(Closed) Why are bridesmaid’s dresses so expensive?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I got my BMs dresses from the Dessy After Six line and they were $135. They were really nice quality (I bought the same dress in a pattern for myself), have tons of color and style options, and were affordable.

EDITED TO ADD: With Dessy, order them from an online vendor instead of a bridal store.  The cheapest a bridal store could sell me the exact same dresses was $185 (and that was with an extra discount for buying all six dresses from the same store at the same time).  We bought them online for $135.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Lightinthebox.com a lot of their stuff is under $100 but the colors are NOT what you think they will be. I ordered burgundy and got red. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i agree that the dresses are pricey… when i had to get a bm dress from db i just called around to see if any were on the racks at a discount….found one that was $50 less in my size but it still ended up being around the same price your looking for….

for my bms, i’m just gonna ask them to pick out a black cocktail dress…we’ll probly go shopping together to make sure the blacks aren’t too far off from each others…

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I totally went non-traditonal and got my bridesmaids dress from Mod Cloth. They have free returns and exchanges so it was easy for all (SIX) of my bridesmaids to try on dresses and get the right size… and they definitely got dresses they would wear again.

http://www.shopRuche.com also does some great dresses for budget bride. If you feel the need to go a more traditional route you may want to try J.Crew sales/factory outlets.

Good luck!!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got mine for the Outlet section of the DB website.  4 dresses for $39 each.  The selection is very limited and all sales are final, but it is very helpful for those like us who don’t want to force the BMs to pay an obscene amount of money for a dress for one day.  These were so cheap we just paid for them ourselves.  the BMs are all appreciative.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

the jcrew Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses go on sale periodically. i’d also look around at non-traditional Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. i’m having all my girls pick out their own dress in black so they can choose how much to spend. i’m just giving them a length and a couple fabrics to choose from.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

This depends on where you and your bridesmaids live, but I had a seamstress make the dresses from photographs of other dresses. We provided the fabric and she charged like 30 bucks for each dress (we tipped 15/dress because that price was insane). We asked around a lot to find this woman, but it was worth it.

The dresses weren’t crap either — they were fully lined!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@KaitlinHudson: did you have good luck with them? i found a dress on there i love and want my bms to wear but i am terrified to ask them to order from them given their dresses are made in china and i have heard horror stories about it. Though Lightinthbox has pretty good reviews from what i’ve read. Im getting Black Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses so i dont know if they can really mess the color up.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used netbride.com and loved them. The dresses were $236 in store and $150 through net bride.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My bridesmaids bought their dresses from Jcrew and they were $130. I would also look at places like Nordstrom, Dilalrds and Macy’s for bridesmaids dresses.

Oh and about david’s bridal. I paid $160 for a bridesmaid dress from there this summer which really annoyed me. The dress is cheaply made and not worth the price!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Because the word “bridesmaid” is infront of it. It is a title that comes with a price tag. Go look for similar dresses that aren’t specifically called Bridesmaid dresses and you will find MUCH cheaper versions of the same thing.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We used perfectbridal.com for the Bill Levkoff dresses and they were $120 as opposed to $180 in the salon. It was free shipping if they all went to one address and $20 extra for each additional dress. I had all but 2 shipped to me and covered the $20 for my SILs who live in Atlanta to get their dresses separately. They were easy to work with, no complaints!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I just look on JCrew and Ann Taylor clearance sales. They are not your typical bridesmaid dress a la DB but they are good nonetheless. I sometimes see silk dresses for less than $70!!

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