COST OF BRIDESMAID DRESSES

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

That’s more than I’d be willing to pay, but your bridesmaids might feel differently. The best thing to do is ask them how much they’re comfortable spending and then find a dress in that price range.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ashley029:  I think that you need to see what your girls are able to budget for. Personally I would not be able to afford a $250 plus alterations.

If you really love the dresses would you be able to make a contribution toward the cost to limit the out of pocket fro the girls? 

Also do you have any plus size girls? Because most designers have an upcharge for dresses 18+

Post # 4
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170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t know what your friends’ financial situations are like, but if I selected $250 dresses, I would definitely offer to kick in $100 towards each dress, pay for alterations, or some combination thereof.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Ashley029:  Check with your bridesmaids, but for me that is too much.  Maybe if you don’t ask gifts from them or if none of them have to travel for your wedding.  Being in the bridal party is a lot less fun when it becomes a financial burden, so consider that also.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ashley029:  you have to ask your girls this question. My girls were willing to spend up to $250-300 but that doesn’t mean other people will be okay with it. Is there a reason you can’t get their input for a budget??? Also, what is the potential alterations cost? We found a place that included alterations.

Post # 7
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7404 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Ashley029:  also ask them their budgets before even mentioning the $250 dress. If you mention it they will probably feel obligated to tell you it is ok. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ashley029: I think it’s too much for essentially a disposable dress. 

if you kicked in $100 or bought it for me, I wouldn’t complain since it shows that you’re thoughtful about the dress. 

Post # 9
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1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My girls spent $300 on their dresses. I knew they would be ok with it and I would do it for them so i went for the dresses I loved And that will look beautiful On them. Totally depends on the group of people. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

 

bitsybee:  i agree. too much for a dress they’ll never wear again.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It definitely depends on the person/group so I agree with checking on their budget.  I know for me personally it’s more than I’d want to spend on a bridesmaid dress that most likely I’m not going to wear again (even though brides always think people will wear them again).

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think it’s a little on the high end. My girls’ dresses cost $215 and I thought that was high. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wouldn’t spend that much on a dress. Perhaps if you really love them you can add in some of your own money to lessen their burden? My bm dresses were $120, and I paid for them.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would not be happy. I can afford it, but I do not want to spend that much money on a dress, especially because if it is one set dress, I probably can’t wear it again.

Example, I am in a wedding this weekend with a beautiful dress. I look great in it, but it is too low cut for me to wear for another purpose. I am annoyed I had to pay about half of that for a dress that I won’t wear again. I can’t imagine paying more than $150 untiless I got some say in the dress.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Like others said, you need to ask them their budget and go from there. I paid for ours myself and they were like $150. 

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