Post # 1
After picking my wedding dress, I assumed finding my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses would be a cinch. WRONG! Here are my problems…(aside from being too picky)
1.) After making my girls try on bazillions of dresses, I DO know I want a sweetheart neckline (to match my dress)
2.) I love the way a sash looks…it breaks up the color.
3.) My dress is satin and I just like the way it looks better.
4.) My color is WINE. Wine has proven incredibly difficult to make work in taffeta, and to find in a few other lines. I dont want black. I want wine. I am feeling defeated.
But the other day I found this dress::
I ADORE it!! It’s similar to their style #100, but long (ugh!) and has a sweetheart top that wraps around, and I LOVE it! It has everything I want. BUT ITS LONG.
SO, I’m wondering if any of you have shortened a long Bill Levkoff dress for your girls? And how did they turn out? I’d love for the skirt to be the length of their 100 ::
But I’m worried that chopping the bottom off of a long dress wont achieve it. My seamstress here says the shortening will cost about $30 per girl. Not bad. But what if she then has to have further alterations? Maybe I should just go with the 100? But i dont love it.
I’m running out of time, and I cant find ANY dresses with everything I’m looking for!!
Post # 3
Really I don’t think you have to LOVE the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress like you love your own dress. I would go for the short one in order to make it easier for my maids. I would also guess the short dress is cheaper to start with and will not have the additional mandatory shortening cost involved. If you like the style and they have the color you arre looking for it sounds like a good match. Alternatively, when the dresses come in, you could look into having the sweetheart neckline added, I hear that is a pretty standard alteration. Or you could just have the girls wear long dresses.
Post # 4
I had to shorten a dress when I was a bridesmaids and I’ll be honest, I thought it was pretty rude of the bride to ask us to pay more money for a long dress and then have to pay even more money to shorten it.
There are so many choices when it comes to bridesmaid dresses that there really shouldn’t be a reason to cut a long dress….but that is my opinion.
I’m sorry if I sound mean, I’m not trying to be. I just know when I was a bridesmaid I didn’t appreciate having to pay the extra money to shorten a long dress. I felt she should have either chose a short dress or ask us to wear a long dress.
With that being said if all your girls are okay with paying the extra money than I’d go for it 🙂
Post # 5
I agree that it is probably easier to have a sweetheart neckline added because shortening the longdress will probably mess with the fit
Post # 6
If you prefer the sweetheart neckline , then I would get the long dress.
I sew quite a lot myself and would use the cut off bottom fabric to make a wrap for their shoulders.
I can appreciate the comment that the maids may not be happy with paying extra for a long dress then having it shortened, but the reality is they will get much more wear out of a short dress.
If I were the bride, I would pay for the alterations and for having the spare fabric made hemmed into a wrap.
Post # 7
My Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man ended up purchasing long, black, A-line dresses with the intent that they will be shortened to tea length. In terms of the actual process of shortening them, it shouldn’t be very difficult based on the picture you provided. However, I would suggest that if you buy the long dresses and have them altered, that you pay for the alterations for the girls.
Post # 8
I’m sure you’ve searched for short versions, but here’s a few I found. You really have to see colours in person, because sometimes something that’s not called “wine” will be close enough, and sometimes something named “wine” isn’t at all what you picture. Also, it might be easier to add a sash than shorten a dress, so don’t rule out the ones that don’t have it.
Post # 9
Thanks for your thoughts!! And for the links, sapphire!
Honestly, the problem with our bridesmaids dresses is not that I haven’t fallen madly in love with one, BUT the ones I have liked, one of my bridesmaids has had major beef with. We are finally narrowing it down to styles that all of them are okay with. This took weeks in itself. I have two bridesmaids that are exceptionally difficult, but all have loved the long dress’ style, but want a short dress. SO, as it might sound like I’M being difficult, while there are a few dresses I’ve nayed, its been me trying to cater to THEM. SO yes, I have set a certain limit I would ask them to pay and above that I will pay the difference, but I have one in particular who seems to just be trying to abuse that. Also, none of my bridesmaids are close friends with each other, so this has been particularly difficult to get them all on board.
After talking with my mom (a very good seamstress) shes agreed to do any of the shortening that needs to happen, but I’m worried how the dress’ skirt will shorten, thats why I asked if anyone had done one like this before. I’m just scared it will bell out too much and then the alterations will have to be done on the sides as well. I dont want to hack them all up, so I’m still looking at other options. *sigh*
Thanks for your input, ladies!
Post # 10
I like the 100 better, but shortening the other one (especially for $30) should be fine. 2 of my girls were a little on the short side & had their dresses shortened b/c on their shorter legs it wasn’t tea length, but I let people make their own decisions. Maybe you could pay the $30?