(Closed) Shortening a long bridesmaid dress?? HELP!

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
46380 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 10
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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?

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