Heads Up, Bridesmaids: Here's the Average Cost of a Bridesmaid Dress

Though you could definitely spend more (or less).
by Emily Platt

Wondering what the average bridesmaid dress costs? The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study is here with the answer. We surveyed over 14,000 brides and grooms to gain insight into US weddings, including how much couples (and their guests) spend on popular wedding elements.

So what is the national average cost of bridesmaid dresses? According to our data, $142 each. Keep in mind that prices vary based on location, designer and more. But also note that even for higher-spend 2018 weddings (ones that cost upwards of $60,000), the national average cost of bridesmaid dresses only increased to $197 per dress.

This information is useful for both brides and bridesmaids, as it may inform which outfits are chosen, not to mention wedding budgets. Oftentimes, brides select their bridesmaids' ensembles, while each attendant pays for their own outfit.

Another interesting study finding? Many groomsmen may be spending more than bridesmaids for their wedding day looks. The national average cost of groomsmen attire was $187 per person (and $230 for higher-spend weddings).

Want more insight into what bridesmaid dresses will cost you? Shop around your area using our list of local vendors. You can also browse online. Check out classic bridesmaid dress retailers like David's Bridal and The Dessy Group, but don't forget that stores like ASOS and Nordstrom also sell bridesmaid dresses. And if you'd rather cut costs with borrowed gowns, there's always Rent the Runway.

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