Bridesmaid dress budget?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

What about shoes, earrings, necklaces, ect?

Are you providing those, or will they need to purchase those as well?

If they ONLY need the dress, I don’t think it will be a big deal.

Also, where are you planning you get your bm dresses from? Davids bridal has some super pretty dresses starting at $78.

 

Post # 4
Member
1750 posts
Buzzing bee

That sounds fair to me.

Post # 5
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2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Depends on the demographic of your BM I suppose. It’s probably something that you should discuss with them.

My BMs were all pretty young and working/students. Keeping that in mind, I tried to keep our dresses somewhere around $100.

Post # 7
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8282 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think that’s a perfect amount. Nothing more. I let them wear whatever shoes they wanted as long as they were silver and I let them wear their own jewelry. 

Post # 8
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8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@DuckEBee:  Have you considered renting dresses? littleborroweddress.com and renttherunway both have pretty dresses. Little borrowed dress is especially nice because they have the same colors in the dresses, so your maids could pick which style they like best (if you’re open to them wearing different styles.) They also send you a free second size, so they have have a backup if the size they order doesnt fit. LBD dresses also have built in adjuster things, so they can get the perfect fit.

I know I probably sound like an endorser or something right now. XD

Post # 9
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@DuckEBee:  $200 is very reasonable IMO. Every wedding I’ve been in the dress cost $220+..Then I paid alterations, shoes, hair & travel on top of that. I did my own make up.

travel was $1200 at one wedding, $1900 at the other. But they were destination and the best weddings I’ve ever been too.

For the first wedding the gift was earrings & a necklace. I’ve never worn them after the wedding. The other was a coach clutch, which I’ve used multiple times and loove it!

For my own wedding, the bm dresses I chose are $275 on etsy, but they are custom, so they will not need to pay for alterations. I will pay for shipping..They will pay for their own travel/accomodations ($1900/person).. they can pay for their hair.. make up is only if they want it done…I wan’t matching shoes so I plan on buying some nice cheap flip flops for all of them.. and I havn’t decided on the gift yet but I plan for it to be awesome 🙂

Post # 11
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8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@DuckEBee:  Oh, yeah, probably wouldnt work for the shorter girls.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

That sounds pretty fair to me.  It is similar to a tux rental.  The dress I picked was 220, but since I bought my dress there and they decided to forward me a holiday sale since I was out of town they got it for 180.  Definitely ask- most salons are willing to give you a discount for a sale.  

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