November 24, 2010

Weddology: bridesmaids

This week’s Weddology post is all about bridesmaids. We don’t typically have them here in Argentina unless it’s a very fancy wedding (and I’m not going to have one); but since I’ve been running into lots of beautiful pictures and things connected with them ever since I started looking into weddings more thoroughly, I thought I would share what I’ve found. Some of the things you’ll see are not only meant just for bridesmaids, but were found under that tag. Enjoy!

As far as I could see in old American movies, choosing the bridesmaids’ dress used to be a big issue. Not any more, though. There are no rules written on stone which command what your bridesmaids should or should not wear. Typically, they all used to wear the exact same dress, but that’s no longer a rule. There usually is, however, one common detail that will make them look like a consistent group of girls:
the same dress but in different colors;

different dresses, different colors, but the same length;
different dresses, but same shade and length;

The rule, as for decorating rooms, is to always find a bonding element that would make the composition harmonious. See this picture below? They’re all wearing different dresses in different colors and lengths, even different flower bouquets but they still look that they belong in the same group. How come? Their dresses are made with the same material and in different colors but in a similar shade.

There are some brides who still want their bridesmaids to wear the exact same dress, but lucky them, if that’s the case, the dress is nowadays a designer’s piece.

If I were to have bridesmaids, I'd choose something like these dresses (see three pictures below), which are very versatile; you can pull off several different dresses with just one piece depending on how you put it on. Plus, the girls would still be able to wear it after the wedding ;).

This one is reversible, which lets you play even more! How cool is that?!

The jewelry is usually the same in all the bridesmaids; of course, it shouldn't be flashy, but that doesn't mean it can't be super cute and classy, look!

I love this bow ring!

Shoe clips

It is customary to give bridesmaids a little gift as a big thank you for their colaboration. Apparently, clutches and make-up bags are the most common objects bridesmaids get.

So now you know it, if one of your friends ask you to be her bridesmaid, you won't have to wear some tacky dress and you might get some interesting goodies ;).
It doesn't sound bad at all, huh?

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Chrissy said...

Aww, thanks so much Miki - you are the best!

Great post - love the vintage bridesmaid dresses in the middle...and I love that cute bow ring! So adorable!

Wow, there is so much that needs to be arranged when getting married...I totally forgot (even though our wedding was on a smaller scale)!

Happy Thanksgiving (do you have this holiday)

Lindsey said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe I've never thought of the same dress, different colours thing. It's so nice! I think the idea used to be to make your bridesmaids dress ugly so the bride would stand out beautifully by contrast lol. I'm glad no one ever made me wear an ugly dress lol!

Colorin Colorado... said...

Mikki, parte de la tradición parece ser que las bridesmaids tienen que ser tacky!!! jajajaj
Cómo hacer para que todas estén lindas y felices? La solución es no bridesmaids! Ahora, los zapatitos de la última foto, me encantaron!

Nena Nadine said...

That bow ring is supper cute.

babalisme said...

I'm totally with you that bridesmaids' dresses shouldn't always be the same! After all, they're an individual themselves. I love the second picture when someone put her boots on! Talking about individuality!

Alexa Raye said...

I really like the different colors, same dress idea. I'm probably only having one bridesmaid for my wedding though. That bird necklace is really cute!

Have a good day!

polka dot said...

Aw, Miki... I'm allowing myself one quick reply between roasting the chicken (it's only us - and the cat - so it's a very small Thanksgiving feast) and taking a bubble bath and eating in 20 minutes, but wanted to THANK YOU for your comment - and wish you best of luck with preparing. Are you still home? Those photos and ideas are just beautiful: especially the top shot, with the wedding party reflected on the water.

For what it's worth, we didn't have a fancy wedding at all: it was actually combined with my parents' renewing their vows. We had already gotten married secretly at the Palm Beach registry in Florida the day before, and we just kind of announced it to a very surprised group of my parents' friends, and then the four of us cut the cake. In hindsight, having lost my father years later, I cherish the way we did it and wouldn't do it any differently!

And I also agree that bridesmaids dresses shouldn't be the same. I can't tell you the nightmare stories I've been in when there are conflicting ideas of what dress suits everyone best ; )


Ashley said...

I love those grey bridesmaids dresses!!!

Oh, My Darling said...

I'm convinced that picking out the bridesmaids dresses is one of the most fun wedding planning activities -- these are great picks!