Post # 1
I know the bride isn’t obligated to pay for the bridesmaid dresses, but I wanted to minimize the financial burden on my bridesmaids. So, as part of their gift, I’m paying for the cost of the bridesmaid dresses. My question is, should I also cover for alterations? I asked the girls their sizes prior to ordering the dresses, in order to get as close a fit as possible. But despite that, they still want to get alterations to make the dress shorter/add straps, etc. The dress material is two layers (on the skirt part)–satin underneath with a chiffon overlay, which might make alterations more expensive. Things my bridesmaids have said kind of allude to the idea that they think I’m covering for the alterations too. To be honest, I don’t have enough money to cover for their alterations, but I’m not sure how to ask them to cover for it themselves, or if I am also supposed to pay for alterations if I’m gifting their dress for them. Any thoughts/ideas?
Post # 3
i am gifting my bridemaid dresses to my BMs and they are going to pay for their own alterations. the place I bought my bridesmaid dresses at caps alterations at $75 (which is pretty good for nyc). I just told them they need to pay for their own alterations and they were fine with it, esp since i gifted the dress to them.
i think you just need to communicate the message to them in whatever way you speak to them. For me, I talk to my bridemaids a few times a week on AIM so i just brought it up during one of our convos.
Post # 4
I bought my BMs their dresses, and asked that they cover any alterations that might be necessary themselves. Pick out own shoes, jewelry (if they wanted to wear any), hairstyles, etc…but the dress was on me!
Post # 5
You are being generous to buy the dresses. So, unless the changes are something you specifically asked for (add straps, change from tea to knoww length, etc) then they should be paying for the alterations. If they ask just tell them that you unfortuantly you are unable to cover that cost as well.