Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Weddings  > Bridesmaid Dress

Bridesmaid Dress Cost


How Much Does a Bridesmaid Dress Cost?

 
low costLow: $50-$100average costMedium: $100-$250high costHigh: $250+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (3)
  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.
Related articles: Groomsman's Suit or Tuxedo, Wedding Dress, Groom's Suit or Tuxedo

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.
  • per dress
post E-mail post Post   Comments (3)
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


Girl Scout Cookies Marijuana Selling for $5,000 a Pound
Would you like to smoke some Peyton Manning? Or, would you prefer to spark up some Girl Scout Cookies?Marijuana growers and venders are getting creative with the highly recognizable names they give different strains of weed, without the permission o. || Posted October 18 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


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!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Bridesmaid Dress
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Store: Style: 
Designer:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



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
More Weddings Topics
Check Out All Costs for Weddings How Much Does a Beach Wedding Cost? How Much Does a Boutonniere Cost? How Much Does a Wedding Cake Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Cost of Waikiki Ambulance
Paid: 1162.00
No treatment was given on ambulance, except for connecting heart monitor and blood oxygen monitor on finger.Fortunately, it was a false alarm heart attack... [more]
-B Chin
Ambulance Cost
Water Heater Pressure Regulator replacement
Paid: 580.00
I was given this quote for replacing a Water Heater Pressure Regulator. The plumber is very nice and knowledgeable... [more]
-JD123
Plumber Cost
Stereotactic Biopsy
Paid: 4500.00
I was told the doctor is paid 100% anesthesia 20% and the facility $75.00. This is what my insurance covers. The Facility use and equipment, my cost,$4500 for about 30 mins... [more]
-N Page
Biopsy Cost
Cost urine test
Paid: 5936.38
Dr. Office wanted urine for drug tests never saying anything about cost. Is this a mistake? Seems like this can't be right insurance already paid some of it and I am left with balance of $1,460.00... [more]
-Celia
Drug or Alcohol Testing Cost
EEOC waste of taxpayer monies
Paid: 0.00
I filed within their time frame. I had discriminatory documents submitted to me by my employer. I was laid off and retaliated on paper. The EEOC informed me via certified mail that they had no funds to investigate... [more]
-Disappointed with our Government Leaders
Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Cost
euthanasia
Paid: 266.00
I went in a few weeks before and had all the paper work done and paid for the procedure.That helped me not have to talk about it and they were very kind but it is still the hardest thing you will ever do also the kindest... [more]
-monique piccus
Pet Euthanasia Cost