Post # 1
I have a bridesmaid dress dilemma. I have 2 lovely girls that are willing to stand up for me/overlook my bridezillaness moments and I decided to go the easy way and find strapless, black dresses that are tea length for them – easy right? Not so! One of my girls has fallen in love with a strapless black dress that is made of a lacy fabric (she says that she is planning on buying it anyway regardless) while the other prefers a much simpler satin dress with a bit of ruching on the side. To be honest, I heart the simpler one and I think the lacy one is a little too fancy for my taste (FI agrees).
However, when I showed the simpler dress to my first Bridesmaid or Best Man, she replied that it was ok but "pretty plain looking" and only 30 dollars less than the one that she really liked a lot more (this coming from a girl who says she is poor all the time!). Not to mention the pastel dress I had to buy for her wedding that I didn’t think twice about!
So my dilemma – do I toss my hat to the wind and let them each wear what they want knowing that it really doesn’t matter too much since they are black and strapless? Or do I stick to my guns and go with the simpler, cheaper one that my Bridesmaid or Best Man totally resents? I would ideally like the dresses to match but I don’t want to make a big deal out of it/cause drama. How do I handle this with tact?
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
i have only 2, both in black, both in two different dresses. my only thing was they had to have matching jewelry and shoes so it didnt seem very mismatched, but I figure its their money, they should get what the want!
Post # 4
I think the choice is up to you and how strongly you feel about uniformity but I’ve been to a few weddings where the bride picked the color and the girls picked the dress. The pictures looked fantastic, so bride = happy and the girls have dresses that they liked/flattered them most, so Bridesmaid or Best Man = happy.
I went the Bridesmaid or Best Man choice route for my wedding (my BMs were super excited to have an excuse to shop) so my opinion may be a little biased. =)
But if I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man and I knew you feel strongly about having a consistent look across your wedding party, I would just buy the dress you want.
Food for thought: I don’t know how much the dress costs but I’m okay with buying a $200 dress (or whatever the cost) to wear one time for a friend’s special occasion. But I know not everyone is in the same financial position and perhaps it would suck for your friend to splurge like that on a dress she’s not crazy about.
Post # 5
Let’s be honest here, who can’t use another black dress? If you want them to match, then have them match. No matter what the Bridesmaid or Best Man says, you can never have too many black dresses, especially if it looks good on her. It’s her decision to purchase the other one even after you have told her it’s not the one she likes. Just go with your gut–if you prefer them to match, then have them match.
As far as handling it tactfully, just sit her down and say ‘I have given this a lot of thought, and I really think this other dress goes with the motif of my wedding better. I’m sorry that you like the other one more, but this is the one I have chosen and I would really appreciate it if you could respect my wishes on this matter. I am thrilled you want to be in my wedding and I hope this is okay with you.’ If she’s really upset and complains about money, well, it’s her choice to purchase the other dress in addition to the one you have requested she wear. If she complains that she likes the other dress better, simply say that you like it as well, but it’s just not right for your wedding. I think your Bridesmaid or Best Man will eventually understand and get over it. Besides, you wore what she wanted you to wear to her wedding, right? She should do the same for you.
Hope this helps!! Remember! It’s YOUR wedding!
Post # 6
Not only am I a bride this year but I’m also a Bridesmaid or Best Man. So I know how it feels to pick out dresses. For my Bridesmaid or Best Man I searched high and low for a dress that was affordable. I got lucky b/c the dress I picked out with my Maid/Matron of Honor flatters everybody PLUS since I’m buying my dress from the same boutique they’re going to give my BMs a 20% discount Now for the wedding I’m in the bride express that she didn’t care what style of dress it is as long as it was part of her color scheme. I want uniformity in my wedding but my friend does not. It’s all in what you want for YOUR wedding. I’ve been in weddings where they cared about matching and some didn’t. I figure it’s just one day I have to deal with wearing something that I probably won’t wear again but it’s an honor to be in someone’s wedding. I’ve been pretty lucky to be in weddings where the dress weren’t super expensive. I have a total of 5 BMs and I can’t cater to everybody.
If your friend keeps saying she’s poor why wouldn’t she want the cheaper one? gLuck! I hope she realize that the lease expensive one is in her favor. Let us know what you decided.
