bridesmaid dress cost? what is reasonable, average?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: what is reasonable, average, etc? (cost, not including alterations)
    50-100 : (24 votes)
    15 %
    100-150 : (70 votes)
    43 %
    150-200 : (53 votes)
    33 %
    200-300 : (14 votes)
    9 %
    300+ : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    my girls dresses were from davids bridal. originally $150 on sale for $130 and my girls got $20 off becuase I ordered my dress from davids bridal as well. I figured that wasn’t too steep. i think the 200-300 is a little ridiculous. maybe that’s just me though.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    On average I’ve paid between $150-$200. The last wedding I was in the dress was $150 but we were also required to buy matching boleros for $50 so the total was $200. My bridesmaid dresses are all around $120-$150 (slightly different style for each girl).

    I would find it difficult to spend any more than $200 for a BM dress.

    Post # 5
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    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Ask you girls what their budget is.  A reasonable cost is going to be what they feel comfortable spending.  For one person, a $300 bridesmaid dress is reasonable, for another person even $100 might be stetching it.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I think a “reasonable” budget spends on your bridesmaids. Some circles of friends reasonable is $50, in other circles $3,000 is reasonable. Its all relative to the type of wedding you are throwing and what your friends are comfortable paying. You should ask your girls what they are comfortable spending and going from there.

    My bridesmaids are doing mismatched dresses my sister got hers on clearance for $37 it was originally $150, some of my other girls are spending around $300, and others in the $150 range. Mismatched looked seem to work the best for me to fit everyones budget. The gowns are gorgeous and have come from places like Nordstroms, Macy’s and ASOS.

    Post # 7
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @peaseblossom:  I’m thinkin 150 would be average, but I would definitely try to keep it 100 and lower if it was me (because most people I know never really spend 150 on a dress ; plus, my own wedding dress only cost me 200, I would feel very bad to expect my BMs to pay as much as I did for their dresses). But that’s just me and my particular situation. Since I prefer cocktail dresses instead of long dresses, I would assume it’s possible to find a gorgeous dress for 100$ or less, but I know long dresses are usually more expensive. 

    Post # 8
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m trying to keep my girls’ dresses under $100, just because I know a lot of people are having a hard time financially, and I don’t want to be a burden if I don’t need to be. 🙂 But I agree with a PP, it all depends on the budget of those in your bridal party! 

    Post # 9
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    Oh, and you need alterations for BM dresses ? I didn’t think about that. I don’t know what is the custom where you live, but personally I don’t think the BMs should be paying for alterations if they have to purchase the dress. My thinking is that it’s usually the bride who decides which color, which dress she wants her BMs to wear. If she chooses a dress although it doesn’t fit well on her girls, I think it’s her responsability to foot the alteration bills, since the BMs are paying for a dress that they wouldn’t have purchased otherwise (because it didn’t fit correctly). 

    Post # 10
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    6507 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    On average I have paid about $175 before alterations. I’m fine paying up to $200 before alterations, beyond that I may ask for a different dress option.

    Post # 11
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    1669 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @peaseblossom:  i gave my gals a color and i’m letting them choose their dresses to avoid $ issues. i am also really laid back about the “look” so i’m cool with the variety that this will create and am not concerned about it not being all matchy 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I was a bm once, the dress was $270 plus alterations and mandatory shoes and can never be worn again. My girls are paying $170 plus alterations and will likely never be worn again either lol but im letting them wear their own shoes haha it was tough to find affordable options that werent too casual… Alot of the bridesmaids lable dresses are 200-300, which is obsurd for what they are…

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Mine were $190, plus alterations. I let them wear whatever shoes/jewelry they wanted and I paid for their hair and makeup the day of.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I second asking your BM’s for their budget. That’s what I did (we are all older, 35-42) and all of them said $250-275 before alterations. The dress we got was $225.

    Post # 16
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    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Whatever dress you pick, please please plase be generous with your bridesmaids.  After shoes, alterations, hair, makeup, travel expenses, shower gift, bachelorette party, and wedding gift, it can all add up.  The dress will definitely not be her only expense.    

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