Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wedding Planing Update. Bridesmaid Dresses: Check!

This is what I thought my wedding party would look like. Minus, you know, the me being Christina Hendricks part:
Christina Hendricks and Bridesmaids, as seen on Elegance & Simplicity
Or perhaps this (minus the whole yellow floral thing):
Mismatched maids, as seen at Belle
Basically, I envisioned an eclectic mix of dresses. I wanted our wedding to be an excuse for my favorite women to buy themselves an awesome new dress they like (within a certain color family), not a reason for me to dictate their clothing choices. I feel super-weird about telling my friends what to wear. And generally, I don't like matching bridesmaid dresses because I don't feel good about grown-ass women wearing the same dress. Women don't like showing up to a party in the same dress as some other chick, period. But my girls had other ideas!
Bridesmaids in pretty neutrals, as seen on Style Me Pretty
Five of my six 'maids, my mother, and I went to Bridal Warehouse on Saturday. I wanted the girls to wear shorter hemlines and dresses in a certain color family. Other than that, anything was okay with me. Chiffon? Sure! Lace! Cool. Satin? Yep. They pulled armloads of dresses they liked and headed to the dressing rooms. The fashion show was fun. My friends and sisters are so pretty!
I love these soft, sweetly mismatched colors! As seen on Style Me Pretty
Unfortunately, Bridal Warehouse mostly stocks a weird and limited number of sample sizes. If you want to shop there, keep that in mind. It was difficult to imagine what some of the dresses might look like in the proper size, because they were so very, very off. Until, that is, Stephanie came out of her dressing room wearing The Dress and announced, "I'm wearing this!" It was so flattering, everyone wanted to try it. The Dress came in a size that somehow fit everyone, and it made all my girls look beautiful. They wanted the same dress.
Is that Jessica Alba in the wedding party? Whoa! As seen on Belle.
What was a bride to do? Throw a fit and say, "But I imagined that you would all want different dresses, waaaaaah!" Um, no. I wanted this to be an excuse for them to buy any dress they liked--and they all happened to love the same dress. It's a fantastic, dress, too: Lauren says, "It makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn on a boat." Um, who doesn't want to feel like Audrey Hepburn on a boat?!
Swoon! As seen on Belle.
Since they knew I craved variety, we picked two almost-the-same colors. Three girls will wear the greenish version of The Dress, and three girls will wear the bluish version. We're going to look less like the other pictures, and more like this. And my mother is so relieved!!!

10 comments:

  1. I think you made the right choice. I personally love matching bridesmaids.

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  2. I'm with you— i live them to be a little different. but as long as each lady feels comfy + beautiful then it's going to turn our amazing! so excited to see it all coming together =]

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    1. Happy friends = Beautiful friends! :)

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  3. that's hilarious! I think that will look awesome! I know I was in a wedding last year where we all could wear any blue dress we wanted. I decided that was too much. bridesmaids need some kind of parameters or else the result could be crazy. You need like at least a "style" like "casual" or "retro" to tie them together. Sometimes a color palette isn't enough especially with a large party. Otherwise it could look mismatched...in not a cute way.

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    1. BTW: I'm super excited to live vicariously through your wedding planning online. It's gonna be gorgeous.

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    2. Yeah, I think the girls wanted a bit more direction. "Audrey Hepburn on a boat" is a pretty good look, and I'm loving it!

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  4. It was totally Jessica Alba!!! http://www.celebritybrideguide.com/jessica-alba-bridesmaid/

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    1. Wow. I love that you found that! Having Jessica Alba in one's wedding party would be SO intimidating.

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  5. I had my bridesmaids pick different dresses (same color). I suppose it helped that they all lived in different cities. I think your bridesmaids will be so happy and feel so beautiful. Audrey Hepburn on a boat sounds delightfully fun!

    And now I'm down the rabbit hole, enjoying looking at celebs as bridesmaids.

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    1. I bet it looked beautiful, too. Like the girls all belonged together while still being unique.

      Haha, I went down that rabbit hole last night! Audrey has given me a new obsession. :)

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