“Always a bridesmaid never a bride.” That expression is so embedded in our culture that people use it as a metaphor for so many things – I find it especially entertaining when men use it in reference to other men. The expression is actually completely the opposite of my own experience, as I have been a bride, but never a bridesmaid! This being my first foray into the world of what many call “horrid” and “embarrassing” dresses, I was relieved to hear A describe her ideal bridesmaid dresses as A. Black and B. Stylish enough to wear again.
We started looking online at some retailers like J. Crew – which has a bridesmaid section in their online catalog. The J Crew site has a number of options that we both liked, most of which are online only. Since A was coming down from SF this past weekend to work with me and our Mom on centerpiece ideas, we decided to check out a local bridal shop to see if I could try some on and get a better idea of dresses in person.
We arrived about 30 minutes early for our afternoon appointment to browse before beginning to try on dresses. Think: Katherine Heigl’s closet scene in 27 dresses.
Before we got to the try-it-on phase of our plan, I got completely overwhelmed by the pompoms and circumstance and we ditched the appointment and left.
None of the dresses there would have fit the look we wanted for the bridesmaids, but it was a great learning experience and we had a lot of fun going the creative and detailed options that are available to brides with a bit more flare for making their bridesmaids look traditionally awkward. Looks like we’re sticking to J Crew and other more dialed down options!
Here are a couple pics from the trip:
Category: The Wedding Planner