Why you should dress your bridesmaids in black

 

Dress your bridesmaids in black? "Whoa, I don't think so" you may think to yourself. 

But we'd say, think again. 

Because the results can be absolutely spectacular, as you can see from these photographs of real weddings. 

And there are a lot of advantages too

  • The little black dress is an absolute classic
  • Every girl should have the perfect black dress in their wardrobe
  • Black looks spectacular at a chic evening wedding
  • You can liven up the color with bright wedding flowers - which will look fabulous against a dark gown
  • Black suits just about every complexion
  • You can ring the changes with different necklines for different girls
  • Think about cocktail length or full-length frocks 

Let's think about fabrics

Depending on the style of wedding you're having, consider the different fabrics that are available. 

  • You could choose a black bridesmaid gown with lace inlays for a really sophisticated but covered-up look. Maybe a black frock with a paler color inlaid underneath.
  • If you want something dramatic and film-starry, think about fishtail skirts or dresses that use black netting. 
  • Chiffon is also romantic and dreamy on sweeping long black skirts. 
  • Or for something powerful, maybe black satin or black sequins. 
  • Of course, black and white also work beautifully together - so you could opt for a monochrome approach. (This Dessy frock makes it easy to do that). Have a black bodice with a white skirt, or vice versa. 

When black won't work well

We'd say that there are some locations and themes for which black bridesmaid frocks wouldn't work so well. 

If you're having a rustic style wedding day, then a black frock won't really give you the look you're after. You'd be better off choosing colors or pastels. 

Also, if you're having a wedding day in the height of summer out of doors or if you're getting married on a tropical beach - you'd be better off choosing different bright colors. 

If you want to check out masses of bridemaid frocks in black, in different styles, start your search here.  

Image credits: Clockwise from top:  Wedding Play Book, Wedding Play BookJose VillaRachel Meagan Photography, June Bug Weddings 

Middle image via Pinterest 

 

 

Shimmering bridesmaid dresses that you're going to fall in love with

sparkly bridesmaid frocks

(Image credit: Gold and glam wedding via Wedding Chicks)

Do you love a bit of glamor? A bit of bling? A bit of sparkle? Then check out our ideas for dressing your bridesmaids so that they shimmer and shine! 

A chic city wedding? 

If you're getting married in the city and you're having an evening do, then this is a good chance to let your bridesmaids wear some gorgeous sequinned frocks. (In fact, so gorgeous that they are sure to want to keep them handy in their closet again for another special event). 

At Dessy we've created fabulous frocks just like this, with some different neckline options and in different lengths. You can also mix and match the skirts - have a sequin top with a chiffon skirt or a plain top with a sweep of floor sweeping skirt. It's up to you. It's your day. Your style. 

How about this beautiful sequinned frock by Dessy for your maids? (It also comes in midnight blue and silver.)

sparkly bridesmaid frocks

 

You don't have to do long and sweeping either. Maybe you're having a smart afternoon do in a garden. In which case look at some of our frocks like 57 Grand Style 5712 shown above. This comes in a cocktail length and the fabric has just a whisper of shimmer. It would look wonderful on a sunny afternoon as well as at an evening event. 

These are gowns that your bridesmaids (and you) are just going to fall in love with. 

gold sequin bridesmaid frock

Think about accessories too. Who said you have to wear white or cream shoes with your wedding dress? Continue through the glitzy theme by adding some sparkle to your wedding shoes - just let them peep out from underneath your dress. (We're thinking about Dorothy's ruby slippers - but in gold, silver or platinum.)

What about your flowergirls?

We know that your young attendants want to look really pretty too and wear something special - that will be a younger version of what the older bridesmaids are wearing. 

Which is why Dessy designed frocks for your flowergirls and junior bridesmaids, fitted to suit younger figures. Below you can see Flowergirl Style 4055 (which comes in midnight blue and silver too)   and Dessy Collection Junior Bridesmaid Style JR534 which comes in a number of colors. 

sequin flowergirl frocks in gold

 

This is why neutral shades are a great choice for weddings

Wedding day neutrals

When you're styling your wedding, take a trick from an interior decorator. Interior designers often choose a color palette of neutrals because it gives the perfect backdrop. They then add pops of colour with accessories like cushions, curtains and rugs.

You can take a leaf out of their book when you're creating your wedding colors and choose nudes and neutrals.

Neutrals form a perfect color palette

 

"Hmm" you may think. "But neutrals - aren't they a little dull and unadventurous?" 

Well hardly. What you have to do is think of neutrals as a base from which you can be as subtle or as attention-grabbing as you want. 

Just hear and see how real bride Johanna B styled her day in neutrals with Dessy frocks ...

