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Budget Bridesmaid Dresses: Fashion Advice

Dear Budget Fashionista,

I am getting married in July – Yipee! I was wondering if you have any suggestions of where to locate bridesmaids dresses that will not take months and months to receive and can fit modest budgets.

Answer: It used to be that bridesmaids dresses were where good taste went to die. Any joy you felt for your friends pending nuptial was replaced by the dread of having to pay $300 to wear some ugly puffy dress. Fortunately, times have changed. Here’s some great options for bridesmaid dresses on a budget:

1. Coco Myles has great customizable dresses that are available in a variety of colors and sizes (from 2- 32). The dresses start at $125, which is a bit pricey, but it’s a great option if you have a wide variety of sizes and shapes in your wedding party.

2. You can also purchase formal dresses from the Merona Target line at Target.com. The big box retailer has a pretty impressive collection of formal dresses, most for under $50 in sizes 2-18.

3. You can also take a peek at this summer’s new girlie cotton dresses,  available at stores like Gap, J Crew, and Old Navy. Make these dresses bridesmaid formal by putting a wide ribbon around the waist and asking your bridesmaids to wear heels.

4. Also try stores like Newport-News.com, Spiegel.com, and Chadwicks.com

5. You can also go the traditional route by heading to a place like David’s Bridal. The store has a wide range of sizes, but the look can be a bit generic.

Last but not least, many brides are choosing to let their wedding party pick their own dresses.  This is perhaps the cheapest option, but you run the risk of your bridesmaids choosing a dress that may be a bit too casual.

Happy Shopping,

The Budget Fashionista

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hoanna

Thursday 1st of March 2012

Love it, crazing! You did a great job of capturing her. Nice touch of including her…and wedding dress photoes!

golfclubs4sales

Saturday 6th of August 2011

Hi! Just want to point out that Coco Myles’ dresses actually start at $125.00. Bride can choose the color and the the bridesmaids can go online and design the dress in any style they’d like.

Katrina

Wednesday 15th of December 2010

Also, sometimes economical and creative brides sometimes let the bridesmaids have free reign on dresses, as long as they follow a certain color pattern. You might want to try sites like ClosetShark to see what you can find for designer dresses for a fraction of the cost. You can sell previously once-used ones while you are on there as well!

Coco Myles

Thursday 14th of May 2009

Hi!  Just want to point out that Coco Myles’ dresses actually start at $125.00.  Bride can choose the color and the the bridesmaids can go online and design the dress in any style they’d like.  Everyone’s happy!  Bride has the color she wants and her bridesmaids get to wear a style of dress that they feel great wearing!  Thanks for the mention!  We appreciate it.

The Budget Fashionista

Thursday 14th of May 2009

@cocomyles- you must have changed your prices recently.. regardless you’re a great site and option

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