Do bridesmaids pay for their own dress?

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 16
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1983

In the US the bridesmaids pay for their dresses, but the bride consults with each of them privately about their budget constraits before a dress is picked. Anything else the bride requires the bride pays for: shoes, hair, makeup, jewelry, flowers.

Post # 17
260 posts
Helper bee

I’m in Canada and I had to pay for my own dress, hair, and makeup as a bridesmaid. We were given the option to do our own hair/makeup instead of having to do it professionally.. so at least it wasn’t forced. I think it’s generous of you to pay for the hair/makeup and reasonable to ask them to pay for their dresses.

Post # 18
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m in the US and have always paid for my own bridesmaid dresses in weddings i’ve been in.  

For my own wedding, I paid for my bridesmaids hair and makeup. They did pay for their own dresses but they were given complete autonomy on price because it just had to be a long black dress. I believe many of them spent under $100.

Post # 19
1510 posts
Bumble bee

In the UK the bride pays, if she wants hair and makeup she pays for that as well. I was maid of honour at my friend’s wedding and she paid for dress, shoes, hair and makeup. I didn’t expect the hair and makeup but she wanted us to have specific styles so as another bee mentioned in the UK if you say you pay.  

Post # 20
3066 posts
Sugar bee

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natasha0b :  depends where you live. I live in Southern California and I have always paid for my bridesmaids dress. my girls paid for their own, as well. However i did pay for the Junior bridesmaids.


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