(Closed) Cutting Costs on Bridesmaid Dresses?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
5966 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

For my sister’s wedding, she foudn the dresses on sale for $100 a piece at Banana Republic.  She scooped up a bunch of sizes, returned the ones she didnt’ need, and we were done.  We all loved the dresses and I’ve worn mind several times since.  I got a tiny alteration done so that the dress showed less cleavage, but that was my option. 


For my wedding, we bought my sister’s dress at the Bay.  


I see no need to go through a bridal shop in this day and age.  Regular stores have much better returtn policies and if they’re national/have an online option it probably wont be hard to get all the sizes you need.

Post # 5
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I plan on getting the wrapping convertible dresses from a seller on etsy. The short ones are $80 and it’s made to your specific length and no alterations are needed!

Post # 6
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@amy_outhwaite:  Lots of ways to save! Have the ladies wear neutral shoes and jewelery in the same metal- all that they already have.  Opt for them to do their own hair and make-up. They will thank you for it!

Post # 7
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My budget is 35 dollars per dress. Yes 35. I think bridesmaids dresses from a bridal store are outrageously over priced. Im looking a penny’s and clearence prom dresses. Try deb. They are awesome!

Post # 8
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve found that dresses bought from a normal store (e.g. Macy’s) and not a bridal salon tend to fit without needing alterations (unless the Bridesmaid or Best Man has special needs – e.g. a pregnant BM). Even if there needs to be alterations, it’s usually something basic, like it’s too long and just needs hemming. It’s rare to need a full figure alteration. These dresses tend to be less expensive too because stores get them in bulk (vs custom order) and there’s a chance you can use coupons or find them on sale.

Case in point, I bought my dress technically at a normal designer dress store, not a bridal-specific store. I didn’t need to alter anything at all. It literally fit right off the rack and I had nothing but compliments on it.

Post # 9
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Try eBay or dhgate!

Post # 10
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When I was a bridesmaid, we got our dresses at Le Chateau.  I haven’t been able to wear mine since (it’s floor length, silver and strapless and I don’t go to any fancy ‘do’s).  I think buying at a regular retail store would be the best way to save on the dress.  It’s what I’m doing with my sister’s dress (17 and no job).  My man of honor (don’t have any close female friends, really) will probably wear a suit.  Or perhaps his kilt.  I’d totally be okay with that.

Post # 11
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


$12 at Reitmans.  It’s only tough because my Maid/Matron of Honor is very pregnant right now, so we had to guess her size.  She got the large over the medium, hoping that if need be it could be taken in – but it’s fitted so it should be okay (I hope).  🙂

Post # 13
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@love108:  I did this also…same price.

Post # 14
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@amy_outhwaite:  No store will (or should!) ever require alterations. It is generally suggested as you want your BMs to look good in your photos, but it is an option and not something that must always be done. A store usually talks about having a dress altered not because it is required by them, but because when you pick one dress it is not likely to fit every body type in your wedding party (unless they all miraculously have the same proportions the dress was made to fit).

You could pick an Express dress for your girls to wear, but that does not mean it will fit them all properly off the rack. Say one of your girls has size 8 hips and a size 2 bust (as my Maid/Matron of Honor does), wherever she buys a dress, whether it’s Jenny Yoo, David’s Bridal, or J Crew it will probably need to be altered.  

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