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Learn What Goes Into the Cost of a Bridesmaid Dress

It’s totally normal to experience some sticker shock when you’re shopping for bridesmaid dresses. Bridesmaid dresses (especially floor-length gowns) can easily cost upwards of $200, with many falling in the $300 range. But knowing what goes into creating a runway design, like the dress above from the Amsale Fall 2015 bridesmaid dress collection, can help you make a more informed decision when picking dresses for your bridesmaids. We got the scoop from wedding and bridesmaid dress designer Amsale Aberra to find out what exactly goes into the price of a bridesmaid dress.

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Having a Designer Pattern

“Generally, the more expensive the dress, the more time is spent on making it,” says designer Aberra. An expertly crafted pattern— including time-consuming steps like hand-tucking and pleating—is the key to a unique look and a flattering fit that flows beautifully on a variety of body shapes. After the pattern has been created by a designer, it’s fitted in a showroom on a model (to make sure every seam is completely perfect), shown on the runway, and then finally goes into production.

Using Pricey Materials

All fabrics are not created equal, and the cost will vary depending on quality. More expensive chiffon, like the one this dress is made of, is crafted from silk. It’s sheer and flows easily as you move. Polyester chiffon, a budget- friendly option, tends to be a bit more opaque and stiffer. The same goes for tulle and lace—some variations will be pricier depending on quality and construction.

Being Made to Order

Some dresses for taller or plus-size ladies are custom- made and, as a result, cost extra. But even standard sizes aren’t mass-produced. They’re sewn when ordered— and all are cut from the same dye lot (meaning the fabric for each is dyed together for an identical hue).

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