(Closed) Dress length for evening bridesmaids

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I honestly have never heard of time playing a factor into the length of a bridesmaid’s dress…

Post # 4
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

this sounds ridiculous to me.  Just because she had never heard of something doesn’t mean it’s wrong.  I’ve been to plenty of evening weddings with ladies in cocktail dresses (read: knee length and above).  You and your mom should do what is right for you.

Post # 5
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are getting married in Sept at 6pm also. My Bridesmaid or Best Man are wearing long dresses but they chose them. My Mom’s dress is tea-lenght and its perfect. I think if you find perfect dresses get them. It’s your wedding. Everyone who is there will love them because they love you. Good luck

Post # 6
4663 posts
Honey bee

I’d say unless you’re having a *black tie (optional) or another very formal affair, I believe you can use whatever length dress you would like. Personally, for summer weddings, unless it’s formal, I would want a shorter dress (read: tea-length would be wonderful).

Post # 7
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I had an evening wedding. But honestly, if I did it over, I would have let them get cocktail or tea length dresses then they would really be able to wear them again. An evening dress doesn’t really lend itself to wearability.

Post # 8
268 posts
Helper bee

I’m having a 5pm ceremony and my BM’s decided floor length dresses were not only more appropriate for an evening ceremony .. but were age appropriate as well .. the age range is 29-37 .. they just didn’t want to wear shorter dresses .. I was upset that they felt so strong .. but now I’m pleased I went with their choice .. it looks super elegant .. here it is .. i chose this color as well .. “latte” .. it really compliments my dress ..


Post # 9
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re getting married at 5 PM and my bridesmaids are all wearing short dresses.  I don’t see time as being a factor.  When I go to eat somewhere formal in the summer or early fall evenings, I often wear cocktail dresses. 

Bottom line, do what makes you happy!  As for your mom, I’d say she could wear either short or long, depending on what she is comfortable in.  My mom will probably wear something tea length, my bridesmaids are going to be in cocktail dresses, and I’ll be in a long formal gown.  Everyone is happy about what they’re wearing, so that makes me happy 🙂

Post # 10
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re getting married at 7pm on a Friday in September, and while I’m leaning toward long (floor length) dresses, there are two or three knee length ones that I still want them to try on because I think they’re dressy enough. I think it depends less on the time of the wedding and more on the formality of it. What are the men going to be wearing, what do you want the guests to wear, etc.?

Post # 11
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are getting married at 530 on a Sunday in August and at this point the bridesmaids have not even considered long dresses. I think with heat and humidity that time of year and the age of the girls anything that is not a mini skirt is fine. Rules about what to wear based on time of day are kind of absurd IMO.

Knowing this my mom and MOG are both wearing longer dresses because that is what they feel more comfortable in at their respective ages. Long dresses also usually allow more comfortable shoes (lower heels) which might be good in the case that your mom is not used to wearing 3 inch heels all day.


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