Local Brides Share The Inspiration Behind Their Bridesmaids' Dresses

To wear or not to wear? Ten brides dish on the sentiment behind their bridesmaids’ attire.


(above) “The dresses had a bow in the back that matched the back of my gown, and because of this, bows became a theme in my wedding.” - Kristen Bowlds; Melissa Sweet dresses from Flutter Boutique (Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings)

(above left) “I had a fall wedding and didn’t want to succumb to the traditional reds and oranges, so teal was perfect.” - Kristi Stengel; Vineyard dresses from Priscilla of Boston (Photo by Laura Ivanova Photography)

(above right) “I gave my bridesmaids the option of keeping their dress long or shortening it, to ensure their personalities were showcased in pictures.” - Brandi Stavlo; Jim Hjelm dresses from Raffine Bridal (Photo by Lace/Hanky Photography)

(above) “I paired their dresses with pearl and gold chunky bobble necklaces from J.Crew, which made great bridesmaids gifts.” - Jennifer Bezyak; Watters & Watters dresses from Macy’s Bridal Salon by Demetrios (Photo by Karen Feder Photography)

(above) “I ended up wearing the same dress in a different color to my rehearsal dinner to tie everything together.” - Maggie Arnold; J.Crew dresses (Photo by Brandis Alves Photography)

(above left) “The bright color and one-strap style made the dresses unique. We paired them with gold Michael Kors wedges and gold jewelry.” - Jamie Jones; Mori Lee dresses from Glenrose Bridal (Photo by Geneoh Photography)

(above right) “My bridesmaids were very comfortable in these dresses. The only downside—it turned out to be 45 degrees and our ceremony was outside!” - Julie Friend; Jim Hjelm dresses from Raffine Bridal (Photo by Thomas Ward Photography)

(above) “My bridesmaids’ dresses were made with vintage, Italian, 1950s fabric, bought at an estate sale in Europe.” - Carly Willis; dresses by Avion Feminin in New York (Photo by Red Ribbon Studio)

(above) “My bridesmaids got to choose which style looks best on them—one style has a pencil-skirt and the other has a pleated, full skirt.” - Joanna Tilli; Anna Elyse dresses from The Loft Bridal and Design (Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings)

(above) “I added the lace trim along the bottom of the dresses to give them an eclectic, vintage feel, and to tie in with my lace wedding gown.” - Sarah Denney Johnson; J.Crew dresses (Photo by Vick Photography)