(Closed) How much did your bridesmaids dresses cost?

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think $100 – 125 is reasonable to ask.  I told my bridesmaids they could pick something kneelength and navy.  One picked a dress and the other liked it too.  They got in on sale for $50 from Davids online.  I wouldn’t be happy if someone asked me to buy a $200 dress.

Post # 3
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Ours are about $230 from Bill Levkoff but the place we ordered from included ALL alterations! My twin threw a fit saying it was unreasonable, but prices have gone way up since she got married 6 years ago and I live in a much more expensive area than her. 

Post # 4
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Mine aren’t “bridesmaid dresses”, I ordered them from Nordstrom. They were $100 USD each when they went on sale. They’re gorgeous and definitely wearable again. I suggest looking for dresses in the colour you’re lookin for from regular stores if you’re trying to keep the price down! What colour are you wanting?

Post # 5
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I only had a Maid/Matron of Honor, no bridesmaids and I paid entirely for her outfit. Her dress was about $150.

If I was in someones wedding I wouldn’t be thrilled to buy something for more than $200 (including alternations) as odds are I won’t care for the dress or wear it again. I think if you are expecting them to shell out a lot of money for shoes, hair, nails, etc. just keep that in mind when looking at dresses. If you don’t care about shoes or anything else I think $200 is okay. You know what your girls can afford.

Post # 7
59 posts
Worker bee

I haven’t decided whether I will have a bridal party or not, but if I do I would just give a basic colour pallette and ask them to buy whatever they like and are comfortable spending. I don’t care if my bridesmaids are wearing the same dresses.

I am a bridesmaid in a friend’s upcoming wedding and the dresses she chose are $250 each… plus alterations, plus hair, plus shoes, plus makeup, etc… I am not thrilled about that. To me, that is a little excessive.

Post # 8
6291 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

kma291:  I’m coming from a UK perspective (the couple pays for the dresses here), so 200 seems a LOT to me; I personally wouldn’t be comfortable asking them to spend more than maybe 50.

I think what you need to do though is speak to them and actually ask them individually what they are OK spending. Then, go with the lowest amount (eg if 3 say 200 is fine but one can only afford 100, you should choose dresses costing 100 or less). No-one on here can tell you what your bridesmaids can/can’t afford, only they can. 

Post # 9
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

kma291:  That is a tough colour. Your wedding isn’t for awhile though, and that’s a very springy colour. Wait until the late spring because I’m sure that there will be dresses coming out in that colour early in the season, and will be on sale at the end of it! You’ll just have to keep watch. My colour is wine, so I got my bridesmaids’ dresses when the fall stuff went on an end of season sale.

Post # 11
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

My Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses (Jim Jhelm) were listed at $250 at the salon where we went to purchase them from. I got a quote from Pearl’s Place for $215.  I went back to my salon and gave them the quote.  While they couldn’t match Pearl’s Place they did offer me the dress at $225.  I went with my salon’s price because after adding in shipping from Pear’s it would cost the same thing.  

I say all of this to tell you to shop around and come back to your salon to see if you can get a better price.  I am also a big fan of Pearl’s Place and highly recommend them too.  They are out of New Orleans.  

Post # 12
1295 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Ours were $65 for the dress and petticoat. We did have a non-traditional wedding though, and everyone wore tea length dresses, including myself.  I spent a lot of time searching online for dresses that fit my vision and my BM’s budgets. Two were on a really tight one, and I was willing to pay extra to cover them if needed, but ended up finding soemthing that worked for everyone. I know my sister has worn the dress again, not sure of the others. I also purchesed the ribbon that they used for sashes in on oif our wedding colors and cut them. It was way cheaper than anythign else and looked great.

Honestly, “reasonable” really depends on the budget of your BM’s like PP’s said. I feel like when I was younger and living at home with my parents, I had more disposable income and would have been excited to wear a pretty dress. Now that I have more bills, I would prefer to spend less on a dress I may never wear again.

Post # 13
4084 posts
Honey bee

kma291:  I found DB to be the most reasonably priced. My girls have 2 different dress styles. One was $120, and the other was $150. I didn’t want them to spend over $200.

Post # 14
2318 posts
Buzzing bee

That dress is gorgeous! I think $75-250 is an acceptable price for a full length Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. But it also depends on the formality of wedding you are having. But you know your girls..are they the type spend a lot on one outfit for one night and think nothing of it or are they bargain hunters?  If they are the latter, find something less expensive in a similar shape and color  

Just FYI: we are bargain hunters & The dress I like for my Bridesmaid or Best Man is $175 and full length. This may change but as of now it is the best dress. I’m not requiring them to wear any specific shoe just a particular color family.  many of them may save Money because  they may wear something they already have.

Post # 15
4249 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My bridesmaids paid about $95.  No one needed alterations. We all agreed that $100 was a decent price to stay under.  They paid for the shoes too (about $20) but I paid for everything else including jewelry and hair.  In my opinion anything over $150 is getting a bit out of hand.

My Maid/Matron of Honor was her best friend in college’s Maid/Matron of Honor too and she ended up having to buy a floor length $300 dress, plus her alterations were sky high.  PLUS she paid for shoes, her own hair, and jewelry.  Total she said that she paid at least $500.

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