I wasn't really convinced that I would wear any of the bridesmaid dresses I've bought again. I held onto a couple, but they sat in my closet for years. I finally donated them to the Cinderella Project a few years ago.
When I think about my bridesmaids (who have not been asked to be bridesmaids yet), I wonder if they might have the cost of the role in mind. I came across this graphic from Mint a few weeks ago and I wondered if it was accurate...
I expect my 'maids to spend much, much less than this. First of all, I'm not having an engagement party or any bridal showers and I don't need a bachelorette party. One bridesmaid is local, so only two would have to travel for the wedding. I plan on picking dresses from J. Crew and I hope we can get the dresses during one of those ubiquitous sales (is it me or do I get an email almost daily offering some sort of discount?). I hope some of the other expenses (like alterations) listed aren't necessary, either.
I want to be respectful of my friends' budgets, whatever they may be. Now, I have questions. Lots of questions. Feel free to answer one or all. I'd really love to get some different opinions on being a bridesmaid.
- What do you think is an acceptable cost for being a bridesmaid?
- What's the most expensive bridesmaid dress you've worn?
- Did you wear it again (that might be a silly question)?
- Would you rather get an inexpensive bridesmaid dress that you would never wear again or a more expensive dress that you really would wear again?
Update: There are two dresses on sale on the J. Crew website in the color I want...they're $80! Oh, how I wish I had already asked my bridesmaids to be in the party!