Bridesmaid Styling

Deciding your bridesmaid’s outfits can be a difficult task, especially if you’re indecisive like me. As you can imagine, I spent hours deciding on the style I’d like the girls in, only to change my mind as soon as I’d settled on a colour and a dress.  During the early stages of planning, I spotted a dress I loved in a 1920’s flapper style, beautifully beaded and in a classic navy from Biba. It was out of stock, but that was not going to stop me, so I hunted four of them down which meant a lot of phone calls to House of Fraser and many hours spent on Ebay. I finally got all the sizes I needed, but one didn’t fit. This meant I had to go back to the drawing board as the chances of finding another in the right size were slim! Cue more searching and in the end I decided to go with dresses from a new company called ‘Maids to Measure’. They make the dresses to your ‘maids exact measurements and  have a range of designs and colours to choose from which you can tweak as much as you like.

They were absolutely brilliant and provided a really quick turn around as by the time I’d sorted out the  Biba dresses and  realised they weren’t going to work, it was the end of January and the wedding was at the end of March (eeeek.) I then  swiftly made an appointment with Maids to Measure, and went to look at the dresses myself. After trying a few on and generally oohing and ahhing and wishing I could afford to buy one of my very own, I got all the measurements I needed from the girls ( we live all over the place so as we were running out of time there was no option to get them all at one appointment) and within a couple of weeks all the dresses were sent out. Only one of them had to be tweaked which was done in record time too. The girls at Maids to Measure were so lovely, helpful and super efficient and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the final result.

I went for the ‘Long Georgina’ dress in a dusky grape colour as I’d finally decided that the colour scheme would be purples and blues.

Myself and the ‘maids. From left Clare, Kerry, Me, Carolyn and Joanna.
Copyright: AnnaMarie Stepney

For me, the bridesmaids dress evoked a ‘bygone’ old hollywood style, they were floaty and ethereal whilst also being glamourous.  We didn’t think about the fact we had a ceilidh in the evening though! Trying to dance and jig  in a long gown without tripping up is impossible. I just didn’t think (and I’d thought of EVERYTHING else to do with the wedding, so slap hands for me) I also found it hard to dance in my dress, but there were still so many people to talk to and everyone else was enjoying the ceilidh so it didn’t matter! Plus we all looked smashing don’t you think!?

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