9 October 2015

Wedding Planning 101: Bridesmaids Dresses & Beautiful Gowns on a Budget

Having had an awful day at the Acute Care Unit, you tend to give your life a quick look through and start giving thanks. All the tests, including MRI, came clear and I am thankful to the Lord beyond measure that everything is OK. My headaches are less severe and hopefully tablets I was given will get them sorted out and get rid of them completely. Also, such moments make you thankful for family and friends. This man in the above pic who's making a funny face at his bride, is the love of my life and my absolute everything. These two smiling girlies are also so special to me. Friends (real ones) are there for life and nothing will change that. Today's post is dedicated to including those special (girl)friends into your wedding party and making them feel beautiful (they always are, let's be honest) and special on your Best.Day.Ever. Also, you can use these tips and pick out a perfect dress for yourself if you are invited to a wedding as a guest.
Even if your wedding day was years ago, will come shortly or not so soon, take a look at my
Guide to picking out perfect bridesmaid dresses (and not breaking the bank) & 
how to look stunning as a wedding guest :)
"I promise no ugly dress if you say YES" 
So what do you start with, assuming that you asked your girls to be there for you when you say your "I do"? 
1. Colour. 
If you have your wedding colours picked out, then bridesmaid dresses should probably go with the theme. We went for ivory and royal blue + a bit of soft peach in interior decor and flowers to bring in a bit of warmth. I also wanted to incorporate my lace into bridesmaids' dresses and was so happy when we found these stunning royal blue gowns with ivory lacey finish at the top. They fit the girls so so well and they both loved them a lot. Matching or not, think colour and use your imagination.
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2. Style and Fabric. 
When it came to deciding on the dresses for my girls (even on my dress), I knew right away what fabrics and styles I absolutely couldn't stand. Hence, it made it easier to pick what I loved ;) There was no way in the world that I would make my girls wear something hideous looking. So if you managed to choose that perfect colour or colours, now it's time think of the silhouettes, necklines and fabrics that suit you all on every level. The choice is endless. 
My personal recommendations:
 - silhouettes: A-line or natural waist
 - neckline: sweetheart, strapless, halter, V-neck
 - fabric: chiffon or satin (not that awful super shiny one!)
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3. Length. 
Sadly, one of my very close friends refused to be my 3rd bridesmaid because of... drum roll... the length of the dress that other girls and myself had in mind. I would wear a plastic bag for my friend who's getting married (not that she would ever make me wear one) but that's just how things might go sometimes. When you go on a dress hunt with your girls, do discuss the dress length right away. Maybe you will opt to go for different lengths, style and colours for all of your girls, and it is all up to you. I personally prefer midi/tea-length or floor length dresses as they are very elegant and "expensive" looking even if you got it for pennies (not literally haha). 

4. Special edition: ombre + mix of everything.
Sometimes it's not easy to pick what you like and please your girls at the same time. That's why you can always go for ombre colours, different length and neckline dresses. Be careful when you let your girls buy their own gowns as some colours (even when they are from the same colour family) can clash badly. It's always the best to coordinate. If they don't like the same length or neckline, let them pick their own but of the same brand/at the same shop. Another option is to make your maid of honour's dress stand out if you like mixing things up. So many options, so many dresses :)
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In December I will be wearing a bridesmaid dress to a wedding (exciting times!). However, if I were to go as a wedding guest, I would probably spend ages looking for a perfect dress. You want to look stunning/formal/put-together, without drawing too much attention away from the main girl on her day, obvs. Getting to wear that one dress once/twice/(in a parallel universe) more than 3 times, you wouldn't want to break the bank BUT will still look smashing gorgeous. You would never go wrong choosing something modest and elegant. Knee-length peplum, V-neck, pockets: the selection is there and it's beautiful. p.s. Pockets, though ;)
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I hope you enjoyed this post and my Wedding Planning 101 series. What dresses did you like the most? 
What are your thoughts on a perfect bridesmaid dress and wedding guest outfit?

