Post # 1
So I have been thinking a lot about my wedding latley which makes me feel kind of pathetic considering I don’t have my ring yet (it is sitting up in the top of my closet). Anyways on with my question…
I was talking to a friend today about Wedding dresses. My friend is engaged and has been looking at dresses latley. I told her that I don’t have a high budget for my dress ($300 maybe $500 at the most). I can’t justify spending more than that for something I will wear one day- to each their own. I told her I was considering getting a bridesmaids dress in white for my dress as they are more cost effective, and there are some nice ones out there that I like. She said that if I consider that I need to be careful because there is no lining in them so they are see through. She said then once you purchase the dress you need to spend $100-200 to put a lining in them, therefore you would be better off getting an actual gown for the price you end up paying.
Is this true? or does it really depend on the brand/designer of dress that you are getting? I really have no idea if this is true as I haven’t been out dress shopping or anything. Has anyone here gotten a bridesmaids dress as their wedding dress?
Looking forward to replies!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!