Post # 1
I’ve been looking into bridesmaid dresses lately, and since I am paying for all my girls’ dresses, I’m looking at ways to cut costs. I’ve budgeted $100 per dress, for 4 dresses. I’ve recently discovered that when buying bridesmaid dresses at a bridal shop, there is the additional cost of alterations. Now, when I buy a dress at a regular store (Le Chateau, Express, department stores, etc) I of course do not pay for alterations, I simply find my size and wear it as-is.
So, I was thinking, have any of you purchased bridesmaid dresses at a store that did not require alterations? What stores did you go to? What was the cost? And if you have any other recommendations for me to save some money here, please share!
Thanks so much!!
Post # 3
For my sister’s wedding, she foudn the dresses on sale for $100 a piece at Banana Republic. She scooped up a bunch of sizes, returned the ones she didnt’ need, and we were done. We all loved the dresses and I’ve worn mind several times since. I got a tiny alteration done so that the dress showed less cleavage, but that was my option.
For my wedding, we bought my sister’s dress at the Bay.
I see no need to go through a bridal shop in this day and age. Regular stores have much better returtn policies and if they’re national/have an online option it probably wont be hard to get all the sizes you need.
Post # 4
@amy_outhwaite: My girls bought their dresses off http://www.weddingshoppeinc.com/
they have an actual store, but also sell online. They charged $90 less than the local bridal salon was charging.
Post # 5
I plan on getting the wrapping convertible dresses from a seller on etsy. The short ones are $80 and it’s made to your specific length and no alterations are needed!
Post # 6
@amy_outhwaite: Lots of ways to save! Have the ladies wear neutral shoes and jewelery in the same metal- all that they already have. Opt for them to do their own hair and make-up. They will thank you for it!
Post # 7
My budget is 35 dollars per dress. Yes 35. I think bridesmaids dresses from a bridal store are outrageously over priced. Im looking a penny’s and clearence prom dresses. Try deb. They are awesome!
Post # 8
I’ve found that dresses bought from a normal store (e.g. Macy’s) and not a bridal salon tend to fit without needing alterations (unless the Bridesmaid or Best Man has special needs – e.g. a pregnant BM). Even if there needs to be alterations, it’s usually something basic, like it’s too long and just needs hemming. It’s rare to need a full figure alteration. These dresses tend to be less expensive too because stores get them in bulk (vs custom order) and there’s a chance you can use coupons or find them on sale.
Case in point, I bought my dress technically at a normal designer dress store, not a bridal-specific store. I didn’t need to alter anything at all. It literally fit right off the rack and I had nothing but compliments on it.
Post # 10
When I was a bridesmaid, we got our dresses at Le Chateau. I haven’t been able to wear mine since (it’s floor length, silver and strapless and I don’t go to any fancy ‘do’s). I think buying at a regular retail store would be the best way to save on the dress. It’s what I’m doing with my sister’s dress (17 and no job). My man of honor (don’t have any close female friends, really) will probably wear a suit. Or perhaps his kilt. I’d totally be okay with that.
Post # 11
$12 at Reitmans. It’s only tough because my Maid/Matron of Honor is very pregnant right now, so we had to guess her size. She got the large over the medium, hoping that if need be it could be taken in – but it’s fitted so it should be okay (I hope). 🙂
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@love108: I did this also…same price.
Post # 14
@amy_outhwaite: No store will (or should!) ever require alterations. It is generally suggested as you want your BMs to look good in your photos, but it is an option and not something that must always be done. A store usually talks about having a dress altered not because it is required by them, but because when you pick one dress it is not likely to fit every body type in your wedding party (unless they all miraculously have the same proportions the dress was made to fit).
You could pick an Express dress for your girls to wear, but that does not mean it will fit them all properly off the rack. Say one of your girls has size 8 hips and a size 2 bust (as my Maid/Matron of Honor does), wherever she buys a dress, whether it’s Jenny Yoo, David’s Bridal, or J Crew it will probably need to be altered.
Post # 15
@love108: Fantastic idea! I love the look of mismatched dresses so a convertable dress would be awesome! Thanks so much 🙂
Post # 16
@HotnHollerin: That’s beautiful! I never would have thought of Reitman’s for dresses — thanks so much!! 🙂