(Closed) Bridesmaid gown COST/BUDGET?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My girls chose the dresses since all I requested was they were full length (It’ll be cold.) and a specific color.  They chose Bill Levkoff dresses which were $210 but two were plus size and ended up being a little more.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think $200 for a dress that you may never wear again is a lot.  However, asking your maids about their budgets is a good idea.

I’m 35 now  (getting married for the 2nd time) and my maids are 30-45 so I don’t see the need for tradition of the same gown or anything too expensive.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

my bridsmaids’ dresses are over $300…but we are paying for them ourselves

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Principessa Bunny:  I saw that you’re paying for the dresses … What are you comfortable paying?

I’ve been a bridesmaid once in a friend’s wedding (my dress at the time was only $120 plus alterations, but that was like 5 years ago), and I’ll be a bridesmaid again this fall in my cousin’s wedding (this dress was around $180 I think and I’m sure I’ll need some alterations since I’m really short).  I paid for both dresses myself.

My bridesmaids are actually the two girls mentioned above, and my maid of honor is actually a “man of honor” (my male best friend).  The girls’ dresses (they just placed their orders!) were $214.  I asked them in advance what they were comfortable paying, and that was within their range.  I also let them choose the style and color from a few options and they both happened to like the same dress and color … So I gave them options.  I’m not sure what the tux costs will be yet, but we are planning to have a more formal wedding (not black tie, but formal).

I hope this helps!

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think this is a regional thing.  My wedding was in NYC and the bridesmaid dresses were $280 not including alterations and no one had an issue with it (they picked the dresses themselves).

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

In the US the bridesmaids pay and $100-200 is the norm.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I am spending £100 each on my ladies,that is dress, hair accessories, jewellery and shoes.

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@chippybee:  Yes, I agree. I feel like Long Island/NYC area, most bridesmaid dresses are high 100s – mid 200s (and more). I’ve known people who spent over $300 for a bridesmaid dress. I think it’s just the area though. Because I’ve spent $180 on myself for a cocktail dress that I wore to a wedding, without being a bridesmaid!

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i paid $400+ for the dress for my friend’s wedding. i hated it, it did not come in my size, i was uncomfortable the whole ceremony and reception and the bride accused me of trying to “ruin her wedding vision” when i told her that the price was outrageous.  two years later my friend is no longer married and i resent her for making me pay that much. the whole dress put a huge strain on our relationship.  it doesn’t have to be that way.  talk to your maids and get their opinion!!  there isn’t a standard cost you need to adhere to because each bridesmaid is different.  take into account body shape, comfort and price when selecting a dress.  you estimate of cost seems reasonable. make sure your maids know how important their presence in the wedding is and be willing to work with budgets!!

Post # 41
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Principessa Bunny:  the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses my girls are wearing are $169

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Ours were $127 with tax at David’s Bridal.

Post # 43
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@mrsmeyers84:  Where are you finding Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses for $150 that are of quality fabric and style?  I’m having the worst time of it as the bride.  

 

The dresses I’m looking at are around $200 – $250, but they are the only ones I have found so far.  To be fair, the Bridesmaid or Best Man have not helped one iota on finding these dresses.  If they want cheaper dresses, do you think it’s fair to ask them to help look/send options?  I just hated everything at David’s Bridal (tacky fabric – feels cheap) and Alfred Angelo (too young looking for us – mid/upper 20s). 

 

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The last on I had to purchase was from David’s Bridal.  My girls are more than likely going to be wearing a dress I found on Etsy.  

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I paid for my bridesmaids gowns. We picked a designer together and they picked the styles they liked; I think it averaged out to around $220 or so for each dress.

Although we didn’t go with them, the Modern Vintage line at Alfred Angelo had some lovely gowns that we all liked (mid 20s throuh mid 30s for us). 

Another idea, if everyone is a similar shape, is to pick out an evening gown at a department store. They will be less ‘bridesmaidsy’.

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