?

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Dress by Brides of Brunswick

Shopping for a wedding dress is a huge highlight of planning a wedding and one that can make you feel like a princess over and over again as you check yourself out in the mirror.

Just like trying on a pair of sunglasses, or meeting the love of your life, once you have found ‘the one’, you just know.



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Gown by Eternal Weddings.

According to Easy Weddings’ 2016 Annual Australian Wedding Survey, the average price of a wedding dress is $2,475.

When it comes to how much brides are willing to part with to secure the garment love of their life, the price varies from state to state.

grace loves lace wedding dress cost

Grace loves lace wedding dress.

Queensland brides spend a modest average of $1,807 on their dress. At the opposite end of the scale sits Victoria, with brides in that state spending an average of $2,745.

This is followed by Tasmania on $2,660, WA on $2,648, Northern Territory on $2,510, New South Wales on $2,414, South Australia on $1,995 and the ACT on $1,975.

What's the average cost of a wedding dress

Dress by Nicole Spose

More than 90% of the brides surveyed said they would purchase a wedding dress, while only 6.5% said they would make the dress themselves, or enlist the skills of a friend or family member to make it for them.

Many brides view their gown not only as a head-turning feature of their wedding day but as an investment, with 64% of the survey respondents planning to store and keep their wedding dress.

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Dress by Mori Lee

To those newly engaged women who are gearing up for the great wedding gown hunt, we wish you every success in finding your true love! Remember that you could buy off the rack or have a unique dress custom made. The choice is yours!

Not wearing white? Colour meanings of non-white wedding gowns

Not wearing white? Colour meanings of non-white wedding gowns

While white and ivory gowns are still making up the vast majority of those being worn by modern brides, there is a greater variety of colours available than ever before.

Photo courtesy of Red Vibe Photography.

Photo courtesy of Red Vibe Photography.

Prolific international designers like Vera Wang have made coloured wedding gowns much more accessible, and desirable!

So if you are considering stepping away from tradition, take a look at the most popular alternative wedding gown colours and what they mean… your favourite colour might just be the perfect one to communicate your feelings or personality on your big day!

Ivory

We all know that white is associated with innocence and purity, which is why it became the traditional colour for brides to wear on their wedding day. Its symbolism is also why it continues to be a popular choice to this day, with ivory being favoured rather than true white.

Photo courtesy of Justin Aaron Photography.

Photo courtesy of Justin Aaron Photography.

Pink

Similar to while, pink is also a colour associated with innocence, but also has an air of freshness, love, and femininity and can show off a more flirtatious personality.

Image by Tyler Brown Photography

Image by Tyler Brown Photography

Red

Bold and eye-catching, red is the second colour most associated with love, thanks to it being the same shade everyone uses for their Valentines hearts! It also symbolises energy, strength, and passion.

Image via DC Images

Image via DC Images

Orange

If spicing things up is your thing, an orange gown will fit you perfectly. It represents youth, strength, and vitality as well as being linked to those who are flamboyant and love a bit of fun.

Photo courtesy of Shevan J Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shevan J Photography.

Yellow

The polar opposite to black, yellow is a much happier colour that is linked to wisdom and intelligence. Yellow is also associated with humour, curiosity and drive and focus.

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Elie Saab



Green

Associated with harmony and balance, green can also also represent a bride who is refines, inventive, and flexible. When you look at olive green, you see the traditional colour of peace, but a more vibrant green (think Granny Smith green…) can also represent compassion and loyalty.

 Studio RL Photography

Studio RL Photography

Blue

When you think of blue, you think of the water and the ocean and for this reason, this colour signifies calm and peace. It is also a symbol of purity and life-giving – just like water is. Even more, blue can mean stability, security and an endless loyalty. Lighter shades are linked with good health and softness, while dark blue is more serious and represents knowledge, power, and integrity.

Image via DC Images

Image via DC Images

Purple

It is no wonder the traditional colour of royalty is associated with authority and power, but it also also be linked with magic, mystery, and strength. When you turn to lighter shades of purple, you will communicate romance and feelings of nostalgia.

Jen Crook Photography

Jen Crook Photography

Brown/Nude

The colour of the earth, brown shows a clear connection to nature and is also a symbol of order, stamina, and patience. Brides who don brown are steady, conservative, and reliable.

Photo courtesy of Infinity Photography.

Photo courtesy of Infinity Photography.

Black

Once a taboo colour for anyone, let alone the bride, to wear to a wedding, black gowns are making an impact. If you look past the more sombre associations to the colour black, it can also represent power, sophistication, wealth and mystery.

Photo courtesy of Whitepoint Photography.

Photo courtesy of Whitepoint Photography.

Grey

While grey is often linked with maturity, it can also represent composure, peace and security.

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Image by Scott Parlett

Silver

You can’t think silver without thinking sleek, and this is what this shade is the very embodiment of. It represents responsibility and organisation, and can also take on an earthy, natural ambience. Brides decked out in silver will have a soothing, and calming effect on everyone around them.

Image by APL Photography

Image by APL Photography

Gold

The epitome of wealth is symbolised in gold, but it can also mean a full enjoyment of life, with the brightness and happiness linked with yellow hues. Brides who favour gold can be seen as extravagant, but also wise and powerful.

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