Post # 7
I think that if your Bridesmaid or Best Man wants a particular dress for herself, that is just fine and has nothing to do with your wedding! You do have the right to specify a style of dress – even a specific dress. If you want the dresses to match that is reasonable – and there is nothing wrong with reminding your Bridesmaid or Best Man that she had preferences for her own BMs that you honored without making a fuss. If she really has a lack of money, she certainly doesn’t have to buy both dresses – and if she does, then her resulting money issues are really her own fault. There is nothing wrong with her expressing her preference -as she has -but if she can’t wear the dress you want her to without being resentful then maybe you two need to have a talk about exactly what the problem is. Its common knowledge that as a Bridesmaid or Best Man you don’t generally get to pick your own dress!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
at this point, you’ve already said that you are letting them pick their dresses…there is a reason why brides usually choose the dress and this is why. I think at this point rescinding your "freedom of choice" is a bit rude. You made the choice to let them pick and now they both have their heart set on 2 very different dresses.
I think if you paid for the dress for them that you really want, thats the best solution. Pick what you like, pay for it, and there will be no hard feelings.
Post # 9
I say let them wear the two different dresses. It’s one of those elements that are actually highlighted as beautiful and unique in most wedding recap articles that I’ve seen. Then get them a matching necklace to wear to bring the look to more cohesiveness. Make your friend happy and be the nice bride.
Post # 10
So, maybe I am confused. Did you tell them they could pick any black, strapless dress? If so, I suppose its harder to now say "Well, any dress as long as it looks like this…" I didn’t read your post as saying you had told them they could wear any dress.
Post # 11
eh, just let them wear 2 different dresses. In the long run, does it really matter?
Post # 12
Traditionally, it’s your choice. But if you have to ask: I’m all for letting them wear the two different dresses. Personally (as a bride and as a BM) I don’t place a high value on perfect uniformity between bridesmaids because I adhere to the idea that they’re friends, not stage design 🙂
(Not that any of my dear friends whose weddings I’ve been in have quite agreed with that sentiment–and I love them anyways, of course, and bought the matching dress)
Post # 13
one question, though: What exactly was said that meant something else???
Post # 14
Thanks for all your suggestions! A few points to clarify –
Originally, I did offer them the option of choosing their own dresses but they were completely against it! I think both of them really want to match because it seems like the proper thing to do :P. Which is why I am STILL looking for a dress for them (FI would actually prefer them to match too I think since he’s a traditionalist as well).
By saying one thing and meaning another is the fact that my first Bridesmaid or Best Man has told me countless times how it’s my wedding and I should do whatever I want but then ALSO talks about how much she loves that dress and talks down about the other dresses – it’s like you can’t have it both ways you know?
Also, my 2nd Bridesmaid or Best Man has tried on the lacy dress and it was too long on her (she is only 5’4 and it was almost to her ankles in a size smaller than her!) This is what got me worried about it in the first place as I think all the lace and beading would cost a lot to hem.
Point of reference – the lacy one is 130, the plain one is 98 dollars (and it goes more with my dress style!). So I think the idea to say it suits the wedding style more is valid!
So in the end, I still have the final say…should I keep looking?
Post # 15
This is a weird situation- I guess since you gave them an element of choice or at least opinion in the matter they are railroading you towards their preferences.
If I were you I would pick something- maybe neither choice so that it is not unfair to either girl – and ask them nicely to wear it. I am of the opinion that it is your wedding so you get to decide- the color, the style and everything– They are guests and part of the wedding party and it is their responsibility to support you in your decision and be gracious they were asked to have that position of honor on your special day.
That being said – I think if I were the lace dress girl I would feel a little bad if you picked the satin dress that the other bridesmaid liked. I would go some other black strapless dress that is neutral and nice- try the sale section of nordstrom,com.
Post # 16
IndianBride is right – if you are backing out of letting them choose, you maybe need to pick a third dress altogether so it doesn’t feel like you are favoring one girl’s choice over the other. And so you are sort of changing your mind – just explain nicely that it seemed like a good idea at the time, but you didn’t realize how different two black strapless dresses can be. And its true that they can be way too different – I have nice black dresses that are totally different colors of black, even. Everyone will get over it – especially since it sounds like you are picking dresses in a very reasonable price range.