(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 # 16
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    15 posts
    Newbee

    I think it depends on your theme etc. but personally I love the look of a long, flowy bridesmaids dress. So elegant and classy.
    I am a shorty so from that persepctive, shorter is easier to avoid alterations etc. which we now have to do for my friends upcoming wedding!

    Post # 17
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    4129 posts
    Honey bee

    droses :  I’ve been a bridesmaid 7 times so far and I have worn 3 short dresses and 4 long dresses. It was always the bride’s decision and I did not care either way. If I was the bride, it would depend on the following factors:

    -cost 

    -dress style and availability

    -time of the year of wedding (fall, winter, spring, summer)

    -venue

    -formal vs casual atmosphere

    I would also ask a bit of feedback from the BM’s(which I know can have conflicting opinions) and take that into consideration before I make a decision

    Post # 18
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    6292 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I prefer long, I think they looking more elegant. I only like knee-length/shorter dresses if they’re fitted/structured or tunic in style. I feel about 12 in shorter chiffon dresses (which tends to be what most brides go for). 

    Post # 19
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    2 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2017

     I say what ever your bridal party can agree on jus make it comfortable and danceable 

    Don’t for something that they can wear agin (because if they are buying it themselves they are going to want to but something that they can wear multiple times)

    droses :  

    Post # 20
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    3884 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I’ve worn both and it really doesn’t matter! As long I like the dress itself. Long dresses are quite fun because you don’t always get the opportunity to wear something fancy but short might be easier for really short or tall girls.

    Post # 21
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    1378 posts
    Bumble bee

    droses :  My girls are all wearing long becuase its a fall wedding. In retrospect, I would care less about the colours “matching” and let them buy any dress in the colour of my choice that was long.

    Post # 22
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    2166 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Is your wedding in July as your profile would lead me to believe? If so, short. I couldn’t even think of wearing a long gown in July.

    Post # 23
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    423 posts
    Helper bee

    I too agree it depends on the look you’re going for. Long just reads more elegant to me. I’ve actually never known anyone to use short Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses personally but I have seen photos and think in some instances it can be quite cute. 

    Post # 24
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    1450 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

    I would definitely prefer a short one, simply for dancing purposes. 

    Post # 25
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    1206 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I prefer short dresses usually. Unless a wedding is a true black tie event where guests are going to also be wearing gowns, I always think the BMs look out of place in long dresses.

    Post # 26
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    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

    I find long dresses to be more formal, depends on what wedding you would want formal or casual

    Post # 27
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    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2027

    Definitely long. Short dresses remind me of something you would wear for a high school semi-formal. 

    Post # 28
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    473 posts
    Helper bee

    I’ve worn three, two were long and one short. I did not like wearing a short dress at all because I am very tall and it was much shorter on me than some of the other bridesmaids. I just felt silly in that thing. 

    My sister, pictured with me, is also tall. Also, this wedding was in 2007, so I’m sure styles are much different now …hehe. Still, my vote is definitely for long. 

    Post # 29
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    1740 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Definitely short – cooler, easier to dance in, easier to re-wear elsewhere.

    In response to the tall bridesmaids:  one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man is 5’10” and she was able to order a short dress with 5 extra inches for an extra $15.  

    Post # 30
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    726 posts
    Busy bee

    Long for later fall, winter, or when the bride can feel not picky about shoes if it is under the shirt.

    Short for spring, summer, or when the bride is not picky about shoes.

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