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24 June 2014

Diary of a Bride-to-be: How am I Going to Dress 8 Bridesmaids?

I had never before thought of who I would have as my bridesmaids. I’m extremely lucky to have some fantastic ladies in my life and choosing between them was always going to be tough. After getting engaged I realised I just couldn’t choose between my closest friends and made the decision that however ludicrous it may seem, I’m having all of them. Technically it’s 6 bridesmaids, a maid of honour and a flower girl. Even so, that’s 8 dresses to find on a weeny budget. Bleurgh.

This gaggle of girls range from a 12 year old who despises anything remotely girly to my gorgeously tall and dreadlocked friend (6ft). No two are the same in their size, shape and style so finding a “one fits all” bridesmaid dress is a no go. It was realising this that sent me into a slight panic about what on earth we were going to do about getting dresses that suited them all.

Bridesmaid Dress Brainwave

The other day Jon and I were mooching around Bridgnorth which turned out to be a bit of a mecca for vintage shops. It was here that I had the brainwave of mismatching dresses. Seeing the clash of patterns made me realise that on mass, this could not only look really lovely but could also be a great way of getting all the girls wearing something they are truly comfortable in. Plus it’s cheaper. Win.

So I started googling about to see what I could find for inspiration. Here’s a couple of samples of my internet exploration.

We’ve said right from the start that we want this to be an informal day, so a slightly relaxed approach to the dresses should help to set the tone. I don’t have to worry about trying to stuff bridesmaid A’s ample bosom into a strapless number, I don’t have to worry about bridesmaid B’s hatred of heels and I don’t have to worry about bridesmaid C’s fear of floor length dresses (she’s convinced she’s going to stack it in front of everyone) because essentially what I’m saying is – wear what you want.

I’ll be looking to keep the colour scheme relatively muted such as natural greens, greys and creams to remain in-keeping with our “natural” theme.

Now, all I have to do is actually ask them if they want to be my bridesmaids…

Image: Wedding Republic

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