 

"I wanted my bridesmaids in a neutral color with some sparkle so I customized these dresses, choosing the topaz color with oyster lace overlay. This made the flowers POP! My MOH is wearing the strapless Dessy 2865. And that's my bridesman standing with us!" - Johanna B.Wedding day neutrals
Briggs Photography

That's a real wedding that's beautiful and memorable. 

The trick is to use pops of color with neutrals. 

Here bride Johanna has chosen colorful bouquets for her maids to add a feature. You could follow her lead, or choose colorful shoes for your bridesmaids (or they could be in metallics of bronze, silver or gold). 

Neutral shades

There are many different shades of neutrals to choose from - and they all blend in well together. Here are some colors to be thinking about.

Wedding day neutrals

It's the perfect example of when you don't have to choose just one color but can opt for several. And that gives you the opportunity to select hues which will suit your individual bridesmaids' complexions and hair coloring.

Add color accents with shoes, clutch bags, maybe a pashmina and hair accessories. Diamante and rhinestones often work well with neutrals, so look out for shoes and bags with sparkly detail.

This color theme works year round - spring, summer and winter - possibly not autumn so much. But that's another story ... 

 

 

 

Get the Emmys red carpet style with Dessy

Did you watch the Emmy's last week? 

It's definitely one of my guilty pleasures - watching the outfits the A-listers turn up in. Some looking amazing ... others not so much. Yes, in some cases there was most certainly a bit of 'sack the stylist' going on, but we're not going to say who! 

If you loved some of the looks, you'll be pleased to hear that you can find something very similar for your maids with Dessy. So if you're a bridesmaid and your bride is letting you decide on your own style of frock, then you might like to browse through some of the options below. And of course, Dessy being Dessy, there are literally hundreds of different color choices. 

 

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 Mind you, we think Selena Gomez has pretty much nailed it here. Love this dark red satin gown, beautifully cut and a fabulous fit. The color suits her complexion perfectly.

 

(Styles above left to right: Alfred Sung D542Alfred Sung D538) 

You can get a similar look with Dessy. The color here is Firecracker  - lots of different styles to consider. It's a great choice for a girl with dark hair - so if you've got a bridesmaid who has that kind of a look, why not see if she wants to channel Miss Gomez?   

Completely different vibe going on right now. It's floaty, long and oh so romantic. We think this would look fabulous at an evening wedding - either in summer or in winter. Dessy has some similar styles so you can get the look.  Check out Dessy Collection Skirt S2977 and Dessy After Six Prom Dress

 

Here's how to get the Nicole Kidman look with Dessy. 

(Styles above left to right: After Six 1502, Alfred Sung D732)

 

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Fabulous frock by Viola Davis. We are all over this look. You can channel Viola's elegance with style with these two gorgeously elegant designs in flame ...

(Styles above left to right: Junior Bridesmaid JR531, Jenny Yoo JY515)

 

Hues of blue for your wedding day

blue wedding day inspiration

(Image credits clockwise from top left: Caitlin B Photography, Pinterest, Dessy Style 4512, Zack Wolf Photography.)

Who doesn't love blue? It's one of the most easy-going colors around, with so many shades with so many names.

We're thinking mist, bluebell, periwinkle, storm, navy, sapphire, hyacinth, cornflower, sky ... So it's perfect for mixing and matching, playing around with an ombre theme, as you see here.

Want blue flowers in your wedding bouquets?

Think of all the shades of blue that take their names from blooms and you'll realise you'll have no trouble sourcing the right shades for you. Think delphinums, forget-me-nots, larkspur, hydrangeas.

We love blues for coastal weddings, particularly in light and airy shades. Wear a light blue in a floaty chiffon on a warm beach and let the breezes waft around you.

Blues are also perfect for a spring wedding and for mid-summer, country-style wedding days.

Blue and metallics

Shimmering golds and silvers are a big wedding trend happening just now. Pair blue bridesmaids frocks with metallic sandals and you'll be right there.

On your tables you can have a shiny sequinned table runner over a blue cloth. Carry the ombre theme through to your wedding chair covers with different shades of blue, rather than just the one.

From left to right: Style 6752 , Junior Bridesmaid JR519, Style 2991

Which blues for your maids?

The best way to decide is to get some colored fabric samples from Dessy and hold them up to each bridesmaid's face.

Traditionally blondes look wonderful in a pale ice blue, whereas those with darker complexions and hair will bring out the richness of a turquoise or cornflower blue.

But then again, you could be surprised.

If you're marrying in winter, you might want to dress your maids in heavier fabrics - keeping gossamer thin materials for warmer days. Add a shrug or a stole to keep the cold out.

