Help picking between bridesmaid dresses

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Which bridesmaid dress?
    Bari Jay Charmeuse : (28 votes)
    30 %
    Bill Levkoff Chiffon : (66 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 3
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    1861 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    1590 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I think they’re both fine. Go with what they prefer.

    Post # 6
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    3223 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
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    1861 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @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
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    5087 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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. 

    Post # 10
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    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I like them both, but I prefer the chiffon dress. And I love your dress! 🙂

    Post # 11
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    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
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    2166 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
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    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Jayceedee:  I love the second one!  So classic and matches you perfectly!

    Post # 14
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    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I prefer chiffon in general – but both are pretty!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    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
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    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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!

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