Wedding party dresses – what are you doing?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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6274 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i took my girls to Alfred Angelo. 

told them the color and gave them range to pick any dress style they wanted. 

they all picked the same dress.

it looked great on all of them, even though they all had differnt body types.

 

 

Post # 4
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446 posts
Helper bee

@achae2014:  Honestly, I think its such a better idea for brides to choose a color or color scheme and allow their bridesmaids to choose a dress. I’ve been in two weddings where this was done, and the best part, I ACTUALLY have worn my bridesmaids dresses more than once! I know when I get married, I will definitely have my bridesmaids choose their own dress.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MY 6 BMs and I went shopping one day, I had a dress picked out but said they could try on others. They all liked the dress I picked the best and everyone ordered it that day. It worked though because all of my girls are 5’6″ to 5’11” and size 0-6. If there had been a range we may have gone for different dresses. 

this is the one we chose

Post # 6
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2885 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@achae2014:  I picked the dress.  This was actually less stressful to me and them!  I am getting so many blank stairs and “What ever you want” on so many issues, that I think if I would have let them pick their own dresses, I would have gone nuts!  I have two girls that could have managed it, but I have one that wants my input on everything including “should I cut my hair?” 7 months before my wedding, and one that has never done the bridesmaid thing before, and is a bit overwhelemed.

I have been in two weddings with the “pick what ever you want,” and I really have to say that it stressed me out as there was no direction.  If you do this, the more direciton you give, the better for everyone.  Color and length are a must, fabric type is great and a designer is helpful. 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I said “blue”. I also really wanted full-length, but one of my BMs was broke and 38 weeks pregnant, so she couldn’t make that happen, and I was totally fine with it!

Post # 8
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i went with JCrew BM dresses!

Post # 9
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2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I was originally looking at J Crew dresses with each one picking whatever style they liked best, but they are pretty expensive so we were waiting for the spring sale to make it more reasonable.  Then they discontinued the colour.  I had ordered swatches from a bunch of other companies but the colour was never right.  My mom ended up finding a dress (in an interior design store!) that was the right colour.  Sent the ladies a picture and they all liked them so now they are all wearing the same dress.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I picked a color range, types of material I’d like, and the length. They get to pick the exact dress, and their accessories.

Post # 11
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I picked the color, length and fabric from David’s Bridal. I wanted something that was easily accessible from anywhere in the country. I left the style up to them… some girls wanted strapless, other girls were hoping for more coverage, etc. and I have a wide range of body shapes amongst my girls. And I picked a color that looks good on everyone.

Everyone seems really happy that I’m doing it this way… BUT! People are still dragging their feet making their choice! I’ve given them a deadline of end of this month to put their order in… we’ll see if that happens. LOL. I think in some ways it would have be less complicated to just pick a dress and have everyone go order it, but I probably would have heard complains about this feature or that feature of the dress, and I couldn’t go shopping with all of them due to distance. Oh well!

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

My girls all wore cocktail dresses in shades of gold/brown with some sort of lace.  Frankly, I’ve not seen a BM dress I’ve ever liked.

Post # 13
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@achae2014:  I’m letting my sister (MOH) pick hers first with the only guideline being that it needs to be a dark purple/eggplant.  From there, we will stick with that same designer so that the colors match and each of the other 3 girls can pick what they want within that line.

Post # 14
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1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

I really wanted to do missmatched dresses, like all the same dress but differnt shades of pinks and grays but I’m slightly color blind and get really obbsessed with colors being the same b/c I can’t ever tell them apart, so I was too scared to just let each of the girls pick out whatever they wanted.  We ended up going with this dress, and I couldn’t be happier (well I could if they were blush pink instead of nude).  But they look great on all the girls (tall/short – smaller/larger).  And they match the gatsby theme for the reception!

Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Blouson Gown

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@achae2014:  I dragged my girls all over creations (5 dress shops) and we finally found a dress that fit both of their body types well and a color that worked wonderfully on both of them (Alfred Angelo).  

I was very flexible on color (wanted something in the pink range preferably, but wasn’t sold on one variation over another), and flexible on style/length.  I did want them to both wear the same gown, so it really had to look good on both of them.   I was slightly more rigid on fabric choice, I wanted it to be either chiffon or organza, nothing satin, silk or heavy-looking.  I only had 2 bridesmaids so I wanted the look to stay cohesive.  

Post # 16
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3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My wife did this:

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