(Closed) What is most important when picking out bridesmaids dresses?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What is the priority in bridesmaid dress choice?
    Make sure you choose a length that each bridesmaid is comfortable wearing, regardless of body type. : (77 votes)
    37 %
    Make sure you choose parameters that ensures your bridesmaids will want to wear their dress again. : (27 votes)
    13 %
    Make sure you choose parameters that ensure all the dresses will fit the formality of your wedding. : (55 votes)
    26 %
    Let the bridesmaids choose whatever they like. They don't need to match one another or wedding. : (29 votes)
    14 %
    Money is the biggest concern. No one should spend more than $100 per dress. : (21 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 47
    762 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    when i was picking my bridesmaids dresses i went to all my girls and asked them what they wanted in a dress and matched it with what i knew i wanted. the biggest issue was trying to find something that would work with all their different body types. but that would be my suggestion, see what they want, then you can worry about finding what fits the formality and if they can wear it again.

    Post # 50
    3081 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @sweet5k:  well can you get a long dress she can cut? It’s your wedding, do what you want. 

    Post # 51
    11456 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Oops. I am a stickler for accuracy, and it’s too late to edit my prior comment. Although it’s not at all relevant to this thread, I just wanted to correct my error and note that I actually was a maid of honor three times, and a bridesmaid four times.

    Post # 52
    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My biggest priority was money (all of my bridesmaids are in very different financial situations, so I wanted a dress that wouldn’t leave them eating ramen for the next month). After that, I wanted a dress that everyone would be comfortable in. I knew one Bridesmaid or Best Man doesn’t like strapless, so I stayed away from that, and very short dresses, since I knew another is a little more conservative than the others.

    I wasn’t too concerned with the “wear again” factor. I tried to do the mismatch thing, but that was just too difficult to get them to match without being identical haha.

    Post # 53
    28 posts

    It’s one thing to honor their requests but like you said, you can’t 100% please everyone.

    Post # 54
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I bought my bridesmaids dresses a few days ago (really early, but its the last time I’m going to see my bridesmaids until the week of the wedding). My biggest prority was finding something they liked, but which I liked too. My plan was to try and get them to pick a dress themselves, but I had veto power. As I’m not too keen on formal bridesmaid dresses and I’m not planning a super formal wedding, I thought a short dress from a high street shop would be best.


    Unfortunately as all my girls live in different cities, and I live on the other side of the world, we didn’t get to have one big shopping trip as I’d hoped. What ended up happening was I went shopping with Future Sister-In-Law for something different when we spotted the dress and both loved it. Then I went shopping with little sis, and she loved it. Then went shopping with big sis – she tried on the dress and wasn’t too keen, but we kept looking and couldn’t find anything else we both liked. So in the end she was happy to get the dress (and I paid for all 3 dresses anyway which helped). So it was a combination of keeping my bridesmaids happy (well 2 out of 3), and me getting my own way. 

    Post # 55
    1341 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @sweet5k:  I get that your friend likes the idea of wearing the dress again, but realistically she probably never will.


    For me, the most important thing is price, but comfort comes a close second. Most brides think about how much they are dropping on their weddins and often they don’t take into consideration how much being a Bridesmaid or Best Man costs – which is why BMs HOPE they can rewear the dress again.


    It’s not just the dress they have to pay for, but also the alterations. Chances are, even if the bride doesn’t require it, they are going to have to buy shoes.


    However, it is YOUR wedding and if you choose certain colors, just go with the colors. There is NO chance you will make everyone in your wedding party happy. Someone will always have a complaint about something.


    If however, you really think the BMs could rewear the dress, go with long – your Bridesmaid or Best Man can always get it altered from a long dress to a short one to wear to another event.

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