(Image credits: Fulham Palace Weddings, Fab Mood Gorgeous Wedding Shoes, Hey Wedding Lady)
It's romantic, dreamy, timeless, classic. Just look at this inspiration you'll see that blush pink and weddings are made to go together.
Back at the reception, I would be tempted to go for vintage-style table decorations like this beautiful one by the appropriately named Blush Rose Events - the colours are as subtle and lovely as the bridesmaids dresses!
And you can tell from this photo taken in the winter snow by Sara Ackermann Photography at Tara Nicole Weddings and Events that you're not confined to the summer months for your blush and rose bridesmaid dresses. Perfect against the snow (but give your girls something to wrap themselves in too). And of course the joy of Twist Dresses like these is that there are endless ways to wear them, making the dresses probably THE most versatile around. Shown here in Blush and Sea Pink.
Blush pink gowns sort all sorts of complexions - both fair and darker. It's not true that pink looks best on blondes. Just look at this photograph of girls in their Dessy blush pink bridesmaid frocks to see the truth of it.
(Image credit: Kristin Byrum Photography)
Ways to use blush pink on your big day
- Delicate pink roses in a bouquet
- Metallics in soft silvers, gold and bronze work well with blush pink
- Scented rose candles at the entrance to the ceremony
- A delicate chiffon or organza stole or wrap for your maids
- The softest pink lip stain
- On your invitations of course - a delicate pink envelope
- A blush-inspired wedding cake
- Or maybe a pink ribbon around a classic white tiered cake
- Pink champagne on arrival at the reception
- Rose lemonade served as a non-alcoholic option
- Pink napkins at place settings
- Delicate pink shoes for the bride peeping from underneath an ivory gown
(Image credit: Wedding cake by GC Couture Cakes , rose chandelier earrings by Dessy).
Are you planning sleeves on your bridesmaid frocks or would you rather your maids go sleeveless? How can you choose? Here's what you need to know.
1. Sleeves are a good choice for some religious ceremonies
The priest marrying you both may have a view of appropriate attire for getting married - and that will include your bridesmaids. So if your girls are covered up - even if it's just the shoulders - you will know that you are following any necessary etiquette. This Alfred Sung style could be just what you're looking for. Or the Lela Rose style LR225 below is a good halfway house - it's formal without being frumpy.
Alfred Sung Style D736
(Credit: The Jon Hartman Photography Company)
2. Your girls will thank you if you're marrying in winter
Set your wedding day during the winter months and it's likely to be chilly outside. Not great for when your maids are hanging about waiting to have their photographs taken - and worse if they are skimpily dressed! Somehow arms are always the part of the body that seems to get cold first. You could choose a gown with sleeves but that might not work so well if you're having an evening party (unless everyone is getting changed for that). Be prepared by letting your girls cosy up in a beautiful Dessy stole.
(Credit: Priscila Valentina)
3. Ditch the sleeves if you're expecting hot, hot weather
Having a beach wedding? Tying the knot outside under a blazing sun with no air-conditioning? Then we'd say forget about sleeves for your girls. They'll get anxious about patches of perspiration and will want to keep their cool with spaghetti straps, strapless frocks or a cap sleeve.
(Credit: On A Whim Photography)
4. Cap sleeves come in all sorts of styles
Depending on the neckline you choose you can have cap sleeves that stand up or ones that are slightly off the shoulder. Maybe this is one you should let your girls choose for yourselves - they'll know what suits them and what makes them feel most comfortable.
5. Stoles and wraps are the perfect accessory
Not only will they provide the perfect cover up, but if you're looking for a gift then a bridesmaid wrap or stole is both perfect and practical. Your maids can wear one again and again. Choose a fabric that works with the dress - chiffon, georgette or a soft wool are all options (depending on the season and location).
Beautiful and affordable - our new rose gold bridesmaid collection brings a whole new dimension to dressing your girls!
We've created a collection of bridesmaid separates that's trendy and affordable. And they're beautiful!
Your maids will love these looks
Put a sequin camisole top with floaty romantic skirt in a pastel. Or try it the other way around. It's your choice. If you ever wanted to be a dress designer then here's your chance.
