Or, the post in which I show you a lot of pictures of bridesmaid dresses I like!
My maids and I have not gone shopping for their dresses yet, but it is high on my list of priorities for the new year. As with wedding dress shopping, I am definitely going to go in with an open mind. I am hoping to have a majority of the girls with me, and they’ll be allowed to try on everything and anything they might like. That being said, one of the only guidelines I’ll be giving them is in regards to cost. I just can’t justify having the girls spend an outrageous amount of money on a dress that in all likelihood, they will only wear once. Sure, some dresses are re-wearable, but honestly, no one ever does. As a bride, I definitely get it—weddings are expensive to be in. I’ve been in plenty and I can’t wait to be in some more, but I know how it goes. So, I’d like to keep the cost around $150 or less, especially since I want the girls to have matching shoes too (which will be another expense for them).
Our wedding is going to be classic. As in, classically elegant (read: fancy). I’ve always thought that for a more formal affair, the bridesmaids would wear long dresses. Keep in mind our color scheme, and picture the following dresses in a soft gold color:
Belsoie By Jasmine
Watters & Watters
(another side note: this is sort of the color gold I am thinking of…a bit deeper than champagne because my dress is sort of champagne-y colored)
These are just a few of the long dresses I am drawn to. As you can see, I like them long and plain, and not necessarily strapless! Of course, I said that about my wedding dress, too, and look how that turned out! Regardless, I want the girls to feel fabulous and pretty in their dresses, so I think I’ve chosen some nice body-conscious styles here. This leads me to the second guideline I’ll be giving them—no puffy ballgowns, please. My dress isn’t a puffy ballgown, so I don’t think it would look appropriate if the bridesmaids had a floofier dress than me (sorry K Doc, I know you love those princess dresses! 🙂 ).
I used to think that only long dresses could be formal enough for a black tie wedding, but I am re-thinking that now. I mean, look at these lovelies:
Both of those dresses, especially the second one, could certainly be appropriate for a formal event. I think it all depends on the fabric you choose and how you glam the dresses up with jewelry and the like.
Either way, it is exciting to be moving forward in the planning! We are past the 300 day mark, so things will really start picking up once the holidays are over. I am keeping my goal in mind and hoping to have most things wrapped up by summer!
Did you set guidelines for your bridesmaids? How was the bridesmaid dress shopping experience?