Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
I’ve been in four weddings so far, had to buy four dresses. I was happy and proud to support my friends even if some of them meant some REALLY tight budgets ($170 for a long lilac prom-dress-looking thing that I bought when I was unemployed … OOF.) However, I personalyl find the “You’ll just get it altered to be a little less formal and it will fit right into your wardrobe!” trope is bogus. Out of those four dresses, I’ve worn exactly one again. I’ve worn it twice, and it’s still in my closet. The bride said “Wear a dark blue or navy dress. Long, short, fancy, casual, strapless, cap-sleeved, whatever makes you happy and will be comfortable for August!” I ended up with a short chiffon mandarin-collared dress from Target that I paid <$55 for and never looked back. Was gorgeous in the pictures, and still looks nice on me.
The rest, I donated either to Goodwill, or to a charity that gets prom dresses for low-income high school girls (so hopefully the lilac one found a much more loving owner!)
So, former bridesmaids, spill: did you ever wear it again? If not, what do you do with your old bridesmaids’ dresses?
Post # 2
I’ve only been a bridesmaid once, and nope, never wore the dress again. I’m not really the dress kind of girl.
I also don’t expect my girls to wear their dresses again, they are wearing the color I like [because I’m purchasing them], so I doubt they’d ever want to wear them again.
Post # 3
I wore one dress for Halloween. It was a hot pink long satin gown and I went as Ms. Piggy.
I picked dresses that were $60. I know that my bridesmaids didn’t all love the dress, but at the end of the day at least they only cost $60.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
louisianablue: That’s a great approach. I’d rather be honest about an imperfect-but-less-expensive dress than have someone try to justify spending $200 by attempting to convince me I’ll wear it over and over. I’m sure your BMs appreciated it.
Post # 5
I have never been a bridesmaid, however I purchased my own dress as a guest for several weddings and never wore them again as I do not like wearing the same dress twice for such infrequent and formal events, but do not really attend anything else which is formal.
Just for some perspective 🙂
Post # 6
I’ve personally never worn a BM dress again. However, I am in a wedding this fall and the dress is awesome and I will definitely wear it again. I love it so much, I’m ordering in black too!
Post # 7
I’ve been a bridesmaid twice (third time coming this summer). First dress was floor length and burgundy. Never wore it again. The second one was a knee length and dress Alfred Sung. I’ve worn it a few times after including to another wedding and a work Christmas party. Its a great dress.
Post # 8
I’ve been a BM twice now and have never worn those dresses again. They look too much like BM dresses and I lost a ton of weight so they wouldn’t fit any more anyways.
We were told to pick a black dress from the Alfred Sung line for the next wedding I’m in so I’m trying to pick one that I would actually wear again. Not sure what kind of fabric we are going with though- that will probably determine if it’s re-wearable.
Post # 9
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
rachel85: I’ve been a bridesmaid for my 3 cousins, all of whom are my maids. I was 16, 16, and 18 at their weddings. 2 picked a dress and a color, the last sister told us to find a black, knee-length dress.
I wore one of the long dresses to prom, hated the second dress, and gained a lot of weight since I bough the black, lace, knee-length sheath dress. I dream of fitting into that gorgeous thing again. It got me my first boyfriend (not my FI, but still).
Post # 10
I’ve been a BM for each of my sisters, and was lucky enough to get to wear both dresses after the wedding! My oldest sister got married while I was in early high school and picked simple black dresses with a green sash, and it was comfortable and appropriate enough that I wore it to a Homecoming dance.
My other sister got married last summer and let us choose any dress within a color range (and with her approval), so I got to pick something within my price range that I loved, and it’s been a cute dress I can also wear as a wedding guest! I’m doing the same concept with my BMs, and they were pretty pleased to be able to pick what was flattering and affordable to them.
Post # 11
I have not worn my dresses again but thats because I was younger and they don’t fit anymore. My girls had the option to pick whatever dress thye wanted I just gave the, the store, color, and fabric choices and said have fun. Thye all picked the same dress! My FSIL has reworn hers a few times for other fomal events and I know the others want to wear thiers again as well. One of my girls wants to go out just so she can wear hers! 🙂
Post # 12
I’ve only been a bridesmaid a few times, but I wear most of the dresses. I only had to buy one BM dress and it’s floral and pretty, the others I already had (I wore a simple black dress for two weddings), and one I borrowed.
Post # 13
I’ve been a bridesmaid a few time and have only worn one of the dresses again. The ones I didn’t wear again were all from David’s Bridal. I liked them for the weddings I was in, they were each very pretty and flattering but were too “bridesmaidy” to wear anywhere else. The one that I’ve worn again is from J. Crew. It’s perfect for formal & semi formal events! It’s my current go-to wedding guest dress. It’s also what I chose for my bridesmaids to wear for my wedding.
Post # 14
All of my bridesmaid and maid of honor dresses were donated to the Cinderella Project.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2016 - Our Castle
I havnt been a bridesmaid yet but ill be asking my girls to get a black chiffon dress.. i think they will wear it again?..