1. Borrow Your Dress
You may wonder who in the world has the exact bridesmaid dress you need, in the right color, the right size, and the right style, but you would be surprised. There are a couple of main designers that a lot of brides choose when selecting their bridesmaid dresses. You can ask around your immediate friend group to see if they have the dress or even post it on social media.
2. Rent Your Dress
Thankfully there are bridesmaid dress companies now that let you rent the dress from them. This will cost you a little more than $0 — but it’s a better option than buying the dress new for a couple hundred dollars.
3. Wear Something You Already Have
Speak with the bride early on and see if she’s open to letting the bridal party wear a dress of a certain color that they already have. That way, you can grab something from your closet and don’t have to worry about spending a dime on a dress or alterations.
4. Sell Your Dress After the Wedding
So let’s say you do have to buy the bridesmaid dress and the dress costs you a couple hundred dollars — don’t think that after the wedding, there’s no way to get your money back. Instead of having the dress crumpled up in the back of your closet or underneath your bed, there are websites and companies that will buy your used bridesmaid dress. This is a great way to earn back some of that cash or make all of your money back.
5. Get Involved in the Bridesmaid Dress Process
When the bride is starting to decide what dress she’d like all her bridesmaids to wear, jump in and ask if you can help her make that decision. This is a good way to keep the cost low, or even the right time and place to ask her if the bridesmaids can just wear a dress they already have.