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Trend Watch: Sequin Bridesmaids Dresses (Photos)

Sparkle and shine with these 14 showstoppers.

By Jordan Muto
Photograph by Rebekah J.Murray

Brides-to-be, here’s a bridesmaid dress trend that won’t leave your girls rolling their eyes. Sequin dresses channel the elegant 1920s Great Gatsby vibe and add some sparkle to your wedding portraits. Long or short, sleeveless or long-sleeve, these numbers shine on their own, making it easy for your bridesmaids to look their best with minimal accessories and simple hairstyles.

Create a cascade of sparkles by asking your bridal party to pick a dress of their choice, or have everyone wear the same dress for a monochromatic effect. While gold, silver, and bronze always make for a safe bet; add some drama with a bold color like a saturated orange or a deep purple. Want the gold-rush effect without the hefty price tag? We’ve done the work for you and found 14 dresses under $350. Scroll through and take a look at our finds.

Bridesmaid Dresses

20 Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Actually Love (Photos)

Prove you’re not a bridezilla with these flattering dress picks.

By Irina Grechko
Photograph via Shutterstock.

When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, one style does not fit all. Forget the unflattering matchy-matchy dresses and have your bridal party wear different dresses in the same color family (make sure to find a shade that will flatter all skin tones in your group), or let your girls choose their own, mixing and matching colors and even prints. Not only will a variety of colors and styles make for fun wedding photographs, but you’ll also score “cool bride” points with your friends, who will appreciate a dress they actually can wear again.

Check out 20 stylish (and affordable—most are under $250) bridesmaid dress options in the slideshow.


15 Affordable Gifts for Bridesmaids

Treat your bridal party to something special with these adorable picks.

By Irina Grechko

We know how much you love your bridesmaids, but do they? Show them your gratitude and appreciation by giving them one of these pretty and personal items, most of which they’ll be able to use and cherish long after you’ve set off on your honeymoon. And best of all, they won’t break your bridal budget. From dainty jewelry to useful beauty products, check out our foolproof guide to 15 gifts that will let your ’maids know how grateful you are for them.


Designer of the Week (Part 2): Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid Dresses

Yesterday, we showed you her wedding gowns, and today we’ve got her bridesmaid dress line.

By Kim Forrest

Jenny Yoo's patent-pending convertible bridesmaid dress. All photographs courtesy of Jenny Yoo

We’ve said it before, but we’ll keep saying it: Do not pick bridesmaid dresses your girls cannot wear again. Even though they’ll be smiling on your wedding day, inside they’ll be stewing. Luckily, Jenny Yoo makes some of the most wear-again-worthy bridesmaid dresses around, and we’ve got the new collection to share with you (check out yesterday’s post to view Yoo’s simple-but-gorgeous wedding gowns). While Yoo’s dresses come in a wide variety of colors, her featured hues are more muted shades such as grays, blues, rich purples, and barely-there nudes—again, the types of universally flattering shades your ’maids are more likely to wear again. And for your pregnant bridesmaids, there are some maternity styles as well.

Yoo has also introduced a collection of (patent-pending) convertible bridesmaid styles. The Keira style, shown above, can be worn as a one-shoulder, halter, or strapless dress with two different skirt drapings—an easy way for your bridesmaids to personalize their look without going too rogue. Oh, and PS: We just had to include her two new flower girl styles at the bottom of the page—too cute, right?

If you’re interested in checking out any of these styles, call up your girls and schedule an appointment with Fabulous Frocks in Alexandria, which is having a Jenny Yoo trunk show this weekend. Click the jump to view the rest of the new Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses.

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“Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Cute ways to ask your girls to stand by your side at the altar.

By Laura Wainman

A "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" gift box. Photograph courtesy of Something Turquoise

The setting was romantic, the ring was stunning, and his proposal was everything you ever dreamed of. Now it’s your turn to pop the question—to your best friends! Choosing the women you want to have by your side throughout the wedding planning process can be one of the most fun and meaningful moments of the whole journey. And asking them to participate is an important milestone in your relationship—so why not get a little creative to make sure it’s special? Check out our favorite ways to pop the question.

Expert Advice

Nontraditional Bridal Shower Ideas

Not into oohing and aahing over toasters and oven mitts? Here are some more creative ideas.

By Kim Forrest

We’ve received a lot of questions from maids of honor, bridesmaids, and moms lately about bridal showers: “We don’t want to do just the standard luncheon at someone’s house. How can we make a shower a little more creative and fun?” Well, your friends at Washingtonian Bride & Groom are here to help.

We asked wedding planner Teresa Lee of Rex & Regina to come up with a few ideas for bridal showers that don’t involve making toilet paper wedding dresses in your great-aunt’s living room.

