Post # 1
I have been reading a bunch of posts about bridesmaid dresses, the cost, and who pays for them, who pays for the accessories. I typically thought that bridesmaids paid for their own dresses and the bride typically pays for the accessories. It seems to be a little different here on the bee with the brides paying for their ‘maids dresses.
I thought it would be helpful to put up a poll. So please vote and leave your comments about the issue.
Post # 3
Well honestly my mom paid for the dresses, but I was going to. They were about $73 each plus shipping, ordered online.
I’m not buying accessories, I told them it is up to them how they accessorize, I just asked if they try and keep it in the wedding colours.
IMO I think it is a waste of money to buy them jewelry, most of the time it doesn’t get worn again. I know I’ve never worn mine again from being in a wedding.
The shoes are up to them too, they can wear something they have or buy them, I just asked them to all wear black shoes.
I think as long as you let the BM’s know what your doing so there are no surprises financially, then you can do what you want.
I think that it shouldn’t cost them a bunch of money to be in my wedding. If I’m asking them then I should foot most of the bill. If I can’t afford it then I shouldn’t have so many people.
Post # 4
I’ve bought the BM dresses, but here in Britain I believe our customs are different. I’ve also bought them gifts, some for them to wear on the day,
Post # 5
My mom contributed $50 towards the dresses, and the girls are paying $120. They bought their own shoes for $40 (I know, ouch! They didn’t like the cheap flats, though, and they wouldn’t take me up on the suggestion to just wear their own shoes. Believe me, I tried). I bought their jewelry and pashminas in case they get cold at the reception.
Post # 6
my bridesmaid dress cost $139 from davids bridal. They can wear their own shoes and dont have to buy new shoes unless they dont already have bronze shoes. I am buying their hair accessory. I really didnt want them to spend more than $150 because thats the most I would want to spend as a BM
Post # 7
Based on what I knew I could find, I gave my girls a set amount to pay ($80) and made sure everything would fit in the price.
Their dresses were $50, accessories were $10, and fabric for the reception outfits were $20.
They’re purchasing their own shoes and my mother is making the dresses for the reception outfits.
Post # 8
Ugh I wish I knew someone who could make the BM dresses and do a quality job!
Post # 9
They are buying everything. I am not having them wear matching accessories, so I will not be giving that stuff as “gifts” either.
Post # 10
I have five bridesmaids and am paying for their dresses ($150/each), hair and makeup. They can wear any accessory and shoes they want. Will also be getting them a gift as well.
Post # 11
My girls’ dresses were $140, and they paid for them. I told them they can wear whatever black shoes they want (so if they choose to buy new ones, up to them). I’m buying their jewelry.
Post # 12
My ladies are getting their own, but it’s not a specific dress–they’ll be in “little black dresses” and some already have these in their closets, so they won’t even have to buy anything unless they want to! This way, even though they are paying for their own dress, they get to set the price point so it’s something they feel comfortable with, and hopefully they’ll pick dresses they’re happy to wear again.
Post # 13
I havent picked out my bridesmaids dresses as of yet but I do know I dont want them to have to spend over $175… maybe $200 tops and I will be definately be buying their accessories
Post # 14
I bought my bridesmaids’ gowns, which they picked out. They are taking care of everything else.
Post # 15
Every wedding I’ve been in (3) I paid for the dress, and it was between 150-300. I also paid for accessories but they were never dictated by the bride – just “wear silver shoes.” I’m also having my BM pay for her dress but allowing her to choose whatever she wants since there is only one!
Post # 16
My bridesmaids are paying up to $150, and I’ll cover the difference. I’m also buying their accessories.