A. “Between $80 and $120 is a typical amount to ask bridesmaids to spend for a moderately priced dress,” explains Felicia Gaines, a special engagement dress expert at Saks Fifth Avenue. But beware—price doesn't include hemming or tailoring.
Also question is, who pays for the bridesmaid dress?
So traditionally, who pays for bridesmaid dresses? According to etiquette, each attendant is expected to cover the costs of their entire ensemble, from their dress (or their jumpsuit, or whatever look they're rocking) all the way down to their accessories. That goes even though the bride traditionally picks the attire.
Subsequently, question is, why are bridesmaid dresses so expensive?
The more intricate the patterns and pleats are, the more expensive it'll be. You've heard the saying "time is money." Well, the same goes for bridesmaid dresses too. The pricier the dress, the more time and energy went into creating it.
What is a normal amount of bridesmaids?
Across America, the average number of bridesmaids is 4.39. So if you have 4 bridesmaids, that puts your wedding below the national average. If you have 5 bridesmaids, the size of your wedding is above average. The median size of a bridal party is 4 bridesmaids.
Is $200 too much for a bridesmaid dress?
In my opinion, $200 is too much for a dress that they don't even get to choose. If you let your bridesmaids pick their own dresses and they fall within that price range then that's one thing but asking them to spend that on something that they may or may not like, is steep.