(Closed) What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a BM dress … AKA … is my FI crazy?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

hmmm honestly love? Im expecting my BMs to pay what I did- (if at all possible!) 99-150, or 160 TOPS.

We all have debt, one is unemployed, and I might be a grad student- in the end, money has to be saved πŸ˜›

but if I had an above minimum wage job at say 12 bucks an hour? yeah I would pay like 200 bucks…but honestly, thats about it.

I think I might be a very cheap bride/person lol.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wow, that is a lot of money… As lovely as they are, maybe it’s worth trying to find cheaper alternatives. I’m actually paying for my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses ($275 each but I’m only having two) as I feel they shouldn’t pay for being my BMs! They’re doing me a favour so it’s my way of thanking them. To be very honest, I’d be a bit annoyed to be expected to pay more than $300.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

That dress is gorgeous, but if a bride asked me to fork over $700 for a dress i’d wear once (and yes, i’d only wear it once because i don’t ever wear dresses) i’d have to back out of being a bridesmaid.  Perhaps you can find someone to make a cheaper knock-off if your heart is set on it?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well price is not a problem so long as you’re shouldering the expenses for the dresses, otherwise it might be a good idea to take into account your bridesmaids’ financial situation.  I’ve been a bridesmaid at least 13 times and 12 of those times, the bride paid for the dresses – the one time I paid, the dress was $200.  All 13 brides told me that you can re-wear the dress and they were all full of BS!  I’ve never ever worn a bridesmaid dress again.  They probably might have chosen to wear the dress again themselves but keep in mind everyone’s taste and style is very different.  Being bestowed the “honor” of being a bridesmaid is certainly pricey and as brides, we need to be very considerate of that.  It’s an honor, not a invitation to drain someone’s bank account.  I’m not saying that you’d do that, but I’ve witnessed enough girls go overboard with their expectations from their bridesmaids.  If you and your fiance really like the dresses but find they’re quite pricey, why not try and get a seamstress who can recreate the dress at a lower cost.  Happy planning πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you are paying for their dresses it is not an issue.

If you are expecting them to pay $700, I think that is an issue. That is way too big an ask!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

definitely recreate or foot the bill, let your fiance know that he must be willing to take that money out of the budget to make the BMs wear that, it would be rude to ask someone if they thought that was acceptable.

another way you could get a general idea might be to talk about the dresses and ask what the crazy highest number they could afford would be or what they would like to keep it under. 

 

good luck…this is why my man gets a few picks but the budget was all set by my family so no fights on that one

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@WineAndCupcakes: 700?! *faints*

Im with the PPs- recreate or change things up and find dresses your BMS can afford

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I spent between $40 to $60 for my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. It’s been 2 years since I was in a wedding where I footed the bill, so I can’t remember exactly.

Honestly? It’s a nice dress, but $700 is a bit much. I can’t imagine where else I would wear a dress like that so I wouldn’t be able to justify the pricetag. I second the searching for cheaper versions suggestion.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

hahahahahahahha!!

$700???

 

tha’s more than alot of BRIDAL gowns.

 

don’t mean to sound rude… it’s just… well, it’s ridiculous.

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