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How much do people pay for a formal dress to wear to a wedding? And do people still wear hats to weddings?


Posted anonymously, 19th August 2015


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  • For me, I don’t usually wear dresses, so my choice would be as cheap as possible! The chances of me ever wearing it again are so slim, so I wouldn’t want to go over board. Wear a hat if you like, don’t if you don’t like.


  • Really I think it’s personal choice. Last wedding I went to I made my own long formal dress.


  • I don’t spend too much on dresses, especially if I don’t end up wearing it again. I usually look on Facebook buy sell swaps for second hand dresses


  • I’ve never worn a hat! I pay between $50-$100. I try to recycle dresses if it’s with a different crowd of people


  • There is no right and wrong about wearing any dresses on a formal occasion especially when it is a one off event . Unless you are part of the bridal party I feel these days people don’t really notice and it is best to dress comfortable and due to the long day event a pair of really comfortable shoes which I think is more important . As for hats , it is a preference , if you don’t look or feel good in one , don’t wear it at all . I wear clothing to feel good in is much more important than what people will think .


  • $80 max, don’t wear a hat though. But I usually raid my sisters wardrobe as she has more clothes then me!!


  • About $150, I don’t wear a hat


  • I agree with mum1407 saying spend as little as possible and make sure you will be able to wear it again for sure or its a waste of money!


  • Lol…..not much. I hate clothes shopping for myself and expensive clothes is even worse and a dress!?!?!? Don’t think so. If you want to wear a hat, wear a hat. Too many people obsess about what you should do, what so n so is doing, should I etc Do what makes you happy :)


  • As little as possible and make sure you will be able to wear it again


  • If you buy a dress make sure it nice and reusable, Is it a formal wedding or could just any really nice dress do with a bolero or shoulder covering/jacket to dress it up a little. Try to avoid any really bright way out there colours unless they look really good. Only my mum wore a hat to my wedding. (it dint look good on her at all). I would buy the dress first and if you find the perfect hat/ head piece to finish off go for it but if not dont stress a nice hair do is as good. I hope you find a lovely dress.


  • Dress to be comfortable and to feel good. Don’t worry if an outfit doesn’t cost a lot but you feel glamorous wearing it. Wear a big smile and ‘ think’ beautiful and this will show through!


  • Depending on your budget. I would only pay a big amount if i knew i was going to wear it more than once. In saying that i paid $300 for my wedding dress.


  • Thanks for all of the helpful answers and tips! Love the accessories tip too! Time for some shopping! :)


  • I would not over $100 for the dress. And a hat really depends on the dress and the weather. For example, an off the shoulder light dress with some of your back showing. A hat with a dress like this per say at an outside wedding on a sunny day to block some rays would look great!


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