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Brilliant Idea: “Groomsladies” Tie Sashes

Posted by Kim on Jan 28, 2013

We peruse through dozens of real weddings every day (we know, poor us), and sometimes we see a wedding detail so brilliant we just have to share it with you. This is one of these ideas.

We are all in favor of couples mixing up the genders in the wedding party – Best Women, Bridesmaids, Man of Honor, we’ve seen it all, and think it’s more important to honor those you care about that stick with traditional single-sex bridesmaids and groomsmen. So we were so psyched to see Lauren and Tom’s Alexandria, Virginia wedding – which featured a mostly female groom’s side – Tom’s sister, two female friends, and one male friend. And we just adored the “groomsladies'” ensembles – gray dresses from David’s Bridal accessorized with sashes fashioned from the Macy’s ties Tom and his groomsman wore.

Photos by Vita Images

Says Lauren: “One of my favorite things about Tom is how well he understands women.  He grew up with an older sister, his mother, and his grandmother all in the same house, so that’s where he gets it from. And when he chose his wedding party, he knew pretty quickly that he wanted some special ladies on his side of the aisle. Since it was a garden wedding, he knew he didn’t want a tux and so the fabulous grey J. Crew suit took shape early. That meant Paul would be in a grey suit as well, and the groomsladies in grey dresses. But Tom was confident that the groomsladies shouldn’t look like bridesmaids; that’s one reason why they didn’t carry bouquets. He came up with the tie idea as a way for them to look “Groom side, strong side,” as they kept saying, but still feminine.  The tie around the waist worked really well.

Are you having mixed-gender wedding parties? If so, how are you differentiating their ensembles? Let us know in the comments!

Gorgeous in Green

Posted by Kim on Dec 20, 2012

Clockwise from top left: Dress by After Six; Dress by Moonlight Bridesmaid; Dress by B2 by Jasmine; Dress by Liz Fields, photo by Belen Aquino

Last week, Pantone named emerald as its 2013 Color of the Year. We’re big fans of this rich, lustrous jewel tone and think it’s worth considering for your wedding day color palette. Particularly apropos for a winter wedding, emerald-hued bridesmaid dresses are a lovely way to incorporate this shade into your wedding day. We’ve gathered some of our favorite bridesmaid dresses in this gorgeous green – from modern one-shoulder styles to ethereal gowns, there are lots to choose from. Let us know what you think of these styles in the comments!

A Great Deal for Bridesmaids

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 19, 2012

Let’s be honest. Being a bridesmaid costs a lot of money. There are dresses to buy, gifts to give, parties to host. For brides who are looking to save their ‘maids some money the Little Borrowed Dress is the place to go for stylish bridesmaid dresses that are extremely affordable.

The company offers a selection of chic designs in both cocktail and floor-length styles you can rent. You can choose between four different neckline styles so everyone can feel comfortable dancing the night away. And the dresses are made so you don’t have to alter them. Worried they won’t have something to match your color palette? Don’t be! They offer 18 color options, and if you order at least two months in advance they’ll guarantee the style, color and size you want will be available.

So how does it work: Browse their website,, and pick the style, size and color you want and then reserve the date. Not sure what size you are? They’ll send you two options. When the wedding’s over just pop it back in the mail in the pre-addressed and stamped envelope that came with your dress.

And the pricing…$50 for knee-length, $75 for floor-length, plus a $5 insurance fee.


Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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Photos by Dan Lecca

Our Olympics obsession has not wavered, and we have many more medal-worthy wedding details to share with you. We’ve already provided you with gold and silver wedding cakes and wedding dresses but today, it’s all about the bridesmaids! We think metallic bridesmaid dresses, like the ones shown above, would be lovely at more formal, glamorous weddings. Are you a fan of these gold and silver bridesmaid dresses? Let us know in the comments!

Top row (from left to right): Dress by Alvina Valenta; Dress by Bari Jay
Bottom row (from left to right): Dress by Dessy; Dress by Alfred Angelo

Blue Bridesmaid Dresses: What’s Your Shade?

Posted by Kim on Jul 30, 2012

Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Alfred Angelo, Wtoo, Lela Rose, Jim Hjelm Occasions
Photos by Dan Lecca

Blue has been a popular bridesmaid dress color choice for a while – but with so many shades to choose from, how do you decide? Of course, you could have your ‘maids each pick a dress in a different shade of blue to create a pretty palette, but if you just want to pick one shade, think about your venue. Lighter blue shades look best in the warmer months, at less formal weddings in outdoor settings like the beach or garden. Darker shades are ideal in colder months (though navy looks great year-round!) for more formal weddings at country clubs or ballrooms.

Check out our favorite new blue bridesmaid dresses and vote on your favorite shade of below:

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