Back in January, after C got engaged, I started looking on Pinterest and websites for bridesmaid dresses. I probably looked at each site about 10 times, hoping I might find a dress I had overlooked. I probably scrolled through thousands of dresses. Since I am the only bridesmaid (Maid of Honour) for the wedding, C let me choose whatever dress I wanted in whatever style and colour. I knew I wanted a blue dress (I was thinking cobalt since baby blue would wash me out and dark would be too hot in the sun). The wedding is a destination beach wedding in Mauritius, so I wanted something flirty, flowy and breathable- chiffon. In the back of my mind, I was sort of looking for other dresses that would work for the reception we would have in Toronto. Since the wedding is in Mauritius in the summer time and then the reception in Toronto would be in the winter, I considered getting two dresses because a summery, bright blue dress would look out of place during the winter. I looked at dresses by Vera Wang, Alfred Angelo, Watters, Bill Levkoff, Hayley Paige, Bari Jay, etc.
I absolutely loved some dresses in the pictures online, but sometimes it doesn’t look as good in person as it does in the picture. C and I went to a local bridal shop to search for dresses. I didn’t think it would be so quick, but since I had been looking for a few months by that time and knew what style I wanted, it was easy to find dresses we both liked. I tried on about 7 dresses at the store and we took pictures to show our parents. I also sent the pics to my friends to get their opinions, but C and I knew which ones we liked. Of course, the sample dresses they had were sizes 10 or bigger, so hopefully the dresses fit well because the consultant has to estimate your size based on your measurements. There’s tons of time between now and the wedding, but I figured it’s better to get it now just in case adjustments need to be made or we need to re-order for whatever reason.
Originally, I hadn’t considered getting a full length dress because I’m 5’3″ and the fact that it would be hot in Mauritius. But I tried on a dress that C suggested and we both really liked it. There was a dress that I liked based on pictures before we went to the shop, and I tried it on and liked it in person.
I ended up choosing the full length dress that C chose for the wedding and a short tea length dress for the Toronto reception. I know what you’re thinking…it would make more sense to wear the long one here and the short one there, but the neckline of the long one is more summery and it’s lightweight. It also works out because my grandma and aunts liked the short dress better than the long one and they won’t be able to attend the wedding in Mauritius.
- Full length After Six chiffon dress with a mock halter neckline in sapphire (style 6704)
- Tea-length Alfred Angelo chiffon V-neck dress in viola (style 7359S)
The colours of the dresses on the websites don’t accurately represent what they look like in person- they’re much more vibrant in person.
If you’re a bridesmaid, don’t forget about the price for alterations (if needed) on top of the dress price. The After Six dress was about $300 and the Alfred Angelo was about $225. It was less than $100 for both dresses to be altered. I only got the length adjusted on the full length dress and I got the straps adjusted on the tea-length one.
Also, don’t forget to have the right undergarments! I bought a bustier which was almost $200 and some seamless underwear ($20-30). Luckily, you can wear those again, so they’re an investment. I bought a bustier because I was worried a strapless bra would keep slipping and I also noticed a bit of a tummy when I was wearing my dress. Since I was concerned about the bra situation, I decided to get a bustier to solve both problems- a bustier would stay in place and suck in the tummy. I bought an off-white bustier from a local boutique and I bought some Knixwear seamless underwear (read my review) so I didn’t get any visible panty lines!