(Closed) Bridesmaids dresses are two different prices

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How should I have BMs pay for their dresses?

    Have each BM pay full price for whichever dress she is wearing

    Have all BMs pay $95 (avg cost)

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  • Post # 2
    622 posts
    Busy bee

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    elin219 :  are you letting them choose which dress they want, or assigning? If you’re assigning them, I think the fairest thing would be for you to pay the difference for the girls buying the more expensive dress (but I agree, I think those are very reasonable prices for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses).

    Post # 3
    3089 posts
    Sugar bee

    I don’t know how many BMs your planning on having, but here’s what I would do.  I would offer to pay the different for the BMs who would be wearing the more expensive dress.  ($50 for each Bridesmaid or Best Man wearing the $120 dress.)   I know I’d be irritated as a Bridesmaid or Best Man if the bride arbitrarily picked a dress that was $50 more expensive for half of us to wear.  

    Post # 4
    9443 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I would either have them all wear the $70 dress or let them know the price of each dress and let them choose which one they want to wear.

    Post # 5
    832 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I think the best option would be for you to buy all of the dresses for them (not sure how many bridesmaids you have or if it’s possible within your budget), but a second best would be to subsidize the cost for the girls with the more expensive dresses as others had mentioned.

    Also, can I ask where you found these dresses? I’d love to stay in that price point! 

    Post # 6
    1617 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I say give them the option. Personally, I wouldn’t care if I spent more on a dress than another Bridesmaid or Best Man if I felt good in it and I hate getting dragged down by other people’s budgets. I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my SIL’s wedding and her other sister had NO money so we got stuck wearing the most atrocious summer maxi dress thing. Since I’m tall “5’10”) it didn’t sit on my right… It was like at above my ankles but it draped ont hje floor for her, lol.

    I took it off after the ceremony and pictures. I’ll let you stuff me in whatever you wahnt, but the second I can get out of it you bet your butt I’m doing so.

    Post # 7
    7806 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Did you ask them their budgets? You say that you dont think its an unrealistic costs, but it doesnt sound like you checked with each of them?

    I’d either a) give them the option knowing the prices or b) just pick the cheaper dress.

    Post # 8
    632 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    Option 1. Assigned dresses: you pay.

    Option 2. Let them choose: they pay.

    Option 3. Let them choose, but they only have to pay $70 and you cover the difference. 

    Option 4. They all decide on and buy the same dress: they pay.


    I chose 6 dresses and I let my girls choose which ones they wanted: some were on sale for $50 and some were $120. It was up to them as long as it was one of the approved dresses (pick out by Fiance and I) 


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