On the low end, a wedding dress can cost $200 or less for an off-the-rack white or cream evening dress in a synthetic fabric from a department store, or for a simple or on-sale wedding dress from chain bridal retailer.
In the mid-range, expect to pay $500 to $2,000 for an off-the rack or custom-made wedding dress, with a small to medium amount of beading or lace detail, from a chain bridal retailer or bridal boutique.
On the high end, expect to pay $2,000 to $5,000 and up for a custom-made designer dress in silk, sometimes with elaborate embellishments of hand-stitched lace or beading, from an upscale wedding boutique. Expect to pay more for gowns in silk, elaborate embellishments, hand-stitched lace or beading, from an upscale wedding boutique.
The average cost for a wedding dress is $1,505, according to The Bridal Association of America.
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