Post # 1
I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions on how to achieve a mix and match metallic look for bridesmaids like in the pics below:
I’ve been engaged for over a year and have been pretty much set on having my girls (1 Maid/Matron of Honor and 5 bridesmaids) wear this type of look since day one. My colors are gold, champagne, and blush and I am going for a metallic motif overall. I love how neutrals pop with varying textures and also love the idea of my girls being able to pick their own dress. However, I’m not altogether sure on how to best approach this. My initial thought was to tell everyone to buy a gold (or champagne, haven’t decided which color to use as the main color yet) colored gown with sequins, beading, or some type of metallic embellishment. Another thought I had was to find a store that carried different types of metallic dresses and have my girls choose from there. I feel like the downside of having them look for their own dress is that it may be too difficult since I’m asking them to look for both a certain color and texture. I feel like the downside of having them go to one bridal store is that they’d probably have to pay more for the dress than they would if they were to get a dress on their own. I know Adrianna Papell and BHLDN make a good variety of these types of dresses, but they are definitely on the pricier side. I would feel more comfortable if the price per dress was between $100-$150.
Which way do you think would work better? Is there a way to approach this that I’m not thinking of?
Also, does anyone know of any brands that make more affordable dresses like these?
Any and all help will be much appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
Adding sequin embellishments like a belt or such could also help, just to suggest in case a girl has a difficult time finding the metallic look. Go check out bridal stores and see if they find anything!
Post # 4
You can find Adrianna Papell dresses at a lesser price point.
You can also find used dresses on Tradesy, Etsy, Ebay and http://www.searchtempest.com.
The trick to finding that many dresses at a good price, is to be prepared to jump on a good buy when you find it. Either you can do the work and find the dresses, or you can give your BM’s a pic that shows the look you want, and paint color swatches and let them find their own dresses. In that case you would want them to send you a pic before they make their purchase.
Similar styles are available from Aidan Mattox.
Post # 5
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So the answer that nobody has said is generally it’s easier when they are all of the same brand. Meaning telling the girls to find an AP dress in X colors. The idea is that the design and style will be similar between all of them regardless of cut/color/etc. The beading will be of the same quality,etc.
I know you said AP is on the higher end and yes it can be. But sometimes it’s easier to swipe the credit card than go to stores 4 different times.
That being said- are you girls in a similar area to where you can go shopping together and do some research? Meaning- can you all go to Dillards and see what you find together and see if different brands can blend together that better fit their budget?
Also- depending when your wedding is you may be able to find dress discount after the new year, prom, “wedding season”…. in case you do find something you like and have the time to wait.
Post # 6
Following! We are doing mismatched silver bridesmaids and I want to find some options that are more affordable
Post # 7
If you log onto the Adrianna Papell website you should be promoted to give your email to get a 15% off coupon code. I know it’s not much but every penny helps; my mom’s AP dress went from $300 to $255 with the welcome code!
Post # 8
Thank you all for the input. Just in case any of you were wondering or are looking to accomplish a similar look, we ended up going with a Christina Wu dress, Style #22725:
It’s a convertible dress that has a metallic bodice so my bridesmaids can still have somewhat varied looks. We were able to get them for less than $200. They love their dresses and can’t wait to wear them in September.
Best of luck!
Post # 9
Sorry I’m late to the party, but with your update, it was near the top of the boards.
If anyone else is looking on this board for inspiration, I am going for the same thing. My bestie got her AP dress for around $200 (but was originally $400) on sale at Nordstrom, I found my sister’s dress at Saks Off Fifth for $85!!!!! and it’s selling otherwise at Nordstorm and bridal boutiques for $200. Both my bestie and my sister are plus-size (as am I) so that added another layer to the fun. I found an AP dress on sale at Macy’s for around $200 that I wore to another wedding (was also beaded and gold). I found a beautiful dress for my niece (jr. b’maid) at Macy’s for about $65 – short, strapless, gold beaded bodice with a high-low hem. It’s a junior’s dress, so make sure to look in those sections too! I also found other options at Dillards, Belk, Torrid, Asos, and Eloquii. Nordstorm and Macy’s both have AWESOME return policies, so if you see something you like at a good price, SNAG IT and hold onto it.