(Closed) Want to wear my BM dress 1-2 weeks before wedding

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What should I do?
    Tell her first : (37 votes)
    18 %
    Not tell her : (28 votes)
    14 %
    Ask her : (68 votes)
    33 %
    it's my money. Therefore I can wear it when I want, even 1 week before the wedding, yikes! : (74 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t think that you should wear it at all before the wedding. I think that you are taking a terrible risk on ruinning it before the wedding and just not worth it IMO.

    Post # 4
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    As a bride, I will say that if either of my BM’s wanted to wear their dress before the wedding, I wouldn’t be too worried as long as they PROMISED on their LIFE that they wouldn’t destroy it. If you aren’t doing anything except dinner and a show, I don’t see a problem– just stay away from the red wine ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That being said, if you do happen to destroy the dress (that red wine gets down the front of the dress and it’s a nice light colour) you will be done for. There will be no way to replace it before the wedding, nor will you be able to remove bad stains.

    Post # 5
    18 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    While it is your money, you got it for her wedding. I don’t think its quite worth the risk. Besides, it sounds like the dress is quite wearable, so why not put it to use for an event after the wedding.


    Post # 6
    2442 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    What color is the dress?  If it is black or another dark color, I think you’ll be okay.  If it is a lighter color, or even a midrange color, I wouldn’t risk it.  You may be as careful as can be but someone else could bump into you, spill something on you, get make-up on you, etc.  

    I don’t think I would tell the bride.  She surely already has a lot to on her mind.  I wouldn’t add to her stress by giving her one more thing to worry about.  

    Post # 7
    550 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I wouldn’t just because of the risk. It would be just your luck to wear it and as cautious as you would be something is bound to go wrong.


    Besides, she has you standing up in her wedding. She obviously trusts you so go ahead and explain to her that you plan on wearing it.

    Post # 8
    204 posts
    Helper bee

    I’d say take it on the cruise and wear it, but maybe think through a back-up plan in case something happens to it.  If you think your friend would be reasonable about it, maybe talk through the options with her – though I don’t think you need her permission to wear a dress you bought, even if it was for her wedding.  It seems silly to me to spend money you don’t really have on an extra dress when you just shelled out $200+ for a perfectly good one.

    Post # 9
    2442 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Could you borrow some formal gowns from friends?  That way you wouldn’t have to wear the gray gown.  No one would know they were borrowed.

    Post # 10
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Its your dress. Feel free to wear it. I would mention it to the bride and tell her you will use the utmost care to make sure it is clean and presentable for the wedding. That being said, I assume both you and the bride are adults, so she should be happy that you are getting so much use out of the dress. Very few bridesmaids actually ever wear their dresses again, especially if it is long. And for those worried about stains, I spilled chocolate cake all over my prom dress (I’m so coordinated lol) and it was professionally cleaned and came out fine.


    My dress was kelly green chiffon over champagne silk/satin


    Post # 11
    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I put ask her first, because if you are close enough to be her Bridesmaid or Best Man I’m sure she’ll say be understanding enough to say “yes.” ๐Ÿ™‚  And if you don’t ask her, at least tell her- she’ll end up seeing your photos and knowing eventually. 

    Post # 12
    2084 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1993

    I think this is asking for trouble! Sods law dictates that a)someone will spill something unremovable on it b)it’ll get torn/ripped/damaged c)it’ll suffer some misc. other disaster. It’s really not worth the risk.

    Post # 13
    1643 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Well you paid for it, so it’s YOUR dress, and I think that you should be able to wear it before the wedding, so long as you told her first, and also told her specifically it will be AS GOOD AS NEW when you wear it on her big day (so obviously get it cleaned if you throw your food down it — like I would!! haha!) 

    Post # 15
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    My one concern wouldn’t be with what YOU will do in the dress, but the other crazy things that can happen to dresses in an uncontrolled environment. Someone else could slip and spill something on it, someone could step on it, it could rain (though I don’t imagine the last one is a huge concern on a ship.) If you do wear it, just wear it for the events and take it off ASAP. I’d be too paranoid to personally.

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