Some Pretty Little Dresses

Now, I’m owning that I was a little bossypants bride here—no excuses, just stating a fact. But I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to bridesmaids’ dresses: a pretty shade of yellow, a crisper textile, a classic silhouette, a reasonable price point. For my gaggle of girls, I wanted them to feel pretty and ladylike and fancy but still comfortable, both in the dress and their skin. I also knew that getting my ladies together to try on dresses would be a nightmare—that’s the way the cookie crumbles when your bridesmaids are scattered in five cities. But I have a pretty good eye for this kind of stuff, so I wasn’t too worried. And most importantly, I was newly engaged and SO excited that I wanted to just start looking for something wedding related. And then—I found them. In about 10 minutes flat.

Weddington Way was still in beta testing at the time. I loved that I could limit by price and search by color—so simple! As I perused the search results, I found myself continuously drawn to styles from Dessy’s Alfred Sung line. I adored the classic shapes—not overtly trendy, but stylish and tailored and a little Mad Men–esque. And I loved the sunny shade of yellow offered in dupioni silk—”daisy” is not too bright, so it’s wearable for a variety of complexions. I decided as I browsed that I wanted to do mix-and-match bridesmaids’ dresses, with different styles in the same color and textile. I liked that each girl would get to choose a style that suited her, and I reallllly liked how easy Weddington Way was to navigate. It could not have been simpler.

I checked a little box to save styles to my favorites (choosing about 15 of the available 20 or so, leaving out any that didn’t quite jive with the rest) and input my girls’ email addresses into the system. When they got the welcome email, they were able to sign into the site, view my selections, and rank them in order of their preference…and that’s just what they did! The site wasn’t set up exactly for what I needed—for each girl to choose a different favorite, first-come first-serve. With each girl ranking their top five, we fortunately had only a few overlaps, so I had some conversations and moved a couple things around. I wanted to make sure everyone had a dress they really liked and would look amazing in.

So, with all that said, would you like to see what my lovely ladies will be wearing?

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All dresses by Alfred Sung / d510, d482, d440, d478

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d528, d441, d496, d494 (all images via Weddington Way)

They are going to be so gorgeous—I can’t even wait! I was surprised (and relieved!) at how simple this choice was.

Did anyone else make a quick judgement call on bridesmaids’ dresses? Please tell me I’m not the only one!

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Mrs. Archer

Location:
Los Angeles/New Orleans
Wedding Date:
October 2012

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    Jenny, Guest @ 4:01 pm

    I’m doing the same exact theory of mix & match for my girls but in Quarry (grey)! I loved these dresses the moment I saw them online and they’re even cuter in person! Great choice!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:11 pm

    love love love….i did the same with the twobirds dresses…my gals wore it 3 different ways :)
    that one shoulder number is my FAVE!

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    Miss_Manda 301 posts, Helper bee @ 5:14 pm

    Wow – so many adorable dresses! Love the silhouettes.

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 5:14 pm

    Love the mismatched look!

    I didn’t make any decisions on the bridesmaids dress styles – if they all picked the same one, that would have been fine with me.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:49 pm

    Such a cool website! And love all the styles.

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    Aud1628 540 posts, Busy bee @ 6:15 pm

    Love your dresses! What a great website, I’ve neve heard of it but defintely something great to pass on to future friends/family that get engaged!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:42 pm

    I Love these dresses, they just look so chic and flattering for everyone, I wish I had a reason to buy one for myself :)

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    Kellee & The lover.ly Team, Guest @ 6:51 pm

    Love the sunny shade of yellow, SO pretty! d440 is our fave design ;) Xo.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 7:00 pm

    I love the silhouettes! Retro-ish things are awesome (and flattering!).

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    Cornflower 82 posts, Worker bee @ 7:03 pm

    Great website, I am having problems making a decision about best bridesmaid dresses so I will definitely use this!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:37 pm

    I love the Alfred Sung dresses! I wanted to go this route too but they didn’t have *quite* the right colors for me. :) Your ‘maids will look gorgeous!

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    Whiteshi, Guest @ 7:37 pm

    Great colour and of course,pretty dresses.The bright yellow is so nice.Thanks for sharing!

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    Cara, Guest @ 8:08 pm

    I JUST got home from going bridesmaids shopping! I only have 3 girls so it’s not as hard, but I did the mix and match thing too, just went in saying to look for the same brand and fabric so the color would match, found them the first day, absolutely no drama (although I ended up changing my color choice after seeing it in person and realizing it looked cheap in real life), took 2 hours, but that mostly was because we joked around a LOT and then it took awhile to get the employee’s attention for measurements.

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 8:33 pm

    @Jenny: glad to hear they are awesome in person- i’m perpetually nervous!
    @Mrs. Ostrich: i love the one-shoulder- it will be super cute on Mr A’s teenage sister.
    @Mrs. Pony: took the thought out of my head. i might go for a white rehearsal dinner one…
    @Cornflower: glad to help!

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    amethystmeg 235 posts, Helper bee @ 10:15 am

    I love how easy Dessy makes it to do mix and match. I am using Dessy but in the chiffon fabric. You are so right about the dresses that your ladies will be wearing being very “Madmen”. And I agree, they are the right balance between classic and trendy. You have some lucky bridesmaids!

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    coyote 1562 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:59 pm

    Love these dresses! They are all so gorgeous! And I was totally obsessed with Weddington Way when it first came out.

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    annlizdee 53 posts, Worker bee @ 5:26 pm

    I was maid of honor in my friend’s wedding, and she went this exact route–mismatched, with the Alfred Sung in Daisy dupioni. We got so many compliments! Let me know if you want pictures or anything–I’ll gladly send them to you :)

    FYI, this dresses run pretty big. Most of us had 3-5 inches taken in!! Also, we ordered them from netbride.com and saved a boatload of cash. I believe they actually used a picture of us on their website for while! Not sure if we’re still on it, but we liked being netbride celebrities for a while :)

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    annlizdee 53 posts, Worker bee @ 5:31 pm

    Haha, yep! Just checked…if you go to netbride.com, there’s a little slide show you can click through on the homepage…we are on the left hand side on slide 3!

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    Liza H, Guest @ 6:05 pm

    I’m looking at WW for my maids dresses as well, am waiting to get my swatch in the mail next week!

    You were happy with the quality of fabric? We are also looking at the Alfred Sung collection, so many great choices but I’m concerned to not see the dresses in person first!

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 pm

    @AnnLizDee: oh heavens, show me show me! pretty please? we used weddington way just for the selection process and are now working on ordering- and i think it will be from netbride as well. glad you had a good experience!
    @Liza H: i ordered the swatch and was pleased, and i’ve seen them look lovely in other colors at weddings i’ve attended. i figure thats as much reassurance i’ll get, and i can’t make myself even crazier. :)

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    lola dresses, Guest @ 8:44 am

    bright yellow is absolutely lovely color! I want to have one of like that dresses for my friends wedding.

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