posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think that’s a great compromise.  I prefer long bm dresses but hate formal dresses with sleeves. Think what you pictured is lovely. 

Post # 4
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Keep in mind you won’t make everyone happy.

The top to that dress is really cute.

Another idea you could suggest is to pick a dress line and a fabric color and type, and let your bridesmaids pick the styles.  That way they can all wear what they are comfortable in and what they think flatters them the most.

Post # 6
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Mulder Chapel

First and foremost you should not be going crazy trying to attend to THEIR wants especially since you are paying for all!  Naturally you want everyone’s dress to compliment their bodies so what you plan to compromise is just fine.  If they still want long then how about adding a shawl?  I agree that long sleeves on a long dress will look to matronly. 

Post # 8
2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You’re getting married in August….if they have long sleeves, they will ROAST.  I’d suggest something like a V-neck or halter dress, with a sheer wrap.  Something like this maybe?


I’m paying for the bridesmaid dresses, they’re paying for their own shoes, I want silvery shoes, but no preference on heel height.  They had input on the dress, but it was my final decision.  They all said no strapless, and 3 wanted short, the 4th didn’t care.  So I picked a short, V neck dress.  I gave 2 color options at the beginning and they discussed.  They agreed on a color, and I picked the shade. 

It’s easier when you give 2 options.  Like mine was ‘do you want green or coral?  Make a group decision, and let me know’.  They went with green, and I picked the shade that I liked.  If you just throw it out there as ‘do you like this?’, it’s easy to say no and not provide any positive input.

Post # 10
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@foreverli14:  That is what I did for my bridesmaid’s dresses and they all picked styles that were similarly priced. (I’m also paying for their dresses)  I suppose you could add the caveat that they need to be below some price point or pay the difference.

Post # 11
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would ask the ladies if the would prefer a knee length dress with sleeves or a floor length sleeveless dress.

OR here is an example of floor length gown that a flutter sleeve wouldn’t be difficult to add to the design. 

Also, it’s possible that the deep vee on the dress you have shown won’t work for some of your girls. 

Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were the HARDEST thing for me to accomplish because I have women with the same concerns as yours.

Post # 14
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@foreverli14:  You cannot make everyone happy, and if you try to accomodate everyones wants you are going to end up in a tailspin. Remeber: this is YOUR wedding. If YOU want to do the flutter sleeves, go for it, but make sure it is what YOU envision 🙂

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