Wedding Etiquette Forum

Who pays for bridesmaid/maid of honor dresses?

This is my second marriage but first real wedding. I don't have the budget to buy the 2-3 dresses (pending on fiance's # of groomsmen.) I was always under the impression if you were asked and accepted then you (the bridesmaid/maid of honor) paid for your dress as your contribution to the wedding. Is this right? I hate to think my friends could not be in the wedding or in silimar/matching dresses based on their inablity to pay and for me to seem like a bad hostess/bride/friend for not being able to help them out. I mean I get that guys rent their tuxes and cover that themselves so before I ask my friends to join the wedding party, I wanted to know what to expect. The wedding is over 2 yrs away!   Thanks
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