I've seen stunning wedding parties with the bridesmaids in simple black cocktail dresses, but if this clashes with your theme, I'd go with cream or beige, right off the rack, with matching accent (removable) pastel scarves/shawls/sashes to match your colors. This way, you set the price, and your closest dear ones will have a lovely cocktail dress good for many wearings.
My neice, Elisa Giese, had the greatest idea. She sent enough fabric to each of her bridesmaids to have their dress custom made to suit themselves. Each got to choose the style that looked best on them; they just had to be formal length. They were made of black raw silk (she was very generous with the yardage sent) and each bridesmaid looked fantastic in the style dress that was perfect for their body shape plus they could all be shortened to tea length to wear later. Not only that, it was cheaper to have the dresses made than to buy. The wedding party was absolutely beautiful!
By Mary D'Entremont
For my wedding I picked out really nice prom dresses in Sears after prom season was over. Each dress was under $50.00. Also check out all of your local thrift and consignment shops, you get great deals on dresses!
When my daughter was planning her wedding, she went to T. J. Maxx and found beautiful dresses for her bridesmaids - all matching - for $19.99 each. They were long dresses made with purple velvet, a scattered design of flowers made with a sparkling glitter type material, spaghetti straps, a slit up the back - they ended up being the most beautiful and practical dresses I had ever seen at a wedding.
My friend asked each bridesmaid to select a black dress (or the color of your choice) but it had to be an evening style and of a certain length. It allowed each girl to show their individual style and it was really cute! Plus, it allowed us to have a dress that we may actually wear after the wedding.
find out where your closest JC Penney's or Sear's outlet mall is that carries formals. I've picked up bridesmaid gowns for less than $20. I even got 2 wedding gowns (I liked the top on one and the bottom on another) and had a seamstress put them together for me. It was a total cost of less than $100 but my gown looked like several $1000 had been spent. For my wedding everyone lived across the country so I just asked them all to wear a certain color and it be a evening gown. It turned out beautiful.
Dillards, Macys, Sacks usually have an outlet store. I went there and got my dresses for $30.00 each and they were normally $200.00. Just out of season or ???
I suggest to ask all your bridesmaids to send you their sizes and you can get real neat dresses made as to their sizes. This will also cut down your cost as the fabric will be of your choice and within your budget. You can also tell them what kind of shoes will go with the pattern you choose.
If it is an out door wedding, i would recommend having your bridesmaids wear very simple sheath dress. since that type looks good on every figure. and they are cheaper than evening gowns, and not hard to make if you choose that venue. Or if it is outdoors you can have the bride and bridesmaids go shoe-less (since it is less formal) that will save a lot of money, so you can raise your dress budget a bit.....
Check out http://www.bridesonlinestore.com. The dresses run from $67.00 to $87.00 each. The sizes available are from 4 to 30. My sister-in-law ordered her bridesmaids dresses from there and they were beautiful! They look just as nice as the ones in the bridal shops. I could not buy cheap fabric, zippers and patterns at WalMart and make them this cheap. The dresses are lined. Matching fabric is available to make matching "little girl" dresses. She ordered hers on Monday and HAD them on Friday! I'm still amazed at our good fortune!
I got my bridesmaids dresses from this site called bridalSassique.com.
I ordered style #1954 which are the same ones I saw at Davids bridal for around $150, but they sell theirs for only $69 bucks....
not bad at all!!! Weddings are so pricey, my fiance and I are so stressed out.
You could do what we did for my sister's wedding. We went to stores and tried different styles of dresses and found a great dress but the people in the store were snobs so we wrote down all the info on the dress and looked it up online and found the same dress for about half the price it was in the store. It was a great money saver.
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