(Closed) How much is too much for a bridesmaid to pay?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i guess it just depends on the bridesmaids budget. you should speak with them and ask if its too much for them because what one bridesmaid may be fine with, another may not. and then you can pay the difference 🙂 i personally dont think that 180 is TOO much as you said they run from 150-200$ my bridesmaids paid $153 for their dress and it was about $170 with tax, they all were ok with that, so i guess it just depends 🙂

Post # 4
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i agree with pp, i personally am trying to keep everything under 200 for my ladies, but it all depends on their budget. I would have a hard time paying that as a Bridesmaid or Best Man but that is only because i am a broke college student lol

Post # 5
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It depends on their financial ability, but I’d say $200 and under is normal. 

Post # 6
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I agree with the PP that $200 or so seems to be the norm. That is the budget I told my BMs months before I chose and was able to stick within the budget without a problem.


Post # 7
4429 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@mattsgirl813:  as a past bridesmaid a few times over i would think not to exeed $300.00 with alterations. ive always paid with alterations around $300 total. not including shoes and jewelery.

im not eceeding $200 for my bridesmaids dresses im trying to stay in the $150 range and pick something they can wear again.


Post # 8
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think its different for everyone, the best thing to do is talk to each of your bridesmaid and ask them what their max budget is, and work with those numbers.

Post # 10
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The only wedding I was in as a bridesmaid set me back about 170, taxes included! I thought that was pretty average.  For my own wedding, all my BMs are going to be wearing mismatched/different colour dresses, and I want them to have something that they can wear again. I’m hoping that they won’t cost more than 150. I definitely wouldn’t ask them to get anything over 180, if that was the case I think I would offer to pitch in a little!  Most gals are pretty understanding of paying that amount.

Post # 11
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

it depends i guess, My bridesmaids dresses are $250 reduced down from $455 (which they were happy to pay) but that price is normal where i live.

Also one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man is my sister and is married to a very wealthy man and would have no problems paying the $250. The other Bridesmaid or Best Man, my best friend is a 19yo single mum who lives with her parents and $250 is alot to her, so of course i offered

Post # 12
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wedding 1 I was in was $220 (I was in college)

Wedding 2 was $180 (still needs alterations,  but am trying to talk my mom into doing them because I have shelled out over $500 for other “bridesmaids tasks”)

My wedding the dress was 170 + any alterations (not sure how much those were)


Post # 13
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m trying to keep mine under $100. Even with it being under $100, I still feel guilty having them purchase a dress that they will only wear once. :

Post # 14
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

And from the poor side of the bee….I would say it’s too much but that’s because I cannot afford it. Our Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are under $100 for that reason. 

Post # 15
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine were $180 but my mom paid a portion of them and with the discount they ended up being $120 for each girl, and I definitely felt guilty. I think it helps to just remember that you wouldn’t mind paying that much to be in someone else’s wedding. It just sucks making other people spend money on your behalf :). In the weddings I’ve been in lately, I’ve always asked the bride to keep it under $200 definitely, but under $180 preferably. It seems like a good cut-off number!

Post # 16
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

wow reading other PP is making me feel like a complete b*tch 🙁

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