What am I looking for in a bmaid dress? Um, well, ya know, coverage ... something so that no one goes naked. [read: I have no idea] Most likely something knee length (aka "cocktail length"). Also I like straps. Apparently the bmaids dress world thinks all female attendants wear strapless dresses and all brides totally dig that style. Show me something that will keep the girls up! Not those wimpy spaghetti straps!
It also complicates things a bit that each of my girl's body type differs from the next. Honestly, who thought that women of varying body types should all wear the same dress?! Along with the same-dress-same color option, I am also considering the same-color-same-fabric-DIFFERENT-dress option.
We began our search at a boutique in Georgetown. Thankfully this mom-and-pop store actually relaxed a bit and allowed us to do our own thing. At the same time, a little direction is nice sometimes. It was more like a small store with easy going owners than a true boutique. The girls pulled different items off the rack and made use of the dressing room, sporting some great and
After, we found ourselves in a true boutique (well, big store but small store mentality) whose collection paled in comparison to the first store! Again the girls dived right in and pulled almost everything to try. You never know how something will look on you, versus on the hanger.
I think the hardest part of bridesmaid dress shopping is not trying to find the right style for 4 different girls, but finding something you (the bride) love yet they are going to wear. It's really hard and honestly might be my least favorite part of wedding planning thus far.
Don't get me wrong - I LOVE my girls! I LOVE shopping with them! I do NOT love trying to please 5 people at once.
My trusty How To Plan A Wedding Book thankfully agreed with me. (I should really start reading these chapters BEFORE, instead of after, each endeavor)
Knowing that I'm not the only bride who finds this tedious makes me feel tons better.
Also, knowing that honestly I'm the only one who needs to be 100% in love with the dress is nice, too.
So as of now, there are two great bridesmaids' dress options:
1) 4 different styles by Alfred Sung
2) a Lorenzo style that may or may not be around in 10.5 months
But I need to put it aside and focus on bigger pictures items. If I focus on this detail for too long my head will explode into Bridezilla, and no one wants that!
The bright side: I have awesome bridesmaids!