Bridesmaids

It was love at first sight when our buyers first spotted lace bridesmaid dresses from Amsale at the latest Bridal Fashion Week. Now we’re bringing those styles to you, via lovely maxi dresses in delicate floral lace.

We are especially smitten with this style, an alternative to a strapless dress, with pretty lace straps that veer into a V shape in the back. The deep purple color (aptly called ‘Raisin’) seems fitting for a fall or winter wedding, so we styled it here with darker accents in pewter and black—like these extra-long, moody Alexis Bittar earrings and some sassy lace sandals from Ivanka Trump.

  Amsale Pleated Lace Sweetheart Dress | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Linear Earrings | Menbur ‘Vintage Bride’ Clutch | Ivanka Trump ‘Haizel’ Sandal

Love this idea? Shop bridesmaid dresses by fabric for more lace styles, or browse more dresses from Amsale and consider mixing fabrics like chiffon and lace!

You can also get help from a free wedding stylist by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

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“I want a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again after the wedding.” How many times have you heard this, or even thought it yourself? We hear you loud and clear: This is a big deal to both brides and bridesmaids alike!

We also know that it helps to get a little inspiration on how to wear a dress again and again. How can you turn it into an outfit for work, for a date or for a night out with friends?

To offer some ideas, we teamed up with one of our favorite wedding stylists and bloggers: Summer Watkins, aka Lady Grey, of Grey Likes Weddings. Working with three popular bridesmaid dresses—a Monique Lhuillier ruched sheath dress, an Alfred Sung structured satin dress and a flowy chiffon Jenny Yoo dress—we styled each look for the wedding and beyond.

Introducing Wear Now, Wear Later! Click through to our site to see details about the dress and styling items in each look.

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Read on for our exclusive interview with Lady Grey:

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The Wedding Suite: Summer, you are rocking it in the wedding world with great ideas and beautifully styled photo shoots. How did you get your start?

Summer Watkins: In college, I worked part time for a floral designer, and that job planted the seed of my love for weddings and design. As a result of the skills I picked up, I was asked to do the flowers for all of my friends’ weddings. One thing led to another, and after I started the blog, I received similar requests for styling! Eventually, that led to wardrobe styling, which is actually my favorite genre! It’s so much fun, creating looks for different seasons and themes!

The Wedding Suite: What is your favorite part of working in the wedding business?

SW: The never-ending possibilities! Weddings combine all the best things from every world: fashion, food, mixology, florals, interiors… it never gets boring!

The Wedding Suite: Totally agree. OK, so how many times have you been a bridesmaid? Do you have any best or worst dress stories for us?

SW: I’ve been a bridesmaid seven or eight times. None of the dresses were horrible because—duh—I got to help pick them out! I always feel at my most gorgeous and confident when I’m in a dress of my own choosing, so brides, let your ‘maids have an opinion, and they will be so much happier!

The Wedding Suite: What are your tips for wearing a bridesmaid dress again after the wedding?

SW: My simplest tips are adding layers and jewelry. Think about layers that you’d wear every day: a scarf, a blazer or leather jacket. A collared shirt under a dress makes it look like a jumper. A sweater over a dress makes it look like a skirt. Add tights and boots, and no one will ever know it was a bridesmaid dress.

Next, think jewelry and accessories: A statement necklace or a belt can make a big difference. Although you may wear more delicate pieces for the wedding itself, you can wear chunkier, heavier pieces with the dress later.

Finally, you can always alter the dress as well: Make a long dress short or remove the sleeves!

The Wedding Suite: We know you just got married yourself (because we stalk you on Instagram). Huge congrats! Any tips as a recent bride on picking dresses for your ‘maids?

SW: My tip for brides is to relax a little more. Let your gals choose from a few options, so they feel comfortable. And don’t be afraid to mix it up: A few different hues from the same palette can end up being so pretty!

We couldn’t agree more! Shop more bridesmaid dresses online or make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist for help outfitting your wedding party—or just for freshening up that old dress you already have!

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Lacey and Chad share the beautiful details of their flower- and love-filled wedding day.

