(Closed) Did you have any of your BM's to add straps to strapless dress?

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

One of mine is, but they’re not wearing the same dresses to begin with. She is 10, turning 11 right before the wedding, and while she doesn’t need the support since she’s not very developed yet, we all agree that straps are more age-appropriate for her. This is the dress, but I don’t have any pics of it on her. My color is blue 

Post # 3
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

crisy003:  I think it’ll be fine. Besides, it’s WAY better to not have them completely and utterly uniform than having a wardrobe malfunction and give all your guests the double janet jackson. Even if her dress doesn’t fall down, I think her comfort and piece of mind is WAY more important than having her match everyone else.

If it’s really THAT big a deal, a [good] seamstress can probably do detachable straps that you can remove for pictures, and maybe even the ceremony, but she can put on for dancing. However, it’ll probably be an added expensive when altering the dress – and I think you should offer to pay for it.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by  MangoSong.
Post # 5
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My Maid/Matron of Honor had straps and it worked out fine! I might alternate if this bridesmaid isnt your Maid/Matron of Honor or it might look off (ex: if four, have two with and two without). She is to the right of me! 

Post # 6
5544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

If the bride I am in a wedding for picks a strapless dress, I am going to add straps of some kind. I don’t do strapless and would be soooooooooooooooooo uncomfortable wearing one in front of lots of people. Especially because the have a tendency on me to fall and therefore I yank them up constantly.  Not what anyone wants to see. And at least for me, I will be way more worried about it for the ceremony when everyone can see me. Straps big enough for comfort will still barely alter the look but make you bridesmaid way more comfortable and to me that is worth it not being exactly what you wanted. 

Post # 7
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

crisy003:  I think the removeable strap is a great idea– but I don’t think you should force all the girls to wear straps.  If you choose the removebale– you’ll likely have them OFF for the pics and ceremony I would guess?  Who cares what they do at the reception…..they don’t all have to put the on at that point.  

Post # 8
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

All my bridesmaids have had cap sleeves added to their dress. When the dresses came in even though they weren’t falling down they were all standing around pulling them up, so all felt more confortable with the sleaves added.

I’ve also had custom swarkosvki beaded straps added to my wedding dress also.

Post # 9
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am having 2 BM’s – one is probably 14-16 and the other an 8, both are busty and for this reason I’m giving them full reing on deciding what type of straps, sleeves or neckline they prefer.

Yes I want my photo’s to reflect my vision, but more importantly I want my very best friends to feel comfortable and look beautiful. I know I’d appreciate the same courtesy as a bridesmaid. As a bigger gal myself, I know that having the dress be comfortable and flattering for my larger Bridesmaid or Best Man is of utmost importance.

Post # 10
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

For busty bridesmaids, they could choose off shoulder, one shoulder or short sleeves dresses.

Post # 11
1225 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Being “forced” to wear a strapless dress would be enough to put me off being a Bridesmaid or Best Man. I would hope that my friend would care more about my comfort than about whether straps looked bad on her pictures. Also, I hate strapless bras and would be asking for straps/sleeves mostly to hide my bra straps so detachable straps for photos would be a waste of time.

Post # 12
4040 posts
Honey bee

crisy003:  2 of 6, in my daughter’s bridal party, added the optional spaghetti straps (matching fabric-Lazaro), because they were busty. One was the maid of honor, who also added a bling embellishment, to the belt. The other was a bridesmaid, who added them halter style – she had long hair and I don’t think anyone noticed the straps. Peace of mind = priceless.

Post # 14
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA

crisy003:  have you asked any of the other girls if they prefer straps?

my stepmom ordered a strapless bridesmaids dress to wear. and they ordered the extra long version, so they’ll cut fabric off the bottom & will turn the dress into a halter. it could be cute if half your girls have the halter, and the other half strapless. so all you need is just 1 more girl to agree to straps. and i bet you’d be surprised at how many of them would probably prefer straps

Post # 15
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My bridesmaids all wore the same Bill Levkoff dress, and it came with detachable spaghetti straps. Since the dresses all needed to be hemmed anyway, they had 3 options. Strapless, spaghetti straps that came with the dress, or using the hemmed material to make wider straps. 2 chose strapless, 2 chose spaghetti straps. In the pictures, they still had a consistent look, and everyone was comfortable, which was my primary concern. 

The other thing to remember is that everyone is going to look a little different anyway. Different heights, hair colors, styles, accessories, etc. So no one will notice straps. 

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