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Bridesmaid Dresses 101

Your wedding dress is the focal point of bridal fashion on the big day and the lovely bridesmaids should be adorned to complement you but not outshine ‘the’ dress.

Here’s our top 5 tips for picking your bridesmaids dresses.

Do Your Homework – You are the bride and while you care about your bridesmaids, dress choice is ultimately up to you. Look around for wedding inspiration pics to help narrow down the search and bring your vision to life. We recommend taking a shopping day with just your Maid of Honor and having her try on different styles. This will help determine what works best and inspire you to make a few selections.

Present 2-3 Opinions
– You want your girl’s opinions but {here’s the but} only when you present dress options, so try to limit it to just 2 or 3 bridesmaid dresses. This will keep them focused and getting to the chosen one will be much easier.

Respect Different Body Types
– Your maids are probably all different shapes and sizes and you don’t want to select a dress that is going to enhance their flaws.  It can be challenging to find a one style fits all but it is possible. If this proves to be a brutal challenge, pick a colour and let the girls have different dress styles. It’s fashionable, functional, and it looks chic.




Pick a Colour – By the time you get to selecting bridesmaid dresses, you should already have your wedding colours nailed down. Choose a color that complements your wedding dress and contrasts with the wedding flowers.

Fashionable but Functional with a Future – You know the old adage, ‘Ohhh and you can wear this dress again!’ Let me guess, it was a bright powder blue gown with puffy sleeves? These days your bridesmaids really can wear the dress again. If you are expecting them to pay for their own dress, it’s really important that they can find value in it.

This part of your engagement is supposed to be fun. Don’t take it too seriously and just savor the experience.

{Image 1 photographed by Sugar Love Weddings via bespoke letterpress boutique; Image 2 & 3 photographed by Todd Pellowe}

Claire Pettibone Spirit Of The Night

Claire Pettibone 2011 Spirit of  the Night Collection offers some serious wedding inspiration for the whimsical bride.

Pettibone pushes the envelope in terms of traditional wedding dresses and when we laid our eyes on the new collection we instantly thought “whimsical” . The collection looks like an eclectic mix of vintage and modern.

The collection includes shades of champagne, pale pink, ivory, and silver. Many of the wedding dresses in the 2011 collection are embellished with jewels, beaded flowers, antique lace, and lots of intricate details.

Within the collection, there’s a dress for every bride, from an enchanted castle wedding to a playful wedding on the beach.

Here’s our favourites from the collection.

Crescent. This dress is dripping with crystals and beads! Look at that amazing back.



Delfina. The Chiffon swirl skirt and lace bodice create a delicate look. The jeweled waist adds just the right amount of drama.


Dew Drop. Pretty in Pink. This is the perfect look for the ultimate girly-girl.


Elwin. Stunning and elegant with wonderful draped tulle.


Flora. Gold vines and ivory flowers scattered over tulle and silk with an open back.


To see the entire collection, scoot over to the Claire Pettibone website.

{Image 1 from whimsicalwonderlandweddings, All others from Claire Pettibone}

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”