The Clovers Choose a Dress

”¦and you’ll never guess what color it is!

After our Christmas shopping trip, I realized the next steps were on me. Since no one else had strong opinions either (or at least none that they would share), someone was going to have to make a call, and apparently these sort of things fall to the bride.

In marked contrast to SYTTD: Bridesmaids, mine kept telling me they’d wear whatever I wanted* and I kept telling them I really, really did not care. Note: Sometimes, someone has to make a call. I had also thought about doing mismatched dresses—just telling them to find a dress in a spring-y shade of green and going for it, but apparently even that is not as easy as I would have hoped. First, all of the pictures I could find had more than three girls, and I was worried it would just look messy instead of charming with three. I would actually cover up some of the bridesmaids with my finger so I could see what it would look like with just three girls. Ultimately, I think it’s a great look, but my girls wanted more direction, so it wasn’t the best choice for us.


Image via Tattoo Donkey (Why? No clue. But it’s really hard to find images with only three girls in them.)

People want direction, and they want to make sure they don’t come too close to matching, and (my) bridesmaids really just want to make the bride happy, which means being told what to wear and wearing it. So, sigh, I needed to pick something. Different shades weren’t happening, so we were down to choosing a line and a fabric and then having each ‘maid choose her own style.

The contenders were (you can see pictures and more info here)”¦

  • WToo in a blue-green raw silk (hands down prettiest fabric, but a more expensive dress and not too many good style options).
  • Bill Levkoff in a teal-y blue chiffon, with tons of styles. Chiffon wasn’t our first choice, but these were a bit less expensive and had a lot of options.
  • David’s Bridal in green, but really not an option. David’s Bridal was a good stop for us since they had all the sizes and all the colors, but overall a major fail. BM Blondie is 5’11”³ and they DO NOT OFFER EXTRA LENGTH. BM Blondie is an excellent friend and said she was not the most comfortable baring half her thigh, but she would be happy to look like a hooker for my wedding if I wanted. Not so much, so David’s was off the list entirely. (Seriously. Why on earth do you not offer extra length? Is that even difficult to do? We would have paid for it.)

We started with color: did we want a teal-y blue, a light blue, or a spring-y green? We all thought the green would be less expected and a little different, so we were leaning toward that option. Too bad the green we liked was at David’s Bridal. :( But further Googling revealed that Bill Levkoff has a green too, it just wasn’t represented in the samples we saw. Calling salons in Chicago (me & Sis), California (Sis), and NW Indiana (me, while with Shamrock’s family for the holidays) revealed NO ONE had our green dress. They send all the stores the same samples colors, which for whatever reason are very heavy on plums & purples. Google image search showed dresses that certainly looked fine, but I wanted to see a dress!

Frustrated, I ignored the problem for a while. I just wanted to see a dress, not a swatch, but I decided I’d settle for a swatch to get this thing done. So my carpool buddy MC and I stopped by House of Brides on our way home from work. I expected to be shown a tiny scrap of fabric and hope for the best. Our consultant was working the desk and started checking us in as we stood around the showroom. She was lovely, although a woman (probably seamstress?) kept yelling at us over and over even though we were a) speaking to or waiting for our consultant and b) not, technically, moving at all. Surprise! She came back with an actual clover dress! I pointlessly snapped a cell phone pic, and the decision was made—they were even going on sale for MLK weekend!

I emailed the girls, and after a long, epic (and occasionally painful) series of text chains, each girl had their style picked out. The style below is close to what MOH Sis will wear (765), and Blondie and Mathlete are in 762 and 725 I think. And the color?


Image via French Novelty, Bill Levkoff 323

You guys”¦this Clover just picked Clover dresses. You have my permission to laugh or groan. It really was the color we liked the best, and the fact that it’s my bee name was just the icing on the cake!

How did you pick your dresses? Was it hard to find something that worked for everyone? Why does David’s Bridal hate tall people?

*As long as BM Mathlete could cover her arms, either with the dress or a cardigan or wrap. Guess who didn’t care.


Mrs. Clover

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  1. milkcow Member
    Mrs. Milk Cow 214 posts, Helper bee @ 1:22 pm

    I love that you picked clover dresses! I think that shade of green is perfect – the name just makes it even better.

    And seriously, David’s Bridal needs to do something about the length. I haven’t had that issue, but I was a bridesmaid with someone a few inches taller than me. I had a seamstress take out my hem to give me an extra 1/2 inch and I was still uncomfortable with the dress length – the other bridesmaid was even worse. Awful.

  2. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:23 pm

    LOVE IT! 😀

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    pacnwbride 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:15 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you picked the color clover… couldn’t be more perfect actually! I too had 3 bridesmaids and they all did different pink dresses. We just did all chiffon, same length and strapless. I just think when you’re mismatching it needs to have something to tie them together!

  4. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:27 pm

    What a lovely shade of green! They were able to show us another dress in the same fabric and color we chose, but I had to use my imagination (and computer) to see what it would look like on our dress style!

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    kristen182 459 posts, Helper bee @ 7:28 pm

    same thing happened with my BMs! I have three as well and I was so game for mismatched shades and styles, but they too just wanted me to be happy and they were just waiting for me to finally call it. since they all seemed to favour the same dress, they are officially all in the same colour, same dress! lol not what i planned, but hey, it’s classic.

  6. weathervane Member
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:32 pm

    I love that color! And that dress is super pretty.

  7. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:23 pm

    Aw, like @Miss Milk Cow said – you picked a Clover colored dress! :)

    I think that sometimes that when the Bride doesn’t care it just adds more stress on to the bridesmaids. One of my BFFs was in her brother’s wedding and the Bride gave them very relaxed requests for the dress – “black, with some lace”. When my girlfriend inquired as to the length or other details, the Bride would just say she didn’t care. . . which would stress out my girlfriend, who is terrible at making decisions. Sometimes you have to know your people and, like you said, someone just has to make a decision.

  8. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 1:46 am

    I love your pretty clover color! My bridesmaids are doing something similar in purple – same color/fabric, but whatever style they want, and I think it kind of gives you the mismatched look. Or at least it’s the easiest way to achieve it.

    I know this doesn’t help you now, but Alfred Angelo does offer extra length. I’m a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, and we got our dresses from there, and as a 5’10” person, I was quite happy to have the option.

  9. msclover Member
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:54 am

    @Miss Milk Cow: Its pretty ridiculous–what are tall girls supposed to do!?

    @pacNWbride: I think it definitely helps, especially in the not-stressing-my-friends-who-just-want-me-to-be-happy out!

    @Miss Pyramid: I know–its kind of funny. To me at least, they’re the most expensive dresses I would buy, and I can’t even see it first?

  10. msclover Member
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:35 am

    @kristen182: @Mrs. Palm Tree: and it sounded like such a good idea in theory!

    @Miss Filly: Thanks! We actually pretty much everywhere did EXCEPT Davids Bridal. Hmph!

  11. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 3:02 pm

    love that you picked clover dresses! :)

  12. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:39 am

    Clover for clover! Perfect!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 5:15 pm

    Love the Clover color! How appropriate to pick it :-) I always had the opposite problem of too much length at David Bridal. I am super short and needed to take off at least a foot of fabric lol

  14. msclover Member
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:11 am

    @Mrs. Rubber Stamps: Thanks! They were plenty long on my short sister, but BM Blondie is almost 6 foot and she looked totally ridiculous. I was shocked, they don’t even offer length!

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