The secret to dressing your bridesmaids well is to flatter and with this collection you can do just that. Choose a hemline that sweeps along the ground or show off those legs in a knee skimming length.
We've designed skirts in so many styles you'll find it hard to make up your mind. Maybe a trumpet-shape shape skirt in sequins? Or a metallic top with spaghetti straps?
It's never been easier to create a custom look for your ladies.At the wedding itself you could dress your girls in one style for the ceremony. Then change it around for the drinks reception. And then again for the evening party.
A wardrobe favorite
These separates aren't going to be tucked away in the closet after the confetti has fallen and the wedding is over. Oh no. Afterwards your girls are going to want to take them out and show them off again and again. Because they are gorgeous.
- They could wear one of these metallic camisole with jeans to dress things up a bit.
- Or add a sparkly skirt to add a note of glamor to an evening dinner.
- Or both together.
At these prices you can afford to get so many different looks. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses continue to be a real thing and rose gold metallics are absolutely right now.
So have a browse through Dessy and the Wedding Chicks collection here ...
(Bridesmaid dresses by Dessy)
Most girls suit blue. And it's a wedding color that works for bridesmaids at spring, summer and winter weddings. (Fall has different hues to offer of course and we'd go for oranges, browns and reds at that time of year).
It's like that old wedding rhyme:
"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue..." Which just shows that weddings and blue should go together ...
What does blue say?
The thing about light blue as a color is that it really does whisper elegance and glamor whilst eschewing overt prettiness. And it tends to suit all complexions, which is always a consideration when choosing bridesmaid dresses.
Take a look at these one-shouldered bridesmaid gowns we've picked out. They're all beautiful - and because they're by Dessy they come in a variety of shades of blue - from delicate pastels through to sophisticated midnight blues.
(All frocks above from the Jenny Yoo collection at Dessy).
Different blues for different venues
If you've having a destination wedding or you're getting married under hot sunshine, then you can choose bright blues - turquoises, azures and a jade blue. Bright colors can stand up to bright light without looking faded, although they'd look more out of place if you're having a country garden style wedding.
Then again, you could have chosen to have a more rustic theme; so choose more delicate shades of blue like cornflower - which will look beautiful with wild flowers and less formality.
Maybe you're having a city wedding or a wedding that's being held in the early evening. Then your choices might veer towards elegant deep blues with a touch of shimmer - maybe like these gowns from Dessy below.
Choose the right shade of blue for your maids too. Don't feel that you have to dress them all in one color - you can graduate the shades of blues to get an ombre effect as below. (Check out Dessy's Instagram feed for images of real girls wearing Dessy at real weddings.)
(Dessy styles Alfred Sung D699FP, JR536FP)
What's the difference between a flowergirl and a bridesmaid?
Well, a flowergirl is usually young - under the age of 10 probably. Flower girl dresses are a little girl's delight - full skirted, in pretty colours with co-ordinating sashes and Dessy offers them in sizes 2-12
But when a girl hits 10 she doesn't want to look like a flower fairy. She's looking for something a little more 'grown-up', a little more sophisticated. If you've got older bridesmaids she's going to want to be like the 'big girls' and hold her own with them.
Flower girl style FL4055
That's why we introduced our Junior Bridesmaid Dresses. Specially designed to suit and fit younger figures which haven't yet got grown-up curves. Our Junior Bridesmaid line is a perfect choice for pre-teens. Check the styles and you'll see that many of the features - spaghetti straps, one shoulder styles, waist details - are similar to those on the adult bridesmaid version - it's just that these are cut to fit less mature figures.
Junior bridesmaid style JR534
If you're looking to dress your girls all in one theme - from flowergirls through to your girlfriends in their twenties, then you'll find it very straightforward as many of our bridesmaid dresses are available in a on-trend fabrics and colours - like these shimmering sequins and florals.
Dessy style 3002
So you can get a neckline and length to suit each and every individual - which will make for happy photographs of your maids.
Off to a prom?
