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bridesmaids ??s

How are your bridemaids spending on there dresses?  Also what kind of gifts or accessories did you get them?

Re: bridesmaids ??s

  • kerrimurkerrimur member
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    edited February 2013
    As a bridesmaid I've never been asked about my budget for BM dress. Most dresses have been between $125. -$175 only one has been over $200. I didn't ask my girls about their budget,either but I knew i didn't want them paying more then $170 for a dress -max! I ended up choosing a David's bridal dress for $150 for them. They were shocked at how low the cost was and all love the dress. I wanted them to wear a brooch to add some sparkle to the dress, too. The brooch was $30 each, I purchased all of them. As for gifts and assessories - it's pretty custom or standard for the bride to give the BMs jewelry for the day ( in my circle of friends or family at least) as their wedding present. I found necklaces and earrings on etsy for $50 that I purchased for my BMs. I'm also buying them monogrammed makeup bags which I'm filling with little things they might need the day of the wedding -gum, aspirin, hairspray,safety pins, eye drops, tissue, mini deorderant, and I'm including either their favorite lip gloss or eye liner depending on the girl. Rule of thumb don't ask them to pay more then you would be willing to pay if you were her BM. Also give the price of the dress in advance so they have time to save if need be.
  • Honestly, I'd let them pick something from a department store. From what I've gathered, many women (myself included) won't wear a David's Bridal dress again. I'm letting my BMs pick any knee length, navy dress. That way they get to pick their own budget and flattering style and I can't get in trouble for 'making' them buy anything out of budget or that they don't like. Will they match perfectly? No, but everyone will be happy. (Lia's got great pics in her bio that helped me decide it was a good idea).
  • My girls got their dresses from Macy's for about $60. I have no idea what accessories or shoes they wore. For their gifts, I gave them monogrammed insulated lunch totes b/c they both take their lunch to work every day and both love monogrammed bags. 
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  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_attire-accessories_bridesmaids-s?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:15Discussion:c686d026-b804-4a84-8fff-76ec45215145Post:338573ff-36d1-4227-a606-7e348187f7f5">Re: bridesmaids ??s</a>:
    [QUOTE]As a bridesmaid I've never been asked about my budget for BM dress. Most dresses have been between $125. -$175 only one has been over $200. I didn't ask my girls about their budget,either but I knew i didn't want them paying more then $170 for a dress -max! I ended up choosing a David's bridal dress for $150 for them. They were shocked at how low the cost was and all love the dress. I wanted them to wear a brooch to add some sparkle to the dress, too. The brooch was $30 each, I purchased all of them. As for gifts and assessories - it's pretty custom or standard for the bride to give the BMs jewelry for the day ( in my circle of friends or family at least) as their wedding present. I found necklaces and earrings on etsy for $50 that I purchased for my BMs. I'm also buying them monogrammed makeup bags which I'm filling with little things they might need the day of the wedding -gum, aspirin, hairspray,safety pins, eye drops, tissue, mini deorderant, and I'm including either their favorite lip gloss or eye liner depending on the girl. Rule of thumb don't ask them to pay more then you would be willing to pay if you were her BM. Also give the price of the dress in advance so they have time to save if need be.
    Posted by kerrimur[/QUOTE]<div>
    </div><div>Ditto Lia on her response to this. Dislike. 

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  • My bridesmaids dresses were about $100 dollars. I am planning on giving them gifts that have to do with their personality or things we've done together. For one bridesmaid, she loves to scrapbook so I made up a few pages with pictures of things that we've done together and then I made up a couple of wedding themed wedding pages with blank spots for pictures so she can put them in there once we get our wedding pictures back.

    I think its more meaningful if your get your bridesmaids something as a gift that has to do with their unique personality or their relationship with you as an individual. 
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  • My girls ended up picking between 2 different styles of dresses. One style was $79, the other was $129 (sale price; I think originally $99 and $149 or something like that).  I don't even think we were supossed to get the sale price because I didn't get my dress there, but when we paid they were all $20 less :)  We went to David's Bridal. 

    I did ask them all for a budget and all of them said whatever I wanted they would get.  Pretty nice, but I didn't want them spending a crazy amount.  We almost got a dress at Alfred Angelo but it was $179, so I was happy we ended up liking the Davids Bridal dresses and I'm sure they appreciated the lower price

    Gift wise so far I did buy them a bracelet that has diamonds and amethyst stones on it that I got for sale when I bought my wedding dress jewelry.  My circle of friends & family are also accustomed to the bride suppllying jewelery and they were really pretty so I don't mind the purchase.  I know my girls will love them to and at the end of the day I could care less if they wore them the day of the wedding and have already told them they can wear whatever jewelry they like.  Its just something pretty that they will be be able to wear again.  It will not be there only gift though.  I do plan on doing something personal for each of them, but that is still in thought process. 

    Get them something they will like and can USE after the wedding.  And I agree that if you want to get them something to use at the wedding, they should also get something that is not related to the wedding.  Otherwise its just a waste of your money for them to not use it and its not a thank you gift if its about you and not the recipient.  

     
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  • @lia, in alot of circles, jewelery for the day of actually is a Standard/custom.. And its exactly what im getting my girls

    and bridesmaids dresses usually do run 120-170, so if someone is accepting of the honor, they should be prepared. BUT if the bride is willing to let them choose a dress, thats great. 

    But Im not a rude or pushy bride at all, but for my big day I am going to pick what I like for my girls to wear( of course nothing that is crazily priced).. With that said, if anyone had a problem with a price, we would work something out. And lets be honest, bridesmaids dresses probably arent going to be worn again, even if they get to pick them out. 

    my girls dresses were 135 from davids bridal, and the shoes arent picked yet, but theyll be maybe around 50, nude peep toe pumps. Theyre really cute and perfect for my day. and Most importantly theyre what im going to want to see in my pictures that im paying 2400$ for and am going to cherish forever.

    Biut thats just me.. 
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