Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Bridesmaids' Dresses

So for the bridesmaid dresses, I'm going the old school route and having the ladies all wear the same dress.  While I do think the trend of different colors/styles of dresses is really cool, I'm the type of girl who likes matching looks.  And since these girls are my leading ladies, I also want to make sure that throughout the big day, there is no question as to whether or not these girls are in the bridal party.

It took me some time to find the perfect dress for them though--I have such a diverse group of ladies that it looks like a U.N. summit when we get together, so I wanted to make sure to find something that would look beautiful on each of them (regardless of skin tone and body shape).  What I needed was a "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" type dress--something that miraculously looked amazing on each of them.

I had some dresses in mind when I begin my initial search so I stopped by a bridesmaid dress shop in Manhattan called Here Comes the Bridesmaid where I went looking specifically for the 2 dresses below;
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 Before I saw these in person, I thought the first one was really fun yet still elegant enough for a formal wedding and the second one was pretty and classy for a formal affair.  But when I saw them at the store, the dresses didn't really wow me.  I was a bit disappointed so decided to browse through some more dresses, but didn't really see anything.  I figured it was back to the drawing board.  As I was literally about to walk out the door, I happen to look to my right...and saw this dress;
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I was stunned.  The dress was absolutely gorgeous.  The sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt matched the silhouette of my wedding gown and the style was elegant and classy.  The purple is pretty but since my wedding colors are teal and gold, I was worried it wouldn't come in the shade I needed.  And wouldn't you know, the woman in the shop showed me the color swatches and this dress comes in a teal called Peacock (fitting with the overall wedding theme)!  I knew this was the one.  My only concern was that the dress would be ridiculously expensive, but she also told me there was a discount if all the ladies purchased the dress in store rather than online.  And wouldn't you know it, the discounted price was just under the budget the girls were expecting to spend.  I was ecstatic and knew that the next step was to have the girls try the dress on!

All of my bridesmaids live in NYC except for one, who moved to L.A. with her hubby earlier this year.  And it just so happened that in September she would be in NYC for the weekend.  The stars aligned because all the girls were available that day as well, so I made an appointment for them to try on the dress.

Some of the bustier girls were a bit concerned about the dress being strapless, but being a rather busty girl myself, I had tried it on prior to everyone getting together and assured them that the dress held the "girls" in nicely.  So each lady proceeded to try the dress on, and it was the "Traveling Pants" moment I was hoping for;

These are all the girls in the dress style.  We added a belt and it looked even more fabulous! / Personal Photo
This is a different dress from the same designer, in the Peacock color / Personal Photo
Each girl beamed from ear to ear when putting on the dress because they all truly looked beautiful.  For the belt, I'm thinking of going to a fabric store and getting belts made--my sister (and MOH) will wear a gold belt and the bridesmaids will wear another color (we're still trying to figure out what that color will be).  As for shoes, they can wear any gold or nude shoe they want.  The girls have all ordered their dress so they should be coming in soon!  I'm so glad it all worked out and I can't wait to see how it all comes together on the big day.

How did you find the perfect dress(es) for your girls?


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