(Closed) How much is too much for bridesmaid dresses?

posted 10 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

i going to be a bridesmaid this May and i’m still in college…we’re paying 125 for the dress, and i’m not going to lie, anything over about 150 would be a bit too much for me.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I think $250 for ppl who are still in college and/or traveling is kinda steep.  Maybe if you love them, you can help supplement the costs.  Don’t forget, they will also need to get the dresses altered which is another cost.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just graduated, and my gals are either grad students or just starting out on their own.  Since they have to travel across country to my wedding, I’m trying to be budget friendly.  I made a limit of $150, and we’re looking for dresses that fit them well off the rack w/o alterations.

I think $250 is average, but if you’re trying to be budget friendly I’d say ask them what they feel comfortable with.  From there try to find a dress that fits them off the rack, or subtract like $50 for alterations money and go from there. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Unless you are the one paying for it I think it is way too much.
I almost bought Jessica Mc Clintocks dresses for 200USD each until I found out about this great sale at Ann Taylor. Now I have found a bargain and I paid for each dress (silk) only 45 bucks! Plus it fits my color scheme. Couldn’t be any happier. Why don’t you find a local seamstress that could copy your dress but charges less for each dress?
You could for example offer to pay for the fabric while the bridesmaid cover the labor. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Count me in as another "nothing over $150" girl. Especially since some dresses will need alterations, and they’re really not going to wear it again more than once, if that.

I don’t think $250 is average at all– I’d be downright horrified at having to pay that much for a dress I didn’t pick myself for a specific occasion.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Oh ErinSea I love JCrew Bridesmaid Dresses too! Luckily the color I needed was charcoal so I waited until they started showing the spring/summer colors and called them  I got all my girls dresses for $60 each! Originally $195.00  check it out  maybe if you get a color that isnt going to roll over into next season and depending on when your wedding is? Just a suggestion! Good Luck!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would say $150 is the max for most… I’m trying to keep mine under $100.  I know a lot of brides try to justify the cost of the dress by saying, "But I’m choosing a style the girls would wear again after the wedding!"  9/10 times that won’t be happening.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I make pretty good money, and I still sort of choke at $250 for a dress…  when I need a party dress, I usually do Nordstrom, where you can get some really nice things for around $150 – $160.  There is no way I would have ever had that kind of money in college!!

Ditto the wear again thing…  my sister tried that, and while my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress from her wedding is really nice (and undoubtedly something that SHE would wear again) I have not worn it since.  It’s a really nice dress – it’s just not my style. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I think $150 is max what you should expect someone to spend to be in your wedding. It’s not that they probably wouldn’t spend more than that on a dress – but you are picking out the color and style and it is most likely not exactally what they would pick themselves.

If you find an expensive one that you REALLY like, you may want to top it up for whatever it is over $150.

My bridesmaid dresses were $79 at Anne Taylor. I paid for them myself as the girls are doing more than enough for me through helping with DIY wedding projects.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I am definitely in the $150 max, $100 is even better category. I am fresh out of grad school (and not earning a whole lot still) as are most of my friends. Even for my own special occasions, I spend less than $100 for a dress (but I’m a huge bargain shopper and it would still be a nice brand/designer if I could help it!), so I would have a hard time asking my girls to spend more on something for MY event. You can always ask them (individually, privately), it sounds like a lot of people here on WB were surprised by their maids being happy to spend that much…

 

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

$250 is too much- sorry for the bad news . . . If you can afford to pitch in then it is not too much, but otherwise I agree with the ladies above- $150 max.  You can find discounted dresses on nordstrom.com for about $100 and have the ladies get them tailored if their sizes are not available.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I had the same thoughts about my bridesmaids dresses. They were about 270$ (not including the alterations- OUCH!) but I LOVED them and I also made sure my bridesmaids loved them and was a dress they could use for other ocassions (thats the only way i will make them pay for a dress so expensive)..Anyway I consider each case individually and help the ones that I know needed the money the most by paying for half of their dresses.

Hope this helps. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Believe it or not, my friend found her bridesmaid’s dresses at Forever 21.  They were $11.50.  I was very skeptical when she told me about this, but then she showed me the dresses in person and they are actually SUPER cute.  They are a little on the shorter side, but they will still work perfectly for the occasion.  It’s not a bad idea to check out stores like that that you would never think would have what you are looking for!!  I know that wouldn’t work for everyone, however.  It’s hard to set a limit because each case is different.  When I get married, my bridesmaids will all have been out of college for at least 4 years and have steady jobs, so I could probably ask them to get something a little more pricey.  If your bridesmaids are still in college or can’t afford a pricier dress, then definitely consider cheaper options.

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