The Scene: April 20th, 2013, at Maple Hall in La Conner, WA

From the moment Chad popped the question, we knew we would get married in my quaint little home town of La Conner, Washington. In the spring, this area of Washington is well known for its flowers!

Our day was filled with beautiful blooms, from photos in the famous tulip fields to the daffodils from my family’s farm surrounding us during the ceremony and reception. My amazing mother and father stored 5,000 stems of daffodils for the wedding! A girlfriend of mine was able to transform buckets of daffodils into the beautiful flowers we had throughout the venue. I loved hearing guests comment that they had never seen so many blossoms in one place!

We envisioned our day representing not only our families, but also, of course, who Chad and I are. We both work in the wine industry in eastern Washington, so we used wine barrels to create our alter and corks throughout the decor. The “rustic elegance” theme–as my mom dubbed the decor–also included burlap, white and cream throughout.

Guests enjoyed wine from Goose Ridge Estate Winery and Milbrandt Vineyards (our employers), as well as craft beer from Horse Heaven Hills Brewery in Prosser, Wa. We loved keeping our menu, decor and style local. At the end of the night, each guest was given bunches of daffodils to enjoy for days to come.

My Wedding Stylist: Chelsea Hobbs, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I am blessed to have an amazingly talented best friend whose style I adore and, lucky for me, she is also the manager of the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Seattle! I could not wait to try on dresses in my appointment with Chelsea. My mother and grandmother accompanied me, and as soon we walked into the suite, we were warmly greeted and invited to browse.

Chelsea and I discussed the budget and she guided me through choosing some beautiful gowns to try on. Although there were three other brides trying on gowns, getting alterations or having final fittings, Chelsea and the whole staff made me feel like the only bride on the floor. Chelsea even talked me into trying on the gown that ended up being “the one”!

My Look: I wore a strapless lace dress by James Clifford (style J1820), with a pearl necklace and Valentino patent leather bow pumps. The gown was delicate and feminine with lace appliqué and the most gorgeous train I have seen.

In my fittings, Toma, the alterations specialist, was able to fit the dress like it was handmade only for me; it was hard to watch her cut open the sides of the dress, but she was able to work magic! The bustle Toma put together was the perfect height and showed the lovely lace piece that flows down the train.

The scalloped lace at the bottom of the dress was the cherry on top, the perfect length to show off my shoes a bit! Chelsea helped me find the perfect shoes (Valentino…my heart!) and bridesmaid dresses and helped my mother find her dress as well. And on my wedding day, I was blessed enough to have Chelsea by my side as a bridesmaid! 

My Bridesmaids: The girls wore the Donna Morgan ‘Donna’ dress in ‘Candlelight’, a soft shade of ivory. The bridal party got ready at my cousin’s beautiful Victorian farmhouse. Spending the morning getting pampered with my girlfriends was an amazing way to celebrate! We were also able to go to a nearby tulip field for photos. The bright red and yellow tulips were an amazing, eye-catching background against the soft chiffon ‘Candlelight’ color of the bridesmaids dresses.

Our Favorite Moments: Chad and I met while attending Washington State University and knew our Coug spirit also needed to have a part in our day! We loved our WSU-themed photo booth and an amazing Coug carved cheese block (which our friends loved as well). Exiting the party to the fight song was definitely a memory we will both cherish.

Photography by Sara Welch Photo

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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Black and white and prints all over! Eliza J has a new crop of dresses in black-and-white patterns—from floral and lace to stripes and dots—all in a figure-flattering fit-and-flare silhouette. While any of these would be adorable for a wedding guest, bolder brides might consider a mix of styles for their bridesmaids!

The simplicity of the two colors and the similar cut of each dress make the grouping complementary and fun, not overwhelming. But if you’re not quite ready to try all different styles for each ‘maid, think about pairing just two together for an every-other combo, or give your maid of honor her own pattern to stand out from the rest.

For more black-and-white wedding ideas, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to this classic combination.

