(Closed) How much is too much for a bridesmaids dress?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

well, i think this topic is up to debate, but personally, i got my dress at such a good deal ($125 – for my wedding dress) that I could not bring myself to make my BMs pay more than I did for theirs (we were gonna go with a $140 dress from DB) so we ended up picking a cute dress online that everyone could agree with (it was about $60).  our wedding is also a plane ride away for everyone so we bought the dresses for the BMs.

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

have you talked to your bridesmaid about what they think is a good price? you can always conference with them. Look for non-bridesman dresses like from nordstorm or macy’s…you can usually find them cheaper and they have sales vs usual bridal bridesmaid dresses.


You can always have the bridesmaid pick out what they like and send them in so that you can gauge what they want and what price range they were looking in.

Post # 5
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Depending on what dress…I seen that http://www.houseofbrides.com

has them alot cheaper! And they dont charge shipping in the USA

Post # 6
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m with you on the dress dilemma-I couldn’t find ANYTHING I liked under $100

you could pick a color and tell the girls to pick their own dress ( which is what I did because everything I liked was $250 or above and I could never ask anyone to pay that-but since I didn’t ask and they are getting dresses THEY like everyone is okay with spending a little more) or if you don’t have too many bridesmaids you could pay the difference after the $100.

You could get dresses that aren’t offically “bridesmaid dresses”-anthropologie has these dresses on sale and I think they would be cute bridesmaid dresses:


Post # 7
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did “non bridesmaid” dresses and they were really cute! I ditto Antrhopologie. If you’re gonna spend $200 on a dress, it’s nice if it’s rewearable right?

can you pay for their dresses somehow and wrangle some budget? They ARE buyimg plane tickets. Could you pay for their hotel? or something to offset the cost? How do they feel about the $$ they are spending? If they’re comfortable financially they may say cool. If they’re still in college they may faint =]

Give us some criteria and we’ll go hunting for you! I just hate to see people gouged when it comes to their pocketbook. =]

Post # 8
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Nordstrom Sale! Do you have an idea of what they can afford to spend? My BMs will also have to travel (hotel and gas mostly) and I know they will most likely never wear the dress again. I tried ordering Target dresses ($40) but my Maid/Matron of Honor got hers and was unimpressed so we sent them back. If your BMs fit into standard sizes try department stores or even someplace with a cocktail line like Banana Reublic which often has good sales and a flexible return policy. Even if you think it will be hard to find everyone’S sizes, stores will often ship from other shops iif they are a national chain. My girls ordered theirs off Nordstrom’s sale section and paid $60 for a dress that retails for $150, best of all the return policy is great so they can all order seperately and if someone’s does not fit, all can be returned. If they order together, they can even get free shipping. My mom ordered the dress for my Future Sister-In-Law and was impressed to see it arrive with a hanger and dress bag included. If you have the time to keep looking, you will find something nice that won’t break the bank.

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