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How Much Does a Bridesmaid Dress Cost?

 
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  Typical costs:
  • Bridesmaid dresses cost, on the low end, about $50 to $100 for an off-the-rack dress from an online shop or department store.
  • In the mid-range, they cost $100 to $250 for a standard, satin bridesmaid dress without elaborate detail.
  • On the high end, they cost about $250 and up for dresses made from fabrics such as silk, possibly with hand beading or other intricate details.
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What should be included:
  • Most bridal shops will professionally take the bridesmaid's measurements, and then order the dress. Even if you are purchasing your dress online or having it shipped from a non-local store, always have your measurements taken by a professional to ensure they are accurate.
Additional costs:
  • Most bridal shops have staff members who do alterations, but they almost always charge extra for it. For most bridesmaids, alterations will run between $20 and $80, depending on what needs to be done. Common alterations include bodice adjustments, which are usually cheapest unless there is boning or beading to adjust; hemming, which varies in cost depending on the number of layers; and sleeve shortening, which is not complicated unless there is beading or lace.
  • It's a good idea to get alterations estimates in writing before ordering a dress. Leanna Studios offers a primer on bridesmaid dress alterations.
Discounts:
  • Finding a dress on sale is the best way to get a discount. If the bridesmaids live in different locations, a chain bridal store might be your best option.
Shopping for a bridesmaid dress:
  • When choosing bridesmaids dresses, try to pick a color and style that will complement all of the bridesmaids' body types. Also consider whether the color will flatter your bridesmaids' skin tones. BridalGuide.com[1] offers a guide on creating a unified look for the bridal party.
  • Tip: To avoid rush fees, have your bridesmaids order their gowns as soon as you have decided on a color and style. Check to see whether they can order their dresses from the same bridal salon the bride is using. Brides.com has more tips for bridesmaids on avoiding overspending.
  • When trying to choose a bridesmaid's dress, make the bridesmaids' budgets -- not yours -- the deciding factor, unless you plan to pick up the cost. For bridesmaids on a budget, Amazon[2] and JCPenney.com offer low prices on bridesmaid dresses.
  • In the mid-range, HouseofBrides.com and Nordstrom.com offer wide selections.
  • For high-end designer dresses, TheKnot.com[3] offers city-by-city guides to vendors.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Look for sales!!!!!
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: teilaweila in Hillsboro, OR.Posted: July 23rd, 2010 09:07PM
Store: Ann TaylorStyle: strapless satin dresses
Designer: Ann Taylor
ON SALE!!! same dresses katherine heigl had to wear for her sister's wedding!
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Alterations
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: MissJen89117 in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: April 10th, 2009 06:04PM
Store: Expert Tailoring and AlterationsStyle:
Designer: Alfred Angelo
To previous poster (Kathleen); Alfred Angelo dresses are of excellent quality (based on what I've dealt with on my bridesmaid dress) and every tailor I've visited this week has quoted a price within the medium price range shown on this site, for all the work I had to have done to my dress. My alteration cost is more than I paid for the gown itself, LOL. I'd have been tickled pink to only pay $90 for my alterations! I am 5'4" so we had to get nearly a foot of fabric on the length of the dress hemmed up, as well as the bust taken in a bit (which is a bit of a treat for me, usually the bust has to be let out) and the spaghetti straps shortened.

Fellow Las Vegas residents: The tailor I am using came highly recommended by friends, and every online review I've read for them has been stellar as well. I'm excited to get the dress back so I can try it on again!
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Alteration Rip Off
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: Kathleen in rochester, NY.Posted: May 2nd, 2008 05:05AM
Store: Alfred AngeloStyle: Seperates
Designer: Alfred Angelo
Do not go here for alterations. I had two darts on the top and the seams let out on the sides an inch and it cost $90, my friend added a hem also to hers and it cost $115.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.bridalguide.com/
  2.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/002-9962319-9183257?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords...
  3.  wedding.theknot.com/local-wedding-vendors.aspx
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