(Closed) Bridesmaid dress instead of bridal gown?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you are going for a simplier style, then I say definitely do it.

I had a friend who wanted a shorter dress and ended up with a bridesmaid dress in ivory.

There are tons of styles from short, to long and flowy, I even know that Impression Bridal makes a bridesmaid dress with pick ups. You can always dress it up a little with a sash.

If you know someone who is handy with a needle and thread you can even buy beaded appliques that you can put on to fancy it up if you want

I would have done it (i love a bargain!) and added some details but I was really set on a train.

Good luck with your search!

Post # 4
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ive looked at a lot of different options for my dress. My budget is quite tight for a plus size dress especially considering I have extreemly expensive taste. One day at a wedding convention, I came across a designer (diva) that make beautiful bride maid, and evening gowns for a fraction of bridal gowns (dresses between 150-450$ with alterations and even the extra material to accomodate the plus size). I have not found my dress yet, but honestly I think im leaning towards getting a brides maid dress.

Post # 5
375 posts
Helper bee

I am 99% positive that I am going this route.  We are having our wedding at a venue right on the beach so I’m able to go with a more “casual” dress.  Plus, now that I’ve rifled through tons of Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and taken note of prices, I’m pretty hooked on making sure I find a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress because the savings is HUGE. 

Bill Levkoff has some really pretty Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.  I’ve bookmarked a few of his. 

If it fits your style and your budget, I’m ALWAYS a supporter.  Laughing  If you do go this route, let us know what you choose! 

Post # 6
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

JCrew also has a new line of wedding ware out.. dresses start below 400 dollars.  Some were pretty cute.  Might want to check that out too.

Post # 7
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m doing this! It’s a Watters dress–most of theirs come in white/ivory, and they have a lot of dressier ones. I’ve since seen wedding dresses from a few designers that look just like mine. I didn’t want a train since my whole wedding is outside, but you can order the dresses with extra length and (assuming you aren’t really tall) shorten the front and get a sweep train.

I thought the fabric and quality were quite good, certainly comparable to less expensive wedding dresses–maybe not up there with high end dress, but I’m only going to wear it once. That’s based on the sample, mine isn’t in yet. I’m so anxious to see it in white and in my size!

Post # 8
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I purchased a bridesmaid dress in white for my wedding dress.  Here are a couple pictures of front and back – the cost of the dress was $200.

Post # 10
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’ve heard of this quite a bit! And they’d better not get mad…you are still a paying (read =$) customer! 🙂 Good luck.

Post # 11
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve tried them on, but haven’t bought a dress yet.  I want something tea length and not too pouffy/retro, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to go this route – there’s some cute tea length designer dresses, but it seems ridiculous to pay several thousand when what I want is available for a couple hundred bucks.

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