Post # 31
I was 10 when I was a bridesmaid. That was my only experience. I had to wear this horrible Pepto Bismol dress suit thing meant for a 40 or 50 year old. Ugh! It was sooooo ugly!
If I can find a female witness for my wedding, I’m just having her pick a navy blue dress that she likes, can wear again, and that she can afford. My wedding is too small of an event to expect someone to fork out a few hundred bucks for a dress that she’ll never wear again.
Post # 32
i wore the dress from my sister in law’s wedding to the marine corps ball a month later. and i was in a quinceanera when i was in high school and was able to wear that dress again too. i think i wore it as part of a halloween costume or something.
Post # 33
louisianablue: ms. Piggy, that’s awesome! I have one that is Orange, the Halloween possibilities are endless, Orange m&m, traffic cone, pumpkin! Ha
Post # 34
I’ve been in 6 different weddings, and I’ve never worn the dresses again. The ones that are long floor length satin dresses, no way would I need them, I hate long satin dresses. And the shorter dresses that I could pick the cut, were not colors or fabric I liked. Needless to say, they all ended up being donated to a local non profit prom dress sale.
Post # 35
Nope, I’ve never worn any of them again and never expected to. I would have worn a leopard print ball gown with puffy sleeves if they had asked me to because I don’t think that’s the point (not that I’m saying anyone here thinks it is). The last wedding I was in, the bride was SO concerned about whether we’d wear it again that she basically could NOT pick a dress and we had to keep going back to the store over and over. To me, that was worse – it was thoughtful but just so completely unnecessary and it was unnecessary pressure on her. It was her day, she got the choice, doesn’t matter what we think (although I did love the dress she chose haha). For the record though, I let my BMs pick whatever dress they wanted because I couldn’t choose one either : )
Post # 36
sort of? I used my long chiffon dress from my sisters wedding for my dance lessons for my wedding since its the only long flowy dress I have
I think that re-use would be a very infrequent exception and far from the norm
Post # 37
No, you couldn’t pay me to wear pink satin in public (but evidently I’ll do it for a good friend, lol)
Post # 38
Nope, I haven’t worn a dress I wore to a wedding again. One girl even did the “Any black dress you want” route. First, it was a nightmare trying to find a black dress by the time she told us to do so. It was the middle of summer, and I found a lot of places I find clothes that normally flatter me did not sell black durring the summer months. I ended up finding something I liked about a month out from the wedding, but it ended up being two sizes to big. I got it tailored to fit well enough for the wedding, but it went streight to Goodwill the next day.
I have absolutly no diliusions about my bridesmaids wearing the dress for my wedding again, and I said such.
Post # 39
NOPE. This is why my girls are renting their dresses from Rent the Runway! The dress is GORGEOUS but it’s also $650 retail and they’d likely never wear it again. The rental fee is only $70 so I figured why not?
Post # 40
I’ve only been a bridesmaid once and I donated the dress afterwards. It was a strapless polyester Mori Lee in a chocloate brown color… brown isn’t really my favorite color, the boning in the dress was really uncomfortable, and it looked pretty bridesmaid-y.
I asked my girls to choose a navy chiffon J.Crew dress they like. I’m pretty confident that they can be worn again as a wedding guest dress- navy is such a neutral color, and I have two J.Crew cocktail/bridesmaid dresses myself that I’ve worn as a wedding guest. They’re also comfortable and high quality (100% silk). They’re expensive at full price, but J.Crew often has sales and my two FSILs got their dresses for $60!
Post # 41
I have been in 3 weddings. two of the dresses I have never worn again. (although I am thinking about wearing one for halloween- going as a watermellon. yeah. its that bad.)
the third I wear ALL THE TIME. seriously. it was a summer wedding. the dress was a jade david’s bridal dress in their more “casual” cotton type fabric. Knee length, spaghetti straps, pleated skirt. and I don’t have to wear a bra with it! I wear it in summer as a sundress. I often get compliments on it, and when I say its a bridesmaid dress, people don’t believe me. I’m actually kind of bummed that it’s getting a little worn out, and the zipper doesn’t work very well any more (keeps getting caught on the fabric!)- but I guess we all know DB isn’t exactly the highest quality.
I know I’m the exception to the rule here… but I thought I would share. some dresses you really do wear again!
Post # 42
I’ve never been a Bridesmaid or Best Man, but I know one of mine has worn her dress 3 times – prom chaperone, high-school graduation, and one other event (she’s a teacher).
Mine were short, lightweight, and green – $99. I gave them 3 to choose from, though they all ended up choosing the same one. I kept them inexpensive because I knew that most people never actually wear the dress again.
Post # 43
rachel85: I’ve only been a bridesmaid once. It was a long red satin strapless dress for my sister’s wedding.
I have worn it at least twice: to the grad school formal & for halloween.
Post # 44
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
LadyCapricorn: Oh my gosh, the GOLD SHOES! I had to buy a pair for a wedding and was specifically told “gold and shimmery” because it was a candlelight ceremony at twilight. It was hard to find ones that fit my unusually-shaped feet AND were gold AND had glitter AND were comfortable enough to stand/walk in AND didn’t make me taller than the bride (also a requirement) AND looked good. I finally found some that were perfect on clearance at Payless for like $10.99 and was so proud of myself.
A year and a half later, during the Lilac Prom Dress Incident, I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man for a relative. She said gold shoes, I wore those, and later in the night I was sitting at the edge of the dance floor cooling my heels when the bride came around to do all the greetings. She said she loved my shoes, and I told her my proud Payless story. She nodded, then walked away without saying anything else. The next morning, another Bridesmaid or Best Man informed me that I had really upset her by telling her about my “used” (in another wedding) shoes!!
I guess the moral of the story is bridesmaids, grin and bear it, but brides, have mercy!
Post # 45
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
rachel85: I’ve never worn any of mine again. Actually, I was moving right after my friend’s wedding and during the rushed move/apartment clean up I had to improvise and used my $200 Bridesmaid or Best Man dress as a floor mop :/ LOL. It went in the garbage, but I didn’t really mind because when am I ever going to wear a BRIGHT BLUE floor length strapless gown??