Post # 1
Me and a few of my girls went for our first group experience looking @ dresses. It’s so hard to please everyone! I don’t want them to have to spend a lot. David’s Bridal is the most affordable I have found but wasn’t wowed by any of the dresses. They all agreed long ones would be best, so that was all we considered and tried on. I came home and looked at shorter dresses to have more options. I am considering going back solo or with one person, to make it easier. And from there, make a decision and simply tell them which I have picked.
I am not extremely fond of David Bridal’s shade of Coral Reef, but perhaps because I only saw it in person on one dress. I personally don’t like buying online and so I don’t want them to have to buy online, but I have found other options via online search.
Advice on this? I am learning to be too concerned with pleasing everyone, at least to the point that it makes me more stressed. A few of my girls are on the heavier side, so I mainly worry about them…interestigly enough – they are the most laid back about the whole process. Lol. I do have to make sure that the dress I pick is available in a wide range of sizes, which does make it more of a challenge…
Post # 2
Yeah I have 2 BMs, my sisters, and we are having a tough time. One lives a plane ride away and the other is trying to lose baby weight. Unsucessfully. Plane ride sis actually came home for the weekend and I’m sending them to DB tomorrow. I can’t make it because I have school tomorrow. As long as the dress is in some sort of plum color, I could care less. I trust they will find a pretty dress that looks good on them at a price they can afford.
Post # 3
We I have two bridesmaids with very different body types and they both live across the country. We shopped together at Alfred Angelo to get an idea of what they like but i didnt buy a dress yet so we didnt decide on anything. When I have time in a couple weeks I’ll go to a few national chains, make notes on colors and dresses that could ork and email them the choices to see what they think.
Post # 4
Do your dresses have to exactly the same? I have chosen the colors, fabric, and length of the dresses from Alfred Angelo and Davids Bridal, and I am going to let my bridesmaids choose which dress they want from there. My girls are also scattered around the country so keeping it to chains is helpful for them to be able to go and try dresses on. I want everyone to be comfortable in a style that is theirs, but still match. From my girls plans, it is also likely that two will be pregnant so going with one style was never going to work.
Post # 5
Last summer I was in a couple of weddings where the brides had similar thoughts as yours- didn’t want is to spend a lot, were underwhelmed by DB, and wanted long. We ended up visiting a couple salons, found dresses and then ordered them for much cheaper on weddingshoppeinc. We had great experiences and got both dresses for about the price of DB dresses.
Post # 6
That is exactly why I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses–they just had to be long and chiffon. I ended up picking the colors (a range of pinks and beiges). Everyone ended up with a dress they were happy with. Good luck!
Post # 7
I’m not sure how the price compares to DB, but take a look at Donna Morgan (most of her long dresses are in the $230 range). She does many styles in the same color, so you could pick a color and they could pick the style that works best for them. Nordstorm carries the brand, so returns or exchages would be easy.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview
I have 4 bridesmaids, all of varying sizes, and shapes. 3 all live close to one another (within 2ish hours from each other or less) and live within an hour to their closest DB, I live 9+ hours from the closest DB and my other bridemaid lives in Hong Kong and no where near a DB (nor do they ship there). When we went shopping I had 3 of them at the appointment so that helped. I had a few ideas of style of dress (varying in long and short styles and materials) and found the long chiffon suited them best (I could tell by the look on their faces and they all said it was really comfortable). I then had to narrow it down to colour (I was torn between 2 varying blues, horizon and marine, and eventually selected horizon). When we went to order from the store, they weren’t able to get the sizes we needed, so I ordered for all of them online and then shipped it to all of the girls. The sales girl was totally understanding about it and she gave me a card with the list of girls’ sizes. The good thing about ordering online was that they often have sales on the dresses and the stores don’t! 🙂 I’d also recommend getting a swatch if possible since they look nothing like they do online.
Post # 9
My two ladies got theirs from Modcloth. 69.99, great deal. I didn’t want to get anything that was going to break anyone’s bank. They come in plus sizes too, so, the larger girls aren’t uncomfortable.
Post # 10
I am not sure if this helps.. but I thought Davids bridal was reasonably priced. I wanted a lace dress and they only had a few at like $175. I ended up going somewhere else that had MUCH nicer lace dresses for $185. I think you just need to look around more and even buying online can work if they have good return policys
Post # 11
Mori Lee has great prices on their bridesmaids dresses short or long, minus some of their all over lace gowns the majority of their dress are under $200. Also most bridal boutiques that carry Mori Lee do not require you to pay in full like David’s just a deposit to get the dress ordered. I would really check them out.
Here are just a few popular styles that seem to do really well at the shop I work at…
Post # 12
What about infinity dresses? Theyre affordable and flattering on everyone!!!
Post # 14
One Bridesmaid or Best Man says NO strapless. Lol!