Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion
6 of my 8 bridesmaids went shopping with me yesterday to find their dresses. I thought for sure we would be going with chiffon, but we found a charmeuse one that we all really liked. Now I am completely comfused 🙂 Luckily one of the stores we went to had my wedding gown, so I was able to try that on and then see what it looks like with the two different materials.
Dress 1: Bari Jay — Charmeuse in Shadow
Dress(es) 2: Bill Levkoff chiffon. We would get the pewter color
We would get two styles of the dress — some girls prefer the sweetheart neckline
(this last pic is to show what the pewter chiffon would look like with my dress. the store didn’t have any long length pewter chiffon!)
What do you think? I like them both, just not sure if the charmeuse or chiffon will look better with my dress and in pictures. Both dresses are light weight and would look good on all the girls I think.
Post # 3
Very interesting! I don’t think you’re going to make a BAD decision here.
The interesting thing about the charmeuse is that it’s also a glossy material, and so it coordinates with your satin dress. If you have the charmeuse, it’s going to be a very coordinated, luxe ensemble. Of course, the chiffon dresses are also lovely — if you choose those, the difference in texture means that shiny you will really stand out against their matte fabric.
If everyone (and I do mean everyone) likes the charmeuse, then I would go with the charmeuse for a uniform look. (Those aren’t the sort of dresses that you want a mismatched feel for, not that you’re suggesting that.) If there’s a major financial difference and chiffon is cheaper, I would go with the chiffon. If anyone doesn’t like the charmeuse, but there was agreement about the chiffon, I would go with the chiffon.
One more thing: what are your ceremony and reception venue like? I always tend to think that satin is a very opulent, “indoor” sort of fabric — not that it couldn’t be beautiful outside. But I like the airiness of chiffon for an outdoor wedding.
Like I said, I don’t think there’s a wrong decision here, just some different points to consider. 🙂
Post # 4
I think they’re both fine. Go with what they prefer.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion
@village_skeptic: thank you for bringing up all of those points! The ceremony and reception are both indoors. The venue is very elegant, the ballroom is beautiful with light walls, white bars, chiavari chairs. The differene in price between the dresses is $10, so that isn’t really a factor. The girls really do like both (or so they have said), and they’ve also told me they’d wear garbage bags if I wanted them to 🙂
The only other concern I had is that two of the girls are plus sized. I think both dresses are flowy enough that it wouldn’t cling or anything like that. One of the girls who is bigger said she wore a similar material in another wedding and she found it to be flattering. She also pointed out that it stains easily — one girl had a couple of drops of water spill due to condensation and there were watermarks in all of the (non-professional) pictures.
Post # 6
I like the Bill Levkof much better. I am not into the gathering part at the front of the charmeuse. It looks like a weird vagina pocket.
But get what you like and what your girls like.
Post # 7
@Jayceedee: It sounds like you have a GREAT group of bridesmaids. 🙂 If the charmeuse really does stain that easily, that would be a major strike against it for me. I think maybe the chiffon is the way to go then, just for damage control!
Also, speaking as a plus-sized woman — chiffon styles are often more flattering than charmeuse, because the chiffon is (presumably) an overlay that floats over the real underskirt. That style can be very, very flattering. Charmeuse is thin, clingy, but rarely lined and can sometimes show every lump and bump.
Post # 8
The first dresses look a little shiny. I don’t really like that. Something about the shape of the first dress is throwing me off. I much prefer the chiffon dresses they are stunning.
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Post # 10
I like them both, but I prefer the chiffon dress. And I love your dress! 🙂
Post # 11
I really prefer the chiffon dresses… the shape and the material seem better and easier to work with (moving, sitting, etc). And as it has been pointed out, the chiffon will be easier to clean if stained.
Post # 12
I like the matte dresses because it highlights the shiney-ness of your dress. If your girls are in shiney dresses too, you don’t stand out quite as much and light will really reflect off all of you in pictures! I also think the bill levkoff dresses will be way more flattering. It’s a great dress!
Post # 13
@Jayceedee: I love the second one! So classic and matches you perfectly!
Post # 14
I prefer chiffon in general – but both are pretty!
Post # 15
I’m in the minority and voted for the first one– I feel like the fabric and silhouette matches better with your dress! Good luck deciding 🙂
Post # 16
I like them both but I have worn Bill Levkoff chiffon in my brother’s wedding last year and it looks great in pics. Very comfy and held up great all day. But they both look great next to your dress. by the way…I think we are dress twins! It looks just like mine!