(Closed) When a MOH is no longer your MOH…..

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll:
    You should give her the $50.00 and get the dress back. : (12 votes)
    50 %
    She should give you your $50.00 back and just keep the dress (both dresses) : (12 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
    42 posts
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Tricky… hmmm I have had friends like this before and sometimes cutting your losses is the best way to be rid of the drama and aggrevation your whole relationship has caused.

    Can you order a new dress for your new MOH?

    Does she tend to be spiteful?

    I ask because you may just want to throw her the 50 and be on with it. If she is bitter she may due damage to the dress and when you get it your out the 100 and still need to get a new dress.

    Sorry if this sounds not highly of her as I do not know her or much of your situation, but things to consider.

    Regardless you need to call her and end it. think band aid!

    Sorry for this stress, thats never fun. Good luck and I hope it all turns out ok! Keep us posted!

    Post # 4
    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Sounds like a situation where you’ll look back in a few years and be glad you were the bigger person and did the right thing.  I’d give her the $50 and get the dress back, I’m sure it would feel better right now to leave her stuck with the dress, but its the right thing to do.  

    Post # 5
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    If your new Maid/Matron of Honor needs a dress and can fit/have it altered to fit, I’d say give her the 50$ and get the dress. But otherwise, if you’re not talking to her and she’s already been using you, just keep ignoring her. She gets to keep the dresses, anyways.

    Post # 7
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would say ask for the bridesmaids dress back and tell her she can keep the other dress, no money exchanging hands.

    Post # 10
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    She is in possession of both dresses?  If so, I’d just let her keep them and keep your money and call it a day.  She could sell her dress on Ebay or consign it if it’s not “wearable” (some bridesmaids dresses do not translate to real life) or she could wear them.  I’d have my plan ready for when she calls though.  I can’t see her taking you to small claims court over $50, but stranger things have occurred.  Maybe think of 2 options so if she doesn’t go with the first, you can say, ok, give me the dresses and I’ll give you the $50.  Then you sell the dress on Ebay.

    Post # 11
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    If you kicked her out (no matter her actions), you have to pay her for the dress but only if you get it back.  If she stepped down, then you would not have to pay her back.  I actually saw it on a Judge Judy.  The Bridesmaid or Best Man sued the bride because she bought a dress and the bride cancelled the big wedding.  The judge said the bride owed the money but would take possession of the dress.  You could probably ask for the rehearsal dress back as well.  It was bought with the intent of wearing it to the rehearsal.

    It’s the same with an engagement ring.  The engagement ring is bought with the “contract” of marriage.  If there marriage does not take place, the ring is given back to purchaser.

    Personally, unless you need to to get her out of your life, I would not offer the money back.  But if she keeps bugging you, I would pay it and then sell the dresses yourself.

    Post # 12
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Like you, I have a “head” reaction and a “heart” reaction.  My head says that since she paid $50 toward the dress and now she has been kicked out of your wedding and likely can’t use the dress for any other purpose, you should pay her the $50.00 and get the dress back and just try to recoop whatever you can by selling it on Ebay.  Technically you booted her out, so it’s only fair to return her to the way she was before you asked her (she had her $50 and no dress).  You can’t really factor in the rehearsal dress because it was a gift and there was no discussion that she owed your the $$ or you expected to be paid back.  You can’t convert it from a gift to a loan simply because things went sour.

    My heart reaction is that you already lost a ton of money in this situation between the rehearsal dress purchase and the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress contribution.  She’s been a poor friend (pun intended haha!), she’s used you, and she has caused you enough stress.  Why continue to pay for her??  You’ve lost enough money and all she’s losing is $50?  That’s fair and she should be grateful for all those times that you paid her way!

    My compromise: Call her back.  See what she wants.  Maybe she wants to apologize and it isn’t even about the money.  If it IS about the money, do some haggling.  Start out by reminding her that you bought her that rehearsal dress and paid for half of the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.  She can keep both dresses and you’ll call it even.  If she’s a decent human being then she’ll agree.  If she gets mad and demands her $50 back, tell her you will need the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress back and then just give it to her.  That way you can just cut all ties and be done with it.

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