Okay Lady! Help is on the way!
My maids are totally different sizes too. I’ve got two smaller girls in a 4 or 6, one in a 10, one in a 14 and one who is currently a 16 – but between now and my wedding, she will have finished the officer’s equilavent to Army Boot Camp – annnnnd she is MOH. Oh, and did I mention two are out of state and the wedding is only 9 months away? 🙂
I can’t give advice on cost other than to use either Target or Nordstrom’s for your dresses. I’ve gotten to the under $150 range by choosing a dress from a designer that is carried on http://www.netbride.com (Mine are After Six Style 6556) The dress I choose was quote for me over $200 by a boutique and about $75 less by NetBride.
As for fit, if you go take a peek at the dress I’ve picked, you will see why it can look good on everyone. It has a flow to it and is empire waist – A big help for ladies who like me, need some cushion room in the belly area.
With us, I told them to choose something in chiffon that would look good on everyone. I also considered putting them all in different dresses in the same color or different colors in the same dress. Oddly enough, as it stands now they will most likely be in all the same color and style, which I’m fine with either way.
I will say this. My two bigger girls (not that 14 and 16 is that big – I’m a 16 myself) are a lot more interested in making sure they are comfortable in what I am asking them to wear that day. I liked a bunch of dresses initially that would look amazing on the size 4/6 girls but ultimately just were not going to be flattering on anyone else.
Be aware that your girls above 10 are going to need quality and good fit. You might try asking them if they would be willing to move up in price range (to $150 and under) in order to ensure they have a dress that they like and genuinely flatters their body types. I know you are trying to find something less expensive, but you will most likely lose quality and fit in that process (although I know it has been done, ask around the boards)
I know that I went into this process wanting to get something they would wear again, but as much as we try to do that, it’s pretty hard to do unless you really do not care about the “wedding look” – try looking for some other posts about that too. It’s something hard to pull of in my opinion.
Feel from to PM me with any questions about my experiences with this issue – I can give you more details. 🙂