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My lovely bridesmaids have voted and here’s their final choices. 

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I think this is such a genius idea and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard it before.  Being that there are some beautiful bridesmaids dresses out there, check them out in either white or ivory.  Talk about a deal.  It never occured to me that a bridesmaid dress was an undercover bridal dress!  Check this post out from Vintage Glam.  They suggest Watters & Watters and I second the notion.  They’ve got some stellar, jaw-dropping gowns…

This One Could Rival My Dress
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Cast your vote ladies.   I’m thinking of choosing several dresses from the Watters & Watters line for my ladies to pink from.  What to you think?  You think they can all be mixed and matched?  I think I’m switching it up to long dresses… Goin’ for the old Hollywood glam look.

**Also, Bridesmaids, please let me know what you think… Just leave a comment!  You know me – BRUTAL HONESTY works best!**

Seriously, what do you think… and I’m not just talking to my girls!  All opinions wanted and needed!  I love 1, 2 and 3…

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This little Black Dress is like no other!  I came across this stunning Nicole Miller creation on Style My Pretty.  This might just be the dress!   And, ordering through BlueFly.com you can get this Nicole Miller for a steal.  Question to self:  Why have I not looked on BlueFly before today?

What do you think of this?  I need some opinions…

Nicole Miller Dress on BlueFly.com

Back to the bridesmaid dresses – I think it’s important to mention that of the five ladies standing up in my wedding, only one (ONE!!) lives here in Michigan.  One lives on the West coast near San Fran, the other on the East coast in Brooklyn, one in Ohio and the other in Windsor, Ontario! (And, Windsor is really just across the Detroit River, so not too far…) 

So, it’s not as though we can all get together and try them on how they look!  I know I’m not the only bride to have this challenge and I know everything will work out in the end! 

I can’t choose a bridesmaid dress.  I’ve decided that I will NOT be responsible for a walking disaster on my wedding day. (Ok, ladies and gents, let’s be  honest with ourselves… we’ve all seen one.)  And let’s be realistic… not every dress if for every figure.  And, my lovely ladies all have different tastes – and different body types.  I guess, I was a victim of a bad dress several years ago and I remember feeling insecure.  AND – that’s the last thing I want to them to feel.  I want them to LOVE the dress their purchasing.  I even want to see them wear it again!  And, I want them to be happy with the price!    

When I told my maid of honor that I was going to let the ladies decide she insisted I choose a dress I LOVE.  (thanks girl for the support!  XOXO)  But, it’s not that easy!  I can’t find it in myself to make my girls wear the same dress.  I can’t even seem to decide on one particular line that offers three or four similar styles.  I’m going out of my mind if I should just hand over the reigns or try and achieve the overall look I want?  What I know for sure is … I’m going with black dresses and black patent leather heels.  HELP!   I need some advice…

Here’s the two dresses I like:  And, knowing me, I’ll probably change my mind tomorrow.

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Suzi Chin Dress: I think this is so simple.

What I like about this is that they can choose what style top they want.  But I LOVE the trumpet skirt... This is my FAV. Imagine it in black!

Impressions Bridal: What I like about this is that they can choose what style top they want. But I LOVE the trumpet skirt... This is my FAV. Imagine it in black!

I LOVE this look.  The brooch takes the sash to the next level, don’t ya think?   I envision my BMs with the black dress of their choice, a sash (though I don’t know what color, either black, red or purple) vintage jewelry and black patent leather heels.  I want them to strut down that runway – er, I mean aisle!

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Emily’s four attendants wore strapless, black satin dresses by Ann Taylor Celebrations. The bride customized the gowns with long silver sashes wrapped multiple times around their waists, which she had made by a seamstress, and vintage brooches that she fo...

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I love the shape and look of this Nicole Miller gown! I wish I could find something similar in black! (Source: nicolemiller.com)

What’s with bridesmaid dresses and how come some of them are so stinking ugly?!  Come on, not everyone is looking for a frilly little number that makes you look like a cupcake?  Oh, and furthermore, what’s with the anorexic girls modeling these dresses?  (I’d like to feed the Jim Hjelm model a burger!) 

