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.