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I Can't Afford the Bridesmaid Dress She Chose!

Ask a Savvy Bride: I Can't Afford the Bridesmaid Dress

Have you ever been asked to pay for an expensive bridesmaid dress that you just couldn't afford? If so, offer up your advice to Becky who's stuck in the same predicament. And if you have any questions of your own, ask them in the Ask Savvy group!

Dear Savvy,

I'm a bridesmaid in a dear friend's wedding this Summer and I'm honored and thrilled that she asked me to stand up for her on her special day. She's in full planning mode and has finally decided on the bridesmaid dresses, which is out of this world expensive. I know anything that revolves around the word "wedding" jacks up the price, but $400 seems a bit excessive. I am not in a place where I can afford to spend that much on a dress, not to mention all the other things I'll have to pay for (shower gifts, wedding gifts, shoes, etc.). What should I do?
Broke Becky

To see what a savvy bride has to say about this, keep reading after the jump.

Savvy says:

I feel your pain on this one, and I think most people reading can as well. In my opinion, when you say yes to being a bridesmaid, you say yes to everything that comes along with that role. If the dress she picks is expensive, you're pretty much stuck with buying it — it's par for the course. One suggestion I would make is do your homework — look around to see if you can find the same dress somewhere else at a different price. If that doesn't work, you'll most likely be ordering the dress a few months before the wedding so ask the store/company if they can set up a payment plan to lessen the blow. Other than that, there's unfortunately, nothing else you can really do. Planning a wedding is a very special time in your friend's life so smile, be there for her, and wear your $400 dress with pride! And then, wear it again. And again.

Ask anything budget-, etiquette-, or planning-related — well, almost anything — by posting your questions in the Ask Savvy group, and I'll find the right expert to help you out.
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