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where to buy affordable & amazing bridesmaid dresses?

Has anyone ever bought bridesmaid dresses online with great satisfaction? I do not want to spend too much money because of tight budget. But I still hope my bridesmaids look beautiful. I want to hear the voice from the one who has personal buying experience. Thanks a lot!

Re: where to buy affordable & amazing bridesmaid dresses?

  • geebee908geebee908
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    What's your budget? Don't expect to get something for nothing. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Look for reviews independent of the vendor's website and go from there.
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  • I would look into dresses at department stores (most all have a significant online presence) like Macy's or Dillard's. I ordered dresses from Alfred Angelo and Davids Bridal online for weddings (you can do your own measurements and match them to the sizing charts) as well even if you don't have a local store (or your BMs are spread out). 


    knottie1bb1f67a689fd034 said:


    Has anyone ever bought bridesmaid dresses online with great satisfaction? I do not want to spend too much money because of tight budget. But I still hope my bridesmaids look beautiful. I want to hear the voice from the one who has personal buying experience. Thanks a lot!



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  • CMGragainCMGragain
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    David's Bridal is usually the place we recommend for not too expensive dresses.  They have an online site, but be careful about return policies.  It is a good idea to have the ladies actually try on the dress before ordering because their sizes are not the same as standard clothes.
    Usually, the bridesmaids pay for their own dresses.  It is good of you to consider their budget.

    http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids

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    Has anyone ever bought bridesmaid dresses online with great satisfaction? I do not want to spend too much money because of tight budget. But I still hope my bridesmaids look beautiful. I want to hear the voice from the one who has personal buying experience. Thanks a lot!






    Do be careful!  NEVER order from an online site that is based in China!  Never!  Those photos you see are not their own merchandise.  They steal the photos from the original designers, and then make really crappy dresses based on looking at the photo.  These "factories" are often sweatshops that use child labor.  There are hundreds of stories from brides who have ordered dresses from China and have received something that looks like a Halloween costume.  Forget about refunds and returns.  It won't happen.

    Stick with USA companies that have brick and mortar stores and good feedback.  Your bridesmaids will appreciate it.
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  • Be very careful if you order online. Read reviews, look at their return/exchange policies and sizing charts. I'm normally a size 10 or 12 in street clothes my bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding this summer is a 16 and I'm getting married in October, my wedding dress is a size 20 so as you can see dresses can vary greatly depending on the company. 
    My sister choose the website, Azazie, for our bridesmaid dresses. As far as I know we haven't had any issues. One of the Bridesmaids ordered sample sizes and I think that helped a lot. It's a small fee but it might be worth it to try on various sizes/styles.
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  • @CMGragain yes I guess I should've also wrote that none of us purchased the custom sizing option. They have horrible reviews for that. I've already received my dress exactly as promised, weeks ahead of the original quoted time. Yeah the rush order is a joke as it's $50 more, only a week earlier than regular orders. It may not work for everyone, but as far as I know everyone that received their dress, is happy with it.

  • CMGragain said:

    David's Bridal is usually the place we recommend for not too expensive dresses.  They have an online site, but be careful about return policies.  It is a good idea to have the ladies actually try on the dress before ordering because their sizes are not the same as standard clothes.
    Usually, the bridesmaids pay for their own dresses.  It is good of you to consider their budget.

    http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids




    DB is not the best but they have cheap dresses. My girls actually got theirs there for $99.
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  • MesmrEweMesmrEwe
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    David's Bridal online and in-store clearance (they often go as low as $39 for some amazing dresses!).  JC Penny.  Macy's.  Nordstrom's.  Sears.  Amazon.  The nice thing about places with a domestic store-front is that you can return them to the store if they aren't a proper fit within a small window.  If you want your bridesmaids to look amazing, give them the parameters (color, length), if you want to contribute give them the amount you're comfortable spending, and let them decide for themselves based on their own body and what looks beautiful on them.  Or, go shopping with your BM individually to choose something they feel and look beautiful wearing within your budget.  
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  • This website does not come up at all!  Never, ever order a dress from
    overseas!  At David's Bridal you can see samples and try them on before
    ordering.
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  • SP29SP29
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    ModCloth also has a wedding section now, in addition to great dresses in general, so you may be able to find something there that works.

    If you've never bought from ModCloth, it's an online store. Prices vary based on the dress/designer (various designers). They do a good job of sizing suggestions (tell you the size based on your measurements and if the item is true to fit or not), and you can do returns/exchanges (though you have to pay for return shipping, which is a bit pricey). I have happily bought several dresses from ModCloth.
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  • CasadenaCasadena
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    Don't force anyone to buy something online if you can't try it on first.  My SIL is using an online only shop with over 100 dress choices in her color, but it costs $10 to try on any dress before you buy.  If i tried on all the dresses I think I might like, it would cost me as much as the actual dress.  It's ridiculous. 

