Who Pays for the Bridesmaid Dresses?

When it comes to shopping for bridesmaids dresses, brides have more flexibility than ever. Gone are the days when women forced their friends to march down an aisle covered in ankle-length faux satin. But even if you plan to pick out the best bridesmaid dresses ever, the question can still remain – who pays for the bridesmaid dresses?

When it comes to paying for bridesmaid dresses, usually the bridesmaids cover the cost of the dress. If that’s the case, make sure you’re taking price into consideration – these are your favorite people after all! If you have your heart set on a dress that seems like a stretch for one or more of your bridesmaids, you might want to chip in even if it’s just between the two of you.

Whatever the case, don’t let this stress you out. Finding a great dress is awesome. Having your besties standing next to you, excited to be there and feeling valued is even better, no matter what they’re wearing.

In order to do that, make sure you include your bridesmaids in the decision making process. Get their thoughts on issues like the budget, style, and fabric.

If you decide to go with a bridal boutique, collect all of your bridesmaids’ measurements beforehand to coordinate with the boutique or designer. Just like with wedding gowns, a lot of bridesmaid dresses won’t go by standard sizing so be sure to have exact measurements for each bridesmaid’s hips, chest, and natural waist and schedule a second fitting a couple weeks out from the wedding day, so all of your maids have a chance to try it again.

If you bought your wedding gown at a bridal boutique, you might qualify for a discount on bridesmaids gowns that are purchased there. You can also check off-the-rack bridesmaid dress vendors like J. Crew or Ann Taylor. Even department stores and the dress departments of your favorite stores are good places to scout when you’re looking for casual, off-beat, or unique bridesmaids gowns. Solid cotton or silk gowns look great with necklaces or fun belts, and who doesn’t love mix-and-match gowns in similar colors but different styles?

Once you’ve worked out who pays for the bridesmaid dresses and have spoken with each of your bridesmaids about their budgets and preferences, you can get to shopping!