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Mother of the Bride Dress Cost


How Much Does a Mother of the Bride Dress Cost?

 
low costLow: $50-$200average costMedium: $200-$800high costHigh: $1,000-$4,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • A mother-of-the-bride dress costs, on the lower end, less than $50-$200 for an off-the-rack dress from a department store, online retailer or bridal store. For example, at Amazon[1] , mother-of-the-bride dresses start at $40, and the site offers many dresses in the $100-$200 range.
  • In the mid-range, a mother-of-the-bride dress costs about $200-$800 for a dress with a moderate level of detail from a higher end department store or bridal store. At Nordstrom[2] , mother-of-the-bride dresses range from about $100-$775.
  • And, on the high end, a dress costs about $1,000-$4,000 -- or more, if preferences and budget allow -- for a designer dress with intricate details such as beading and lace from a high-end bridal boutique or retail shop. At NewYorkDress.com[3] , for example, prices reach $4,000.
  • On forums at WeddingBee.com[4] , brides discuss the cost of their mothers' MOB dresses, which range from less than $50 to $3,000.
Related articles: Mother of the Groom Dress, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower Girl Dress, Wedding Dress, Groom's Suit or Tuxedo, Groomsman's Suit or Tuxedo

What should be included:
  • If purchasing a dress off the rack, only the dress will be included. If ordering a dress through a bridal shop or boutique, a staff member will take professional measurements and order the dress in the proper size.
Additional costs:
  • Alterations, if necessary, can range from $20-$100 or more. For example, at Ree's Sewing[5] in Michigan, hem alterations on a formal dress start at $20. Side seam alterations cost $20-$55.
  • Shoes, jewelry and other accessories such as shaping garments can add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to the cost. For example, at NewYorkDress.com[6] , earrings range from $25-$200, necklaces range from $100-$300 and capelets cost about $200. And at Nordstrom[7] , shapers and hosiery cost from about $30-$100.
Discounts:
  • The best way to get a discount is to look for sales at department and bridal stores. For example, dresses on sale at Macy's[8] start at $40. Or, some bridal salons offer discounts on a mother-of-the-bride dress when a bride purchases her dress there.
Shopping for a mother of the bride dress:
  • According to traditional etiquette rules, the mother of the bride should avoid common wedding dress colors such as white, ivory or off-white, as well as black and bright colors, according to TheKnot.com. However, these guidelines are flexible, and the MOB should ask the bride if she has strong opinions about color, style or formality level. However, it's important that the MOB feel comfortable with her choice, too, and even pants can work. TheKnot.com offers an etiquette guide to MOB dresses[9] . And BridalGuide.com offers a guide to mother-of-the-bride dresses[10] that covers colors, styles and trends.
  • In the low to mid-range, Amazon.com and David's Bridal both offer a wide selection of mother-of-the-bride dresses[11] .
  • In the mid-range, higher end department stores such as Nordstrom offer mother-of-the-bride dresses[12] .
  • For higher-end dresses,TheKnot.com offers a shopping tool for mother-of-the-bride dresses[13] that offers the option to shop by designer or type of dress.
  • Traditional etiquette states that the mother of the bride should purchase her dress first, then subtly let the mother of the groom know about the color and style she chose. The mother of the groom can consider this information when choosing her own dress, in order to prevent fashion clashes, according to TheKnot.com.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st?bbn=1036682&keywords=mother+of+the+bride+dress&qid=1370...
  2.  shop.nordstrom.com/c/mother-of-the-bride-dresses
  3.  www.newyorkdress.com/Mother_of_The_Bride.html#page=34
  4.  boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-much-did-your-moms-mother-of-the-bride-outfit-cost...
  5.  www.reessewing.com/alterations.html
  6.  www.newyorkdress.com/Jewelry.html#page=1
  7.  shop.nordstrom.com/c/spanx
  8.  www1.macys.com/search/results.ognc?sortOption=Sale%20Price%20Ascending&Keyword=mot...
  9.  wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/bridesmaid-dresses/articles/mother-of-the-bride...
  10.  www.bridalguide.com/blogs/fashion-beauty/mother-of-bride-dresses
  11.  www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_Bridal-Party-Mothers-Special-Guests-All-Dresses___lh
  12.  shop.nordstrom.com/c/mother-of-the-bride-dresses?segmentEngine=Default
  13.  wedding.theknot.com/mother-of-the-bride-dresses.aspx
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