Nothing beats designer bridal gowns when it comes to workmanship and uniqueness. These ‘couture' wedding dresses are definitely on every bride's wish list, but their prohibitive price tags keep most brides from getting their hands on them. If you have the budget for one, however, then why not treat yourself?

More than the prestige and glamour, the main reason that women buy designer bridal wear is for quality and inimitability. Designer bridal gowns are made with natural fabrics that let your skin breathe, which is not always the case with off-the-rack dresses. And unlike ready-made gowns, a designer bridal gown is molded to flatter your figure. You can be fitted for the right trim, silhouette, and length. The gown can therefore highlight the areas you want to show off, and hide the areas you want to conceal.

When you choose to buy couture bridal wear, you will likewise get to personally pick out the fabric and dictate the detailing. The dress will be one-of-a-kind, causing you to feel extra-special on your wedding day.

There is a huge difference between the price of ready-made gowns and their designer counterparts, and you should seriously factor this in before going for the latter. A ready-to-wear dress can cost as little as $500, but couture prices start at about $3,000 and go as high as $9,000 or even more (depending on the length of time it takes to finish one, the type of fabric and the detailing).

Keep in mind that a wedding is no reason to go broke. Don't buy an expensive gown if you cannot afford it. Instead, buy your gown from specialty stores that offer ‘designer-inspired' versions which look just as good as the original designs, but are made with less expensive fabrics. This might be the perfect choice if you want a gorgeous gown for a fraction of the cost.