Post # 1
I finally selected a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress last night!! The dress I selected will be a total of $140.00. I checked with my bridal party before I looked at dresses and everyone was pretty much on board except I have one Bridesmaid or Best Man who was looking to stay in the under $100 range. I looked high and low for a dress under $100 and could not find anything that did not look cheap and would look good on everyone’s body type.
I feel bad about this, but I’m having a hard time keeping everyone happy. Should I feel like a bad person for picking this dress? Is $140 “too expensive?”
Post # 3
Originally the dress we picked out was around $80 but that one didn’t end up working out. New dress is $104 and they’re both ok with that. from what I’ve seen under $150 is CHEAP for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress unless you get really lucky. if its really a difficult financial committment for your one Bridesmaid or Best Man, can you maybe pay for part of her dress?
Post # 4
Honestly I think that’s about as low as you can expect to go and still have a well made dress from quality fabric. If she really can’t afford it can you offer to cover the additional $40 for her?
Post # 5
@Legallyblondiebride: I don’t think $140 is “too expensive,” but I would consider anything $150 or over to be pretty pricey. IMO $200 or up is too expensive, unless everyone agrees on the price in advance.
In reality though if I were a bridesmaid I would hope to not have to spend any more than $120.
Post # 6
My girls’ dresses were $180, but my mom put $50 down for everyone and there was a sale, so they ended up being $120 for them. I think $140 is fine, it’s really not a bad price!
Post # 8
I think $140 is fine, in my opinion. I think my sister’s are around $160-$180ish.
Mine ranged from like $90-$120 because I picked a color at David’s and let the girls pick their own. Some were on sale and such.
Post # 9
I think $140 is fine. It is hard to find something under $100. Maybe offer to pay the difference for that one girl.
Post # 10
$140 sounds good to me! the ones i chose were $80 and i bought them myself but $140 is definitely reasonable
Post # 11
I wanted to keep them under $200, but of our top 5 or so picks, many of them were slightly above that. We really had a hard time find dresses we liked below the 200ish range. In the end, we ended up going with a dress that wasn’t in our original top picks, but was grabbed for the colour when we were trying to pick between 2 dresses. On the hanger, it was ugly, but on, if we gathered a little area we actually really liked it. I think it was the cheapest out of everything we liked, but it was probably about $175.
To go cheaper I think we would have had to have gone to a non-bridal store, and then you have trouble with colour selection and run the risk of someone having the same dress.
Post # 12
The dress my friend picked out was $150 and I was ok with that because we weren’t going to have to buy anything else. She recently dropped the bomb that she wants matching shoes (previously she didn’t care) and all the one’s she’s found are $75….I’m less than thrilled since I have plenty of silver satin shoes and no need for more. She says she’s paying for them but I feel bad letting her.
If you’re doing long dresses, definitely let them wear whatever shoes they want. Maybe find a style that can be hemmed into a nice cocktail dress??
Post # 14
I think $140 is pretty normal. I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses. Partially so they could save money and also so they could wear them again. Even though it’s so easy to find a little black dress for under $100, I was surprised that some of them spent much more than that. I think my dress for my sister’s wedding was around $180 (and it was awful!).
Post # 15
I haven’t selected mine yet (narrowed it down though). But my friend ordered ours from Spiegel catalog. She was really thinking of all us (budget reasons) but was SUPER nice of her. I have to say, they were REALLY nice. Detachable train, so you could actually wear it again to a cocktail party or even a guest at a wedding. I thought it was great.
Post # 16
@Legallyblondiebride: In general, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are really overpriced, but $140 sounds really reasonable. Under $100 usually happens when a bride is willing to shop in store and find the true deals, but it gets so hard to find. I think you’ve done great! And with only one “unhappy” bridesmaid? That’s a pretty good feat right there if you ask me.