Wedding Wednesday- the bridesmaid ensemble

April 18, 2012

When I first started thinking about bridesmaid dresses, I knew I would like a variety of shades of blue. Because I had SEVEN bridesmaids, I didn't want all one colour as I thought it would be too much. Originally I thought I had picked the dress from Dessy, a Lela Rose dress that looked so pretty in pictures. However, when I ordered and received the fabric swatch, the colour just wasn't what I thought it would be and I was back to square one. 
Early in the planning, one of my bridesmaids and I just happened to be in the city shopping together and we decided to try on some dresses. After seeing her try on about 8 dresses, I just could not make up my mind as to which dress would suit all 7 girls. I had an idea in mind that I wanted 3 different shades of blue, but all the same style of dress. However, it just didn’t seem right for me to make the girls buy a dress of my choice. I decided to let it out of my control (something that wasn’t easy!) and let them choose their own dresses. I told them they should be knee length and any shade and style of blue as long as it was suitable for winter. They all consulted me before buying their dresses and showed me as soon as they had them, but the first time I saw them all together was the wedding day and I was SO excited that all the colours went together perfectly. The darkest was navy blue and the others ranged from sapphire to turquoise to peacock blue. 

My friend Holly went shopping first and tried on about 5 dresses and texted me with pictures throughout her shopping. She chose a strapless royal blue dress from BCBG that looked great on her. 

Holly also tried on a dress at Laura that I knew would be perfect for Melinda, so the following weekend I went to Calgary and she and I shopped for that dress and Melinda bought it. 

My friend Krista bought hers next. I visited her in Vancouver on spring break and she showed me the one she had picked out at a local bridal store. It was an Alfred Sung dress and the colour looked so pretty with her bright blue eyes. She ordered the jewelled belt from ETSY to give it a little bling. 

My friend Lisa got hers next while browsing the mall one unassuming day. She was worried about it being too short, but it looked fine. I thought it was nice that they were all a little different lengths. 

Cara and MOH found hers in a little boutique in Horseshoe Bay. She wasn't even going to go into the store, but her aunt kept pestering her to try the shop. She thought it looked like an old lady shop, but low and behold, there was the dress! 

Janine found her dress at a high end second hand store in Calgary. It was very classy and the dark navy blue looked so beautiful with her light blonde hair. It was a great score!

Lastly, Kristin and MOH #2 ordered hers from the Dessy website. It took quite some time to come in and then she had to have it altered as it was ordered in the wrong size. But in the end, it was perfect!

Although all the dresses were different, I tied the girls' look together with a few accessories. I picked out the shoes- silver open-toed Steve Madden pumps with a silver jewel on the toe. I gave them all grey coloured Uggs as a bridesmaid gift which both kept them warm and created a more wintery look for the photos. I also gave them silver pashminas to help keep them warm and they added a little continuity to the look too. 

Here's a candid shot of some of the girls watching me get into my dress. You can see the shoes! 

I was so happy with the look we got from doing the mismatched dresses. What a good looking bunch!

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