I've told my bridesmaids that they can wear any black dress of their choosing.
Since I'm not requiring them to buy an actual bridesmaid's dress (ick), should I offer to pay a sort of stipend for a new dress that they will probably buy for the wedding anyway?
Or are they on their own if they choose to buy a new dress?
Sarah first off: yay for letting your bridesmaids pick their own dresses. Second off, yay for making it something easy and pragmatic like a black dress, something most of us already own and have plenty of opportunities to wear. Third off: yay for being considerate of your ladies' financial concerns. Three yays for you, bad ass!
In the US, typically bridesmaids pay for their own dresses — even when it's some floral-print poofy-sleeved thang required by the bride. In the UK, however, it's standard for the bride to pay for dresses.