(Closed) Bridesmaids Dress Shopping

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I think with such a variance in age and sizes I would just tell your BMs a color and length and then let them pick whatever they like within those requirements.  This will be A LOT easier then trying to find one dress that works for everyone.  This will also help with keeping within everyone’s budget because they have full control over how much they end up spending.

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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mandygurl88:  I let each of my girls pick their own style, but I chose color and length. They were all comfortable and felt confident and beautiful on my wedding day. Each dress was flattering because they picked their own style so I actually think they looked better than if I had them all in one style!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I chose the Angelina Faccenda (Mori Lee) dress for my bridesmaids, who ranged in sizes from a 0 to a 20 (street size), with varying degress of “endowment”. I think the dress looks great on all of them, and they were able to wear a normal strapless or one strap bra, since the back was cut higher up than most bridesmaids dresses are. 

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I was also in a wedding a couple summers ago in the Alexia 4148 and I think it looked great on everyone as well. We varied in sizes from 2-20 (street, not bridal size).

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I think the key, especially for girls who are a bigger size or more busty (speaking from experience), is some sort of strap, and to be conscious of where the back hits. So many bridesmaid dresses have backs that are so low a normal bra cannot be worn with it. A gentle a-line skirt is also very flattering, as is chiffon fabric.

Post # 7
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Newbee

I have bridesmaids of all sizes too. Since I am going for a more formal feel as well, I wanted them all in the same long dress. I was really worried that we wouldn’t find something that everyone felt comfortable in. It ended up being a surprisingly easy decision. We went with a vera wang bridesmaid dress from David’s Style # VW360215. The top is very structured and provides great support. The skirt is flowy and loose. It really complemented everyone perfectly. They all loved it.

 

This style number is the one shoulder. There is also a halter version of the dress. I think these would go well together if someone were more comfortable with one style over the other. Definitely give this one a try if they have it at the store you are going to!  

Post # 8
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DZ_Squared:  This was my bridesmaids’ dress as well – lots of different body types, and I think they all looked great – and still tell me how comfortable they were. Also, the dress has pockets which was apprecited by all ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

 

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mandygurl88:  I was recently a Bridesmaid or Best Man where the bride used Tulle and Chantilly.  http://www.tulleandchantilly.com/    They were great!  My friend was super picky about everything matching color wise.  So she told us the fabric type and specific color (they have like 200 and offer swatches so don’t get stuck with the ones shown) and let us choose the style.  

She contacted the company and told them she wanted them all done together from the same spool of fabric.   They were happy to do it.   We just all ordered them seperately and added the bride’s name as a note when ordering.  They wouldn’t start making them until all the orders were in (so they could be done with the exact same fabric)

They were beautiful and didn’t take much time to arrive.   ANd the best part (at least for me) was that they are made to your EXACT measurements.   Including height.   I’m only 5 feet tall so this was my first Bridesmaid or Best Man dress that I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to alter!!!

This is the only pic I have.  There were more of us, all with different gowns.

PS:  One of these BMs is pregnant (4 mo in the pic)… so picking different styles worked really well.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you want them all the same…  you can!

I only had 2 gals in my bridal party. My Maid/Matron of Honor (sister) lives out of town, and she just went to a place that carried the designer and found a style and size that worked for her. My other Bridesmaid or Best Man lives where I live, so we went and looked together. Once they found the style they wanted, I just ordered both at the same time. That way, they were ordered together.

I only required them to the same color, length, and fabric with Alfred Angelo.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  Kacie209.
Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Just another 2 cents. I was in a friends wedding where one of our other friends is heavier. She wasn’t able to try on dresses that my friend selected, since the samples didn’t come in her size. And, the dress that was ultimately picked was one that was able to flatter her, as well as everyone else’s. It was strapless and a-line. I don’t like strapless, but it wasn’t my choice and we all look alright (minus the mile long sash thing that hung from the back). The other BMs were indifferent, but I know the pick wasn’t their first choice in all the ones we tried on.

You may find it easier for them to find a dress that is flattering to them versus having them all find one that works for everyone. LOTS of options out there. Good luck!!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My bridesmaids are size 4, 8, and 18, so I had a big range as well. I went with this one which I think will be pretty universally flattering:10930487

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My girls are wearing the halter version of the dress clairebearinva and DZ_Squared suggested! My BMs are street sizes 0-18, all busty, and have different body shapes, but all loved this dress!

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