Did you buy your bridesmaids their dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Did you purchase your bridesmaid dresses for them?
    Yes : (32 votes)
    37 %
    No : (55 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    It’s the norm in my area for bridesmaids to pay for their own attire but I ended up paying for the dresses. I didn’t want them to have to worry about it. I got the dresses for $50 each on ModCloth.com. It’s not technically a bridesmaid’s dress so they can definitely wear it again! 

    Post # 18
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    2741 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I didn’t pay for my one BM’s dress. It’s definitely the norm where I live for bridesmaids to buy their own dresses.

    Post # 19
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    392 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    beachbridebc:  My girls did Weddington Way. All dresses were under $200. I picked a designer and color and they picked a style. They paid. 

    Post # 3
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    7179 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @beachbridebc:  I didn’t have a bridal party, but I have been a BM about 5 times.  The first wedding, the bride chipped in $100.  All others, I’ve footed the bill (ranging from $60-$300).  The most affordable and only dress I wore again an off the rack dress at Macy’s (that was also on sale at the time).

    Post # 4
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    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I did, but just because I felt like I should if I really wanted the expensive J.Crew dresses (and I did!). So I bought them for my girls.

    If I hadn’t been in a position to buy them, I would have tried to shoot for something cheaper.

    Post # 5
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    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    No but it’s the norm for them to pay where I’m from. I am however paying for alterations, shoes, make up, hair and accessories. Plus they get a gift of course.

    Post # 6
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    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I didn’t buy their dresses–it wasn’t in our budget.  I gave the girls a choice of 3 dresses that fit my wedding color and theme, which ranged from $100-200 and let them choose, which they all said they appreciated afterward.

    As for less pricey stores…the only one I can think of would be department stores, like Macy’s, JC Penney, Dillards.  I looked there and while those dresses didn’t make my top 3, they had a good selection of solid color, bridesmaid type dresses.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I didn’t buy their dresses. It is the norm from where I am from for the bridesmaid to purchase her own dress. I just asked them to choose a light pink/rose/peach dress (their dresses ranged from $20-$90). I was happy with how they looked together.

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    i did. They were just shy of $300 & I let them steer the choosing, I just vetoed red & green as colours, due to the venue. They picked the dress, expecting to pay though. It is not a bridesmaid dress, so hopefully they will wear it again.

    Post # 9
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    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @beachbridebc:  Where I come from, the bride doesn’t pay for the BM dresses although I know in some areas and in some cultures it’s the norm. My BMs will be wearing Alfred Angelo dresses in Clover. There are different neckline options for them to choose from and they are all under $200. I figure that’s a fair enough price- they don’t have to travel or anything to attend the wedding (All are local), they won’t have to pay for my shower, and they kinda are just expected to show up that day. 

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @beachbridebc:  I did not buy my bridesmaids their dresses. I did however help one bridemaid with half to cost because she couldn’t afford it. 

    The dresses I selected are Amsale long chiffon gowns in graphite grey and each girl is picking out their neckline. They are about $300 each.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I bought my BM dresses. They have to cover their own alterations. Mine cost about 150 a piece. I just thought that I should purchase them if I wanted them to have them when I wanted them bought. We have plenty of time, but they all liked the dress, so I saw no reason to wait and buy them down the line.

    Post # 12
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    7410 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @beachbridebc:  It is tradition here that the B&G pay for the bridal parties attire. This includes hair/make up, shoes, jewellery (and no jewellery is not given as their “gift”). Though thanks to the internet the American tradition of the BM’s paying is starting to creep in which is a shame.

    I had a budget of $200 per dress but lucked out and picked up 3 dresses for $150 from target after the racing carnival season ended (a big thing here). They were exactly what we had been looking for and I bought the dresses to each of their homes for them to try on to make sure they were all happy and that they were comfortable and weren;t unflattering on anyone. It was a top priority for me that they were comfortable and thought they looked good.

    Check out unique vintage (they do more than vintage dresses) and light int he box (I have bought dresses from them for balls/events the trick is to pay more to get it custom made).

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I did, but I only have one BM so the cost was signifcantly less.  I bought it on sale for $160.

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