(Closed) PLEASE HELP!! Bridemaid dress issue

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you’re having an evening, more formal wedding, I think those dresses won’t “fit” the occasion.

What about picking a color and let them get dresses (with your approval) in that color from a department store or “non bridal” shop?  Cocktail dresses or evening gowns in coordinating colors or styles would look really nice, plus because they picked it out and it doesn’t look like a “bridesmaid” dress, they are more likely to wear it later.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I love the idea of a convertible dress! Maybe find one with jewels or beads to make it a little fancier? 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I know a number of people that have worn these as BMs in weddings with mixed reviews. I have a few dresses like this (because I love them) but they reallly work for my minimalist frame (no T, no A). When I went with my Maid/Matron of Honor to try one of these on after I had all but decided on it, it was a bit awkward on her. She’s pretty well endowed, and I suddenly got what some of my friends hated about these dresses: they’re not the friend of a girl who needs support. We’d found ways to cover her bra and work around it, but it looked so awkward and we happily went with something else.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i really wanted my girls in convertible dresses but they weren’t ok with the price. I’m a huge fan though, I say go for it. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I actually really love this idea.  Where is your ceremony being held?  I don’t think they’re under-dressy and you can certainly play this dres sup with accessories.  I’m actually thinking about looking into this style for the same reasons: I don’t want my girls to hate their dress and have to spend hundreds on something to have it sit in their closests after being owrn once.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I really like this idea -I think it’s great that the bridesmaids can be slightly individual and have their own style, yet the fabric and the colour will match on each dress.

I do prefer the longer styles to the shorter styles though. But they are definitely dressy enough especially when accessorized.

I actually really wanted dresses like this in the UK but they were just a bit too expensive here.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I like the idea, but honestly, they don’t work for every occasion, and being that they’re jersey, they show EVERYTHING.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My problems with the convertible dresses – they are only flattering if you are a size 0 and have NO boobies. Also, they can look skanky. See how in most pictures they reveal a LOT of back and side boob? I would honestly tell them that you think the dress is a lot of fun for a night out, but it may make your mom and grandmom blush. You would rather they pick something not as revealing. Then, I would select a few options and have them choose.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love the idea of girls in different styles of dresses, but I have never been a fan of jersey.

Post # 12
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

convertible dresses are horrible, especially since most of them are in the jersey material, unless you are under a size 6, you see everything, not flattering at all.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I went to a wedding that used them and they looked classy as all get-out! The material wasn’t just a plain jersey, though. It was heavier and had some sheen, and it looked expensive. Some of the bridesmaids were bean poles and they looked fab with open backs and plunging necklines. Another of them rocks some seriously large breasts and an average frame with hips. She bought the little bandeau top that most sellers offer to cover her strapless bra. I helped dress her (these dresses often take more than one person) and she looked amazing with a one-shoulder design! It just takes some creativity. Also, tiny safety pins. No one wants a wardrobe malfunction on the dance floor.

All of my bridesmaids love the idea, so we’re doing them in navy blue. 

Order a fabric swatch to see if you like the material, though, since it will vary by vendor.

Here’s the girl I mentioned above (without shoes) just before the ceremony.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went with the convertible dress for my BMs.  I had the same worries as you did thinking they wouldnt be dressy enough or would look wierd on the heavier girls. We ended up going with the long option to make them dressier and for the well endowed  we went with a seller on Etsy (for MUCH less may I add) and you can order a bandu top to go under so that you can cover up more. I dont regret our choice at all!  Here are some of our inspiration photos:

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ashump210:  i got my bridesmaid dresses from Alfred Angelo.  I told the girls the color and they could pick any dress they wanted (they all ended up picking the same dress).  Dresses at AA range from $79-$189 and come in many styles and all colors. 

My Maid/Matron of Honor thanked me and said she spent $400+ for her brother’s wedding plus alterations and might not be able to wear the dress again.  I made sure these dresses could be worn again.

 

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ashump210:  What about having their jewelry be something remarkable? It iwll dress up the dress very nicely.

I am thinking a big statement necklace and an arm cuff?

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