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Bridesmaid dress question

Hi ladies,

So, I'm in the beginning stages of planning, and I really want my girls to pick their own dresses, with a few guidelines...I really want short, knee length dresses in Navy blue. However, I'm getting married in December...is it inappropriate to have short bridesmaid dresses?

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  • climbingsingleclimbingsingle NYC 'burbs member
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    Where do you live? 

  • I was in a wedding this past December where we wore knee-length navy dresses. I'm in NC, where we tend to have relatively mild weather in early December. But we did do some outdoor photos, which were admittedly kind of miserable. If you're not going to make them stand around outside in them and you don't get below-freezing temps where your wedding is, it should be acceptable. Of course, tights or thick pantyhose are a must.
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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    No it is not inappropriate to have short dresses in December. Remember that most of your female guests will also be wearing short cocktail style dresses to your wedding.  Winter does not automatically equal long dresses.

    I will say that if you go with short then keep the pictures outside to a minimum, especially if you live some place where the typical temp in December is below 50 degrees.

  • I live in the Detroit area...so December will definately be cold
  • climbingsingleclimbingsingle NYC 'burbs member
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    If I was in your wedding and I had to wear a short dress, I would be pissed. And cold. 

    Yes, a lot of guests attending might be in shorter dresses. However, your guests won't have to pose for many pictures (which I'm assuming you'll be doing at least some of them outside?). Can they wear wraps? Will the dresses be strapless too? 

  • I want them to pick their own dresses...everyone will have a different dress. So, if they want strapless, they can have strapless. I'm not going to make them buy one certain dress and all kinds of accessories. They can buy what they want and wear what they want.
  • climbingsingleclimbingsingle NYC 'burbs member
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    Are you doing pictures outside?

  • KatWAGKatWAG Chicago member
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    mlemoe03 said:
    I live in the Detroit area...so December will definately be cold
    I would recommend letting them wear tights. 
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  • Check out twist wrap dresses by dessy! All of your maids can wear whatever style of top they want. That is what we did.
  • I haven't thought about picture locations. I'd like to take some in downtown, but if it's crazy cold we won't
  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    I live in the Detroit area...so December will definately be cold
    If I were you I would nix outside wedding party pictures. If you and your FI want outside pics then that is fine, but I wouldn't subject your wedding party to that whether or not the girls are wearing long dresses.

  • doeydodoeydo Southwestern Ontario member
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    Will you 'let' them accessorize with boots and leggings? 
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  • I guess it's a possibility, but I feel like leggings will make the dresses look silly...I mean leggings are so casual...aren't they?
  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    If you don't do outside pictures then leggings and boots will not be necessary.

    I suggest you and your FI do a first look and get pictures done downtown if weather permits.  Then do all other pictures inside your venue.  That way you still get to use the location you want but save your wedding party from having to freeze their butts off for a few pictures.

  • msuprincess04msuprincess04 member
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    I had some friends get married in Detroit last winter. They had some beautiful photos of just the two of them by the river front covered in snow, and pictures with the rest of their party at a fabulous indoor location near the reception site. I'd suggest checking out the Bell Isle Conservatory, Detroit OperaHouse, or Henry Ford Museum for some great shots. A photographer will know some great places.

    In other words, if you want short dresses, then go for it, but don't expect your wedding party to take photos outside in short dresses.

    "There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." -Friedrich Nietzsche, "On Reading and Writing"
  • princessleia22princessleia22 Oceanfront Property in Arizona member
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    Why don't you ask your bridesmaids which length they prefer?  They might actually prefer the shorter dresses.  Or they may be totally against them and really want long dresses, in which case I would opt for the long ones. 

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  • doeydodoeydo Southwestern Ontario member
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    Examples of BMs in leggings and tights:
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