The Bridesmaids’ Dresses

So for the bridesmaids’ dresses, I’m going the old school route and having the ladies all wear the same dress. While I do think the trend of different colors/styles of dresses is really cool, I’m the type of girl who likes matching looks. And since these girls are my leading ladies, I also want to make sure that throughout the big day, there is no question as to whether or not these girls are in the bridal party.

It took me some time to find the perfect dress for them, though—I have such a diverse group of ladies that it looks like a UN summit when we get together, so I wanted to make sure to find something that would look beautiful on each of them (regardless of skin tone and body shape). What I needed was a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants type dress—something that miraculously looked amazing on each of them.

I had some dresses in mind when I begin my initial search, so I stopped by a bridesmaids’ dress shop in Manhattan called Here Comes the Bridesmaid where I went looking specifically for the two dresses below.

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Image via Dessy.com

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 Image via Dessy.com

Before I saw these in person, I thought the first one was really fun yet still elegant enough for a formal wedding and the second one was pretty and classy for a formal affair. But when I saw them at the store, the dresses didn’t really wow me. I was a bit disappointed so decided to browse through some more dresses, but didn’t really see anything. I figured it was back to the drawing board. As I was literally about to walk out the door, I happened to look to my right…and saw this dress…

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Alvina Valenta / Image via JLMCouture.com

I was stunned. The dress was absolutely gorgeous. The sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt matched the silhouette of my wedding gown, and the style was elegant and classy. The purple is pretty, but since my wedding colors are teal and gold, I was worried it wouldn’t come in the shade I needed. And wouldn’t you know, the woman in the shop showed me the color swatches and this dress comes in a teal called Peacock (fitting with the overall wedding theme)! I knew this was the one. My only concern was that the dress would be ridiculously expensive, but she also told me there was a discount if all the ladies purchased the dress in store rather than online. And wouldn’t you know it, the discounted price was just under the budget the girls were expecting to spend. I was ecstatic and knew that the next step was to have the girls try the dress on!

All of my bridesmaids live in NYC except for one, who moved to Los Angeles with her hubby earlier this year. And it just so happened that in September she would be in NYC for the weekend. The stars aligned because all the girls were available that day as well, so I made an appointment for them to try on the dress.

Some of the bustier girls were a bit concerned about the dress being strapless, but being a rather busty girl myself, I had tried it on prior to everyone getting together and assured them that the dress held the “girls” in nicely. So each lady proceeded to try the dress on, and it was the Traveling Pants moment I was hoping for.

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This is all the girls in the dress style. We added a belt and it looked even more fabulous! / Personal photo

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This is a different dress from the same designer, in the Peacock color. / Personal photo

Each girl beamed from ear to ear when putting on the dress because they all truly looked beautiful. For the belt, I’m thinking of going to a fabric store and getting belts made—my sister (and MOH) will wear a gold belt, and the bridesmaids will wear another color (we’re still trying to figure out what that color will be). As for shoes, they can wear any gold or nude shoe they want. The girls have all ordered their dresses, so they should be coming in soon! I’m so glad it all worked out and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together on the big day.

How did you find the perfect dress(es) for your girls?

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Mrs. Mongoose

Location:
New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:52 am

    Gorgeous! That would actually make a great wedding dress in white.

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 6:54 am

    I LOVE those dresses! :) That is truly a sisterhood of traveling pants, because those dresses fit each bridesmaid beautifully!

    I’m so happy it came together so perfectly for you.

    I am doing skirts! My wedding coordinator and I are skirt hunting in a few different boutiques to find what we’re looking for. :)

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    blessings 665 posts, Busy bee @ 7:01 am

    Love that style of dress!!!!

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    mswallaby 2059 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:06 am

    I LOVE the dress!! The sweetheart neckline is to die for. I have hardly ever seen belts on BM dresses but it looks lovely and pulls the whole look together. Your girls look so pretty, I can’t wait to see them all dressed up in the final dresses!

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    mgol25 414 posts, Helper bee @ 7:30 am

    Wow, these are gorgeous! It’s so hard to find one dress that fits so many body types and skin tones. All of your ladies look beautiful! That colour is amazing. Gorgeous!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:17 am

    LOVE what you ended up with! These are gorgeous.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 8:30 am

    Wow, they look fabulous on everyone! I bet they’re super excited to wear them, too!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:40 am

    This is a beautiful dress, all of your ladies look wonderful in it! And, I really love the color you chose, it’s so pretty.

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 9:28 am

    I love it! They all look great in it! And I love the belt! Maybe a purple or a light green to go with the peacock theme for the other girls’ belts?

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    4evaurs 71 posts, Worker bee @ 9:39 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Loving the belts

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    RunningLove 14 posts, Newbee @ 9:47 am

    You have beautiful bridesmaids! This dress really looks fabulous on all of them :)

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    Jess, Guest @ 9:53 am

    Gorgeous Martine! Robyn looks like a barbie doll and everyone looks fab in that style.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:22 am

    I really, really like the dress and they all look great.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:29 am

    @Mrs. Genie: Ooh I hadn’t thought of those colors! My sister and I are going to go fabric shopping once she picks up her dress so we can see which colors would look best. I’ll definitely consider purple or a light green/teal–thanks for the suggestion!

    @RunningLove: Aren’t they stunning? Love my girls :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 12:13 pm

    We also had a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants moment when trying on BM dresses, thanks to a fellow shopper who watched my girls try on – I shit you not – 8+ dresses, none of which worked. I will forever be thankful for this dress angel, because the minute everyone was in the dress, we all sighed and clapped and got excited.

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 12:33 pm

    The belts are amazing! What pretty bridesmaids dresses (and bridesmaids)!

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    mzjynxie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 4:08 pm

    I love this type of bridal party look, especially where the maid of honor and best man are set apart in some way.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:53 pm

    I love this look! Gorgeous dress choice.

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:23 am

    Beautiful!!

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