After months of searching and waiting, I’m proud to announce that all of my bridesmaids have their dresses!!
Who knew bridesmaid dresses would be so much harder to select than the wedding dress or the groomsmen attire? Lesson learned – bridesmaids dresses are tough cookies!
I think the dresses were tougher because I had a specific look I was after. I was really inspired by a lot of the rustic weddings I had been pinning and decided I wanted a sleeves silk chiffon dress in navy. My goal was to pair that dress with cowboy boots and grey sweaters.
The problem was, most of what I found out there that was similar to the look I was after was $$$. Of course, if we all had $$$ the process would have been really easy, but we don’t and my goal was to keep the bridesmaid dresses as reasonably priced as possible.
We did find one that I really, really liked. It was the right material, the right cut, and, thanks to a hefty discount, it was the right price. However, one of my bridesmaids was worried the dress wouldn’t look right with cowboy boots, so we decided to order one as a sample to see how it worked.
To make a very long and complicated story short, it took us months to get the single sample dress. The whole process ended up stressing me out, so even though I thought the dress was great when it arrived, I didn’t want to go through all of the hassle to get the remaining three dresses.
Some good did come from that dress, though. I was finally able to match-up the outfit I had been planning my head to see if it actually worked.
Only instead of a green cardigan, picture grey. I don’t own a grey cardigan in the cut I was after, so the green was my stand-in.
LOVED the dress with the boots. 🙂
The day the dress arrived, I was on g-chat with one of my bridesmaids discussing the whole dilemma with the dress. I was questioning ordering the rest of the dresses, while she doing what all good bridesmaids out there should do, say that the decision is all mine, while secretly googling other options.
I could almost hear the gasp in her voice when she sent me a link to a dress she had just discovered on J. Crew.
I’d look at a few other J. Crew dresses, but the majority of them were out of my price range. This dress was on sale, had the sleeveless style I was after, AND still had the majority of sizes in the navy color available in stock. Ashley must have heard my gasp too.
The dress was perfect and ordering the dress directly from J. Crew online was so much easier than the other route we were taking. Honestly, at this point I probably would have said yes to anything. I just wanted a navy silk chiffon dress, I didn’t care where it came from or how we got it.
I sent the link to the rest of my bridesmaids and they all shared their own enthusiasm for the dress (and price point!). Since sale items on J. Crew seem to go pretty quickly in popular sizes, I knew this wasn’t something we could sit on for long. I made the quick decision and asked my bridesmaids to all order their dresses ASAP.
They all ordered their dresses on Friday night and I think the majority of them had shipped by Monday. Last night (Wednesday) photo texts started to roll in as all of the girls shared photos of the new dresses (one of those instances where I wish I lived close to at least one of my rockin’ bridesmaids to see a dress in person).
First reaction – they’re all too big! Oh, no.
FYI: J. Crew dresses run on the big side. I know – better to have the dresses be too big than too small, but coming from a girl who has spent way too much money on having alterations done ($80 on a $135 dress?! Seriously?!) I’m suggesting the girls return the dresses for a smaller size ( hard to tell in the photo, but they were more than a little big on a couple of them). Of course, since they are sale dresses (and a lot of the sizes go fast) this is something they’ll have to jump on sooner rather than later.
Even though the dresses are on the big side, I love the cut and color of them. They’re a nice dark navy that will go nicely with the ties we selected for the guys.
The girls are already on the hunt for cowboy boots and I’ve decided to go with a mis-matched grey sweater theme. This way the dresses will all match, but they’ll have cowboy boots and sweaters that are all different and unique to the individual bridesmaid. I can picture this all working in my head, now I just have to wait and see it in person. Gulp.
I know that no matter what all of my girls will be gorgeous because, well, they’re all gorgeous anyways. I would have to try really hard to hide that fact. 🙂
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