(Closed) And the best part is, you can shorten it and wear it again!

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Theres a thing on pinterest I saw that suggested cutting up the (wonderful, beautiful…) dresses and using the fabric to make a baby blanket for the bride if/when she is expecting!


I’m planning on doing this whenever the time comes!

Post # 4
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Granted it’s still some time off, but I plan on offering to cover the cost of shortening their dresses. I think rewearing is doable with many dresses, but it’s taking the time to alter them and paying for it that causes the problem. I had tons of dresses from all the quinceñeras I stood in that I would have reused if they were shorter, just couldn’t afford it.

Post # 5
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ChelseaBells:  Noooo.  Plenty of Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.  None have been reworn.  I kept this in mind and purposesly chose dresses waaaaaay under budget knowing that the girls will probably never touch it again.

Post # 6
7271 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@castaway83:  +1 I’ve seen this too and I can’t wait to do this!!

Post # 7
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s not a matter of if it can be reworn. It’s a matter of taste. People have different tastes and the chance that the bride has the same taste as all the girls is incredibly small. So I assme nobody will ever rewear a bridesmaids dress. And I even let my girls pick their own – and I still don’t assume they’ll ever wear them again.

Post # 8
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@ChelseaBells:  I wore mine from my cousin’s wedding another three times as a ball dress! I was at University at the time, and it was very handy for all the annual balls we had. This is without altering btw, it was full-length.


Post # 9
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have never worn a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress again..i thought about doing the baby blanket thing but as a mom, all the dresses i had would be itchy or uncomfortable for a baby so i flaked on that…I did however donate all my old Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses to the prom thing. Where we live like 2 months before prom one of the local cleaners does this Cinderella Dreams thing they take donations of formal dresses, shoes, purses, etc and then sells them for like $20 to girls going to prom whose parents my not be able to afford the $200 prom dress. It made me feel good to do this since i dont know anyone who would be going to prom.


Post # 10
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ChelseaBells:  i think PP mentioned this, but i plan on having mine remade into a quilt when the bride has her first baby. all the BM’s are going to get together and add their fabric to the quilt.

Post # 11
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I haven’t, but at least 2 of my BMs have.  They were already short though.

Post # 12
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

There’s a charity, can’t remember the name of it, where you can donate them and they give them to underprivileged girls for prom.

Post # 13
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man once, I got to pick my own dress (short, in a specific but neutral color), and I have still only worn it again once.  I lead a VERY casual lifestyle though, I basically only dress up to go to weddings 😛  Still, I will always vote for letting your wedding party pick their own dress when people are considering it as an option.  It all just seems so wasteful!

Post # 14
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I HATE when brides say this! I have never met anyone who actually shortens the dress and wears it again.  Plus even if you do shorten the dress, it is usually in a fabric that is very “bridesmaid-y” and not something you pick out for a cocktail dress.


Shhh….don’t the brides but I have sold every single one of my bridesmaid dresses on ebay after the wedding was over Laughing


Post # 15
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@ChelseaBells:  I just wore one of mine the other day. 😀

But then again…it looks like this:                  In this colour:


Post # 16
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

One of my BMs is actually shortening hers and making it into a cocktail dress.  I’m glad she’ll get more use out of it!

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