It might seem like a simple question. A bride chooses her best girls and lets them have the honor of standing by her side on her wedding day. The least her bridesmaids can do is purchase their own dress. But this does not always apply. Here are a few scenarios to consider when deciding who pays for the bridesmaids' dresses.
The bridesmaid is strapped for cash, but the bride really wants her to be a bridesmaid.
We've all been there. You're struggling to pay bills, but your best friend wants you to play a big role in her wedding. In this case, the bridesmaid needs to be up front with the bride and explain her situation. If the bride really wants her in the wedding, she will work something out for her bridesmaid. This could be a lower cost dress or even paying for part of the dress.
The bride has given the bridesmaids basic guidelines for the dress style and color.
If the bride has given bridesmaids the basics, like color, style, and length, then the bridesmaid should have no problem paying for her dress. She should easily be able to find a dress that is within her budget and that she will want to wear again.
The bride has chosen a dress the is very specific and expensive.
If the bride chooses a dress that her bridesmaids most likely will never be able to wear again, and it is very expensive, the bride should pay for the dress or at least half of the cost of the dress.
The bride wants to buy them.
If the bride wants to buy her girls' dresses, that's awesome! Same goes if the bridesmaids want to buy their own dress.
The biggest thing for a bride to remember if she's going to have her bridesmaids buy their own dress is their budget. If your bridesmaids will have to buy the dress, shoes, accessories, plus pay for travel and a place to stay during the wedding, you should consider a low-cost dress, or help them out in some way. Also, don't forget to say thank you!