Bridesmaid Dress Success!

Posted on: February 5, 2012

Now there’s a title I didn’t think I’d be able to use!

So, this weekend has been the weekend that I was finally able to get all four bridesmaids together. It’s been lovely and an experience getting my two friends together with G’s two sisters and seeing how they get on. Thankfully, all went well and they were patient and supportive and excited about all of the plans. Just what you need from bridesmaids. It’s been difficult to get that feeling with them all being away, very busy and unable to reply to emails so it was a relief when I had them here and they seemed to enjoy themselves!

So, I got excited last week when I saw the Rock n Roll Bride post about Girls of Elegance bridesmaid dresses here. So, I jumped onto the Girls of Elegance website and spotted these dresses. I got really excited. Not only were they really pretty, they were affordable, fun and a little different to the norm. I thought perhaps that the yellow, 50s style dress would look really quirky and cute for the wedding and G agreed. So I impulsively ordered four of them – mainly because they had a great returns policy so it didn’t feel too risky – and I ordered the yellow!

It’s so cute, I really do love it…

Image from Girls of Elegance Website

And it just looks like a dress that would make you smile whilst you were wearing it….

Image from Girls of Elegance Website

When the dresses arrived before the bridesmaids did, I tried on one of the dresses and loved it! Such a fun dress, the petticoat makes you feel so girly and I swooshed around the place until G got home. He loved it too but both of us wondered if it was just a bit too bright for the wedding. When the bridesmaids arrived and saw the dresses they all had lots of fun getting into the dresses and swooshing about. Sadly, having four ladies in the same bright colour was just too much! It was such a block of bright colour that I decided that it wasn’t going to work. So I’ll be sending all of the dresses back (I had begun convincing G that I should keep one for myself but it may not work out) and will be so sad to do so. I would recommend the dresses highly – they were a bargain yet were really good quality, a lovely fit and the petticoats were gorgeous. If you’re thinking of buying one of these dresses for yourself, don’t hesitate – buy one, and get swooshing!

So, all of the yellow dress fun happened on Friday night and on Saturday, we went to our appointment at 11am at a Bridal Shop nearby. It was recommended to me but by someone who promotes businesses in the area as opposed to a bride who had used the shop. They had a great collection of bridesmaid dresses, at least 150 different dresses in loads of different colours but they all seemed to be £150 upwards and many were £200 plus. When we got there, we weren’t welcomed particularly enthusiastically and were sent upstairs where we could start looking at the dresses. Another bridal party were up there and I felt a bit rude muscling in with my four ladies. We waited for around 10 minutes just mooching at dresses and sadly realising that  a Dessy dress I’d had my eye on was out of budget before someone came over with a ‘can I help you?’. Errrr yes please, I have an appointment!

I said I was easy on style and colour and we were told to just pick lots of dresses and start trying on. The lady helping asked me where I got my dress from before asking what it was like and when I showed her a picture, she just said it was very elegant. Obviously a nice comment but I had thought she would then help me decide what sort of dress would suit my dress but she just stood by whilst I said yes or no to the various dresses. At the end, the only dress I liked for all four girls was £170 so way out of budget. She just wrote the details on the card and gave it to me and we left. Whilst leaving, we had to all walk past this poor bride who was trying on dresses and we had to squeeze past her to get to the door. When I went to shop for my dress, I was the only person in the shop. The second time I went, there was another bride with the seamstress but they asked my permission before she walked through to leave!!! The difference in treatment is amazing and I really would advise any bride to get recommendations as you should be made to feel special, not just another bride.

Anyway, we then went to Selfridges and descended on the Coast concession. We were looking for this dress as we knew the skirt would suit all four ladies after the fitting that morning:

But in the end, I fell in love with this colour and they all looked stunning in it:

Image from Coast website

The lady from Coast was wonderful. It was a busy Saturday afternoon and they had a queue but there was no grumbling over us taking up four changing rooms or taking our time or anything! She really helped us.

So, the only issue is it’s £45 over budget. Now, whilst that’s ok with one bridesmaid, it works out as £180 over budget before we’ve even though about shoes etc. So, G and I are back to the wedding budget spreadsheet to consider the figures. I’m going to look around online today for a similar colour/style dress with maybe a little less cost. Any ideas?

So, my colour looks like it’s sage green? The colour is actually softer and paler than the picture shows – more of a pastel green. So pleased I can start planning the details now!



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