(Closed) Let's be honest …. did you ever wear it again?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: So did you?
    Yes! : (39 votes)
    23 %
    No! : (133 votes)
    77 %
  • Post # 46
    2493 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’ve never been a bridesmaid, so I cant speak from personal experience, but I do know that at least 3 (maybe 4) of my BMs have worn their dresses from our wedding since the big day.

    Post # 47
    1374 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

    I can’t say that I look great in lilac, lime green or burgundy, but I did re-wear a black dress that I bought to wear in a wedding where the bride let us pick any dress we liked in black. That said, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with black!

    I know that at least 4/7 of my BMs rewore their dresses, but they were cotton cady, had pockets and we picked to style for each Bridesmaid or Best Man (I gave them the color, the length and the fabric and let them pick from 6 choices from J. Crew). 


    • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by  MrsT2009.
    Post # 48
    5282 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Unfortunatley the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I have bought for friend’s weddings have been the most expensive dresses I own (around $200 each) and I do NOT like them at all. It’s so hard to spend that kind of money on a dress I’ve only worn once. Oh the things you do because you love your friends! 🙂 

    Post # 49
    2350 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have three bridesmaids dresses and shoes that I have never once worn again, nor want to ever wear again. 

    Post # 50
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Technically no i didn’t wear any of my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses again.  However, one was so flipping heavy, think drapery material and two under linings to make it a little poofy.  I made pillows from the dress and the underlingings I sewed together and made a dust ruffle for a day bed.  It was seriously like 20lbs of material. 

    My niece has been a Bridesmaid or Best Man twice and worn both dresses again.  One she wore as a Homecoming dress and the one from my wedding to a college function.  Both were knee length and bot from DB’s. 

    Post # 51
    963 posts
    Busy bee

    I wore one of the dresses again. I’m a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a wedding coming up and I doubt I’ll wear the dress again. It’s a simple enough dress that I COULD wear again, but I don’t think the style is very flattering on me.

    Post # 52
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    rachel85:  I’ve never worn a single one of them again!  That’s why I’m having mismatched bridesmaids where they can pick whatever dress they want, whatever style/fabric etc and for any price… The only guidance is on colour and length.

    Post # 53
    1780 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    rachel85:  does it count if i wore 1 one more time………as a halloween outfit, an undead 80’s beauty queen (it was hilarious in pictures….one of my guy friends came and wore his moms….it was AWESOME!)…..other then that….uhhhh NO! I have donated them….although i was a flower girl in one wedding and my mom had me re-wear that dress for a christmas program at school….i was like 5…lol!! nope…..and that is why i am doing what i am for my BMs….pick a dress from this store in black and knee length…all under $60….becausei have dropped alot of $$$ on a few very ugly unflattering dresses…..most expensive one i had was like $180 when i was nursing schoool and flat broke….not to mention it was a rather unnattractive dress to begin with…

    Post # 54
    3875 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Um, not I haven’t and I never will. That is the biggest lie in the world. I also have a great distaste for bridesmaids dresses as I find them overpriced. For my wedding, I gave the girls a the colors and said go at it. I don’t care if you buy it for $10 at Target or $500 somewhere else–whatever makes you comfortable. I want the different fabrics and textures. I’ve never worn my bridesmaids dresses again, nor will I ever.

    The first dress I wore was floor length and magenta–it would look cute shortened, but I just don’t have anywhere fancy to go. Instead, I cut it into big, thick strips and am waiting for my sister to have a baby. If she has a girl, I’m going to incorporate it into a baby blanket. If she has a boy, I will be dying it navy blue and doing the same.

    The second dress was short, clingy, and a cornflower blue. Wasn’t my taste and is now two sizes too small. Also, I am no longer friends with the bride of that wedding, so I donated it to Goodwill.

    The dress I wore for the wedding last year is a brown, backless, lace dress…God knows what forsaken hell-hole I will find myself in where I have to wear that again. It’s currently sitting in the back of my closet until I decide what to do with it.

    The dress I just bought for a friend’s wedding this year is already something I will never wear again. It simply isn’t my taste–it’s hers. It’s not the color or fabric I would have ever chosen and the only style I felt comfortable in (she let us pick our dresses in the same color and fabric). This I will, again, probably strip down and make a baby blanket. 

    Post # 55
    2255 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Never. Not a single one. And each time the bride swore up and down it could be worn again, no problem. 😀 But I bought them knowing they’d be a one-time dress. My sister donated her MoH dress from my wedding to a place that recycles them as prom or special occasion dresses for people that are on a budget. I thought that was a cool way to ‘reuse’ it. 

    Post # 56
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    rachel85:  I’ve only been a Bridesmaid or Best Man once but OMG paying $175 for the dress plus $60 in alterations just to have it end up being a shitty, cheaply made dress I hated was ROUGH.  In an attempt to recoup some of my money I took it to a second hand consignment clothing store, where I’m sure it never sold…. 

    Post # 57
    3725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    rachel85:  No, no, no. Like you, I donated three to a charity that gets prom dresses for low-income high school girls. Between the Cinderella blue chiffon floor length number to the “celery” chiffon nightmare to the purple satin item (prettiest by far), there was no saving them for regular wear.

    I would like to host a theme cocktail party though and invite women to wear a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress hanging in their closets. It could be like “adult prom night” party. Can you imagine the horrors? We’d make it fun with prizes, booze, etc.

    Post # 58
    313 posts
    Helper bee

    Only been in one wedding – never wore it again. The bride had us pick a style we liked so long as it was by the designer of her choice and the same color…but the other BMs picked the good styles and I was left with a style that wasn’t entirely flattering, but was the lesser of several evils 😛 Long story short, $200 later, I’ve never worn it again.

    If I have BMs, they’ll be wearing whatever LBD is already in their closet. Easy, classy, cheap, definitely wearable!

    Post # 59
    4891 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man once, and I’m pretty sure the dress is sitting in a closet at my parents house. It’s long, but the style would not be something you could wear again. It has pick ups on the bottom, and some tie thing around the waist – which when tied in the back, still drags on the floor. Plus, the tulle underneath got ripped by the end of the night when walking.

    I picked out long chiffon dresses for my 2 attendants… and I think they would be able to wear them again, as they’re simple strapless dresses.

    Post # 60
    1896 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    The first time I was flower girl and it was an 80s huge poofy dress that almost swollowed me.  I was seven and really wanted to wear the ‘princess’ dress again, but unfortunatly I had a growth spurt soon after and the dress didn’t fit.  Other than that I’ve never wanted to re-wear a Bridesmaid or Best Man gown (I had two).

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