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Illusion Dot & Floral Print Dress | Illusion Yoke Lace Dress | Stripe Metallic Dress | Illusion Dot Stripe Dress | Lace Bodice Dress | Floral Embellished Jacquard Dress

 

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In our latest photo shoot, we wanted to capture an elegant theme all throughout the wedding party, to inspire brides- and grooms-to-be with the whole picture of a grand affair. Set in a downtown hotel, the wedding party attire is modern and polished, with vintage-inspired touches.

For the bride: The V-neck, V-back ‘Eva’ gown is one of our favorites (remember this post on Gatsby style?) and for good reason: the wrapped bodice and slightly off-the-shoulder sleeves are incredibly flattering, and the silk charmeuse fabric is formal but not fussy. See more lovely gowns from Caroline DeVillo in the lookbook.

Accent this dress with a floral headband, major chandelier earrings and cuff bracelet from Nina, and sparkly lace T-strap shoes from Ivanka Trump.

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For the groom: A tailored black tux like the HUGO ‘Aikin Hollo’ makes for a dashing and dapper groom, adding a slim-cut Hugo Boss tux shirt and classic bow tie. For a black-tie affair, matching the groomsmen in black suits and ties (long or bow) brings a modern look we love.


For the bridesmaids: We love the Donna Morgan ‘Laura’ style for its effortless grace. The strapless, floor sweeping gown comes in both regular and plus sizes, and is now in 15 different colors! ‘Amethyst’ is gorgeous paired with the dark red in the bouquets.


For the mother of: A formal wedding calls for a sophisticated gown for the mother of the bride or groom, like this unique Adrianna Papell style. We love the mix of layers in the asymmetrically-cut skirt and the lace cap-sleeve top.


For the little ones: The flower girl and ring bearer are dressed to impress: him in a Joseph Abboud suit and her in an Us Angels lace dress. We love how they mimic the look of the bride and groom!

For help with dressing your wedding party from head to toe, make an appointment with one of our free Wedding Stylists to discuss your vision, and they’ll take care of the rest!

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New bridesmaid styles from designer Lela Rose are here! We’re falling in love with the soft silk chiffon and drapey silhouettes of these three dresses, which come in dusty shades of plum, rose and lavender. Today, we’re sharing not just one but three ideas on how to accessorize for different wedding destinations and themes.

For a downtown affair: Statement earrings in mixed metals, plus neutral—but glam—accessories take the light pastel shades from sweet to chic.

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Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Suede Rose | Alexis Bittar ‘Elments – Jardin de Papillon’ Earrings | Whiting & Davis Crossbody Bag | Vince Camuto ‘Wessi’ Sandal in Gold

For a garden party: A floral headband in rosy shades, paired with heels and a gold and nude bracelet, top off this romantic maiden look.

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Smashing | Whichgoose ‘Paradigm’ Headband | Melinda Maria ‘Jessica’ Bangle | Jimmy Choo ‘Lottie’ Sandal in Nude

For a beach bash: Take this maxi gown to a destination wedding with mother of pearl accents, like these chandelier earrings and colorful clutch. Don’t forget sparkly flats for the sand!

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Taupe | Judith Jack ‘Amore’ Earrings | Rafé New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere | Nina ‘Keegan’ Sandal in Ivory

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Fall is here, and with it comes a new season of weddings inspired by nature. We’re jumping into the autumnal theme, using fresh ideas that go beyond the typical black and orange. See our top five here, and then get pin-happy on our Fall Wedding Ideas board!

1. The New Dress: ‘Britt’ from Olia Zavozina
It’s all about the unique texture and pattern of this embroidered lace. And we love a trendy peplum, of course. Plus, there’s even more to love: Ms. Zavozina’s gowns are customizable: switch the lace, remove the peplum, change the underlay color—it’s up to you!

2. The New Accent Color: Green
Yes, we know leaves lose their color in the fall, but green still has a place in an autumn palette! Think: succulents, leafy bouquets, green pumpkins and shades of emerald, soft jade and kelly green bridesmaid dresses. Mix these with traditional fall colors to create a modern, earthy look.

