as an attendant in more weddings than i have fingers, i have lots of experience in bridemaid’s dresses. i gave some away immediately, i repurposed some by shortening the length and let some hang in the back of the closet for my lifestyle to change enough that i would have plenty of formals, cocktail evenings and other occasions to “BE ABLE TO WEAR IT AGAIN!” (that hasn’t happened yet, btw).
so…for our wedding i picked a color, sent my bffs links to a couple dress options (if they wanted those) and turned them loose. everyone was able to pick a dress they liked/already owned/that was flattering on them in the color (range) i was going for. there were just four attendants on my side of the aisle and the dresses were similar enough. and i know at least one of them actually wore it again – on multiple occasions. win!
that’s not for everyone, surely, but would you do it?
what about in “27 dresses” style asking your bridesmaids to wear a dress from a wedding they were in formerly…that would take some panache and probably a little coordinating to pull off successfully, but could be cool! do you know anyone that’s done that? i wanna see a picture!
if you’re more into things matching (which i also love), there are lots of options there as well. boutiques large and small. two options i love to keep up with are jcrew and ruche (both of those links go to the bridesmaid collections, fyi).
so…here’s the crazy idea: depending on how far along you are in planning the answer to the question in the title may be…”well, yeah, of course!” if you aren’t to that point yet, consider this: rental bridesmaids dresses! at first, that may sound weird, but consider this: it’s not weird for guys to rent a tux, you know?
so, full disclosure, i read about this on green wedding shoes (another amazing resource for brides-to-be, if you don’t know it, check it out). and as to not to totally rip them off, i’ll just hit the highlights i love most about the company little borrowed dress.
*made locally in the garmet district of NYC
*you CAN buy it if you love it and
*they ship a FREE extra size with EVERY order – that’s standard!
*the rental prices are super reasonable, too! like, starting at $50 reasonable!
Just seems like an incredibly sensible and practical way to do things, all while being pretty. form and function…does it get any better!?
this is by no means a totally comprehensive list of places to get bridesmaids’ dresses. and no one paid me to write this, it’s just some thoughts.
i’d love to hear your experience and what you’re doing for your big day. traditional matching? not so much?
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