Last night I went to see Bridesmaids with Joe. I don’t have to tell you about the movie. You’ve most likely already seen it, read about it, or watched one of the stars promoting it on late night television. You’re probably tired of the debate about women being funny (shocking!) and also going to the movies (revelatory!).
What I can say is that I have been waiting for this movie, because unlike 27 Dresses, Bridesmaids is pretty successful at depicting what it’s like to be a bridesmaid–the good parts and the stressful parts.
Having been a bridesmaid five times now, with another appearance slated for next year, I’m no stranger to the ritual. I have owned four bridesmaid dresses (for one wedding the bridesmaids wore black dresses of our own choosing), so when a few friends sent me a link to NewlyMaid, I was more than intrigued.
NewlyMaid is a service that allows you to send in your worn bridesmaid dresses and get a discount on a new “little black dress.” It’s a great idea–send in an old dress you’ll never wear again, get a new dress you can wear all the time. However, on checking out the site, I was a little disappointed that there are only 6 black dresses to choose from, and though the discounts are steep, the dresses are still expensive with the discount (for example, the Natalie dress costs $200 retail and $115 when you send in an old dress).
The pros of this are that NewlyMaid will recycle or donate all dresses, the shipping is free, the selection of dresses changes a couple times a year, and you can get credit for more than one old dress that you send in. However, be advised that old dresses need to be in good condition and the company will only give out one free mailer per customer. If you want to trade in multiple dresses, additional mailers cost $7.50 each.
I have long since donated my old bridesmaid dresses (except for one), but I may consider taking advantage of NewlyMaid if I’m ever a bridesmaid again.
What do you think? Do you have old bridesmaid dresses you’d trade in for a new dress?