(Closed) I chose the wrong wedding colors: PLEASE HELP

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, I think you know what you have to do.  Take the 200 dollar hit, and buy new fabric.  I would also gently let your mom know what you’re doing and probably offer to suffer through the cleaning and pressing again with her (praising her the entire time because she is a wonderful mother 🙂


  You only get married once, do what you have to do- but make sure these are the colors you love and will always love.  Could you possibly sell the fabric on ebay or to a local shop to recover some of the lost funds?

P.S. would you mind posting some pictures of the bridesmaid dresses?  I would love to see how they turn out!

Post # 4
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You may be able to resell the fabric.  You can try online classifieds like craigslist.  As for your mom.. sticky situation.  Maybe take her out for a manicure or something pampering.. she’s your mom though and I would bet that if anyone would understand it would be her.

Post # 5
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Or get her a really nice steamer?!  Do you think you would be able to use the sage green in another way, like maybe overlays for the cocktail hour or your aisle runner or find a way to incorporate it into your bridal shower or maybe your new home?  I know I’m reaching here, but try to think outside the box.  I also agree that selling the fabric may be a good way to go.  And if you mention that is has all of the prep work already done, that could be a great selling point!

 Good luck!

Post # 7
1652 posts
Bumble bee

Also, that pattern looks pretty simple. Could you try to find dresses already made? That way, no extra work for mom, and typically bridesmaids pay for their own dress. So no extra expense for you. Mom can still make her dress and the flower girl dress.

But I think if you are not that happy with the colors you should change them. I know it’s frustrating, but I too, had to eat some money planning my wedding. Good luck.

Post # 8
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You don’t have to lose that money, or have dresses you hate!  Sell the extra material on WeddingBee classifieds, craigslist, your local paper or another wedding website for 75-90% what you paid for it. 
There will be someone out there who wants sage green material for their dresses! (if this post would’ve come out 2 months ago, I would’ve bought it!)

Get the dress material in a color you love, and remember–you’re a bride, as as such, you’re entitled to change your mind!  Just be prepared to deal with the little adjustments that need to be when it happens.

Keep us posted!

Post # 9
7 posts
  • Wedding: December 2022

I’m going against the grain here – but I think you should keep the colors that you have. Save your $, your mom’s ironing time and resources – use the fabrics you have and incorporate a bright poppy color in your invitations, decorations, favors, flowers, and more!

Post # 10
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

This may be a silly question, but have you tried calling the company where you bought the fabric to see if they’ll still honor the return? Perhaps they will if you’re placing another large order with them.

I would switch the colors and press the new fabric for your mom this time around – or see if you can find dresses from a retailer that may have similar dresses and wait for a sale. 


Post # 11
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Ok I doubt you can send the fabric back due to washing ironing etc… but you can try and sell on craigslist or some sewing site…(theres got to be one) or what about using the fabric for tables?  Sage green would look great with ivory or any of your other colors for the table linens or as dresses for gifts for the girls (lots of work I know!)

Post # 12
21 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I should say you already spend the money and probably you can add something blue to the dresses, and be it more the colors that you chose at last

Post # 14
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Pink, brown, and blue is going to be a bit dated.  Pink/brown and tiffany blue/brown were all over the place in wedding, fashion, and decor the last two years.  I think the sage makes it more unique. 

Fabric is just one colour element.  You still have flowers, decor, the venue, and the photo locations to bring in pops of summer colour.   

What colour will the various dresses be?  If we get an idea as to how much of each colour will be used, maybe we can suggest accent colours to brighten it all up? 

Post # 16
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If I were you, I’d keep the fabrics.  Why not use the pink as the sashes for the bridesmaid sage green dresses? I would seriously love that color 🙂  You can also have fun and beautiful summery bouquets w/ lighter green and pink etc.  There are a lot of accents possible.  I would save mom a few hours of work.



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