Bridesmaids on a Budget

Dear Budget Savvy Brides,

I know what itโ€™s like to be a bridesmaid. I know what itโ€™s like to pay nearly $150 for a dress that โ€“ in my opinion โ€“ is uncomfortable, ugly, and unflattering.

While hanging up my old bridesmaid dress that has still not received any hits on Craigslist, I knew that I would not do that to my ladies.

Since I've had a longer engagement than some (currently past the 17 month mark), I knew I had a long time to look for the perfect dress for my bridesmaids on a budget. I wanted the dress to be beautiful, sophisticated, comfy, wearable more than once, liked by all โ€“ and budget friendly.

This was not an easy task as several big-named stores were carrying dresses from anywhere to $50 โ€“ $300+. While $50 was more manageable, the dresses were very plain and hard to come by in every size.

I spent months looking online trying to find dresses that could work, but I was leery of these websites and their return policy. While their prices were often cheaper, I wanted to find something even more budget friendly and less risky (girls always need a good return policy as a backup!).

Like many things in life, good things come to those who wait (and often unexpectedly). One of my favorite stores to shop is the good olโ€™ JCPenney. Theyโ€™ve been around awhile, and in my experience, they have a good return policy too. (Many bridal stores do not). Anywho โ€“ I knew that JCP had bridal/bridesmaid apparel, and I attempted to check out what was in stock. I found that the bridesmaid dresses were typically on the more affordable scale, but they still did not fit my ‘real budget friendly' category.

I decided to go โ€œoutside the boxโ€ and look at JCPโ€™s everyday dress stock. I narrowed my search results by the color I was searching for, and I arranged the results by the lowest to highest price. Many of the search results turned up to be possible contenders and I picked two of my favorite choices. I logged onto Facebook and sent the dress link to all of my bridesmaids.

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All of my ladies said โ€œYes!โ€ to the dress!

Hereโ€™s a breakdown of the categories:
Beautiful: โˆš
Sophisticated: โˆš
Comfy: โˆš
Wearable more than once: โˆš
Liked by all: โˆš
Budget friendly: โˆš (After the $10 off coupon, the pre-tax total of the dress was $30!)


This isn't my bridesmaid dress — they no longer carry it online or in the store- however, this dress is somewhat similar.ย 

The total my ladies spent on their dresses was equivalent to the amount that I spent on one bridesmaid dress. While I can't wear my old bridesmaid dress again, I am proud to say that these ladies will have many opportunities to look fabulous in the future!

As a Budget Savvy Bride, I take pride in the fact that I am stretching others budgets further, too.

Blessings to you,


Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.ย 

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