(Closed) Bridesmaid dresses: short or long? (looking for bridesmaids' feedback!)

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What kind of dress do you prefer?
    Long! : (46 votes)
    54 %
    Short! : (26 votes)
    31 %
    Mismatched! (Everyone can pick their own dress/length) : (13 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee

    I wanted long, but we went with short so they didn’t have to get them hemmed (aka cheaper).

    Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper

    I would mismatch the styles and colours, but not the length

    As a bridesmaid I don’t care if the bride chooses long or short dresses, so long as I’m not expected to spend a fortune and it’s not  so ridiculously frilly and flouncy that I look like a purse pooch some bored celebutante dressed up. 

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    As a Bridesmaid or Best Man, I didn’t necessarily care. I have a slight preference for short, but that’s because I wouldn’t need to get it hemmed.

    I wanted my BMs to wear short dresses since it’s likely going to be a hot summer day and I figured they’d prefer that, but they want long, so they’ll just get long!

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

    droses :  I like some uniformity, so I picked two different dresses by the same designer that are available in the same color and both floor length and gave all the girls the option to choose.

    I think if you’re going for mismatched, it really helps to give guidance on color and length. Even if you want a range in colors, setting that range and making sure that all of the colors go together is important. Once you have a color and a length, styles varying like different necklines can look great together.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I’m 5’11. I’m all legs in a short dress without some hem work, and usually need extra length on a long dress. So it depends on your bridesmaids. 

    To me, its more a question of the weather. If it’s hot and outside, I prefer a short dress. If its cold out, a bit of extra fabric across my legs is nice. 

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    droses :  I think they both have pros and cons.. I’ve worn both as bridesmaid dresses. 

    Short Pros: Obviously cooler so ideal for summer, typically cheaper to begin with, and like PP said, less cost for alterations 

    Short Cons: May not be ideal for all body types – someone with bigger legs may feel less confident wearing a short dress, could end up being a lot shorter on someone that is exceptionally tall (My dress looked a lot shorter on me in a friends wedding because I’m 5+inches taller than all of the other BMs)

    Long Pros: Shoes aren’t going to show as much, so those won’t be as important. (I guess some people could look at that as a con – but not for me!), you can get away with not shaving your legs/only shaving part of themwhen wearing one if you are lazy like me, may be a tad bit warmer if a winter wedding?

    Cons of long: More expensive alterations if you are short. 

    ETA: While I like the look of mismatched dresses – I don’t like when some are long and some are short. I like mismatched only if they are all the same length. I would worry that if I let my BMs all choose their dress length, I would end up only having 1 Bridesmaid or Best Man with a long dress, and the rest short, which would look really off IMO. 

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    As a bridesmaid, I always go into it knowing that I probably won’t like what I’m wearing, so I’m ok with whatever. Although I do prefer long dresses.

    As a bride, I chose long dresses for the girls (obviously), but they each chose their own dress from wherever they wanted.

    I just like the elegance of long dresses. 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    droses :  I feel it also depends on the kind of event.  If it’s very formal at a banquet hall, I’d opt for long as it’s a nice, elegant look.  If it’s a rustic or barn wedding, shorter dresses might be better, especially if it’s in a warmer month/season.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    angelinagonzalez :  Wow such stunning bridesmaids – was this your wedding?  Love the look of  light-coloured bridesmaid dresses! laughing

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I would definitely prefer to have a shorter dress as a bridesmaid. Alterations cost less and it is more rewearable this way. 

    I let my bridesmaids wear the black dresses they already owned (all different lengths) because they were all broke college students/recent grads and I didn’t want them to pay anything. It wasn’t Pinterest-worthy, but I had my besties all standing with me, and that’s what mattered. 

     

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I’ve never worn short, I love long bridesmaid dresses… but they are hot! It makes dancing the night away a bit more difficult (I usually end up knotting it shorter)

    I think it depends more on the style of wedding you want to have… if it’s more formal, you should try to select long dresses. If it’s an outdoor, casual wedding, I’d go short AND mismatched

     

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    We are doing mismatched but with a few limitations, their dresses must be floor length and they must be navy. I will be paying for their dresses but I am letting them choose whatever dress suits them best so long as they meet my little criteria. 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I prefer to wear long and I think there are such few times in life you can wear a long formal dress that why not?!

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