Post # 1
Classic line from 27 dresses..
What I want to know, has anyone actually done this? Reworn a bridesmaids dress? Because I have 4 of them sitting in my closet. Lonely. Most likely never to be worn again.
Post pics if you have a before and after of a bridesmaids dress you’ve shortened!
Post # 3
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
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
@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
@castaway83: +1 I’ve seen this too and I can’t wait to do this!!
Post # 7
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
- 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
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
@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
I haven’t, but at least 2 of my BMs have. They were already short though.
Post # 12
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
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
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
Post # 15
@ChelseaBells: I just wore one of mine the other day. 😀
But then again…it looks like this: In this colour:
Post # 16
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!