Post # 1
We have selected our Bridesmaids dresses and I am feeling a little guilty about the price. Would you mind telling me what you are asking your bridesmaids to pay?
We had to change from our original dress due to my Maid/Matron of Honor will be 6 days shy of giving birth on the day of our wedding and we wanted all of the fabric to be the same. (Our original dress was from J. Crew and they do not have a maternity line of dresses) The difference in cost is $45 more for the new dress.
I love the new dress and think it looks beautiful on everyone. They range from 5’11 to 4’8 and are 35 to 11 years old. Two of the girls love the dress and agreed they would wear it again. (honestly)
So again, what is the average price you have paid or are asking your “ladies” to pay for a dress.
Thank you for any help.
Post # 3
$200 – That’s what I’ve always paid as a Bridesmaid or Best Man and that’s what my BMs are paying. We’re doing J Crew dresses. I haven’t had any complaints.
Post # 4
about 220 with tax, I think thats pretty average.
Post # 5
I have paid $100 and $150 to be in two different weddings. My girls got off easy because my mom made them and we didn’t charge them.
Post # 6
I bought my girl’s dresses for them. I paid $33 each (found them on the clearance rack at Macy’s).
Post # 7
We’re spoiled by the LA Fashion District, so I’ve never paid more than $60 or so for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. My girls found theirs on Nordstrom.com on sale for $85.
Post # 8
As a Bridesmaid or Best Man, I have paid $220 with tax for a dress, $160 with tax for a dress. Mine are costing my girls $120 with tax (lucky ducks) and for my FSIL’s wedding in December, I am paying $160 with tax. As a note, tax in my area is 10%, yeah highest I think anywhere, thank you Chicago.
Post # 9
My BM’s paid $40 for their dresses. I’ve paid $100 and less for the dress in the weddings I have been in. I couldn’t imagined paying or asking my maids to pay $200.
One of my maids who is getting married 8 months after me was so happy that I found a good quality bridesmaid dress for that amount.
Post # 10
Mine were $153 including tax, but they also have to pay for their alterations.
Post # 11
My girls spent $130 on the dresses for my wedding and for the two weddings I’ve been in I spent about $140 and $120.
I’d feel bad asking my girls to spend more than $150 on a dress for my wedding and would absolutely under no circumstances ask someone to spend more than $175. There are tons and tons of really nice options in the under $150 range.
Post # 13
mine are paying around 180. found my flower girl dresses online for around 36 each though!
Post # 14
My girls’ dresses cost $165 before alterations.
Post # 15
They were $140 with free shipping from JCrew on sale. I offered to let the BMs pick them and gave some guidelines, but no one suggested anything. I set a deadline for dress ideas so we’d have enough time to wait for a JCrew sale, with the JCrew dress as the backup. I was in charge of stalking the website and calling/emailing the girls when it went on sale. One of the BMs didn’t buy her dress during the 2 weeks it was on sale, so hers was about $200.
Post # 16
I think the cost should depend on what the BM’s can realistically afford. I’m using Lula-Kate dresses and the style I picked is right around 345.00. I would never have chosen them if I knew the ladies couldn’t afford it. I was in a wedding where the dresses cost around 300.00 and while it wasn’t an issue for me I know she had 2 BM’s drop out b/c of cost.