Website Actually Pays for Your Ugly Bridesmaid Dresses


bridesmaid dressesSince the beginning of time, people have been stumbling upon ideas that make them go, "Why didn't I think of that?" In the 1800s, it was the telephone. In the '80s, it was the piano key tie. And now, in 2011, it's NewlyMaid.

NewlyMaid is a new -- ingenious -- website. Its purpose? To take your old dust-covered bridesmaid dresses off your hands (and out of your closet) and provide you with a new cute little black dress. All together now! "Why didn't I think of that?"

I want you to think hard for a minute here. Think about the last few weddings you were in. (Were they fun?) Think about the dress that you wore. (Was is cute?) Think about where it is now. (In the trash?) Now don't you wish you knew about NewlyMaid a few years ago before you left your dress in a giant taffeta heap in the closet of a Hilton in upstate New York where the bride found it, called you out, and then didn't talk to you for three months? Oh, wait. That was me.

It's a true story, you know. I actually did that. And, yes, I realize I'm a horrible person for doing so. It's just, the dress was so ... not something I was ever going to wear again (and there was bourbon spilled across the chest -- not from me, I swear). With layovers, I had an eight-hour trek ahead of me back to Los Angeles, and in my sort-of-still-drunk state of mind, it seemed like the right thing to do. Not so much. The hotel called the bride, who had reserved a block of rooms. Then she called me (we all had different styles, same color). I don't even remember what ridiculous excuse I gave her, but whatever it was left her super-pissed at me. Oopsie. Now, if I had known that I could have gotten a cute, wearable dress in its stead, you bet your ass I would have rolled that mess up into a ball, shoved it in my carry-on, and none would be the wiser.

Other bridesmaid dresses of mine? Let's see. One was made into a Halloween costume. One is sitting in the closet of my old room at my parents' house. And another was cut to shreds when my sister and I thought it was a good pattern to include in a collage we were making for our cousin's bridal shower.

This may all sound crazy to you, but it's true. And what have you done with yours? I am willing to bet you an Olive Garden lunch that you haven't worn a bridesmaid dress of yours again -- for anything other than an "'80s prom theme" party. And if you have, well, I'd like to meet the bride who picked it out so I can shake her hand.

It's an unfortunate fact of life. Bridesmaid dresses are heinous. Always. And we never, ever use them again! NewlyMaid is the perfect solution to the overcrowding of our closets. Not only do they give you a new LBD at a special price, they either recycle your old dress or donate it to Clothes4Souls! Ugh, why didn't I think of that?!

Check out one of the dresses from NewlyMaid. Super cute, right?


What have you done with your old bridesmaid dresses?

Images via jumpyjodes/Flickr; NewlyMaid

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Magen Kauffman

The one from my sister's wedding is either at my parents' house or in my basement. The one for my brothers' wedding is hanging in my spare room closet.  i might just trade that one in!

jcsmummy jcsmummy

mine are still in my closet. one is a pink halter-style dress. i'm talking floursecent pink, and halters don't go with my boobs. the other is a silver strapless number that is quite nice, but not really fit for any other occasion. i like the ones from my wedding. they are super cute little red dresses, they are a favorite for christmas parties

tyheamma tyheamma

My bridesmaids have all worn their dresses again. I told them to by a black dress that they liked, details to be decided by the person who would wear it.

ZsMommy ZsMommy

Turned a pastel pink satin gown from 1991 that I had in my closet from BFF's wedding  into daughter's Princess Gown for Halloween in 2008...

(Yes-the gown sat in the farthest back corner of the closet for that long-lol)


Rose Savoie

My bridesmaid dresses that I have worn have all been beautiful, but have been worn the once and left to sit in the closet, because really, where am I going to wear a floor length ballroom gown?  Sounds like a great idea, I'm looking it up right now.


Sammi... SammiBaby

I love the idea to be honest. I do not have a bridesmaid dress as of right now but once my friend's wedding is done and over with in June then I will.

My only complaint is that when I went to look at the dresses....there were only 6 to choose from.

nonmember avatar Christine

I have only been a bridesmaid once and I still wore it several times after the wedding (and still would if I could still fit in it). Even though it was a June wedding the colors were red and silver, with the dresses being red. They were sleeveless a-line style and flattering to all the bridesmaids.

Alison Le Chard Morris

I have only been in 2 weddings.  The first dress was donated to charity years ago.  The second one was actually a nice dress that originally was floor length, but after the wedding I had it altered to cocktail length and wore it to the company Christmas party.  I still have the dress, but sadly cannot fit into it as I have gained weight since having children.

Traci... Traci_Momof2

I've only ever been a bridesmaid once and that was for my mom's wedding (her 2nd marriage).  The dress was actually pretty nice but not something that would work for any other occasion.  I let my mom sell it in her consignment shop after the wedding.  She was not upset at all because she did the same thing with her wedding dress.

Faith McCrady Pinto

There are only 6 styles to choose from, and your dress apparently has to have been made by certain manufacturers to be accepted.  They don't give you any idea as to how much credit you could get with your dress ($2?  $20?), or how much more the little black dresses would cost ($20?  $200).  If they don't accept your dress, you don't get it back at all.  I think it's a good idea, but there's just not enough information on the process and too many potential cons.  There's more work to do to make it more appealing to the masses.

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