As promised, and given away by the title, this post is about my hunt for unique and budget friendly bridesmaid dresses.
Asking my bridesmaids was one of the things I was MOST excited about. I have had the same group of girlfriends for almost my entire life – which is something that most people are not able to say. I knew they would be as pumped about my wedding as I am!! The downfall is that we are all at that age where everyone is engaged and getting married. To be exact.. three of my nine bridesmaids all had weddings last month (October)!!! Luckily, my wedding is not until April because we were all in each other's weddings!!! This can get expensive, as I am sure you are aware if you have ever been a part of a wedding party. This led me to my conscious decision to make this experience as friendly on their wallets as possible – without sacrificing my originality and FUN. Spoiler alert: I'll tell you about my bachelorette party plans in a future post detailing how I plan to cut costs here!
As usual, I raided Pinterest for ideas on bridesmaid dresses. I checked out Etsy, Weddington Way, David's Bridal, all of the places, to get inspiration. Until I stumbled upon the “Watercolor Bridesmaid Dress.” *Gasp.* It was everything I was searching for. I loved the idea of doing a printed bridesmaids dress. I literally googled for hours and hours trying to find the exact dresses from the picture below and eventually I was successful. I almost cried when I saw the price tag of over $300 each – I felt defeated.
I then resolved that it didn't have to be that exact dress and I pulled up my big girl panties and kept a-googling. I found several that I really liked, but the majority of them were on clearance (I began this search in August – the dresses are fairly “springy”) – thus affecting the variability of sizes available and the number of dresses in each size.
Until finally – again – I think I have found the one! Imagine my sorrow when I discovered that this dress is on one of those Chinese clothing websites. You know, the ones that you read those Facebook horror stories about people ordering 24 items for $108.73 and upon delivery finding out that everything is grossly undersized and looks nothing like the picture?! Again – the heartbreak . I pondered, read reviews (99% of which were written by people employed by the company – it was THAT obvious), and assessed my risk. The dresses were ~25 dollars a piece, I was eight months out from my wedding, and they were not in traditional 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 sizes – just Small, Medium, and Large. I took the plunge and ordered nine dresses, of varying sizes according to my educated guess for each gal, for the whopping price of ~225 dollars.
I am being 100% truthful when I tell you that I stalked my e-mail, tracking page, mailbox, and mailwoman for the next two weeks. Until…
I get the text that they have been delivered – Mandarin symbols on the packaging and all! I rip open the bag and pull out all of the floral bridesmaids dresses (counting to make sure) and they are all there! I immediately try on one of each size, all of which fit, and I am SO HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS! [Check out a couple of my bridesmaids trying on their dresses below]
*They will kill me for posting this. Shhh…
The material is not the softest nor made of the highest quality, but they fit and the design looks almost exactly like the picture. Also, there is no variation in color – which is something I was highly concerned about. Here is the picture that was on the website Rosewe.
The take away here is that if you have time to take a chance like this – do it! I researched the return policy and was satisfied that I could get my money back if it didn't work out. It worked out for me and my gals, but it could have easily gone wrong!
Have you experienced any success or horror stories ordering wedding items online?
I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!
Make sure to check out my post next week detailing my ceremony style and my special take on “bouquets”