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Brides struggle to find something new

Posted on: June 22, 2009

Photo by night_fate

Photo by night_fate

Something old, new, borrowed and blue – that is the wedding tradition – but this season brides may struggle to get something new.  According to industry research firm IBISWorld, spending on rented bridal gowns is expected to grow 7.5 percent to $43 million – up from $40 million in 2008. 

With brides renting dresses, sales of new wedding gowns are expected to decrease 2.8 percent this year, reaching just $973 million.  While the decline is not as steep as the 4.2 percent drop experienced in 2008, the industry has seen declines since 2001.  Brides who do purchase a dress will more likely buy their garments in high-end department stores, formal clothing stores, or online – like PreOwnedWedddingDress.com – opposed to a bridal store.

The one thing couples will not be renting this year is wedding planners. Compared to 2008, the amount spent on wedding planners is expected to drop 4.2 percent to $785 million.  In fact, the average cost of a wedding is expected to drop eight percent in 2009 to just $20,000 – in 2007 the average was $30,000.

“The recession is expected to exacerbate the already declining marriage rate, as couples put off the ‘big day’ until the time is right financially,” explained Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld.  “Spending will undoubtedly be impacted by such postponements.”

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