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Monday, March 7, 2011

MakeUNDER Monday~ Horrific Bridesmaid Dresses

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You may have seen the film “27 Dresses” in which Katherine Heigl models some of the most horrific bridesmaid dresses ever worn in a wedding.

I have to be honest that the mauve colored confection (with matching shoes!) that my maids wore in my first wedding were flat out awful. My only saving grace (besides the fact it was the 80’s) was that we bought the dresses at the Gunne Sax outlet so the girls paid very little for the honor of wearing such awful satin bows and lace. Of course these girls (and others) had their revenge on me in later years and we all laugh about our “beautiful” selections now.


When I married Mr. D├ęcor I had but one maid ~ my cousin sweet T (of Catherine’s Coach fame) who was responsible for introducing me to my Prince Charming. I had learned from my earlier dress selection disaster and told her: “You can wear whatever you want, just please make it periwinkle.” We christened the gown she chose the “Dangerous Liaison” dress for it’s beautiful corseted laced back and big full skirt. I look at this photo (now 13 years old and rather blurry) and still love our choices.


Before we get started with the kidding and mocking of some of the following bridesmaids gowns I want to make it clear that I am VERY blessed to have many dear and true friends. We often get together and look at old photos of ourselves and laugh until we cry (or as time cruelly creeps on~ pee our pants) at the fashion selections we once made. I treasure my friends and am so very happy and proud that I have been included in some of the most important and precious memories of their lives. I received permission to poke fun.

So what makes a bride chose a particular bridesmaid dress? I imagine that sometimes a “theme” is selected by the wedding destination itself.

Of course sometimes it is just the fashion of day~ perhaps inspired by a romantic film such as “Somewhere In Time”.

But what causes a woman who is generally a rational, sane and even quite stylish person to go overboard? Well everyone knows that women temporarily lose their minds when an engagement ring is placed on their finger. Here is a dress that was actually pretty but the “theme” accessories pummeled into the putrid category.

There is also one friend’s theory that you want your maids to look as awful as possible so that you, the bride, are elevated into further beauty and all eyes remain on you.  I made it through the wilderness in this choice.

But should a bride be held responsible years later for what was dictated as fashionable when she got married? There are clothing styles that time has not only marched on, but trampled right into the ground. What is lovely 30+ years ago may not be so much so today. (We blurred this video to help shield your eyes.)

My sweet Mama in THE dress. As you can see I was four. She passed away a year later. I told A & E that I am not a hoarder ~ I am a keeper of memories. My plan to keep their intrusive camera’s and psychologists off my doorstep is to have an online antique china sale this Friday. (See the top of the sidebar ~ I hope you’ll come back.)


But this Wednesday, in honor of Royal Wedding Wednesdays, I am hosting the Royal Wedding Wear linky party which will include three separate categories:

The first category is “BEST British Baubles” ~ show me your rhinestones, pearls or other jewelry collection. But be forewarned, if you make a video and try to say Best British Baubles, it may turn out like this blooper:

The second category is “Hats Off” ~ show me your fabulous headwear.

The last category is “Pretty Princess or Perfectly Putrid” ~ bridesmaid wear.

The following picture would actually work for both of the above categories.

The esteemed experts selecting the three winners include my friend Jenny who is a walking encyclopedia of vintage fashion and my daughter, the Fashionista, who writes for the Urban Outfitters blog and recently earned a degree in fashion design. Here are the prizes:

The “Hat’s Off” winner will receive a lovely vintage pin featuring a sweet hat wearing Prince. You can nestle your gems in an antique berry bowl and as all good fashionista’s know, a hanky, lavender sachet, great soap and chocolate can truly help a girl get through a day.

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Next, we have a sweet vintage rhinestone tiara pin, antique berry and bauble bowl, sachet, hanky, soap, and chocolate for our “Best British Baubles” winner.

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Lastly our “Pretty Princess or Perfectly Putrid” winner will take the crown vintage pin, antique berry bowl, soap, sachet, chocolate and of course no stylish English rose would be caught without her handkerchief.

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So grab the button and play along. I promise it will be a hoot!



Linking To:

Metamorphosis Monday at BNOTP


Mom in High Heels said...

OMG, those dresses!!!! What were the brides thinking??? I swear we women do tend to lose our minds (and occasionally our fashion sense) when the engagement ring goes on. You are adorable, BTW! That first outfit would be perfect for flitting around the Bavaria Alps or serving at one of the beer tents during Oktoberfest. I can't WAIT for Wed!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Hey, Laura, I had fun looking at your photos and videos! The peacock accessories are just wild!

Vicki said...

Ooh, I'm very excited about your antique china auction. I have a partial set of Noritake chine circa 1939-1940. The name of the pattern is not on the back. It was part of my mom's older sister's hope chest. She was engaged to be married and died at the age of 19 of rheumatic fever. I have searched the internet for the name of this pattern, including spending three hours scrolling through a Noritake website. That's how I know what years my china is from (due to the hallmark on the back). I'm excited to see what you'll be offering...

Gracie's Cottage said...

Hilarious...because I wore dresses like that and thought I was "it", (well, except for the bride who was really "it") - 'what were we thinking?' indeed!


Sassy Marsha said...

EEEK, what fun!!! Wednesday are my weekly weigh-in posts but I just may have to do this instead! Going through my photos! Do I dare show them?!?! LOL


Pam said...

It looks like the party is going to be hilarious! I will definitely be back to check it out. :)

Thanks so much for coming by my blog so I could find yours.

Have a great day.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh my gosh Laura. I just could never have imagined, seriously you could be the only contestant and it would be a hard choice to pick the worst one. An apron?! Seriously?!
I can't wait for the rest of these. I have no crazy dresses or hats though I do have lots of jewelry in my shop :)

LambAround said...

