Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

18 Feb

I’ve been absent all weekend and missing the blog world due to me FINALLY being able to head home for some much needed wedding planning. I wasn’t sure what to expect when going bridesmaid dress shopping. I wasn’t 100% sure going in what color I wanted; I just wanted to make sure that everyone was comfortable and looked good. I’ve been in a lot of weddings and those dresses are expensive! It is unfortunate when you have to spend so much money on something that you hate. So I didn’t want to put anyone in that situation. Here are some images I found on Pinterest that I used as inspiration:

Photography by, Floral Design by


Photography by, Design   Coordination by, Floral Design by


a great color combo  Photography by, Florals by, dress by********want these colors


Bridal Bouquets, blush, white and green




I knew I wanted something pastel- ish, and was hoping for a champagne, light peach, light pink, grey or pistachio. I also knew I wanted it to be light and airy, perhaps a chiffon or organza fabric. A short dress was also a must. I was even playing with the idea of doing different colors.

We started at trying on some styles that a consultant picked out for us.


This one only came in this particular color. My sister is the model.


Several people were a fan of the one shoulder. This was my favorite at this store!


I loved this one! For some reason no one else did Sad smile

We were pretty much striking out at the first store. The consultant was kind of pushy (which I hate). I really didn’t want to feel rushed. I can understand her wanting to make a sale and the fact that the store was really busy, however this is my wedding, and I don’t want to be pressured into making my girls buy something I wasn’t sure about. So I told her we were going to try another store and come back….

This store was so much more accommodating. We didn’t even need an appointment and we basically tried on as many dresses as we wanted and no one pressured us at all.


Cute…but a little too ‘poofy’. I loved the white one! But it only came in white, ivory or black and I really didn’t want them to clash with my dress.


Loved this style!

So what did we end up picking? After trying on A LOT of dresses and realizing that not ONE dress really looked good on everyone (did I really expect that?), I decided to go with a particular designer and fabric type and let the girls choose whatever dress they wanted within those parameters (similar to the second picture I have up at the top of the post). I had really wanted to do ‘same color different dresses’, but thought it would be too difficult with all of my bridesmaids located in different areas. But most of them found one they liked that day! The others got to search online. The color:

Pistachio! This is actually a sample of the dress one of my sisters chose. Here’s her in the actual dress (not the color).


I am excited to see the total look when everyone’s together. One of my girls chose a dress with straps, and the one-strap also made an appearance.


Basically they can pick any Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dress in chiffon, pistachio color. I can’t wait to see how they all come together. I think it’s a good choice since not everyone has the same body type and I want them to be comfortable. The day was a success! I felt super appreciative of my sisters, cousin and sister in law who powered through that long day with me.

What do you think of bridesmaids wearing different dresses? Yes or no?


8 Responses to “Bridesmaid Dress Shopping”

  1. Alex @ therunwithin February 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    for bridesmaid dresses I love when they are all the same color but different styles depending on what looks good with the person’s body type if that makes sense… like one halter, one strapless, etc. I love these, so adorable though!

  2. quartercenturysouthernliving February 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    How fun!! I am letting the girls in our wedding wear whichever dress they choose as well!! 🙂

  3. cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I am loving that color! It should be really flattering on all of your bridesmaids. The one-strap look is my favorite :).

  4. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I think that’s definitely the way to go when it comes to bridesmaid dresses – it’s way to hard to find a style that looks flattering on everyone! I love the colour you picked out, I’m sure they’ll all look great!

  5. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen February 20, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Aw this sounds so fun! Love the colors too. I always hear complains about bridesmaid dresses so I think a little change in the dress will be a great thing!

  6. moderngirlnutrition February 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    So exciting! I love all the colors:)


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