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Engagement Wedding

Dressing the Bridal Party

Tips and reflection from dressing our bridal party.

We have officially picked out the dresses and tuxes for our bridal party! I will say that the process went a lot smoother than I thought it would but that’s not to say it was easy. There are a lot of things to keep in mind and we definitely learned a lot.

Bridesmaids:

Have them all try on multiple dresses. I have eight bridesmaids and one junior bridesmaid to outfit and trying to get everyone in the same dress at the same time is impossible. We pulled a few different styles and when we had one we liked we kept that girl in it and sent ones we didn’t like back to the dressing room. We narrowed it down to two dress styles and I was stuck. All my girls are standing in front of me in these beautiful dresses and I’m expected to choose. Luckily, Mom to the rescue! She had me turn around and close my eyes and had the girls vote on the dresses they liked. Once she saw that the group wasn’t unanimous she knew I’d feel better about picking one. I ended up picking the dress for a few reasons that I think are important to keep in mind:

1. You couldn’t see anyone’s bra in the dress.

2. They all agreed that it was comfortable.

3. It came in a variety of sizes and you could add extra length, which was a must.

4. It has elements that compliment my wedding dress, so that’s special to me.

Luckily, I had a rough idea of what I wanted going into the appointment. Do your homework, shop online and have some sort of vision for what you want. I would not recommend going into any type of bridal appointment blind, that is just asking to get overwhelmed.

Groomsmen:

The tux I thought was going to be easier than picking out the dresses. Again, we already had a rough idea of what we wanted and just needed to make sure it looked as good in person as it did in our heads. We actually spent more time on the tuxes than we did on the dresses!

There weren’t quite as many choices as I had originally thought there would be for tuxes, but we also went in with a very specific vision. After dressing, and redressing, the stores mannequin we finally got exactly what we wanted accomplished.

We ended up with dresses from David’s Bridal and tuxes from Jos. A Bank. We tried to keep budgets and such in mind, which you should always do. But at the end of the day, both of you need to be happy with the decisions that you’ve made for your big day. Because it’s just that, it’s YOUR big day. Create a vision and go with your gut!

By B. DeVine

Lover of Jesus and margaritas, fitness and donuts, and naps and coffee.

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