Bridesmaid dress for a wedding dress

Has anyone done this? Looking around I've had a really hard time finding stark white dresses - hence my last post about the Jenny Yoo BM dress. Looking further, and at some suggestions from the other thread, I found a bunch of BM dresses I loved too which did come in white (even if their bridal dresses only came in ivory!), more than the traditional bridal lines. Has anyone ordered a BM dress instead of a traditional wedding dress? Where did you find yours? Did they still offer good service?
Posted on February 11, 2008 at 11:48 am
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Posted on February 11, 2008 at 12:19 pm
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I briefly considered it - there was a Badgley Mischka bridesmaid dress that I loved and it came in what I thought was ivory - but in person it turned out to be butter yellow, so that was the end of that. I also was a little depressed by the quality of the BM dresses in the salon I went to - I thought the construction was a bit shoddy. But, in fairness, these dresses had probably been handled a lot more than they were ever meant to be. Anyway, my advice is to definitely check out the possibilities, but don't get your heart set on one until you've seen it!
Posted on February 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm
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I think it's a great idea! I came across designer Val Stefani and she definitely has Bridesmaid gowns that would make lovely wedding dresses if ordered in white or ivory (or not! I love a bride in color!):









Knottie Mrs.Marin wore a gorgeous Watter and Watters Bridesmaid Gown:




Posted on February 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm
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Thanks for the source Lori - there are so many names, its boggling my mind now, its such a niche industry and not all of them carry dresses that come in white which makes it harder to filter :)

Its too bad that some the dresses you encountered, aching, were poorly made, I wonder if that tends to be universal?
Posted on February 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm
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Also if you prefer less "done-up" gowns, many bridal designers offer "informal" or "destinations" lines...like Maggie Sottero, Demetrios, Eden Bridals, Jasmine, etc.


Maggie Sottero - Destinations:








Posted on February 11, 2008 at 3:35 pm
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Wow - I'm loving Mrs. Marin's dress!!
Posted on February 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm
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I love Mrs. Marin's dress too! And, as is so often the case, I don't think it looks nice at all in the Watters' photo, but it looks so gorgeous on her.

Champ - I didn't mean to be discouraging about the BM dresses - I'm sure there are a lot of lovely, well-constructed ones out there. Like I said, I think a big part of the problem with the BM dresses I saw was simply that these dresses had been tried on a bazillion times and probably not treated very nicely in the process. And in the same visit, I tried on BM dresses and bridal dresses, and that's not a fair comparison - a $300 dress is just not going to be as high quality as a $1800 dress. I definitely think you should explore the BM dress option - but again, I think you should see the dress in person before you commit!
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 2:55 am
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I think you should wear whatever you like. I do not plan on wearing a traditional wedding dresses and I have looked @ BM dresses as an option (I think I am going for something else completely). I am surprised to read that you found BM dresses in white, though. I would have thought that BMs "shouldn't " be wearing white
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 3:10 am
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I think the BM dresses that are white are intended to be worn with a colored sash or something. Or it could be the designers I was looking at do such outrageously over the top wedding dresses they didn't want to cut out potential clients like me who prefer something a little more sleek. Who knows?! Isn't it so true that the photos these people take do not do the dresses justice?!




aching you're probably right, come to think of it how many people are BM's every year versus the number of brides, well if every bride in America has 2-8 ladies, that's a lot of people trying on dresses!




theDame, what kind of dress are you planning to wear? I think that is a great idea to wear a different dress, how novel is this?







Aching, you'll appreciate this one -
When I worked in fashion, this woman with whom I worked wore this to her wedding, it was ravishing!


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I think that dress is an amazing work of art! If I was having a "city wedding" I'd be shopping for something fashionista : )

But I am having a summer, outdoor, vineyard wedding. (I wish I could figure out how the heck to post pics. I tried using Lori's directions on the other thread and still can't figure it out!) so the dresses I have been considering are more flow-y, halter-y, soft colored. My FI mentioned that he'd like me to wear a wedding dress so I have been looking @ some but I can't really imagine being in this location on a heavy white dress with a train!
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I'm sure you're all over it, but just in case - don't miss the Vera Wang BM collection. I think a lot of them are prettier than her bridal collection!
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Posted on February 12, 2008 at 4:37 am
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thanks, I'll try it Kohler :)
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 4:41 am
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I do love her BM dresses aching, I'm just not sure if they come in stark white. I guess I would consider a colored dress too, but it would have to be rather lightly colored. I can't figure out where on her website it lists the color options! Maybe I'm just tech-challenged ;)
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No, it's her website that's challenged - it's annoying!
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ok just experimenting here :)
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oh Kohler, you just unleashed a monster :)
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I had thought about doing this before, but never found a bridesmaid dress I liked... but WOW, there are some nice ones out there. How much do the designer bridesmaids dresses run?
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 5:21 am
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Knottie MrsNFB wore a champagne (called Sand Dune) colored Vera Wang BM dress for her wedding:




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BTW, white BM gowns have become all the rage for an all-white-wedding (aka as Snowball Wedding)...in fact if you look at MrsMarin's wedding her girls were in white. I had an all white wedding (well a variety of white, ivory and khaki) and I think it looks stunning in photos. Also, with so many colored gown options for brides, some brides wear the color (red is VERY popular) and the maids where white, ivory or champagne. In fact, white wedding gowns are fairly new in the history of weddings...and colored gowns are popular in Europe and Asian wedding celebrations. The White Gown rage started in Victorian Times with Queen Victoria.


Anyway, if you want a non-wedding gown, but something more detailed than a BM dress, how about just an evening gown. Calvin Klein has amazing ones as does Angel Sanchez, Badgely Mischka, etc. Think red carpet! Nordstom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Cachet, etc. have splendid off-the-rack choices.












I also like the offerings by Jovani.








In the early stage of my planning I had considered wearing an aqua or orange gown. By my DH made it clear that he really wanted to see me in a wedding dress...so I went with that (and really? When else in your life can you do it?). My dress was $350 though and basically a knock-off of a more pricey Sottero design (which has also been copied by Demetrios too). I got mine (Zinnia Bridal) from www.QuickGowns.com . I was a budget bride and also, didn't want to drag an expensive dress through the sand, water and grass in Hawaii. Finally, I wear a lot of custom made and expensive gowns for a living (as an opera singer) so for me, my wedding day wasn't about getting all dolled up...I do that a lot anyway. In fact, DH and I were kind of "dressed down" for us...since he's usually in a tux and I am in a gown for concerts, recitals and galas. It worked for us and made us feel like we weren't performing or working...which is the LAST thing you want to feel like on your wedding day!
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 5:22 am
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Wow those are lovely Lori - and you're right even in American history the white gown was a newer development, it used to be black gowns only because people worked for a living (other than a desk job) so they only had one nice dress - it went for funerals, church and weddings!
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 8:14 am
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