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The dress is $230, maybe not that big to some of you but for those of us who are still college students it’s hefty. It can be worn in 7 different ways, which is what I love most about it. Most of my bridesmaids would get that you can wear it over and over again and it will look different each time. But one of them has already said that “230 is steep for them”. I’ve only asked two people so far. One whom I knew wants to be involved but doesn’t have a lot of cash and the other is my Maid/Matron of Honor. I really think my Maid/Matron of Honor and 3 other girls will get “Hey I can wear this again!”. The girl I’ve already spoken to I know would love the dress if she saw it, it’s the price tag she hates. The other I know will complain-a lot- and order at the very last minute-making me have a heart attack. So do you know of a dress that looks like this one and is reversible that isn’t sporting a 230 price tag? Should I not worry about the other 2girls and do what I love or be reasonable?
Oh by the way the wedding is a long time away, but I’m not one of these last minute people. And I like giving them the heads up on a price so they can save.
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I bought my wedding dress for under $200 from peridress.com. The dress was custom made to fit me and it arrived in less than 3 weeks. I couldn’t believe how fast everything arrived. By the way…under $200 including shipping and taxes. The dress I got retails for more than $800. I found it on houseofbrides for almost half price…and peridress.com was half of that. Got my bridesmaids dresses there, too. It cost me only $50/each including tax and shipping. What can I say…I’m a CHEAP Bride. 😉
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I’ve seen these dresses on Etsy as well – their construction is REALLY simple, so the price tag is ridiculous. Check around – I’ve even seen DIY instructions for them (seriously, one of the simplest articles of clothing ever).
You can find them for cheaper if you branch out from the actual Two Birds label.
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I am in the same predicament and trying to be considerate of my BMs. Ask your BMs for a budget they would be comfortable with and then look only at dresses under that $ amount (same as what you did for your own wedding gown). I personally would do what is reasonable because I would hate to put my BMs in situations they don’t want to be – I’d like them to be happy BMs and not resentful BMs.
Check out what the pps have suggested.. GL!
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- Wedding: October 2010 - The Pearl S. Buck House
have you tried bridesmaids.com? If they don’t have the dress on their website, email them for a quote. I’m probably ordering my gals’ prices Alvina Valenta dresses through them.
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My best friend made one- it is really easy so maybe you could just buy the fabric and make them yourselves?
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Butter by Nadia makes these, too! But yeah some are expensive. Even if it’s rewearable, somebody like me can only wear it like 2 ways lest we have a boob problem.
I really think you could find a pattern for these and make them! Dresses like this are EASY b/c there are no zippers and stuff! Seriously!
Post # 10
Well, what style do you actually want your BMs to wear on the day? I would personally prefer to pay like $50-$75 for a regular dress, than $230 for a dress that converts into a bunch of different ways that I might not wear. It’s cool in PRINCIPLE, but unless they are actually going to use these other ways, it’s a waste of money.
I think since you want to pick this type of dress specifically out of consideration for your BMs so that they can invest in a dress they will actually wear again (which is very thoughtful BTW), you should take into consideration what they actually want to spend and if they value the convertibility more than having an extra $100 in their pocket.
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By The Way…I personally like the VS version smepsi posted even better–and at a fraction of the price!!
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Here is a tutorial:
Here are a couple of people that have used the tutorial (so you can see a couple outcomes)
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245247.0– she said this “for all of you that wish to make your own, this dress took about two hours til completion. my straps were doubled over to preserve “coverage” but other than that, the dress is one seam when using a circle skirt (mine used a bias cut skirt so there was more than one seam in the end!) the tutorial is very well explained, and check out rostitchery’s thread for images of about 100 different dresses!” She bought 8 yards but says she only used about 6 yards
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251346.0 – she did aline skirt instead of a circle skirt
It really isn’t hard to make! And it is exactly the same as the dessy dress.