Post # 1
I have a couple questions regarding bridesmaid dresses.
#1 – How do you go about picking dresses that compliment your dress?? Do you go by fabric? Similar silhouette? Or purely by color? For example, if you wore an organza gown, would you put your girls in organza or similar material, or would you consider satin/taffeta??
#2 – Where do you find dresses of all sizes (from 4-24) that don’t look like pageant/prom gowns?? Amsale is one option but they are bit out of the price range, though as a last resort we would consider.
Thank you SO much in advance!
Post # 3
I chose my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses similar to my silhouette! I have a mermaid gown and they do too. My dress has an organza bottom but my girls are wearing a satin material. Anywhere that carries Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses should have an array of sizes, I went with Jim Hjelm. good luck 🙂
Post # 4
My Bridesmaid or Best Man dress has a similar neckline to my dress.
Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are from Priscilla of Boston (really good quality dresses and reasonable prices).
Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses:
Post # 5
Honestly, they don’t have to be similar to your dress if you don’t want them to – my dress wasn’t similar to my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses 🙂
Just find dresses that match the feel of your wedding (i.e. no super fancy dresses if your wedding is a rustic outdoor wedding, etc.)
As far as sizes, if you are looking at bridal shops, most should offer all sizes.
Post # 6
I don’t think that the bm dresses really have anything to do with the bride’s dress. Regardless you’re going to be in something jaw dropping and usually in a white hue and they will just be in the backdrop. I had straps so I knew I wanted them to, but besides that I didnt’ give it any consideration. I just wanted to make sure they looked elegant enough to match the overall wedding. I had a bridesman too which made it a little different. David’s Bridal had a good array of sizes and I was worried about using them, but we had no issues. They even let one of them exchange her dress at no charge when she found out she was pregnant.
Post # 7
I went with AnnieAAA. I went with a dress that matched the elegant style that I was looking for.
This is my dress. Maggie Sottero Anniston.
This is my Bridesmaids’ dress. Priscilla of Boston PB214 in black (as shown).
Post # 8
So really at the end of the day, it’s personal preference. I do know I want floor length at least. Thanks all!
@MrsNeutrino: Your dress is very similar to the one I’m considering…I’m looking at the Jim Hjelm website now!
Post # 9
@KatNYC2011: The PoB dresses are gorgeous. Do you know if many of them (floor length) are under $300? Thanks 🙂
Post # 10
@mwitter80: I’ve gotten bridesmaid dresses for my friends’ weddings from DB in the past, but I had one bad experience that makes me not want to go back. I do love all the options they have though 🙂
Post # 11
I do think the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses should reflect yours somewhat. For instance, I had a formal satin bsllgown, so I didn’t want a short, chiffon for theirs. I ended up with a satin, but I was also considering taffeta. I really don’t remember seeing any that were organza.
The PoB dresses are mostly under $300, there are a couple over. The short dresses are mostly under $200.
FYI–PoB and David’s Bridal are owned by the same parent company. VERY different shopping experiences, although I am noticing some similarities in their websites. I am guessing that the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are all coming from the same factory.
Post # 12
I think its more important that they go with your venue and your over all wedding plan. As far as fabric and length goes, you need to consider the environment. If my wedding was in the heat of June in Mississippi there would be no way I could do floor length or anything that wasn’t a light fabric like a chiffon due to the heat here. I’m getting married in April too and we almost picked that date even! So since its in April and it still can be pretty warm( its been in the mid to up 80’s lately YIKES!) so I’m going with a knee length and slightly thicker fabric. I’m letting them select which dress they want to wear though, I’m pretty sure it’ll be Alfred Sung’s Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses in Quarry(light grey). They’re around $150 or less depending on where you purchase them so there pretty affordable.
Here’s so of the dresses they’ll be able to choose from.
Post # 13
@Georgia Bee: Thanks! I learned about the PoB/DB connection recently. I’ll still give PoB a chance (though I hear the NYC store is a hit or miss).
@kate9854: Those dresses are so adorable! It’ll be a kind of chilly evening in New York so I definitely need long dresses for the girls. They’d stab me with their hairpins if I asked them to get short…
Post # 14
You know, actually most designers will come in sizes up to about a 24, and some up to a thirty. The only thing is that a larger-sized bridesmaid may not be able to try on samples before they order a dress. Go with a style that is universally flattering, and think of it going with the wedding in the big picture. I used Bari Jay, and I love them! Gorgeous dresses, decent prices, all that jazz.
Post # 15
I would have to agree with the ladies in the previous posts, find dresses that fit with your “vision.” I also wanted to pass along some information I found helpful from a previous bride: you may not want to commit to a specific color for your bridesmaid dresses just yet. You may find that it is quite limiting (When you have your ladies try on bridesmaid dresses they usually store them based on designer or style and the colors may throw you off entirely.) When I started to think about my bridesmaid dresses I thought I wanted navy blue cocktail dresses for sure. I spent many restless nights looking online for dresses that I thought might be flattering on my ladies! Silly, I know. I finally got some piece of mind after finding my wedding dress and going shopping with a few of the BMs to see what styles truely fit them best. My sisters are going to be my maids of honor, and unfortunately all of the short dresses they tried on looked as though they were going to a high school dance instead of a formal wedding (They are a freshman and senior in college and very skinny). We’re having an August wedding so of course I was worried about the heat, but I tried on the dress and it is very light weight and breatheable. Just look at the facts: your dress, your venue, your environment, and your vision… You’ll know what you like when you see it. I hope that you find this process enjoyable and don’t stress too much! Good luck!
Here’s what I ended up with- nothing like what I would have ever imagined!: (nevermind the strange internet links, I found them in a wonderful store in Wisconsin).
Post # 16
I went with what worked best for the timing of the wedding.
I also picked something that reflected what looked best on everyone..
And picked out something that I loved.
I love Dessy Dresses! Alfred Sung collection! They have something for all styles and the colors are amazing! That is what I went with.
I also finally had to quit stressing to find the right one to match because really it is all about you girllll!