Who knew that buying bridesmaid dresses for 7 and suits for 8 could be so difficult?
Chris had one request for the wedding – he wanted tweed suits, and when I saw the below photo on Pinterest, I knew I wanted green dresses for the girls. That’s when things got difficult!
I really wanted long dresses for the girls but I wanted them to be comfortable – I had a lot of girls of all different heights and sizes – all of them like to wear their clothes in a different way and this was super important to me. I also knew that I wanted them to wear trainers as I’d be wearing them too, and lets be fair, that’s the height of comfort on a wedding day!
Myself and mum went on a major shopping trip before I even sent anything to the girls as I had seen certain type of dress which was designed to be multi way and ‘one size fits all’ so off we went to see if this really was the case. From the minute I tried on the dress I knew that it was the style of dress that would be perfect for the girls. The fabric was so heavy and it fell so beautifully. Myself and my mum both tried on the same dress and both of us had fallen in love. My mum isn’t a dress wearer and she said how good she felt in the dress and I just knew was the one. However, the price tag was not…
I went away and researched multiway dresses until I was blue in the face and even ordered a sample dress from In One London and I was so disappointed with the quality. The material was like swimming costume material and it clung to every lump and bump so that was an absolute no go.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to find something as perfect as the original dresses, so I spoke with dress shop where I purchased my own wedding dress (Shoutout to the wonderful staff at Bradgate Brides!) and they were able to do me a discount on the dresses as I was buying so many. The dress in question was the Ethan and Eliza wrap dress in the shade Emerald. I took all the girls in to try the dresses and when they loved them too, we got them ordered ready for the big day!
Eliza and Ethan dresses come in about 15 different colours and there are 22 different ways to wear them. They’re basically a skirt with two very long pieces of fabric attached to the waistband which can be twisted and manipulated to make the different styles. The fabric is super heavy which gives an incredible drape but it also doesn’t crease making it ideal for weddings abroad as it can be folded into a suitcase with ease.
What I really loved about the dresses is that each of my bridesmaids were able to wear them in their own way (there are youtube tutorials on the E&E website which were seriously helpful) – some went for high neck, some Grecian, some strapless etc. They all looked fab and photographed incredibly.
I really wanted the girls to be able to express themselves a little bit in the way they wore the dresses, so whilst they all wore technically the same dress, it looked like 7 different dresses which is a touch I really liked.
The dresses should have retailed at £200+ but we were able to negotiate down to £150 each for the eight dresses purchased. I know it is a lot of money for a bridesmaid dress but a number of the girls have worn theirs again or can sell it and get a decent chunk of that back.
What do you think to multiway dresses? Do you like the colour?
Photos c/o the wonderful Pete from Peter Hugo Photography!