Who paid for bridemaids dresses

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Who paid for the bridesmaid dresses
    Me : (36 votes)
    26 %
    My bridesmaids : (92 votes)
    66 %
    50/50 : (7 votes)
    5 %
    Other (please specify) : (4 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1613 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @2beemrs:  I’ve been a BM 3 times. All 3 times I’ve paid for the dress myself. All 3 times we were allowed to wear our own shoes and jewelry.

    The first dress was $90. The last two were $120.

    When I got married, my BM dresses were $180 but that’s because I had the girls get bolero jackets because I was being married in a Baptist church (very conservative in women’s attire)

    Post # 4
    1286 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    All 3 times I have been a BM I paid for the dresses myself. My 7 girls all paid for theirs (Well my MIL bought SILs and my dad bought my sisters). My girls paid $120 for their dresses. I paid $50, $100, and $225 for the dresses when I was a BM


    Post # 5
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I am paying for my bridesmaids dress, jewelry, shoes, makeup & hair.

    For me, I didn’t want them to have to shell out a dime for things they wouldn’t otherwise purchase.. esp when they probably aren’t their normal type of clothing.

    It’s totally acceptable for a bridesmaid to pay for her own items though, and probably more common than the bride paying for them.


    Post # 6
    9207 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I answered other, because I will include the BM and GM attire, etc when figuring out costs with the wedding budget. My parents and FI’s parents are paying for the wedding so technically they will be paying. Basically I believe that the wedding budget should be for all wedding costs, including the attire of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, not just for the attire of the bride and groom. I don’t think bridesmaids or groomsmen should have to pay for something for someone else’s big day.

    Post # 7
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve been BM twice. First dress was $350, second $90.

    My BMs will wear whatever dress they like, so long as its black and chiffon. So cost is up to them, they can also borrow or wear an existing dress if they like. 

    Post # 8
    918 posts
    Busy bee

    It’s a regional thing.  Where I live, the bride usually pays for all the bridesmaids’ dresses.

    Post # 9
    476 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I paid for my girls’ dresses simply because I didn’t want to think of a gift, so it was an easy way out! =) I also figured since I was dictating what they were wearing, I could pay for it.

    Average cost of each dress was $135, and I bought them off of Light in the Box.

    They are responsible for their alterations, accessories and hair and makeup. The only thing that I’m asking is if they do want jewelry, that it is pearl. But I’m not forcing them to get anything if they don’t want to.

    I also bought faux fur wraps off of the same website that I’ll be selling after the wedding.

    Post # 10
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @2beemrs:  my bridesmaids paid for their dresses and they cost $200

    Post # 11
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @2beemrs:  my girls are paying (mostly).  i told them $165 not realizing that there was aprice difference between the styles so each is paying the $165 (the cheapest) and i’m paying the difference ($25)

    Post # 12
    2243 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I paid for the 4 BM dresses ($143 each,also from Light in the Box). They were floor-length, forest green dresses; It doubt they’ll ever have an oppertunity to wear them again so it didn’t sit well with me that they should have to buy them themselves.

    Post # 13
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I have been a bridesmaid in three weddings. The couple (actually her parents) paid for one dress, I paid for one and the mother of the groom made the dresses for the third. For my wedding I let all the girls pick their own dress, so they paid. I thought it would be too weird to have them find a dress and pay for it and the tell me how much it was and then mail them a check.

    Post # 14
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    My bridesmaids paid for their own dresses and they cost $124.

    Post # 16
    413 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

    I had 8 bridesmaids and their dresses cost about $250 each. I paid for half of each of their dress plus all of their hair and make up. They could wear whatever jewelry they wanted and could choose their own shoes as long as they were red 🙂 

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