Posts Tagged ‘bridesmaids’

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?

And the lovely ladies are…

July 22, 2011 5 comments

Since I discussed their dresses yesterday, I figure today I’ll introduce my girls! Aren’t they lovely?

From my senior prom. I'm in the red. Kt's standing on the right. Don't you love her bangs? She was especially banging that year.

The first person I asked to be a bridesmaid is the friend I’ve known the longest time. Kt and I haven’t exactly been friends since we first met (she was quite annoying in middle school!), but we bonded during Sperry’s Latin classes and drama productions in high school.

We were those cool kids  in high school who didn’t belong to any of the usual clique’s. We weren’t nerdy enough to be considered the real nerds, but weren’t cool enough to be super popular.

But our small group found ways to be a clique amongst ourselves. Our outings were so strange, my mother admitted (years later) to following me one Friday night — “So you’re going to go downtown and drink ‘coffee’ until the coffee shop closes and then sit on the steps of the ‘church’? Really? That’s all you’re going to do?”

Yes mom. That’s all we did! *polishes halo*

At her going away party. It's hard to believe it was three years ago.

No! Seriously! That’s all we did!

The second person I asked, I’m pretty sure I asked via email. And I’m pretty sure it went something like “You know you’re going to be a bridesmaid, right?” To which Lauren answered, “I figured as much!”

I’ve known Lauren just a little bit longer than I’ve known Charles. And I’m always somewhat surprised that we became friends in the first place given how shy we both are. But somehow it happened!

We bonded over yummy food and Gilmore Girls (she’ll know why there’s 1,000 yellow daisies at my reception) and many yummy drinks over the years (especially the plane ride to Boston and the seasonal specials in DC this summer). Although we’re not as “old” of friends as Kt and I, it’s a different kind of friendship that I appreciate no matter how far away from me she moves.

And finally, the last person that I asked is Tawana, Charles’ sister.

She made it clear to me a long time before we were even engaged that I was part of their family.

Charles and Tawana have a relationship unlike many siblings I know. They are two peas in a pod (which makes it hard for me to believe I don’t have a photo of her to share with you!). (I guess Charles really does read my blog! Out of nowhere I got photos!)

When my brother calls me, I know something’s wrong and I need to get home.

It would be if one of them DIDN’T call the other that they would know something is wrong.

Charles was somewhat surprised that my list ended here. He very well could have had 10 or 15 friends stand up for him. And I’m sure I could have too if I tried to make the list longer…but on my wedding day, I want those that are the happiest for me to stand the closest to me. I want these people to be the ones that mean the most to me and I want them to be honored that they were chosen to be among the few to stand with me.

And although they won’t be asked to do much (seriously…did you see the dress post yesterday?) I want them to be the girls in my life that I know would be the first to stop what they were doing and help me if I really needed it.

And I’m confident that they are!

So what’s behind those matching dresses?

July 21, 2011 7 comments

Photo from

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?