Ah, bridesmaid dresses. They’re that one wedding detail that can really make some of the most important ladies in your life question their friendship with you. ;)
Ok, so maybe it’s not that dramatic. . . but who hasn’t experienced the bridesmaid dress nightmare, or at least heard the horror stories other women tell of poofy dresses?
I was looking at bridesmaid dress inspiration online a while back, and I kept feeling frustrated at the dress options in our wedding colors – primarily tropical orange, kiwi green/chartreuse, or hibiscus pink. Eek. It’s really hard to find a dress in any of those colors that you know will flatter all of your friends’ bodies and complexions.
And then one day I thought “who ever came up with this ridiculous idea that your bridal party needs to stand next to you all clad in the bright color of your choice??” I think I started to question the concept after seeing one too many photos like the one below:
I’m not saying they look bad. But what stood out to me in photos is the way the row of women looks so bright – and in some photos abrasive – against the calm white dress of the bride. In many cases I just thought the rows of bridesmaids in matching colorful dresses just looked silly.
I don’t think I’m even explaining my thoughts well, but hopefully you get the gist. I would like a semblance of coordination, and I would like the women to be dressed in garments that I like – but not necessarily LOVE – as they stand up there with me & Ryan and pose for photos of our big day that will last a lifetime. But I don’t see any reason to put them all in bright orange, lime, or fuschia dresses.
I love the beautiful, airy, summery, and serene vibe that it conveys. Really, I just love it.
“But you’re not supposed to dress your bridesmaids in white!” It’s supposedly totally inappropriate, but let’s remember that a wedding is a celebration of you and your partner, not a celebration of age-old traditions. So you do it your way.
I was hooked on the idea and started looking for more pale bridesmaid dress images. Style Me Pretty was just overflowing with inspiration.
Source: stylemepretty.com via Jane @ The Borrowed Abode on Pinterest
This last photo (above), where the women are in the green grass, is my favorite now. If I could select all those girls’ dresses for my bridesmaids I would. Unfortunately there aren’t an overwhelming number of beige/nude dresses for sale yet. Especially in maternity dresses.
And that brings me to my next topic, which I’m saving for another post: Sourcing the bridesmaid dresses, and other related details.
PS: New reader? Here’s the story of our engagement.
Also, I’m sharing this post at Something Charming.