(Closed) Cost for Bridesmaid Dresses

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I haven’t picked mine out for sure yet, but I know I’m going to keep the price at least under $200, hopefully no more than $160. The problem is, if you want them to look nice you’ve got to pay for better quality and good design. I had picked out a cheaper dress none of them liked, even considering the price so there you go!

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Mine were about $200. BUT… shop around! Since you already have the dress picked out, call lots of shops in your area and see what prices they can give you.

I called around, and got my $265 bridesmaids dresses for $190 each. I basically called and said I was interested in ordering three dresses, and wanted to see what the best price they could give me would be. One store went down to $185 but they sounded very flakey. i called one of the reliable stores back, and said that I had received a price of $185 from another store, but wanted to go with her store and wanted to know what the best price should could give me would be. She said $190. I told her I would buy them from her. An extra $5 per dress was worth it for the piece of mind that the dresses would arrive on time and make it out to my bridesmaids.

 

 

 

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m trying REEEEALLY hard to find bridesmaids dresses that are under $100 because I don’t want to stiff my bridesmaids with expensive dresses that they can’t wear again. I so far have had zero luck in finding dresses! I checked in department stores, but they simply don’t have the range of colors or styles!  Did anyone find cheaper sites online?  Though, with that, I’m worried that what you get sent might be dresses of a different shade than you originally thought. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

The dresses my girls got were Alfred Angelo and cost $150. We paid for the dresses and that’s what we had budgeted for.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Alfred Angelos range from just under $100 up. Most are around $150ish

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My BM’s got dresses from Dessy which were between $165 and $215, but after alterations and shipping charges ended up cost more like $250 to $275. I paid for the shipping charges to help aleviate a bit. My BM’s are all older (later 20’s) and have established careers. Its not something I would have asked of younger ladies just out of or still in school.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We went to a bridal/prom store and my girls loved a dress from jasmine bridals – B2.  Then they really loved the price – it was about $110.  I was nervous it would look cheap and have that swishy sound of cheap material but we got it in navy, and it looks really nice and the material seems great. Here’s the link (looks different in person than online)

http://www.jasminebridal.com/J_2_1_1_1.aspx?sqno=JPN2008092510647&j_style_no=STYL20080821001&j_line_no=LINE20080821001&j_line_season=S

Post # 24
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383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My girls wore the Juliette dress from J. Crew in Wild Peony. They were regularly priced at $180 but the color was on sale for $130 when we purchased them. After our ceremony venue and photographer, the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were the next thing I started looking for just out of boredom. I loved the dress, but only in the Wild Peony color so I waited and hoped they would go on sale. Luckily I didn’t have to wait more than 2 weeks- they went on sale right away!

For a dress that I, at least, would wear again I didn’t think $130 was too bad but one of my BMs complained (she complains about everything); funny thing is that she still hasn’t even paid me for it, and I have been married 1 month!

$200 is a lot, but I would still pay it without saying anything to the bride. Just consider your BMs finances right now and ask yourself whether any of them will struggle paying for that (on top of the probable alterations, the shoes, the hair, the money towards the bridal shower and bachelorette parties, etc.)

Post # 25
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Busy bee

Mine were Jenny Yoo and kinda pricey.  I asked my bridesmaids to contribute $150, which is what I thought was reasonable to ask of them and what I thought they would spend on a dress for my wedding anyway.  My mother and I paid the difference.  I only have three, though, and one is my sister, so it wasn’t hard for us to do.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Mine were from J Crew and all on sale, 2 were $160, one was $130 and the 4th was $75 (thank goodness they don’t know the price differences between them all since I ordered them)…I wish I had waited and not gotten the two that were $160 since they went on sale even MORE a few weeks later…Oh well ,they all said that was a reasonable price and no one has complained to me, so that’s good…

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

MIne are Alfred ANgelo and were $150 but we hit a $20 off sale. Since they are floor length they can wear whatever shoes. I don’t think it’s a rewearable dress, but I didn’t rewear the dresses from their weddings and they were about the same price.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was in a wedding and my dress was $199 (CAD) + alterations and taxes.  And I have never worn it again.  C’est la vie!  My older sister thinks $130 is too much for a dress.  Who knows how much they will end up spending!  I told them to pick out their own dresses because the whole thing was stressing me out too much.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

It’s unfortunate that most affordable bridemaid dresses are not great quality.  I mean, the people you put in your wedding are there because you are close and they are excited for you.  I can’t imagine that my sister, fiance’s sister, or my best friend would want to go to my wedding in a crappy dress.  I also think they would rather spend money for a good dress than save money but not like what they were wearing.  But that is one of the benefits of having a really small wedding party.  I knew their budgets and what I could contribute and what they would prefer to wear.  So we made it work.

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I too went over my targeted amount at about $240 and I felt bad, but my moh and one of my bridesmaids went with me and tried it on and both felt that it really accompanied my dress well. I agree with previous posts that there really aren’t that many good quality dresses under $175, and my wedding is formal so I needed the dresses to be long and look good next to mine. But I realize that adds another costly element. I’d bet that many of the brides on here who found inexpensive dresses are more casual in style and most-likely shorter styles.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

My girls paid $220 for their Amsales — after a +$50 discount because we ordered from the same place where I bought my gown.  It was more than I was initially hoping to find, but no one had any complaints.  The dresses (seriously!) are all rewearable…can’t wait to share pics in my recaps!

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