Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridal Salon Edition

One big goal during my winter visit in Montana was trying on bridesmaids’ dresses. As much as I love looking at pretty things on the internet, I am slightly wary of online shopping because I can’t feel the fabric. I am very picky about a fabric’s feel.

I called up bridal salons in Bozeman, where Mr. Bracelet lives, and ended up making two appointments at salons that carried brands I was interested in. I also invited my FMIL along to give her an opportunity to join some pre-wedding activities. Since I live in Germany and our American wedding will mostly be a destination wedding, there isn’t a lot of “let’s do this together” available.

Our first stop was Plume Bridal (webpage), which just opened in September 2011. The store has a great, bright atmosphere and good heating—which was a relief because it was cold outside and I was prancing around in thin dresses. I chose several dresses from the racks that I thought would look nice (and that came with optional spaghetti straps).


Mr. Bracelet clipping me into a dress

At first the saleslady helped me, but there were other customers and I actually prefer privacy when it comes to dress shopping. Enter my knight in shining armor, who picked up dress-clipping skillz in no time.


Bari Jay 324

{image on the left via Bari Jay}

This dress was one of the few chiffon dresses at the store. It was nice and flowy, but I didn’t like the flower (which couldn’t be removed) and it definitely make my rear look extra wide.


Eden Bridal 7326

{image on the left via Eden Bridal}

I wasn’t sure that I would like the ruffled neckline (I’m kind of a no-ruffles person), but I ended up liking the look. It makes a great figure! (This one was also a top pick of Mrs. Castle‘s ‘maids.)


Eden Bridal 7331

{image on the left via Eden Bridal}


Alfred Sung D504

{image on the left via Dessy}

Plume sadly didn’t have the dress with the cap sleeves that I liked so much online. Among the few Alfred Sungs that Plume had in store, I like D504 best. I have a thing for bows, and it had POCKETS (as demonstrated above)!

The second store we visited was After 5 and Weddings (webpage), which has been around for a long time. The store’s interior wasn’t quite as new and welcoming as Plume’s, but they did have a large selection of dresses to choose from, especially Watters and Wtoo.

What you guys don’t get to see is the heap of photos where I look like a zombie. There were so many photos of me with my eyes half-closed that I started pulling faces to liven up the photos. Exhibit A:


Wtoo 172

{image on the left via Watters}


Wtoo 788

{image on the left via Watters}


Wtoo 986

{image on the left via Watters}


Wtoo 784

{image on the left via Watters}

This concluded my in-store dress search. I was still waiting for a package from BHLDN to complete my dress research…

How did you approach your bridesmaids’ dress adventure?

*All photos personal or by FMIL


Mrs. Bracelet

Frankfurt, Germany/Rapid City, SD
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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  1. Member
    mpine 47 posts, Newbee @ 12:57 pm

    yay for dress shopping in bozeman! i went to both those stores when looking for my dress! The women at After 5 were so helpful for me and my FI!

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    MsVoyageur 1384 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:25 pm

    Omg I love that first dress!!

  3. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 2:10 pm

    The ruffled neck one is great! And I love the long purple dress.

  4. msunicorn Member
    msunicorn 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:21 pm

    I’m kind of in love with that Bari Jay 324 dress. Head over heels, in fact. But then, I’m partial to chiffon…

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:39 pm

    That ruffled top one is just so figure flattering, can’t wait to see what you chose!

  6. coyote Member
    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:01 pm

    So many cute options and I do love the one with the ruffled top!!

  7. dalmatian Member
    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 pm

    I loved the same cap sleeve dress that you are talking about – we did try it on in store though and it was super low-cut so we eliminated it. It seems like you have lots of cute options on your hands though!

  8. parasol Member
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:46 pm

    You have so many cute choices! I don’t usually go for multi-colored dresses, but the ones you tried on are so lovely!

  9. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 9:47 pm

    I really like the Eden Bridal dress! We took one day and went to David’s and Alfred Angelo. My girls are pretty good at knowing what they want, so it was all decided in one day.

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:46 pm

    I think it’s so cute that you did a trial run of bridesmaid dresses before inflicting the indecision on your bridesmaids.

  11. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 3:21 am

    I love that you had the stock photo next to the photo of you trying it on… it’s always nice to see what the dress really looks like on a person.. now the question is which one did you pick :)

  12. bracelet Member
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 3:58 am

    @mpine: Did you end up getting your dress from one of these stores?
    @priyathescientist: Well, the main reason for mu trial was that most of my BMs are located in Germany and therefore can’t dress shop with me.
    @Miss Fairy: I’ve always loved good side-by-side comparisons myself!

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