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

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 18
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i also used netbride.com when i was a bridesmaid. In store price was over $100 and we got them for $80. it was more with shipping, but then we had them to delivered to one of our houses and so by splitting the shipping fees it was a lot cheaper. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

When I was looking I found a lot of very pretty options online at stores like Nordstrom  – nordstrom.com – well worth checking out!

I wound up going with Alfred Angelo dresses and they ranged between $110-150 so not terrible (but I agree, a bit much for a one-time-wear…)

Post # 20
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6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Because designers know you will take the path of least resistance and are only a 1 time customer! Every Bridesmaid or Best Man dress I’ve had to buy has been over $200, but I picked out a priscilla of boston dress for my girls that was only $159 (before tax). They will never wear them again, but at least they were flattering and good quality!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

I got mine at Nordstrom for less than $100.  And then a couple of them were in certain sizes were on sale and ended up getting them for $60. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are 135 from Davids and i still think thats pricey considering they are a very simply knee-length strapless dress with not bells and whistles. That dress would normally cost 40-60 dollars in a regular store but the only problem is regular stores dont have the right color I want. I agree with pp that they know brides will choose the path of least resistance. because its convenient to order from a bridal store than to attempt to just buy a regular dress for several women and get it all in the same color and right size.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a friend that got her bridesmaids dresses at Target for $20. Don’t feel limited by “bridal” shops. Pick a dress you like someplace cheaper if that is what works for you. I think the bridal shops are overpriced for what they offer anyways.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@kfricke89: I agree. Anything wedding related jacks the price up.

I went to a Le Chateau outlet store and the girls got their dresses for $30 or $40, shoes were $30. I didn’t want super formal Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, so that also helped with the price point.

Post # 25
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I ordered mine online at hiphopboutique which was a gamble. Once I recived them I was very happy they were perfect and only need to be taken up as they are made for 6 ft models lol. they were black and white long dresses for $89

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used netbride.com 

I ordered Alfed Sung D447.  Quoted anywhere from 179-220 in bridal stores, but $120 each including taxes and shipping to Canada online.

Post # 27
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Snowy414: I ordered mine from here: http://www.bridesmaids.com/as6553.html (looks like they’re even slightly less now than when I bought them!).  But I’d say you best bet with Dessy is to google the model number you like and it will pull up all the online stores that sell it.  Then you can compare prices that way.  The site that was cheapest with my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses might not be cheapest with yours! 🙂

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