Hey ladies - have you ever had a conversation with a bride on the cost of a bridemaid dress? The one the bride would like me to wear is $310. This would be the most expensive dress I have ever purchased and it’s definitely not a dress I would ever re-wear. I am finding it very difficult to justify spending so much on a dress I will only wear for 5 hours. Any advice on how to handle?

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Say that it’s way over your budget, give a ballpark of what you can afford and she should find something acceptable within the range (or you can also help searching). But don’t let her “bully” you into spending more that you can afford, especially in this economy


My alternatives that I shared with her are 1) looking for a used dress 2) color swatching the dress

I have not, but my friends/family were reasonable. $300+ is a ton to spend on a dress that’s not designer.

What's your relationship to the bride? When's the wedding? When did you agree to be a bride's maid?

I've spent $300 on a dress once. It was the only thing I could find in-store last minute. But I've gotten decent wear out of it.

To what end?
Any acceptable dress will cost at least $100. Maybe there's nothing under $150.

So we are talking about saving $150- $200, on something you have months to buy, and sending your friend back to the drawing board. I'm thinking of all the things you can easily spend 200 on over a couple of months. And my best friends' peace of mind seems worth it.

Are you the only bridesmaid in this wedding?

That is a really tough scenario I’m sorry. Are you all wearing the same type of dress color and style then?

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