(Closed) Cost for Bridesmaid Dresses

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re doing David’s Bridal so I think the dresses are all about $100-$150. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We got ours at Nordstrom for slightly under $100 with shipping it might have been like $105.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I think up to $200 is pretty standard for bridesmaid dresses, although for some people that is really high. I would have died if anyone asked me to spend even that much for a bridesmaid dress before I started planning and realized how expensive so many of them are.

The Dessy dresses I picked for my bridesmaids are $189 online, plus $30 for the plus size dresses. It was more than I wanted to ask them to spend, so I paid for some of each of the five dresses and let them pay the rest. My thought is to always be careful if you’re going over $150… really think about if the dress is really more special than a less expensive one.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The J.Crew dresses my girls got were between $160 and $180. No one complained and they have all told me they have worn them again (some more than once!). I totally agree that you need to think of how much things cost and anything wedding related always seems more expensive. I think my girls didn’t care as much because they can (and have) worn the dresses more than for just the wedding.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

As much as I love the more expensive dresses I took it very seriously that some of my friends have… financial issues and I didn’t want them to struggle to purchase a dress.  Even if they weren’t forthcoming about their situation I would want to make being my bridesmaid as easy as possible so we went with David’s Bridal.  The dresses are $130, easy as cake!  I hope

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My girls dresses were around $150. I didn’t think that was too bad, seeing as when my Maid/Matron of Honor got married, our dresses were $300 = alterations!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think it depends on what your bridesmaids are comfortable with, and what else they are expected to buy.  My girls’ dresses were $220, which was higher than I wanted to go, but after trying on a ton of dresses, this was the dress they all fell in love with and agreed upon.  I think when your bridesmaids are involved in the selection process, they are more willing to pay for their dress (rather than sending them a link to a $200+ dress and asking them to order online with no other options).

Since I felt my dress was a bit more expensive than other dresses, I let them choose their own shoes and bought them jewelry as part of their bridesmaid gifts. Since I just had three girls, it wasn’t too hard to please them! 

The dress you’re looking at also seems rewearable to me, which could also justify a higher price.

This J. Crew dress looks similiar at $170 (depending on what color you need):

http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/WeddingParties/Wedding_Bridesmaid/dresses/strapless/PRDOVR~97893/97893.jsp’ defer=’defer

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have been in many weddings and paid from $100-180 or so for the dress itself.  Alterations are always more.  For my wedding, I had the girls pick their own black dress, and told them that they can wear one they already have if they want.  I figure if they don’t have a little black dress, or if they want a new one, this is a good excuse to buy one and then they’ll hopefully get one that they can wear again! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We found my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses on the clearance rack at Dillards for $108. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i had my girls pick their own dresses, one was $112, one was $30. i’m in a wedding coming up and the dress is almost $200. my friend was very nice about the whole price issue and asked if it was ok before having us buy them, I said that I would not be able to afford it and offered to help look for a different dress, but she offered to pay the difference of what I am comfortable paying.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t want to pay $220 for a bm dress..plus tax, plus alterations. I think $100-$150ish is a better range. Yes they are cute but that is a pretty standard looking style. Nothing screams out to me that it’s $220 except it’s Vera Wang of course =]. You could have those recreated for half that price or do simple strapless dresses with an add-on ruffle.

What are your girls comfortable paying? Ask them first. They have to pay for them. If they get those, you could cover their hotel room that night or something to offset them =]

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I chose a Davids Bridal dress (from the website) and it was $90 shipped. Plus my gals can wear whatever black shoes they want. 2 of my 3 ladies are out of state, I was trying to be helpful by keeping costs down.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We bought our girls’ dresses for $60, and they need no alterations…plus they’re re-wearable.

On the other hand, I have spent $170 when I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man and the dress needed $70 in alterations, and this next wedding I am in, I spent $120, and hopefully will find somewhere that does inexpensive alterations.  Both of those dresses I will never ever wear again…

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I picked out my bridesmaids dresses at David’s bridal and they were $135

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