(Closed) Cost of Bridesmaid Dress

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 47
1882 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just paid 250 for a Jim Hejlm or however you spell his name. It’s really pretty and I like it-I’ll never wear it again but I would rather pay for a nice well made dress that I like and thinks looks nice, than suffer all night in a fug, cheap dress that I would never give a second glance to in real life. I’m totally a fan of JH dresses so I have no problem with it. I’ve done both and paying for the dress is worth it to me…so I guess it depends on the person.

Post # 48
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our dresses were all between 150 and 200…I think with alterations some will end up being around $215 or so. I would have been willing to pay for part of the dresses if my BMs expressed that the cost was too much…I did feel a bit guilty.

Post # 49
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve never been a bridesmaid, so I can’t give an average on that, but I was trying to keep the cost down for my BMs, and the one that I liked was $134 without tax.  I was hoping to find one for less, but with all of them being different sizes it got complicated.

Post # 50
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

$265 for just the dress? I’m assuming that’s the sticker cost, which means it’s pre-tax, shipping, and alterations? No offense, but if a bride told me to spend that much on JUST the dress, I would bow out unless she offered to pay for part of it.

I think you’ve been very considerate of your girls in several ways — first to ask for their input and consider their lives in your dress choice, second to discuss the cost with each of them (individually I assume?), and third to pay for the younger girls’ dresses. Just remember that despite all the consideration you’re showing, you are also asking a lot. Think of that $265 not as a stand-alone number, but in context with all the other costs you’re (directly and not-so-directly) asking these women to shoulder on your behalf. That’s how you’ll know whether or not you’re truly comfortable with it.

Also, I think FutureKMM’s earlier thought bears repeating: You do know the income of two of your bridesmaids, but you likely don’t have a thorough understanding of their budget or financial standing. Please don’t assume!

Post # 52
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - The Viceroy

I’ve been in a few weddings and the most I paid was $250 dress + $90 alterations (it was huge on me) + $80 shoes (we picked our own, but there were specific guidelines)–I’ll never wear that dress again and I don’t think the bride even know the exact cost of the dress.  The cheapest was a $90 dress from JCrew, but all the others have been in the $100-$150 range.

Post # 53
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I paid for our bridesmaids dresses.   The were about 60 each.

Post # 54
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If they chose it, they were obviously okay with the price.

Post # 55
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My girls are paying $195 ($210 with tax) for their Aria dresses.  I feel bad, but they all seem fine with it.

Post # 57
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The wedding I was just in, the bride told us what designer and color and let us pick – mine was around $140, but the other girls paid closer to $200. That seems fairly standard, but make sure you give them time to budget and plan. 

I had hoped to pay for my bm’s dresses, but I’m on a very tight budget, looking for a new job and starting grad school in 2 months, so I’ve asked my bm’s to buy their own, but found an awesome deal for only $24.99. 

It really depends on where your bridesmaids are financially and talking to them about budgets & expectations seems like the best place to start!

Post # 58
1221 posts
Bumble bee

my bridesmaids paid $145 for theirs it was discounted because i also bought mine from davids bridal..

Post # 59
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@amykate – I think that sounds like a very fair compromise!  Glad you were able to work something out that leaves everyone happy!

Post # 60
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My dresses are about $115.  I am a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a wedding in a couple of weeks and am paying $125.  However, this dress is VERY bra un-friendly, and I will probably end up spending more than the cost of the dress on various “support” options.

Post # 61
11 posts

I paid $180 for my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.  By the time you add Spanx and a specialty bra, it will end up being more than I planned on spending, but I am happy with the dress and I’d rather pay a bit more and be comfortable in the dress.  

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