(Closed) Are my bridesmaids dresses too expensive?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

When I was looking for bridesmaid dresses, all the ones that I liked were between 3 and 4 hundred dollars. I didn’t want to incur costs of more than $150.00 per dress, so I decided to make them. I have very expensive tastes and I just wasn’t satisfied with the look of the lower priced gowns. That being said, if your girls are paying for their own gowns, I suggest you ask them what they would be comfortable spending and then go from there.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Maid/Matron of Honor was looking at a dress that was $180 but we were going to get it for 20% off begore she changed her mind. Have you checked with netbride.com? One of the stores in my area offers 20% off all the time and carries a ton of lines. You might be able to get the same dress for less.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i would just ask them, it probably depends on the girl. i was just in a wedding and the dress was $200, the bride paid $50 and i’d still say it was too expensive for me since i had to pay for alterations, hair, presents, etc. and i’m not working right now. my bridesmaids have it easy, my mom paid for my sil’s dress which costs $112 and my sister/moh’s dress was on sale for $30.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Ask the girls – they’ll know best what they can afford!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think that’s a pretty reasonable price.  Mine are a little bit more than I originally wanted be the dress is really really really hot! lol  But, no one’s had any issues regarding the amount.  My Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are $242

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It was a real struggle for me to find anything I even remotely liked under 200, I found something for 124 .. No issues..yet

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I actually think asking them might not be the best idea. People are always looking to save and will want the cheapest possible. Not everyone, but a couple of my bridesmaids were definitely like this. I think excluding extenuating circumstances (as in, bridesmaid recently lost job, medical emergency requiring bills, etc), it’s fine to have people pay around $150. If you want to go like $200+ then I would ask them.

 

 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

i think that $155 is on the high end of reasonable.  I wouldn’t want to pay much more than than if I was in a wedding.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it’s reasonable. I’m aiming to keep mine under $150!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If my bridesmaids had to pay for their own dresses, I would keep it under $100…the less, the better. But that’s just me 🙂 If they’re willing to pay…then its fine.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I think that it is a reasonable amount. Girls know that being a bridesmaid is an expensive commitment. When I am in a wedding, I expect to spend about $1G.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My goal was to keep my girl’s dresses under $150.  They were responsible for alterations, shoes, and travel so I wanted to try and keep it in check where I could.

I would suggest talking to each one of your girls indiviually and asking them how they feel about that price.  Tell themthat you want them to be able to enjoy the day too, and let them be honest with you.  If you talk to each of them individually, they won’t feel as self-conscious if they need to tell you it’s too much money.

If you’re set on the dress, maybe you could help out the girls to get the price down to $100 per dress?

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m keeping mine under $100. My girls are in college and/or do not make that much, so I really want to keep their costs down.

My mother and I might make their dresses, we hadn’t decided yet. it depends on the design we/they pick out.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t think 155 is too unreasonable of a price. I wouldn’t ask them to pay much more, especially if they need to pay for alterations, shoes, accessories, etc. I suggest you talk to each girl and see how they feel about the price and see what they are comfortable with spending.

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