Post # 1
So we are having our bridesmaids wear black dresses. 1st of all holy cow some Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are expensive…..no way I would EVER ask my ladies to drop $250 on a dress for my wedding…..so we are keeping it to a budget level like under $100….I am buying their shoes, jewelry and make up for the day, so all they have to do is buy the dress. Hair is being paid for by me through a close friend who is a cosmotologist…..
since we are having a fall wedding I want my ladies to be warm….and comfortable since we are doing some out door pictures….regardless of what type of dress i choose we will be packing blankets to take with us to do the outdoor pics incase anyone gets cold! but i am trying to think here….of what i would prefer them to wear….i have the most adorable and comfortable red shoes picked out for them….and i am debating between short and long dresses..
here are my thoughts on both:
not having a super fancy wedding
I want everyone to see their red shoes
If I honestly had a black Bridesmaid or Best Man dress that was short Id probably wear it again to like a fancy fund raiser or wedding.
if it is icky weather out, none of the bottoms of the dresses would get dirty!
but it could be cold outside and i dont want them to freeze, but they will only be outside MAYBE 45 minutes…..
possibly a pinch warmer
may look more elegant in photos
but wont see shoes easily and dresses could get dirty leading to extra cleaning bill for the ladies to get them cleaned up
may not want to keep them….
but i want to know what YOU as a Bridesmaid or Best Man would prefer? I like the look of shorter but want my ladies comfy…..
here are 2 of the long and 2 of the short options I am considering:
All the dresses can be ordered in Black and will be in black! and all of my BMs say they will wear whatever I want so we are looking for opinions: all are roughly the same price and I will help cover any costs they cant afford to be there, but i want to stay budget friendly obviously the long dressesare just a tad more expensive.
Post # 3
i should also add that ive picked these 4 as my top contenders because they are fromd Davids Bridal a store ALL Of my BMs have close access to to avoid any fitting issues, and I think they would work with all of their shapes, and are less costly then most bm dresses I have looked at. And I would LIKE all of them in atleast the same length of dress, so if one wants straps fine, but i dont want short and long….
Post # 4
I like #2 the best. Shorter dresses always just seem more versitile, and straps are a must for me on most dresses.
Post # 5
I vote for 2- I personally don’t do strapless, because they don’t work with my figure. Also, the last wedding I went to the girls wore strapless dresses and I kid you not EVERY single Bridesmaid or Best Man had really bad tan lines.
Post # 6
I picked #2 but I also like #4, I personally wouldnt feel 100% comfortable in a strapless dress. Dress #2 is very versatile and your bridesmaids could probably wear it again (and again and again), Dress #4 is a little more elegant but more $$$ and less likely to be reworn…
Post # 7
I love #2- it’s classy and simple.
As for the weather issue, October can be a tricky month depending on where you’re from. By me, it can be in the 30s or nin the 80s! No joke. I was in a wedding in December- we wore short dresses. They’re just so much easier in general. We dealt with the half hour in the cold and moved on with life. It wasn’t that bad at all.
Post # 8
thanks for the quick replies….#2 has been my favorite, but #4 I also love….its soo hard to choose
Post # 9
@kansas_nurse: Number 2. Straps would definitely make me feel much more comfortable and I feel like that silhouette would look very lovely on a bunch of different body types.
Post # 10
I like #2. It is the most rewearable, IMO.
I personally detest long dresses unless it is a fancy gown. The thin layer of fabric won’t really do anything to repel the temperature. They are going to need to wear tights or nylons if it is cold.
Post # 11
Definitely #2! V-neck is flattering on almost everyone and short dresses are easy b/c you don’t have to worry about length alterations.
Post # 12
#2 but Im bias as that dress is similar to my bm dress
Post # 13
I personally prefer non-strapless dresses since I don’t like having to constantly pull the bodice up and I don’t like the pressure strapless dresses often put on the bust.
I think the second dress looks comfy and lovely and I’d wear it again – If I got to choose, #2 has my vote!
Post # 14
I like number one the best, but I would be so much more confortable in something with straps. No worries about strapless bras of funky tanlines.
Number two is awesome, wide straps, made from a jersey like fabric, so it isn’t going to cling in weird sport, fit loose and is flattering. Don’t be surprise if you ladies get a smaller size, the fabric has a ton of give.
Number three is nice, but the bust is really small, if you have any ladies that are more top heavy they are going to have a hard time with this dress. Also funky tan lines and a strapless bra- no thanks. There is also a weird piece that comes off the back that I would be guarenteed to play with all night long.
Number four the one stap is soooo overbearing on anyone that has a small frame. Also that dress is frorm the ‘party dress’ collection, meaning that it is not a bridesmaid dress, the store gets a few sizes and colours in and when they are gone they are gone. Making our bridesmaids hunt down a dress at another store, or worse having to order it on line is going to flat out suck (just because you can order something on line does not mean that you can order it in store) so I would immediatly vito that dress based on the potential avalibility issues alone.