Another thing about blue - it works from day to night beautifully, so if you're having an afternoon wedding that moves onto evening, then blue is a great decision.

10 things brides should know about one-shoulder bridesmaid dresses

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Today we're going to be talking goddess-style bridesmaid gowns - or to be a little more down to earth, let's call them one-shouldered bridesmaid dresses. Or maybe you'd describe them as asymmetric frocks.

Whatever. One thing is for sure though - they will make your maids look fabulous. Just look at these pictures of real bridesmaids wearing one-shouldered dresses at weddings to see.

  1. If your maids have athletic figures and broad shoulders then an asymmetric-styled frock will make them look very feminine
  2. Toned arms look fabulous in one-shoulder dresses
  3. See how a flattering ruched style would work for your bridesmaids
  4. One shoulder styles work well for girls with a larger bust as they offer more support than a strapless gown
  5. However they also work for girls with a smaller bust if they're ruched
  6. If the bride is going for a strapless gown, then a one-shoulder style creates a themed look (which will look wonderful in the photographs)
  7. Large chandelier earrings work beautifully with a one shoulder dress. You don't want to wear a necklace with this style - just put the jewellery focus on ears (and maybe add a bracelet or two)
  8. This is a style that won't date in a hurry. It's a classic - dating from Ancient Greece!
  9. Styles come in a range of fabrics - from a floaty chiffon through to a rich satin
  10. Shoulder details can be simple, or feature diamante for a bit of glitz or delicate fabric flowers

If you're having a cocktail party wedding, check out Dessy's shorter styled one-shoulder frocks

We've shown gowns in blush pink here, but Dessy has over 30 beautiful different styles of one shouldered bridesmaid dress in a rainbow of colors - so you can pick out whichever works for you. Our styles come in floral fabrics and darker shades of course, both of which would work well at future events - whether a garden party or a formal evening dinner and dance.

Mini-me flowergirls and bridesmaids

(All frocks by Dessy. Clockwise from top left: Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid style JY534, Flowergirl dress FL4054, After Six Bridesmaid Dress, Flowergirl dress FL4053, Flowergirl dress 4033, After Six Bridesmaid style T1507, Flowergirl dress FL4055, Jenny Yoo JY533)

Most little girls dream of being asked to be a flowergirl. It's a chance to dress up in a pretty dress, have a special hairstyle and cute shoes too. As well as having the important role of walking behind the bride, looking after her veil, her bouquet and being in charge of scattering confetti.

It's such an exciting moment for little sisters, nieces, cousins, daughters of friends ...

A memorable day in a young girl's life

Having a beautiful new frock to wear is all part of the fun.

Now what if you told your little maids that they would be wearing a smaller version of the older bridesmaids' gowns?

They probably wouldn't believe it.

But because at Dessy we know that brides love to have those extra special touches, we've created designs for flowergirls that echo the adult versions of the dress.

They come in the same colors, similar fabrics - with just a tweak here and there so they suit a little girl.

(Photo credit: @krishantiphoto @curtisphillipa on Instagram)

So your little ones can have mini-me versions of the grown up girls' dresses.

And as for colors, because it's Dessy designing and creating, you're going to find just the shades you're looking for, whatever style you're after.

Browse through our bridesmaid designs and see what you like, and then look at flowergirl options. Our dresses come in a variety of fabrics too - from chiffon through to satin - and many have lace details.

Perfect party wear

All these bridesmaid frocks are so gorgeous, they're going to be worn after the wedding as well - and all the above are perfectly suitable for a smart evening party! Little flowergirls will love to wear them again to parties.

We're particularly proud of our rose gold bridesmaid dresses and flowergirl frocks - which give a bit of shimmer to the day. If you're having an afternoon wedding in a garden then you should investigate our floral bridesmaid frocks too, as shown in the image at the top.

This is how to dress your bridemaids in purple

So it's purple for your wedding day? You just love the richness of this shade. You love the way you can move from lilacs and mauves through to a rich imperial purple, something dramatic that will hold its own on a winter wedding day.

It's a shade that lends itself perfectly to having an ombre bridesmaid line up as well. Depending on your girls' complexions you can choose soft pastel purples (we're thinking of sugared almonds here) or deep dark tones.

Hold some fabric samples up against the face to see which color works (you can get the color samples from Dessy right here). It might be surprising to see what works with which maid. Somebody might be convinced they don't suit pastels, only to find out they work beautifully. Another might always have avoided brights, only to realise that they should have been wearing dramatic colors always.

How a real bride did it on her big day

There's no doubt, such an exquisite colour palette is incredibly amorous - and so many violet-coloured flowers have a wonderfully delicate fragrance too. You'll also find a big selection of blooms in shades of purple - just talk to your florist about what's available. Whose heart (and nose!) would not be moved by the posies below, created by the lovely Helen Jane Floristry, with the perfumed muscari, syringa, roses and freesias?

