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Wedding – Pt. 1 – Bridesmaids

15 Mar

I’m spending the day on the couch.  Trying to reason whether I did, in fact, get run over by a train yesterday. Because I’m simply not sure how else I could end up feeling this rotten. Perk of pukeyness?  Time to blog!

Not sure if you know this tidbit, but I got married when I was 21.  And kinda naive/ridiculously clueless.  But thanks to my over-the-top amazing friends and family, and my innate sense of cheapness/OCD planning skills – we were able to pull off the wedding of our dreams.  For like a million dollars less that typical.  One of my proudest achievements to date:)  And hence, absolutely worth sharing!

Of course, way, way, WAY to much goes into a wedding to cram into one post, so instead I’m hoping to break it up into bite-size chunks, starting with one of the most prettiful parts of wedding planning – BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES! I know I have briefly touched on this topic before, but allow me to elaborate…

Bridesmaid dress shopping can be beastly.  Because face it, picking an affordable and ‘gettable’ (for girls around the country/world), not to mention flattering for lots of body types, dress in your dream color is an insane undertaking.  But, the proof is in the pudding, it CAN be done:)  See:

 

Are they not the prettiest, loveliest, most vibrant bridesmaids you ever laid your peepers on?

Can we also talk about how sexy they all look?  I insist.

Even their backs are stunning.  So is it any wonder that I nearly popped with joy at the sight of them?

I will certainly not admit how many hours I spent searching for these dream dresses, but my secret was not limiting myself to ‘bridesmaids dresses.’ I had absolutely no luck at David’s Bridal and the price of fancy-pants brands (like Watters, JCrew, and BariJay) made my heart shudder.  These girls were in college just like me and to spend over $100 on a dress they’d never wear again seemed to cruel a punishment.  I also dreamed of finding a dress they could wear again, and I have proof that, for at least a few of them, that really worked!

Once I opened my search to all green dresses in general I had much, much, better luck.  I had the most success at conglomerate sites that carry more than one brand, like Dillards and Nordstrom.com.  Plus, these sites usually let you search by color.  I also found it helpful to pour over others’ wedding photos at sites like theknot or brides.com so I could better wrap my brain around what I even liked.  That’s how I ended up with grass green in the first place.

Nowadays there are amazing websites like Pinterest.com and polyvore that make compiling your ideas a breeze (just comment here if you’d like me to ‘invite’ you to Pinterest!).  But back in the stone age when we got married I used a boring old word doc with prices and pictures that also served as links to the dresses online.   bridesmaid compilation I also suggest price shopping a bit after you find a dress you love, doesn’t hurt to check!

If you’re wondering about specifics – we ended up in a Maggy London chiffon and silk halter in ‘absynthe’ that was around $70 including shipping.  I found halters to be impressively shape shifting and flattering for all my girlies (thanks to lots of try-on sessions with my Tulsa girls just to get an idea of cuts).  Plus, like I’ve said before, Maggy London makes class dresses that are impressively  high quality.

And sure, it was scary telling 9 of my baby girls (from OK, to NY, to Sweden) to order a dress that I’d never seen in real life to wear on the biggest day of my life, but it was a risk I was willing to take after finding NOTHING that they could all try on at a local store.  Plus, I advised them to order a few sizes if they weren’t sure, because returning is a HECK of a lot easier than finding another size of a clearance dress.

Overall, I was thrilled with our dresses – totally worth the hours of obsessive searching.  And if you’re only going to leave this post with 2 pieces of advice – let it be this:

1 –  you should search beyond ‘bridesmaids dresses.’ It doesn’t matter if it’s a freakin’ prom dress, as long as it works for you and your girls – to heck with the producers’ nomenclature.

And 2 – use a site like pinterest to make searching, and sharing, infinitely easier!

G’luck my little engaged kittens!

 

 

Bridesmaids Dresses – Brands

27 Aug

Bridesmaid Brands:

Maggie London

My girl’s wore Maggie London dresses that I found on clearance at dillards.com.  The beauty in that is that they were around $70 and (miraculously) the sizes they needed were still available.  In my experience, Maggie has *beautiful* dresses that are made of high quality materials that really do flatter most bodies… see – aren’t my girls *gorgeous*!? They come in delicious, rich colors too. Plus, they’re the type of dress that can be worn again because they’re not super bridesmaidy.  Nordstrom.com is a great site to check Maggie Londons pieces out at, but be sure to price shop once you’ve found a specific item you like… I generally use google shopping.

J. Crew

If you’re wallet is a bit more padded (as I wish mine was), J. Crew has some killer dresses, again, not super bridesmaidy and made of super high quality materials.  These should last a while!  Obvs. JCrew.com is the place to shop for these beauts.  There’s a wedding section on the main page, and they actually have some amazing bridal gowns too, although those are sure to break the bank, with some weighing in well over a grand – eeps!

J.S. Collections

No personal experience here, just cute stuff online!  Nordstrom seems to be the place to shop for this (less expensive) brand, which also carries lovely (and shockingly cheap) wedding gowns…  J.S. seems very similar to Maggie London too?

Obviously – Kels hasn’t nailed down a definite color or cut, so I’m (being safe and) going overboard to give her lot of options!

So far here are the preliminary polyvore collections (in blue and green) that I’ve put together for Kels…

Kelsey’s Bridesmaids – Blue & Green

27 Aug

Here are some of the initial ideas I’ve put together for Kels.  The inspiration boards are *just* dresses, no shoes, accessories or flowers to consider yet!

And if you’re thinking in your head “How does Tessah have so much time to daydream about weddings that aren’t even her own?” Well, you’re kinda nosy – but I forgive you and say “I’m doing this because I love Kelsey very, very much and also because I’m obviously procrastinating mowing the yard.”  Which might be a theme here.  But the avoidance this time is minus the cupcakes and plus the man who came to the house and first thing out of his mouth was “That lawn really needs a mow!”  Yes that really happened, and yes it really made me never want to mow again.  Take that.

But… I digress!

Blue

Baby’s Getting Married!

27 Aug

Good news!  I’ve got a new fiancée to live vicariously through! My darling roomie is engaged and the wedding planning fun has begun:)  And personally, I think a blog is a *wonderful* place for inspiration boards and idea sharing:)

Plus, I just discovered polyvore.com where it was super easy to create an account and start saving dress ideas (or shoes, accessories, etc.).  All you do is drag the ‘clip to polyvore’ bookmark to your bookmark toolbar and then when you see an item you like, clip ‘clip to polyvore’ and it saves it (kind of like amazon wishlists) with price and url info.  Then, you can throw all those pretties together onto an idea board… like this:

Obviously, some items save better than others, but thus is life…  It’s a million times better than bogging down your bookmark manager, especially since it doesn’t require you to remember brands and style names, since pictures are the tag:)

And since I’ve not yet figured out where to add text, I’m gonna go ahead and use this very blog for that… here we go!