Full-length or knee-length bridesmaid dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Full-length or knee-length bridesmaid dresses?
    Full-length : (41 votes)
    51 %
    Knee-length : (34 votes)
    43 %
    Other - please explain in comment : (5 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I love the 50s style ones! They’re adorable, and I defintely think that they would be easier to wear again.

    Post # 4
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    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I guess it depends in what type of vibe you are going for. My interpretation of your gown and your Fi in a tux is that it will be a fairly formal affair, and I think for a formal wedding, you really kind of need full length gowns, especially in NZ in almost winter. 

    The downside is that more than likely your bridesmaids wouldn’t be able to wear the long dress again, unless they go to some kind of ball.

    I voted other, because I think the long dress is a more elegant option, but if you are having a retro themed wedding, the swing dress could work, but certainly wouldn’t look super formal.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I don’t think they’ll be able to wear either of those dresses again.

    The first ones are really cute but they look more costume-like to me than formal. The second one is quite classic but like a PP said, it would be too formal to wear again. Can you find a knee-length version of the second one? 

    I just did a quick search. 

    This one looks a bit vintage but is more wearable: http://www.bridalgownsuk.co.uk/pd_5669-Fuchsia-Knee-Length-Bridesmaid-Dresses-Online-Wholesale.html

    Similar to your long one but knee length http://www.ihadlike.com/Light-Pink-Knee-Length-Chiffon-One-Shoulder-Bridesmaid-Dresses-p20003.html

    Post # 6
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    830 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Miss Circe:  If you’re concerned about comfort, I’d say knee-length. Only because you can move around (and dance!) better in a knee-length dress than in a full-length one. Plus you don’t have to worry if your dress is getting dirty/dragging on the ground..

    This is from the perspective of someone who rarely wears dresses/skirts!

    Post # 7
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    830 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Miss Circe:  And just as a previous poster mentioned, there’s a better chance of wearing a knee-length dress again than a full-length dress.

    Post # 8
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    68 posts
    Worker bee

     

    amsale bridesmaid gowns might be something you’d be intrested in… I think it would look more elegent with your dress. 

    Post # 9
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    260 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Miss Circe

    I think shorter dresses are more verstile and definitely more flattering.  Every wedding i’ve been to where I had to wear a long dress I was miserable.. I’m shorter and curvy so long dresses just eat me up!  At least with a shorter version, girls have the option of showing a little leg, wearing cute shoes, etc.  Also.. if they take OFF their shoes to dance, they won’t trip on their dress!  (happened to me… sooo not fun!).  The swing style is super cute, and will be flattering on many body types. 

    I think you can still make shorter dresses formal (what color will they be?) – accessories will make it work!  Glam up the makeup/hair, maybe ask them to wear matching (or similar) shoes, sparkle up the jewelry.. and they will match your groomsmen. 

    As far as wearing again.. it rarely happens no matter what! So go for the more fun/’YOU” look and just embrace it. 😀

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

    In my opinion if you are going for a more formal vibe for the wedding I would do the long gown.  The short ones seem kinda costume and scream 50’s theme, of that is what you are going for then the short ones, but based off your dress and the guys in tuxes I would do a long gown 🙂

    Post # 11
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    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I went with a knee length cocktail dress for my girls so they’d wear it again.

    Post # 12
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    2063 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    i personally prefer long dresses because i hate the look of uneven hemlines in photos. but maybe that’s just me. i think the second option is lovely and if they really like it they can always have it shortened to rewear. i totally would!

    Post # 15
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    11002 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Technically, the time of day should dictate the length of the bridesmaids’ (and mothers’) dresses — long for weddings occurring at 6 p.m. or later, street length for weddings occurring earlier.

    That being said, I personally prefer the look of long bridesmaids’ dresses on almost everyone. I think they are more flattering on most figure types.

    Post # 16
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I chose other… Personally I would love any excuse to buy the swing dress, but I think that unless your dress mirrored that style (tea-length, for example) it wouldn’t be very appropriate with him wearing a tux. 

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