(Closed) Help me find bridesmaid dresses :)

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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NBee:  Try Union Station.  They will send you free swatches- their powder color looks very similar to what you want.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know you said long dresses but this one is the right color and very reasonably priced

http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/when-the-night-comes-dress-in-smoke?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=pdp_share

this one might be too much on the powder blue side

http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Pleated-Crop-Top-Maxi-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5224203&cid=8799&Rf1012=4461&Rf-200=3&Rf981=3680&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=3&clr=Blue&totalstyles=25&gridsize=3

There are Pinterest pages devoted to dusty blue bridesmaid dresses. You might find some more ideas there.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

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NBee:  

The top one shoulder gowns are by Jim Hjelm Occasions and are in the color ‘Cornflower’.

Any of their regular chiffon dresses can come in that color, also just in case you want the style number for that particular dress it is JH5225

I would check out their website to see all available styles…

http://www.jlmcouture.com/Jim-Hjelm-Occasions

Dessy Collection has this color in their luxe chiffon, it’s called ‘Cloudy’

http://www.dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses/dessy/

Also in their tulle, in ‘Larkspur’

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You might also want to check out Jasmine, they have a georgette-chiffon color called ‘French Blue’

(in the self-titled collection) 

http://www.jasminebridal.com/product.asp?hidP_kind=Bridesmaids&hidP_style=JASMINE&hiddetaillist=03

 

Also in their poly-chiffon ‘Cornflower’ (in the B2 collection)

http://www.jasminebridal.com/product.asp?hidP_kind=Bridesmaids&hidP_style=B2&hiddetaillist=02

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And finally Venus Bridal (Bella Maids Collection), they are a smaller less expensive branve and have a few variation of color depending on the material, 

‘Cornflower’ in: chiffon, shantug, satin

‘Ice Blue’ in: chiffon, shantug, satin

‘Powder Blue’ in: iridescent chiffon

Link to the full collection: http://www.venusbridal.com/bridesmaids/bella-maids#

Example ‘Cornflower’ in Shantug

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

DO NOT RENT FROM LITTLE BORROWED DRESS / UNION STATION!!! THEY ARE THE ABSOLUTE WORST!!!

*Sizing:
My friend was getting married and I am her curviest bridesmaid. 38DD, normally a 12 or 14 dress size, but LBD’s dress sizes are terribly inaccurate! Check the measurements! I did, and, to my fear, their “16/18” dress size was not large enough for my bust. I called them (I’m in CA, they’re in NY), explained my sizing situation, and asked what happens if I rent their largest size and it doesn’t fit? The girl on the phone says that I can exchange it for another size… But if I get the largest size and it’s too small, how can I exchange it for a larger size? Idiot. I asked if they had larger sizes. They told me they do not, and THEY GET ASKED THAT QUESTION ALL THE TIME AND HAVEN’T MADE LARGER SIZES. So, basically, they do not care if you’re curvy at all. I asked if there was a way that they could send me a dress just to try on that I could send back immediately, just to be able to see if I could squeeze into it. No. Do you have any stores on the West Coast? No. Is there any way I could try it on somehow??? No. So if I rent, when will the dress arrive? 2 weeks before the wedding. She said that if it doesn’t fit, I could turn the $75 rental into a $200 purchase and have it altered. 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING I’M SUPPOSED TO HAVE IT ALTERED?!?!? That’s insane. I asked if there was any kind of price break, since the rented dress would be used? Nope. You purchase at full price a dress that someone else has sweated in. Gross. The only option I saw was to purchase the dress at full price, so that it would be a brand-new dress and it would arrive a full month before the wedding. I ordered the Hillary dress because I figured the strapless was my best bet at having enough space for my cleavage. (I wanted something with sleeves, but they don’t have any sleeved dresses).

*Shipment:
I received a tracking number that my order was ready to ship. I waited. A week went by. The tracking number said that my package had never been picked up, only the number had been created. I tried calling. No one answered, no answering machine. I tried email. No response. THEY NEVER CHECK THEIR EMAILS. After a week of calling, I FINALLY got a hold of someone – it turned out one of their employees SIMPLY DECIDED THAT MY DRESS WAS A RENTAL AND NOT A PURCHASE SO THEY WEREN’T GOING TO SEND IT TO ME UNTIL IT WOULD BE 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING INSTEAD OF THE MONTH I WAS PROMISED. INSANE!!! Thank goodness I was able to finally get a hold of someone!

