Bridesmaid dresses: You can wear it again! Did you?

posted 5 months ago in Beehive
  • poll: Have you ever re-worn a bridesmaid dress?
    Yes, I have! : (10 votes)
    11 %
    No, I haven’t. : (78 votes)
    85 %
    Only because I got creative. : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 16
    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2020 - Breckenridge, CO

    Nope. Never. I sold both of my braidsmaids dresses after the weddings. I wish I didn’t feel like they were both gigantic wastes of money but they were. 

    Post # 17
    1216 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I have! For my cousin’s wedding she had us wear a really nice knee-length cornflower blue v-neck dress; wore it for my graduation. (And I’d wear it a LOT more often nowadays if I could still fit into it frown)

    I wore another knee-length eggplant lace dress from David’s Bridal last year for a friend’s wedding (she let us pick any style, any store, just as long as it was dark purple) and would definitely wear it again if I hadn’t accidentally ordered it sliiiiightly too small. And now I’m pregnant so who knows if I’ll ever get back down to where that one (and the aforementioned blue one) will actually fit. 

    I guess the moral of the story is- knee length dresses have the best rewearability!

    Post # 18
    249 posts
    Helper bee

    I have… as a Halloween costume. The dress was actually 3 separate pieces the bride insisted on: a sleeveless top, a skirt with long train, and a wrap of the same wine coloured shimmery material. It suited her wedding, but was really not appropriate for anything else. These pieces came in at $550 plus tailoring. Yikes.

    Post # 19
    1719 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    Nope, and I should have. For one wedding I was in I wore a short coral dress. And I love coral, it looks great on me. I thought for sure I’d wear it again. But every time I got it out to wear to a wedding I just couldn’t help but think it looked like a bridesmaids dress. So I never wore it and eventually donated it. 

    Everything else was a horrendous color or dress. 

    My bridesmaids are actually rewearing their dresses. They’re lone navy dresses. One already wore hers (wedding isn’t for another month) to a gala and one is wearing hers to a ball right after the wedding. The other one is cutting hers off and wearing it to a wedding this summer! 

    Post # 23
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    I voted no for the “real” bridesmaid dress I got, that was a long chiffon strapless deal. Not a bad color but it just…looks like a bridesmaid dress. In reality I did wear another dress again, but that’s because the bride just told us to wear a dress in a certain color of any style at all. I actually already wore one I had already bought before I knew about the wedding 🙂

    Post # 24
    707 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2019

    Honestly if it’s any type of traditional bridesmaid dress your never going to where it again because it’s always going to be a bridesmaid dress. If you were to go to Nordstrom and pick out any old dress and use it as a bridesmaid dress then you may where it again. I think the 2 I have are in a closet somewhere. 

    Post # 25
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Most of my bridesmaids continued wearing their dresses after the wedding, but I can only attribute that to the fact that they picked out any dress they wanted as long as it was in the same colour family I suggested. So they were guaranteed to have dresses they liked that suited them (unless they just didn’t like my wedding colours haha).

    Post # 26
    27 posts
    • Wedding: August 2019 - Kelowna, BC, Canada

    I’ve been a bridesmaid in 3 weddings.


    One dress has a terrible colour (coral pink)and I dont like it so I choose not to wear it..but the other 2 I dont wear cause I cant fit into them!

    Post # 27
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    Ive had  two and neither of them have I ever worn again. 

    The first one my ex SIL picked without me, it was all boob and picked to look beautiful on her tall slender sister not short dumpy me. 

    The second one I never liked the way the seamstress altered it, it never looked flattering on me and she never took it in as far as I requested. So I just frumpy and would never wear it again.

    Post # 28
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    No, but I always get stuck wearing dresses that are SO not my colours (and style).

    Post # 29
    1351 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    One of my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses was gold silk (for real! GOLD SILK!) and was the ugliest thing I’ve ever worn in my life. That one got donated to a prom program. 

    The other one was navy and not too awful but it wasn’t my taste. The bride originally said that we could all pick different dresses and then changed her mind to we all had to spend $180 on the dress she chose (which was a big deal at the time because I was in university and a broke ass student, the dress I chose originally was the cheapest of the options she gave us at $110, not to mention alterations for the dress she chose were more expensive). This dress I wore to another two weddings because it was short. 

    Almost got away with it too- one wedding had the same Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses in a different colour lol 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

    Post # 30
    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: NJ

    I have only been a bridesmaid once. The bride said just that! “you can cut it down and wear it again” line.

    As if! The wedding was in 1990 and the dress was so fussy, lace sleeves, lace over satin bodice, big poofs at the shoulders, butt bow, and long swirly satin skirt. It was a drop waist and would have looked ridiculous cut to knee length. 

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