Post # 1
I really want your thoughts on bridesmaid dresses. First let me explain myself, I’m having 5 bridesmaids and all of them are poor university students living on their own. Many of them are also in several other weddings that summer My point is that I would feel way too guilty to ask them to shell out $250 dresses from traditional bridal salons.
The other consideration is that I love the mismatched look. I don’t have a problem with mismatched shades, styles and fabrics (assuming there is still some unity among the group)
My favourite color is orange, so at first I was gonna go with mismatched orange dresses. However, from browsing, I’m realizing how difficult and probably stressful it will be to find five different orange dresses that go well together.
So instead I was thinking, white sundresses! They could get any white dress that is made of a light summer fabric and is knee length. I was then gonna give the girls matching orange assocessories and white shoes to tie them together. As well, they will be holding orange bouquets. The dresses would be easy to find and definitely could be worn again.
So my questions are: I’ll be wearing a full length white dress with veil – will that be enough to stand out from the bridesmaids? Also, would sundresses be too informal? (the wedding isn’t very formal but we’re still doing doing the whole church/reception thing). Other thoughts/concerns? If you have any related pictures that would help me out. Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t think that sundresses are to informal (I’ve worn them in weddings before) but I don’t think you should have the Bridesmaid or Best Man in white if you are wearing white. You will not stand out very well in pictures and I don’t think it will be a good overall look.
What about another summer-y color like a soft pink, pale blue, yellow, light oranges/peach? Also – you can find plenty of dresses that are true “bridesmaids” dresses for $100-$150 so don’t think you are limited to just sundresses or anything due to price. I got my girls dresses from Dessy and they were $130.
Post # 4
Here are a few of pictures i’m using for inspiration for this idea. However, instead of pale flowers, etc. I would be use bold oranges to create a fun summer look.
I would appreciate any more opinions, thanks!
Post # 5
I think it would look great! I’m totally biased though. I wanted to do this but was outvoted by J and my bridesmaids!
Post # 6
I think it’s a very cute idea — and very thoughtful of you to take their finances into consideration.
If you are worried about blending in with them, have you considered making orange sashes for their dresses?
Post # 7
I totally LOVE the first photo that you posted!! I would choose your gown first!!! Then I think that if your wedding dress is formal enough, that would look great. Then if you choose a gown that is lace, then I think that maybe a short dress that is chiffon and flowing would be good for them to wear! But if you choose a simpler fabric, like the one the first bride chose, they could definitely do something like that photo, and you could even share that one with them to let them know what you are thinking. The idea of using bright orange flowers would be awesome. Are you planning another color too? Another idea is to find gently used orange dresses from other bm’s from this year and use them for your bm next year.
I know DB has a guava color that is really pretty. I know a Bridesmaid or Best Man that wore a pretty summer dress from DB that wore that color in a ruffled empire style short dress that was sooo gorgeous. You could easily look for different style DB guava dresses that are for sale. I found 5 (matching) Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses for my daughter’s wedding on Craigslist for only $200.00 total. So the dresses cost only $40.00 each, and then each Bridesmaid or Best Man had theirs altered to fit, since the sizes were roughly what each person would wear, and I found a matching color gown for the Maid/Matron of Honor at Goodwill for $12.99 You have a long time to look and many ways to save $$!! 🙂
Post # 8
I like the idea of your BM’s wearing white sundresses with orange accessories. They could also wear a metallic shoe instead of white. Since you’re not get married until next summer, they could probably find good bargains on after summer sales. If your dress is long and you’re wearing a veill, there will not be a doubt as to who the bride is.
Post # 9
the picture with the colored bits to the dresses and sashes is pretty!
the biggest thing going for not doing it is worrying about them looking like the bride-but if you do knee length it shouldn’t be too bad
Post # 10
White dresses would be so cute! I like the idea of orange accessories, especially an orange sash or some cute orange shoes. And of course their bouquets will be different. As long as they have cute summer dresses, no one should confuse them with the bride.
Post # 11
Thanks! These are really good ideas and thoughts. I want to think more about sashes, orange shoes, etc. I really wanted to bounce my ideas of some wise wedding people before pitching it to my bridal party.
If it does come together, I’ll definitely post some pictures so you can all see how it ended up looking.
I think rlsulli1598 is right though. I really should look at wedding dresses, and pick out mine before I go forward with this idea. Having the right look myself would be important before I could pick out their outfits!
Post # 12
Also check places like Target, Macys, JcPenny, etc for dresses. You may be surprisd what you find in orange.
Hera are some from Target but they are pretty casual:
Post # 13
White sundresses sound nice 🙂 You’ll definitely stand out. make sure that the BMs choose dresses that don’t have sequins or beading, it will keep the look cohesive and you won’t end up with one Bridesmaid or Best Man in a sparkling, tea length gown.
Post # 14
I love the idea! I know some people worry about not standing out, but I think with knee-length dresses with the orange accessories you should be fine. I think it’ll look awesome! 🙂
Post # 15
I love the idea of sundresses that they can wear again. However, I dont think white dresses would work. Do you have a secondary color they could wear? We are thinking of doing mismatched blue dresses and orange flowers.
Post # 16
@MissShork: Oooooooh, I love the second pic with the ruffles and I’m doing orange flowers too but in September. I personally love the idea. I imagine your dress being a long soft flowy lacey type?