While we are talking about wedding colors, lets talk about bridesmaid dresses.
Full disclosure: When I was 21 I wore a David’s Bridal ball gown bridesmaid dress, and I totally loved it. When do you get to wear a ball gown these days? I didn’t want to take it off! But, now that we are not 21 anymore, and the price of all things wedding related has gone through the roof, I tend to think bridesmaids dresses are the worlds biggest scam. The prices are insane, the fabric is awful, the construction is poor, and no matter what anyone says, you are not wearing it again. And why do people buy into this? Perfect color matching. That’s right. You can order your bridesmaids gowns in any of 100 colors, for the more perfect coordination of your day. (And if you are doing this, just remember, I loved my bridesmaid dress, so I am clearly a poor illustration of my own point. Go you!)
So I started looking around for dresses I liked, that were in jewel tones, and I found some dresses that I *loved.* Like the dress above. I want to wear that dress every day for a week. Sadly, it would cost me $250. But it made me think. Why the heck are bridesmaid dresses always solid colors? I know, I know. So they match. And don’t clash. But I have already proven I, um, a little unfocused in the matching department. So, I’m thinking just asking our attendants to get dresses they actually like, and would actually wear again in, jewel tones. I love all the dresses pictured here, but I’m not sure our wedding party would like them, or find them flattering, and who am I to make them wear them?
What are you thinking of doing on the female attendant clothing front? (We are, by the way, putting the cart before the horse here, since we haven’t really figured out the wedding party thing. But the dresses are so pretty….)
**Update: I forgot to mention, this gives people flexibility on price, with no pressure. I have friends that would prefer BCBG, and friends that are more into Target. So often weddings put people in awkward money situations, which sucks. If we can’t buy everyones flight, at least we can find small ways to help, right?**
Top picture via Nibs, Bottom picture via Nordstroms.
(Funny story, I went to write this post about these two dresses I loved and I discovered they are both by the same designer, Adrianna Papell. What can I say? I know what I like.)