Post # 1
Hi Everyone, I was just reminded of the last time I was a bridesmaid in a wedding. And let me tell you the bridesmaid dress was a horrid disaster. The bride being as frugal as she is picked one of the most semi visually appealing cheapest bridesmaid dresses she could find. It was light lavender in color and made out of the cheapest flowy material I have ever seen. The bride just asked us for the money and our measurements to order the dresses so she was the only one that was able to research it exensively. The dress was $70 and $15 to ship ($85). When I got the dress I was so disgusted at the quality it was shocking. The dress was sheath and the outer material was made out of a very cheap chiffon or charmuse or something, and the inner lining literally felt like it was made out of plastic (it was a fabric that should have never been executed in clothing). And the worst part was that it was terribly see through. Between having the dress altered and buying the right undergarments to make it not so see through I spent probably a grand total of $150 on this cheap ugly dress. And that was with my grandmother doing the alterations.
I am just giving you other brides advice on shopping for bridesmaid dresses. Please choose quality over lowest price possible because I could’ve gotten a much nicer dress at DB for the same price or less than I ended up spending on the fashion disaster that was this lavender bridesmaid dress and I would’ve been more comfortable in something from DB’s too. Ladies please do not make this mistake and leave your girls with an awful mess.
Post # 3
By The Way I ended up donating the dress to charity.
Post # 4
Agreed. I am currently awaiting dress instructions from a bride who mentioned getting dresses from Forever 21. She mentioned it at the beginning of her planning before even inviting the wedding party and I figured she realize that most of their dresses are hard to find enough of to accomodate a bridal party. I know she wants to avoid anything too formal and let everyone get a cheap dress but I would rather spend $75-$150 and get a dress from J.Crew’s sale section than $29.99 at Forever21 and worry it won’t fit or the zipper will break. I feel like cheaply made dresses are also less forgiving on a not flawless body.
Post # 5
Agreed – we had a bride who knew exactly what she wanted and it was a beautiful dress, but expensive She worked really hard to find a deal to help us out (which was appreciated!!). She did find a deal, but when we got the dresses from the boutique they all had different tags in them. We took them to a trusted seamstress who advised us that she has seen this before and that we may have selected one dress in the store, but the company just ordered copies online. The dresses were so poorly made and did not fall properly on any of us. The alterations required to make them ruching etc. fall properly ended up costing more than the dress itself. They had measured us all, but my dress was so big when I got it that it fell off of me meaning I had to have the bust hips and skirt taken in as well as the ruching pinned down if I wante the dress to look how the bride had intended it to. I sadly could not afford all of the alterations and had the bust taken in and the rest left.
Incl. alterations our dresses that were supposed to be a deal went from $200 to $350 – $460 depending on which alterations you needed. There were also some aspects of the dresses that could not be fixed such as an uneven hemline – really long at the front and short at the sides.
It would have been worth it to spend a little more on the dress at a more reputable store to have a better fit from the start.
Post # 7
That’s a good point, as with anything you can sometimes go too cheap and end up with something really undesirable
Post # 8
I think it depends -why- it’ cheap. If you luck out and find something on super-sale then that’s AMAZING! If it’s from Forever 21 and you’re in a fairly formal wedding? Umm.
I think that when I get married someday I’ll do cute sundresses. Partly because it’s cheap, but mostly because I think it’d be cute and potentially rewearable and would go with my future theme.
Post # 9
I bought my Maid/Matron of Honor a ‘cheap’ dress… But it was only cheap because it’s not officially a bridesmaids dress! I bought her a convertible maxi dress from Victoria’s secret for $85 and as it is convertible and it is a maxi dress, she can wear it again. Win!
If you are going cheap, look for a dress that isn’t labeled as being a ‘bridesmaids’ dress. It will save you heaps without compromising quality
Post # 10
aslo shop around different bridal boutiques who carry the same designer has different prices… we were going with alfred angelo but 171 a pop was too much. we found it for 165 but still decided that was still in the uncomfortable range. we ended up going with davids bridal dress normally was 155 but we waited for the sale got it for 129 each.
Post # 11
That’s why I’m letting my BMs make their own value judgements on this one. Personally, I generally buy cheap dresses, because I usually only wear a dress one time, maybe twice. I like buying a new outfit for each special occasion. So I love Ross, TjMaxx, etc. Some of my girls wear dresses more often than I do, & would prefer a dress that is higher quality & will hold up for multiple wears. It’s just personal preference. I gave them a color swatch, and they can decide how to balance quality/cost for themselves.
Post # 12
My BMs have a $75 dress. And its stunning, fits their bodies amazingly, designer and from nordstrom.
Post # 13
The bridesmaid dresses I chose were cheap- but they weren’t cheap dresses. They were Amsale and I found them on Ruelala for 40 when they originally retailed for 300. I went for it because although they weren’t exactly what I wanted they were the exact color I wanted and they were very affordable for my bridesmaids.
So, just because it’s cheap doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad but you should buy from a trusted retailer.
Post # 14
I think that getting a good deal on a dress is great. But if your skimping on quality for the price then it is not a good deal. The bride should have really researched the dress more or found something nice she liked in a store and tried to find it cheaper on sale. She just picked a dress for the price without even looking into it about the type of fabric used or what kind of reviews the dress got.
Post # 15
I chose what was a not-cheap dress, after lots of looking. They seemed fine trying them on, etc. I called/scoured and got them for about $265 after taxes. At first, they were fine, but by the end of the night they were a disaster. They didn’t stay on very well, the cording on the corset was a slippery material so kep coming undone, etc. Not impressed. I’d go with a $50 sundress any day, unfortunately it was a rather formal affair and we needed long dresses which didn’t look out of place.
My vote – cheap totally depends on what you’re getting.
Post # 16
This is the original dress I was talking about and that wedding was in 2010. They are selling the dress as from a 2011 collection now for $85-$120 that’s a serious rip off. Horrible cheap disaster. The style is ok looking but the fabric sure wasn’t.