Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dresses for the Girls

My first bridesmaid dress shopping experience was with Sister Newport when looking for her bridesmaid's dresses. We went to Priscilla of Boston and I was in love with their dresses. Sister Newport chose to do a few different styles and the dress I fell in love with was one of them. I told her I loved it so much that I asked if she would mind if I used it for my future bridesmaids. She said go for it.

Funny enough the only girl who ended up wearing it, also happens to be in my bridal party, Bridesmaid M. I was in love with the dress because of one amazing detail....the bow in the back. Bridesmaid M is modeling it in the photo above.

I fell in love and was pretty sure it was the dress, but the more we planned, the more our vision became defined. Coastal, laid-back, elegance seemed to be the theme and a shiny satin material just seemed a bit fancy.

I decided to look around. I decided it had to be navy, cocktail length and a more relaxed fabric.

I deicded to check out
Ann Taylor, as most of my work clothes end up being from there. Which is how I know they contstantly have 40% off one item promotions going on. I was looking for a deal. I found a gorgeous dress in navy, but it seemed like every time I went to the site, they only had a few sizes. I also realized it was an online only option, which meant we'd have to pay for shipping to try them out, unless I could find a 40% off and free shipping sale at the same time. It also didn't have the more relaxed fabric I was looking for, but it stayed on the back burner.

Sources (Clockwise from top left): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Ann Taylor dress was such a favorite, it ended up in our attire inspiration board.

As I was debating on the Ann Taylor, Alfred Sung came out with a new spring line. I checked out the Dessy website and fell in love with a couple of his new designs.

These were the top three contenders.

Did you have a definite look when picking out your bridesmaid's dresses, or were you pretty open when going shopping?


Jen said...

I knew going into the shopping that I'd have the girls each pick their own style. With different heights and shapes, I knew there wouldn't be ONE dress that'd look amazing on everyone! I LOVE the way it turned out!

Genevieve said...

Which dresses did you choose? I love the Alfred Sung dresses!

I knew I wanted the girls to wear floor-length, satin, a-line gowns in a dark brown / truffle color. I wanted each girl to pick a style that was most flattering on them. We went shopping at David's Bridal and they all chose the same dress! It looked the best on all of them! So much for different dresses LOL!

Kristina said...

We'll be shopping for BM dresses this summer. I love the tailored look you chose from Ann Taylor! In the beginning I had expectations of each girl wearing the same dress, but as time goes on, I'm seeing girls wearing different styles that look awesome together so I'm very open to them trying on lots of different styles. :-)

Nicole-Lynn said...

All of those dresses are great! Love the navy! :)
I have a definite look in terms of the fabric and color. I am indecisive about the style though. Not sure if I want all the girls in the same or different styles.

Sara said...

i love those dresses! Anne Taylor and Alfred Sung are my favorites. We had so many changes when it came to bridesmaid dresses- but I think we finally had it figured out. I went through a similar process to you but in reverse. I had a very casual look in mind and the more we planned I realized the Bridesmaid dresses needed to be more formal.

miss fancy pants (the bride) said...

Great inspiration photos; especially the ones from Alfred Sung.
Honestly, I had no idea what I wanted. I knew the cut/color I wanted but other than that, my only request was that their dresses weren't too similar to mine (since mine is a bridesmaid dress ordered in white). Basically, they just tried everything under the sun on and kept going until they found something they liked.

Ms. Wedding Crasher said...

I love your quote in your profile! I just watched that movie for the first time! So good!

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