Post # 1
What is too expensive for Maid/Matron of Honor, or Bridesmaid or Best Man dress?
My girls are payed $200 dollars a dress.. I think its kind of expensive knowing that they still will need to buy shoes, jewerly, do their nails, make up and hair..ouch..
How much did your girls spend on their dridesmaid dress??
Post # 3
i tried to make it as inexpensive as possible in that i have bridesmaids that dont have jobs and are fresh out of college along with a few with established well paying careers.
ours ended up being about $109 per dress – dessy dresses purchased from perfect bridal
Post # 4
I am buying their dresses ($300 ea.), paying for their hair and makeup, they are buying their own shoes and accessories.
Post # 5
I, too, tried to make it as inexpensive as possible for my girls. I was a bridesmaid twice in the past and did not appreciate having to pay over $200 for a dress I didn’t choose.
However, my girls didn’t like any of the cheap dresses under $100 that I selected for them, so they insisted that they’d prefer to pay anything up to $250. We ended up going with a Calvin Klein number from Nordstrom. As soon as I emailed them a pic of the dress they all loved it and was more than happy with the price ($220.)
Post # 6
Gah, $500 and up? Yikes. I priced out the dresses I wanted ($330–chinese laundry) and my mom sewed them for the girls–they came up to $25 apiece. Seeing as how we used bridal material and nobody knew they were homemade, well…..$200 just seems like insanity if you’re a smidge creative and have some time on your hands =]
They got to pick out their own shoes/accessories and makeup and hair wasn’t a major expense (we went to Nordstroms and everybody bought stuff instead) because I paid my SIL and tipped her coworker so I paid like $150 to get 8 people’s hair done.
Post # 7
Mine paid $150, but a couple of them were able to get their dresses on sale for $40 (they all had a choice of 3 dresses from Davids Bridal.)
Post # 8
i asked my (7) girls how much they were willing to spend before looking–all but 2 said something above $300 or “whatever it costs.” the dresses i, moh, and fsil bridesmaid picked out were about $280+shipping and tax, so about $300. for the 2 girls that said $200 was their limit, i offered to split or pay for whatever came above $200. they were really totally happy about that. everyone has said that they love the dress and it’ll be rewearable–they got to choose from 3 dresses that all have the same designer/fabric/color/general style (one was strapless, one has straps). they can wear whatever black shoes they want, and i’m buying them part of their jewelry, and i don’t care about professional hair/makeup…
Post # 9
My bridesmaids dresses came out to $206 plus a $30 surcharge for the 2 plus size girls. I told them that I’d pay for anything over $200. I’m paying the plus size charge for the 2 girls since I think it’s ridiculous. I’m letting them wear whatever shoes and accessories they want.
Post # 10
@ejs – that’s so cool that your mom was able to sew the dresses! Can I see a picture?
Post # 11
I think a dress being expensive vs. inexpensive is relative to your girls situation. My number one criteria in finding a dress was that it was affordable, which, in keeping my BM’s in mind, was something around $150 or less. Most of my BM’s aren’t that financially stable and I didn’t want my wedding to be a hardship. The other criteria was that the dress was purple. So, I just stuck with David’s Bridal. That way all of the girls could go there on their own time. The dress was $120, its not at all formal but its purple and reasonably prices. And they say its comfy.
Post # 12
our were 56 bucks. 🙂 got them at Macys and the girls LOVE them and totally reusable.
Post # 13
Our bridesmaid dresses were originally $135 but since I bought my dress there, it knocked them down to $115.
I’ve paid between $100 and $165 for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress in the past and unless the dress was totally gorgeous and I could wear it again, I would be annoyed to pay over $200. But you know your girls and I know this is different in every social circle. If you really feel uncomfortable, you could offer to pay for the cost of alterations or shoes.
Post # 14
@ejs4y8 – what a great idea to pick out what you like and have someone sew it. I have a Mother-In-Law who is very handy with sewing talent and a small bridal party. I wonder if that would work for me. Thanks for sharing the idea!
Post # 15
Our were $100, the sash was $15, the peekaboo skirt was $25, and I believe the shoes were $40. I bought all their jewelery so they spent under $200
Post # 16
I have poor college age and younger BMs, so I was hoping to keep it at $100, but I gave my 2 MOHs pretty much complete reign over which dresses they wanted (with my opinion, of course, and some “I’d like to sees”) and they ended up picking out a beautiful $170 (with a discount) dress. It was more than I would have preferred, but I figured since they picked them out that would be fair, and I’ll be taking care of their hair. Plus I’m letting them wear whatever black shoes they already own.