Bridesmaids dress as wedding dress?? Alternative to traditional wedding gown??

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2292 posts
Buzzing bee

Informal wedding gowns are the name for the type of dress you’re describing. Lots of wedding dress designers have them. They’re less expensive than the regular bridal gowns, and they tend to have no train or just a small train.

Venus bridal and Impression bridal have some of my favorite informal dresses. You can see them on their respective websites at and If you want to see the price ranges for these dresses, you can see them at and; you can also buy the dresses from both of those sites. Mori Lee has the Voyage collection; you might want to check those dresses out as well. You can find them on both of the sites I just mentioned.

Google “Informal wedding gowns” for other collections. There are a lot of great options out there. 

Post # 3
1282 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think it’s completely fine if you find a bridesmaids dress that you like in the color you want. Also, don’t rule out looking at non-wedding dresses in department stores too!

Post # 4
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

My best friend bought an off the rack bridesmaid dress from David’s Bridal in white for her Las Vegas wedding. It cost her $99, and she loved it. To this day (married 5 years) she still thinks it was the best decision.

Post # 5
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My partner bought bridesmaid dress for our October wedding as she was looking for something very similar to what you’ve described. I won’t be seeing it until the day of, but I know she will be gorgeous! I believe she ordered an Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress if that helps.

Post # 6
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

emstar168:  +1 about department stores

You can find a white/ivory/blush dress just about anywhere. I’d suggest Anthropologie, J. Crew, White House Black Market, Nordstrom,, even prom dress stores like Windsor. It just depends on your style (I wanted to go this route but wanted a very specific look), but there’s lots of options out there! Good luck!

Post # 7
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I second the J.Crew idea as well as BHLDN – Anthropologie’s bridal line. I’m having a relaxed outdoor ceremony and reception and got my dress from J. Crew. 

Good luck find the perfect dress for you!

Post # 9
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My friend wore a Kelsey Rose bridesmaid dress in ivory, it was beautiful! Nobody knew it was a bridesmaids dress, I myself didn’t until I started working in the shop where she got it. It was an amazing price and a beautiful dress!

Post # 10
1536 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

EH125:  Not sure the color/style your going for or your budget. But these dresses IMO could double as a wedding dress. And some of these come in different colors. Oh, and Btw these are all prom dresses. Good Luck.


Post # 11
413 posts
Helper bee

Some bridal gown suggestions:<br /><br />

Post # 12
46647 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nataya also makes beautiful vintage inspired dresses that could be perfect wedding dresses

40007 dress


Post # 13
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

EH125:  I bought a dress that I didn’t wear from BHLDN. I was almost 40 when I married, but also the only daughter. I bought the sample dress for $500, and it immediately got nixed by my familt and BMs for it not being ‘bridal’ enough! But, I do love it. I’ve offered it to other brides, for *free,* but none have bitten. Google BHLDN ‘crepe de chine’ for more pics. It’s Lovely! My only request if I send it to you is that if you don’t like it for whatever reason, you pay the postage to send it back to me. I bought this dress with the plan of wearing it, and was so happy! I just don’t want someone to not wear it and sell it to make money. It’s in great condition, and had no alterations. I can’t recall, but it’s either an 8 or a 10. But, it was a sample, and the bottom is quite dirty from gals trying it on. It does need to be cleaned. PM me if you’re interested and I will send you pics of the actual dress hanging in my closet. 🙂 No offense taken if it’s not your style. 🙂


If you’re wondering the free ‘catch’ : I don’t feel right about selling it because I wouldn’t know what to ask for. I got it over 50% off, but it also needs to be cleaned from gals tring it on. I wouldn’t feel right about it! By The Way, it’s cream colored, and that bottom band is a beautiful peach color. 


Post # 14
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Target has a line of wedding apparel online. Very simple and understated. 

Post # 15
5951 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013


EH125:  There are so many cocktail and evening dresses out there these days in white/ivory/silver/gold/etc that could work as well.  I’d start with Nordstrom’s website and work from there.

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