Ok, so I know she had a made-for-TV wedding, which means the details were a bit more over-the-top than they would've been if she'd been a "regular" bride, but after hearing just how expensive Bachelorette Ashley Hebert's wedding dress was, I can't help but be a little bit shocked.
Would you believe the dress itself cost $70,000, and the train cost $75,000 -- for a grand total of $145,000 for a piece of clothing she'll never wear again?
I mean, I'm sure the Randi Rahm gown is really gorgeous and all, but spending six figures on wedding day attire just seems so indulgent, not to mention really stupid and unnecessary.
And yes, I realize that ABC probably (hopefully) picked up the tab for the dress, so maybe I'd feel a little bit differently about it if money had been no option on my wedding day and someone else was footing the bill.
But then again, even if I had all the money in the world, it just seems like such a huge waste to pay that much for something you are only going to be seen in once in your life.
I'll never forget the day I went wedding dress shopping with my mom. The first place we went was an upscale bridal boutique in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and the first dress I tried on was a sleek Monique Lhuillier that cost over $2,000.
It looked pretty darn amazing, but since one of my best friends had advised me never to buy the first dress I tried on, I decided to put it on the back burner and keep looking, especially since it was a HUGE splurge.
Long story short, at another much less stuffy bridal shop in the same town, I found the dress of my dreams -- a Jim Hjelm gown that cost less than $1,000.
It fit like a glove and made my Florida Keys destination wedding even more perfect than I ever imagined.
(Damn, I was skinny. And I didn't even realize it. What a shame.)
But as much as I loved that dress, looking back now I wondered if even spending close to $1,000 was a bit too much, considering the gown is now sitting in a box in my basement and will likely never see the light of day again.
Sure, I felt like a princess while wearing it and it was a day I'll never forget and all that mushy wedding stuff -- but would I have been any less elated if I'd walked down the aisle in a dress that was half the cost? I doubt it.
The good news for today's brides is that the wedding industry has really evolved since I got hitched almost 10 years ago. Even major retailers have hopped onto the bridal bandwagon and now offer beautiful, stylish gowns at a fraction of what you'd pay at a pricey bridal boutique.
J.Crew offers some seriously stunning wedding gowns for under $1,000, and there are even a few that cost under $500. (You just can't beat a deal like that!)
And have you heard that Ann Taylor has a bridal collection now too? Their prices are in the same range as J.Crew's, and their gowns are classy, clean, and there are also a few alternative styles to the traditional wedding dress.
Also, if you've always dreamed of having the perfect couture dress, check out Vera Wang for David's Bridal for the same look at a much more realistic cost.
Save your cash for the honeymoon ladies -- your buck will go a lot further on a dream vacation than it will for a dress that will wind up collecting dust for years to come.
Do you have a budget limit set for your wedding gown?
Images via ABC;Mary Fischer