As much as I love the clean, elegant designs of Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses, I couldn’t stomach asking my bridesmaids to spend $250+ on a single-use dress for our wedding last September. Wedding costs can quickly add up for a bridal party, and the last thing I wanted to do was ask them to spend a silly amount on something they’d only wear once.
One of my bridesmaids suggested we try Birdy Grey, a new startup brand at the time. I was initially a little skeptical, as their $99 price tag sounded too good to be true – but was pleasantly surprised when I ordered a few of their dresses and compared them side by side with a Jenny Yoo dress!
About Birdy Grey
Birdy Grey is a direct-to-consumer bridesmaid dress brand founded by Grace Lee, a veteran of the fashion industry. As an e-commerce brand with a modest number of styles (though still plenty to choose from!) without a retail footprint, they’re able to to pass significant cost savings on to the consumer.
Birdy Grey Styles
Most of their styles are of the long gown variety, with a mix of classic sillhouettes and convertible pieces. If you’ve been eyeing Jenny Yoo styles, check out the comparisons below:
The Inesse gown is a popular style sold at both Nordstrom and Bhldn, for example. Birdy Grey’s Gwennie style is almost identical, at a fraction of the price.
For something a little lighter in texture, the Christina convertible dress is a great choice that is comparable to Jenny Yoo’s Anabelle. This is the dress we ended up with in a rich Cabernet hue perfect for fall.
Our bridal party in Cabernet!
I ordered the Christina in Cabernet and the Jane in Pinot Noir to compare the slightly different hues. The Cabernet is more of a darker wine color, a happy medium between a redder burgundy and a cooler toned wine. The Pinot Noir was a little brighter and closer to a true red (vs wine), though still a darker color overall.
When I received the dresses, I was very impressed by the quality – no loose threads, solid zipper construction and clean hems. Each dress comes with a “pin pack”, which is a super thoughtful addition filled with practical fix-it items for the big day!
As you can see, the pleating detail is sharp with just a few wrinkles from packaging, nothing a quick steam can’t fix. Ultimately, I went with the Christina dress because of its versatility – each bridesmaid decided to style theirs a little differently. When I returned the dresses (I had only ordered to see them in person), Birdy Grey kindly refunded me the standard $10 restocking fee when I mentioned I was planning to have the girls order their dresses directly from them. Kudos to a great customer service experience!
As an added bonus – if you decide you don’t want your Birdy Grey dress anymore, you can send it back to the company and they will make a donation in your name to The Princess Project.
If you’re on the fence about bridesmaid dresses and are looking for an affordable option, I highly recommend Birdy Grey. I hope you found this review helpful!