(Closed) How do you help cover the cost of Bridesmaid Dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d give them visa gift cards if you don’t want to hand over cash.  That way they can use them for whatever they want… whether it’s the dress, shoes or something non wedding related.  I wouldn’t spend the money on a better gift, I think it’s hard to buy really great gifts for people that they will really love and/or use.  As a bridesmaid, I’d appreciate the $$$.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I used to like the Visa gift cards, now I don’t as much, they charge a fee to buy them, and if they go unused, the recepient gets charged a fee too. Plus, I received a few from our wedding and not all websites accept them, which is super annoying. If I were in your shoes, I would take the $40/girl and spend it on something necessary they need for the wedding (hotel, travel). Dinner and stuff is great, but if they are in a financial pickle, I think they’d rather have something necessary than a nice dinner.

Post # 5
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646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You could also get their hair, makeup and/or nails on the day of the wedding instead! Accomodations or another token of your appreciation are also good ideas! What a wonderful bride you are!

Honestly, they probably don’t care about the $40. They’re just happy you offered to make up the difference. (However, if you insist on paying, you could order all of the dresses yourself and just have the girls pay you the reduced amount.)

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