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Why Does Your Quinceañera Dress Cost So Much?

Gabriela Alvarado

Choosing a Quinceanera dress is one of the biggest decisions you’ll face.

We know you’ve been dreaming about the dress since you were a little girl and now that your party is finally here, let’s make that dream a reality. And by real we also mean… a little bit less fantasy and more about the pricing. (Ouch!)

The cost of a Quinceanera dress varies depending on your location, size, materials used, and design. Fabric, craftsmanship, and alterations are three key factors to consider as well. Today, we’ll talk about the most important ones, so when buying your dream dress or having it custom-made, you’ll know exactly what you’ll be facing.

Let’s get started!

Quinceanera dress: the fabric

Most Quince gowns come in satin, silk, chiffon, velvet, taffeta, and tulle. The material used to make your dress dictates a portion of the dress cost.

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Silk fabric for a Quinceañera dress.

To give you an idea, here are the different costs of dress fabric:

  • Silk: Is the most luxurious and comfortable fabric. However, it is the most expensive option. On average, it costs about $18 to $30 per yard.
  • Satin: A satin fabric tends to have a high luster due to the high number of floats on the fabric. It is not a durable fabric, therefore the cost ranges between $6 and $12 per yard.
  • Velvet: Is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense and is typically found in vintage style dresses. The average cost ranges from $13 to $35 per yard.
  • Taffeta: Is a crisp, smooth, plain-woven fabric made from silk. The cost ranges from $5 to $12 per yard.
  • Tulle: The fabric has a lightweight, very fine netting, which is often starched. Price ranges from $2 to $7 per yard.

Learn more about these Quince dress fabrics here!

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Tulle fabric – Quinceañera Dress

Technique and decorative touches

You’ll probably think that if you buy a dress in store or online it will cost less than a custom-made gown because they are manufactured in clothing factories. Wrong! The reality is that even though these “machine-gowns” can be a little less expensive to purchase, we can’t forget that we are still paying for the labor costs.

Also, the more elaborately embroidered the dress is, the more expensive it will be. And if the beading, sewing or embroidery is done by hand… well, let’s just add more dollars to the cost of dress. Now, imagine if you add lace, beads, or rhinestones!

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Decorative touches with rhinestones

Average decorative touches’ cost:

  • Decorated silk is approximately $130 per yard.
  • Embroidered or patterned satin costs around $65 per yard.
  • Rhinestones alone cost about $12 to $18 per yard, without considering the labor if they are applied by hand.

Quinceañera dress alterations

Unless the universe loves you, your Quince gown will surely need some alterations to ensure that the length and fit is ideal. The cost of the alterations varies widely, depending on the style and complexity of the work.

Three Quinceañera dress alterations most likely to be done:

  • A hemming can run from $40 for a simple dress to $200 or more for a multi-layered dress.
  • A bodice alteration can cost from $30 to $100.
  • Adding a bustle ranges from $25 to $100, depending on the number of layers on your dress’s skirt.

 More hidden Quinceañera costs you need to pay attention to! 

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Gabriela Alvarado

Author Gabriela Alvarado

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