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3. The New Shoe: Pointed pumps
We’re head over heels for the ruched fabric and sparkly teardrop decor on these Badgley Mischka wedding shoes. But the classic pointed toe and elegant, soft taupe color really make them feel right for fall.

4. The New Decor: Chic pumpkins
Those two words may seem like an odd pairing, but it can be done! Painting them in metallic tones or filling them with flowers are two ways to make pumpkins wedding-ready. (Easy tip: White pumpkins are already dressed in their big-day attire!)

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5. The New Dessert: Salted caramel pears
Move over, apple—there’s a new fruit in town. These caramel-dipped pears are pretty to look at and even better to eat, plus they’re kind of healthy. (Right?!)

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A fit-and-flare silhouette, a cute cut-out in back, a neat side bow: these are a few of our favorite things about this new Isaac Mizrahi New York silk mikado dress. But that’s not all….

It also comes in six other colors, making it a match for many wedding color schemes. The pleated skirt makes it sweet, and the polished fabric makes it chic—especially when dressed up with sleek accessories.

We love the pop of red in a slim patent clutch, and ladylike-yet-glam gold pumps. Match the bow on the dress with a stack of sparkly kate spade new york bangles and you’re ready to make the bride proud—and also look great on the dance floor!

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Isaac Mizrahi New York Mikado Fit & Flare Dress | kate spade new york ‘skinny mini’ bow bangle | Stuart Weitzman ‘Raz’ Bag | kate spade new york ‘licorice too’ pump

Shop other bridesmaid dresses from Isaac Mizrahi and more of our best brands online, or connect with a free Wedding Stylist to help your ‘maids find looks they love too!

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Warm, romantic, and seasonal, a very berry affair is our current wedding obsession. We put together this collage of red, purple and pink ideas—taking inspiration from the many shades of raspberries, huckleberries and blackberries.

This look is all about using several different hues. Mix and match bridesmaid dresses like the real wedding below and create bouquets that look just-picked from the garden. If you’re the one wearing the wedding dress, don’t be afraid to carry the shades through to your own makeup and nail color, too—delicious!

Taylor Dresses Fit & Flare Dress | pie image via Bon Appetit | candle image via Martha Stewart Weddings | Caroline DeVillo ‘Eva’ Wedding Dress | manicure image via Stripes & Sequins | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Dress | real wedding image via Ruffled | bouquet image via Style Me Pretty | Anne Klein Stone Bracelet | ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Ruched Dress | cupcakes image via Pastry Affair | Two by Rosa Clará ‘Dakota’ Wedding Dress | table image via Tied Bow Blog | floral image via Jessica Claire | Joan & David ‘Cicilee’ Pump | drinks image via Wedding Chicks

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The color grey may have gotten a bad rep in the past for being a gloomy color, but we think it’s anything but! In fact, grey is often our favorite neutral, as it pairs perfectly with so many other colors and can be dressed up or down. (Plus, we all know how many different shades there are, right?!)

Not only is this color trending for bridesmaid dresses—note the light, airy styles below—but it’s also having a major moment in men’s suits. Many grooms opt for grey over traditional black for a slightly less formal look. And just like yellow, grey against a white wedding dress is clean, modern combination.

Another of-the-moment touch: jewelry that incorporates iridescent grey stones set in gold. Gorgeous!

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 bouquet image via The Brides Cafe | David Tutera ‘Joy’ Sandal | place setting image via 100 Layer Cake | ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Tulle Dress | Melinda Maria ‘Thorn – Fenton’ Cuff | groom image via Ruffled | J. Renée ‘Imogen’ Pump | ‘At Last’ wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas | Jenny Yoo ‘Vivienne’ Dress | cake image via Sweet and Saucy Shop | straw image via Style Me Pretty | Alexis Bittar ‘Jardin de Papillon’ Necklace | Jenny Yoo ‘Aiden’ Convertible Dress | ‘Detailed Delight’ wedding invitation via Wedding Paper Divas | David Tutera ‘Winter’ Wedge

Love the softness of grey but still think it’s drab? How about another pastel color? Check out our Perfect Pastels board on Pinterest for inspiration!

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