Gorgeous Bridesmaid Dresses for Under $100
Let’s face it. Being a bridesmaid can cost some serious dough. Here’s a little look at what your girls will be doing for you: attending the engagement party, sharing the cost of the bridal shower and buying a shower gift, joining the bachelorette shindig (which likely requires the purchase of many cocktails and pack of penis straws), buying the designated dress, any alterations, shoes, undergarments, and jewelry; getting nails, hair and makeup done; and finally, buying a wedding gift. This doesn’t even include any travel for an out of town maid or destination wedding, which can add immediately tack on hundreds for flights, gas, and hotel rental.
The grand total? A recent survey found that bridesmaids spent an average of $1,695 to be in a wedding. Ouch.
One way to chisel away at this astronomical figure is to lower the cost of the bridesmaid dress. You simply don’t need to select a $350 dress to get great styles and colors anymore. And while you’d love think your girls are going to “wear it again,” chances are, they’re not.
One simple tip to make things easier on your maids? You pick the color family (say blush or periwinkle) and they pick the dress. You’ll end up with a beautiful mix of dresses in a similar hue and a bunch of happy bridesmaids who are wearing something comfortable, right for their body, and within budget.
Here are my top picks for bargain bridesmaid dresses:
The Total Steal
TEVOLIO™ Women’s Strapless Tulip Skirt Shantung Dress by Target – $69.99*
Comes 4 neutral shades, sizes 2 – 28 to accommodate virtually every maid, and the dress has optional straps and an adjustable band inside to get the best fit. Target has tons of other great styles under $100 and is well worth the look (plus, shipping is free if your order is over $50!).
The Looks-Good-On-Everyone Frock
Short Sleevess Satin Dress with Ruched Waist Style F14823 by David’s Bridal – $99*
Comes in 17 shades, sizes 2 – 26, and bonus, your girls can probably wear their own basic bra with this dress.
The Romantic & Elegant
Sweet A-line Sweetheart Pleats Short Bridesmaid Dress by TB Dress – $69.99*
Come in 39 colors, sizes 0 – 26, in a romantic flowy chiffon perfect for a garden ceremony or ballroom soiree.
Black Tie NOT Optional
Sexy Grape Chiffon One Shoulder Floor Length Bridesmaid Dress by Milanoo.com – $99.99*
Comes in 25 colors, sizes 0 – 26, with romantic flower embellishments and sexy faux lace back.
The AMAZING Splurge
Twist Wrap Dress: Short by The Dessy Group – $140*
Comes in 32 colors, 6 sizes (covering sizes 0 -28), “twists” into 6 awesome styles, doesn’t wrinkle and is uber comfortable.
Okay, I have to apologize in advance for including a more expensive dress…but….I’ve seen this dress in action and it truly is stunning on all shapes and sizes! The fabric is luxurious, forgiving and you can wrap the straps in so many ways. I want this dress for myself and maybe, just maybe, your girls will get a second wearing out of this one.
I hope these dresses inspire you to get creative and choose a dress that doesn’t cost your girls a fortune. For more tips on how to save money when planning your own wedding, click here to watch our free video series on 7 Mistakes DIY Brides Make and How to Avoid Them.
* Pricing as of October 2013. Prices subject to change; check links for specifics.