(Closed) Bridesmaid Dress Price

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: is $220 too much for a BM dress? (including alterations)
    Yes : (44 votes)
    52 %
    No : (41 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @shannonh32:  Talk to your bridesmaids and see what they are comfortable with.  Everyone is different.  Personally, I would be comfortable spending $220 on a bridesmaid dress (especially if it includes alterations!).  That doesn’t seem bad to me at all.  Everyone loves a bargain, of course – but if you all love the dress and the girls are comfortable with that amount, I say go for it.

    ETA: If it is a long dress (especially in a fabric like crinkle chiffon), $220 seems especially reasonable.  If it’s a short dress, I might shop around a little more to see if you can get a better deal.

    Post # 4
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    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Alterations can be really expensive. I think $220 isn’t too bad including alterations, I’m not sure if it’s a “deal” though. In my experience being a bridesmaids and having bridesmaids, we’ve always been able to get dresses + alterations for < $200. So I guess it’s reasonable but maybe still a little on the high side, based on my own experiences at least.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’ve been in 2 weddings before, and paid over $250 for the dresses.  One of them with alterations was closer to $300. 

    I have 5 bridesmaids and the dresses I’m going for are between $190-$250.  I admit, it’s not cheap, and that is why I am having mixed-matched dresses, that way everyone can choose their own style (and hopefully wear them after).  One of my bridesmaids has casually mentioned this is out of her price range so we are going to look at another option for her.  As long as it’s the same color, we’ll make it work.

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I’ve paid: $50, $100, $150, $250 for dressess (that’s not including shoes).

    The only dress I’ve worn again was the $50 (it was on off the rack dress from Macy’s).

    I’ve also had a bride pay for half the cost of the dress – which was a really nice thing (especially since it was during my senior year of college).

     

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My dresses were $100 from JCrew (love their clearance!) and I was hoping that they would go that low because I would never make my BM’s spend more than $150. My cousin got married in Septemberand his Fiance had us buy $230 dresses and mine needed hemmed and the bust needed taken in. Altogether it was $325 and I’ll be honest, I was ticked. It’s an ugly style and a color I never wear now will I again (like DB’s apple). So I voted yes, that is too much. But ultimately it is your wedding!

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    I think that is pretty expensive. In our circle around $150-$180 is normal. Once you get over the $200 point, I think that is a little much. I would definately ask your bridesmaids if they feel that is a doable amount. Also keep in mind other things they will spend money on if you do get a higher priced dress, maybe let them pick their shoes or keep the shower/bachelorette party low cost.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @JM1217:  $95 for alterations?!  Holy cow, I would faint if my bridesmaid alterations were that much!

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Talk to your bridesmaids and find out how much they feel comfortable spending on a dress.  Personally I think thats a lot to spend on a dress that you have little say in and you most likely will only wear once, but I am not everyone.  

    I’ve spent $100 on a dress for a wedding (I was in a very tough financial position at the time and had to put it on a parents Credit card).  I had my girls choose their own dresses.  I gave them a general guideline and let them decide on what they wanted and how much they wanted to spend.  

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Our Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses ran between 100-150. So alterations included might be a deal… or it might be a wash if nothing’s needed. I guess I’d need to be the Bridesmaid or Best Man looking at the situation to decide.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Ms Bookworm:  I was about ready to strangle everyone in the damn wedding salon, including and most especially the bride! I didn’t give them as much money as I had wanted to for the wedding…the dress ate most of it up and because she didn’t seem to mind that I was flat broke because of this, I didn’t feel bad about it.

    Post # 14
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    It all depends. In my circle of friends, 220 isn’t considered outrageous for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress (expensive, yes, but not unreasonable – especially if it includes alterations!). However, that might be a lot for other people, depending on their financial situation. If you are only worried about your Fiance sister, could you ask her what she is comfortable spending and then cover the difference if she says something that is less than 220?

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Would you post a pic of the dress? Or provide a description?? If its short- I don’t find it to be reasonable. If its long and awesome- I’d be ok with it

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are about $220, including alterations. I had already picked out the designer (Bill Levkoff), fabric (chiffon) and color (chocolate), and let them choose any short style. I didn’t know how much they were ($180 before alterations) until the girls were ready to order them.

    I felt kind of bad, then remembered that my SIL had us wear $200 floor-length red satin dresses for her wedding. You do what the bride wants, because it’s her wedding. When you get married it’s your turn to pick!

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