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

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think that’s a bit steep unless you’re offering to pay for part of the dresses. I’m having my girls pick theirs out from Nordstrom because I couldn’t find traditional Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I liked under $200, and I wouldn’t ask my BMs (who are all college students or recently graduated) to pay more than about $125. 

Post # 4
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5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would talk to your bridesmaids and see what they think. I have been in a couple of wedding that the dresses were around $250. The only wedding that it bothered me in was when we has to get special alterations that costed an additional $150.

I found dresses for $236 and I really loved them. All of my bridesmaids were cool with that price but I had one bridesmaid who pulled a fit. So I looked into netbride.com and ended up getting the same exact dresses for $156.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Argh.  Tough one.  Really depends on the financial situation of your BMs.  Personally I would prefer a $150 cap but be willing to go to $200 for a friend — and a really cute dress that can be worn again!  Remember, these girls will also need shoes & accessories plus pay for hair and maybe make-up… and then there are shower gifts, the wedding gift, etc.  Have you checked out J Crew??

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My girls dresses are originally $230, but since I ordered my gown from the same shop where they will be getting their dresses, they get 15% off so theirs will then be just a few dollars over $200.  I’m also paying $50 towards each of their dresses tho to help with the costs (I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man a number of times and know it gets expensive).  

I really struggled with finding something I loved for under $200.  If you find a bridal shop that has your dresses, why not call them and ask them what type of a deal they can offer?  If you’ve got a few girls and they all get it from the same shop, it’s making that shop a lot of money (I have 7 girls so with their dresses and my gown I’m pretty sure they made rent for the next month or two!). 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For Toronto, I think thats a normal price, but some girls will think it’s a lot.  Will those dresses need lots of alterations or do you think they’re easy sizing?  Because that might also be a factor.  I would talk to them, but I know its very hard to find nice Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses for under $200… most people I know chose like $350 dresses!!  Ouch, but maybe they can pick their own shoes or whatever so its not so much.  Plus you can take into account how much they spent on their dresses when you’re buying their gifts, and could possibly put some money towards their dresses as part of the gift.  If there is one girl that you know truly can’t afford it, you can help her out?

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree that it depends on what they can afford. I went easy on my girl’s and found their dress at David’s for $135. It was teh first dress that I liked for them and I am completely happy with them.

Post # 10
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1580 posts
Bumble bee

I’m pretty sure Dessy and Mori Lee have teal. Da Vinci and Alfred Angelo also have teal colors. These designers are all on the less expensive side.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did not want my girls to spend more than $150. We chose two styles of JCrew dresses!

Post # 14
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5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

You have to know the dress you want on netbride.com

What you can do is go to their website and send them the maker and style number of the dress you are interested in and they will provide you with a price. They do list a number of designers that they work with and you can click on their names and it will pull up each website.I prices out 4-5 dresses. They do seem to be able to get any dress from any designer. I guess it doesn’t hurt to just price out the dresses that you liked.

Before I worked with them I checked them out with Dun and Brandstreet and the Better Business Bureau and they had A+ ratings.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it should be $200 or less.  I do think letting them pick their own shoes (or wear ones they already own) would be nice, especially if they’re spending that much on a dress.  If  you really love the $235 dress, is there a chance your budget could handle the $35 subsidy per girl?

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