(Closed) Bridesmaid Dress Guilt

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think 150 is reasonable. Thats just kind of part of being a bridesmaid…buying a dress you know you wont wear again. Im sure they understand. As long as they dont hate the dress  they will be fine 🙂

Post # 4
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I feel the exact same way. I know my Bridesmaid or Best Man wouldn’t normally pay 200 for a dress and neither would I for that matter. I’m trying anything to find cheap dresses. I’m hoping to find a non-bridesmaid dress if possible and preferably on sale!

Post # 5
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Have you discussed what budget they would be comfortable with prior to picking the dress?  I had an agreement with my bridesmaids that they would pay up to $150 on their dresses.  If I fell in love with a dress that was more, I’d pay just the difference. 

I think most people realize bridesmaid’s dresses are overpriced, and it’s just part of standing up there for a good friend. 


Post # 6
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Yea, it’s always a tought situation with birdesmaids and picking the dresses. My maid of honor won’t even spend $20 on a shirt… so that $150 dress is a stretch! For the most part, no bridesmaid is overly excited to buy a dress for that much. But they are usually willing to so they can be a part of your day. Just take it slow and ask for advice on the dresses, but know when to make an executive decision. Can’t wait to see them!

Post # 8
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

They can always sell them after the wedding!  I know how you feel.  I am only having my young, broke college-kid sister as my maid of honor and my teen daughter as my bridesmaid, so I am buying both dresses (luckily prom season is coming up, so I am hoping to find something cute and young and affordable).  If I had anymore girls than that, I wouldn’t be able to cover the cost.

I really do think that $150 is completely average and most maids expect to have to shell out money!  

Post # 10
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Have you actually gone out shopping with them and had them try some on? I know people always think they hope their BM’s will wear them again, but the reality is that very few ever do. The quality is probably not as important to them as it is to you, but the cost probably is.

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