Posts Tagged ‘bridesmaid dresses’

Dresses…Some of my favorites

October 6, 2011 5 comments

On the occasion of my cousin’s anniversary, her daughter did the most lovely thing and posted photos from her wedding. They’re so cute!

But my favorite thing about them is having proof of the often discussed bridesmaid dresses that she chose for her fall wedding.

A little reminiscent of pilgrims or thanksgiving? They’re fabulous!

No joke, my mother’s bridesmaids dresses would be perfect for my wedding. With yellow and green as my colors, I’m surprised it hasn’t hit me until now!

Not the best photo of me, but isn’t the dress great? You see that yellow long sleeve shirt on the chair in front of me? That went under the dress. And then throw in some sun hats and you get the picture. Weren’t the 70s an amazing time for wedding trends?

Bridesmaids, what do you think?


Whose Idea was it Anyway?

August 11, 2011 5 comments

So, back to bridesmaid dresses…

In my freecycle ventures recently, I’ve acquired several years worth of Martha Stewart bridal magazines. They haven’t been so great for planning my own wedding, but they’ve been quite interesting from an anthropological perspective!

They’re confirming my belief that matching “bridal” bridesmaid dresses are insane. I wonder if people will look back 10 years from now and think the dresses they’re picking today are so crazy?

The first one I stumbled upon is a tartan number from the 1998 edition. Really, when someone asked for the bride’s colors did she say “Red and black plaid! I can’t wait! It’s going to be be *gorgeous*!!”

And why does the model only have one foot, or toe, or tail, or whatever that is sticking out on the right?

The second most interesting one I found is from 1997. Thanks to my sister’s wedding…I can verify that but veils WERE in fact popular for bridesmaid dresses at this time.

Are the bridesmaids so jealous of the bride that they’ll wear a veil anywhere they can put one? Is this supposed to hide or accentuate the derriere?

And again, with the one right foot. Are they just trying to prove to us that these are in fact women with (at least one) feet?

I consider myself somewhat lucky that I’ve only been in two weddings. I’ve spared the expense of a million dresses that I’ll most likely never wear again.

If you’re married, do you look back at the bridesmaid dresses and regret anything about them? What do they say about the time at which you got married? Do you still love the look as much today as you did then?

So what’s behind those matching dresses?

July 21, 2011 7 comments

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I’m pretty firmly convinced that the more a bridesmaid dress costs, the least likely you are to EVER wear it again.

The kindest bride I’ve ever stood up for had me buy a $30 dress from Target. And talk about cost per wear! I wore that dress until it was faded, and even loved it so much I bought the same dress in another color.

Where did the tradition of matching bridal parties begin?

In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal infantry as they accompanied the bride to the groom’s village. This “protective shield” of similarly outfitted bridesmaids was supposed to intervene if any wayward thugs or vengeful suitors tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry.

Ok. We’re getting married in Winchester. I’m not so sure there will be too many wayward thugs…and I don’t believe I have any vengeful suitors…and well…my dowry isn’t much to speak of!

Photo Courtesy of the Bride

So instead of dressing my girls in matching satin or taffeta (of a color I’m sure none of them would be a fan of)…I’m planning to follow in my cousin’s footsteps and attempt a somewhat new trend.

Let the girls pick out their own dress within a certain color family.

I’m hoping this will work with just three girls, and I’m hoping it will help them love me even more! As long as it’s a lighter shade of green, comes down to their knees, and is church appropriate in the cleavage area…I’m good!

And the new bridesmaids edition of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta has me even more convinced that this is a genius idea. I tend to not be friends with people who cause drama…and I’ve yet to see a dress picking session that goes drama free, so why risk it?