(Closed) How much for your bridesmaids dresses and are you paying?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My girl’s dresses are from Priscilla of Boston and are $200. I am paying for 2 out of the 6,

The only reason I’m paying is mine is a destination wedding. So after my cousin decided last minute that she wasn’t going to be able to do the wedding I asked a guest to stand in and offerred to pay for her dress. The other one is my future Sis in law. She has 3 daughters and things are tight so I offered to help.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think it depends on your bridesmaids and your budget. if they can afford that, than that would be fine. if you can afford to buy it for them as a gift, awesome. personally, i couldn’t afford that as a bridesmaid and i think it would be nice if you paid half. cute dress btw!

Post # 5
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My dresses started at $265 but with discounts ended up at about $215/dress.  We are paying for $25 plus the $25 shipping for each dress.  I based what I decided was a “reasonable” cost for the dress on what I’d paid for dresses in all of my other friends’ weddings, and they were all in that neighborhood.  I think you just have to know your audience and figure out what they would be comfortable with.  Another thought is that if you know there are one or two girls who might have a hard time paying that much, you could offer to discreetly subsidize part of the cost of their dresses.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hmmm ours cost $50.00 each and I paid, the girls absolutely love them and they are a really nice red silk. Im all about finding the bargain! I wanted to buy off the rack and I found a clearance store specialising in dresses and we found about 7 dresses for the girls to try on.. this one came up trumps and if we didnt chose it the girls were going to buy it anyway! I had orginally budgeted for up to $200 dollars per dress and I have 3 girls to dress.

Post # 7
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m hoping that my Bridesmaid or Best Man will be able to purchase their own dresses. I’m going to try to find the most economical dresses for them; maybe $100-125

Post # 8
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127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I gave myself a limit of $200, which seemed reasonable from other dresses I’ve had to buy.  Anything over $200 I was going to pay for myself… luckily I was able to find something below that limit.  I’d find out what your BMs think is reasonable and pay the difference – certainly not all of it!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I knew I wasn’t going to be paying for my bm’s dresses. As a result before I began looking I asked them what they were comfortable paying – they all had the same answer, no more than $250.  I found great dresses by Swoon . The dresses all come with a sash that is extra, I am paying for their sashes ($22-$28 each…)

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I found Watters bridesmaid gown for my girls but they were $235. The bridal shop said they would give me a 10% discount. I ended up ordering them for $156 from Netbride.com They have real designer dresses and not knock offs. It might be worth checking out, they carry almost every designer. And no I am not paying for my girls dresses.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

my girls picked out their own and used their own price range, or wore things they owned. If I had done the matchy thing, I would have chosen a dress 115 and under. Probably something more from Nordstroms online in the 40-75 range. I don’t look anywhere more expensive than I expect to pay, that helps a lot when figuring out options w/in the budget.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We wanted to pay for our bridal party outfits, so we bought the bridesmaid’s dresses. We ended up spending $30 for two of them, $40 for one, $50 for one and $80 for the maid of honor. I spent months scouring stores and eBay until I found the perfect dress for each girl. And they all genuinely love them!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My BMs are paying for theirs.  We started the process by choosing the color (black), then rummaging in their own closets to see if they could use anything they already owned.  Afterwards, my Maid/Matron of Honor & I went pre-shopping & found the PERFECT dress; I went with my other Bridesmaid or Best Man to see if she liked it, too.  Both bought their dresses on the spot! The dress cost $158 + tax…I think their willingness to buy stemmed (A LOT) from the fact that they got a say in the color choice & that the dress is something they BOTH think they’ll wear again & again (everyone needs a LBD, right? Wink)  Here it is: (me on the left, Bridesmaid or Best Man on the right…it matches my dress like a glove, no?)

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My BMs are all wearing different dresses, so the prices vary a little, but they’ve been in the range of $99-$135.  I’m paying for two of the four because they’ll have to pay for plane tickets to get to my wedding.  One of the ones I’m not paying for is actually doing double-duty for that Bridesmaid or Best Man: her sister said she could wear the same dress for her wedding, so yay!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

MY BMs also wore different dresses, so they ranged from $99 to $250. They paid for their own dresses, so they picked their own dress based on their taste and budget.

Have you tried http://www.netbride.com? They sell Dessy dresses at prices that might be cheaper than the discount you are getting.

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