Remember that your junior bridesmaids may also be attending a school prom at some time in the near future, so why not choose a dress that would be suitable for a prom too? Take a look at Dessy's prom selection, which hosts many styles in attractive colours, to flatter all shapes and figures.
(Images above from left: Alfred Sung Style D699P and Jenny Yoo 534
Flowers and weddings go together like ... perfection.
One trend to consider is having floral print bridesmaid dresses. The other day we recommended the idea of just having your maid of honour wear a floral gown as a way of standing out from the other bridesmaids, but here I'll show you how stunning the entire bridal party can look if more of the maids are dressed in florals.
Floral don't have to be spriggy chintzes either - you can have delicate flowers or something larger and more splashy - as Dessy shows here.
(All bridesmaids dresses from Dessy. From above: Jenny Yoo Style JY533, Dessy 2828, Alfred Sung 699FP, After Six 6766)
And then below we have another beautiful interpretation (from Green Wedding Shoes via Pinterest) where the bride chose to use the hand-tied flowers to lead the visual impact with bold, striking colours and dramatic ribbons. This allowed the girls to mix and match their dresses with two pale pink floral on black (one high neck, one a deep V) and one solid black deep V; two pale pink floral on blush (again one high neck, one a deep V) and one solid pale pink high neck. Very cleverly structured so that the seemingly random selection of dresses is actually extremely well planned and perfectly balanced with the bride's stunning cross-over gown.
Another beautiful example of pink floral print bridesmaid dresses is this image from Knotsville.com via Pinterest. This time the background of the bridesmaids' gowns is a delicate duck egg blue which is a brilliant foil for the coral pink floral pattern, adding a lovely depth to the overall effect:
As you can see, there are many ways to make floral bridesmaids dresses a unique statement at your wedding. Just look at the floral options available from Dessy and you'll be immediately inspired by the variety of colour within the fabric which will allow you to pick out whichever element you want as a highlight (pink, coral, red, yellow, green), as well as the different bridesmaid necklines (jewel, strapless and deep V).
From the left we have D707FP, centre is D724CP and right is D723FP, all from the fabulous Alfred Sung collection at Dessy for the perfect summer wedding. Happy picking!
(Image via Kingdom Photography)
Bright, vibrant, full of sunshine and HAPPY! How else would you describe a sunflower?
Every flower has a meaning and sunflowers have come to symbolise adoration, loyalty and longevity - so what better bloom to pick for your summer wedding day?
Another advantage of sunflowers is that they are relatively inexpensive and you don't need many to make a fabulous display.
They're the sort of flowers that are happy to look beautiful on their own or when placed alongside other blooms.
A sunflower motif works well on your wedding invitations, seating plans and of course you could put a packet of sunflower seeds by every place setting as a memorable favor.
Using sunflowers as a color theme
If you're having a summer wedding day then consider putting your bridesmaids in sunflower yellows.
Bright and sunny bridesmaids are just what we need to perk up this winter week. Alfred Sung style D660 in Maize Photo via @smpweddings
Or you can also use the sunflowers with other hues to create quite a different feel to your day. Take a look below at a few of the real wedding color combinations.
Blue and yellow always works together well - so maybe that's something to consider for your bridesmaids' dresses.
I love this bride's choice of delphinium blue and white flowers mixed with her sunflowers, with the bridesmaids in pretty royal blue. Many thanks to Boho Weddings for this great shot.
And then for a TOTALLY different look - sunflowers mixed with coral pink or red! Both of which combinations are absolutely stunning. Immediately below is an inspirational look from Rustic Wedding Chic and below that is a riot of color from Jennefer Wilson, via Pinterest.
(Image via Anne Edgar Photography)
When you're choosing your bridesmaids, it's likely that you have one particular friend in mind who will be your maid of honor (MOH). Some brides have their MOH carry a slightly different bouquet or wear more elaborate jewellery.
But we think that the best way to make your MOH stand out is by choosing a dress for her that is either a different style, a different color or both!
