(Closed) Long vs Short Bridesmaid Dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Long vs Short/Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses?
    Long : (18 votes)
    29 %
    Short : (19 votes)
    31 %
    Like idea of mismatched dresses : (16 votes)
    26 %
    Hate idea of mismatched dresses : (9 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I tend to prefer short, but it depends on the formality of your wedding.

    Post # 5
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    If you want satin dresses than I would go with short. I’m not a fan of long satin dresses because just like you said they look very promy or scream bridesmaid, (and are thus not re-wearable).

    If you are open to other fabrics then I generally prefer long dresses.  However, I think the length really depends on the timing and formality of your wedding.

    Post # 7
    2441 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    If you tell them not to buy minidresses they shouldn’t buy them.  If you decide on “short” tell them that by short you specifically mean knee length, not mini.  

    Post # 8
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @hunnybee123: I think the problem in that first pictures is not the length.  The real problem is that the bride’s dress has a very distinct golden hue so it makes it blend in more with the BMs’ dresses.  Additionally, all the browns are from different color families: some are warm, some cold.  There are two girls specifically whose dresses really stand out and take away from the cohesiveness of the group, the girl on the very left and the one to the right of the bride.  They have warm tones while everyone else has cool tones.  

    Pulling of mismatched Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses is challenging but when done right the outcome is gorgeous.


    Post # 9
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I personally prefer knee length and i would stick to the same

    Designer/Material Colour and have the styles different. I think you should give the guidelides to avoid your bridesmaid choosing something inappropriate. Your call though as it is your wedding! : )

    Post # 10
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

     I prefer short knee length dresses for bridesmaid dresses. Two of the weddings I was in had short dresses and the third had long bridesmaid dresses. One of my friends picked out the color and short length of the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and we got to pick our own style. I loved that we were able to do that and each Bridesmaid or Best Man chose a dress that went with her body type and personality.

    Post # 11
    1199 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @hunnybee123: I prefer long dresses to short, but I like chiffon, because its flowy and non-promy, and doesn’t cling. 

    Post # 12
    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I prefer long dresses over short. I had a formal wedding though so I felt like it was more appropriate. I think the bridesmaids should also stand out and not look like a wedding guest but not necessarily scream “bridesmaid”.

    Post # 13
    516 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Personally I like the long and mis-matched look.  Although, I agree with PP that a chiffon would be better than a satin dress for your girls.  I think that satin screams bridesmaid dress and is not likely to be worn again, but that is my personal opinion.  I am also getting married in Nor Cal, in an outdoor ceremony.  My bridemaids will be wearing long, chiffon dresses from the same designer but different styles of their choice. 

    Post # 15
    116 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m going to have short dresses b/c my wedding is in the middle of the hot, humid summer and outdoors. I think it depends what the weather will be and how formal your wedding is. Also keep in mind the body types of your bridesmaids. I also think the mis-matched look is cute.

    Post # 16
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I prefer short, just because it seems like there’s more of a chance they can rewear it. And your wedding is in May, so that would fit for a Spring wedding. I don’t think short means informal and long means formal. Your short dresses can be formal, as long as they are more of a formal fabric (like satin, for instance). If you are worried about them showing up in minidresses, I would just say that you want them all to pick dresses, but send you a photo of them wearing it before buying (or after buying as long as there is a return policy!). You can put all the photos together to make sure you like how they all look together…AND screen for minidresses 🙂

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