Can the bridesmaids wear the dress before the wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
8282 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I say go for it. Bridesmaid dresses are usually such a waste. Why not get some more uses out of them. 

Post # 3
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would let mine. In fact we are looking for my maid of honour’s dress to double as her grad ball dress!

Post # 4
1216 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

memo:  I say yes! If they can put them to use that is awesome!

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

They can wear it before if they want to, it’s their dress after all.  If I were the bridesmaid I personally wouldn’t in case it got ripped/stained.  I’m not normally a clutz but I just wouldn’t want to risk ruining the dress before I needed to wear it for the wedding.

Post # 6
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wouldnt.  too worried about the dresses getting stains, dirt, etc on them.  And then there are no replacements closer to your wedding.  

Post # 7
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Their money, their dress, their choice.

That said, I would not personally make that choice. I am a klutz, and would not risk messing up the dress before the wedding.

Post # 8
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think that would be fabulous.  This way at least all that money is put to use. 

Post # 9
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

memo:  I wouldn’t care BUT I would mention that if they wreck the dress they will need to replace it…

Post # 10
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think if they paid for the dress, they can wear it whenever they want!  I highly doubt any of your guests would remember that they saw the dress at a different occasion!

Post # 11
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Also be careful about buying them and altering them a year and a half before your wedding.  Sizes can change a lot in that time.  Ppl usually recommend bridesmaids/groomsmen only getting things altered within a month or so of the wedding.  In the time you have, someone could get pregnant, have a baby, take some time off and be pregnant with another baby for your wedding.  Tons of brides also change their colors or change their minds on dresses completely in 18 months.  Are these dresses pricey?

Post # 13
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

memo:  I told mine that they’re more than welcome to wear them before the wedding, and that if they somehow ruin them, they should be prepared to replace it. My sister wore hers to her company Christmas party and got loads of compliments.

Post # 14
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wouldnt prefer it as dresses are prone to stains, but they bought the dresses so they can do whatever they want with them

Post # 15
357 posts
Helper bee

memo:  As long as you don’t mind, I say go for it! That’s actually really nice of you to do that, because typical bridezillas will start roaring and dictating them not to wear them before the wedding.

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