When you’re looking for bridesmaid dresses, the question of who is meant to pay will no doubt arise early on in your wedding planning.
For some brides, it can be hard to discuss money with your bridesmaids, but often it’s most helpful to be upfront with your besties to prevent later confusion.
Here are some suggestions to help navigate the dollars and cents for your bridesmaids if you’re on a tight budget:
• Start by deciding on a bridesmaid dress budget that you and your bridesmaids can work with. As a general rule, bridesmaids pay for their dresses if it is off-the-rack and a reasonable price. But if you are going down the designer route, why not make it a gift to them?
• Most bridesmaids expect to pay for their dresses. But if you are concerned about asking, it might be worth making suggestions about outfits when looking, checking that the price is good for them. This can flag the idea in a bridesmaid’s mind if they weren’t aware of payment.
• If you don’t want your bridesmaids to pay, why not have them buy their own shoes and accessories? They may love adding a touch of their style to the dress you’ve chosen, and it makes the outfits all the more unique.
• Look for bridesmaid dresses in boutique shops. You never know what you might find, and it could mean you don’t have to spend a fortune.
• If you don’t have any other option but to ask your bridesmaid to pay, explain your reasons to them. Give them a guide on style and colour, and try having your bridesmaids wear different dress styles so that they can express their individuality and feel good on the day.