When it comes to bridesmaid dresses there is a lot of mixed reporting on who should be paying for them. Regardless of who pays, it’s money that can add up quickly. If you are paying for them, that’s a lot of dresses you’re buying that you’ll never wear. If they are buying them, they still have a lot of other financial obligations (hair, makeup, showers, bachelorette parties, etc). Consider renting the dresses. It’s becoming more and more popular. Sites like www.vowtobechic.com and www.renttherunway.com are becoming more and more popular to get designer gowns for a fraction of the cost.