I have been trying to be respectful of the cost of the BM dresses that I pick out and am unsure if what I am asking of them is too expensive.
Background: I have 6 BMs and only 1 is working full-time at a good job, the other 5 are working but either not full-time or not at a well-paid job. Only one is coming from out of town and I will be helping her with her airfare. The dress I found is Alfred Angelo and retails at $150, which is the cheapest in my area. For $170 another store sells the dress with all alterations included. However, 3 of the girls are taller and will need to pay the additional $20 for the extra length, bringing the cost to $190. It seems like this is alot to ask someone to pay for a dress that they wear once, but everything that is wedding-related seems overpriced!
Does this seem reasonable to ask someone? I've never been in a WP and don't know what is standard. Is there a way that I can ask each BM if the dress is too much for her to spend? I don't want too much input, but I dont want them to feel overwhelmed with the cost.