The dresses are unwearable in the real world.
While we fully support your bridal right to enforce whichever aesthetic you desire for the wedding, you know when the bridesmaid dresses aren't ever going to be worn again. Whether it's a tulle skirt or an unflattering color that sets the dress apart from the norm, be sensitive to your bridesmaids' tastes — otherwise, you should be the one to pay for their one-time-wear dresses.
The verdict: If the dresses are something only a bride could love, she should consider paying or helping the maids pay.
Source: Mekina Saylor Weddings