(Closed) Who pays for alterations made to the bridesmaids dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

You are not expected to pay for any of it–bridesmaids usually pay for their own dresses, alterations and shoes. But it was really nice of you to do, and I am sure that they appreciate it very much. I think it’s fine to let them take care of their own alterations and shoes.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yeah it’s totally ok for them to pay for alterations since you paid for their dresses already!  Also, it might be a different $ for each girl, or some of them won’t need alterations (so it should be up to each person)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i think that you can let them pay for alterations since you already got the dress for them, that’s very sweet of you! usually the bridesmaids pay for their own dresses…that’s awesome that you could do that for them=)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That was very generous of you to pay for their dresses! Generally bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own dresses, shoes, and alterations so I think it’s fine to expect them to pay for their own alterations and shoes!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Since they generally pay for their dresses, your gift to them is enough

BUT

I will warn you.  If someone had ordered me a dress a few sizes too big on purpose and then I ended up footing a rather large alternation bill b/c they ordered it way too big b/c they were worried that a dress runs too small I would not be a happy camper.

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I was recently a Bridesmaid or Best Man for my best friends wedding and we paid $250 for our dresses and I paid an additional $20 for the bridal shop to take my straps up. Luckily for me I didn’t need mine taken in cos the two other girls were charged $40 for getting their straps taken up and their dresses taken in. We also paid for our own shoes, jewellery, hair & make-up etc. That’s so nice of you to pay for your BM’s dresses!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do you think the gals would ask you to pay for them, or assume that you will? 

It is possible that you could offer and some of the gals would insist on not sending you the receipts. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a few weddings and no one offered to pay for the dress or alterations.  The last wedding I was in cost me almost $500 for dress, alterations, shoes and hair!  I think it’s extremely generous of you to pay for their dresses so they should be able to take care of alterations.

Post # 11
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Newbee

That is very generous of you.  I think that they should pay for their own alterations and shoes.   But, maybe just have them wear silver, gold, or some other color that they could easily rewear.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mine are paying for their alterations. And they had to pay for part of their dress! But i am buying their shoes 🙂

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