(Closed) Picked a plain wedding dress – don't want bridesmaids to have nicer outfits!

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
5867 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think that if you shop for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses at “normal” stores instead of at bridal stores you’ll have lots of luck finding appropriate dresses that aren’t more dressy than yours.  

I think it makes sense that you don’t want to look underdressed at your own wedding and I think your maids will be happy to wear a more comfortable, less formal dress.  

Post # 4
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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cbgg :  I agree that you should shop at regular store for bridesmaid dresses! Try Macy’s!

Post # 5
1705 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If it’s a beach wedding, maybe they could wear solid colored maxi dresses from any regular store, (your dress being shorter and lacy would help you stand out), or solid cotton dresses the same length as yours. 

I bought all my bridesmaids dresses for $30 each at Maurice’s, cotton, just above knee, solid green. 

Post # 6
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Modcloth might have some good options!

Post # 7
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Definitely try “normal” stores instead of wedding shops. It’ll open up a ton of less formal options.

Post # 8
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think Jcrew has some nice, less than totally formal dresses. 

Post # 9
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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rinnerrabbit :  

Not a veil and definitely not a tiara!  with that lovely little dress . Maybe some flowers  or  a pearl/lace headpiece ?

Post # 10
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

Yeah the dress is adorable and if you love it that’s all that matters. I agree 100% though with

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elderbee :  that a veil or tiara simply wouldn’t go with the formality of that dress. I would suggest looking into birdcage veils thoughs or a fabulous fascinator or flowers if you wanted to round out your look. 

Otherwise, a chiffon short bridesmaid dress from David’s would be fine or just buying a simple one from a department store would be easy as well- how many girls do you have?

Post # 11
2 posts

 I did those infinity  dresses. Super simple, cheap. For the most part everyone was happy with them.

Post # 12
2316 posts
Buzzing bee

You do not have to worry about the bridesmaids dresses beingnicer as long as their dresses match the formality of your wedding.  No one will outshine the bride because the bride naturally will stand out.  I think a shoulder length veil (or a veil slightly longer than your hair if you will wear your hair down) would be very cute with that dres and would help dress it up a bit.  Choose Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses that have the same length hem as your dress or shorter.  Choose fabric types that compliment your dress rather than contrast to it and go bold in color for the Bridesmaid or Best Man

Post # 13
940 posts
Busy bee

try a solid color plain dress. I personally think bridesmaid dresses look nicer plain tbh. Also you could wear a short veil , more jewellery and have a bigger bouquet than them perhaps?

Post # 14
5020 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

Rather than look for bridesmaid dresses I would look into typical sun dresses for your BM’s.  Your look is casual so keep theirs casual as well.

Post # 15
3460 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I bought my dresses from a regular store instead of a bridal store as well! I used ASOS, its a UK store but ships for free internationally 🙂 really great for budget options as well!

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