Post # 1
Hi all! Ok so my question involves picking dresses for my 7 bridesmaids for my October 10th wedding – i know, im way behind!!!!!!! yikes! Anyway, I wanted to do something off the rack but after trying Jcrew and Banana and a few department stores, I’m realizing that the sizing just doesn’t work there for all my bridesmaids (I’ve got a size 00 BM and a size 16 BM and everything in between). So I’ve been looking at bridal stores the past few weeks. I am just having trouble actually purchasing a typical-looking bridesmaid dress – I’m afraid my girls won’t like it and/or ever wear it again. Oh also… another complicating issue is that I’m (or my parents actually) are paying for all the dresses and I’m trying to keep them under $150 each. Any ideas of places to look?
And…last question… my back-up idea is to have everyone pick out & buy their own dress… I was thinking of saying "black strapless"… What do you think of this idea? Will it be a mess? Do you think it is okay to make the girls buy their own dresses when I’ve already told a few that we are buying the dresses?
Thank you so much for any suggestions/opinions!!! I appreciate it 🙂
Post # 3
I highly recommend White House Black Market. We got my bridesmaids dresses from there and they were extremely helpful in locating sizes and doing price changes if they went on sale after we purchased them (within so many days of course). We got the dresses for about $70 each, and the girls love them. I’m glad they have a dress they like and want to wear again, and it was easy on my budget! I’ve heard of some choosing to let their BMs choose their own dress. If you do this, I would probably suggest making sure they know you have final veto power, unless that doesn’t worry you at all. If you go with them to help choose their dress, that could be nice bonding time for you to spend with each of them. Good luck!
Post # 4
I voted for let them pick their own black strapless dresses, but actually I think instead of specifying strapless it would look more cohesive if you specified a length instead and let them pick out whatever neckline they like. Black is an easy one to tie together and I’ll bet they all come together really well!
Post # 5
I voted for having them find their own black strapless dresses – one thing to be careful of, though, is that if you’ve got any ladies who are well-endowed up top they might not be too keen on the strapless idea.
Post # 6
It was very generous of you to offer to pay for the bridesmaid dresses in the first place. maybe if you’re worried about them being upset about having to pay for their own dresses you could offer to pay a flat amount, say $75 or $100 (if you want) towards their dresses. Then they could come up with the difference. Also, I would reccomend specifying length over style. It will look more cohesive that way. Also make sure you get veto power before setting them loose!
Post # 7
Thanks for the thoughts, everyone! Also, do you thinks its rude to do black as my BM dress color if a good friend (and one of my BM) is getting married next May and already said she’s probably having black dresses for her BMs??? Am I being crazy or do you think this is a rude thing to do?