Post # 1
How’s this for a scenario? I am a seamstress and have been asked to sew 3 bridesmaid dresses for an upcoming wedding. The bride is a friend of my daughter, who will be one of the bridesmaids. Having just finished dresses for another wedding, I suggested using the same easy dress pattern, which sounded fine to everyone. However, because this wedding has been an on again/off again situation due to the bride getting pregnant, the date was moved up and the wedding colors changed. My last conversation with the bride had her raving over camouflage as her accent color and orange for the bridesmaid dresses. My daughter and I agreed to meet the bride at a fabric store in the city this weekend and see what we can find. My dilemma is that I don’t know whether to support the bride in her “dream wedding” or try to steer her toward another color choice in order to keep my daughter happy. I really can’t imagine that the other two girls will be OK with “hunter orange” for a bridesmaid dress, either. Time is really short–about 7 weeks to the wedding–so we need to get right on this. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
Since your daughter is not the bride it really doesnt matter whether or not SHE is happy. Its up the bride what her colors will/should be – not the BM’s or the Seamstress.
Post # 4
@cookecutter51: I get that it’s all about the bride and what she wants, but I think as an experienced seamstress, there’s nothing wrong with you telling her that “hunter orange” isn’t going to look very classic and stand the test of time in pictures. My dress people definitely gave me their professional opinions, and I appreciated that.
Post # 5
While using “camouflage” for a color is extraordinarily Fugly, I don’t think there is anything wrong with hunter orange for the dresses. Most pople hated my color choice and wanted me to change. I did but it depressed me so I changed it back. Most people told me they didn’t think it would look good but it looked fab and I got compliments.
Please don’t make bride feel bad about her choices. Your daughter can suck it up for one day, no?
Post # 6
As stated above, the choice is the bride’s, not your daughter’s.
Has the bride seen any dresses that are blaze orange in color? Does she realize how bright they are going to be? And honestly, hard to look at and distracting. Maybe if she realizes how it will upstage the bride (her) she will change her mind…
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Show her the blaze orange in person at the fabric store. If she doesn’t love it you may have room to manuever into an olive or hunter green which is more flattering but would still look good with the camo. Ask her to bring a swatch of the camo they plan on using since there are dozens of camo prints out there.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@imabridesmaid: +1 – blaze orange would be distracting and very very bright.
If she really wants orange maybe steer her towards something more subtle than blaze orange. I have seen people do the camo accents even on Say Yes to the Dress. Not something I would ever choose but if it reflects them as a couple then it’s about what makes them happy.
Yes, ultimately it is what the bride wants no matter what but suggestions can be helpful.
I know a friend whose wife chose orange and yellow as her colors. All of the men in the wedding hated it and begged for different colors since she had them wear either yellow or orange shirts with opposite color ties. But it was what she wanted so she told them to suck it up for one day and deal with it!
Post # 9
I’m sorry, I’m probably a horribe person, but this is what I thought of…
Anyways, technically it’s up to the bride, but… You could make a suggestion that maybe she goes with a nice hunter green with camo and orange as accent colors?
Post # 10
The bride is hiring you. Do what she wants.
Post # 11
Well, what do you know? We searched the fabric store for the right type of material for the style of dresses the bride wanted for her bridesmaids, and the only orange fabric that would work was enough for just two dresses. There really wasn’t anything else that looked good with orange that could be used for just the maid of honor, so the bride ended up choosing basic black for all three. She said their flowers will have some orange and green with a camouflage print ribbon for accent. Definitely a wear-again dress, I would say, although I have to admit, the orange was a rather pretty shade of tangerine that would have brightened up the day if there had been enough for all three dresses. Thanks for your input, ladies.