Post # 1
OK Bee Hive, I need some help.
I have 4 bridesmaids and a junior bridesmaid. Here’s how the deck is stacked in the bridesmaid category:
- Two of my maids are plus sized, but not in the extreme, both are “short.”
- The Junior bridesmaid is 9 years old, but can fit in a small junior or extra small adult with alterations if need be.
- One of my maids is a “matron” and may be pregnant at the time of the wedding.
- All of the bridesmaids are on a budget (even if they weren’t I wouldn’t want them to spend a fortune).
So my problem is this. I want to put them in blue, knee length, v-neck, chiffon (or equally nicely draping fabric-nothing clingy), with an empire wast (which can then accommodate all the sizes and a pregnancy). I thought this would be EASY to find. Not so much. When I do find one that’s perfect, it’s more than $100. I want to keep it UNDER $100. I’m thinking $50-$70. Ideally finding it at Macy’s or something where we can pick the dress and the girls can all go and purchase it would be great.
I’m hoping one of you Bee’s has the magic website or vendor that can accomplish this. I’ve been all over the web, in and out of retailers, and dress shops. I’m not in a time crunch at all, so I have plenty of time to order something, I just want to keep the costs down. Also, if I wait until spring rolls around again (when these kinds of dresses are on the racks) it will be a little too late.
Thank you in advance for any help you ladies can offer!
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Post # 4
I agree that David’s Bridal or Alfred Angelo are probably your best bet in that price range.
I’d also let them pick their own dresses so their comfortable.
PS – I just noticed your wedding is still fairly far off. I’d advise against having them buy their dresses as this point – maybe wait until January or so.
Post # 5
Also agree with Ali. It seems really early to be buying your dresses. My BMs picked theirs out this January and I’m getting married in June.
Post # 6
I think you’re going to have a hard time finding something at a department store that will fit all of your body types, particularly since you are dealing with a possible maternity situation. I would possibly consider not having matching dresses and instead have them all buy blue dresses, or picking a designer and a color/fabric and fitting each girl to the style that looks best on her body type. Let’s face it- you’re going to drive yourself nuts trying to find a dress that looks good on both a curvy adult and a tiny 9 year old.
Also, I’m not sure what any of the plus sized or pregnant bees think about chiffon, but I have a Bridesmaid or Best Man who is both plus sized and very recently post pregnant and while she seems to think that those drapey chiffony dresses look good on her and “hide” her tummy, she actually looked MUCH better in the dresses that were made of a more structured material, such as silk shantung or silk taffeta. We ordered her dress “maternity sized” so that the waist was moved up. Lula Kate is really awesome to work with- albeit much more expensive than you are looking for- but maybe your girls could save up? They might think it’s worth it if they love the dress. Just a thought.
Post # 7
You guys are right, I have a lot of time. I wanted to get out ahead for a couple of reasons:
1. There are multiple bridal party graduations (masters and MD programs) including the Groom, in the months leading up to the wedding, so there are so many moving parts, I didn’t want to add to the chaos after the 6 month mark if avoidable.
2. to spread out the costs. I’ve been a bridesmaid and recall having the dress, shower, hotel stay, bachelorette party, all hitting at once. I feel badly enough that they have to spend at all. . .
This is some great advise, though!
@hotchildinthecity: I try to check out Davids on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it seems many of the knee-length dresses don’t seem to “drape” or many are strapless, which is one the thing the girls agreed they didn’t want.
@sandiegoali: I started that route (letting them chose based on a color), but three of the four gals voiced wanting to wear matching dresses, the other was my Maid/Matron of Honor who could still wear whatever she wants without looking out of place.
Thanks for all the advice!