(Closed) Pay for bridesmaid dresses in lieu of gift?

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I don’t think its tacky at all. As a bridesmaid, I would want that more than a Bridesmaid or Best Man gift actually! 🙂 good plan!!

Post # 4
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think that’s incredibly generous of you.

If it were me, though, I would appreciate a thoughtful memento of the day as well. Maybe you can get them each frames as well with the intention of putting a picture from the wedding it in of you and each girl? Homegoods and TJ Maxx stores have amazing;y cheap, but beautiful, frames. It won’t cost you more than $10 per girl. Just a thought!

Post # 5
3997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think that’s tacky at all either!  I think its really considerate of you to do.  I don’t think anyone accepts a request to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man just for the swag they get, so the gift isn’t necessarily a big part of the wedding stuff.  I think if you’re more willing to make sure they aren’t burdened financially by getting a dress, it shows more thoughtfulness than maybe just a bracelet or whatever. 

Post # 6
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Personally I love when the bride pays for the dress- it’s an incredibly thoughtful gesture. It’s expensive to be a bridesmaid!

When I was maid of honor in my best friends wedding she bought my dress, and on the day the wedding gifted me a mani/pedi. More than enough.

Post # 7
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Not tacky at all! Particularly lovely since they are flying in town =] Maybe you can pick a generic store like JCrew and let them try on the sizes so they can get what fits locally.

Post # 8
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Great idea – I wish I could afford to do it. How many girls do you have though? I thought the same thing but then all of a sudden I had 8 Bridesmaid or Best Man and buying them gifts will be cheaper.

Post # 9
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t think that is tacky at all. I want a certain look for my wedding, so I am making my girls gowns, their jewelry, hair ornament, and buying their shoes. I only have two though, so it isn’t that bad.

Post # 10
1816 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Sounds like a great idea to me!

Post # 11
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I think it’s a nice thing to do and I don’t think they’ll miss the usual bridesmaid gift at all.

Post # 13
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I would totally rather have my dress paid for than bridesmaid trinkets. I think it’s great you’re thinking about doing this.

Post # 14
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Omg! It’s the best idea ever!

That’s what I did for my bridesmaids and I know that they were super appreciative.

Post # 15
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

as a former bridesmaid (7 times) I would have LOVED to have the costs of my dress offset instead of the pearl necklaces, mongrammed bags, etc.  All were great gifts and I appreciated them (and still use some of them), but several of those times I was a poor college student and not having the dress cost would have been equally appreciated.  I never needed the swag or a trinket to remember my friend’s weddings by, so I think you being exteremely generous with paying for their dresses is a wonderful gift!

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