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. But there are some ways to save your bridesmaids some cash on the big day. For one thing, you might consider shopping for dresses at a store that’s not a bridal shop; even having them made can be cheaper. For the full story on this, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.