(Closed) How much is too much for bridesmaids dresses? Where to find cheaper dresses?

posted 10 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Davids Bridal…most dresses are under $150

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My girls both ended up buying their dresses at JcPennies & H&M…  both for around $30! 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lorelai:  The guidelines on this site say that if brides want specific accessories for the bridesmaids, the brides foot the bill.  I tend to think of shoes as accessories.  They won’t be immediately noticeable to any of the guests (and all my bridesmaids are in short dresses), and the only reason I’d put them all in the same shoe would be for a shoe pic or something like that, that I, the bride, really want. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

@futuremrsfitz18:  I suppose it could be interpreted in different ways. I know many people who consider shoes to be an important part of an outfit – sometimes THE most important part of the outfit (I’m not necessarily in that boat, though).

I essentially also wanted to hear if others had heard about this, but if I want to explore it further I’ll create a post since I don’t want to further thread-jack OP’s thread!

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was in a wedding recently and my dress was $350! I think thats absolutley rediculous for a dress that I can/will only wear once. The Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses for my wedding ranged from $130-$180–they got to chose their own gown

 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am in the camp that I feel it depends on other factors (whether you can expect BMs to pay for shoes of your choice or not). If I chose a dress that maxed out the budget we felt comfortable with (for me this would probably be $120, but for others it may be $250 or $300), I would not ask them to buy shoes. If I picked $60 dresses, and found shoes I loved that were $25, I might ask them if they’d be ok buying the shoes, and, if they agreed, I’d ask them to purchase them.

These are just hypothetical situations, and I think it varies based on your group and what’s normal in your circle.

Personally, for my own wedding, I just gave my BMs a color swatch, so they could choose a dress that fit their budget. If they want to spend $350 and have a quality dress they can wear again, that’s their prerogative. If they find a $20 dress at Target, that’s fine, too. For shoes, I really like the idea of nude shoes (their dresses are charcoal), but I have a feeling several of my BMs don’t own nude shoes, so I may go with black. I’m also considering giving them a budget and letting them choose a pair of nude shoes that I will purchase for them, but I’m not 100% set on this.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh, and to answer the OP: acceptable cost for dresses is relative. If one of your BMs says it’s too much, then it’s too much.

Two of my BMs have purchased dresses so far, one at JCrew for $60, one at DB for $80.

If you want something in a lower price range, I might try a department store like Macys, Dillards, JCPenny, or Sears. They all have a pretty decent selection online.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with PP’s the the cost is subjective, everyone should agree on it. If you really like the smashing colour check out the other dessy lines, Alfred Sung has some nice ones and you can find some great deals on them. I used http://www.perfectbridal.com/ for my bridesmaids dresses, we got Alfred Sung D439’s there for $120 and it was $220 in store.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would be willing to pay that much for a dress depending on the other costs involved with the wedding. If I could wear my own shoes and maybe do my own hair or makeup then I would definitely be ok with paying a little more for the dress. But I do agree that everyone needs to be in agreement over the price of the dress! Keep looking and if you don’t find anything else then maybe think about how you can cut down their costs for money spent on other things such as shoes, hair, makeup, etc. so you can get the more expensive dress! 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Since I have a specific color tone in mind, I am paying for my BMs dresses.  I don’t want them to shell out money for my wedding.  Shoes I don’t care if they need to be the same, so we will discuss a color that eveyone has in their closet later.

My wedding is going to be informal and I have 5 BMs so cost can add up with tax.  So I don’t just look for bridesmaid which usually is $120.00+. 

I got mine on sale from Macys and it was only less than 25.00.  It was a cotton casual dress but I am sure they can re-wear this dress later on for sure. 

 

If you are on a tight budget and you don’t mind not having traditional-type bridesmaid dress.  You should check out department stores, especially after season sale.  My Girlfriend bought her BMs dress from Banana Republic clearance sale.  It was only 35 dollars each.  Beautiful dress for HI destination wedding. 

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We found dresses for my Bridesmaid or Best Man at David’s Bridal for 110.00.  It works for all girls (different heights and shapes) and color is perfect! We did add a sash with three cute flowers so that added 30.00 to the total

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I ordered my wedding dress and bridesmaids dress on Netbride.  No complaints here!

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Target has a  bridesmaid dress line, they are all $70

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

oh wow I didn’t realize all these different options. I’m afraid to look after already ordering mine tho! lol But I too got a great deal on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses! I went with dressilyme.com and for the girls to get a custom sized dress and a beautiful matching jacket it totaled to $150!

I also just told them to find white shoes, any style they wanted.

Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think that’s a pretty average price! Especially if they genuinely like them and helped pick them out.  I wouldn’t want a dress I didn’t like even if it was only $20 vs I would rather spend $300 for a dress I loved.

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