Post # 1
We are looking at booking a gorgeous venue that’s fairly pricey ($5,000), and since our budget is not enormous, I have decided to cut my dress budget significantly in order to have the venue of our dreams.
I figured it might be a good idea to wear a bridesmaid dress in white or champagne as my bridal gown to cut costs. I much prefer minimalist, streamlined dresses anyway, so the simplicity of bridesmaid dresses works for my taste, not to mention they are MUCH less expensive! The only thing is I don’t want the dress to SCREAM “bridesmaid”!
This is the dress I’ve been looking at. Alfred Sung D491 in snow white:
I know, I know, definitely not a traditional wedding dress, but I don’t necessarily love traditional big satin/chiffon/tulle designs anyway. I do love bateau necks, so that works for me, and I also love the simplicity of the silhouette, which goes with our theme of minimalism. I could dress it up with a pretty/sparkly belt and a nice necklace. Even with that, does it scream “bridesmaid” to you?
ETA: We’re having a brunch reception, so I’d like it to be a little more casual.
Post # 3
@gromble: I don’t think that dress screams bridesmaid. Sure, it’s a bit simple, but I think it’s a lovely, classic choice. I think adding “bridal” accessories, like a blingy belt and a veil, will really bring it together and give you that more traditional bridal look.
Post # 4
if it’s white, it says bride to me 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@gromble: Go for it. It’s white. A little more plain so a little more casual. If that’s what you like, then why not? Are you concerned whether you think others find it not bridal enough or is it you who is questioning it? If it is others then whatever. Try it on with some “bridal” accessories to maybe see how you like it then.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands
I’d totally go for it! It’s gorgeous, and it doesn’t scream bridesmaid.
Post # 7
@gromble: its white if u like it why not , i dont think it screams brides maid i am pretty sure if your in white and no one else is any dress can be bridal its all in how you wear it … once u add te vail and mayeb a belt with a lil sparkle or jsut t add something it can be very bridal
Post # 8
This is gorgeous! I love the simplicity, the neckline, everything! If a bride is wearing it, it’s a wedding dress.
Post # 9
I think it’s very pretty and classic — I never would have guessed it was meant to be a bridesmaids dress if you hadn’t mentioned it in your post.
Post # 10
That’s a relief to hear, bees! I was sure it was bridesmaid-y (since it is…y’know, a bridesmaid dress). I think it’s okay that it’s casual too, since we’re having a brunch reception. 🙂
Post # 12
I think it’s beautiful – classy, simple, and elegant! And I agree with PP’s, you can dress it up with a veil, some jewelry or a blingy belt, and you will look very bridal!
Post # 13
@gromble: If you were worried aboutit looking not “bridal” enough or too bridesmaidy (you might not even care) but here are some simple options I thought of right away to jazz it up:
- Adding a simple lace overlay to the top portion, any seamstress in your area can do it simple, quick, easy.
- Adding a chiffon overlay to the skirt – again any seamstress in your area could do it easy peasy.
- Adding a lovely belt – with or without the above options.
- Wearing a long, gorgeous veil will alter the look some.
- Adding jewellery is of course an option, but be careful not to go all out on jewellery because it could end up like you lost your dress, and it was a backup because big, sparkly or blingy accessories won’t tie in properly.
- Adding minimal embellishments onto the neckline and/or the bottom of the skirt.
Like I said you might not want any of that but just some quick ideas 🙂
EDIT: I forgot to mention if you add a skirt overlay you can also havejust an itty bitty train, which imediately looks bridal without anything else! Its probably the first thing I noticed about the dress – that it had no train. 🙂
Post # 14
You don’t need to add or embellish anything. It’s a beautiful dress and has “bride” written all over it.
Post # 15
@gromble: What a lovely dress!
I did the same thing (bought a bridesmaid dress for my wedding dress). If you’re worried that it doesn’t look “bridal” enough, you could always order it in extra long and ask a seamstress to make a small train for you. Of course, this depends on the wedding venue, but it’s an option.
Post # 16
I have tons of bridesmaid’s dresses pinned on Pinterest, as wedding dresses. I think any long white dress will look bridal. This one certainly does! 🙂