Post # 1
I have four girls standing up in the wedding. They range from 18-28. But i’m having problems with deciding what Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses to have them order in the summer.
1) the 18 year old girl has never stood up in a wedding, and she doesn’t have her money priorities always right
2) the 23 year old is married but has been flaky as of recently. She is TTC and broke as well so she wants me to tell her in advance before we purchase the dress
3-4) seem to not be picky about bridesmaid dresses
So, my question is how much is standard for bridesmaid dresses? When I first was looking I was hoping for under $100 but it’s so hard! How much is too much to ask from my girls?
Post # 3
Prices are all over the map ranging from free (something they already own) to thousands of dollars. Can you chip in any money to the cost if you decide that they have to buy something new? What are their sizes. If they are straight misses sizes, try a department store rather than a bridal shop. That can save money. Or they can buy their own black dress in a specified length or material. If they are thin and not too tall, Forever 21 makes decent party dresses on the super cheap (they become a lil inappropriate if your bmaids are bigger or taller though).
Post # 4
mine were 89.00 which i thought was reasonable. about 115 with shipping.
i bought from http://www.lightinthebox.com
to keep it in budget i would suggest looking at places that dont particularly sell “bridesmaids dresses” lNordstroms, Macys, Forever 21, lulus.com, modcloth…places like that
Post # 5
Davids bridal has a great selection of dresses for $100 bucks and you can ususally get them in larger sizes for pregnant women you might have to spend money on having it altered. you can also let them pick out their own shoes just pick a color so then they could use something they already own.
Post # 6
I agree with heather25 that there is a really big range in prices. My goal was to keep it $125 or less (although I didn’t think I’d be able to get what I wanted for less than $100). We ordered the dresses the other day and they were $129 (plus tax), so it almost met my goal. I offered to cover shipping since I still felt a little bad about the cost though.
Post # 7
I think anywhere up to $200 is ok to ask for however given your description of their situations, I’d be inclined to not ask for more than probably $150. Beyond that, you should help out.