(Closed) Walmart Bridesmaid Dress

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Having been a bride I feel okay saying that you should bring up the issue with her diplomatically. Maybe not wave the WalMart name around, but tell her that you would love to go shopping with her and her other girls for a dress that looks better on you?

Did you try it on when she was there?

She may have been trying to be sensitive in getting you the larger size. If you’re losing weight and she knows it, she probably just didn’t want you to not be able to fit into what she was giving you.

Post # 4
34 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

hmm… how many bridesmaids are there in her wedding? maybe if you all get together and find something you like better you can present it to her and see if she’d be willing to change her mind. is the dress really that bad? or is it the fact that it’s from wal-mart that’s bugging you? i’d kind of like to see it if you have pics.. lol. if she’s willing to negotiate, would you be ok with buying your own dress? hopefully you’ll come to an agreement soon that youre both happy with. (if worse comes to worse, you can always make her wear a tacky frilly taffeta frock at your wedding!)

Post # 5
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@missjewels:  Are there other bridesmaids and if so are they all wearing the same thing as yours?  Were you an afterthought as a Bridesmaid or Best Man, if that’s the case, I’d seriously consider stepping down personally. If not, I’d maybe ask her if you could purchase something yourself that will still go with her decor and theme that fits you better and that you are comfortable in.  Use the fit and comfort as a talking point maybe instead of telling her straight?

  This seems odd to me, a country club wedding, a $3000 gown, and a Walmart cheapie for the future SIL as a BM?  Something’s off to me, most brides want a somewhat cohesive look at least.  It’s not the price or quality becasue in the right setting, it’d likely be fine.  But for a higher end, fancy affair, I agree it’s not the best pick!

Post # 6
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Are there others In the wedding party?  Maybe someone else is on an extremely tight budget that she didn’t want to tell you about for the sake of their feelings?  If its just you I would maybe ask if it’s formal enough for the venue. 

Post # 7
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

You are mad because she got a deal and paid for your dresses?  I’m not a fan of Wal-mart, at all, but still, this is hardly the worst fate in the world. 

It could be a lot worse – she could have YOU buy an expensive, ugly piece of crap. 

Post # 8
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It sounds like maybe she was trying to do a nice thing and save you all by buying the dresses herself, and this is what she could afford. I think it was a nice gesture that she wanted to get the dresses for you, even if they aren’t your taste. As for style of the dress, its up to her being the bride what style she wants you to wear. However, I understand you want to look and be comfortable. I would recommend trying it on for her, and show her how much your boobs and bra hang out of it. Once she sees how bad it looks, I’m sure she’ll change her mind.

Post # 9
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Does this maybe have something to do with your other post about going shopping on Sunday?  Maybe when she felt you were being difficult (not saying you are, I agree she didn’t give you enough notice but she may feel you are), this is her passive aggressive way of saying “fine you don’t want to go shopping you can wear this beach cover up.”  Just my two cents…

Post # 10
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Oh goodness gracious! I feel you girl. My sister in law is doing something similar to me… given the dress she picked is from Dillards, it’s still EXTREMELY too short (especially for this girl with a long torso!) and it only comes in juniors sizes. =/

I would DEFINITELY try to talk her into finding a reasonable dress. I’m looking at dresses right now at Target and there are a few cute ones I think would make good Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. Tell her you’d be willing to pay for your own dress if that’s an issue.





Post # 11
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

So… would it be inappropriate to wear a bathing suit underneath?  And flip-flops?  Yikes.  Why can’t your Future Mother-In-Law (isn’t this her mom?) mention that the dress seems too casual for a country club wedding?  It’s strange to me that the groomsmen will be wearing tuxes, while the bridal party will be wearing beach cover-ups. 

If no one wants to say anything directly to her, just smile and wear the damn thing.  I’m sure people will know that the bride picked out the (strange) dresses, not you.   

Post # 16
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

I saw those dresses yesterday in Walmart! The colours are nice, but the fabric is really informal — I’d try to figure out her reasoning behind choosing such a casual dress…

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