Sunday, November 16, 2008

Those Bridesmaid Dresses

I've had several questions about the dresses my bridesmaids wore on the big day and so I thought I would write a post highlighting each bridesmaid and what she wore. You may remember that I at first attempted to dress my bridesmaids like clones of each other, but when it proved impossible to find 6 different modest dresses, in varying sizes, for the right price, I decided to let them choose their own. I mailed them each a check for $100 and told them over and over to choose something "fancy."

I had no idea what the majority of them were wearing until the day of, but I was shocked (in a wonderful way) at what they came up with!

I am telling the truth (although you won't believe it) when I say that BM Maggie sewed this dress with her mother the week before the wedding. She looked gorgeous in it, and I can't believe she made something that other girls are paying hundreds of dollars for!

I do not love this photo (why am I making that awful awkward face with one of my best friends?) but I love this outfit! BM Lova got all crafty on me in putting her outfit together. Her dress is from Macy's and she managed to round up a shrug that looked great on top. The crowning achievement is that brooch she fashioned. She told me she found a barrette at Rite Aid (of all places), ripped it apart, and attached it to her dress (her dress originally had a silver embelishment and I was pretty adamant that silver was NOT to be included if possible). The gold peep toes are adorable as well!

Again, more awkwardness from the bride in the poses. I should have hired some type of posing consultant for the big day. BM Princess Jess wore a black dress by Isaac Mizrahi (found at Target), a black cardigan, and finished it off with Isaac Mizrahi shoes (found at Saks). I love that she demonstrated how pairing high and low priced items can still look fancy.

BM Bree's dress was from Banana Republic, although you can find a very similar dress at Nordstrom. But who is looking at the dress when those fantastic shoes are in the shot?

I helped BM Beni Bop scout out this Calvin Klein rip-off on ebay. It was supposed to be the real thing, but after it came with no tags we realized it was probably a fake. Nothing a little dry cleaning couldn't fix though. Definitely a steal of a dress at $75 with shipping.

MOH Shay really spiced things up with this little number. It was from Nordstrom and she definitely came close to upstaging the bride while wearing it. I had to hold some of the groomsmen back by reminding them she hasn't even hit her 20's yet. :) I couldn't find the exact dress on the Nordstrom website, but this dress is very similar.

Would I do it this way again? Definitely. Letting the girls choose their own dresses, and pitching in to help them pay for them was a great way to do things. I think each of them felt confident and beautiful in their dress of choice, and their personalities really showed through in each of their outfits. If someone were to ask me for advice in how to achieve the right look I would tell them to give a few guidelines (I encouraged staying away from casual materials like cotton and encouraged things like taffeta or satin), send out reminders, and to help them in their search by giving them examples of what you like.

The most important thing would be to not set exact expectations for what you want, because likely your girls will fail you. They aren't mind readers you know. If you want something specific, go for something specific. However, if you are on a budget like me, and you know you will be able to embrace whatever look they come up with, go ahead and let your best girls find their own ways to look their best!


CrstnBeach said...

Your girls look so classy! Its nice to see the way that you posed with them - often these shots are in the church and look rushed, but yours (as always!) look memorable and FUN!

I think this worked particularly well because you requested everyone dress modestly and because your color was black. This could have been a real challenge if you were seeking pink or blue or even yellow. I love that your ladies look beautiful AND modest!

Blablover5 said...

You've encouraged me to share some pictures of just my girls. We broke all the rules, they work whatever dress they wanted.

It could be in whatever range of eitehr blue or green and they also had different colored shoes and heights.

The Pissed Off Bride said...

First of all love the pictures!!!
What a great set up on the steps!!

Also, your girls look great. I think giving everyone the option to choose their own dress is the way to go. A style may work for some but not all.

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