Summertime usually means that it’s wedding season. The season of love. The season of romance. The season of wedding gowns, sequins, embroidered flowers, itchy tool and of course, the beloved bridesmaids’ dresses.
Every wedding I attend, I hope that the beloved couple – my friends – prepare to do something ridiculous and memorable (for my own entertainment of course), like a coordinated dance down the aisle or a flash mob (with grandma doing her own confused version of the ‘Electric Slide’). My favorite part of most weddings, other than the love and the ‘I DO’ mushy parts, are finding the crazy uncles hitting on all of the bride’s friends and, of course, checking out what the bride chose as the style of bridesmaids’ dresses.
Let us focus on the bridesmaids for a moment. I love my friends, let me just put that out there, and I was of course honored to be in their weddings over the years. One of biggest fears after being a bridesmaid is, “What am I going to do with this dress?”
Of course the bride reassures me, “Don’t worry, I’m going to pick out a dress that you’ll actually wear again!” I tend to believe my friends. I have to assume that a friend who is asking me to be a part of their special day knows me pretty well and with that, knows that I would never be caught in a Canary Yellow dress or a T-length Aqua off-the-shoulder dress. Thankfully, there are smart people in this world who come up with creative ways to turn that “dress you will never wear again” into something you will actually get good use out of, like a nighty or a pillow or a baby blanket for your good friend who tied the knot 9 months earlier. The gals at Old New Borrowed Redo were smart enough to make this into a business.
If I may offer my $.02 to the future brides of the world, just let your bridesmaids wear black. It’s simple and let’s be real, all of your friends own an appropriate black dress and will look good in it. That being said, knowing that they won’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on dresses, they will spoil you more at your stagette and shower.
Something to think about.
Love to all my friends. I loved being in your weddings.