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More Varying Bridesmaid Dresses

12 Aug

Discussed here previously, what do you think of varying bridesmaids dresses in a wedding party? Check out the bridal parties in these two recent weddings: the first from Naomi at Rockstar Diaries, the second posted on Lovely Little Details.

I love the vintage feeling of both of these weddings, and the bridal parties connect due to the fact that they are carrying the same flowers.

Inspired By: Yellow & Gold

8 Jun

Lela Rose dress, invitation, candy favor, place setting, Tiffany & Co. earrings, decor, Calvin Klein sandals

An Interview with twobirds

1 Jun

After seeing an episode of Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings that featured twobirds bridesmaid dresses, I immediately Googled the company, as I was intrigued about the dresses that you can wear 15 ways. Founder Ariane Goldman was nice enough to answer a few of my questions!

Tell us, how did twobirds get started? How did you think of the name “twobirds”?  twobirds began when I was planning my wedding and realized there was nothing out there for my bridesmaids with various body types. I had a vintage Norma Kamali dress that wrapped in various ways, and I thought that’s exactly what I wanted for my friends- for them to look similar but have individuality to flatter their different body types.  “twobirds” comes from the notion that you are killing two birds with one dress since you are wearing it again after the wedding.

What is the design process? From where (or who or what) do you draw your inspiration? Comfort. I like the idea of women being at ease in their outfit and body, as that’s where the biggest smiles come from.

Who are your favorite designers? Are they mostly bridal or high fashion, mass retail, etc. I love Philip Lim, Stella MCartney, TopShop, Lanvin, and I wear a lot of vintage.  I think mixing and matching pieces from high-end and vintage. It is a great way to express versatile style.

How does your personal style & taste reflect in the designs? Comfort, ease, liking to be covered up one moment and a bit revealing the next. The twobirds dresses allow you to be all of those things, depending on how you wrap it.

Have you encountered any “bridezillas” or even “bridesmaidzillas” over the years? All the time! But it’s of no bother as I’ve been there too and the wedding is the most important day of most girls lives thus far.  Hopefully, the twobirds dresses can put them at ease as all of her friends will be smiling.

What is next for twobirds? HATCH by twobirds which consists of dresses that pregnant women can invest in and wear again after the baby comes, just like you can wear the bridesmaid dresses after the wedding.

Thank you, Ariane! Check out their website (which is adorable, btw) for much more and to see all of the dresses.

Summer kick-off weekend=wedding season kick-off!

30 May

Happy Memorial Day!  It’s the official start of summer, which means wedding season has officially begun, as well!

So tell me, how many weddings are you in this summer, where are they, and what are you wearing?

My first wedding is in Quincy, MA in July. I am wearing a bright blue dress from Priscilla of Boston.

My second wedding is in Portland, ME, Labor Day weekend. I am wearing a navy dress from Aria.

My third wedding is in Stowe, Vermont at the end of September. I am wearing a peachy/pink dress from Allegria Bridal.

Opinion: Varying Bridesmaids Dresses

27 May

I’ve seen bridal parties with varying bridesmaids dresses, meaning the bridesmaids all wear a different dress- either unique styles in the same shade/fabric

via Green Wedding Shoes

or completely different dresses in the same color

via Style Me Pretty Destinations

or completely different dresses that somehow all go.

via The Wedding Chicks

What do you think of this option? Personally, I am a perfectionist and would want to be in the same dress as the other girls to be unified (perhaps I should say, anal, not a a perfectionist, haha). Then again, having the choice to pick my dress is nice; one of my brides let us choose our own dress in the same color & designer.

Do you appreciate having the option to pick your own dress, or do you think the bride should just do what she wants to do?

The Dessy Group’s Newlymaid.com

11 May

A new site was announced this week that helps bridesmaids reuse & recycle your bridesmaid dress (see Monday’s post about Bridesmaid Trade). The Dessy Group launched of Newlymaid.com a place to send your used/old bridesmaid dress for a little black dress.  Brilliant, right?  Not only do you know that you won’t wear that dress that the bride swears you can “definitely wear again”, but now you can use it towards a piece of clothing that every girl needs: the LBD.

Checking out the website, the process seems fairly easy. You send in your old dress and then get a special Newlymaid price to purchase a discounted little black dress.

So far there are 6 LBD choices on the site, but I am eager to see what new styles are added.

What do you think of this new site? Are you open to selling your bridesmaid dress on a site like BridesmaidTrade.com or swapping it for something more wearable like on Newlymaid.com?

Bridesmaid Trade

9 May

In perusing various bridesmaid oriented blogs and sites, I stumbled upon Bridesmaid Trade and was immediately intrigued. A site to buy and sell “gently-worn” bridesmaid dresses, owners Jeanette and Kathryn took the time to answer some questions. Thanks, ladies!

1. Tell us, how did Bridesmaid Trade get started?

Jeanette: The idea for Bridesmaid Trade came from Kathryn, who was a bridesmaid several times in a few months, and then wondered what she was going to do with all the dresses! She saw a lot of her friends in the same situation so she wanted to create an online marketplace where women could buy and sell gently worn-bridesmaid dresses.

Kathryn: I connected with Jeanette in the summer of 2009, who has a background in business, and we launched Bridesmaid Trade together in the summer of 2010.

2. What is the process for trading?

Kathryn: There are now three ways to use Bridesmaid Trade to make your wedding more beautiful, affordable, and eco-friendly!

