(Closed) Black Tie Optional – Long VS Short Bridesmaid Dresses

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’d go full length in case some of your guest go full on black tie – you don’t want them to feel overdressed.

Post # 4
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are having a semi formal affair and I went with long dresses. I feel it is more formal then a shorter dress. But if the guys are wearing bow ties or full tux then they ladies would look nice in a long dress. Good luck. 

Post # 5
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


Post # 6
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

mine was black tie optional and my girls wore floor length. Originally I was going to have them in tea length, but when my dress ended up being really formal, I opted for long for them.

Post # 7
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would go for long… I think some guests will be in floor length dresses (I likely would be…), so you would want your BMs to be equally dressed up 🙂

Post # 8
1140 posts
Bumble bee

I would say since it’s in the fall and black tie optional, a floor length gown will look better and more appropriate.

Post # 9
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - The Chapel of the Sir Christopher Wren Building, 2007 Legacy Hall

I don’t think there is a steadfast “rule,” but I think long would be more appropriate.

Post # 10
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I like to think that there are no RULES for anything, do what makes you happy!!! That said, we’re having a cocktail attire wedding and although I was sure I wanted the BMs in short/cocktail length dresses, when I saw them in floor length I just knew that it looked better and more appropriate given a fairly formal event at a fairly formal venue. But it wouldn’t have been INAPPROPRIATE for them to wear shorter dresses…just wouldn’t have looked as coherent in my case…see what you like ON them in person if you can. I thought they’d be wearing bright blue shorter dresses and they ended up in navy long dresses once I saw things in person 🙂

Post # 11
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had a black tie invited wedding and my girls wore long dresses, (as did most of our female guests).  I was a bridesmaid in a wedding that was black tie optional and we wore short dresses.  All of us agreed that were were the most casual ones there.

Post # 12
25 posts

@Thea S:  It is best the bridesmaid dresses go full length. After all, it is a little cold in fall especially at night. Also, long dresses have a formal graceful look.

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