From £500 to $4m: The lowdown on iconic wedding dresses


It’s meant to be a day of romance, but quite often it’s the big sums which get talked about when it comes to wedding days.

In relation to the dress, the sums don’t get much bigger. It didn’t take much research to find out that in the UK, the typical dress for a dress is around £1,385. Suffice to say, it’s a lot more than most people are used to spending.

The reason we took a look at this was after receiving an interesting infographic in our inbox. A US fashion company have collated some interesting data regarding some of these iconic dresses and how much they have cost:


If we return to our headline, the difference between some of the numbers is terrifying.

For example, in the case of Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding to John F. Kennedy in 1953, it’s understood that her dress cost just $500. However, if you cross over to the wedding of Pengiran Anak Isteri and Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah, figures of $4m are branded around. If you look closely, that $4m figure is for “local designers” as well, so we’re not even talking about a big label designer that most of the dresses on said infographic refer to.

While the price tag grabbed our attention, there’s some obvious style to admire through this piece as well. Granted, the majority of featured dresses are the traditional white variety, but this also gives a glimpse of other cultures and just how they capture attention on particularly exuberant days. Again, if we turn to Pengiran Anak Isteri’s dress in 2004, it goes without saying that this is significantly different to the one donned by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who happens to sit next to her in the infographic.

If you have the time, take a look. From both a financial and style point of view, it’s one of the more interesting wedding fashion pieces we have seen over recent months.