I Knew You When . . . “For this wedding shower, each guest should bring an object, like a newspaper headline, a song, or a clothing item, from the year they met the bride. As the bride opens the ‘artifact,’ the guest can share with the group how [he or she] met the bride,” says Lee.

This is a particularly great idea to liven up showers at a friend or relative’s house or at a restaurant.

Wine Tasting A fun and informative way to spend an afternoon, no flight to Napa required. Lee likes Zola Wine & Kitchen in DC for this type of shower because of its “open kitchen and casual atmosphere,” but many area restaurants would also be able to do a wine tasting party.

“To make the party even more personal, taste a flight of the bride’s favorite varietal,” says Lee.

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New Bridesmaid Dresses: Love Lane Collection at Bella Bridesmaid

Your gals will love you for this, we promise.

By Kim Forrest
The Kate dress from Love Lane Collection. Photograph courtesy of Love Lane Collection

Maintaining your friendships with your bridesmaids should be an important goal of wedding planning. Ergo, it’s probably not the best idea to make them spend half their paycheck on a dress they’ll only wear once. We promise you, they’ll be bitter. So of course we’re super-psyched about a new diffusion line from one of our favorite bridesmaid dress designers, Ivy & Aster—all of these super-cute dresses are under $220.

The Love Lane Collection, available exclusively at Bella Bridesmaid stores (including the shop in Bethesda), features dresses available in either crinkle chiffon or charmeuse, and in about 20 color options. We’re particularly loving the chiffon Kate style (shown at right)—it’s just so flirty, swingy, and fun. For more-formal weddings, full-length gowns are available, as well.

To view the full collection, visit Love Lane’s website, and if you’d like to see these dresses in person, give the Bethesda Bella Bridesmaid a call at 301-664-6436 to set up an appointment.


Pick Your Favorite New Bridesmaid Dress!

Why should brides have all the fun? Select the dress you’d most like to wear.

By Kim Forrest

Hopefully you’ve voted in the finals of our wedding dress poll by now, but we didn’t want the bridesmaids to feel left out. We selected four of our favorite new bridesmaid dresses that each feature a hot trend (cowl necks, patterns, ruffles, and blush hues), and will leave it up to you to decide the one you’d most like to wear—and maybe even wear again long after the wedding’s over.


Cool Gift Alert: Birchbox

Whether you’re looking for a bridesmaid present or a shower gift for a bride-to-be, this beauty subscription service has it in the bag—er, box.

By Kim Forrest

The Brides Box from Birchbox—a lovely shower gift. Photograph courtesy of Birchbox

Searching for a bridesmaid gift isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be downright stressful. But here’s a great gift idea for the beauty buffs in your life. We just heard about the Birchbox, a monthly subscription service that sends four or five curated oversized samples of high-end beauty products from the likes of NARS and Deborah Lippmann to your best gals. It costs $10 a month or $110 for a yearly membership.

If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and can’t decide what to get a bride-to-be for a shower gift, Birchbox just came out with a limited-edition Brides box (photo above). For $55, the bride in your life will get a sampling of on-trend products, like Automatic Apparel roll-up ballet flats, a Dr. Hauschka skincare set, and Tiny Prints thank-you cards. It’s definitely a nice idea if you’re the type that thinks just one gift isn’t enough.

Visit Birchbox’s Web site for more information.


Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

The hottest seasonally appropriate dresses for your ’maids from Hitched

By Kim Forrest

For fall, select bridesmaid dresses with non-strapless necklines in neutral tones. Photographs courtesy of designers

For fall weddings, summer seersucker, and springtime pastel bridesmaid dresses probably aren’t going to fit the bill. So we asked Carin Rosenberg Levine and Julia Lichtman Kepniss of Hitched Maids in Georgetown, to share their top three bridesmaid dresses for autumn weddings.

1. Jenny Yoo “Justine” in slate Eastern silk shantung

“These Jenny Yoo dresses offer enough structure to be figure-flattering, but the fun pleated skirt is party-ready. Eastern silk shantung is a great fabric for fall since it has movement without looking too beachy, and a silky sheen without looking too heavy,” say Rosenberg Levine and Lichtman Kepniss.

2. Amsale “Style G558C” in charcoal silk chiffon

“Flowy chiffon dresses are fall-appropriate when worn long; you can still have a romantic look for your bridal party while giving your girls a bit more coverage. A statement-making one shoulder is a fun alternative to a strapless dress, but keep it classic by choosing a muted neutral color,” say Rosenberg Levine and Lichtman Kepniss.

3. Thread “Tyler” in blackberry duchesse satin

“This chic cocktail dress has clean lines with a retro-inspired neckline, all in a rich, cool-weather appropriate duchesse satin for a polished and sophisticated fall look,” say Rosenberg Levine and Lichtman Kepniss.

All of these dresses are available at Hitched Maids, visit their Web site for more details.

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