(Closed) How much is too much for a bridesmaid dress?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@BrideInDC:  If you are concerned with the costs of the dresses, could you put more towards the dresses than just 25 each and spend less on their gifts? just an idea

Post # 4
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I tried to keep it under 200 .  I hate the idea of spending a lot on a one time dress as a courtesy to a dear friend.  If you were told 210 by an employee it is the store’s fault and would fight for the 40 dollars.

Post # 5
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BrideInDC:  Only your bridesmaids can you tell what is reasonable to pay. Talk with them about their budgets and what they feel comfortable spending on a dress.

Personally, I don’t think $250 is too much for a dress, I have paid around that price for every wedding I have been a bridesmaid in. 

Post # 6
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Why don’t you call the store, and question why the dress is $39 more than you were told? Did that price include tax? If they told you the wrong price, then it *was* a mistake on the store’s part.

Post # 7
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s fine if your BMs are fine with it. Maybe offer to pay for the difference between what you thought it would be and what it was? Or pay for alterations? Of course we’d like to be respectful of our BMs and limit their expenses, but at the end of the day dresses cost what they cost and everyone knows going into it that it’s not going to be cheap.

Post # 8
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

How is it not the stores fault if you were told one price and charged another? I’d threaten to cancel the order unless they address it.

I tend to be the odd one out but I don’t think $250 is awful and I think your offer to pay $25 is nice.

Post # 9
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am going to try and keep my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses under $200. HOWEVER, I have spent $250 on a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress before and thought nothing of it. I’m my own double standard…

ETA: I agree with PP, it was the store’s fault for quoting the wrong price. Call them up!

Post # 10
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would say than anything over $200 is excessive, but I would just talk to my BMs and make sure they’re okay with it.

Post # 11
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

$250 would be too much for me, especially considering that doesn’t include the cost of alterations. Every wedding I’ve been in, the dress was under $200, so that’s more the norm in my circles, I guess.

Post # 12
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree that $250 is quite steep, and more than I would care to spend on a bridesmaid dress…

Post # 13
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s going to depend on your BMs, so I would ask them if they are still comfortable with the new price. If not, offer to chip in $20 or so to help them out (if you can), or go with another option.

I am trying to keep my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses under $150, but that’s about average where I live and the type of weddings I have been in/to. Plus 1 of my BMs is in college, another is working 2 jobs, and another is engaged and planning her own wedding so I wanted to keep costs low for them.

Personally, I don’t think I would want to spend more than $150 or so if I were a Bridesmaid or Best Man, but that’s just me. 

Post # 14
4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@rebwana:  This. It is the store’s fault. Someone (you) needs to fight them about it. 

They all agreed to pay $210. If you absolutely can’t get the price changed, then I’d make up the difference for them ($40).

Post # 15
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m not sure what is normative in your circle, but for me, $250 (and even $210) would make me really uncomfortable. It’s important to think about the grand total the bridesmaids are spending, including flights/gas, possibly new shoes, maybe professional hair or makeup, gifts for you, showers, time off work, etc. I know they agree to spend a bit as a part of being bridesmaids, but it’s always good to help them keep costs down as much as possible. What do they think about $250?

Post # 16
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, that’s too expensive for me. It would have to be the wedding of my best friend ever for me to pay that much, especially considering all of the other expenses that bridesmaids have. I tried to keep my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses under $100.

But yes, this is the store’s fault. Call them and ask them why it was more than what they were already told.

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