Wedding Bells – Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaid Dresses

As our special day is drawing nearer I thought I’d write about my choice of bridesmaid dresses. To me, having my bridesmaids look the most beautiful versions of themselves is so important. I look at pictures of old school weddings and I just think WTF, why would any bride want to dress their bridesmaids in layers and layers of netting with puffy sleeves, bows and oh those hideous colours. I get that fashions change but come on, I really think some brides make their bridesmaids look bad to make them look better. Of course I don’t want anyone to steal my thunder but I want my bridesmaids to fit with the theme, simple and elegant. I want them to be comfortable, look stunning and be proud to be my bridesmaids, not stand arms crossed during pictures glaring at me for making them look hideous!

My idea of the perfect bridesmaid dress changed so much during the course of planning our wedding. I’ve always wanted them to wear full length but gave the ladies the choice (luckily they all wanted full length too). I couldn’t decide on sleeveless, capped sleeved, grecian style or vintage with lace, but I knew I wanted them to be simple, no layers, no drastic necklines or raunchy side splits.

At first I absolutely loved pale teal. I then realised when looking at dresses that what I thought was pale teal was actually pale mint and I’d been referencing the wrong colour the whole time – whoops! I think this colour looks absolutely stunning but I read an article about the most popular bridesmaid dress colours researched by Coast and green was at the bottom!  This did’t make me change my mind but it did shock me a bit as pale green is all over Pinterest and looks so stunning especially mixed with other colours.

This then got me onto the idea of having two in one colour and one in another; and I thought that pale buttercup, a really soft yellow would look stunning!

This is when I wanted to have a real cottage themed wedding. I wanted all wild flowers, but mainly daisies so naturally green and yellow were the most suited colour choice for my bridesmaids dresses.

Then when our venue changed I decided that even though the ceremony will be outside, the venue is slightly more elegant and I wanted to make my theme slightly less shabby chic. Even thought I loved pale green and yellow together, I decided to go for peonies as my main flowers and loved the idea of a coral colour scheme.

So I then got on the hunt for coral dresses. There were so many different styles, all so beautiful and I was really close to going for the Two Birds style ones where the bridesmaids all wear the same dress but wear the neckline differently; however the price tag was far from reasonable and as they weren’t the kind of dresses that my girls would likely wear again, I decided to go for something more versatile.

I then stumbled upon a picture of Pinterest of a group of bridesmaids in floral maxi dresses. They looked so beautiful, a bit different to the norm, elegant, classic and comfortable. I set out looking for coral floral maxi dresses and broadened my search from bridal stores to Zara, Topshop, Misguided and eventually where I found ‘the ones’ – ASOS.

The dresses are Oasis, cost a fraction of the typical bridesmaids dresses and I would be perfect holiday dresses for my bridesmaids to wear again.

They’re so beautifully made and still cost a fair amount so I know they’re of good quality. What’s also fab is that only one of them will need to be altered as the others fit perfectly! Result!

I don’t want to reveal them just yet as I want to save some things like this for after the wedding, but here is the print … isn’t it pretty?


What do you think of floral bridesmaid dresses?

What would your choice of colour for your bridesmaids? Would you believe purple came out on top in that survey I read?


Thanks for reading guys!



  • emilyandindiana
    28th May 2015 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Ooh I love how different they are, love me a bit of floral! I didn’t even bother looking in bridal shops for mine, they’re a rip off haha. My colour scheme is mint green so obviously mine are that colour 🙂 xx

    • Jessica
      28th May 2015 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Ahh I blady love mint green, every so often I really regret coral and want to go back to mint green and yellow but it’s too late now haha

  • Dawn
    1st June 2015 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Our main colour is mint too – I’m surprised that it came bottom of the list – it seems to be everywhere at the moment. I have noticed here are lots of different shades of green/mint though and I need to tie down exactly what I’d like for the bridesmaids!

    Love the print of your dresses, looking forward to seeing them in full after your big day.

    • Jessica
      8th June 2015 at 6:22 am Reply

      I know mint is such a beautiful colour isn’t it; maybe the one at the bottom of the list is more of a dark green? Thanks lovely, I’m the same though, lots of different shades so I need to narrow down my coral!

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