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Are you paying for your bridesmaids dresses?

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#1 jawedding

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    Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:11 AM


    I'm just wondering how many of you are paying for your bridesmaid's dresses and how many have bridesmaids who are footing the bill? Also - how much do the dresses cost, and how much of a say did your bridesmaids have in your choice?

    My answers:

    Dress costs $175, it was chosen by one of my bridesmaids (who tried on 5 that we chose together, and was REALLY excited about this one)
    Bridesmaids are paying for the dress, I am paying for alterations

    I'm just wondering if I'm doing the wrong thing here.. should I be paying for the dresses? I know there is probably another thread on here, but I couldn't find one with a poll like this and I would really like to know what people think!

    Thanks ladies!! :)
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    #2 JOSIE

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      Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:16 AM

      I think anything goes for DW... Bridesmaids are USED to paying for their dresses, so its not a big deal.

      In my case, I AM paying for their dresses as a gift for how much they are spending to come to my wedding........however I found the dresses at JC Penny for $25 dollars and they all loved them! So it was a win-win :)

      #3 ~Jessica~

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        Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:28 AM

        I am not paying for my bridesmaids dresses. I am still working on finding their dresses but the ones I really like so far are about $200, plus alterations. And it is totally normal for bridesmaids to pay for their dresses. I have never been in a wedding or attended a wedding where the bride bought the dresses. Granted it would be awesome if we could do it, but we just don't have the extra $$. And I have been in two of my bridesmaids weddings where I had to travel across the country plus buy my own dress, so atleast with my friends no one minds covering all the costs themselves. Plus I am getting them pretty rockin gifts and flying to Arizona to spend my bachelorette party with them all before the wedding.

        #4 Jess

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          Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:35 AM

          I wish I could pay for theirs but I have 10 bridesmaids and I would be broke paying for all of them...the dresses range from $200-$300 each and they are footing the bill.

          #5 DarcyJAde

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            Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:50 AM

            I paid for my bridesmaid dresses as a gift. I only have 3 bridesmaids and the dresses were $125 each. I just figured they are spending so much money to travel for my wedding it's the least I could do. Totally not necessary though.

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            #6 FoxyBride

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              Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:52 AM

              I paid for my BMs dresses. I found them at Marshalls' for $40 and I only have 4 plus a jr. BM so it wasn't too bad. Some will need alterations thought that they will be paying for. I am also getting them a gift.

              #7 jawedding

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                Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:54 AM

                thank you all for the input! this makes me feel so much better!
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                #8 chloe55

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                  Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:05 PM

                  I paid for my BM dresses. The main reason was because I didn't want traditional BM dresses and I was having a hard time getting all the girls on the same page. I found an ebay seller that had enough of the dresses we picked out in the right sizes, and they ended up being $100 a piece. The girls are responsible for getting any alterations that may need to be done though.

                  #9 sperger

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                    Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:09 PM

                    Mine are about $200, and I'm very strongly considering it

                    #10 The Mandy in Chandy

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                      Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:14 PM

                      I wish I could pay for mine as well, but I just can't! I've told them all not to get me any wedding present or anything. The dresses I've picked out are about $175. If I have extra money left over I might pay for them anyway, I have 3 bm and 2 jr bm

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