Can I have bridesmaids buy cocktail dresses instead?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

You can have your bridesmaids wear whatever you want. My friend outfitted all her bridesmaids in vintage dresses.  Just make sure you find a great seamstress and there shouldn’t be an issue.

You could go to a store like Nordstrom who has a great selection of cocktail party dresses and they have an in-house alterations department.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I don’t see a problem with this- it’s your wedding and your day, and if that’s what you like then go for it! 🙂

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Hi!

I truly believe you can do whatever you want! Your bridesmaids will probably thank you as well because then they can actually get more than one use out of their purchase.  I’ve had beautiful dresses but most likely wouldn’t rewear them no matter how many times I say I will. You just follow your vision and I’m sure it’ll look beautiful and it’s unique! 

<br />Sarah

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Absoultely. The only thing that can be hard doing this is getting everyone’s correct size depending on the store’s availabilty. AND making sure all your maids can buy it right then because it could be out of stock and not coming back a week later.  Whereas bridesmaid styles are always available and can be ordered. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

You can do whatever you want. I’ve seen people wear all sorts of different dresses.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

They can wear whatevs! For my wedding and my bffs wedding, the dresses were bought off the rack. So much cheaper, easier, and no alterations needed!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

amrov17:  I think it’s a great idea!  I don’t think ordering from a bridesmaid dress designer is a luxury at all – more like a huge pain and added stress.  I’d prefer my bridesmaids find a dress they can actually try on in their size to make sure it fits well and avoid alterations if at all possible.  But if needed, you can still get alterations on an off-the-rack dress!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

 

amrov17:  Absolutely! My BM’s are getting their dresses from wherever they want I told each of them I want them to be comfortable in their dress so they can choose it. I told them what color to get and make sure it’s short (around the knee) and if I’m not with them when they get them to send me a picture before buying. I don’t want them to spend a ton of money on dresses they will wear once (esp. since 2 just had babies this month) I want them to get dresses that they can hopefully wear again to a nice dinner or cocktail party. One of my girls scored on a dress at JCPenny of all places it was a cocktail dress on clearance for $14.99 originally $189.00. One got a dress from Modcloth I never really went on there before but they have a TON of cute dresses!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You can do whatever you want. . .it’s your wedding.  Anything goes in weddings these days! Make it your own 🙂 but we want pictures 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Same as some PPs, thats what I am having my maids do. I am doing mismatched chamagne/blush/neutrals so they can pick out from where ever they want as long as it fall into my colors 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

amrov17:  I did this with my ladies.  I don’t even think anyone needed alterations… They just found dresses that fit them.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

amrov17:  Thanks!  Best thing is they can all wear the dresses again.  At least this is what they tell me 🙂  Although one did just wear the dress for her own bridal shower.

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