My girls are real women with curves!  My one girlfriend said it best, “a size zero is the closest to a nobody as you’ll ever get and she’s definitely a somebody!”  (No offense to you size zero’s out there!) 

Can you tell I’m frustrated? Seriously, I wish you could just google “matte taffeta dress with ruched bodice” and an infinite number of gorgeous dresses would suddenly appear.  But, apparently, it doesn’t work that way.  So, I say GRRR.  I’ve looked at literally hundreds of dresses online and countless l’il numbers at the store.  I know what I want, I’m just not finding it.  So, I’m screaming for some help! 

What I’m looking for is something that looks like a full length Nicole Miller for a Davids Bridal price.  I want stretch taffetta – matte or irridescent – with a ruched bodice.

Here’s the numbers that I’m looking at…

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So far, I have one BM who love #4 and another who loves the #7.  I need to find some middle ground!

Talk about a bad dress. While it's not a BM dress, this was my first homecoming dress.  I do NOT want my girls to look like this!

Talk about a bad dress. This was me at my first homecoming. Can you tell it's the early 90s? I don't want to do THIS to my girls!

Can you imagine being a bridesmaid in the 80s? The ruffles, the colors, the hair! Need I say more?  Just in the last 10 years, bridesmaid dresses have come a long way. But, even in 2008, there’s still some ugly dresses out there!  And I won’t have anything to do with them!   

 

I’ve been honored to be a bridesmaid three times in the last 10 years.  Whatever the bride wanted me to wear, I wore it.  No complaints.  No questions.  So maybe there was one time in particular I felt rather bashful in the dress.  (Peach cobbler comes to mind.  But we were just victims of the 90s.) 

 

There is this belief out there that brides choose ridiculous dresses for her bridesmaids because she doesn’t want them to look better than her on the Big Day.  While I don’t think any of my friends are that crazy (thank god!), I do believe it’s been done.  Aside from a manipulative bride, there are a lot of reasons why some BM’s hate the dress.  One obvious issue is that not all women look great in the same style dress. That’s a fact!  It just doesn’t happen!  One can look like a knockout and the other like a frump!  (Oh, the painful memories!) 

 

I want the women who are standing next to me on my wedding day, to look and feel beautiful.  I want them to be happy with the dress – from the cost of it to the cut of it.  And, I’d really like them to be able to wear it again!  In all honesty, I haven’t worn any of my BM dresses since their debut, and not because they’re not beautiful dresses, but because there hasn’t been an opportunity since.  (Perhaps you’d like to purchase one…)   

 

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I love this dress by Bill Levkoff! Source: Billlevkoff.com

So, I’m going with black dresses.  It’s fitting, because I love black.  Black is perfect.  It’s simple, elegant and you can wear it to any kind of event.  No frills, no bows no pickups and no ball gown skirts.  No tulle, no crinoline, no velvet and no beaded fabric.  Something like this black taffeta dress by Bill Levkoff but a tad bit shorter with the hem right below the knees. (Originally, I nixed taffeta, but I’ve since come to my senses) It comes in various styles too.  (I’d really like to give BM’s options on a style and cut)  While it’s a little pricier that I’d like, I did find it for half-off online.  And, I know I could find a fabulous deal at a sample sale.    

 

Bridal Party Democracy

But, ultimately, it’s about consensus. I think it’s time to round up the troops and hit the bridal salons. Who knows, this dress might not make the cut!  But, then again, I’d rather have bridal party democracy than a dictatorship! 

 

But first thing is first, I still have a couple of BM’s to ask to be part of the big day!  I want it to be a face-to-face invite, preferably over a cocktail! 

 

Interesting BM sites:

With the advent of the internet and blogging, there’s a ton of sites dedicated to bridesmaids, from roles and responsibilities to tell-all’s and horror stories.  It’s really interesting.  Some former BM’s are very, very angry women.  Check out some of these tell-all websites:  

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