Here's a thought.
Since I'm paying for my bridesmaid's dresses, and we all know that since I'm picking the style and the color there's a high probability that my bridesmaids will NEVER wear the dress again, I may consider consigning them all as a set after the wedding. Maybe I'll get some money back. Who knows. If the bridesmaids really like them, they can keep them, but I'm pretty sure they won't care if I want to consign them.
What do you guys think?