I am the first to admit when I don’t know something or even worse I am wrong (although the latter is a rarity!) but I did not know that ASOS have a dedicated Bridesmaids section.
I love that the mantra for this is ‘perfect bridesmaid dresses to make your girls twirl in a dress they’ll love’. I do love a good twirling bridesmaid so what could be more perfect?
Right, so on to the dresses themselves……they are stylish and demure; perfect for twirl-land heaven. My favourites are these:
and of course they just so happen to be the most expensive - how do I always do that?!
For bang on trend flower print there are these beauties:
For a 1950’s vibe there are these oh so colourful dresses:
For a feminine floaty feel there are these dresses:
There are plenty more on ASOS for you to consider. I think this is a great option for Brides looking for something a little more interesting without breaking the bank.
Monique Lhuillier - Bridesmaids 2013
These dresses from Monique Lhuillier are stunning.
I especially love the print dresses that have been included in the new collection - a growing trend for Bridesmaids? I do hope so.
Photo Credit: Monique Lhuillier
I beamed when I first looked at these pictures - this wedding is right up my street, and thanks to Jo Photo I get to share these with all of you.
Elizabeth and Jess were married in the Spring at Maryville, Tennessee.
Elizabeth and her mother, Leslie, planned a small intimate 2 o’clock afternoon wedding with English adornments to include personalized doilies under each plate with each guest’s name on them, lumps of sugar and vintage decorative tea bags.
The bride’s veil was hand made by the groom’s mother, and there were antique hankerchiefs for ‘happy tears’ during the wedding ceremony.
The guest seating cards were hand made on vintage paper and hung on twine across antique wooden screen doors.
The reception catering included scones, marmalades, delectable tea sandwiches, and hot tea provided in vintage tea pots. The bride and groom’s teapot was hand painted by the bride’s grandmother.
An assortment of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry jams were favors for the guests - the berries were hand picked by the bride’s mother and father months before the wedding, canned in their home, and personalized for Elizabeth’s wedding day!
I love that this wedding includes a photobooth…
This is a bride after my own heart…tea, mix match and a photobooth. Genius!
I think that these have to be some of the best group shots I have ever seen.
I shall be practising my jumping shot for August…!
Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
Same same or different?
There are so many ways to style your bridesmaids that I wanted to gather some pictures to help you.
I decided to let my 4 sisters choose their dresses (potentially a lethal idea) but it worked for us and we have ended up with 4 different dresses.
However, keeping your bridesmaids looking the same is timeless and you can have a lot of fun with it - you could keep the same colour and have different styles to suit different shapes or you could choose the same style and have your girls pick out their favourite colour each (in line with what you were thinking of course).
Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
Finding something that you love, that your bridesmaids love and that suits your day is a big task. With so many designers offering bespoke bridesmaids dresses it is easy to understand why so many of us fork out a small fortune (again) for your girls to look and feel as special as you do.
However, there are alternatives on the high street. Of course you do run the risk of a guest wearing the same but if you buy them in plenty of time (and maybe spread a detailed description of the dresses amongst your guests…a subtle ‘this is what my maids are wearing DO NOT COPY’ e-mail should do it) I think that the dress/guest horror can be avoided.
Starting with my bargain find at H&M (love H&M!) for £14.99 you simply can’t go wrong, and as owner of said dress I can vouch for its loveliness.
Topshop and Warehouse offer some lovely dresses, very similar in style and price at £46 and £45.
Dorothy Perkins also offer two great value dresses, both at £50
American surfing label Hollister has this pretty white and blue dress for £50
This print dress from Monsoon is £79
Two vintage styles from Phase Eight at £150 and £99.
French Connection have three very individual dresses, £129, £120 and £135
Ted Baker has this beautiful floral dress for £139
Reiss have the bold blues at £189 and £225
J.Crew offer these beautiful and perfect bridesmaids dresses but at £194 in the UK I would be tempted to make them the perfect excuse for a holiday to NYC to buy these!
I think I nearly gave my mother a heart attack when I told her that I didn’t want a colour ‘theme’ nor did I particularly want my bridesmaids to look the same. ‘But, how will people know that they’re bridesmaids’ she asked with genuine shock/worry.
Sometimes sticking to your instinct is harder than it sounds. Everyone has certain expectations for the day and regardless of the ‘it’s your day’ mantra, it is often followed with a gentle, ‘but, normally….’ Well I was adamant on the girl’s dresses. Firstly all four are my younger sisters and they would never forgive me if I dressed them like Russian dolls; they range in age from 11 – 24 and have completely different body types and ideas about what colours suits them. More than anything, I wanted to ensure that they felt comfortable on the day and are as excited as I am about wearing their dresses. Here are the dresses they chose….