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Are you paying for your bridesmaids dresses?

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#161 murmel

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:03 AM

I think it's a personal decision and also a cost factor. If you can afford to buy the bridemaids dresses because they are travelling down for your wedding, I think that's a wonderful token of appreciation. We wanted a fairly casual wedding, so my bridemaids are wearing nice summer dresses. I have 3 girls standing for me, and the dresses were $50 each.

But I have also stood in a number of weddings, and it's been about a 50/50 split as to me paying or the bride paying for the bridesmaid dresses. Just make sure you feel comfortable with your decision....and don't expect the bridesmaids to spend more than about $200 for a dress (since most times they still need alterations, another $50-100).

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#162 JesseLyn10

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    Posted 03 July 2010 - 11:15 AM

    My future mother in law is a seamstress and is making all the dresses (MOH, BM, FG). I bought their shoes and parasols for the ceremony, wrist corsages for ceremony, and paying for their hair and makeup. I also made them silver linked bracelets and bought earrings for them. For the flower girls, they have bracelets and I bought them hair clips for the ceremony.

    #163 LChavez

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      Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:24 AM

      I thought about it but I can't afford it. I wish I could.

      #164 jennster_04

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        Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:27 AM

        I always wanted to know this!!

        I am paying for my 4 bridesmaid dresses which were $125 each
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        #165 Jen1407

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          Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:53 PM

          I offered to pay for their dresses but my BM's insisted on paying for them.

          #166 frannkie

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            Posted 09 July 2010 - 02:20 AM

            So as I said in this thread before I paid for my three bridesmaids dresses $140 a dress and when I handed them out, not one of them said thank you, so I am wishing I never even paid for them!!

            #167 Lindslou

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              Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:28 PM

              I just bought my 3 BM dresses. $95 each if they need alterations they will look after it. I agree with other girls that since they are paying to come then I would like to pay for this. My FI and I made sure that we had room for it in our budget first. I know it is not expected. My MOH and I are still arguing about it but I know I will win :)
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              #168 spicytuna

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                Posted 18 July 2010 - 07:32 PM

                i decided to pay for my bridesmaid dresses since they are paying so much on travel (airfare and hotel).

                i also found mine on ebay - you can email the sellers if you find something you like - alot of them have the same dress is different sizes.

                #169 BecaJ

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                  Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:07 AM

                  I always had it in my head that making the bridesmaids pay for their own dresses was really bad etiquette. At the end of the day they're doing you a favour by coming to the wedding and being a bridesmaid.

                  Because of our budget I wasn't going to have bridesmaids for this reason, but seeing that the majority of your bridesmaids are paying for their own dresses I think I may go for it now.x

                  #170 lsjhik

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                    Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:52 PM

                    We went to David's Bridal since it was a chain and in multiple states for where different people lived. They had to buy the dress in my chosen color (dark purple, Lapis) but they could pick any dress. They are paying for dress and alterations. I felt better since I wasn't paying that they got to pick. The dresses ranged from $99-$175

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