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Best places to look for Bridesmaids dresses?

I'm open to online, but would want somewhere reliable. I've heard ok things about Weddington Way. I'm also very ok with finding something retail. I want to keep the price low! I have two bridesmaids and my fiance has a "best ma'am". Lots of different shapes and sizes. I want them all in something similar if not the same - at the very least the same material and color. One of the girls is not local so I need to find a place that she can order from. 

Any suggestions on where to start, or even where to avoid?

Re: Best places to look for Bridesmaids dresses?

  • CMGragainCMGragain
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    Beware of online sites!  Most of them are based in China, and their photos are not their actual merchandise.  Weddington Way has a lot of bad reviews online, especially regarding returns and problems.  I wrote a sticky about choosing a wedding dress several years ago.  It is at the top of this board.  Everything I said also applies to bridesmaids dresses.

    There are several reliable sources in the USA, including David's Bridal, which is well known.  Is there some reason that you can't go shopping for the dresses yourself?  This is the best way for your bridesmaids to choose their dresses.  You did ask them their budget?  This is the first thing you should do.

    Lately most wedding parties aren't matchy-matchy, but the bride picks a color and length, and the girls find a dress that flatters them. 

    Again, David's Bridal has stores all over the USA.  They are also budget friendly.
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  • essie40 said:
    I'm open to online, but would want somewhere reliable. I've heard ok things about Weddington Way. I'm also very ok with finding something retail. I want to keep the price low! I have two bridesmaids and my fiance has a "best ma'am". Lots of different shapes and sizes. I want them all in something similar if not the same - at the very least the same material and color. One of the girls is not local so I need to find a place that she can order from. 

    Any suggestions on where to start, or even where to avoid?

    First thing is to ask each person privately, what their budget is. It is great that you want to keep the price low but your idea of low may be different from your maids. Whatever is the lowest budget is what you end up working with.

    You can try David's Bridal, Macys or even a local bridal shop first to get ideas.

    I would avoid Weddington Way or any site where the dresses come direct from China. You often won't get what you thought you were getting.

    I like @CMGragain idea of giving your girls a colour and length and letting them go and find a dress that they like.

  • Ditto the budget advice. If you don't all live near each other, you could check somewhere like David's Bridal (I don't know of any other nation-wide bridal stores), or Macy's/Nordstrom/etc. The best way to do it may be to give them a length and color, and let them choose something they're comfortable in. You could specify fabric as well. I gave my BM's the length & color, and they all chose similar-ish dresses without even shopping together! It looked really nice, they were all comfortable, and a few people mentioned that they didn't even notice the dresses were different, or they thought we planned it that way. 
  • When you asked everyone privately for their budget, what was the lowest they said? Knowing the lowest price point will help me give recommendations on places to buy.
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  • Since you want 3 different-sized girls in the same dress, or the same fabric/color/designer but different cuts, it makes sense to stick to actual bridesmaids dresses and not pick a general cocktail dress from a store. Because with bridesmaids dresses you can order them in any size and they're usually made to be altered easily, as opposed to "regular" dresses where you have to find it in stock somewhere and may be more difficult to alter if needed.

    While David's Bridal is a good bet, there are lots of lines of dresses at local bridal shops that are carried nationwide. You can go to your local bridal shop, find some dresses you like, and then go home and look up online where these lines are carried across the country. My friend did this--picked the designer/color/fabric/length and sent me a list of stores within 20 miles of my house and I was able to go try on some different cuts/styles and get measured to order the dress. 
  • Please just make sure that if you pick an online site the girls can try on before they buy. I've ordered from weddington way and azazie as a BM and one makes you pay to try on and one has no sample program.  It sucks.  


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