Polka Dotted Bridesmaids

Having a polka dot motif certainly opened us up to a lot of cool options for everything — from cake, to bow details, to pretty paper, to bridesmaid attire! The struggle for me has been to balance my concern about having too few polka dots versus having too many. The perfect polka dot balance is a tough one to strike.

So when I first started thinking about bridesmaid dresses, I was up in the air. There are some totally awesome options like this gorgeous dress with a purple sash:

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I love, love, love this dress, but decided that it would be way too much on five girls. Maybe just on my MOH, I then pondered. But I quickly rejected that idea, too, because I was worried that she would look too different from the other bridesmaids and me.

So I decided to go with deep purple dresses and am having the girls wear polka dotted accents, instead. I decided that, since my girls are each so incredibly different and full of their own wonderful personality and style, I would let them each choose a different polka dotted accessory and not dictate how they wear their hair or which shoes they buy. This has resulted in awesomeness all around so far. I really hope they all look as amazing together as I think they will.

Sassy Bridesmaid bought some super cute polka dotted hoop earrings from Cassowaryjewelry on Etsy for just $8!

Fairy Bridesmaid made three separate polka dotted chokers that are each slightly different, just so I could pick which one I liked best!

My MOH whipped this beautiful little fascinator up in about 10 minutes; I was so impressed! She just took some grosgrain polka dotted ribbon and hot glued (you knew it was coming) it in to a fan shape as she went, then glued an oversized button on top of it and added some rhinestones for bling. Then, it all got glued right onto a little plastic comb, and voila!

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I was really hoping one of my bridesmaids would choose shoes… really, really hoping! (Thanks, Boston Bridesmaid!!) I originally wanted to wear polka dotted shoes, but I just didn’t think it would work with my dress.

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Blonde Bridesmaid made herself an adorable polka dotted headband with purple sparkly buttons on it, all with supplies we picked up at M&J Trimmings. This headband looks similar to the one she made, except it doesn’t have the purple bling.

Are all of your bridesmaids dressing alike or are you giving them some creative license?


Mrs. Star

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    MaryKaters13 37 posts, Newbee @ 12:27 pm

    Ahh I LOVE the first dress, but you are right it would be a lot on 5 ladies. The shoes are my next favorite.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:30 pm

    i LOVE that fascinator! i may have to whip one up myself! soooo cute

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    maryjane 1193 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:32 pm

    What a cute idea! I love that all the girls get to choose accents that fit their style.

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:32 pm

    The polka dot touches are so fun and funky, but they’re small and classy! Great idea Miss Star! The fascinator is very cute, I might have to do something like that for my girls!

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    Mary, Guest @ 12:34 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love that you’re going with a pattern, not just a color scheme. It sounds like it’ll be gorgeous!!

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:35 pm

    I think all these accents are going to look awesome together!

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    sonipapdi 150 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:49 pm

    Love it! I love the dress .. I have gone away from polka dots because I used to wear them so much as a kid but I’m beginning to like them again!! 😀 You have very creative BMs too, all the accessories are just great. :)

    I started out saying to my girls to pick one color and all wear different sarees (Indian outfit) of that color. They went back and forth and couldn’t decide so in the end they just went with one saree and they all did different hair styles and shoes. I gave them all earrings as part of their BM gifts and said that its not necessary that they wear them. But they all loved the earrings and decided to wear them anyways! It was definitely a fun process!

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    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:54 pm

    What creative BM’s you have!

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 1:00 pm

    @sonipapdi: One of the advantages of being a creative person is the high percentage of very creative and crafty people that you end up being friends with! :)

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    Soon2BeeMrsLewis 756 posts, Busy bee @ 1:03 pm

    i know you are all set on your dress but saw this dress yesterday and totally thought of you… ooo i love it! http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?page=29&style=A3131

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 1:05 pm

    @Soon2BeeMrsLewis: Oh my, what an absolutely stunning dress that is. It almost makes me second-guess mine…almost…

    Thanks for thinking of me!!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:14 pm

    @Soon2BeeMrsLewis: I LOVE that polka dot dress!

