Post # 1
I have been stressing over BM dresses since I began wedding planning. I was trying to take the stress off myself by telling the girls to pick their own dresses, but I was still so worried that “knee-length yellow dresses” would not come together in a pleasant, mix-match kind of way, especially since the girls look so different in coloring and shape. In hunting around the internet late last night, I discovered the Bari Jay style #100 dress. Now, this is PERFECT because my color scheme is ombre-yellow and you can order these dresses with up to 3 different colors on them. So, I think I’ll still get the mix-match look since all the girls will have different arrangements of color on their dresses, but everyone will have the same style and the colors, being from the same designer, won’t clash. The GM will be in grey suits, so I’m going to let the maid and matron of honor have the option of adding silver or charcoal grey to their dresses. The other girls will be able to mix and match white, ivory, and ‘daffodil’ (daffodil is the only requirement).
I’ve included a picture of my dress and the possible color combinations for the BMs. There will be 3 BMs, 1 MaidOH and 1 MatronOH. My questions are:
1. Do you think they work together okay? I realize that my dress has a vintage vibe and these dresses are very modern, but I personally think the flow of the chiffon and vertical detailing help the dresses go together. I don’t want a matchy-matchy look. (If you don’t think they go together at all, do you know any dresses that have the ombre-yellow, mixed effect??)
2. Any inexpensive ideas on how to make these BM dresses look more vintage-y? I was thinking about buying some wide stretch lace in yellow or white to make belts. Any other ideas?
3. Any ideas to make MOHs more special? Do you like the addition of the greys?
My dress (Maggie Sottero Gatsby – I’ll be removing the satin belt in alterations):
Some possibilities on BM dresses (the colors look a little drab; they look much better in real pictures I’ve seen):
Some MOH possibilities:
So… thoughts? Thanks for the help, bees! My planning is about to go into high gear!!
Post # 3
I really like your dress, and I think the bridesmaid dress is really nice, too, but unfortunately, I don’t think the two match together at all. Other than the different color options, what is it that you like about that bridesmaid dress? Maybe we can help you find something that has those elements but that matches your dress a bit more.
Post # 4
I agree with green eyed moon. They don’t really work and if your girls are different sizes that might be a problem. I look horrible in that style! LOL Let us help you- show us what you like.
Post # 5
-“airy”, non-shiny, almost textured chiffon look (FH and I can’t stand plain satin)
-the dresses aren’t all the same color
-the silhouette the belt and chiffon create
-vertical detailing (since my dress has the lace “stripes”)
-at least one BM is very against strapless
-less than $150 (found them on bridesmaids.com)
I know it’s a long list, and that’s why I’m so excited about this dress BUT any help is appreciated! I know I haven’t seen all the dresses out there.
Post # 6
I personally think those are a bit mod squad with the colors. I know that’s what you’re going for, but this is just my opinion.
However, I think long chiffon would work well with your dress. My dress is somewhat similar, as it has a lot of beaded details all over the bodice. I’m going with long chiffon dresses. My top contender is David’s Bridal F14010. It’s one shouldered, has a flower detail and is rouched all the way to the hips. The rouching is extremely flattering- will definitely help with anyone that has a little tummy, but also will work on anyone who is a twig. Plus, the top section is high cut enough to be secure for anyone with a big bust. And it’s only $149! Sorry it doesn’t have anything going on vertically, but it’s something for you to maybe think about.
ETA: here’s a picture, if it helps! Website photos aren’t always that useful…
Post # 7
@September29: Nice dresses! I’m not a big fan of one-shoulder, but I do like the flower and the rouching. My favorite part about the ones I found is the variation in color, which the DB ones don’t really offer. If I don’t end up going with the Bari Jay ones (based on the negative reaction here, we’ll see… my MOHs liked them, though), DB has a shorter dress I like in yellow.
Post # 8
I will look tomorrow to see what I can find. I didn’t forget. Sorry to sleepy now. Nighty nite!
Post # 9
@confettiegg2000: Thanks 🙂
And I looked at your pictures again and I like the color combo on dress #1 best- if you’re still looking for opinions! I think that the yellow looks really nice next to just a touch of neutral color. Nothing too harsh. As I continue to look for bridesmaids dresses I’ll keep you in mind if I see any interesting color combos. Off the top of my head I do know that Alfred Angelo has a lot of dresses with sashes that you can use for different colors- nothing vertically that I can think of though. Good luck!
Post # 10
i dont really have much input on the BM dresses, but i do LOVE your gown 🙂
Post # 11
@confettiegg2000: I think that maybe you are getting too hung up on the colors. I personally would not care to wear a dress with three different colored panels. Also, when I look at your dress in general it is about the romantic, vintage feeling which is more important than the detail of the vertical lace. You know that you are looking for a flowing fabric. Since you want different, but also want some control, I would suggest that you look for a bridesmaids dress line that has a few different shades of yellow in it then see what dresses will fit your look and price range. You could even line them up in ombre form. If you want the maid of honor to stick out she could have her own color or a special sash.
This is just an example, I choose these because the silohette is similar to your gown, the level of formality seem similar, they are not chiffon but do have movement, they have a sash, and the pleated skirt is a vertical element, Unfortunately these are out of your price range, but maybe you could find something similar.
Post # 12
What do you guys think about these? Better? Worse? The same? (Not to mix these two dresses in one wedding party, but these styles as compared to my dress, and we’d get one style in varying shades)
@bostongirl27:Thanks! Me too.
Post # 13
@confettiegg2000: i love love love maggie sottero dresses and that one is so flattering on you!
for what its worth, i like the shorter dress of these 2! the long one is pretty, but i think the short ones are a nice compliment to the look and style of your dress. they have a “classic” look to them 🙂
Post # 14
I love that Maggie dress. It’s evokes images of a 20’s garden wedding. (And it looks great on you.)
Perhaps for the bridesmaids something lighter, like: http://www.modcloth.com/Modcloth/Womens/Dresses/-Parlor-Party-Dress
I’d definitely go short. The Maggie dress isn’t too formal, and you don’t want the bridesmaids dresses to look more formal than the bride.
Post # 15
i definitely like the second set of dresses you posted better than the first set. I’m sure it is individual taste dependent but that is my opinion if it helps!