Oh wow - I must be the worst bride in the world lol.
Considering my two bridesmaids paid for their own dresses, hair and make up. They wore shoes that they already owned and their jewellery was their Thankyou gift.
They were consulted on the dress as I didn't want them wearing something they were uncomfortable in and seeing as they were paying for it I wanted it to be something they'd wear again. The dresses cost $230 each and I know that each of them has worn the dress at least once since the wedding. I've even borrowed one of them for an executive work dinner.