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Bridal Wear Woes: Bridesmaid Dresses for Different Shapes and Sizes

Everyone written about in our bridal wear woes blog posts is delighted for us to share their story with you to get a better insight into how we work and how we help solve your bridal wear problems.


Once we had a bride who told us from the very first consultation that indeed she intended to be a bridezilla :).  She said she had waited for so long to have her moment as a bride that she wasn’t going to let anyone make choices for her that she would look back on with regret.  I said to her ‘that’s definitely noble but do be gentle’.  We both laughed.

She chose her dress easily enough because again she knew exactly what she wanted but when it came to the issue of the bridesmaid dresses, we had a ‘bit of a problem‘.  How do you choose 5 bridesmaid dresses for different shapes and sizes and even different everything else?  The bridesmaids were all so different and in every way you can possibly think of; looks, personality, fashion tastes, outlook on life, that the bride did not even know where to start from.

Bridesmaids Dresses for Different Shapes and Sizes

 

Our bride had told the girls that she wanted them all in the same bridesmaid dress and the same colour and she was not changing her mind for anything or anyone.  She really put her foot down even though I had already advised that we could go with complimentary styles and colours for each girl. In spite of this warning, each girl wanted a different bridesmaid dress in a different colour and please believe me when I say every. single. one. of. them liked something different. It sounds incredible and the bride was starting to get stressed out.

We started with colour and our bride had already decided that she would choose her wedding colours after she had chosen the colour of the bridesmaid dresses.  What a mistake this turned out to be.  The bridesmaids were each asked to pick out a colour and of course, they all went for colours that were so different from one another; plus, each of them did not like the colour that the others chose. Oh My Goodness! This was a fun consultation and I could see that my bride was seeing red.  At this point, the bride decided that she didn’t want them to pick the colour any more and she would decide on what colour to go for which she said she would do when we had agreed on the dress.

So we started discussing the design of the dress and each of the girls had explained to us the style of dress that suits her and of course again, they were all very different.  The bride was starting to get quite stressed out again so we had to step in quickly and ask the girls to each pick out 2 dresses that they would like to try on. Practically all the dresses from our 2014 bridesmaid collection were picked out. There were short ones, long ones, strapless ones, one shoulder ones, lace ones chiffon ones; the whole lot!!!

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When each girl had tried on her two bridesmaid dresses, we asked everyone what they liked or disliked about each dress.  We took lots of notes and from this, we observed the following trends

  • Most of the girls did not want a strapless bridesmaid dress
  • Many of them did not like satin bridesmaid dresses
  • A few of the girls did not want to show the top of their arms and armpit area. Some even cried ‘back-fat’
  • Some of them had had children and so had lumps and bumps to hide so they were very averse to anything clingy
  • A few of them hated the colour pink or any other too bright colours that made their skin look pale or sallow
  • All of them liked lace (I was shocked that there was something they all loved but our bride made it clear that she could not afford a full lace dress)

I got quite excited because I was getting an eureka moment where a dress had started to dance around in my head that just might work for these very different bridesmaids.  I was envisioning a bodice like EMBM11 with the asymmetric ruching across the bust waist and hips but with more of an A-line skirt so as not to hug the hips too tightly but created in a chiffon fabric with a lovely drape quality and soft handle like EMBM12.

Bridesmaid Dresses for different shapes and sizes
Sketch showing the first design that I recommended

This dress would deal perfectly with all of their concerns except for the covering of arms issue and I was also conscious that the one feature all the girls loved (lace) had not been incorporated into this design.  In spite of the bride’s worries, I decided to add a lacy butterfly sleeve to the design and give it a bit of a statement back so there’s something to look at if the girls turned around and which wouldn’t break the bank.Bridesmaid dresses for different shapes and sizes

Oh, how they all loved this dress.  The bride was a bit stunned when each girl said she could definitely wear this style of dress as it had addressed all their worries perfectly and of course I sat there beaming; literally like a Cheshire cat. Result!

Hope you have enjoyed this story about  how we can help you find perfect bridesmaid dresses for different shapes and sizes and I look forward to sharing the next one with you my lovelies.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xxx


Are you having trouble finding the perfect wedding dress or other types of bridal wear for your big day?  Do come in and have a session with us and the result typically is that you are equipped with the knowledge you need to make that big decision and if you decide you would like for us to create your wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses, then even better! Send us a message to ask your questions.

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Gorgeous Mikado and Tulle Mermaid Wedding Dress for Carrie

We received this card and a long note from EM Bride Carrie recently and I have to say that it made our day. We try to do our best and can only hope its enough.  That’s what I said to her and its true.  I’m glad she had such an amazing experience with us. 

In her letter, Carrie said “I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.  Firstly, I want to say thank you for accepting to create the beautiful bridesmaid dress that I found, I was so upset to find out that I wasn’t able to get these beautiful dresses for my bridesmaids, due to being told incorrect info from another shop, but then I found you! During our first meeting, you made me feel so comfortable, and assured me you would be able to create the exact dress I wanted, in various colours, you filled me with confidence and excitement!! All the girls looked so beautiful and the different colours just looked amazing together.

