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Wedding dresses by the numbers

The lowdown on gowns, from how much brides spend to the most popular colors.

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> $1,380 — Average cost of a wedding dress in 2014

> $617 — Average amount spent on accessories, such as a veil or jewelry

> $1,435 — Average amount a Boston-area bride spent on her wedding dress

> $270 — Average amount she spent on her accessories

> $2,914 and $2,137 — Amount brides in Manhattan and Long Island, respectively, spend on their wedding dresses, the highest averages in the country

> $982 and $925 — Averages in Idaho and Alaska, where brides spend the least

> 92% — Percentage of brides who wear a white or off-white wedding dress


> 1840 — Year white wedding dresses became a Western tradition (after Queen Victoria wore one to marry Prince Albert)

> 2010 — Year David’s Bridal started selling colored wedding gowns; blush, silver, green, and blue are the most popular alternatives to white

> 84% — Percentage of brides who incorporate “something old, something new” into their ensemble

> 14% — Percentage of brides who show their grooms the dress before the wedding

“I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong.” — Steve Martin as George Banks in Father of the Bride (1991)

Sources: Brides.com; TheKnot.com; the New York Times