Well this does sound like fun! I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that I was humane and did not ask my friends to dress up in foofy gowns for my wedding ;)

Auntie Em said...

What a great closet you must have! I don't have any bridesmaid dresses BUT I did have a yellow gingham prom dress WITH a large sash and ruffles over each shoulder. To finish the look it had little daisy trim around the neck and ruffle. Can you say 70s??? :D I finally parted ways with the dress when a local church wanted some costumes to wear for an 'OLDEN DAYS' celebration. MWAHAHAHA!!

laxsupermom said...

What a fun idea for a party! I once had to wear this truly awful kelly green velvet dress as a bridesmaid. I'm going to have to see if I have any pics of it, because the dress is long gone.

For my own wedding, I had my MOH pick the bridesmaid dresses on a shopping expedition with the other bridesmaids. She gave me a swatch so I could plan the flowers, etc., but this ensured that the bridesmaids would be happy with the dresses. I may not have given her free rein if I didn't trust her completely, but then she wouldn't have been my MOH if I hadn't trusted her completely.

Can't wait to see all the linked posts Wednesday.

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Girlfriend,

I cannot believe you actually wore those, much less kept them.....LOL


Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh gosh, Laura, I laughed all the way thru this! Best blooper ever!!

Lady Dorothy said...

Fun! Though I have to admit that I have seen some horrendous bridesmaid dresses, we do have to remember not to judge the style of bygone years with what is in fashion today. (Those Gunne Sax dresses were so feminine and beautiful at the time! We all loved the lace AND the big bows! *smile*) Ten or twenty years from now, we will be laughing at what we wear now with comments like, "I really wore that? Why didn't someone stop me?"

Shelia said...

Just loved this post, Laura! Now look how beautiful you were on your wedding day and your gown is gorgeous and your bride's maid's dress is stunning. I wouldn't dare tell anyone some of things I've worn when in a wedding. Just think plaid! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I really enjoyed watching those entertaining videos. All the while I kept thinking, "Wow, how great that she still fits in all of them!" I'll be playing in spirit since I was never a bridesmaid, only a bride :)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

OH, my goodness, Laura....what a crazy assortment of dresses! Sometimes you have to wonder why people pick what they pick....or are the pickings just skimpy?! Linda

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, Laura, you won't believe it! You know the last pic with the gowns in multi-colors? I wore that dress in turquoise in a wedding in 1971...and everyone wore different colors...I couldn't stand it then

I found your blog on MM...nice to meet you!

Donna said...

Laura, I really loved that movie. My daughter and I watched it several times. So funny! Oh..don't even get me started on the bridesmaid dresses. I've sewn and/or altered a lot of them. :o)It's a little painful to remember my own.

Cute post!
Donna @ Comin' Home

Shirley said...

It's a wonderful thing that we can laugh at our selves and our closest friends. For the longest time I could not understand why brides pick such horrid dresses. Now I know..hahaha..I was married in the church but had just my maid of honor..and she wore the dress she wanted. Select a color and let the girls buy what they want.
This is too funny! You must be having a blast putting this all together..
Have a colorful day,

Mildred said...

Cute and enjoyable post Laura. My worst bridesmaid dress was pumpkin orange taffeta for Thanksgiving! So very nice to hear from you and wishing you and your family many blessings.

You think maybe when my voice finally returns, I won't sound Southern????? Nah!

Kim Elkins said...

LOVE the bridesmaid dress idea. Going to dig out pictures now...

Donna said...

BTW, Laura, I don't know if I mentioned that I awarded you the Stylish Blogger award on Wed. during my post on 'what makes a blog stylish'. I suggested your website as a good example (along with other award recipients.) You may already have it. But I did want my readers to visit you. :o)

Donna @ Comin' Home

Donna said...

The videos were awesome, Laura! It's comforting to know that I am not alone in my horrible brides maid dress traumas! I've worn more than my share of pastel and/or floral satiny, puffed sleeved, bow embellished confections! haha! What a fun party!!

The Boston Lady said...

If I can get my act together I will definitely be entering the bridesmaid's dress horror show! I still have it, but don't have pix of me wearing it. It should still fit since I was 8+ months preggers when I had to wear it! Fun. Ann

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhh those dresses!! Soooooooo fun to see them all!! I actually got VERY lucky as my Brookie was 18months old when we got married and she was my bridesmaid and we also got married in the Spring, so she wore an ADORABLE Easter type pink dress with matching hat for our wedding!! Who can resist a BEAUTIFUL little girls dress!??!!??? :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I had so much fun going back in time reading this post! Just the cutest! ♥

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, you are a riot! As I laughed my way through this post, I was constantly thinking of the dresses I made my bridesmaids wear! I cannot believe you can still wear those dresses!! This party sounds like such fun! I wish I had one of those hats like Catherine. However, what looks great on her would look comical on me! I'll try to come up with a way to join the party. I don't want to miss all of this fun. laurie

Karena said...

Too funny.... because it is all so true.

I cut off one turquoise bridesmaid dress with the matching peau d seau heels and then I got to look atrocious in that!

What was I thinking!

Art by Karena

classic • casual • home said...

How fun is this post! Why were we all wearing those "satin" dyeable shoes?
Following you.
Mary Ann

Paulie said...

Yay for Beerfest! Nicely done, Mom in high heels :D But I agree, some of the dresses in that movie are downright awful....and I'm a guy. I should care about things like bridesmaid dresses or how they look, but I made an exception in this case. Love the choices in the "rather blurry" picture. They look nice and classy.