Even Britney Spears Isn’t Spared From Hideous Bridesmaid Dresses

I think it’s a rule of life that at some point, if you’re a girl, you’re going to wear a hideous bridesmaid dress.  It’s just inevitable.

EVEN FOR BRITNEY SPEARS, who was a bridesmaid in her assistant’s wedding.

No one is safe.  If you have horrid bridesmaid dress experience, please share in the comments.  And attach pictures if you’ve got ’em!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/hannibalschlechter Olivia J. Snarkypants

    I think the dress is a solid ok. There must be some rule that bridesmaid’s dresses have to be the worst color ever. Are they all made to not go with anyone’s skin color?

  • Victor

    I agree with Olivia–the design is OK (but only OK); it’s the color that’s hideous.

    For 10 years I tended bar at a country club that allowed non-members to lease the ballroom. I saw more than my share of hideous bridesmaid dresses and let me tell you: If you’re dressed hideously, the staff will talk about you and laugh at you in the back room.

    What was really sad were the women who wore obvious bridesmaid dresses to the office Christmas party. OTOH, I could kinda sympathize with them, because those dresses tend to be too damn expensive to just wear once.

    Only once were the bridesmaid dresses good. It helped that all of the bridesmaids looked like models.

  • WakeUp

    I have worn two hideous bridesmaid dresses… One was complete with puffy shoulders and just below knee length… the other was a God-awful light turquoise color… the dress was pretty, the color was dumb and didn’t go with the most pale or most tan of us… My bridesmaid dresses however were lovely, empire waist, velvet shrug and burgundy… burgundy looks awesome on just about everyone 🙂

  • R

    I was once a bridesmaid in a wedding where we were dressed in sky blue mermaid, strapless dresses. I was young enough to still be firm without much effort, but these dresses… Damn. Hideous. Not surprisingly, the marriage last 9 months. (I still swear it’s because of the hideous bridesmaid dresses.)

    For my own wedding, I had my bridesmaids choose their own outfits. As long as they were black, in their budget, and something they couldn’t wait to wear again, it was fine with me. My maid of honor–a gorgeous woman with legs from the floor to her freaking neck, chose a cocktail dress. Another bridesmaid with a voluptuous hourglass figure, found a black linen dress she couldn’t live without but couldn’t justfiy buying until my wedding. Another bridesmaid chose a skirt and vest ensemble that suited her long waist and short legs. The rest chose black dresses or pantsuits that suited their body styles (one was 6’1″ with no hips, another was 5’1″ with curves galore). My bridesmaids were happy and felt like rockstars, and each of them wore their bridesmaid outfits until they were either worn out or out of style.

    But I wore a crappy sky blue mermaid dress, a hideous peach halter gown, a deep orange long-sleeved satin dress, a urine yellow pantsuit… You get the idea. There was no way in hell I was doing that to my girls!

  • Dani

    I think the dress is the least of her worries. I love Britney, but she could have brushed her hair and wore a little makeup. The girl on the right looks more like the pop star. Unless that was a strategic move (don’t look better than the bride!). If that’s the case, then I will cut her some slack.

    I was in 3 weddings last year, (ugh!) and I liked 2/3 dresses. My sister chose short strapless dresses (June wedding) that were super comfortable and flattered everyone’s body type. I actually really liked the color too, (a dark pink) but I would probably dye it another color if I wanted to get more use out of it.

    My friend got married in Florida in July, and she let us pick out whatever we felt comfortable in, as long as it was the same color. There were only 3 of us, and all with different body types, so I really appreciated the fact that she let us chose what we wanted.

    My cousin’s wedding? Don’t get me started…lol.

  • Victor

    My cousin’s wedding? Don’t get me started…lol.
    Your cousin’s wedding? What happened, Dani?

  • missjack

    If there weren’t a remote possibility my sister would see this i would post pictures…but i have a canary yellow ballgown, a tea-length “show choir” navy and green dress, and a flowy green number with a wreath for my head that i ceremoniously frisbeed into the reception upon our arrival…horrific.

  • Dani

    Besides the fact that she married a total loser/jerk, we had the most unflattering dresses on the planet. They were long and champagne colored, which isn’t too awful in general, except that we were all really pale. They also hugged every curve (and not in a good way). I guess they were a step up from her original idea, which was for all of us to be rainbow colored, (I kid you not) even though it was a November wedding in NY and not a July wedding in Miami. For the record, even then I think it would be tacky. However, since she changed the colors after my sister had already purchased her dress, (she was the MOH) she wore bright pink while the rest of us were in champagne. I have to give my sister credit though, she wasn’t going to pay for another dress, (and I don’t blame her) and she totally rocked it. She is pretty awesome like that 🙂

    Even though our dresses were ugly and the whole wedding was pretty much a joke, my sister and I, along with the rest of our table, got drunk, danced the night away, and had the best time hanging out with each other. I think that was the best possible way to deal with the ridiculous situation!

  • cindy r.

    My best friend decided that she would have her sister MAKE her bridesmaid dresses. The fabric she chose was a cross between a white cotton and burlap sprinkled with tiny pink roses. The neckline, elbow length sleeves and waist were all elastisized. They were full-length and resembled very ugly and poorly made nightgowms. Even my Mother laughed at it. The only good part was that 4 other poor souls had to wear them that day–as they say– misery loves company.
    The mistake I made in choosing my bridesmaid dresses was that I chose an empire waist dress with skinny shoulder straps. My sister-in-law just had a baby 2 months before and was nursing. By the end of the day, she had a ridge 1 inch deep in her shoulders. She claims, 36 years later, that they are still there!

