Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Hunt for Bridesmaid's Dresses..

If you don't really feel in the mood for reading all about our hunt for bridesmaid's dresses, let me just sum this up for you quite quickly... charcoal grey bridesmaid's dresses do not exist!

We decided on our colour scheme quite a while ago; fuchsia pink being the main colour as it sums up what we want in our wedding - girly, romantic, summery bright colours, and the colourology tone for love and romance, perfect. Then we considered needing another colour to compliment this, as we didn't really wish to dress our bridesmaids in full - on fuchsia pink (Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, anyone?!)
Errrm...no. (Photo from channel4.com)
And so decided on charcoal grey, as this is another of S's favourite colours (you should see her wardrobe, if its grey, she's got it!). We decided that the bridesmaid's would wear charcoal grey dresses and hold bouquets of bright pink flowers, and that the men of the bridal parties would wear grey suits with fuchsia pink cravats and pocketchiefs, so it all ties in together.

Furthermore, knowing we are on a fairly strict wedding budget, we wanted to find nice dresses for as cheap as we possibly could. Well we live in Birmingham City Centre, with every shop you can imagine on our doorstep, so we never really considered that finding three dresses would be so blinking difficult! Our maids, all about our age or slightly older, are all very different shapes, and range from size 8 - 16. However, we had in mind the kind of dress that would suit them all; a short cocktail style dress, that was neither strapless or too short in length, and something that would compliment the season of our wedding day.

So first stop... internet shopping! Just to get an idea more than anything. A couple of people had already mentioned eBay as a source for cheap bridesmaid dresses so that was one of the first places we looked, and bought from. The dresses took a couple of weeks to arrive, and they were AWFUL! They were all the same size despite ordering an 8, 12 and 16, bits of the hem were sewn together in the wrong place, one of the shoulder straps was too short, another far too long, and none of the dresses were the same colour. For anyone considering whether the cheap dresses on eBay are too good to be true - they are. They may be cheap, but you get what you pay for. So we scrapped that idea and moved onto actual shopping from actual shops!

For the past year or so we have spent many hours wandering round the shops that Birmingham holds. French Connection, Coast, Warehouse, Debenhams, Monsoon, Oasis, Next, Jane Norman, Zara....you name it, if it stocks dresses, we've looked there. But we haven't found a single dress that we like! Firstly, it seems, nowhere wants to stock grey dresses (I didn't realise it was such an unusual colour until we started looking!), and furthermore, nobody wants to stock grey cocktail dresses! Even in places who stock bridesmaid dresses on the high street...Coast, Debenhams and BHS being the big three, none of them have anything that even nearly matches our colour, or the style of dress we like. Argh! So our ideals of managing to find the dresses in the sales are slowly dwindling, we've been through two spring / summer seasons and one autumn / winter so far, and have not found a single dress in the collections, let alone wait for them to go in the sale and buy them then!

So having at least doubled our budget by extending our search to the high street, it is looking increasingly likely that it will be doubled again as we face the scary prospect of buying ACTUAL BRIDESMAID DRESSES from an actual bridal shop! There are many advantages of this - the big designers like Dessy, Alfred Angelo and Romantica have about 40 - 50 styles in their collection each season. And once you have chosen your dress you then have a choice of about 25 different colours, with about 10 shades of each of those colours to chose from. So there will be no doubt that we will find the perfect dresses.

We are giving ourselves until after christmas until we accept the inevitable and go visit the bridal stores! But in the meantime, if you happen to stumble across exactly what we are looking for, please let us know. How do they make it look so easy on Don't tell the Bride?!


  1. Ooh girls, sounds like a nightmare! Like I said before, my mum's the manageress of a bridal store in London and they stock Alfred Angelo bridesmaids dresses. I'll speak to her and ask if she has any tips for you, or if she knows anyone in the Birmingham area who might be able to offer you a deal... Don't
    stress to much though... Something will turn up!

    Carley xx

    1. Thank you, any help would be very much appreciated! Even just some general words of advice would be great, thank you so much for your help

      L & S xx

  2. We're surprised you can't find the dresses around Christmastime, the grey would be great for Christmas parties etc! Good luck lovelies!!


    1. You'd think so right?! Keep your eyes peeled when shopping around Christmas time for us! I can't believe it's being so difficult!
      Thankyou for commenting :) xxx

  3. There are certain things have to known before purchasing the bridesmaid dress. Both the brides and bridesmaid dress should be the perfect color combination in the event. The current fashion, trends and more to be known would be more better. In order to search the best dress vendors nearby area, the wedding planner apps for free are the good option.


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