Post # 1
I recently tried on a bridesmaid dress that I am considering getting as my wedding dress. I unfortunately don’t have any pics of myself in it but you can see it on the model. It comes in ivory with ivory lace, and the top and back are exactly what I’ve been looking for (or pretty close to it).
The part I’m struggling with is the skirt. I’ve never wanted a really long train, but I won’t be able to have one at all. And I wanted a trumpet/mermaid skirt with a gorgeous poof like the third pic posted, but this one is more of a "slightly trumpeting sheath" if that makes sense. Also, it doesn’t have all the great construction in the bodice as most wedding dresses I’ve tried on do. I was thinking I could maybe get the same effect with Spanx underneath to hold everything in, but I haven’t tried it.
What do you think? Has anyone used a bridesmaid dress for their wedding dress or know anyone who has? Did you regret it? Or were you happy with the decision? Obviously, the HUGE pro is that the price is less than half what I’d pay for a similar bridal dress.
I really appreciate your time and thoughts!!!
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Post # 3
I love the dress. It may be a sacrifice in terms of a train, but think of what you are making up in the money you save! I love the bodice!
Post # 4
That is a beautiful dress. I heart Jim Hjelm. I think that you could be done. Is it more the dress or the budget that is leading to this decision. If you like the dress, get it.
Post # 5
I think it’s gorgeous, and would definitely be bridal enough! Just make sure that you’re 100% okay with not having a train, but like Mrs. DG said, it may be worth it for the monetary savings!
Post # 6
I think the dress is gorgeous and would definitely work as a bridal gown. I too love Jim Hjelm wedding dresses, but they are way out of my budget. I think you should love your dress, and if you have any doubts at all, keep looking. Have you considered getting a custom made gown with all the elements you have in mind? That may be a good alternative for you. 🙂
Post # 8
I think it’s gorgeous and it totally works as a wedding dress!
Post # 9
That dress is very pretty and it def looks like a wedding dress! I don’t know what your budget is but I found a gown at davids bridal that looks really really similar to the one you’ve posted and they have a lay-away option so that makes it more affordable. Also, the one at DB has a small train! Just a suggestion… Good Luck!!
Post # 10
It’s a great dress and would look totally bridal in ivory. But if you always wanted a train you might regret it later. You’re a bride once. Good luck!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
I think that it would be fantastic. Not sure how tall you are, but you might be able to order it with extra length (or extra extra length), which may enable a good seamstress to consruct a sort of train (i.e. the right length in front and longer in the back.)
Spanx may not work, since it is so low in the back, but you can get cups sewn in.
My own wedding dress was a bridesmaid dress, and I had absolutely zero regrets about it.
Post # 13
Gorgeous, totally would wear that in a heatbeat!
Post # 14
Hey, I thinks this is a beautiful dress but you need to make sure it ticks all of your boxes, the last thing you want is regrets… As a thought if you did want that dress with a train it may be worth finding a seamstress that can alter the back of the dress slightly. I’ve attached a picture of my evening gown which had additional panels sewn into the back so it had a small train. I bought it like this but it seems simple enough to get done. You could get the panels in the same sort of material so that it is concealed, or even a similar lace that is in the dress so it looks as though it was created like that. The panels in my photo were chiffon and the dress was satin so they were a total contrast but really effective.
Post # 16
I think no matter what ‘kind’ of dress it is, if you like it, get it. Nobody is going to come up to you like OMG THAT’S A BRIDESMAID DRESS ISN’T IT? They will come up and be like oh my, you look so beautiful and your gown is just gorgeous… where did you get it? 🙂 If you like it, get it.