Posted by Hannah.
I had three requirements when looking for dresses for my bridesmaids, Nina and Carly. They had to be unique, non wedding-y and a style both the girls loved and would want to wear again. I had antique gold, rose gold or copper in mind but was open to alternative colours – I just wanted to steer clear of pastels or brights because they just didn’t feel quite right in autumn. I anticipated a bit of challenge because the girls have rather different personal styles but finding the perfect dress could not have been easier. Image credit: Ellie Gillard Photography
More than a year before the big day, I spotted a lovely metallic gold dress from Hobbs in a magazine, Marie Clare or Red I think, and immediately went hunting online to no avail. So I phoned up and discovered it would be in stock in a couple of months time. When it finally arrived, the girls tired it on, both loved it and looked gorgeous. It felt a little premature to buy the first and only dress they’d tried on (and 12 months before the wedding), but the next day, Hobbs sent out an e-newsletter with 25% off dresses, so it was clearly meant to be.
Image credit: Ellie Gillard Photography
The shoes were a similar, surprisingly simple story. We agreed on navy pointed-toe stilettos and all started hunting. I found Whistles French 75s, which seemed perfect, although pretty bloody high and budget-busting. But in their role of dream bridesmaids, Carly and Nina were all over the sky-high heels and happy to pay the excess monies so I could buy them within budget. French 75s are such a classic sexy shoe, which the girls rocked amazingly well and continue to wear now with jeans, dresses, cropped trousers, you name it, so they were worth every penny.
My pick of 12 hot bridesmaids styles
The high street is a great place to start your bridesmaids’ dress shopping, particularly if budget is tight. ASOS is always worth a look too as there is so much choice and it’s simple to search by colour. Here’s my pick of some of the prettiest styles around at the moment to help you on your way.
Blush Gina gown
£225 £85, (LIMITED STOCK) Whistles |Light pink embellished max dress, £70, River Island | Invitation pink lace dress, £249, Hobbs
Mint flora dress
£145, £65 (LIMITED STOCK), Coast | A-Line dress, £60, And Other Stories | Disty floral, £295, LK Bennett
Pink flared short sleeve dress, £59.99, Zara | Orange pleated lace midi, £110, Warehouse | Luna midi (made-to-order in range of colours), from £350, Belle and Bunty
Embellished shell maxi, £85, ASOS | Bandeau midi dress, £45, ASOS | Wrap maxi dress, £45, ASOS