Response: Hello Tammie, From an etiquette perspective, the bride does not owe for the dress. If the bridesmaid had suffered an injury or a serious illness or something else that would prevent her from fulfilling her position, then it would be courteous for the bride to offer to reimburse her for the dress. Apparently none of those things happened, and it would be really bad form to try to add a replacement bridesmaid at the last minute, so the dress belongs to the bridesmaid. The fact that she isnt going to wear it is her problem, not the brides.
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