Back in 2009, I posted a poll asking how much brides can ask bridesmaids to spend on a wedding and the winning answer was “It depends on the financial situation of each bridesmaid.” But that answer didn’t win by much! The next most popular answers were “$100-$250″ and “$250-$500.” Now me, if a friend asked me to spend $500 as one of her wedding attendants, I’d politely decline – which is the right thing to do if you can’t afford all the *stuff* associated with a wedding. Of course, it’s equally polite to not ask friends to break their budgets to be a part of your wedding!
With that in mind, here are nine bridesmaids’ dresses for under $100 – they’re all different, but what they have in common is that none of them are sold as ‘bridesmaids’ dresses’.
The top three are from Nordstrom, the middle three are from Chadwicks, and the bottom three are from Target (and also very patriotic, for some reason). Almost all of them are available in other colors.
Brides who want to outfit their bridesmaids on a budget should look for special occasion dresses, party dresses, and formal dresses at shops that aren’t geared toward weddings. The only thing to be aware of is that inventory can run out, so if you find a bridesmaids dress you love at a non-weddingy store, check to make sure it’s still available in the sizes your bridesmaids will need. If it is, let your ladies know they need to buy ASAP – it can always wait in the back of a closet until it’s time to visit a seamstress.
In a lot of cases, your bridesmaids will pay a lot less for a better quality dress if you avoid the dreaded W word while shopping around for their frocks. Will you be shopping outside of the box for your bridesmaids’ dresses?