Post # 1
I have not been dress shopping yet, so feel free to tell me if this is a ridiculous question!
I really love both of these dresses as potential Maid/Matron of Honor dresses. I’m curious to know – how do I find out how much they cost? Do I just look up the nearest place that sells Alfred Angelo and call with the style number? Can I really not find a price online?
(I’m leaning toward the long dress and my Maid/Matron of Honor is leaning toward the short… just curious to see the prices in case that makes the case for either one!)
I’m throwing a poll in here as well. I am having a destination wedding at Disney World in FL… so a very fun, tropical vibe. At the same time, our particular locations are very nice and on the more formal side. I feel like a long Maid/Matron of Honor dress lends itself more to the slightly formal, elegant feel that I want for the day. Maid/Matron of Honor disagrees. Am I being silly? Would the short dress ultimately be just as formal once she has a nice updo and some strappy sandals?
A few notes: my ceremony is at noon, reception at 2 pm, and fireworks dessert party beginning at 8 pm… so the whole wedding spans both afternoon and evening. Maid/Matron of Honor is my only attendant. I will be buying her dress (though she does not know that yet).
Thanks for the input!
(If it helps, I do not have a dress yet but I anticipate something ballgownish and not too simple.)
Post # 3
I’m not sure why those links didn’t work… the dresses are Alfred Angelo. The short dress is style #7056, the long dress is style #6540.
Post # 4
I personally am leaning towards the short dress, I think it’s festive and cute and lends to the whimsy that is Disney. However, if you want the wedding to have a more formal feel to it, then the 2nd dress would be the one to go with.
Post # 5
Since it’s a day time ceremony, and it’s during warm weather, I would probably lean toward the short one. Am I correct to assume that you would want her in the same dress at the afternoon reception and at the evening party?Are any parts of it outdoors or is it all indoors in the formal locations?
I’m having a similar debate myself…I can’t decide on long vs short, fabric, etc. As for price, you can check the price on netbride.com (you email them the style number and they email you back a price quote). You can also call individual store.
Post # 6
I’ve seen plenty of short dresses that look formal to me. It’s all in the material and style I think. Most of the time, I don’t see too many very flattering long dresses. They have the tendency to look too prom-y for the most part.
You could definitely do a more formal shorter dress, though. A “fancier” updo could really help bring it all together.
Post # 7
I really like the short dress. The long dress is nice but I don’t know that it looks more formal.
Post # 8
I’m not sure about the prices for your dresses. I called the bridal salons in town for prices before i had my girls get the dresses. My girls are wearing alfred angelo and the dress was $171.40. I can’t remember how much it was originally, but they got 10% off…$171 was the price after tax and all that. My bridal salon has a website with prices if you want to take a look and see if those 2 dresses are available: formalelegance.net
oh & this is the dress my girls are wearing. so that might give you a price idea for the long dress.
Post # 9
i think since your wedding is an afternoon wedding with afternoon reception and a dinner dessert thingy, AND in florida you are fine with short dresses.
i think short dresses can be both formal and casual. its the fabric and length that lend itself to the formality along with the accessories.
of the two pics you posted though, i actually like the longer dress though, it reminds me more of disney. the short one is cute too though!!!!
ps. im having a black tie optional wedding and my Bridesmaid or Best Man are wearing chocolate satin tealength dresses. i think its more than formal enough for the occasion – and its gonna be around 90 degrees when i get married so long dresses would just be mean!
Post # 10
Thanks for the feedback!
I really like the point about the short dress having a more whimsical feel – that is very true, and it’s exactly what I love about Disney.
I would have her in the same dress for all events. The ceremony is outside but covered, reception inside, and evening fireworks party outside. Given my wedding date I would expect daytime temps to be in the 80s, cooling off a bit at night.
hilsy85, thank you for pointing me toward netbride, I had never heard of them.
I think truth be told, I’m just having a hard time considering a short dress because in my mind I’ve been planning on long all this time. But I’m the one that found the short one, and I love it and she loves it, so maybe I should just call it a day! (Providing that she still loves it after trying it on, and that it looks ok next to the dress that I end up with.) I agree that a nice updo could have a big impact.
Prom is definitely not the look I’m going for!
Post # 11
Mrs Menard to Be, thank you for posting that site! They did have both dresses, and they are $159 (long) and $149 (short) so I guess they’re pretty close!
The heat is definitely a consideration, my Maid/Matron of Honor isn’t a huge fan so maybe that is part of why she prefers a shorter length. The reception (and hottest part of the day) will be inside, but between ceremony & pics we will still be outside in the heat for a while. (Something to consider when I choose MY dress too!)
Post # 12
youre very welcome!! its definitely hot in Georgia…extremely hot in July. ive always visioned long dresses so i went with chiffon. its light and breaths and wont be so hot. but i do think that short dress is really cute. (: