A few weeks ago, Universal Pictures asked me if I’d like to preview their new film, Bridesmaids and be part of a Bridesmaids Blogger tour. I’ve been dying to see this movie since I saw the trailer a few months ago, so I said of course! The hubby + I headed out to watch it and we loved it – perfect for a movie night with your girls – or your man (seriously, the guy sitting next to me was laughing hysterically the entire movie!) Of course the movie is over top, Judd Apatow is the producer and it was co-written by one of my SNL faves, Kirsten Wiig – who I seriously want as my new BFF – she is so funny in this movie! Oh, and Melissa McCarthy – wow – who knew she was so funny! I had to look up who she was and didn’t even recognize her from the character she played on my favorite Gilmore Girls back in the day – but she kills in this movie!
In the movie, Kristen plays the best friend of Lillian (Maya Rudolph) who is getting married. Kristen’s life is in a downhill spiral while her best friend’s life is pretty perfect. I don’t want to give too much away (although the bridal shower gifts are my favorite! You guys will die!!) but it did get me thinking about some of the duties of the bridesmaids. One scene that stood out to me was when the girls go to the Bridal Salon. It’s such a fun time to see your best friend try on some gorgeous wedding dresses, but it’s often the time finding your dresses comes up. In the movie, one of the characters is super rich and the other is pretty much broke (poor Kristen Wiig) and they are trying to pick the one dress they will all wear – personally I love Kristen’s choice above :). I’ve been in a handful of weddings – one right out of college when I had NO money and some more recently when I actually could afford the dress! But it brings up a good point. All your girls won’t have the same budget and they probably don’t have the same body type, so why make them all wear the same dress? I love bridal parties that wear different dresses and we share A LOT of those weddings here on GWS.
One common question I often get from brides is that they love this idea, but don’t know how to do it themselves. So, I’m going to try and help you guys out with some tips on this today. :)
Let’s start with those of you who want your bridesmaids to wear one color in different styles or shades of the same color like these lovely ladies below…
One easy way to do this is to go to the paint store and find the paint swatch that best matches the shades you are going for and mail that swatch to all your ladies. If you have any other opinions on the dress (length, sleeves, etc), let them know also. Or have them surprise you. Your ladies won’t let your down and they will all look gorgeous and not be stressed that they can’t afford the dress. :) Also, some companies such as J. Crew and The Dessy Group are great with letting you pick one color and then having your bridesmaids select the style of dress they want in that color.
Another popular idea is picking vintage/romantic dresses in the popular blush/peach/pink family. Super romantic + pretty, right?
A reader emailed and asked how to create this look for her bridesmaids and below are some dresses I found online that would work great. You could send your bridesmaids some ideas and let them run with it – I’m sure they would surprise you with gorgeous dresses as in the two weddings above. :)
I also recently received an email from reader about the top photo below. She loved the look of this bridal party, but wasn’t sure how to create that herself. If you want to mix prints + solids, I recommend picking 1-2 colors that each dress should have so they look good together. Or you could do what the bride in the bottom photo did and just let her girls pick whatever dress they wanted! She knew they were all fashionable and she wanted them to look great + pick what they wanted to wear.
Here are some ideas to put prints + solids together. This palette is using mustard yellow and melon as the two colors – super fun, right?
Hopefully this was helpful to you brides trying to decide what to do or maybe you bridesmaids who want to forward this to your friend as a hint! :) I’d love to hear from those of you asking your girls to find their own dress, how you asked them and what guidelines (if any) you gave them. :) And if you are looking for a break from wedding planning and lots of laughs check out Bridesmaids – it’s in theaters this Friday (May 13th).
Also be sure to check out the next stop on the tour at The Brides Cafe on Thursday!
This is a sponsored post brought to you by Universal Pictures’ Bridesmaids. Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures.
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