(Closed) If you were a bridesmaid, how much would you be willing to pay for your dress?!

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How much would you be willing to pay?
    Less then $100 : (27 votes)
    16 %
    $100-$150 : (65 votes)
    39 %
    $151-200 : (46 votes)
    28 %
    $201-$250 : (19 votes)
    11 %
    $251-300 : (5 votes)
    3 %
    $301 and up : (5 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d go up to $200ish for a dress as long as I could pick my own shoes and accessories (or they were provided for me). 

    Post # 4
    2981 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I pd. $140.00 for my most recent Bridesmaid or Best Man dress and thought it was reasonable (especially since it came w/ a free pair of any style shoe I wanted). Anything above $150.00 for me would be a stretch, but I’d do it.

    Post # 5
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I voted $100-150 and to give perspective, I’m in a higher income bracket.  Even though I could afford to pay for a far more expensive dress, I would have a hard time justifying the price for something that, in all likelihood, will only be worn once.

    The exception would only be if the bride let me pick my own dress in a traditional color like black, dark blue, or grey, and in a general style that I realistically could wear it again (probably for work).  If the bride asked me to choose any black satin dress, for example, I’d be comfortable going to $200-250.  

    Post # 6
    899 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We buy the dresses for the bridesmaids. We might ask them to pay for shoes, and they’d probably be expected to pay for hair and make up if they wanted it, but the dress would be provided.


    Post # 7
    3264 posts
    Sugar bee

    It depends on how much I like it.

    If it’s not something I care for and will never wear again, maybe $150.  Otherwise maybe up to $300.

    What you should really do though is ask your BM’s not random internet people.  It will very much depend on what your BM’s social situation is.  Are they students or under employed?  That will make a big difference.


    Post # 8
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would like a bride to aim for under $150.  Being a bridesmaid always adds up, and I just don’t find that many bridesmaid’s styles are special enough to be over that price point.

    Post # 9
    2543 posts
    Sugar bee

    I prefer the $150 mark. I had to buy a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress once that ended up being like $250 when it was all said and done and that was way too much considering how formal it was. I’ve never worn it again and I’ve tried to sell it but no one will buy it!

    Post # 10
    1098 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    At this point in our lives, I would seriously side-eye any friend of mine who asked me to pay more than $200 for a dress but I think I would try to buy any dress that the bride picked out since we are obviously good enough friends for me to be in her wedding.

    Post # 11
    12905 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Honestly, I’d be willing to pay whatever they wanted.  I go into weddings expecting to drop a pretty penny, so if it’s less than I planned, then I’m pleasantly surprised, but not miffed if it’s more. 

    Post # 12
    4275 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    250 max

    Post # 13
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    You should talk with your bridesmaids about what they can realistically afford. I’ve been married twice and tried to keep the dresses around $200 pre-alterations both times. My girls were all in college and are from lower-middle or middle-middle class families the first time and were (1) in grad school and (2) a elementary school teacher the second time. That’s also about what I’ve spent on 2 of the weddings I’ve been in. In another, my dress was more like $120, and in every other wedding I’ve been in, I was young enough that my mom paid and I have no idea how much the dresses were.

    Post # 14
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I wouldn’t want to pay a penny over $200 for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.  Then again, I’ve never been a BM! 🙂

    Post # 15
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’ve paid $15 (I got to pick my own dress, as long as it fell in the correct color scheme) anywhere up to $225 to be a bridesmaid, but most dresses have fallen in the $120-$150 mark after alterations.  I think anywhere close to $100 is fine, especially since they usually end up needing some kind of alterations on top of the retail price.


    Ironically, the only bridesmaid dress I have reused and worn again is the one I bought for $15.  🙂

    Post # 16
    2281 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have a low-paying job and I have to live a very frugal life. I understand that others might be able to pay over $200-$300 for an item of clothing, and I think that’s great, but I just can’t. Even expensive items (coats, etc.) I buy at end-of-season sales. If I were asked to be a bridesmaid and pay for a dress that was over $100-$150, I would have to decline in great disappointment.

    $300 is nearly our grocery budget for our household for a month. 

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