Statement Bridesmaid Dresses: Because Every Girl is Unique

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Everyone knows that a wedding day is all about the bride ((insert groom to be polite)), but of all the brides I’ve ever known, not a single one of them has ever been dead set on leaving everyone else out in order to achieve her grand status.  Sure, there will always be the boo-tastic bridezilla exceptions, but generally speaking, most brides want their big day to be a big day for everyone else too.

Brides ((okay, and grooms)) want their guests to laugh and enjoy.  They want their bridal party to dance and cheer.  But most of all, they want their family and friends to leave feeling with a feeling of exhaustion from all the fun and excitement… it’s simply how they roll.  After all, what bride wants the day that’s “all about them” to be one everyone else marks with distain and ill repute?  Um, I’d hope none!

Which is precisely why I love Love LOVE the idea of statement bridesmaid dresses!  I mean, helllloooo!?!?  Your bridesmaids are not cookie cutter friend prototypes; so, why would you ever want them in cookie cutter dresses?  You wouldn’t! 

Hence, why so many brides are turning to retro patterns, colorful pallets, hand-me-down favorites and vintage accessories, in order to create the perfect look for their big day.  More and more, today’s modern bride is pairing similar colors with different shapes and patterns in order to create a unique, fun ensemble that suits both the bodies of her bridesmaids, as well as her overall aesthetic… truly, making it a win / win for all involved!

Don’t believe me??  Check out below, and see what I mean :)

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This kind of look can be achieved in a number of ways.  You can find a dozen or so dresses that you enjoy and let them select personal favorites or for you braver brides, you send some of your most trusted ladies out to raid closets and find what works best for those on TIGHT budgets. One of my personal favorite solutions: hit up your local paint store, pick out and pair up your favorite color swatches.  Then, provide your ‘maids with a base color pallet they can use to find their dress.  

It’s really up to you, but the conclusion will no doubt be the same… unique dresses for unique girls for a unique day!  Whoop, whoop!

Really! They Could Wear it Again: Bridesmaid Dresses with a Print

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Every bride always says it, and every bridesmaid always dreads it: “Really, girls, the best part about this dress is you could shorten it and wear it again!”

Um, no… no, you can’t.  Nine times out of ten (at least!), a bridesmaid dress is a bridesmaid dress is a bridesmaids dress.  I made no qualms to my ladies-in-waiting; while they were able to select the dress they liked best, it was still going to ‘maid-tastic :)

But alas, there is a solution!  Bridesmaid beauts and please conscious brides, may you find solace in the exception that proves the rule.  For the one in ten times dresses can be worn again… say it with me… PRINTS! 

While prints or patterned dresses may come off seemingly less formal, really are a fantastic way to incorporate vintage glam and retro chic style into even the most mod of wedding settings.  And because of their universal appeal, they can easily be re-worn for other weddings, formal gatherings or simply putting on your Sunday best! 

Check out some of my favorite printed princesses:

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photo courtesy of onestylishbride.com

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Wedding World Record Set: 110 Bridesmaids, ohhh Buddy!

Picture this to infinity and beyond! (photo courtesy of smh.com.au)

Move over, Katherine Heigl; there’s a new bridesmaid beaut in town!

Jill Stapleton has set the new bridesmaid bar, but my question is… who will break it?  According to the Huffington Post, Jill Stapleton – an Ohio dance instructor – broke the Guinness World Record for most bridesmaids in a single wedding.  110 to be exact.

I have to admit, when I first heard about this story, I was like, “Really, Jill?  Really??”  Who has a 110 close friends?  Let alone 110 close friends they’d want in their wedding photos??  However, after hearing the story in full, it’s actually pretty cute.

Stapleton’s 110 bridesmaids were actually 110 of her dance students.  Ranging from tiny tots to tween queens, these world record breaking bridesmaids were all dolled up in various shades of aqua blues, royal purples and sea greens in order to march down the aisle all in the name of love!  According to Jill, it was a “fairytale” wedding for all!

**Side Note: The former World Record for most bridesmaids was 90, but you can be darn sure I’ll be waiting on pins and needles to see who can top 110.  Challenge noted and extended.  I look forward to seeing who accepts :)

One Bride’s Genius = Several Bridesmaids Dress Delight

This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending my girlfriend Corrie’s wedding, and in a word… it was a delight.  I have had the honor of knowing the now Mrs. Laker since Freshman year of high school, and she has been nothing short of an extraordinary friend, and more notably, an extraordinary person.  She knows one speed: unstoppable and has had more adventures in 25 years, than most will have in a lifetime.  She’s unique, daring, fabulous and absolutely hilarious and her abundant kindness could only possibly be topped by her incredible sense of style … so, you can imagine… I was pumped to see what she had planned for her big day!

And surprise-sa-freakin-surprise, it was brilliant.  The whole day – well, at least to the uninvolved eye – went off without a hitch!  Everything was beautiful, and one thing I particularly lllllllloved (please note the emphasis on love) was her choice of bridesmaids dresses.  In complete Corrie fashion, she gave all of her bridesmaids only one restriction in purchasing their dresses: make sure it’s black.  

There was no hullabaloo about length, cut, material or design.  She just wanted all the bridesmaid dresses to be black, and even though every girl had on a completely different look, they coordinated seamlessly through the timeless look only black can achieve and the breezy confidence that came from each girl of wearing something she loved.  It was executed on a coolness level I’m convinced only Corrie could achieve, and I would gladly encourage any bride to be out there struggling with finding the “perfect bridesmaid dress” (*hint: this doesn’t exist - hehe) to seriously consider this as an option.

It cuts the risk on finding a dress that “will work” for every girl in your wedding party and gives an opportunity for every girl to “work it!”  Even if you’re worried about the formality of the color black for a less formal, afternoon wedding, don’t be.  Black is the one shade that will always be in style and can be coordinated with any color you’ve already planned, imagined or even invented.  It’s something different and REALLY works well for a bridal party that consists of several different shapes, sizes and personalities!

And for the perfect “little black dress,” visit shopstyle.com, which can narrow your ideal by size, color, cut and price!

A few of the bridesmaids showing off their "little black dresses."

Gathered around the bride!

Corrie, the bride with a million ideas, posing with her gorgeous Mama!  (For cereal, TWINS!)

Corrie, the bride with a million genius ideas, posing with her gorgeous Mama! (For cereal, TWINS!)