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Leave a comment and let me know 
which bridesmaids dress you like the most. 
Do you prefer floor-length gowns or cocktail dresses?
What colours and fabrics do you think are the best?
What do you wear when you go to a wedding as a guest?
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67 comments

  1. Awesome ideas! to bad I'm not getting married anytime soon!!

    http://xoxobella.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Bella :) You will enjoy this experience one day and it will be amazing - no doubt about that ;) <3
      xox

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  2. All of your picks are so lovely! :)
    And your wedding photos are so beautiful! <3
    I think I would prefer a cocktail dress over a floor-length since it's easier to move around in (bridesmaid duties LOL) :P
    Weddings always make me so happy!

    xo, elizabeth t.

    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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    1. Awww thanks, Elizabeth :) Wedding is such a happy time & planning is a lot of work but FUN!
      The length is the trickiest part as I love both floor-length and cocktail but some dress do look much better very long. Pretty to look at, not the easiest to move in lol :)
      xox

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  3. Such a lovely post! And your wedding photos are so beautiful :) I too would basically wear a plastic bag to my friends wedding if that was what she wanted. I think it's such an honour to be asked to be part of the bridal party, I'd never turn an offer like that down. But oh well, we're all different :) Have a lovely weekend! xx

    www.wellemma.com

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    1. Thanks hon, and I know exactly what you mean. I don't want to say it is all about the bride but it kind of is her and her hubby's day. So I would wear anything my best friend asked me to wear. Ironically, we are growing more and more apart with this friend right now.
      Hope you enjoyed your weekend hon & having a lovely week!
      xox

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  4. Awwww sweetie love your wedding pictures ! And its hard to pick they are all beautiful! Maybe I'm leaning more towards short cocktail dresses for bridesmaids .. And you finally have insta YAY! Xxx
    Saira xxx
    Throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
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    1. Thank you sooo much, Saira! :) I think there are so many stunning bridesmaids dresses - it is almost impossible to choose. I especially love the ombre ones :)
      And yaaaas, Insta is all set up for my blog. Just need to work on it now ;)
      xox

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  5. I can't believe she wouldn't be your bridesmaid because of the length of the dress! I've bought and worn some pretty terrible bridesmaids dresses because it's what the bride wanted and I was honored to stand up with her!

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    1. Yup, things like that happen, as shocking as it is, Rach. I am exactly the same and would do it for my friend, it's her day and I would be pushing my own taste on her, only if she asked.
      But yeah, ironically enough, we are not as close anymore. Not because of the dress but just grew apart. I guess the dress was one of those little red flags for what was to happen later.
      xox

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  6. I am glad that your test came out clear and that you are doing better. Health is so important :) Your ideas and tips are fabulous. How sad that your friend refused to be your bridesmaid because of the length of the dress. I just adore that first picture! It is so darling!

    Rebecca
    http://www.winnipegstyle.ca/Blog/default.cfm

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! Health is definitely so important and I am extremely thankful all the tests came out clear :) Glad you like my wedding photos & my picks for the bridesmaids dresses. Not an easy tasks, that's for sure.
      Yeah, pretty upsetting that she refused it while another friend told me (word to word): "I would wear a plastic bag for you".
      xox

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  7. What a lovely post girly! You look absolutely beautiful, as do your bridesmaids. I can't get over how perfect your dress is, it's literally how I want mine (when I eventually get married)!
    I love long, flowing bridesmaids dresses personally, usually strapless too. I think they're so classic but stylish.
    Also, I followed your blog Instagram & I'm glad to hear you're in good health. Get better soon! xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. Awww thanks sweetie. I am sure when you are going to be planning your wedding, you will pick a stunning dress! So glad you like mine. It is definitely one of the most beautiful dresses I've seen and it is just me :) Thanks for kind wishes and your support hon, you are such a star <3
      xox

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  8. You and your bridesmaids look beautiful! Your dress was gorgeous <3
    Finally got you on Insta *yaaay*
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Rose :)
      I loved how my girls looked and they were so happy with their dresses, hair & makeup, which made me even happier :)
      Yay, I know, it took me ages for some reason lol.
      xox

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  9. Great ideas! You were absolutely stunning! <3

    clumsyagenda.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww, thank you, Maria :)
      Wedding day is special and it's nice to make it beautiful and the way you want <3
      xox

