less expensive bridesmaid dress options

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: should i purchase my one friend the dress?
    yes : (8 votes)
    80 %
    no : (2 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    42089 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Edited: weird partial duplicate post


    Post # 4
    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @bordercollie:  The least expensive dress is the one they choose themselves. My ladies were all across the spectrum in looks, money, etc. so I just gave them a color and said, “have at it.” If you want a little more control you can give a paint swatch (to approximate, no need to go crazy) and a length. That way they can not only spend less money (by buying a regular dress that isn’t necessarily made for bridesmaids) but also the money they do spend will be on something they actually like and could use again

    Post # 5
    42089 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @bordercollie:  Have you thought of telling them your color choice and letting them choose a dress according to their own budget?

    You can give them a paint swatch if you want a particular color or go with something easy like black. You can also specify length. They do not have to stick with traditional bridesmaid dress designers. I assure you there are dresses out there anywhere from $20 to $400 and more.

    Post # 6
    5445 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Check department stores. Anything with “bridal” on it will cost way more than it needs to. 

    Post # 7
    311 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I don’t know what budget is, but I choose:


    The salon charged $170. I saw that prices varied from salon to salon for bridesmaid dresses.

    I think it is fine to discreetly pick up the tab. I would do the same if I knew a bridesmaid couldn’t afford it. I would tell her its a gift to her as I really want her to be part of my special day.

    Post # 8
    2535 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I am

    not positive how much the more maroon dress was but I assum

    under 50 – 

    the blue one was 80

    and the light was 120

    i told my girls floor length dresses in the color scheme. I felt

    so weird asking them to buy dresses so I didn’t put a lot of say into it.  It actually wbded up

    working out 


    Post # 9
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Try department stores- it is hard to find enough coordinating dresses in store but they can be purchased online.  

    I ordered Bill Levkoff dresses.  I think all of his dresses are under 250, and mostly under 200.  

    Post # 10
    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    This is the dress we’re most likely using (not finalized yet). It’s Tevolio which is Target’s bridesmaid dress line. They have a huge selection online. It’s $69.99 with free shipping :).

    Post # 11
    4959 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @bordercollie:  I was in a similar situation that you are in. One of my bridesmaids is a grad school student and I know she struggles financially. So – my step mom ended up paying for her dress. She went up to the register before every one else and let them know to put the one purchase on her card and my friend paid last so by that point, everyone was wandering/with me while I was fooling around w/accessories. 

    We went to David’s Bridal and some of the dresses were between $100-$150 (they got to choose the cut of the dress). I feel like that is reasonable for a dress. 

    Post # 12
    346 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mine were 106 but went on sale a couple days later so all the girls got them for 75. Each girl paid for her own and insisted they should pay their own way for hair, makeup, etc. Dresses were ordered from Modcloth.

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