*Quality:
When it FINALLY arrived, I could squeeze into it just enough to make it work, thank goodness. But it was not pretty. (Thank goodness I bought a miraculous longline bra from Strut in LB.) The workmanship was ABYSMAL! The breast padding was sewn in badly so that the top rolled down, the hem at the bottom of both types of material was disastrously crooked – for a $200 dress sewn to order, it was pretty cheaply made. And ALL of the dresses in the bridal party were like that. A couple had really crappy zippers that we had to struggle with too. Also, the dress length on their website is called “regular” and “long”, and being short at 5’3″ I ordered the “regular” – but it would be more accurate to call the lengths “long” and “longer” – it was a trip hazard for everyone in the party! Only the 5″ heels that I bought would have made the dress length workable. I decided to do a temporary hem instead. The only good thing about the dress was that the color was beautiful (plum).

*Fellow Bridesmaids:
Everyone else rented (except for one bridesmaid who hit “purchase” by mistake, and LBD wouldn’t turn it into a rental so she was stuck with the purchase. Lovely customer service). But only 1 of the other 5 dresses arrived on time. Thank goodness I called, because it sounded like THEY HAD FORGOTTEN TO SHIP THE OTHER DRESSES!!! They said that they would ship that day and we would receive them the next day, which means they had to ship them overnight BECAUSE THEY FORGOT!!! The other bridesmaids who had sent emails never received a reply.

*Rating:
The one star is because Rachel was nice enough to turn my purchase into a rental since I wasn’t going to alter it. She also sent me some extra fabric: I wanted to make a bolero (and basically make my own “sleeves” since they don’t have a dress style for that).

*Advice:
If you absolutely cannot convince your bride to choose bridesmaid dresses from somewhere else, be sure to keep a close eye on your order. Call, do not email (not once did any of us ever receive an emailed reply, I don’t think they even monitor their email account). If you’re bustier than a 38DD there is no way in hell the dress will fit you. I highly recommend Hollywood Fashion Secrets Temporary Hem Tape so that you can hem the dress to the proper length since you’re not allowed to use any kind of pin or safety pin in the dress. And I suggest Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tape to ensure the fabric sticks to your skin. Good luck.

 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

*Photo: It’s not the best photo, but you can see that it’s so poorly sewn that the top of the dress rolls down and you can see the liner. The size is too small on me so the bust fabric is all stretched out – like I said, I could just barely squeeze in. The color is nice. It was nice that I could use the same fabric to make the bolero myself.

 

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Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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nicolerossi7:  Leaving aside the communication issues, you are telling us that you ordered a dress that you knew was too small for you and you’re upset that it didn’t fit well?

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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julies1949:  No, I’m upset that our entire bridal party received awful service, poorly made dresses, and paid way to much for the headaches we dealt with. Sure, I’m upset that there wasn’t an option to get a dress that was the right size for me (and I know there are bridesmaids out there who are larger than I am, and the company knows that and flat out told me that they don’t care, the sizes they have are the only sizes they have, and too bad for anyone who can’t fit, they can buy the dress at full price and then spend additional money to have it altered So a shoul-have-been-rented now-purchased dress for anyone plus size becomes over $200. ). But what choice is there when the rest of the entire bridal party was ordering dresses from there? I wasn’t going to freak out my bride and tell her it didn’t fit, I was going to make it work! Would I have preferred finding a dress that fit? Of course. Was I surprised it was too small? Not at all. Was I shocked at how terrible it was to try and work with them, not just on my dress, but all the dresses for the bridal party? Yes – and that is what’s upsetting. 

The communication issues are no small matter – imagine how frustrating it is to never receive an email response, and call every day for a week before the phone is actually answered? I was calling every hour on the hour during their supposed business hours and no one picked up the phone for 5 days?!?!? That is a shameful lack of customer service. And everyone in our bridal party had the same experience regarding trying to get a hold of someone at LBD/ US. 

And the fact that 4 of the 5 other bridesmaids did not have tracking numbers simply because the company forgot to ship them on time is frightening. What if I hadn’t called to check on the entire wedding party? They might not have shipped the dresses in time for the wedding! Some of the girls were flying in for the wedding, so the dresses needed to have been received in time for them to fly to the wedding location. 

I knew my dress wasn’t going to fit well, but we all thought they’d be better quality. The hemlines were incredibly crooked, the bustlines rolled, the zippers took ten minutes before you could get any of them to work, not just on my dress, but on the girls who wore sizes 0/2 and 4/6 also. A couple girls ordered two sizes and the larger size was too big and the smaller size was too small, the company’s claim of a good fit is just not reality. 

The dresses looked fine from afar in the photos, sure. But I wouldn’t wish the hassle of using that company on anyone else. Even if they had had my size, the dresses were beat up and the customer service was practically non-existent. At the very least, you would expect your order to ship on time. 

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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nicolerossi7:  I think you are investing way too much energy in this. Are you spamming other websites with your review at the same rate you are WeddingBee?

Let it go, let it go…

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