I'm having a heck of a time finding nice orange bridesmaid dresses. This is a summer wedding, so I want to stay away from the dark, "burnt orange" color, but everything I'm finding is either too peachy, too neon, or too "hi, I'm a creamsicle!"
I love the orange shades that Anna Elyse has in silk dupioni but her dresses are SO expensive!
Davids Bridal also has a nice orange in cotton sateen but it only comes in strapless, and I have a couple of busty maids who won't go for it.
Any orange brides out there?! Help!
My orange is called Tangerine and it's David's Bridal. Here's what it looks like
What DB color are you looking at? Because both tangerine and saffron have several dresses that are non-strapless, albeit not in cotton sateen. However, I think they only have a couple styles in that fabric overall. Just a thought.
Plus, have you had them try the dresses on? Strapless doesn't have to be a nightmare just because you are busty. See if they'll try on what you like. I love that tangerine color...I am so happy with it!
I think I will send them in to try it on. One of my BMs has DDs but is fairly slender otherwise, and she insists she needs straps for the support - I want to make sure she's comfortable!
I suppose I could go with Davids Bridal and possibly just go with a different fabric....I plan on having each girl pick a dress they are comfortable in as long as its the same color. If they use different fabrics, will that photograph badly? Anybody have experience with it?
@farmersdaughter: I'm doing the same color but pick what you want thing from DB. I'm saying that everyone has to stick to the silk/flat taffeta/satin. I just picked the ones that I knew matched (there were 9) and sent the links to everyone and told them to pick.
The cotton sateen looks VERY different from the other fabrics, IMO. I would pick one group of fabrics and stick with those. Like all chiffon, all jersey, or all satin/flat taffeta. This is just my opinion though and you could mix and match. I just didn't like the way it looked together.
I agree with hotchild. The different types of fabrics do look different in color, so be careful with that. All of my ladies, well at least the Bridesmaids, are in the same dress (not the one above) in the same color.
My gals dresses were by Jenny Yoo - they were all strapless but what's nice is that you have the option of adding spaghetti straps, or choosing a similar style with different top. My gals wore Lucy- but Jenny Yoo makes a style called paige that is similar- I don't know how much you want to spend- my gals were $240 each but totally worth it. There is definately a difference in quality and the way it photographs. Personally I'm not too fond of Davids Bridal and some other styles and I see lots of weddings with the same color dresses.
I got married in August- this summer it was a little cooler and usually in the upper 70s lower 80s- On our wedding day it was 1 of 3 days that the temp reached 90! My maids were happy their dresses were light and they loved the color! Never thought i'd pick orange, but I fell absolutely in love with it. What do you think?!?!
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what about finding a dress on etsy? i'm getting bridesmaid dresses from Amanda Archer and she is awesome. She definitely has a orange dress too! I'd check out her site.
I am looking for a burnt orange as well! Davids Bridal only has orange! LilMissPriss I LOVEE the color of your girls dresses! Did you buy them online or at a store! This is such a great orange! We plan on getting married in Octboer and I think this color would be great!! Do you happen to know the name of the color? Awesome dresses!!!
Would having different shades of orange be terrible? It's pretty popular these days to have one color palette but different shades. Depending on how many girls are in the party, you could just make sure that several of them have the different options. It would look bad if you had one girl in a different fabric while everyone else chose the same. But if you have variety it could actually look very nice and give a unique spin on the pictures. Especially if the girls all get to choose their style of dress according to their body type. Just my opinion... but I say have different fabrics and styles with one color scheme. Could be very pretty!
@hotchildinthecity - I totally agree that the cotton sateen looks pretty different than any of the other fabrics. I like how the orange looks in it, but I think I'll have to go with a different fabric if I do DB due to the limited selection of dresses.
I thought tangerine looked too light/creamsicle-y in the chiffon-like fabrics, but I haven't actually seen it in the flesh in satin/taffeta. I'll have to go check that out...I'm glad to hear there are lots of style options. Thanks, you've been really helpful!
@thefuturemrsjewell - I love those etsy dresses! Thanks for the tip! They are a little higher price wise than my girls wanted to pay, but its worth looking into. I looked at the convertible dresses that isadoraclothing makes on Etsy, but I'm still on the fence about the jersey/wrap style. Either way....etsy is pretty much awesome.
@lilmisspriss - let me just say your wedding was gorgeous. You have great taste. Judging from your bouquets...are you a green/orange bride, too? Excellent choice =)
MissBell - the color is called MANDARIN - i think it would be great in October, and what I was initially worried about was it looking too "halloweenish" but it looked great - The dresses were amazing I don't think I could've been happier with them and they have POCKETS!! How many maids do you have? I know my gals are actually interested in selling theirs and they all are in absolutely brand new shape - if you're interested, let me know their sizes and what you were thinking for price - they paid $240 plus tax and alterations (dresses, even if too big could be altered down easily adn look just as stunning!)
farmersdaughter- yes it was ivorys oranges and greens- see my bouquet below :)
flower pic for farmers daughter---
We are using orange dresses as well - the "tawny brown" silk tricotine color from J. Crew (on ultra-clearance right now...). It's turned out to be somewhere in the pumpkin range. I really love it. I agree that a good orange is a hard shade to find!
You may consider dresses from Aria Dress. The swatch page there (http://www.ariadress.com/ShantungSwatches.htm) looks like there are some potentially decent oranges, depending on how they look in real life. I am in a wedding using the Aria dresses and they are great quality, with lots of different style options.
Hm I should check out Jcrew in person - I was disappointed to see they didn't have any oranges (they've had some lovely ones in the past) but didn't realize tawny brown was orangey. Thanks for the tip!
@lilmisspriss - gorgeous!
I'm doing Davids Bridal's persimmon color (in March). It's definitely darker than their tangerine, but it's not as dark as burnt orange. It is a special order color (requires at least 3 mos), and they don't have much in store in persimmon, but they do have color swatches that you can see up close. Might be worth a look.
If you love a color from Davids - they can add straps of different thicknesses for each girl. They also have a few new dresses from their new line that arent strapless and come in persimmon.
@farmersdaughter - here is a picture of the J Crew tawny brown color dress on one of my BMs, fresh from the box. I definitely recommend getting swatches from them to see in person - a few were wildly different from the monitor. Hope this helps.
I'm going for Orange as well. I had doubts about the BRIGHT of DB's tangerine color but the fiancee says their grand so we're going with it! The colors and materials definitely make a difference.
I'm actually hoping for the spring sales @ Kohls/JC Penny/Macy's to produce some cheap and cute summery orange styles for less than $75.00. That might be a pretty flighty hope but I'm taking the risk anyway!
Any of you girls going for orange shoes?! I'm trying to find orange peep toe shoes for me to match the girls...
Thought I'd give the final verdict - we decided to go with Davids Bridal in 4 different cotton satteen styles - see the pics of a couple of options below.
I don't know if I'm over the moon excited about them, but they'll work - the girls seem satisfied, and they are really affordable, which I think they appreciate after buying $400+ plane tickets to come to the wedding.
Regarding the shoe question - I am actually wearing cowboy boots (!) during the reception. I think I'm going to wear some nicer, more traditional shoes during the ceremony (actually won some really pretty ones in a blog giveaway, so why not, right?) I'm going to look into it and see if I can dye them orange =) So my shoes are taken care of, but I realized I need to figure out what to have the bridesmaids wear!
Are you having your bridesmaids wear orange matching shoes? Or some other color?
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