Show me your alternative bridesmaid dresses!

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

My girls kind of fall in the middle of BM dresses and regular dresses. They are wearing “regular” convertible dresses. We bought them off etsy for $35 each. They’re all wearing the same color but it’s a jersey knit material, not the typical BM satin or chiffon or whatever. 🙂

Post # 4
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1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@thunderberry:  My girls just ordered their dresses..Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses. It’s this exact one (Ballgown in the Sapphire colour). You can convert these dresses in 16 different style

twobirds Classic gown in Sapphire.  The classic collection consists of one dress with over 15 ways to wrap so that women of all shapes and sizes can look and feel beautiful. Whether styled as the One Shoulder or the Grecian Twist, wear the twobirds Classic gown to flatter your body type. Then...wrap it differently to wear again for a night on the town! #somethingblue Shop the look: http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com/collection/classic/?color=34&wrap=2

They’re a little bit pricier than I was comfortable with them spending, but I did contribute to the dress, the dress doesn’t need alterations (ALL of the bridesmaids would need alterations in one way or another, and in our area, that starts at $60 + tax), and they can truly wear them again!! I even ended up buying a shorter version of the dress for myself to wear to future events!

Post # 6
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801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m still waiting on my pro pics, but here’s a guest photo of my three ladies and me.

We are a pretty low-key couple so we didn’t set too many parameters outside of color (fall tones) and length (short). I loved that this allowed each girl to pick a dress that matched their personality, fit their budget, and really did have the possibility of being worn again. In the end, I love how everything turned out and am especially happy that each of my girls looked amazing and felt comfortable on the big day. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I knew from the start I wanted to buy dresses off the high street as I wanted to stay away from the stereotypical bridesmaid look. My girls will be wearing dresses from Ted Baker. The back is so pretty (sorry for the ginormous picture), I just love them!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FutureMrsHarris2014:  Thanks! My FSIL has been coveting these dresses for about 6 months before we decided to go with them, abd my little sister likes them too, so I know I’ve got two happy bridesmaids. My big sister isn’t so keen on it, but she’s been very gracious about it (I think she looks fantastic in it, but I guess it’s just not her style)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@smg5281:  have your girls received their dresses yet? I’m seriously considering this exact dress for my girls. I like the idea of each girl getting to wear the dress differently, and I also like the price tag! I’ve been perusing dresses and I can’t imagine having them spend $150+ on a dress. I wouldn’t spend that much on a dress, so why should they?

I’m a little unsure about the assymetrical hemline though. If they have received the dresses–how do they look in person? Are they flattering on different body types?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@aliciaspinnet:  That’s so great! It can be hard to please a crowd, so I’m glad it worked out! They are seriously cute dresses! 

Post # 12
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657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I used mismatched cocktail dresses in shades of gold/brown. 🙂

 

 

Post # 13
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532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

I think it’s the same one that someone is wearing in the above picture!!

Post # 14
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@thunderberry:  I am also not a fan of the traditional bridesmaid dresses.  However, since we want long dresses I feel they might be our only option other than waiting for summer dresses to come out and hope we find something. I don’t know if I want to take that chance.

We were also considering the twobirds dresses but they are way over our price range! We are considering getting custom ones made for half the price though! However, I consider these to be somewhat traditional now as they are quite common.

I’m going to follow this thread and see if any good ideas pop up 🙂

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

@pineapplez17:  Yes! I actually ordered one ahead of time for the girls to try on before we purchased them for all of them and then ordered 3 together after we decided on them. I didn’t have any issues with the seller and the dresses came in the time estimated (a few weeks though since they’re from Singapore so plan accordingly! I wasn’t sure about the asymmetrical hemline either but it actually looks good on the girls. It is a little long for some of the girls but it’s an unfinished edge so you can just cut a few inches off if needed, you don’t have to hem it or anything. You could also just cut it straight across if you decided you don’t like it asymmetrical. They look good in person! I have girls size 4, size 10, size 14 and size 16. Looks good one everyone! Mainly because you can tie it in a way that flatters each persons body type. This seller includes the bandeau with the dresses which is essential so if you do go elsewhere to purchase make sure you get the bandeau from them! I don’t think the bandeau could go much bigger than my girls, the biggest is a 38C. It stretches significantly but I think it would start to get uncomfortable for any girls bigger (small enough to fit one of my girls who is a 32 snuggly). 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@thunderberry:   Here are my girls’ dresses, both from ModCloth for well under $100!

 

 

 

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