Post # 1
I am having 8 bridesmaids that all have very different body shapes. I want to choose a color combination and fabric, and then allow each bridesmaid to pick a dress style that suits them best. Does anyone know of any good websites/brands/designers that fit this description? I want something higher quality that David’s Bridal, but the same price. Does that exist?
Post # 3
A lot of bridesmaid brands have lines that use the same fabrics/color choices for different styles. Dessy/After Six might be a good one, as well as Watters and Watters (a little more expensive). I think on both of their websites you can search by color or fabric. I used Dessy and ordered from RK Bridal which was much cheaper.
Post # 4
Hi! You should check out http://www.bridesmaids.com. It has all the Dess collection, plus Watters, Jim Hjelm, etc. Since you’re in NYC, you can also stop by their store (I’ve heard they have hundreds in stock). It’s 238 West 14th Street. HTH!
Post # 5
Simple Silhouettes might be a good option too. They have a showroom in NYC. http://www.simpledress.com
Post # 6
I did this with Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dresses. They tried the dresses at RK Bridal (there were a ton of dresses there) then ordered them through Netbride.
Post # 7
I agree that watter and watters is a good option for this, they are slightly more money, but at the end of the day if price is a big factor, you CAN find nice things at Davids Bridal and Alfred Angelo
Post # 8
Congrats on going this route. I did this for my wedding and my bridesmaids really appreciated it. The picutres were gorgeous and in my opinion, it’s more interesting than having BMs standing there in identical attire. Why did we ever think that was a good idea?
My dresses were from a boutique in L.A., so I can’t help with a suggestion, but there seems to be many options in the bridal mags.
I was a Maid/Matron of Honor in a wedding last week and the dresses from Alfred Angelo were surprisingly nice quality.
Post # 9
I had the same basic idea, but ended up going with David’s bridal becuase one of my bm’s lives out of state, two live in local so cal, and one lives up in the so cal mountains — so after doing lots of research, and all my gal’s agreeing that they didn’t want to buy online, David’s bridal ended up being the best choice. One of my bm’s is a seamstress, so she is doing all of the alterations and adding thicker straps to two of the dresses.
Here is a link to the idea: http://calioc.blogspot.com/2008/06/ladies-in-blue.html (no real pictures yet).
Post # 10
I also went this way and it worked out perfectly. I basically picked the color and the fabric and all of my girls picked out their own dresses. I went with Jim Hjelm because if you order Jim Hjelm they can also pick from Lazaro and Alvina valenta because they use the same fabric and cut the color all from the same dye job. The girls look fabulous and I think that it is such a modern and chic twist.
The link for the other 2 designers is at the bottom of his site.
Post # 11
I went for the budget conscious route, a found two websites online that had pretty much the same dresses but had some different color options on some of the dresses. I told my girls to find a dress in burgundy that they loved. Most of the girls have recieved their dresses and loved them!!! The dresses are relatively inexpensive ranging from $59 to $109 depending on the dress. I think most of the girls paid under $70 for their dresses. All the dresses are different styles but are the same color, I even got my flower girl dress from there. I really wanted to try and have them get a dress they would definitely wear again but still be in a good price range. As for shoes, I suggested getting a cute pair of dyeables if they wanted the shoes to match the dress but they are wearing whatever they feel looks good with the dress. I did purchase garnet bracelets for them so that will be the only matching item. There are some dresses that look more like prom dresses but there are some very cute dresses that are similar to ones you see at bridal stores and such.
Here are the two websites:
http://www.justthebeginnings.com and http://www.keepmeinstitches.com
Post # 12
I am doing this, and we are going with dresses from Alfred Angelo. We are ordering the dresses from houseofbrides.com and are getting great prices on them.
Post # 13
Although I didn’t go with them, cocomyles.com had great variation, VERY affordable and wonderful customer service.
I went with bill levkoff, i picked a color and fabric and let the girls have at it.
Post # 14
I’m also doing the same thing! I have found that Impressions Bridesmaid Separates has a lot of different styles, like 10-12 different skirts and approximately 25 different tops to choose from. I was out looking for my dress yesterday, and the bridal shop I was at also mentioned Alexia Mix & Match.
Post # 15
How expensive do Jim Hjelm dresses tend to be? I’m hoping to find something my bridesmaids can wear again… (trying to be a nice bride!).
Post # 16
I did this! all my girls are different sizes and shapes. I had them pick out their own dresses I just choose the fabric and color. RK bridal has a great selection of dresses and they do price matching!