  1. SELL: If you have a bridesmaid dress sitting in your closet, sell your bridesmaids dress through Bridesmaid Trade. It only takes a few minutes to create a dress post using our simple online form. Once the dress is bought by a visitor to our site, you will receive instructions for sending the dress to the buyer. If the dress arrives in the condition described in the post, you will receive a check in 1-2 weeks.
  2. BUY: If you’re looking for a bridesmaid dress, search our inventory to buy the one you need for only 40-60% of full price! You can also email us at administrator@bridesmaidtrade.com if you’re looking for a specific dress, and we can reach out to our network to help you find it.
  3. RENT: Bridesmaid Trade just introduced a rental line that allows women to rent bridesmaid dresses starting at just $30!  We love these chic, classic dresses.

3. What are the benefits of using Bridesmaid Trade?

Jeanette: By using Bridesmaid Trade, you can make your wedding affordable and beautiful. Bridesmaid dresses in event-ready condition are available on our site for 40-60% off retail price. Plus, it’s eco-friendly. Every bridesmaid dress worn again means that resources don’t need to be used up to make a new dress.

Kathryn: With our rental line, I love that a bridesmaid can find a great dress for less than the cost of a mani-pedi.

4. Are there ever any dresses that you see that you want to keep for yourself?

Jeanette: Yes, definitely! For example, I LOVE this Jenny Yoo dress in Terracotta ($85, originally $289):

From our rental line, I love the J.Crew Sophia Dress in Silk Tricotine (only $30 per rental!). I am planning to wear it to a friend’s wedding this summer:

Kathryn: This Bari Jay bridesmaids dress in Wisteria with a petal skirt is so cute. And it’s only $80, brand new!

5. What is next for Bridesmaid Trade?

Jeanette: We just introduced our rental line this spring, so we’re still working on getting the word out about this new service.

Kathryn: We would love to hold a contest to let bridesmaids vote for the next set of dresses we should buy next for our rental line!

Jeanette and Kathryn are happy to answer your questions about Bridesmaid Trade at administrator@bridesmaidtrade.com.

Like what you see? Follow Bridesmaid Trade on facebook.com/bridesmaidtrade and twitter.com/bridesmaidtrade, too! 

**Update!  Bridesmaid Trade is offering 2 free tickets to see the movie Bridesmaids this weekend!  All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and follow these steps- Good luck! The photo with the most Likes wins!

  •  If you’re already a BT fan, simply post a picture of you – or the bridal party – in the bridesmaid dress that’s been your favorite, in a comment on the wall at www.facbeook.com/bridesmaidtrade. If you’re new to Bridesmaid Trade, simply “Like” the page first, and then you can add your post.
  • Invite your friends to “Like” your picture. You can “Share” it from the wall once it’s posted on the Bridesmaid Trade wall. One easy way to share it with friends is to “@add” some of the other bridesmaids from the wedding who might also be in the picture.

And the bridesmaid wore white?

3 May

Yesterday’s post on Pippa Middleton’s ivory maid of honor dress got me searching for real weddings where not just the bride wore white.

A quick visit to Style Me Pretty, and I found 3 weddings where the bridal party is wearing ivory/white dresses.

In one sense, I think it looks beautiful and cohesive, and as seen in the first photo, a bright bouquet really pops. In the other sense, I think it takes away from the bride being the only one in cream/white/ivory.

What do you think of this possible trend? Does it take away from the “special-ness” of only the bride wearing white?

Images via Style Me Pretty

Royal Maid of Honor

2 May

Friday’s Royal Wedding was a beautiful display of love, tradition, and of course, fashion! Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge looked positively gorgeous in her custom Sarah Burton designed Alexander McQueen gowns.  Her sister and maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, also stole the show for the bridal party.

We first saw Pippa in an ivory, satin-based crepe cowl dress also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. I adore this dress on her- it fits her perfectly and the shape works very well for her long, thin body type. While the bride normally is the only one in white, I liked that Pippa and the little bridesmaids also wore white.  With Prince William in red and the red carpet, they really popped. She performed her maid of honor duties in style!

For the reception, Pippa changed into an emerald Alice Temperley dress.  The color is gorgeous against her tan skin, and the jewels add fun and something special for the celebration.

I predict more white/ivory-clad bridesmaids in the future. I think we’ve got a trend coming with half-up/half-down, easy going hair, as well.
What did you think of the Royal Maid of Honor?

Images via People.com

Dress information from Mindy Weiss’s blog

Wild or Mild: Nail polishes & J.Crew dresses

27 Apr

Depending on if your bride will let you go wild or mild, here are nail polish options for some of the season’s popular dress colors from J.Crew. If your nails can’t go wild, why not the toes?

Dress: J.Crew ‘Blakley’ | Wild: Essie Dive Bar | Mild: Zoya Ginessa

Dress: J.Crew ‘Mika’ | Wild: Orla Bubbly Bombshell | Mild: adore-a-ball

Dress: J.Crew ‘Alannah‘ | Wild: Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow | Mild: Nicole by OPI Do Good, Feel Good

Dress: J.Crew ‘Leighton’ | Wild: Zoya Casey | Mild: Essie Waltz

Dress: J.Crew ‘Taryn‘ | Wild: OPI Big Apple Red | Mild: Sally Hansen French Manicure Kit Sheerly Petal