Bridesmaids’ Dress Decision! (And a Note on Color Names)

I did it! I decided. Despite my over-analyzing round one shopping aftermath, despite my fear of defining formality, I picked a dress for my ladies. We’re keeping it easy, flowy, and mossy green:

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B2 #2078 in Pure Jade

Wait a tick. You’re confused by my description of this green as “mossy” and B2′s chosen adjective combo “Pure Jade?” Well friends, so am I.

And while I was ready to email all my ladies and pull the trigger on this purchase, this color controversy gave me pause. So I looked up Jade Green in Google images and found the following:

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Just as I suspected, Jade is of the Aqua/Turquoise/Sea Green family. It does not have a placecard at our  wedding color palette’s table. Fortunately, the dress is definitely not Jade but rather much closer to a forest or moss green. Unfortunately my mother was temporarily convinced it’s Jade because it’s called Jade and confusedly questioned my choice.

My position: This dress is the most flattering of the bunch, and while it is not as rich a moss green as the runner up Jim Hjelm, it is $100 cheaper (Yeeee!!!):

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A faceless NY MoH models B2 on the left, Jim Hjelm on the right

The pictures above are black and white to prevent any further color confusion. Droid camera compounded with bad dressing room lighting and no flash because it’s a “no pictures” zone yields faded colors that could actually be “jade”. But I assure you, it’s more like the pic up top in person.

What’s with trying to name colors and confusing discerning brides and their mothers? All dress colors should be coded to Pantone colors so we can know what we’re getting! (Dessy knows what I’m talkin’ about.)

As for the whimsy and details I had asked for in a bridesmaid’s dress? The bodice on this B2 bargain is beautifully draped, will be worn with a cardigan, and I plan to add a flower sash a la Mrs. Cowboy Boot’s gown:

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sigh…

How did you decide on your bridesmaids’ dresses: Did you compromise anything or try to be a people pleaser? Or did the dress reveal itself as an easy choice?

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Mrs. Thimble

Location:
NYC/Philadelphia
Wedding Date:
October 2010
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    ktbrady 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:20 pm

    Oh man, I love it! I’m thinking about cardigans and flower corsages perhaps, so I cannot WAIT to see the final ensemble.

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    Miss Peace 648 posts, Busy bee @ 1:27 pm

    I had my sister (MOH) try on a million dresses lol.. and it just do happend the one I LOVED was one of the cheaper dresses- YAY!
    Yours are beautiful- and definitely NOT JADE.

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    whodhavethought, Guest @ 1:42 pm

    We had B2 dresses for the bridesmaids at our wedding this october and the color photographed beautifully, was flattering and drew tons of compliments!

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    teaandhoney 3311 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:43 pm

    love love love the colour!!

    congrats!

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    mishelleez 3319 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:47 pm

    I LOVE the dresses! We dont have a wedding party but i am a BM in a wedding a month before mine and the bride is great she let us pick whatever we liked!

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    lisalew5472 736 posts, Busy bee @ 1:59 pm

    Absolutely FAB-U-LOUS. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

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    LaureLou, Guest @ 2:02 pm

    I bought the same exact dresses for my BM’s only in Amethyst. They haven’t come in yet so I’m not sure what the exact color will look like, but hopefully they will be close enough. They look great on all body types too! Great choice :)

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    Sea Glass 27 posts, Newbee @ 2:07 pm

    This is the bridesmaid dress I ended up going well as well! My bridesmaids come in all different shapes, heights, and bust sizes, and one will be 4 months pregnant, so I was SOOO happy to find a dress that fit them, fit our budget, and fit our style! The bridal consultant told me that Jasmine Coutoure is developing cloth flowers and rosettes that can be made in many of their fabrics for extra add-on–just a thought if you want to play up the floral theme… I’m not sure if they’re available for this dress, but it might not hurt to ask.

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    Sarah, Guest @ 2:40 pm

    I happily chose David’s Bridal “apple,” a deep red, and emailed that color name to my bridesmaids. Two of them are super pale Anglo-Irish girls, and the third is mixed race, with more or less caramel-colored skin. They’re my friends, people. I’ve shopped with them. And yet I found out all three had dreaded going to try anything on, because they all assumed “apple” was green. As I said to them later, “I know some brides want to make sure the bridesmaids don’t look better than they do, but I didn’t want to make you look nauseous!”

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    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:52 pm

    Wow, whoever named that dress was sleeping on the job! It’s gorgeous though and I think will look fierce with a belt/sash!

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:23 pm

    I tried to be a people pleaser and was a complete headache. More so than my own gown! I like the B2 gown and the color!!

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:49 pm

    We almost went with that same dress (but in the Cranberry color). Great choice!!

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    ecasee12 1 posts, Wannabee @ 5:32 pm

    We got the same dresses! At a steep discount. In Cranberry :) AND I got flower sashes made for the girls. I am not kidding! Great minds think alike. I am from Philly and got the discount dresses through a woman in the area and flowers custom made by a seller on etsy who just so happens to live in the area too. Message me if you are interested in the info.

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    el0624 205 posts, Helper bee @ 5:45 pm

    It’s so tough to evaluate color choices online because screens can be so different. The dress is gorgeous!

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    parfait 1755 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:05 pm

    Yay, I adore this dress choice!! Great job picking a gorgeous dress!

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    ocam_caro 191 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:37 pm

    If I may ask. . . where did you buy it? how much did it cost?. . .
    I’m kinda looking for a similar dress for my sis. . .

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 8:32 pm

    I love, love, love that dress! So gorgeous!

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    krazeekat 81 posts, Worker bee @ 10:33 pm

    We went with that dress in the Cranberry color (but knee length)! One of my BM’s said it was “the equivalent of the sisterhood of the traveling pants” since it flattered everyone so beautifully, despite their different body types!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:40 am

    Love the color, called jade or not!! Good choice :)

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    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 12:42 pm

    @ocam_caro: We got them through RK Bridal’s “no frills” program for $121 plus shipping.
    @krazeekat: I love the sisterhood of the traveling pants reference!! It’s so true
    @ecasee12: They’re going to look great with the etsy flowers! post pics for us in the gallery when they’re done :)

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:12 pm

    the color of your dress is beautiful

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    Mermaid1082 1752 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:24 pm

    Well I love that dress. My maids are wearing it in Cayman. : )

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    overanalyzer, Guest @ 10:38 pm

    Great color! speaking of choices that are confusing, does anyone know the differences between the belsoie chiffons? i was reading some blogs about a “regular chiffon”, “iridenscent chiffon”, and “belsoie tiffany chiffon” and on some other blog a “silk chiffon” – has anyone found that belsoie has this many choices? I need to order these dresses !!yesterday!! and I won’t be able to go the store in person to know the differences. I know I love the cranberry but didnt know it could be in that many fabrics. I’m assuming the sheen or lack of sheen will make the color look quite different. Any help would be great!!!!

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    Lesli Paterson, Guest @ 1:48 am

    That is a fabulous dress! I love it, especially that color!

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    Gold Bridesmaid Dresses, Guest @ 1:03 pm

    I will go for a dress that fits to my wedding theme and of course it is critical to fits to my bridesmaids as well!

    I will choose different cuttings for matching to my bridesmaid’s size and use colors to match my wedding theme!

    I think choosing the right color for the bridesmaid dress is critical! You think so?

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