    If it's somewhere like David's Bridal where they COULD try on in store or order online if they didn't want to that is fine. 


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    MesmrEwe said:

    David's Bridal online and in-store clearance (they often go as low as $39 for some amazing dresses!).  JC Penny.  Macy's.  Nordstrom's.  Sears.  Amazon.  The nice thing about places with a domestic store-front is that you can return them to the store if they aren't a proper fit within a small window.  If you want your bridesmaids to look amazing, give them the parameters (color, length), if you want to contribute give them the amount you're comfortable spending, and let them decide for themselves based on their own body and what looks beautiful on them.  Or, go shopping with your BM individually to choose something they feel and look beautiful wearing within your budget.  


    The most affordable dresses are dresses that can be worn again.  OP, I would encourage you to select a color and length and allow your BM's to make their own selection.  DD asked her BM's to select a knee length, short dress.  4 of the girls found something at David's Bridal, all in the same fabric.  One BM found a black dress in a different fabric from a department store.  It was NO big deal that one dress was a different material, and had a fairly different look from the rest.  To my knowledge, 3 of the girls have worn their dresses beyond that wedding day.  The BM that purchased hers outside of DB has worn it multiple times.
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  • Casadena said:

    Don't force anyone to buy something online if you can't try it on first.  My SIL is using an online only shop with over 100 dress choices in her color, but it costs $10 to try on any dress before you buy.  If i tried on all the dresses I think I might like, it would cost me as much as the actual dress.  It's ridiculous. 

    If it's somewhere like David's Bridal where they COULD try on in store or order online if they didn't want to that is fine. 


    What a horrible policy! I agree, choose a store with physical locations so your BMs can try on the dress, or at least the same style in a different color and then order online. You don't have to look only at bridal shops, either! Stores (in the US) like Macy's, JC Penney, Nordstrom/Rack and even Kohl's have nice dress options. Your BMs are more likely to be able to wear their dress again if it's purchased from a not-bridal shop. 
  • MobKaz said:

    MesmrEwe said:

    David's Bridal online and in-store clearance (they often go as low as $39 for some amazing dresses!).  JC Penny.  Macy's.  Nordstrom's.  Sears.  Amazon.  The nice thing about places with a domestic store-front is that you can return them to the store if they aren't a proper fit within a small window.  If you want your bridesmaids to look amazing, give them the parameters (color, length), if you want to contribute give them the amount you're comfortable spending, and let them decide for themselves based on their own body and what looks beautiful on them.  Or, go shopping with your BM individually to choose something they feel and look beautiful wearing within your budget.  


    The most affordable dresses are dresses that can be worn again.  OP, I would encourage you to select a color and length and allow your BM's to make their own selection.  DD asked her BM's to select a knee length, short dress.  4 of the girls found something at David's Bridal, all in the same fabric.  One BM found a black dress in a different fabric from a department store.  It was NO big deal that one dress was a different material, and had a fairly different look from the rest.  To my knowledge, 3 of the girls have worn their dresses beyond that wedding day.  The BM that purchased hers outside of DB has worn it multiple times.
    The most affordable dresses are dresses that can be worn again. 

    This! And even if a person chooses the cut of their dress themselves, the vast majority of the time a bridesmaids dress looks like a bridesmaids dress...and therefore is unlikely to be worn again. A dress that is simply a nice cocktail dress (or gown, or whatever) will likely be worn way, way, way, way, way more than a bridesmaids' dress.  
  • My sister was my MOH.  I told her to wear any nice dress she wanted, as long as it was a solid red color.  At the time, Target had just come out with a bridesmaids dress line.  Most of the dresses were around $50-$60 and I also thought most of them didn't "look" like bridesmaids dresses and could be worn again.

    As a matter of fact, my mom really liked one of the dress styles.  So she bought the dress, my sister used it for the wedding, and then my mom kept it for her closet, lol.

    I actually did order my wedding gown from an online shop in China.  However, I didn't order it through a website, I ordered it through Ebay.  The advantage of that is I felt I could more trust the reviews.  They had hundreds of reviews that were 4/5 stars on average.  I also gave them my measurements so they could sew the dress to fit me.

    I had trepidation, but took a gamble that I might have just wasted $200 and would have to go back to David's Bridal to buy a gown that was twice that expensive and I didn't like nearly as much.  I also assumed I would need to use a local seamstress to get it to perfection.  It could not have been a more amazing experience.  I LOVED, LOVED my dress and it fit me perfectly right out of the box.  Though I did have to spend another $80 to have a dry cleaner press it out.  It arrived pretty wrinkled, but was so well worth it. 

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  • I stood in a friend's wedding about two years ago and she bought her wedding dress and we bought our bridesmaids dresses from jjshouse.com. I ordered mine in a standard size and had it altered, and it was a really nice dress, good quality. She had her wedding dress made to her measurements, it fit her perfectly, and was also good quality for the price. 
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