(Closed) How much was your BM’s dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How much was your BM dress
    $500 and up : (3 votes)
    2 %
    $400-$300 : (10 votes)
    6 %
    $200-$100 : (109 votes)
    70 %
    $100-$50 : (24 votes)
    15 %
    $50 or less : (10 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
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    2459 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I am buying their dresses ($300 ea.), paying for their hair and makeup, they are buying their own shoes and accessories.

    Post # 5
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    411 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
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    1250 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
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    2463 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
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    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
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    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @ejs – that’s so cool that your mom was able to sew the dresses!  Can I see a picture?

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
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    650 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    our were 56 bucks. 🙂  got them at Macys and the girls LOVE them and totally reusable.

    Post # 13
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    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
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    202 posts
    Helper bee

    @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
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    4547 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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.

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