(Closed) Are you paying for your bridesmaids' dresses or are they?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Who is paying?

    I am paying for the dresses in full

    I am paying for part of the dresses

    My bridesmaids are buying their own dresses

    My bridesmaids will be wearing dresses they already own

  • Post # 47
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I felt bad having my BM’s pay for thiers, which is why i allowed a lot of imput, allowed them each to pick their own style (as long as it was knee length and in the same color/fabric) and MADE sure that they dresses ended up being at a reasonable price point (they are paying around 60 dollars each). But it is pretty normal for BM’s to pay for their own dresses here, so it was something that they were totally expecting! 

    Post # 48
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Im paying for the dresses.  In New Zealand and Australia (where my bridesmaids live) it’s unusual to ask the BM’s to pay.  I have 5 BM’s and kind of regretting having so many now I’ve realized how much it’s going to cost for dress, shoes, hair , make-up, presses for them all.  I can almost guarantee that the dress I wanna get for them is going to be expensive too. Sigh. 

    Post # 49
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I know this varies by regions, I think I remember the UK bess saying that it is custom around there to pay for the dresses for the girls. However, around my are in the United States it is custom for the bridesmaids to pay for them, which is why my girl will pick hers out and it will be simple/cheaper.

    In my life so far I’ve paid for 6 different bridesmaid dresses, yes it is kind of annoying to have to do it, but I’m happy to.

    Post # 50
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We have an appointment next week and I’ll have the final say so in what dresses will appear at my wedding but they are paying for their individual dresses.

    Post # 51
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We went totally non-traditional and paid for a large portion of their dresses as their gifts from us!  They’re both practical girls and loved the idea!!  I just straight up asked them if they wanted us to contribute $150 each for their dresses in lieu of a gift from us (that they may never use/wear depending on what it is…) and they loved the idea!

    We picked a dress they both loved and they will def both wear them again, so I’m also happy about that!

    Post # 52
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I only have three bridesmaids, but the youngest of them is a student, and my baby cousin, so I’m paying for her outfits (they need two – ceremony and reception are on separate days). The girls set their budget and we came in under so they’re all pretty happy with that arrangement.

     

    Post # 53
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    around here, it’s traditional for the bridesmaids to purchase their own dresses. it’s part of their responsibility when they agree to being one of your bridesmaids. i made sure that the dresses were affordable though and i am letting them pick their own shoes/jewelry. i was a Bridesmaid or Best Man is one of my BM’s wedding, and i’m pretty sure i will be a Bridesmaid or Best Man in the other two’s wedding when they get married, so it will even itself out anyway.

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