Post # 1
I am having a real dilemma about bridesmaid dresses. I have four wonderful bridesmaids ranging from sizes 8-20. They are all under 5’4" as well. I am getting married in May so I want to do tea-length dresses in orange. I am having a hard time finding a bridesmaid dress designer with a good orange for May. I’m currently looking at Alfred Angelo – burnt orange (too dark), tangelo (too bright); Raylia- rust (can’t find good dress), sunset (too light); Alfred Sung- pumpkin (too pinky)…Any suggestions? Any other brides do an orange wedding?
I am trying to make everyone happy and it’s hard. Everyone has an opinion and I should stop asking the people in my wedding.
Any advice is much appreciated!!
Post # 3
Oh, I totally hear you. It’s easy to say that you’re just going to decide without consulting anyone, but it’s really difficult in practice! Have you actually gone to a bridal store to look at colors, or are you basing the colors you like on their websites? I just ask because everything looks so different in person! It might help to go and see if you haven’t already. Another thing I try to do is search online for "real life" wedding pics of certain colors I see online.
What about After Six/Dessy tangerine? Too light/too bright? I think it’s a nice color, and they have a lot of cute tea-length dresses (we chose A6242). David’s Bridal looks like they have a huge range of orange dresses as well…
Post # 4
tried cocomyles.com? its like a DIYbridemaid site. I am considering using them and have heard really good things about them.
they will rush deliver fabric swatches to you (they sent me mine within 2 days).
Post # 5
I have been to bridal shops looking and trying on dresses. That’s how I know about each of the colors. I was originally set on this dress by Alfred Angelo:
But my sister and mom think Burnt Orange is too dark for May (so does my fiance).
I really like the Raylia Rust satin but Raylia doesn’t have many satin dresses in tea length. I only found two and they aren’t the best.
I recently found the Alfred Sung pumpkin. I love the dress:
but the swatch seems a little more coral than orange. Plus the material is silky satin which I’ve never worked with before.
The tangerine by After Six is a little too light for what I want. I want a primary orange. I think too light will wash out my bridesmaids and too dark doesn’t go in May. My wedding date is May 31, 2008 by the way. I’m just confusing myself more and more every day!
Post # 6
I’m also getting married in May and I’ve been looking at orange BM dresses, too (as well as red and yellow). Have you tried Simple Silhouettes (simpledress.com)? They have some nice oranges. So do Coren Moore and Siri. Good luck.
Post # 7
http://olivialuca.com/home/ is another DIY kind of site, but they have some light oranges to choose from.
I second Siri!
Post # 8
Also keep in mind that you can have any dress hemmed to tea length. So, don’t over look a perfect dess just because it is floor length.
Post # 9
Are all of the bridesmaids dresses going to be the same color? The reason I ask is because it might make your situation a bit less stressful if your BM can have slightly varying colors within the same grouping. That’s totally acceptable nowadays, and although it sounds crazy and confused, it looks really nice as long as you have something to pull it all together (a sash color or some other accessory). Then mabye the specific color of orange you’re looking for in a dress, you can use to accessorize your ceremony and/or reception.
Aria Bridesmaids (http://www.ariadress.com) has a gaggle of orange colors to choose from, and most of the time they give you the option of a double hem(which looks nice if you choose a contrasting color). The only thing is that the material will either have to be duchess satin, or silk shantung (which is beautiful – shimmery and iridescent). The dresses are very flattering for all sizes (I have bridesmaids ranging in sizes from 8-22).
Post # 10
And oh yea, if you want to eliminate at least 50% of your stress and confusion- stop consulting everyone else! It’s okay initially, but ultimately it’s going to have to be your decision anyway. The one thing that planning a wedding will NOT allow you to do, is be indicisive. So, go ahead and ask your mom, your friends, or your BM’s their opinion, but don’t be afraid to just make firm decisions based on what you feel in your gut. This day is about what you like and what you want, not everyone elses likes, dislikes and opinions.
Post # 11
<span class=”875015821-19112007″>check out lynnlugobridal.com. They have great dresses with all kinds of customizable options, a nice range of sizes and beautiful colors and fabrics. I know Lynn Lugo herself is responsive with emails, and this might be a good help to you based on several of your factors – sizing, season and colors. Good luck!
Post # 12
I loved the burnt orange color available from Bill Levkoff. I know you mentioned that you didn’t like a different burnt orange, but this one is really pretty and soft. It photographs so nicely! I had an early autumn wedding, but I think that you can definitely work this in a spring flavor as well.
Here is a link to one of my bridesmaid dresses: http://www.billlevkoff.com/collections/index.asp?dress=889
Post # 13
have you tried watters and watters? thats who i decided to go with for my BM dresses.
Post # 14
i just received swatches from alfred angelo, and it looks like if you wanted a bright sunny kind of orange, go with tangelo, or something very light and subtle, go with peach fizz.
Post # 15
How far out is your wedding? Maybe having them custom made is the way to go. You may be surprised at how affordable it can be, especially if you check out a local Chinatown. You can pick your own fabric (brought in on your own or ordered through them) and you can have it made to fit the first time around for everyone so that also kind of ties in and yet eliminates your extra alteration costs later.
Post # 16
Since color seems to be your largest factor in keeping you from finding a dress, I think the best bet would to get your cute butt to one of those megahuge-bridesmaid boutiques. The stores have color swatch books of every fabric color of every designer they carry. It’s very difficult to determine true colorings online, especially if the fabric has any sort of sheen to it. Once you choose a few colors out of the books, the sale associates should very easily be able to pull dresses fitting your criteria of color and length, that’s why it’s key to go to one of those mega-bridemarts! Sure their customer service usually sucks, but it’s really the only way to go when trying to find a certain vision is having many options in one place.