Buying a wedding dress for less than $50,000, not likely

Come on ladies! Can you remember the cost of your wedding dress, or is it too far too remember. For those of you who can dig in your nostalgic past, I bet it was much, much cheaper, than it is today, and much nicer as well, with lots of white and frills.

The other day my naughty niece, who eventually got married, dragged her mom and my wife to see a wedding dress for a price tag of $4000. She just batted her eyelids and said "yes mom its 4000 dollars."

The cheek lay in the fact she wanted her mom to buy it with no questions asked, a sort of getting married present. I felt disgusted by the fact even though I am happy for the joyous couple. I know wedding dresses can go for much higher up than $50,000, $100,000 but this is clearly unwanted waste or is it.

In this day and age nobody really knows what to think anymore. I like to think we have better brains than to buy a wedding dress for even under $4000 which is going to be worn for a couple of hours at the most, and then slung into the dressing cupboard. But we are part of the same jolly human crowed!

Apparently, and I am reminded this, today, young women don't think the same way we do, but say to heck, why not buy the dress, after all this is a special day to remember, and be happy, so splash out, no need to worry about the cost.

My daughter got married a couple of months afterwards, and she was also looking for a wedding dress, and I had hoped she wouldn't not be looking at the same tag mark, I'd like to believe she is more sensible but no, it was the same, she adopted the nonchalant attitude and went for the no-expense-spared one.

Most girls, sorry I mean young women don't care these days. Because of the consumer culture and the relative prosperity that exists there seem to be an absolute blindness underpinned by a "copying culture".

The Brits may have been wise when they termed it as keeping up with the Joneses, and remember that expression existed when the term consumer culture was a lot less than it is today.

Will that consumer culture drive everyone on that edge of pauperism? I hope not, because the wedding dress is just the beginning of the road into the total immersion of lovely household goodies. Many brides should stop and think, even though they are relatively prosperous but will they?

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Deb Welch 4 years ago

I would not be caught dead in a monkey suit for a lady. I came close a few times to getting married and chickened out! I had planned on buying a handmade delicately embroidered flowered white tunic top and to be worn over a long white skirt with a halo of flowers to match the flowers in the embroidery for my hair. The whole outfit would have been about $250. Then again - I was shopping for a silk white suit at $300 and include all accessories would be near $500 - yet - I could wear them again in a different way. Weddings are a waste of money - such a sin - for a holy event. Good Hub.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

I've been married three times. My first wedding dress cost $10, I didn't wear a wedding dress the second time because I eloped, and my third wedding dress was borrowed. So, I spent less than $3.50 on average for each dress! Also, my first wedding cost $125, my second and third were the cost of the license and the rings...about $125 each time. Not bad, huh?


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marwan asmar 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

These were the days. The trick today is to shopping hunt for bargains, they still very much exist. but now a lot of people want to keep up with the Joneses, or even better. Unfortunately its all about "fake" appearances regardless of whether one can afford it or not. Thank you for your enlightening comment.


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Princessa 3 years ago from France

I got married for the second time last January and I am proud to say that my wedding dress cost me a little less than 100$ (including my daughter's bridesmaid dress) Everybody though I had spent a fortune on it and complimented us a lot. The truth be told, I managed to find an excellent good price for a 50s wedding dress at a vintage shop.


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marwan asmar 3 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

You can find cheap ones, but many people prefer to buy something that is costly/


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Princessa 3 years ago from France

Cheap and good quality I must add

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