Who pays for bridesmaid dress alterations?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 16
5243 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Wow if they have already spent $600 on a dress that you picked and alterations are $300 due to the specific fabric/design that you chose then I think you need to cover alterations.  I actually think it is a little outrageous that you are “in a pickle” over this.  If you are on a budget you should have been more considerate of them in the first place, skip the spa treatments and pay for the alterations.  Expecting bridesmaids to pay almost $1k just for the dress is too much in 99% of circles. 

Post # 17
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I’m in Australia and I paid for my girls’ dresses.  At that price, I would be extremely unhappy if I (as a bridesmaid) had to pay for alterations on top of the already extremely expensive dress.  My girls didn’t need alterations done, but if they had I would have paid.

Post # 21
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

Just to add, I assume that you are talking about Australian dollars rather than US ones, and therefore the $600 you are referring to may not be as much/outside the norm as it initially appears to some of the US bees? What is the average cost of a bridesmaid’s dress in Aus – just for context?

Post # 23
10702 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Really never heard of it?  It’s mentioned very often on these boards. UK brides for instance,  have always paid for their bridesmaids dresses.  US customs don’t prevail world wide you know…..

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Post # 24
1390 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2021

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elderbee :  Of course I realize that. I suppose have not read any of those boards yet. I’ve only been on The Bee 5 months. I have much to learn ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

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