How times have changed. Once, the father of the bride footed nearly all wedding costs; these days, bridesmaids are expected to buy their own dresses. According to the Dessy Group, the average cost of a bridesmaid dress is $200, not including alterations — usually another $30 to $50. Other costs bridesmaids are expected to front include hair styling, makeup and accessories. The expenses can add up really quickly. We found some ways to save your bridesmaids some cash on the big day. You know, so they’ll still be your friends after the wedding! for the full story, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.