Let's talk! Ugly Bridesmaid Dresses!

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Why are there so many ugly bridesmaid dresses?
    Trying to appease too many people : (33 votes)
    16 %
    A matter of taste : (75 votes)
    36 %
    Fashion changes : (53 votes)
    25 %
    Bride not wanting to be upstaged : (41 votes)
    19 %
    Other : (9 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think a lot of brides whose bridesmaids wind up in these situations have really bad taste. They just do. The problem is that they don’t realize that they have bad taste, and it’s their wedding, so everyone lets them have what they want. 

    I would say that it’s probably incredible rare for a bride to pick ugly dresses for her BM’s just because she wants to make sure they’re not as pretty. 

    I had a hideous MOH dress at my best friend’s wedding. I hated it. She loved it, because she has completely different taste than myself. To this day, she still loves it. I still hate it (as does everyone who sees pictures of it). She has bad taste in clothing, that’s all there is to it. BUT – she was happy that day, and still is happy with the photos, so it’s not a big deal. 

    Post # 5
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    5966 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    @StephieBee:  me too 🙁

    I had a bad one. I won’t say which friend or wedding because I don’t want to be mean lol. But the thing is, it was my friends day, so if she wanted me to wear a potato sack I would have rocked that shit with a smile on my face 🙂

    Post # 6
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    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @stardustintheeyes:  My friend and I have a potato sack dress joke that went so far that I photoshopped myself into one, and then she printed my new last name on burlap and framed it as a wedding gift. Potato sacks are more stylish that some of the BM dresses out there, though!

    Post # 7
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    1018 posts
    Bumble bee

    @iloverocks:  I ended up with a really ugly bridesmaid dress (IMO anyway, I’m sure some people would like it). The bride was trying to go with a certain “theme” and color scheme, while wanting different shades or the same color, with different style tops, AND trying to let the BMs pick their own.

    I think she was just trying to be nice but letting us pick our own as long as it was the same length and material. She gave us a couple of color patches to pick from. But I think the look she was going for clashed with the theme, clashed with the venue/time of year/and weather, and it was just too much.

    Think mismatched bridesmaids meets rustic chic meets old hollywood glam meets vintage chic meets outdoorsy-ness…etc…

    Post # 8
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    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @stardustintheeyes:  Haha yeah, same here. It’s not like I could go sell the dress I wore either – it was made by her mom… who has… um, some sewing skills? Haha. It was supposed to look like this, but it was more forest green with white satin underneath. No crazy headdress either. Btw, it was velvet. In June.

    Post # 9
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    2720 posts
    Sugar bee

    From My experience, it is purely poor taste. One of my friends absolutely loved her mbridesmaid dresses and wished she would have ordered one for herself too. All of us thought her dresses were extremely unflattering even with lots of tailoring.

    Honestly, of the, I don’t know, seven or so weddings I’ve been in, I’ve liked two of the dresses (I picked them out myself). All the brides loved the dresses though…

    Post # 12
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    409 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    And this is why I refuse to pick the dresses for my girls.  I know you’re not supposed to wear black to weddings, but who doesn’t look good in black?  I told them they get to pick a nice black dress that they like.  The end. 

    Post # 13
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    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @StephieBee:  There’s not a renaissance faire reselling website out there? I’ll bet some of the role-playing folk would pay good money for that dress!

    Post # 14
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    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @jilleeann:  The two times I was a bridesmaid we wore black, and my mom wore a black dress to my wedding. Black is classy and your BMs will love you for it.

    Post # 15
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    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think it’s a matter of different tastes as well as trying to flatter many different body types. I think sometimes brides try to compromise on that so much that they end up with a dress that is overall flattering on no one because the top bit suits one girl, the waist another girl, and the bottom another girl yet. This is partly why I’m so glad all of my attendants are guys. I found them an awesome vest, and as long as I buy the correct size they are all going to look great.

    Post # 16
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    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @iloverocks:  I have never been part of a wedding party, but my mom has told me about some horrible bridesmaid and MOH dresses she had to wear back in the 80’s and 90’s when all her friends were getting married. I’ve seen all the pictures, and the worst one was at my uncle’s wedding – his bride (well my aunt, lol) had all her bridesmaids were electric blue mumu type dresses, with little fedora type fascinators on their heads. ELECTRIC BLUE MUMUS. Mind you, it was 1985, but still.

    EDIT: Oh my goodness, the dress looked almost exactly like this one:

    Also with GREEN clutch purses and shoes.

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