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More (bridesmaid) dresses! January 11, 2009

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I swear– the bridespeople can wear what they want, or what a quorum of them choose.

But I myself can’t stop looking at dress possibilities online.  I was reading an old (December) issue of O! Magazine today, and saw an ad for the American Living line at JC Penney’s.  I thought, “Oh, that would be a cute winter wedding bridesmaid dress.  Especially with the tartan…”




Or, a black dress with a little lace:




I personally would want to wear this party dress with sequins–


…and maybe I could–rehearsal dinner?  Engagement party?



And, JC Penney’s even has a wedding department, with bridal gowns as well as “official” bridesmaids’ dresses.  I like this style:




And this one is very, very similar to one of the dresses we chose at David’s:



The photos are small, so I’ll hyperlink like this: velvet and plaid dress here, dress with the lace bodice here, black with sequins here, short blue dress here, and dress with pin is here.


I find it really gratifying that all of the Penney’s dresses come in many sizes, and some are as inexpensive as $30.00.  I would never want anyone to not be able to afford to be part of our celebration, and I’ve heard of too many bridesmaids spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on dress, shoes, make up and hair, parties, air fare, and gifts.  That’s too ridiculous, and burdensome, I think.  Strangely, I’ve never actually been a bridesmaid, but I don’t think I would be able to tell a good friend, “No, I can’t afford that,” to a party, a four-day at a hotel bachelorette party, or an expensive pair of shoes.


The bridespeople August 6, 2008

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I will have nine bridespeople, if my one last friend says “yes.”  “Bridespeople” because one is a guy, my best friend from college, Nick.  I work with him at VTS, and technically he’s my boss, but there’s also no one better to stand up with my at my wedding.  Well, not quite exactly, “no one.”  Eight others.

After Matt gets all of his people lined up, we’ll do a “Meet the Wedding Folk,” with photos and mini-bios.  For now, though, I’m thinking about what my side should wear.

I had been thinking casual, but my dress makes things a bit more formal.  I don’t want things to be too expensive–my friend J. is spending $700 for a wedding next weekend, including $200 for her bridesmaids dress. That’s too much, especially if people are flying in.

I was happy to find a site that had more affordable dresses.

The dress is shown in brown with white trim, but the website allows you to try out different colors.  I’m really loving the pale pinks, creams, and grays.  I’m going to order some fabric swatches from them and see what it looks like in person.  I did some searching, and it looks like these dresses are around seventy dollars–much more affordable, I think.

In the wedding J. is participating in, the bride chose two colors, and some girls are in each color.  Sometimes brides pick the color, and allow each girl to choose the dress she likes best in that shade (from the same designer.)  Those are interesting ideas.  I wonder what it would be like to pick pale pink and cream, and have the flowers be darker shades of pink, or bright white.

PS: That site allows you to change the colors and immediately the photo changes, instant-gratification.  It’s a great procrastination fun-tool.


Colors May 1, 2008

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Okay: I love colors.  One of the early wedding decisions is apparently: “What are your colors?”  As in: what will be the underlying theme, the color of the bridesmaids dresses, the flowers…

Well, I have _lots_ of color ideas.  I’m inspired by green, a la the ring.  I love love love pink.  I love yellow, and the idea of yellow and green, but also yellow and green and pink together.  With white.  And purple?

One idea would be to have the female members of the bridal party (I also have some male members, which also complicates the color issue) where cute black dresses, in which they would look and feel fabulous.  But black dresses for spring?  And rainbow bouquets?  Hmm.  My floormate Kelsey had a good idea: let them carry white bouquets, and I’ll carry all the colors.

And I loved the idea Matt’s mom had, describing her favorite bridesmaid’s outfit: a skirt, blouse, and cameo–what a great idea, to use beautiful clothes that can be worn again.  Here is an idea for the bridesmaids:

Kicky green party dresses, channeling perhaps Audrey Hepburn in those old romantic comedies?  And a vintage-inspired sweater–because not everyone feels comfortable with bare arms.  Maybe the black button on the sweater could be replaced with antique buttons from a thrift store.  The best part?  Both of these are from Target!  Affordable, wearable, sweet.

Okay: flower colors.  And I love them all.

And I love those flowers, but that gives no easy answer for “What are your colors?”  Can I answer: “All of them?” 

(Clothes from Isaac Mizrahi for Target; flowers from