(Closed) Don’t pick a bridesmaid dress just because it is Cheap!

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 4
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That’s a good point, as with anything you can sometimes go too cheap and end up with something really undesirable

Post # 8
1773 posts
Buzzing bee

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
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

My BMs have a $75 dress. And its stunning, fits their bodies amazingly, designer and from nordstrom. 

Post # 13
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 # 15
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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.

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