(Closed) Broke Bridesmaids… Need Cheap Dress Ideas!

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would go department store shopping, or even an outlet mall at a store like Gap for a bunch of dresses on the cheap, that likely won’t need alterations.

Or you could go the mismatched dress route and pick a neutral color of a dress your bridesmaids could find cheaply, or already own (black is the classic option, but I’ve seen peach, yellow and gray as well)

I think the key is to keep looking and try not to be too picky about your choices.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe suggest you all go look for tasteful dresses together at department stores?

I think that it’s awfully rude that they have known for 7 months and haven’t put any money away for the dress.I let all of my BM’s know when the wedding was so they could save, and hopefully they do!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I bought my bridesmaid dresses from Target.com.  They carry up to size 18 in the Merona line.  I’m really happy with the dresses we got.  And, Target offers free in-store returns, so if you order them and don’t like them when you get them, you can just take them back to the store.  And you could order a couple sizes if you’re worried about what size to get someone and return the one that doesn’t fit.

My bridesmaid dresses were on sale for $29.99 with free shipping, so we got a great deal!  Here they are:

http://www.target.com/Merona-Collection-Strapless-Party-Dress/dp/B00286T4V0/ref=br_1_2?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=1290287011&node=1290287011&searchRank=salesrank&searchPage=1&rh=tgt_2%3APurple&sessionID=184-6302335-6823717&searchSize=30

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

i agree with latte love…depends on your colors, as well.

we did our dresses with gojane.com, they’re cute and affordable but don’t look cheap…

long dresses like: http://www.gojane.com/23907-formals-bow-a-line-formal.html

tea length: http://www.gojane.com/17421-formals-sweetheart-a-line-tea-length-formal.html

http://www.gojane.com/19149-formals-a-line-halter-tea-length-dress.html

short: http://www.gojane.com/14359-formals-strapless-gathered-waist-formal.html

free shipping on orders over $50 and everyone complimented us on our Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses:

(we used this one http://www.gojane.com/19659-formals-glitter-chiffon-sweetheart-formal.html in gold)

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I actually just posted about this a few minutes ago!

We’re on a tight budget, and my bridesmaids can’t afford to buy fancy dresses. SO, because we are fortunate enough to be planning a casual late summer wedding, we’re going with convertible dresses. I’m actually hand-making them. It’s quite easy – using cotton jersey and sewing 3 straight seams, I can make 4 custom dresses for $200 total using premium bamboo cotton jersey. (You can get that dollar ammount down by using cheaper jersey, or shopping locally with coupons. I’m ordering mine online and am paying a bit more for shipping and higher quality jersey)

This way, since my bridesmaids are all different shapes, they can wrap and twist their dress into something that makes them feel comfortable without sacrificing coordination. (These look GREAT on plus size girls too!) You can make sleeves, a halter top, strapless, or your own twisted creation! You can make the skirt longer or shorter, and make the straps thicker or thinner. Theres a million YouTube videos of how to tie these up. My girls and I are going to watch them together and do some practicing before the big day! Oh, and cotton jersey is quite forgiving, so exact sizes won’t matter. It’s kind of a one size fits most, and can be altered accordingly.

I made one practice one, and got the pattern figured out. It’s quite easy – only took me about 30mins to cut and sew one! I used this blog for guidance –http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html

Here’s a retail designier – $200+ each for their dresses! WOW! http://www.shopbutterbynadia.com/index.php?main_page=categories_product&cPath=2&zenid=c71c9549f726a0bc87507be3352b7bb0

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I was going to suggest Target – but sunnydebs beat me to it!

Have you checked out Wetseal? Or H&M?

@PeacockBride – can I officially name you my hero? I was so sold on the Twobirdsbridesmaid dresses. Until now. I will just make them. That is pretty much the same dress! Thank you thank you thank you!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hahaha! YES – my goal is to spread the cash saving love! They’re so freakin easy I don’t know why more people aren’t doing this! Laughing

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@Peacockbride – seriously! I fell in love with the dresses at twobirdsbridesmaid. But, uh, hello? This is so much better! Do you think any other fabrics would work just as well? I’m going to have to play around!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ChampagneWishes – if you don’t have a sewing machine, and no friends or family do either – Walmart has a very forgiving return policy – sewing a few of these dresses will by no means put any wear on a sewing machine – go buy a cheap one and return it when your done! Hehehe – I know I’m not the only one out there that’s done something like that!  But either way – good luck in your search no matter what way you choose to go!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@alishaneva – Anything somewhat stretchy will work. I’ve seen a million variations of these done! I like jersey because you don’t have to edge it or be too specific with the measurements and it’s cheaper than some other stretchy fabrics. Oh – and it’s reversable (looks good on either side) so you have to think about that when making these. Try it – it’s quite rewarding to create something so quickly and easiliy that rivals $300+ dresses!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Wow Target i never would have thought!!!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My BMs wore braja dresses, which are rayon India-made dresses. Cost about $35 dollars each. I will try to load a few pics. Holy Clothing carries these and they come in a variety of colors.

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would suggest going outlet shopping together if you can.

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