This might be time to revisit the Sophia Coppola film "Marie Antoinette". It's a confection of pastels and purples and could give you some fabulous inspiration.

As for accent details, you'll find that metallics work well with purple. Silver, gold, bronze - maybe do things a little differently and put your maids in silver or gold sandals ...

Takeaways from this post

  • Purple is a fabulous accent color to choose for your wedding day for a number of reasons
  • You can go for an ombre theme and use every shade of purple from the palest lilac through to a rich deep purple
  • You'll find plenty of wedding flowers in purple shades - talk to your florist about choices for the time of year
  • Purple shoes peeping out from beneath a traditional cream or white wedding dress look fabulous (but think about metallics too)
  • Depending on the shade you choose, purple is just at home at a city wedding in winter, a country garden wedding or a destination wedding on a palm-fringed beach

Bridesmaid dresses for moms-to-be

Well, you never know what's going to happen when you're wedding planning.

And the chances are that somewhere down the line, one of your chosen bridesmaids is going to announce that she has some happy news. That's she's pregnant and so she's going to need a bridesmaid gown that works with her mom-to-be status.

How to do maternity bridesmaid dresses beautifully

Well, we think all moms-to-be deserve to be dressed so they feel and look wonderful and so here's a whole range of dresses that will suit different girls.

And because they're by Dessy they are available in a literal rainbow of colors.

You want a pastel colored wedding and a pastel colored maternity frock? No problem.

Dessy maternity gowns clockwise from top left: After Six Maternity Dress M428, Dessy Collection Maternity Bridesmaid Dress M433, Alfred Sung Maternity Bridesmaid Dress Style M437, Dessy Collection Maternity Bridesmaid Dress M431

Blues, greens, pinks, reds, sapphires, jewel tones ... browse through the shades and you'll wonder how you'll ever choose. Strapless maternity bridesmaid gowns, round neck or a plunging neckline - take your pick. Dessy has an amazing range of maternity bridesmaid dresses.

Maybe get right on trend and have an ombre thing going on? Dress your maids (including the non pregnant ones!) in varying hues of the same shade.

This is where our Twist Wrap Dress will come into its own

If your mom-to-be bridesmaid wants to be sure that her dress will adjust to fit her, then maybe investigate our Twist Wrap Dresses (as shown above here) which can easily adjust to fit a changing size. Your maid will also be able to wrap the dress in a style to suit her (which will give her more confidence).

Staying comfortable

Dessy also does some great bridesmaid flats in matching and contrasting shades, as a pregnant bridesmaid probably won't want to be wearing heels ...

Weddings in the palest pink.

(Image credits: Jenny Haas and Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography for their photos of real weddings, and to Bloomsbury Flowers for the image of the blushing bride and bouquet.)

Always loved pink? It's such a romantic color.

And it's always been a favorite at weddings. So if you've always dreamed of having a wedding in pink, then you do just that.

Here we've used the palest pink for some wedding ideas. Call it blush pink, call it shell pink - it's delicate, dreamy and classic.

The very name blush pink has all the connotations of old-fashioned modesty, purity and romance when just the look from the man of your dreams was enough to send a delicate flush to your maidenly cheeks!

So it is no wonder that pale pink is such an appropriate shade color for a bride to choose for her bridesmaids - or even herself.

How to use pale pink at a wedding

Pink works well with:

  • Blooms with darker pinks and greens
  • Plenty of cream and ivory shades
  • Pearl jewellery
  • Spring and winter weddings (the light is right)

(Image credits: Top left Social Bridesmaids Style 8182, right Lela Rose Style LR200 , bottom left Lela Rose Bridesmaid Dress LR178, right After Six Bridesmaid Style 6674

One of the best things about pale pink bridesmaid dresses is that they complement girls of every hair colour, which is another reason why they are a great choice. And what an added coup, to get married when the cherry trees are in blossom - wow, now that is truly neat planning!

Roses are the perfect flower at the best of times, but when you choose a pale pink wedding theme, they come into their own. As you can see from the cascade of roses on the wedding cake above and in the pastel table decoration further down (with thanks to Jenny Haas), you can achieve an effect of sublime beauty using an abundance of pale pink roses of all shades. Use pale pinks for table napkins, tablecloths and candles to prevent the room from looking too stark whilst still retaining an aura of delicacy.

Pale pink bridesmaid gowns are dainty, exquisite and feminine. Add a level of diaphanous beauty by choosing one of these dreams from Dessy.

And don't forget to keep the make-up light and natural with just a touch of lip gloss for a truly romantic look.