Posts Tagged ‘wedding party dresses’

A printed or patterned fabric dress does not scream bridesmaid to me, but isn’t that what budget-conscious bridesmaids are screaming?  No more dresses that I can’t wear again! In this case, it’s a do.  With so many awesome cocktail dresses in holiday colors galore, why not mix it up even more and have different colors, different patterns, different sillouettes, but all coordinated with your wedding colors.  Photos will look more natural but still aesthetic.

The Blues Sisters

Carmen Marc Valvo’s peacock frock, ML Abstract floral, J. Crew navy cap sleeve, and Jones NY make a cool quartet.




J. Crew



Seeing red this holiday season?


Banana Republic


Ann Klein


White House Black Market



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emilie wrap dress in ivory with lace sleeves

Emilie wrap dress Millie NY

white knee length shift with white beads around neckline
Crystina beaded dress Milly NY

If you’re like me, you milk your time in the spotlight. Why not show who’s the bride and wear white to all of your wedding occassions: engagment party, bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, leaving the reception dress, and honeymoon dinners.  Check out these designers for stylish cocktail dresses in shades of pearl: Milly NY, Alice and Olivia, and Sue Wong.  For an actual bridal collection called The Little White Dress, view Amsale.

ivory dress with puff shoulders accessorized with black belt, heels, and gloves

Lady Puff dress Milly NY

sidney bow dress

Sidney bow dress Milly NY

vivi dress Milly NY with rhinestone belt at empire waist, sleeveless

Vivi dress Milly NY


emalina strapless white cotton eyelet milly ny

Emalina strapless Milly NY. Perfect for late spring, early summer bridal showers and even for a casual, outdoor wedding dress.


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white fondant with black designMy cousin’s wedding this Saturday was fun and modern with a black and white theme. The simplicity of the black and white kept the scene focused on fun and not formality, especially when she added just the right amount = a small amount, of hot pink and lime green. Too much pink and green would have made the wedding feel more like a Sweet Sixteen birthday party. Instead most of the decor was white: chair covers, table cloths, linens, and lights. So as not to camouflage the bride, most tables had black cloths, which also made for a party atmosphere, as well as black bows on the chairs.
white chair cover with black bow

And most of the wedding party was in black. The bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried small bouquets of hot pink roses and lime green hypericum berries, while the men wore black tuxedos and cummerbunds with lime green ties and cymbidium orchids. Added bonus, a black cocktail dress for the mother-of-the bride was not only an easy, affordable find, but she’ll be able to wear it again and again. That’s right, don’t be afraid of wearing black to a wedding anymore. It’s not only trendy, it’s practical.

A bride could easily get lost amongst all the black and white, but that is ok for a girl who doesn’t enjoy being the center-of-attention. She still caught every one’s eye as she sparkled in a white beaded gown with a large bouquet filled with white roses, hot pink roses, lime green hypericum berries, and cymbidium orchids. Her bouquet brought the entire wedding party’s ensembles together.

white round table cloth with 12 inch wide damask runner over center

Simple, modern, and elegant

Adding a deeper level to the black and white theme, my cousin used damask on the invitations, programs, table runners, cake and flower girls’ dresses.  The Damask created a fresh, trendy yet elegant vibe, perfect for a dinner/dance reception.

flower girl black and white dress

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Is your Maid of Honor young, busy, out-of-town, or bossy? It’s hard enough to do a wedding yourself, especially without a supportive right hand woman. Here is a list of things you can plan with her ahead of time whenever you are able to get together. 

I. The Bridal Shower – Who? What? When? Where? and is it ok if other people throw you a shower too? Traditionally, the Maid of Honor throws the Bridal Shower for the Bride’s family, the Groom’s family and friends. But, in these times of anything goes, it’s important to ask your Maid of Honor about her expectations. When I got married the first time, I had a work shower, a family shower in Indiana, and a friends shower in Raleigh. Another friend of mine had one HUGE shower where all the out of town guests flew in rather than the bride flying out. Another friend’s Maid of Honor was very young and left the party planning to me. As a bride, it is your responsibility to ask the Maid of Honor if she wants exclusive rights to you, or if you are too busy planning your big day to be the middle “man,” send an e-mail to all your close friends, family, his family and co-workers introducing them to your Maid of Honor and her to them. That way, they can e-mail each other to plan and negotiate the upcoming events.

II. Dresses and colors – It’s your wedding, but I know you want your loved ones to look good, so think about, what color would look good on each person of my wedding party? how confidant am I in my opinion? where am I willing to compromise? Not everyone is going to have the same opinion as you, even about themselves, so prioritize your desires and give choices where you are willing to. Please heed this: it’s not the way it looked that ultimately matters to people but the way you treated them during the process. I’ve been to too many beautiful weddings where the bridesmaids never spoke to the bride again or for years or rarely after that. The reason you chose your Maid of Honor was to Honor her, so do ask her about her needs, but find ways to reach your dream wedding at the same time. One of my friends always wanted a Tiffany Blue wedding, but her Maid of Honor hated the idea of wearing Aqua Marines the Bride compromised and still used Tiffany Blue for everything except she had the girls wear gray/silver dresses with a Tiffany Blue sash.

III. Wedding Day Delegations – I STRONGLY suggest that you hire a ceremony coordinator for the big day. If you want to save money, don’t do it here. Think of it this way, without a wedding coordinator (whether provided by the place you reserve for the ceremony and the reception or hired) you are not only ticketing, baggage check, flight attendant, but pilot and BRIDE. Don’t you just want to be the bride? Your Maid of Honor also has to get herself ready and support you on that too. Talk to her about your expectations for her on the Big Day and seriously think about who outside of the wedding party and guests can serve you on that day.

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