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  10. Love the guide, and yes it is sad that it sometimes takes difficult times to again appreciate just what it is that we do have, but I am glad that everything is okay and hope the tablets help ease your headaches.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Thank you, Rae. You are so kind <3 Yeah, headaches are no fun and taking tablets does help. I hope you are ok, girlie <3
      xox

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  11. Красиво! Поздравляю с важным этапом в жизни :)

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    1. Спасибо))) Feels as if it was yesterday :)
      xox

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  12. Надюш, какя у вас была свадьба красивая и очень стильная! Ты невероятная красотка! Любуюсь тобой солнце)))
    Приятных выходных к тебе, дорогая))) Целую!

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    1. Спасибо, Ксюшенька))) Мы так старались, столько ночей напролет все планировали (ночей, потому что днем работали как сумашедшие, зарабатывая на свадьбу) :) Все получилось, как мы и хотели)))
      Целую и приятной тебе недели!! Надеюсь, не очень холодно сейчас в Киеве!
      xox

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  13. You looked so beautiful on your wedding day (as always)! I think you picked up the most lovely bridesmaid dresses, the blue theme goes really well. Glad to hear you're better :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Awww thank you so much hon <3
      We did know from the beginning what colours we wanted. It wasn't easy to find the right shade but yay, we did it :)
      Thanks so much for your care and kindness and lovely tweets & comments hon <3
      xox

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  14. This is all such lovely advice - thank you for sharing Nadia, even though it may be a long day until my wedding day these are such lovely ideas for the future I surely won't forget ;) I think floor length dresses are perfect for bridemaids, they look classier too!

    http://pawlean.com

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    1. Awww glad you enjoyed them, Pawline <3 I am sure when you get married, you will have a super beautiful wedding (and dress, of course!) and your bridesmaids will look stunning too.
      Thanks for popping in, sweetie, hope your uni is going OK.
      xox

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  15. These are great ideas, I really like your picks! You look absolutely beautiful in your wedding dress! Glad to hear that your tests came out clear and hope you're feeling better! xx

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Thank you, Ela, you are soooo sweet. I did (and still do) love my wedding dress so much. Wish I could wear it every day haha. Thanks hon, I am feeling a good bit better. Main thing is the tests are all clear. So happy & thankful <3
      xox

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  16. So beautiful pictures and so beautiful tips. I'm really happy that your problems are not severe. Have a nice day, kisses and thank you for your visits,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

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    1. Thank you, Eni!! You are so lovely! Thanks for a sweet comment and hope you are doing fantastic, girlie.
      xox

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  17. Ahhh this is so cute! I love it - It's all so pretty! :)

    Hope you have a lovely day! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
    http://www.youtube.com/sprinklesofstyle

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    1. Thanks Layla ;) Glad you enjoyed these picks of mine. All the dresses are so lovely and special (I kind want them all in my closet, just in case lol). Have a super week, girl.
      xox

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  18. Люблю Твої статті :)
    Маю надію, що почуваєшся краще!!!

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    1. Дуже дякую)) Почуваюсь набагато краще. Ще іноді болить голова, але не так жахливо як раніше. Слава Богу, що результати всіх аналізів чудові.
      Вельми вдячна за відгук і те, що забігаєш в гості ;)
      xox

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  19. Hi hon! I hope you're much better now.
    How do you give such good advice? I'm seriously impressed haha.
    I don't haveany wedding coming, I had onw like one or two months ago and I didn't have the dress I was wearing in mind since... 2 days before! This summer I've been going lots of weight lifting and my back has become bigger, so the dress I was planning to wear (a pastel pale blue with tiny straps one) wasn't looking on me as nice as it did on my prom, so I had to figure out what to wear without any time (as you can imagine, I was freaking out hahaha).
    By the way, you look STUNNING on those pics, and so do your bridesmaids.
    I hope you have an amazing week, hon. Huge hugs for you!

    selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thank you sooo much, Sel :) I am much better, and yay so glad you enjoyed this post and my wedding photos, girlie. Oh wow, that's not easy to find a dress in such short terms but I am hoping you succeeded :) I'm sure you picked something very lovely.
      Enjoy this week, hon, don't be too busy ;) Massive hugs!!
      xox

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  20. I hope that you continue to feel better! I'm glad that things are looking up though. And this is such a great post. I'll have to remember for my wedding (that will come far, far, faaaaar down the line, haha). I've never considered dress length to be such a serious issue though. I'm like you - I'd wear practically anything for my friends big day!

