How much $ is too much $ or a BM dress?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How much money is too much money for a bridesmaid dress?
    $100 or less : (18 votes)
    9 %
    $100-$149 : (16 votes)
    8 %
    $150-$200 : (48 votes)
    24 %
    $200-$249 : (74 votes)
    38 %
    $250-$300 : (33 votes)
    17 %
    I'd pay anything for my bride! : (8 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I tried to keep my BM dresses around $100, and my cousin did the same for her wedding.

    We’re young, and most of our friends don’t have a ton of money.

    As a BM, I’d really rather not pay more than $150 for the dress, but I’d have to draw a hard line at $200. I just really can’t justify paying more than that for a dress I’ll only wear once. (Except of course if it’s MY actual wedding dress.)

    Post # 4
    1648 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    I think if the price starts creeping over $200, it’s a bit too much

    Post # 6
    644 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I paid close to $300 for a dress and I was not happy about it but I did it. I think the answers will vary and you need to look at what your BM’s can afford. Have you already told them you were going to gift them? Can you pay up to a certain point and ask for them to pay the rest? Maybe they pay the deposit and you pay the remaining?

    Post # 7
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    For me, anything over $200 would be too much! But I wouldn’t be like “Hey, Bride… Find another dress” unless it was over $350!

    And I’d suck it up and wear an unflattering dress if it was free!

    Post # 8
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    It really depends on the BMs and their personal finances.  In general I think anything under $200 is something anyone can digest.  If still might be a bit much for someone that struggles with money (like myself) but I wouldn’t have a heart attack if someone wanted me to buy a dress under $200.

    Post # 9
    5248 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    For me I think anything over $200 is way too much! By bridesmaid dresses were $129 each

    Post # 10
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I only had one BM and her dress was like $250ish with alterations. Its more than I would have liked, but we went to so many different shops and couldn’t find anything she was happy with. She had recently had a baby and was feeling self conscious.

    I think once it goes over $150-175 then its starting to be too much.

    Post # 11
    1719 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    For me about $200 including any alterations I needed.  However, you are really in a pickle since you already offered to pay.  I don’t see any way you can go back and be like… oh I was just kidding, I’m only going to pay for part of the dress! Could you do mismatched dresses? Or would perhaps a little bit of alteration help her look better and feel more confident in the one you already picked out? Good luck, hope it works out!

    Post # 12
    2889 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i’m not comfortable with more than $150. even less if i’m going to need a significant amount of alterations (which i usually do because i’m very short and very skinny)). i had to buy a dress for a wedding that was $150, but after alterations i ended up spending a total of $250 :/

    my girls’ dresses were $129 (for maid of honor) and $139 (for bridesmaids) and luckily none of them needed any alterations.

    Post # 14
    2079 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @MrsRevolutionize:  My BM dresses came to about $230. I knew it was get pretty pricey but the girls did not complain at all. I only have two BM’s though (both family – my sister and my SIL) so not like I had a big crowd to get on my side. I also let them ultimately choose which dress they wanted so maybe that helped a little. I gave them the designer and the colour and they chose their own dresses without my interference.

    Post # 15
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My limit is around 125-150 depending on the bride.

    I kept mine to 100 and under.

    Post # 16
    441 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @MrsRevolutionize:  Maybe talk to them individually and see if they can afford it? Are they footing any other costs flights, accomadation, hair and make up?

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