(Closed) Do bridesmaids pay for their dresses??

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I asked my BM’s if they’d pay for their dresses and offered to cover all accessories (shoes, jewelery, hair, makeup etc).  The dresses wound up going on sale for 15% off, so I rushed them to order, and paid for them at the time.  Only one of them offered to reimburse me at any point, so I just kept evading her attempts and wound up paying for them all.

Post # 32
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m in the US and my bridesmaids bought their own dresses. However, I did pay for their hair the day of and got them another gift as well. I have heard other brides who have paid for their bridesmaids’ dresses. I would say it’s up to you. I personally see paying for the dress as a responsiblity of the bridesmaid. If they can’t afford it, they should tell you that up front or decline. I tried to find reasonbly priced dresses that weren’t too expensive. 

Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Castle

I am in Australia and depending who I ask I get different opinions. My parents and their friends insist it is traditional for attendants to pay for their own outfits and hair/makeup and be given a gift to thank them for participating. Yet the other bees here from Australia seem to disagree. My fiance and I are paying for clothes,makeup, hair and accessories for ours. We are also paying some travel costs as we have asked some attendants to travel to the other side of the country for our wedding. I feel that I am asking my ladies to join in on our day and I don’t want to make them spend money they have worked hard to earn on things for one day that’s not totally of their choosing.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee

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goldenkuma06:  I find that so interesting that you’d rather your nearest and dearest decline being on your bridal party if they can’t afford it, rather than you covering the cost. I paid for my BM’s but if I wasn’t, and one couldn’t afford it, I’d MAKE it happen from my end By rearranging my Budget. If they are close enough to you for you to want them to be such a special part of your day, for me, i couldn’t let money stop that from happening. 

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern

I paid for my bridesmaids dresses. I personally couldn’t imagine asking them to pay for the dresses themselves. The dresses I ended up picking were quite expensive $650 each so I was happy to cover that for them. I don’t have any stipulations on their make up, hair or shoes so that’s all up to them. Oh and I’m Jamaican living in Canada.

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