Less than two years out of college—when I was making,um,nota lot of money—I was a bridesmaid in an old friend's wedding.The dress she picked for us?

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At least I've never had to wear anything as insane as this sassy little number!

A $400 number from Lazaro.FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS!Plus,the cost of alterations.Yes,the dress was beautifully made,but that didn't really matter,seeing as it would only get worn once.And,at the time,there were a few other things I could have put $400 toward.Like,say,rent.

Several years later,for an equally dear friend,I would buy the close second: a $390 get-up from Vera Wang.

Every other time,the dress has been less than $200,which doesn't really throw me off at this point,since I'd be okay with buying a $200 dress for myself.But spending twice that—two times—on dresses that were each only worn once kind of stung.

What's the most expensive bridesmaid dress you've had to buy?Have you ever passed on being a bridesmaid 'cause the dress was too pricey?

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