Post # 17
I does depend on where you BM’s are in their lives. If they’re all financially stable it might be alright. If not, that would be a difficult amount to come up with for a dress, especially one they’ll most likely wear only once. I decided to make sure the dress I chose was under $150. I think that’s reasonable. And the dress only ended up being $120, no one minded at all.
Post # 18
$300 sounds like a lot to me and I make a good enough salary… unless your friends are making big bucks AND like to spend money on expensive clothes, I think it’s a little high.
Post # 19
It is a little much… But this depends on how financially well off your bridesmaids are. My friend asked us to pay $300 for our dresses about 3 years ago and I was just out of university and starting work so I didnt have much money. I can remember thinking to myself holy gawd. My dresses were $189 or $207… I am giving them a choice of which one they want. And I am paying for their hair and buying them $100 gifts cause I feel kind of bad.
Post # 20
$300 is way too much. Especially with the economy the way it is and the issues in the world. I paid for my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and hair and makeup were both done in-house. 🙂 Thank goodness for stalking style mags and mastering hair and makeup! However, my wedding was a destination wedding, so the BMs all paid to get to the location 🙂
Post # 21
I agree with others that it depends, but overall this seems WAY too expensive.
Mine are $100-$150. In fact one of my BMs just got hers on sale for $80.
Post # 22
It really does depend. I’m trying to stay under $200 for the dress. I know they will still have to buy shoes, makeup, etc.
Post # 23
I think that in general asking bridesmaids to pay for dresses that you pick out is too much. If they pick them out, sure, but (to me! just my opinion! ) it is just not right to ask them to pay for something that THEY are wearing because YOU ask them to that is almost a 100% chance that they will never, ever wear again, despite what is thought.
Post # 24
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I think 300 is a tad high…If you’re super set on the dress, maybe you can stalk it a bit and see if it goes on sale or try to negotiate a price with a bridal salon, depending on how many you’re ordering? For me, I think $250 would be the most I’d be willing to pay for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress…But like others have said, if your girls are ok with that, then it doesn’t matter!
Post # 25
Mine were around $170 (after tax) so I paid $20ish per dress. I didn’t want my friends to have to pay more than $150 for a dress.
I think $300 is WAY too much. I would say that it does depend on where you are from and who your bridesmaids are as to what is appropriate to ask.
Post # 26
The first time I was a bridesmaid the bride picked out dresses that were $350 after shipping, then another $50 for alterations. I shelled out $400 for an unflattering dress I will never wear again, and even though she is a good friend I still cringe when I think of that wasted money. Chances are your bridesmaids won’t want to tell you straight up “$300 is ridiculous” because they don’t want to hurt your feelings, but trust me that it is. I completely understand if you love the dress and it totally fits your vision; in that case you should subsidize half of the dress and just factor that into your budget.
Post # 27
@nycbridetobe: Could you include a link to the dress that you love? Maybe someone could suggest something similar for a more affordable price.
Post # 28
@hotchildinthecity: great idea!!
This is a link to the website, it wont let me link to the exact page, but if you go to the website and look under collections, bridesmaids, it’s the bella collection. I like all 3 of them (sophia, nina and pia). My plan was to let the girls chose any of those 3 dresses in either sunset or fountain.
Anyone have any ideas where I can get less expensive versions of similar dresses? I like the idea of different dresses in the same color.
Post # 29
my girls picked out their own dresses, so they stayed within their own comfort zone financially. I would guess that most of the dresses were between 30 – 100 dollars. Mostly in the $50, on sale at Macy’s type of range.
Post # 30
I think somebody could make those for FAR cheaper! they look pretty simple to me!
Post # 31
Someone just posted one similar to that one shoulder one from Etsy. Hopefully someone will remember what I’m talking about and re-post.