Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Inspiration

When thinking about BM dresses, I had two criteria that I considered very important:

  • Straps
  • No more than $200

and additionally…

  • availability in colors that I liked, although the ultimate choice would be up to my BMs

Be it cap sleeves, spaghetti straps, or a sheer covering, anything is better than nothing. I didn’t want my ladies to have to worry about body parts making an unplanned escape. They should be able to dance the night away or bend down without worrying.

Regarding the cost, I wanted to avoid spending a huge amount of money on a dress that will only get little wear. (I am aware that a “huge amount of money” is different for everyone.) Because my bridesmaids are still in school and I’m asking them to wear something that I like, I’ve offered to foot half of the bill. This way the actual cost for each dress is around or less than $100.

Shortly after getting engaged I saw this dress in a magazine and loved it. Chiffon, a great color, and additional spaghetti straps:


{Priscilla of Boston}

Two bridesmaids gave positive feedback when I showed them this dress. However, Priscilla of Boston went out of business before we were able to get down to business. I was distraught when I heard this news. I had found a dress with no stress and little research…and now I saw a ton of work headed my way. Ughhh.

So as a girl who is back on the market for BM dresses, I started clicking through collections on the web.

First off, I’ve had a love relationship going on with BHLDN since they launched last year. Their dresses: le sigh. My specifications left two cute dresses in the running:


Beribboned dress in pewter & Savoy dress in navy

{collage by me, photos via BHLDN}

While some catalogues had so many options that my head was spinning, the Dessy collections were neatly presented. I especially liked this style by Alfred Sung:


Alfred Sung D502 in ebony & D503 in fresh

{collage by me, photos via Alfred Sung}

But I’d never ask my ladies to wear something that I or we did not see in person. How would we know whether the material is nice, the color is accurate, or if the seams are well sewn? Logically, trying some on for real was our next step…

What requirements did you have for your bridesmaids’ dresses?


Mrs. Bracelet

Frankfurt, Germany/Rapid City, SD
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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  1. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:11 pm

    Such great choices! Can’t wait to see what the girls choose!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:35 pm

    I know this is just setting myself up for failure, but I want my [future] bridesmaids to wear something that makes them feel pretty.

    Of course, I’m going to be having a partial Indian wedding, so they may end up in Traditional Indian clothes … this may change their perspective on what makes them feel pretty since it’s such a different kind of attire.

  3. parasol Bee
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:01 pm

    Love your inspiration photos! And POB had the most amazing BM dress selection ever. So sad they’re no longer in business. 🙁

  4. genie Bee
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 10:04 pm

    Ahhh! That navy BHLDN dress makes me swoon!

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