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Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates. For her Brides.com column, Jen is here to give some expert advice to all the blushing brides out there!
Your bridesmaids are the group of people who will support you through thick and thin, through stressful moments and over-the-top fun during the entire wedding adventure. So when it comes time to picking out dresses for them, you want to make sure the dresses are something that fit your style but also will get them feeling excited and energized to stand beside you on your wedding day.
There are so many dress options, styles, and colors to choose from. But before you go overboard with finding the perfect dress for your best friends, it's important to take a step back and determine what the price range of the dresses should be. Since the bridesmaids are usually the ones paying for the dresses, the best thing you can do is poll each of them to see what their dress budget is.
If you don't want to talk money with them, try and be considerate when picking dresses. Know that there are a lot of expenses that come with being a bridesmaid and if you can save them money off the price of the dress, they will really be appreciative. Try to keep the price of the dresses under $200 each. If it's over $200, perhaps consider paying the difference for them, especially if it's a dress style that you really love and want them to wear the most.
If price is something you're worried about, you can go with the laid-back option of picking a color and having the bridesmaids pick the dress out themselves. That way, each bridesmaid can select a dress that compliments not only their style, but their budget as well.