In the South, David’s Bridal dominates the bridal-dress market. There’s at least one or two of this major chain in every big city. But I’ll be honest, I kind of hate David’s Bridal! They’re dresses are soooo cheap. And by cheap I don’t mean “pleasantly budget-friendly.” I mean poorly made, polyester crap. Let’s be honest, with these dresses, there is no way that your bridesmaid is going to “shorten it and wear it again.”
So, you’ve ruled out David’s Bridal. Now, where will you get your bridesmaids dresses? An Elegant Encounter is sharing some of our budget friendly alternatives.
- Shop online at Modcloth
Modcloth is an online store with dresses of all variety. You can get super affordable all the way up to fairly expensive party and floor length dresses. Quality can vary as much as the prices, but the trick is to use the zoom feature to look at the dress up close. You can pretty much determine quality by looking at the fabric type and seams shown in the picture. Worried about sizing? Well, Modcloth allows exchanges for store credit. The biggest thing you want to do is have your girls order their dresses at the same time, to make sure that they have the dress in stock. They’re products are so loveable that if you wait too long, you might miss out.
- Hit the Mall
Gather your girls for a Saturday of shopping! You’re going to want a mall with lots of department stores with huge dress sections. For those of you in Nashville, that means Cool Springs Galleria and the Mall at Green Hills. For reasonable prices, Macy’s and Dillard’s have great party dress selections. For the super fancy weddings, Nordstrom is awesome. The purple bridesmaid dress below came from Macy’s. We found 2 that fit the girls at Macy’s in Cool Springs, then called Macy’s at Green Hills to see if they had the 3rd before purchasing. They were kind enough to hold it for us, and the dresses ended up being perfect! Plus, on sale, these were $40 bridesmaid’s dresses. You’re not going to find that at David’s Bridal!
For this wedding, the bride chose to be a little different. It was a winter wedding, so we went with these comfy sweater dresses from Old Navy. On sale, $20 each! I understand if this doesn’t fit your style, but they were exactly what we were looking for and totally fit the bridesmaids’ budget.
- Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway is an online dress rental store. Guys rent their tuxedos, why can’t we rent our dresses? For each rental, you get to pick 2 sizes, both dresses included in the rental price. This gives a better chance of getting a dress that fits. The downside? The dresses arrive in the mail 1-2 days before the event, so there isn’t much chance for correction if they dress is horrible. See our upcoming post for a full review of our experiences with Rent the Runway.
Do you have more ideas for beautiful, inexpensive bridesmaid attire? Share them with us in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org