Monday, January 11, 2010

The Hunt for Bridesmaid Dresses Begins

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? 


  1. I really like all these dresses, but LOVE what they chose! Great style! :)


  2. We definitely looked around to a few different stores/shops for the bridesmaid search. The one thing I regret is that I didn't go look at places like Nordstroms and other department/mall stores. We mostly looked at bridal shops/salons in which the prices are ridiculous and all the dresses will guarantee needing alterations of some sort :( We originally picked out two Dessy dresses for my girls...I had a different dress picked out for them but when they put it on they didn't feel it was very flattering. So I let them pick out two others I liked. But then when my 6th BM who couldn't shop with us went with me to try it on, she hated it! And so did my 14 year old daughter. So they found another dress style by Jasmine B2 that they loved. I did, too. We opted for that one and then picked out 2 other dresses in the same fabric and designer for my daughter and another cousin who is a totally different body type than the other girls. So now, we've got three different dresses for 6 girls...and one girl (my daughter) is in a different color dress to stand out a little.

    I like the asymetrical one and will be interested to see what you end up with!

  3. Ours was a trip to the capital city and 1 day of searching. We wanted to find something 'off the rack' because most bridesmaid dresses are around the $200 dollar mark and the girls wanted to save some dollars. We found beautiful silk red cocktail dresses for $50 dollars each that suited all three bridesmaids, and they absolutely LOVE them. And I love them too!