How Much Does a Gypsy Wedding Dress Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

Gypsy wedding dresses are famous for its elaborate, massive look and sometimes over-the-top designs.

Usually made to achieve an element of surprise, gypsy wedding gowns can be quite elaborate.

How much does a gypsy wedding dress cost?

On average, be prepared to pay anywhere from as little as $5,000 to more than $25,000+ for a quality Gypsy wedding dress.  The average, according to most dresses we looked at, cost about $5,000 to $18,000 on average.  Keep in mind that like other dresses, the costs can easily surpass the range above if you were to need a premium name branded dress created by a celebrity designer, premium materials and/or customizations.  Like a traditional wedding dress or piece of clothing, it can be hard to offer a “definite” price as there are so many factors when pricing a gypsy wedding dress.

Sondra Celli, the dress designer who made wedding dresses seen on TLC’s television show, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, had pre-owned dresses online for $15,000 to $25,000.  If you were to buy new, however, you could easily double or triple these costs, often as high as $40,000 to $65,000+

According to TLC.com, a gypsy wedding dress can be very expensive, with some gypsy girls having reportedly spent more than $80,000 on a wedding dress alone.  In addition, brides in the traveler community spend around $1,500 on accessories.

The average gypsy, according to the Daily Mail, will spend close to $5,000 to $9,000 on her dress.

In this Boston Globe article, they claim the dresses can often range anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000, and the average dress can weigh 80 pounds, depending on the decorations being used.

What are the extra costs?

Optional add-ons need to be considered, just like those available for a traditional wedding dress.  This can include matching accessories such as a veil, shawl, bolero jacket, crinoline slip, and/or bouquet ribbon. These accessories can range from $25 to $125, but custom modifications can cost much more.

Other accessories, such as heels, jewelry and hair supplies, of course, need to be budgeted for as well.

A customized bouquet, designed to match the dress, could cost another few hundred dollars, depending on the design and size.

Rush orders, if available, can add hundreds to your order, depending on the wedding gown maker.

If the dress has to be altered or customized, this can add to the total price as well.  Most dresses can have the necklines, skirt, corset and bodices customized to fit your exact measurements.

Tips to know:

A gypsy wedding gown can have a low-cut style or a thigh-high split, depending on the personal preferences of the bride.  Most gypsy wedding dress designs are white and decked with crystals, sometimes as many as 50,000 and close to 100+ feet of fabric.  In essence, when compared to a traditional wedding dress, these dresses will have more volume in the skirt area and will incorporate more vibrant colors and crystals.  The three defining characteristics, as said by TLC, are size, style and Swarovski jewels.  When it comes to the dress, bigger is always better.

The average dress, by the time you add all of the fabric and the crystals, can weigh close to 80 to 100 pounds.

When buying from an online store or even in person, always make sure to ask when the gown will be finished to ensure that it does not arrive late.  Most gypsy wedding dresses require a longer production time compared with traditional wedding gowns, particularly if the design is elaborate and needs a lot of customized work.

A very elaborate gypsy wedding dress may have as many as 24 net underskirts, a train of up to 20 feet long and a very tight-fitting corset with sharp accessories that may make wearing the gown uncomfortable.  If at all possible, be sure to try on a similar dress before committing to the purchase to make sure it’s something you’re comfortable with.

How can I save money?

Consider purchasing a dress second hand on either eBay, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com or Craigslist.  At the time of this writing, for instance, we were able to find a Sondra Celli gypsy wedding dress, with a $40,000 retail value, selling for less than $15,000 on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.


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