(Closed) Bridesmaid dress as a wedding dress?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

huh…. bridesmaid dresses are see through?? never heard that one!

i know there is at least one bride here that have recently purchased their dress from the prom/grad section and in white or ivory and i looks fabulous!

yes, some fabrics are more sheer than others but i think your friend is making up things…..

Post # 4
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have not heard of other people using Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses but I know some have purchased prom dresses and I think these dresses are more “bridey” and often come in white/ivory already and so they are lined!

Post # 5
171 posts
Blushing bee

ooo ooo ooo oo this is crazy! my best friend just told me today that she is using a brides maids dress as her wedding dress. what a coinky-dink. the dress that she is using is actually one of the dresses she had us try on for her bridesmaids dresses. she ended up liking it so much she is going to get it in white and ours will be the same style, different color and tea length. the dresses are by NO means see-through. why would they make them see-though, it doesnt really make sense. anyways she is getting her dress from barijay.com. they have some beautiful dresses on there. good luck with your search!

Post # 6
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Your friend is misinformed. I’m also planning on wearing a white or ivory bridesmaid dress as a wedding dress since I’m having a small city hall ceremony. 

Absolutely zero of the dresses I have tried on have been see-through, and I’ve been to expensive stores and inexpensive stores. 

Also, even if the dress was see-through for some bizarro reason, why wouldn’t you just wear a slip instead of paying to have a lining put in? That makes no sense to me. 

It’s not that uncommon for women to wear a bridesmaid dress when they get married if they’re having the type of ceremony that would warrant wearing a more casual style.

Post # 7
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It is a really great cost efficient solution! All the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I’ve worn were thick materials. One was pale pink & no one could see through my dress! I’m pretty sure it depends on the dress.

@angey: haha don’t feel pathetic. We’ve all been there at one point & there’s a huge waiting community here!! Your day is coming, don’t worry 🙂

Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You should definatly go looking once your ready to get an idea of what you want. I was very surprised by how many Wedding dresses (yes train and all) you COULD actually find under $500. You will be surprised. & All the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I’ve seen are very good thick material. Not see through….

Post # 9
3332 posts
Sugar bee

I definitely think you could find a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress that would work for you and wouldn’t need the lining redone.  I’ve worn several Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and never had a problem with lining like your friend described.  In fact, usually the material is heavier than a regular dress because it’s something like taffeta or satin.  I bet you could definitely have some great options if you went for this idea.

Post # 10
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think that it all depends on the maker of the dress, so don’t believe that!  I’m wearing a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for my 1st ceremony.  It’s by Mori Lee and was only $98 from bridalmart .com Also, Nordstrom has some pretty ones in your budget that aren’t Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, so you can look there too!

Post # 11
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Umm, your friend is dead wrong. Plain and simple. I’m wearing a knee-length Bridesmaid or Best Man dress in white for my wedding by Priscilla of Boston, and I also tried on many other Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, and I never had any “see-through” issues. The dresses were stellar quality, and if your dress is not a priority (as in, you don’t need a huge ballgown), I think going with a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress is totally the way to go. They’re SO much cheaper! I mean, you could get a Vera Wang Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for under $500.

Post # 12
2 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you are trying to save money and are thinking about a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress, try a Quincerna dress. It’s like a coming out dress. They come in a  variety of colors, so u can order a white or ivory dress….. and they are not expensive at all.

Post # 13
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve never worn or seen (thankfully) a see through bridesmaid dress! lol

you could try vera wang or Lazaro bridesmaid gowns-they are around $200-$350ish and very beautiful. Or Alvina Valenta-I wore one for my sisters wedding and truthfully it could have been a bridal gown if I had not gotten it in pearl pink..or maybe depending on what you like.

Post # 14
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would keep in mind too that you can buy samples for dress shops.  I went with my friend who was on a tight budget and timeline to a small shop near home.  She walked out with a sample Maggie Sottero that fit her perfectly for $500.

So keep in mind samples, and don’t discount the small stores around you!

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