27 Dresses…Maybe just 4 and some curtains

27_dresses_ver5_xlg“The best part about it is that you can shorten it, and wear it again.”

“Definitely, so true!”

I loved the movie 27 Dresses. It’s fun and silly, and I can watch it over and over again.

So, when did anyone ever wear a bridesmaid’s dress again? I want to see a picture if you did!

I had the honor of being in four weddings, not counting my own. (My anniversary is this week, so I have weddings on the brain.)

The very first wedding I was in as the Maid of Honor took place in my best friend’s backyard, and I wore a sheath of a sundress that I’d picked up in Europe. That dress I wore again. It was right out of my closet in the first place. It was a low-key, inexpensive wedding. And I looked good in the dress.

Then my cousin got married. She picked gorgeous burgundy velvet fabric for custom dresses. Beautiful dress. I never wore it again. I did look good in it, though.

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At my cousin’s wedding where I met my husband. He took this picture (scanned from our album).

My sister-in-law picked a beautiful teal taffeta and a classic early-nineties dress pattern. Gorgeous dress. If I’d had a formal event to go to, I probably would have worn it again. I didn’t.

My best friend and sorority little sis got married and picked a lovely sleeveless, lavender gown at a dress shop for her bridesmaids. An actual out-of-the-store, not-handmaid lovely dress. I’d been married for a couple years, so I wasn’t happy with the dress size or the way my arms looked. That dress never saw the light of day again. (I should have worked out more.)

When I got married, I subjected my family and friends to a lovely fabric that my sister picked out of the clearance pile at the fabric store. She was being completely snarky about it. “Ha ha, look at this!” I loved it. I’m not sure why. I didn’t care that I was having a June wedding and the colors were all wrong for that time of year. I loved the dark paisley material. My sister thought I was joking, but I found enough between two stores for my four bridesmaids and the flower girl.

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Click for a larger view…if you dare….

Seriously, who was I kidding when I thought anyone in my wedding party would ever shorten that dress and wear it again? Maybe I knew that subconsciously and tried to keep the cost down. LOL.

It might’ve made lovely curtains. *evil grin*

I’d love to hear your wedding party stories. Did you have wedding party outfit nightmares or dreams come true?

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15 comments on… “27 Dresses…Maybe just 4 and some curtains”

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  2. In 89 I picked a sweetheart tea-length cut with matching wide rim hats. Peach and teal. It was an outdoor wedding, My sister, who loves to dress up, did wear it several times. I don’t think any of my other 6 bridesmaid did though. Do you still have your dress? My mother had my preserved and air locked. You can lift the lid and see the filled in bodice through the plastic. Kind-of-coffin like creepy.

    • Diana Beebe

      One out of six isn’t bad. 🙂 I did have my dress boxed, but it doesn’t have a bodice window. That does sound kinda creepy. I’m going to post something tomorrow with the dress. I can’t imagine either of my girls wanting to wear it, but who knows.

  3. Curtains! Lol. I might have made a cat bed out of them…

    I don’t do dresses. Period. For my prom, we had to cut a slit in the fabric on the inside just to find a place to stick my insulin pump. Of course, it couldn’t be worn again after that because ripped fabric frays. I’m sure a bridesmaid dress would suffer as well.

    • Diana Beebe

      A cat bed! LOL.

      Well, in most cases you wouldn’t be wearing the dress again anyway.:-D Sorry you have to deal with the pump though. No fun.

  4. I loved the bridesmaid dresses for my girls so much I would have worn it to my own wedding if I hadn’t already bought my dress. It was gorgeous – celedon green a-line with a bit of very light mint green poking out through a slit and just a little bit of beadwork on the bodice. Of course it wasn’t a dress they could ever wear again, but if I owned it I’d put it on for shits and giggles every once in a while (I still wear my wedding tiara sometimes :P).

    I’ve had a couple of dresses that I loved, but I’ve never had anyplace to wear them later. I sold most of them on ebay.

    • Diana Beebe

      You should have talked one of them into giving hers to you! LOL. I can absolutely see you running around in your tiara. I love that!

  5. The only wedding I stood up in as the maid of honor I was almost seven months pregnant. Needless to say I won’t ever be able to wear that dress again. It was homemade and they had to wait until the last minute to finish mine because my stomach kept growing. Three weeks later I had my son. Yes he was a month early. Perhaps he didn’t like the bridesmaid dress I wore?

    • Diana Beebe

      Oh my goodness! It might have been the dress. 😉

  6. Fun post, Diana, and one that I sure can relate to. I haven’t been in too many weddings. Didn’t look too great in any of the bridesmaids dresses. The worst one, though, was a long yellow dress, and back then I was so pale, and the yellow of the dress made me look like the walking dead. Oh, and I wore a big yellow hat that matched the dress. The other bridesmaids dresses were a pastel pink and a pastel blue. The bride chose pastels, a different color for each of us. Yellow is definitely not my color! Of course, I didn’t realize how bad I looked until I saw pictures. And the worst part about that wedding was that I got super nervous during the ceremony. I don’t like being up on a stage. My right leg started shaking. First time I’d ever had that happen. It was so embarrassing, and I couldn’t make it stop. My only saving grace was that the dress was floor length, so hopefully not everybody noticed me shaking like an idiot!

    • Diana Beebe

      Wow! You’d think she could’ve picked a better color for you. At least it was just a shaky leg. You might’ve locked your knees instead–eek. 😀 Thanks for sharing your story.

  7. I was a bridesmaid only once, for my older cousin’s wedding, This was just before my junior year of high school. Convenient, because the dress then did double-duty as my prom dress. For my own wedding, I chose matching summer dresses for my bridesmaids. I found them on the rack at the local mall, and they definitely could have been worn after the wedding. Now, I have my mother-of-the-bride dress from a few years ago, when my daughter married. It’s kind of low-cut… and by that, I mean almost half-way down to my belly button! She picked it out. Said I HAD to have it so I could be “the hottest-looking mom at the wedding”. (I love my daughter! LOL) Truth is, the dress looks great on me, and I’d wear it again someday if I had an excuse to do so. (You think that’s too fancy for the next DFWWC cocktail party? )

    • Diana Beebe

      I don’t think it would be too fancy! Okay, maybe a little. LOL You had several really smart dress choices. Lucky!

    • Diana Beebe

      Awww, thanks, Heidi! Great memories there. And isn’t the movie fun?

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