Bridesmaids

A lot goes into planning a wedding, including finding the perfect gowns for your bridesmaids. Here, two unrelated brides—Krista and Danielle—share their inspiration and the paths that led them to choose bridesmaid dresses from Donna Morgan in beautiful shades of green.

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The Bridesmaid Dresses: Like most brides, I leaned on Pinterest for inspiration throughout the planning process. After we selected our venue, I knew I had to choose a color palette. Pastels were something I was really drawn to, since they are so soft and romantic, and that’s how we envisioned our wedding. Since we loved the pastel color palette, we thought that having mint green as the main color of the wedding would be unique. Once we had decided on that, it was easy to narrow down the bridesmaid dress color, since the Donna Morgan line has so many shades available.

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I knew I wanted to mix and match the colors, because we had decided to mix and match ties for the groomsmen as well. I really liked the idea that everything at our wedding would tie together but not necessarily match perfectly. I was also able to get color swatches of the dresses from a Nordstrom store, which was so helpful in making my final decision on the color, and I ended up with a mix and match of the colors Apple Tart and Spearmint.

I was very flexible with my bridesmaids. I told them the colors I liked and then let them choose whichever Donna Morgan neckline they preferred. There are so many necklines, which all look different on different body types. It was really important to me that my bridesmaids felt comfortable and pretty on our big day, so I wanted them to pick what they felt confident and pretty in!

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Your Wedding Suite Experience: I chose Nordstrom for a number of reasons. First, not all of my bridesmaids lived in the area, so coordinating a shopping trip was not going to happen for us. Choosing Nordstrom would let them all go and try on dresses and choose their style on their own, or receive free shipping if they didn’t live near a Nordstrom location. Also, I knew that if there were any issues with the sizing, they could return them without a hassle—or the girls could get them altered in store and they would be treated well.

Final Thoughts: Looking back at my pictures, I can tell that each of my bridesmaids felt as pretty as I did!

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DANIELLE

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Location: The Foundry by Herban Feast (Seattle, WA). My vision actually came together after I booked my venue. The Foundry is in the more industrial area of Seattle (SODO) and had that nice romantic, urban feel. It was the only place my fiancé and I could agree on (we loved it!). For me, it had the romance (wine barrels, soft lighting, etc.), and for him, it had the Northwest masculine feel (concrete floors, wooden chandeliers and a fireplace); it just matched our vision. I incorporated a lot of soft, romantic colors (coral, mint and gold), beach wood, air plants/succulents and soft metals—including a gold sequin runner at the head table. We also did a romantic Italian light wall and candles for the ceremony. It was heavenly. 🙂

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The Bridesmaid Dresses: I wanted a color to complement coral (my first color choice) and gold (my accent color). I started to see this color combo (mint + coral + gold) early in 2014 and LOVED how it looked!

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I liked the classic look of one color for bridesmaid dresses (mint), but I ended up doing shades of sage and mint for my flowers and design details of the wedding. I ended up doing shades of coral/peach/pink-orange for my flowers to add depth.

I knew what I wanted from the beginning—Donna Morgan was my designer of choice. She’s a great designer and the dresses are great quality. After that, I let my bridesmaids decide on style; I just requested that it be something long and have a “hint of mint,” because I loved how it looked in the sample I saw. The gals ironically all went with the same dresses and neckline because they just loved the style.

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Final Thoughts: Looking back at the photos, I love seeing how the bridesmaid dresses brought the whole picture together. The color (deeper than my white dress) gave a fresh, romantic look to our wedding. I can’t begin to rave how much I loved the color and overall look of my bridesmaid dresses.

And a note about Nordstrom. I knew I would get service, quality and style there. I have been a loyal Nordstrom shopper since I was born. 🙂 My mom (since retired) worked for the company for 25 years. Nordstrom is still my go-to department store for basically everything I wear!

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Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details on 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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To celebrate the arrival of the spring 2015 collection for BLISS Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses, we caught up with the designer behind the brand. We just couldn’t miss an opportunity to chat about her gorgeous bridal gowns (and bridesmaid dresses!), the risk she recommends brides take and her favorite thing about being in the bridal business.

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The Wedding Suite: Tell us three things we would be surprised to know about you.
Monique Lhuillier:
1. I started my bridal business after looking for my own wedding dress almost 20 years ago, because I felt there was a void in the marketplace for fashion-infused dresses.
2. I love the outdoors. I am from California, and I love hiking and spending time with my family in the sun.
3. I’m half French and half Filipino.

What’s the most important thing about designing a wedding dress?
For me, my bridal gowns must emanate romance and fantasy. I offer all different types of dresses that will make a bride feel glamorous and alluring on her wedding day. When designing, I focus on the gowns feeling very feminine, marked by exquisite workmanship and luxurious fabrications.

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What’s distinctive about your new BLISS collection; what sets it apart?
I subtly infused color into this collection. I wanted a beautiful pastel color palette including tones of pale blush and latte all mixed with soft silk layers, white tulle and lace. You’ll find exquisite design details: beautiful combinations of Chantilly lace with overlays of draped tulle and delicate embroidered lace appliqués in addition to cascading hemlines edged with horsehair trim.

How does BLISS differ from your namesake collection?
BLISS Monique Lhuillier is inspired by a feminine, elegant and youthful bride. This collection provides a curated collection of romantic dresses that are punctuated with fresh styles that embody my signature design aesthetic. I provide distinct silhouettes—from stunning trumpet-shaped gowns and ethereal sheaths to whimsical ballgowns—all at an accessible price point.

What is one bridal fashion risk you would recommend to brides?
Experiment with color on your wedding day. I love pale pink or blush for a touch of the unexpected; it can be quite enchanting for brides who are looking for something nontraditional.

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What’s different about designing a bridesmaid dress versus a wedding dress?
The process is quite different, and I actually look to my ready-to-wear line for inspiration. Bridesmaids want to feel beautiful, comfortable and even a bit fashion appropriate when they are walking down the aisle. I try to provide dresses they could wear again for a special occasion and offer colors that will complement them.

What advice do you have for brides as they choose their bridal parties’ wardrobe?
The process of choosing your bridesmaids is hard, but finding a dress they will all agree on is sometimes even harder. As the bride, I think it is necessary to set the direction for what you want your bridesmaids to look like on your big day. The more guidance they have, the less likely they are to go astray. This means giving them hair and makeup direction, accessory parameters and, most of all, very specific information on what you want in their dresses. It’s important to select a bridesmaid dress that fits into your color scheme, but it’s most important for your bridesmaids to feel beautiful and at ease. Selecting one color is the easiest way to have a cohesive look; then allow the bridesmaids to select the style they are most comfortable with.

What’s your favorite thing about being in the bridal business?
The bridal business is rewarding because it all revolves around such a special day. To have the opportunity to make a bride feel beautiful, confident and glamorous on this momentous occasion is such an honor.

SHOP: Monique Lhuillier

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The bride isn’t always the one blushing. We love the trend of blush dresses for bridesmaids—the soft neutral complements many wedding color palettes.

Here are a few we love in a variety of styles, including reversible lace (score two dresses in one!), print floral and metallic dots. These dresses go well together so your girlfriends can mix and match, or they’re perfect on their own for a traditional uniform look.



See more blush dresses for bridesmaids.

 

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From wedding gowns to bridesmaid dresses discover the lovely and playful designs of Amsale.

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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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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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