Post # 1
Hi! This is my first time posting. My wedding is more than a year off, so I’m really just getting ideas. But I’m looking at different bridesmaid dresses online, and I’m having trouble finding inexpensive ones that I like! I’m thinking of having an outside sunset/evening wedding at a small vineyard, so I’d like to have kind of a Wine Country theme. It’ll be… is semi-formal the right word? No tuxes, just nice (JCrew or something like JCrew, but cheaper for the groomsmen?) suits for the guys, and I’m thinking of wearing a JCrew gown. My guy wants to wear a wine-colored shirt instead of a plain white shirt, so…
I’d love to have all 5 bridesmaids in floor-length dresses of the same wine/burgundy color, BUT in different styles. I’d like to give them styles to choose from, so they don’t feel too cookie-cutter. Plus, I would like the dresses to be under, or at least not much over, $100 because for some of my girls, more than that might be hard to swallow. But I still want the dresses to look nice. That’s where the search gets more difficult.
I looked at David’s Bridal, but I didn’t find a burgundy/wine color I liked there. I looked at the Dessy Group, and I love their burgundy color and selection: http://www.dessy.com/dresses/bridesmaid/2796/?color=burgundy&colorid=8 But I can’t find anything that tells me what the little price “diamonds” mean– which is very annoying. I’m guessing that if it won’t tell me what the price “code” is, they’re going to be expensive. Does anyone have any ideas or advice?
As a sidenote– what a racket people must be making on bridesmaid dresses! I’ve seen dresses for $250 with quality I could match for $60 IF it were just a regular dress and not categorized as a “bridesmaid” dress.
Post # 3
No kidding on what a killing people are making on bridesmaid dresses!!
Just a suggestion, but do you know anyone who might be able to make the bridesmaid dresses on the side for a little cheaper? I know…wishful thinking, but sometimes someone is right there under your nose and you don’t realize it!
My only other thought is if you’re definitely set on the wine colored dresses? If not, you could always try to do black and white and have the wine colored accents.
Post # 4
I may end up having to go with another color. I’d wanted to use non-neutral colors because my friends have done black/white or tan color schemes, and I wanted to be different. But I’ve also been thinking of using gold and a lemony shade of green as accent colors, so I could also go with green or gold dresses… although it is hard to find green dresses that won’t look Christmas-y with burgundy. The thing that boxes me into burgundy is that my guy would like to have a wine-colored shirt with a black suit and tie (and I haven’t been able to talk him out of it), and so I’d like to have wine-colored bridesmaid dresses to tie in with that… I do wonder whether there might be a good seamstress in town… That’s an interesting idea…
Post # 5
Check out department stores
Post # 6
Sears, JC Penny, etc. Sears has some right now I think.
I don’t think you will have a problem. My colour is berry and I have found a fair number of dresses in that colour. It is inbetween maroon and fushia. I am getting mine in a bridal store and spening about $200 though.
How much were you wanting to spend?
But I think you shouldn’t have a problem finding some in Sears or JC Penny.
Post # 7
There are several super great gals on Etsy that sell some pretty amazing wine/merlot color bm dresses. Check there!?!?!?
Post # 8
Thank you for your suggestions! I’m going to try all those places and see what I can find… 🙂
Post # 9
Have you tried Alfred Angelo? I’m actually looking for the same thing and am loving theirs!
Post # 10
I was trying to spend under $150 — GREAT tip is if you order through RK Bridal in NYC they are the cheapest I’ve found anyhwere…through their no-frills program (where they don’t measure you or provide alterations) the dresses are far and away cheaper than anywhere else. I’ve visited the store more times than I care to admit in my search for dresses and it’s a good place. No need to live in/near NYC if you want to order through them…just call on the phone and tell them the style number.
Now – based off that pricing info – which made dresses I found would otherwise be too expensive to actually be affordable…I looked at the following lines:
– Dessy, Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Watters, W2 (cheaper Watters line), Bari Jay, Belsoie and B2 (both by Jasmine…jasminebridal.com), Bill Levkoff
Hope this helps
Post # 11
Wow! Thank you! I haven’t tried Alfred Angelo, Miss Dallas Cowboy… What are their prices like?
Jalter, do you mean that the Dessy dresses were too expensive, or that you could get them through RK Bridal?
I’m going to check both out…
Post # 12
P.S. I’ve been thinking lately that maybe I should go with black cocktail dresses instead– all in same length, fabric, shade, but each girl would choose a different style type for the top part. (I found eight Dessy A-line black cocktails in Dupioni that each have a differnt top style but similar looks, for one to two “diamonds” worth… They didn’t come in burgundy, though.) Then, I was thinking that we could find wine-colored (or just a nice burgundy) sash/ribbons and shoes. (I finally did found a couple of wine-type colors from David’s Bridal that sashes and dyeable shoes would come in…)
It can still be hard to find dresses that match this description– since I want everyone to match, but I think it would be cool if it looked a little more organic– with each girl in a different type of top style. I haven’t checked Alfred Angelo yet, but I have found that Dessy is offered through RK Bridal, so we’ll see what I can find… I might still go back to the wine-colored dresses if I can…
Post # 13
You might want to look for a seamstress in your area. That way you can get the exact color and material from a fabric store. That is what I did when I realized the dress my bridesmaids fell in love with didn’t come in the correct color. The interesting thing is the woman that I am having make the dresses is doing them for the same cost of the dress we like but now we don’t have to pay for alterations so they are a lot cheaper overall!
Post # 14
This is an old post, so I don’t know if my reply will help but there’s these… short version:http://www.amazon.com/Strapless-Satin-Formal-Bridesmaid-Holiday/dp/B0006VN9EW/ref=pd_sim_dbs_a_6 long version: http://www.amazon.com/Strapless-Bridesmaid-Holiday-Formal-Junior/dp/B000YEIAO0/ref=pd_sim_a_1 The burgundy on seems to match your color really well, and they’re super cheap! We have the short ones in red for our girls, good quality, too!
Post # 15
Mori Lee’s dresses are about $150, a little less. (Get on a bridal shop or two’s mailing lists! I get 20% off offeres all the time!)
Anyway, Mori Lee has a great color called Vintage Merlot. My BMs will be wearing Mori Lee 370. I’m not sure if this is the color, as my monitor is REALLY off! 🙂
Post # 16
I have a contact that makes dresses and men’s shirts (this will ensure the same colour!!). If you book early, there are really good discounts that would fit into your budget. Please contact me for details.