(Closed) Average Cost of BM Dress? / Unhappy sister…

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How much did your BM dresses cost?





  • Post # 17
    42 posts
    • Wedding: December 2011

    not sure if you have checked out houseofbrides.com

    But we went to a local bridal store, and tried on dresses that I found on that website. Once we found one in the store, we ordered them through the house of brides site. The dresses were $190 in the store and we got them for $135 and that was with no tax and free shipping.

    Post # 18
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    My girls wore $200 dresses.  I think that $180 is completely reasonable.  If you go to Norstroms, BCBG, or even Macys to buy a special occasion dress just as a guest for a wedding, you can expect to spend that much. 

    What about letting her pick out something (with your approval) for her daughter?  During the summer there are lots of cute party dresses at the dept stores, so she could always get something on sale at Kohls or JC Penneys, and it would be cheaper than a “traditional” flower girl dress.

    Post # 19
    3518 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I let my Maid/Matron of Honor pick the dress, and it’s from DB.  It’s DEFINITELY one that will be worn again! At $99, it was very reasonable.

    Post # 20
    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    $180 isn’t bad. Honestly? I paid that to be in two weddings 10 – 12 years ago! With alterations, they came in around $225 – $250. They were both full-length dresses (with sleeves, oh, the joy)

    I went with David’s for my maids, and they’ve ranged from $80 – $129 before alterations. They are short dresses.

    Post # 21
    3373 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    This is why I hate bm dresses. I just don’t understand why they cost so much! None of them look great off the rack either. If I pay $150 for a dress I would want it to fit perfectly…

    I’m at a loss for what to choose for bm dresses.

    Post # 22
    1961 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @StuporDuck:  I think that’s about average for a dress.  Mine are only under $100 because they are knee length.  My sister threw a fit over the fact that the dress would cost around $90.  We’re not getting married until next April and she’s known about the cost since last year.  She’s had plenty of time to save up for it, but still complains.

    Post # 23
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My dresses, because I’m going through Netbride.com, are only $129, but the cost of your dress isn’t unreasonable. I think your sister is more stressed out because her marrige is falling apart. I can’t offer any advice about that so {hugs}

    Post # 24
    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I am picking out dresses from modcloth.com and then letting the bridesmaids pick which ones they want from there.  They range from around $50 to $150 but most of the dresses I am picking are around $80.  i would suggest looking at that site cause they have the cutest dresses.  I like mismatched bm dresses more than matching ones so it just depends on your style.

    Post # 25
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    $180 sounds pretty reasonable.  My color was pink, and I assumed it would be relatively un-rewearable so I tried to go cheap.  I went through David’s and the dresses were $100-$120 I think.

    Post # 26
    735 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Mine were $140. I So I think $180 is close to average.

    Post # 27
    5517 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

    oh man. so sorry you are going through this. I totally know how it is for someone to rain on your parade. especially when you would be sooooooo happy if it were them. My dresses cost 250. so your sister should be happy she isnt in my wedding party! I think 180 is VERY average. There is no way to diffuse the situation if she is jealous… she needs to change herself.. until then, prob would be best to keep your distance. Oh, and 1 of my BM’s daughter is a Flower Girl, I am buying the Flower Girl dress.

    Post # 28
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    My bridesmaids were $180 and a $20 up charge for the larger girls.  The alterations are free.  I think that is about the range anymore.  Unless you can find $99 dresses.

    Post # 29
    1574 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have been in 6 weddings and have never paid more than $120 for the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.

    Post # 30
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    mine are 180 too! which sometimes i feel bad about, because the most ive paid is 150. But then i remember that im not making them buy certain shoes or pay for their hair and so i think it kind of evens out in a way:-)

    Post # 31
    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My BM’s dress was $230 and I helped her with $50 of it because I wanted her to have it soooo much. It’s floor length, strapless, black with rouching but the best part is….. the bottom half is detachable and she’ll be able to wear it again. I can see her going to a cocktail party or a nice dinner out with a hot date and looking stunning. I’m so excited for her to wear it now only if my dress was a convertable too…lol!!!

    I’m sorry your sister is going through such a hard time and I agree with secondchances. I hope it works out well.

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