A couple of months down the line, I came to you, again, in despair, as I had had a nightmare with my dream dress. Again, you filled me with hope that you would be able to create my dream dress. I was so so lucky to find you as when we sat down to discuss our options, you ended up designing my very own couture dress, just for me. The design of my dress, included features of two dresses I liked, all combined in one. You listened to what I wanted but also gave me your opinion, which I valued very much.

I couldn’t have been happier with my dress Lisa and thank you wholeheartedly. Can you also pass on thanks to Emily, who made the last minute adjustments for me, on more than one occasion!!!…”

This is the sketch I created of Carrie’s stunning Mikado and Tulle Mermaid Wedding Dress after the first wedding dress consultation that I had with her.

Mikado and Tulle Mermaid Wedding Dress

Here are some more pictures of Carrie and her gorgeous bridesmaids.  Estilo Moda Bridal created all their dresses for the day.

 

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Hope you have enjoyed Carrie’s wedding pictures.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xoxo

If you love  Carrie’s tulle mermaid wedding dress and would like us to create something similar for you, then do please contact us.

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Stunning Navy Blue Sequin Bridesmaid Dress – Dress of the Week

Our bridesmaid dress of the week is the stunning navy blue sequin bridesmaid dress, Faye that would be perfect for a really glam look for your bridesmaids.  This is not a dress to be worn if you are not having a seriously formal do.  Faye has been featured this week because she has been ever so popular with brides wanting their bridesmaids to look

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Dress Name: Faye

Collection: Jadé Bridal

Year: 2015

Description:  Faye has a stunning V neckline blue sequin bodice with a deep V open back detail.  Her skirt is a multi-layered tulle a-line skirt that would look even amazing as a wedding dress if created in ivory.

Price: £310

Colours Available: Over 100 different colours from our extensive sequin fabric colour collection

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Faye Back View

Click Here to see more pictures of other bridesmaids dresses in our collections.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xxx

If you like Faye or any other Bridesmaid dresses you have seen from our collections and want to try some on or get more ideas for your dream bridesmaid dresses or wedding dress, then please contact us  today for your very own personal consultation.

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6 Really Great Bridesmaid Gift Ideas for Your Leading Ladies

This week we bring you some really great bridesmaid gift ideas for the ones who have made this wedding planning experience even more special for you.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

So they’ve agreed to be your bridesmaids; against the odds and even after you have already told them that you plan to be a bridezilla and will milk this wedding planning time to your advantage and to no end.  They’re still up for it and you really want to reward them.  They have made the process beautiful and seamless; they have held you when you cried in sheer frustration because your mother-in-law has added yet another unknown cousin to the guest list.  They have shouted down the phone at wedding suppliers who refuse to reply your emails; even though they told you that they are never open at 12 midnight.  They have trawled round a 1000 bridal shops with you looking for the perfect wedding dress and oohed and aahed over every single dress you tried on.  Girl, please reward them and reward them well.  Here are some really great bridesmaid gift ideas that will make them forgive and forget your bridezilla moments and appreciate you even long after the wedding.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas – Beautiful Sparkly Earrings

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Courtesy of our dearly beloved etsy; where you can find the most amazing bridesmaid gift ideas.  No one ever says no to sparkly drop earrings and these wouldn’t break the bank as well.  Click on the picture for a link to this listing.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas – DIY Bridesmaid Gift Hamper

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

I really adore this bridesmaid gift hamper.  It’s full of everything girls love; a bit of alcohol, chocolate, something to adorn and something to prettify. There’s no doubt that your bridesmaids would love this box full of treasures.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas – Personalised Bracelets

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

How wonderfully charming are these bracelets.  We found this great bridesmaid gift idea on Pinterest and you can find lots of sellers on etsy who sell similar bracelets which your girls will simply adore. Click on the picture for a gallery of some of them.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas – Kimono Robes

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

These kimono robes have become so popular recently and I can totally see why.  They are really pretty and make for the most stunning wedding morning preparation pictures.  Your bridesmaids will still find these kimono robes useful long after the wedding; a gift that keeps on giving. Click on the picture to go to the website where we found these.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas – Puzzle Piece Key Holder

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

This puzzle piece key holder is both functional and sentimental.  This is a fabulous gift that reminds your bridesmaids every time they open a door of your wedding and the experience they shared with you. A true keepsake.  Again, another etsy find.  Click on the picture for the link to this gift.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas – Clutch Bags

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Clutch bags that match your bridesmaid dresses is another great way of gifting your lovely ladies for all their help during your wedding planning. These complimentary multi-pattern ones we found on etsy are particularly fetching.  Click on the picture  to see where we found these.

I really hope you have been inspired by these.  Get gifting girlies 🙂

Happy wedding planning and many blessings

Omo xxx

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