By “we” here, I’m talking about our country/culture, not us personally. Our solution was to have only one bridesmaid, whose dress I made.
Ms. M&P just got fitted for a bridesmaid dress which set her back $240! That’s more than my food budget for a month. This is crazy, folks, we need a solution!
If someone asked me right now if I could be in her wedding, I’d have to say “No, I can’t afford the dress. But I’ll come.” And I’d feel sad.
Unfortunately, I don’t know an answer that would work with our current ideas of picture-perfect weddings. We have certain ideas about color and texture…and I don’t know if most people would be able to accept their wedding being anything different. Even I was pretty traditional about the dress.
My SIL had her bridesmaids all buy sun-dresses from the same line in the same color. Much more practical for wearing again and less expensive, I believe.
Some other options I can think of:
- Rainbow/flower garden theme — wear a bridesmaid dress you already have or borrow one from a friend. All the bridesmaids will look like flowers in a garden.
- No bridesmaids.
- Have all the brides’ female friends walk in with her wearing whatever it is that they planned to wear to the wedding.
- Make the dresses (but this takes time, skill, and some money).
Dear readers—what do you think? Is there any way that we can get around these crazy, budget-breaking prices? Have you turned down opportunities to be in weddings because of money? How did that make you feel?
photo by brookenovak