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Thursday
May232013

Target Offering $99 Wedding Dresses

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Target executives over the past few years have really thought outside the bargain box, teaming up with high-end designers like Missoni, Neiman Marcus and Prabal Gurung. Now the popular discount chain’s latest venture may have more people than ever saying “I do.”

Target is now offering affordable wedding wear, exclusively online, in their latest launch that targets nuptial necessities.

“It’s a huge industry,” Jennie Ma, fashion and beauty editor at The Knot.com, told ABC News. “It generates about $4 billion a year. We’ve seen a lot of online retailers enter this space.”

Target is offering four styles of wedding gowns, 10 bridesmaids dresses and two flower girl frocks in sizes 2 to 28 with prices ranging from $69.99 to $129.99.

The average wedding dress costs around $1,200, and for that amount, brides-to-be could purchase six wedding dresses and eight bridesmaids dresses at Target.

Newly engaged Taylor McGrann is on the hunt for her perfect dress, but at a bargain.

“It’s hard because you want it to be special, you want it to be perfect, you want it to be beautiful, but how much can you really spend on a dress that you wear one day, one time?” McGrann asked.

McGrann added that she'd consider buying a wedding dress from Target because “They’re so classic. They’re timeless, they’re simple and it’s really evident that you can make this your own.”

The bridal dresses are only available online and Target has no plans to carry them in stores. But if you order a dress and it doesn’t fit, the dress can be returned per the return policy.

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Friday
Mar232012

US Couples Spent Average of $27,000 on Weddings in 2011

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Here comes the bride -- and the hole in your wallet. A survey published this week shows that the average wedding budget is $27,021 and has grown, year over year, for the first time since 2008.

In a survey of 18,000 U.S. couples who married in 2011, respondents listed their expenses in 16 categories. The survey showed that the average amount spent per guest was $196.

Overall wedding spending, which excludes the honeymoon, increased from $26,985 in 2010 and $28,385 in 2009. Two wedding sites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, conducted the annual survey among members who were 18 or older and had a wedding in 2011.

TheKnot.com's site editor, Anja Winikka, said the slight uptick in spending could be attributed to a change in attitude in wedding spending related to the perception of an economic recovery. According to the survey, fewer brides, 29 percent, said the economy affected their wedding budget, compared to 31 percent in 2010 and 34 percent in 2009.

"Of course it's an individual, case-by-case basis, but even if you had the money in the past, you may have not wanted to spend it," she said.

New York City brides also spent the most on their weddings overall ($65,824) and on their dresses ($2,403). Brides in North and South Dakota spent the least on their dresses: $745. Couples said the wedding venue or reception hall was still the most expensive expense at $12,116, compared to $12,124 in 2010 and $12,838 in 2009.

Here are the seven areas around the country where couples spend the most on their weddings:

1. New York City (Manhattan)
2. Chicago
3. New York Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and New York City's Outer Boroughs)
4. New Jersey
5. Rhode Island
6. Santa Barbara/Ventura, Calif., and Los Angeles
7. Philadelphia

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May032011

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Knockoff Hits Stores

ABC/HAZEL THOMPSON(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton's wedding dress made the whole world gasp in awe.  But now, every bride-to-be will be able to buy one just like it.

Minutes after the world got its first glimpse of Middleton's gown, designers were making detailed sketches.

Michelle and Henry Roth are designers who sell exclusively for Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, the largest wedding boutique in the country, located in New York City.  At Kleinfeld, they see more than 15,000 women per year and everyone's looking for that special dress.

Now, Kleinfeld and the Roths are working on what will surely be one of their hottest gowns ever: an inspired replica of that amazing Kate Middletown wedding gown.

The dress is a game-changer, and the Roths are determined to have the perfect couture gown inspired by Middleton's available immediately.

From the very first moment on Friday that Prince William's bride stepped out in her dress -- designed by Sarah Burton for fashion house Alexander McQueen -- the Roths have been working on every detail.

They now have a prototype to fit on a model.

Like detectives, the Roths examined every detail of Middleton's dress -- from the neckline to the sleeves to the pleats in the skirt.  Nothing was overlooked.

They even pulled other dresses to examine the possible components of Middleton's dress.  Then they rushed to Lace Star in New York's Garment District to find the perfect fabric.

Back in their studio, they began draping and pinning the garment.

Out in the store, women were already waiting breathlessly, while seamstresses worked around the clock, carefully hand-sewing and applying every piece of lace. 

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