The only bridesmaid picture that I saved early on was of this floral dress from Nordstroms. It has a casual, gardeny feel and would be great for an outdoor wedding. When I showed it to one of my bridesmaids she wasn't too excited about it. So I let it go. I didn't really push it because maybe... (in a whisper voice) I can use it on the night of the rehearsal dinner.
Even though I didn't really have an idea of what I was looking for, I set out on Saturday with three of my bridesmaids to hunt for dresses. The first place we walked into had walls and walls covered with bridesmaid dresses. Long ones, short ones, red, black, silk, satin ones! It was a little overwhelming, but we quickly learned that the dresses were sorted by designer and by length. We only looked at knee length dresses since my wedding is in the summer, and after about 20 minutes of pulling dresses, we headed to the dressing rooms. I apologize for not having any pictures to show but, this is mostly due to the fact that after trying on about 10 dresses we didn't like any of them. They weren't even maybe's. We decided to leave and hoped for better luck at the next store.
The second place we went to was much more helpful. To begin with, we had an appointment and a gal was assigned to just my party. She listened to what we were looking for and started making suggestions. We had a lot more dresses to try on at this place so our hopes were high. Again, some dresses were a quick NO! but others got maybe's. Two dresses did catch our attention, though.
The first one is a Melissa Sweet strapless bridesmaid dress but we liked how the skirt looked. It fit nice and seemed dressy and casual at the same time. Best of all the material wasn't too thick, which is important to consider since we are getting married in the summer.
Taken on my camera.
The second dress, we liked from the Vineyard collection, had only one strap. The first thing my bridesmaid said when she opened the dressing room door was, "You know, I wouldn't normally pick an asymmetrical dress but I really like the way this one looks!"
We all agreed that it wouldn't be a dress we normally would pick but we all did like it. It looked stunning on her. It complimented her figure and it was also a light weight material. The best comment one of the girls said was, "You know, I think this is a dress that I really could wear again!" Which made me giggle and made me think of 27 Dresses.
I would consider our hunting trip a success but I still want to go to some more bridal stores and see what's out there. I am not too worried about the timeline but I am worried I might end up with too many choices and then I won't be able to decide.
How did you decide on your bridesmaid dresses? Did you go to several places before deciding?