    @Miss Star: You have some super creative BMs :)

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    Curlysue 1703 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:51 pm

    Such fun details the girls will get to include all on their own :) Great thinking Miss Star! And that dress @Soon2BeeMrsLewis: provided a link to is beautiful!!!

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    Soon2BeeMrsLewis 756 posts, Busy bee @ 1:53 pm

    @Miss Star: @Miss French Bulldog: @Curlysue: geez, i did love it and now all these comments are making me want to head down to my “dealer” to try this dress on… my original dress was a maggie sottero, and i really wanna try this beauty on now!

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    kjpugs 1813 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:04 pm

    The earrings and the shoes are GORGEOUS!

    I’m struggling with bm dresses right now, I just blogged about it… who knew picking a stinkin’ black dress would be so hard!?

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 2:11 pm

    i love this idea!! so fun the girls show their own style!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:55 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I LOVE the shoes and the DIY hair piece!

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:59 pm

    I love the polka dotted shoes and headband! ^.^

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    Newport Nuptials 1268 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:07 pm

    So fun! I love all your personalized details. Your girls are so crafty! :)

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    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 4:48 pm

    I’m a terrible bride and making my girls wear matching outfits, but I had to say that I really want those shoes!!

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    lch616 71 posts, Worker bee @ 4:54 pm

    Are you having a flower girl?? I was browsing FG dresses today, saw this one, and thought of you!!


    Isn’t it perfect??

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    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:58 pm

    I let my girls pick out their dresses, but all ended up getting the same one. They can choose whatever black shoes they want and any accessories, and whatever they want to do with their hair

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    ms boardwalk 356 posts, Helper bee @ 9:26 pm

    i am in love with those shoes!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 9:53 pm

    yr bridesmaids are so awesome and so into it! how nice!

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    MrsWoohoo 656 posts, Busy bee @ 10:08 pm

    I’m going to have to try to whip up a fascinator with some ribbon I have around.

    Since I went with matchy-matchy dresses, I had my girls choose their own shoes in the same shade and whatever accessories made them feel comfortable and pretty.

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:43 am

    Sounds to me like you have some serious craft-savvy BMs on your hands! I’m loving the choices they picked out/made.

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    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:32 am

    Love the accents!

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    red99hb 56 posts, Worker bee @ 8:52 am

    Don’t know if you’ve heard of this company, but you just might need these for your groomsmen:


    too cute! love all the details your ladies have chosen.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 11:08 am

    Wow! What crafty BMs :)

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:12 am

    I love the craftiness! I don’t think my BM’s are going to do that kind of thing on their own, but I think its great!

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 12:50 pm

    @red99hb: Oh my goodness! I SO want to get those! I’m trying to decide if our groomsmen would kill me or not…

    @lch616: So cute! I already ordered the FG dress, but what an adorable little dress you found.

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    lara bee 526 posts, Busy bee @ 10:48 pm

    Miss Star – I just stumbled across this post about a polka dot wedding and thought of you!!

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 10:16 am

    @lara bee: Aww, thanks for sharing, lara bee! I LOVE polka dot bride! I used to keep up with it more before I became a bee :)

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    tiffanyjewelry 1 posts, Wannabee @ 9:27 pm

    I love the accents!and i like tiffany jewelry on sale this website (http://www.sterlingtiffany.com).
    it’s very cheap!

  35. Guest Icon Guest
    A Star-Studded (Love) Affair: Getting Accessorized | Weddingbee, Guest @ 2:12 pm

    […] wonderful bridesmaids (have I said that enough?) took a minute and arranged all of their different polka dot accessories together for a photo op, my “something blue” polka dotted garter […]

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    Color Scheming | Weddingbee, Guest @ 9:24 am

    […] Mrs. Star’s wedding convinced me to switch from damask to polka dots, since I had actually always liked polka dots and I realized I only liked damask because it was trendy at the time. But theeeennnn I saw a polka dotted bumble bee child’s birthday party on a blog and realized it looked exactly like my dream wedding…which looked like a bumble bee child’s birthday party. And so black got the axe. […]

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