(Closed) is BM dress cost worth it?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 61
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ve actually reworn the two Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I’ve had.  I think a lot of it has to do with whether someone goes to more formal events or not.  One I wore to a formal school event.  Another was to another wedding.  I had the opportunity to wear them again.  Without those, I probably wouldn’t have reworn them.

Post # 62
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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skeltonbird:  I would really love to know — how did your ordering the convertible dresses through Etsy work out (I’m so jealous — $60 is such a steal! Were they for long dresses?)? I love convertible dresses myself, and since my bridal party ladies all have very different styles, it seemed to be the best route. I almost did the Etsy thing, but in the end we went with Jenny Yoo Aidan (at a discount, around $240 – more than I really felt comfortable asking people to pay, but I didn’t get much pushback.). The girls all seem to be happy with this choice, but I do wonder if we could have saved significant money going the Etsy route. 

Post # 64
4889 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I shopped around at different bridal salons who carried the brand/color that I wanted in order to see what the price difference was. They’re long dresses, so I knew that they would be a little bit more than what most short dresses were. One store had them at $209, and another (who we’re ordering through) had them between $140-$160. I have told them the color and fabric that they should look for, but the style is up to them so that they’re comfortable. Neither (I only have 2) have complained about having to pay, as we’re all older and have the money.

I am not requiring that they wear the same shoes, so they can wear whatever they want since the dresses are long and no one will really see the shoes anyway.

Post # 65
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

My BMs wore designer dresses that cost about $250 or $275 I think.  I can’t really remember.  They all agreed on the style so no one was wearing something that they didn’t feel comfortable in.  They all loved the dress and told me they were willing to pay that much.  I offered to help if they couldn’t afford it but no one took me up on the offer.

Post # 66
1113 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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chica95110:  I stood in a wedding for which my dress cost 400.00, that was before alterations and not including all of the costs I incurred for travel etc. 

Because of that experience I made the personal choice to ask my girls to wear any black dress they liked. If they already owned a great little black dress, even better. But I wasn’t a stickler for matching bridal party. We had a small wedding in a restaurant, and my main concern was that my bridal party have a good time. So for the girls (only two) any little black dress and red shoes, and for the guys, any black suit, with a black shirt and we provided the ties. 

I personally don’t think 200 is too much for a dress, but a dress that can only be worn once… maybe. It all depends on everyone’s budgets, and how many other expenses they are incurring for your wedding I would say. 

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