  • Buckeye Bob

    Wouldn’t catch me wearing it. Not saying I wouldn’t wear it but you just wouldn’t catch me. 😉

  • Diana

    I’ve been in 9 weddings, and I remember being blindly in love with the dresses I had to wear when I was younger (bright pink ruffled floor-length gown with a HOOP SKIRT AND TRAIN when I was about 8, for example, or the white gown with a teal sash when I was around 10.) When my best friend got married she told me to just buy a pretty dress and I picked out a bright green because it’s her favorite color. But that was when I was about 50 lbs heavier so the stretchy cotton was not fond with me on that hot summer day. I looked like Kermit and it was my own fault, but she swears I was beautiful (See? that’s why she’s my best friend haha.) My other two close friends were both married in another state, and the dresses were truly pretty but the fittings were a nightmare. The first was a long champagne strapless gown but I almost had a heart attack because I couldn’t even try it on until 2 days before the wedding. The second was a soft green kind of color that was looked great on all of us but was hot as the pits of hell outside.

    I swear though, if I ever get hitched I want to do what R did– everyone pick one. It’s not going to be fun for me if my friends all feel like weirdos in some dress I forced them to wear.

  • http://themockdock.com Punky

    I had ONE bridesmaid dress that was truly pretty, and I had shortened and wore a few times, and really loved. It was a deep green color, and was very flattering. One dress I had that was hideous was fuschia, (yes FUSCHIA!!!) and had bell sleeves, showed every lump and bump, and uncomfortable. You know what I hate about some of the dresses? When you have your picture taken, and the dress is that shiny fabric,there’s a white flash streak across the boobs, and across the belly on the actual prints.

  • Reminiscent_of_Purple

    I was easy on my bridesmaids. I found a website and chose a color that they had to get, and selected several styles that they could then choose from. I figured they’d know what would flatter their figures the most, and as long as the dresses were the same color I didn’t care about the styles. This really helped my maid of honor, who had just had a baby 2 months prior and chose a dress with a jacket that would accommodate her nursing bra and camouflage her belly.

  • Tina B

    I’ve never been a bridesmaid. I also didn’t have any in either of my two weddings. I guess that isn’t the deciding factor on the strength of the marriage, as the second one has been going strongly and happily for 22 years now.

    I’m enjoying reading these horror stories. I’ll have to point my future daughter in law to these comments, although she’s a smart cookie and has been a bridesmaid plenty of times already. I bet she won’t have her besties all wearing hideous dresses for her wedding to my son! 🙂

  • sunnyAZspawn

    I took my girls out and they got to pick their own dresses and jewelry. We had a great time and a fabulous lunch/****tail hour or two after. It was tons of fun and they looked beautiful.

  • april

    I actually don’t hate the color of this dress too much, and the style isn’t awful… compared to the bridesmaids dresses I have worn, these would be welcome.

    I was a “junior” bridesmaid (which meant that I wore the same thing as the real bridesmaids, I just didn’t get a male escort because I was 12 at the time) for my uncle’s wedding and my aunt (now ex) chose these hideous sea foam green chiffon dresses. They were straight, floor length dresses that hid nothing from nobody– I would say half the bridal party had curves and then some, and the other half were shaped like Olive Oyle and I was of the curvaceous persuasion– needless to say, I was already miserable in having to wear it, but then add the fact that it was drizzling and humid and these God awful things clung to us… not a good day.

    I was also a bridesmaid in my oldest friend’s wedding. There were only 4 of us, and since 3/4 were super skinny, and I am not, my friend let me pick the style we would go with, just had to be floor length. So I picked a dress that was flattering and would flatter us all, and then she chose the color – Platinum…. except it wasn’t silver (which would have been terrible in and of itself), it was more grey… and AWFUL.

    For my wedding, I was much less tortuous to my bridesmaids– I picked out shortened versions of my dress for them. All the bridesmaids (and they varied in size and shape) had black tea-length to knee length dresses that were empire waisted with a sash (bridesmaids had hot pink, MoH had pool blue) and the bottoms of the dresses had pickups. They were reasonably priced and my sister, the loudmouthed MoH would not have worn it (or let me choose it) if it was tacky. She was very vocal about other dresses I picked out originally. I’m not saying the dresses would be worn again, but for a really fancy cocktail party, they could make an appearance.

  • Chris

    The WORST dress I ever had to wear was for a college friend’s wedding. It was a wretched hot August day and the church had zilch air conditioning and we were wearing big, peach colored, southern belle style dresses … awful! I think I burned those pictures!

  • Gail

    I once had to wear a fuschia ball gown with huge puffed sleeves and every inch of that sucker was covered in ruffles with a huge bow on the butt. And let’s not forget the flower wreaths we had to wear on our heads, complete with trailing fuschia satin ribbons. What a nightmare!! When I got married I picked out about 10 different patterns and let the bridesmaids choose. Thankfully they all chose the same one, which in retrospect was pretty hideous, but they all liked it at the time.