    Sartorial Diner

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie, you are such a sweetheart. I am feeling a good bit better and hope these headaches go away for good. Lol, make sure to bookmark it, you never know, girlie ;) What if it's not too far down the line lol. As for a bridesmaid dress, I was really hurt but that kind of reaction because another friend literally told me she would wear a big bag if I wanted her to just to stand there beside me.
      xox

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  21. I'm so pleased to hear that you are ok sweetie. You deserve a rest away from the screen. Loving your new Instagram and this is a very lovely post. You look so beautiful. Gemma xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thank you, Gemma :) I am trying to take big long breaks from the screen but then, how difficult it is lol. I am glad you enjoyed this post & that you like my IG. It still needs a lot of work but I am getting there ;)
      Thanks for your kindness, hon. I always appreciate your comments & opinions <3
      xox

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  22. Nadia!!! Holy crap you are so beautiful inside and out! I truly adore how you love to help others and give such great advice and genuinely care for others! Your husband is one beyond lucky man! I know I've said this before but your wedding photos are incredible just like you! <3

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Awww thank you super much, sweetie :) I will tell him that lol ;)
      Thanks so so much for being so sweet & kind <3
      xox

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  24. I am have u2 beautiful day even now:) Your wedding was so romantic!!!

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    1. I am so so happy you were there with us on our big day, honey :)
      <3 <3 <3
      Fireworks were special ;)
      xox

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  25. Your wedding pictures are beautiful and the royal blue brides maid dresses are gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing Nadia! :)

    x Arwa
    http://cremerose.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Arwa ;) I love my girls' dresses so much, and so did they, so yay :)
      Grateful for a lovely comment <3
      xox

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  26. Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for popping in and leaving a sweet comment ;)
      xox

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  27. Hope you're feeling much better now!! Love seeing your wedding posts, you look absolutely stunning and so happy!!Xx

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    1. Thanks Sophie, much better now, thankfully :)
      Awww thank you so much, we LOVED our wedding day soooo much!! :)
      xox

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  28. Your wedding photos looks lovely! You look beautiful in your gown, quite ethereal. I have always wanted my future wedding dress incorporated with laces.. Ahhh! The ombre dresses though looks really lovely!!

    - Tricia Willa | Eccentric Earthling

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    1. Awww thank you so much, Tricia :)
      You are just so kind!
      I did enjoy writing this post a lot and sharing my personal photos.
      xox

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  29. I hope you are feeling better! I know that good health is something I often forget to be thankful for. And I absolutely love your wedding photos!! Newsflash : you look beyond gorgeous. xo

    Kelsey | www.abalancingpeach.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelsey, you are so so sweet, girlie.
      Health is definitely the most important thing to be thankful for. And awww, you are so lovely!
      xox

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  30. Really beautiful photos, you look absolutely stunning and I love the post - the most important thing in life is health and family, everything else ones second! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
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    1. So very true, sweetie!!!
      Need to set the priorities straight ;)
      xox

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  31. I'm sorry to hear about your migraines, but it's good to know that it's nothing very serious. I hope you're going to get better soon :) As for the dresses, you've got some pretty great tips to get a gal out of the dark!


    Fashionably,
    Patricia
    http://www.wingsforliberty.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Patricia :)
      I am so glad everything is OK and I am definitely feeling so much better.
      You are so kind and lovely, hon.
      xox

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  32. Очень красивые свадебные фотографии, ты выглядишь на них отлично! Место проведения церемонии очень живописное:)

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    1. Спасибо, солнце))) Очень приятно)))
      Мы тоже были так довольны свадьбой и местом церемонии и reception))
      Вот такой красивый мой Луцк))
      xox

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  33. You looks amazing! :)

    http://na-dwoje-babka-wrozyla.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much, hon :)
      So nice to see your comment on my blog.
      xox

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