- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I have been reading tons of posts on here over the past few weeks as well as searching all over the Internet (I mean ALL OVER!) for the perfect dresses for my girls and I am just LOST! I have five gorgeous bridesmaids, a Matron of Honor and a Maid of Honor. Their bodies are all completely different (from short and busty, tall and athletic, recent new mom etc.), they are mostly blondes and brunettes, but have a range of skin tones too! So, I want them all to be comfortable and feel like their dress suits them. However, I also want to stay within a reasonable budget for them (less than $150 if possible) since a few are students, one is a new mom, some are in the process of buying a house, and so on. Also, since we’re having a destination wedding I know it’s going to be expensive just for them to get there. So, I’ve toyed with the idea of letting them go shopping for their own dresses from wherever (or possibly wearing a dress they already own), but some of the feedback I’ve gotten is that they’d rather me just tell them what to buy/wear. So, I’d love some feedback from the Bees on what you think would be a good dress or dresses for them!
First, let me give you some ideas of what I’m going for in terms of the whole wedding “theme”… It’s sort of “romantic vintagey nautical.” The ceremony will be on the beach, and the reception will be indoors and outdoors (our Hall has a beautiful courtyard that we want to light up with bistro lights and lots of candlelight inside and outside). We don’t necessarily have any specific colors yet except for maybe white, gold, and navy… I was thinking of bringing in a dark pink into some of the flowers, but I’m open to suggestions!!
Here’s some visuals:
My dress (not me in it… I wish!)
Look the groomsmen are going for (FI had his groomsmen taken care of months ago! :/ )
Our cake (I LOVE it! Only ours will probably be 4 tiers, I can’t wait to see it!!)
Chargers we got for the place settings at the reception (cellphone pic so color isnt exact. More of the cake gold color in real life). We were so excited to find “rope”-edged gold chargers that would tie in with our cake! 🙂 Yes, I even got Fiance excited about chargers!! Lol
The beautiful courtyard at our Hall (our venue is Rosemary Beach Town Hall in Florida)
Flower/decor ideas… None of these are set in stone, but this is stuff we like
Finally, I LOVE these bridesmaid bouquets I found the other day… But this pic also added to my dress color-confusion because these bridesmaid dresses are so pretty too!
So, are far as length and texture, I think most of my girls voted for long and soft. We were leaning towards dark pink for a while, but I also tend to find myself liking the “softer” colors like pale pinks, peaches, and the color above. These are the 2 top dresses my Maid of Honor liked:
They are pretty and very flattering, but now I’m not sure if they are too “bright” for our theme? I know we don’t want the girls to blend into the sand on the beach and Fiance likes the bright color, but I’m not sure… I haven’t been able to have anyone else try on these dresses either since they live all over the place (my sister is in Australia, my Future Sister-In-Law is in Florida, another Bridesmaid or Best Man lives 3 hours away, and everyone is very busy in general). I don’t want to waste their time by dragging them all over the place either, so I’d ideally like to have a plan before we hit the stores.
I’ve also been looking at the Peony colored range at Little Borrowed Dress since its also a pretty color and less of an investment at $75 to rent. Has anyone used them before? I feel like the girls would probably want to try the dresses on first…
My Maid of Honor said she’d prefer to buy a dress to keep as a memento, which is also an option I suppose, but a fair bit pricier.
Other color options I’ve been thinking about are navy (the guys are wearing navy ties and shoes), pale grey (guys suits are light grey), pale pinks/peach/coral, and now the pale turquoise (seafoam?) color like above… What do you think would be the best color on multiple skin tones and for on the beach? What do you think will look good with the groomsmen’s outfits and our theme? Any suggestions welcomed and appreciated!!
Thanks a million and sorry for the super-long post!!