(Closed) bridesmaid dress budget

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I think $200 is a fair cap, but if you’re telling them they can wear whatever they want anyway (within the limits of the color scheme) then there doesn’t really need to be any discussion about the price.  Unless you were wanting to buy it for them.

Post # 3
4890 posts
Honey bee

Ask them their budget.  

Instead of consulting strangers on the internet how much we think is fair to make your friends pay,  just ask them how much they can afford in their budget and then you know for sure.  What is affordable to me may not be affordable to others.  

Ask them individually not via group text or email.

ETA:  Wait?  Are you paying for their dresses?  As in they pick out the dress and tell you and then you pay?  Because then that is different and then you just figure out your budget and tell them the number they need to stay under (and if they want to go over that number they can make up the difference).  

Post # 4
9251 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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elena333333 :  If you are paying then set it at what you can afford. $100-200 is the average price of a bridesmaids dress where I am and brides pay.

If they are paying then they get to set the budget, not the bride. Ask them individually for their budget and the lowest budget is the budget.

Post # 5
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

If they’re paying and can choose their own dress – let them budget what they can afford. 

If you’re paying – I’d say cap it at $200 and you’ll most likely come in under budget anyways. 

Post # 6
3492 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Sorry I’m confused, are you paying for their dresses? Because if they are paying for their own you ask them what their budget is, not us. 

We got my bridesmaid dresses from ASOS.com, they were 90$ CAN 🙂 

Post # 7
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’d definitely ask them what they are willing to spend, if they are buying their own dresses. That way you can look for dresses that are in their budget.

I know my Maid/Matron of Honor and bridesmaid are both trying to save money right now, so I picked a dress that was $125 CAD, and they were VERY happy with that price. They have both been in weddings where they had to pay 200+ for a dress, so this was a pleasant surprise for them. 

Post # 8
476 posts
Helper bee

$150 is fairly typical. $200 would be too much for my BMs.

Post # 9
3804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

If this is your budget and you are paying then yes, you can definitely get nice dresses for under $200. 

If your bridesmaids are paying then they decide their budget. And if they’re having totally free choice you don’t need to even discuss it really. 

Post # 10
691 posts
Busy bee

My bridesmaid dresses are $350, but I’m purchasing them so it is a non-issue. I only have 6 bridesmaids anyways. 

If you’re letting them wear what they want and they will be paying for it, then it is a non-issue as well.

I’m not sure where you’re from (I live in Orange County, CA), but Noelle in downtown LA has really nice dresses at wholesale prices . My engagement dress retailed for $850, I paid $500. Bridesmaid dresses retailed for $500 and cost me $350 each. If you pay cash they won’t charge tax, too! Both dresses were Jovani. 

Post # 11
97 posts
Worker bee

Ask your bridesmaids 🙂 They will appreciate it! Currently in a position where the bride didn’t consult with us about price, and it happened to be way out of my budget and now I’m the bad guy!!!!!!!!!! 

Post # 12
106 posts
Blushing bee

I think it depends on what your bridesmaids can afford. I knew two of mine wouldn’t be able to afford anything from a bridal store so I picked out a $60 dress from Modcloth. Most were able to get it on sale for $40.

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