We love happy brides! Here's what bride @kayrenee8 said: "Still can't get over how perfect the bridesmaids dress colors turned out!! @dessygroup - thank you for having the perfect colors to make my vision a reality!!" #DessyGroup style 2943
Here the bride has chosen pastel shades for her girls, with a mushroom taupe color for her chief bridesmaid.
The new #DessyGroup collection makes everyone take a second look. Pictured here L-R: 4511 Blush, 4509 Rose Gold, 4511 Blush. Shop on Dessy.com! #bridesmaids
There are various ways of making your chief bridesmaid stand out. Maybe dress her in a metallic frock, like the one above. Or dress her in a floral frock with the bridesmaids in contrasting colors (or vice versa).
#Monday blues: Just the right amount of #Holiday glam. Check out #DessyGroup's new Spring 2017 collection! Link in bio: Dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses #newcollection
This bride below chose to enable her Maid of Honour to stand out from the bridesmaids using a different shade with an ombre effect, which of course produces such a romantic and soothing aesthetic.
To shop the look above, try Alfred Sung D721
So take a leaf out of these brides' books and really make your maid of honor feel special - and it will make your wedding photographs look even more spectacular!
When I was researching how to make your Maid of Honour stand out at your wedding, I came across this gorgeous photo (below) from Lucy Davenport Photography where the Maid of Honour's celadon dress complements beautifully the pale pink of the other bridesmaids' gowns, enhancing the overall effect to perfection.
Celadon is a term that was coined for ceramics, originally in China, which were created using a type of glaze and jade green which resulted in a soft, green-blue tone. Beautiful in its own right, you can see from the gorgeous Dessy bridesmaids below how fabulous celadon is when used as a single colour for your bridesmaids.
But I believe that its beauty is enhanced when set amongst other colours and I would seriously consider mix and match bridesmaid dresses with celadon for an exquisite bridal party.
Take these images below, again from the talented Lucy Davenport Photography, where the bride has chosen to mix blush and passion (how very Jane Austen!) with celadon resulting in a beautiful colour combination which works brilliantly with the flowers too.
For a different look, choose duskier tones to mix with celadon such as (from left) oyster, blush, taupe, palomino and suede rose as shown below.
Possibly my favourite combination of all is the one below. This more energetic and oh-so-pretty colour palette combines celadon with blush, rose, punch and suede rose. The introduction of the green prevents the overall look from being too saccharine and again, ties in so fabulously with the flowers - absolutely wonderful.
And last but not least, mix the celadon in with other greens and blues for a nautical, refreshing look like the one below from Brideside via Pinterest.
It was interesting looking through the papers this weekend and seeing the fashion pundits giving a round up of 2015 celebrity fashion. I agree entirely that this has been a fab year for gorgeous design and it is interesting to note how Dessy has many gowns and outfits that would allow you to wear the look at a fraction of the price.
Take for example Mollie King arriving on the red carpet wearing a reverse black trimmed with white full length gown not dissimilar to Dessy Collection 8163.
Then there was the 50 Shades of Grey star, Dakota Johnson choosing a backless, full-length gown from Prada in Blush. Shop that look with Social Bridesmaid 8164 (left) or Alfred Sung D719 (left)
Kendall Jenner, the 20-year-old model from the Kardashian family, now has more Instagram likes than anyone else in the universe partly because her dress sense is calm, understated yet glamorous and partly because she is such a babe; she loves high-necklines, figure-hugging gowns and jewel colours, so if I were going to copy her look, I'd choose something like this Dessy Collection 2937 in Jade:
Who cannot love Jennifer Lawrence's fresh-faced look and youthful energy? She suits so well the cocktail length dress with a full skirt and fitted bodice, like this gorgeous Lela Rose 209 in ivory gazar, a super-stiff gauze-y material that just makes you feel so special:
And lastly the beautiful French actress Lea Seydoux who wowed us all in Spectre, who wore a primrose-yellow Prada dress to the Baftas and looked truly awesome. To shop her look I'd go for either Jenny Yoo JY504 in Buttercup (top) or Dessy Collection 6693 in Buttercup (bottom).\
Who would you like to dress like?