WHAT DO YOU THINK? | on bridesmaid dresses | Out of all the colors in the world, she chose this one…

Ok, before we get to the point of this post, let’s gush over these, first and foremost…


I strongly encourage the beautifying room shot and the stairwell shot for your wedding day.  Then again, I’m a sucker for bunches of pretty dresses in confined spaces.  But still.

Adore this.  All of her bridesmaids look on from the steps, as she approaches her soon-to-be hubby for their first look.  Le SIGH.

Oh, and P.S. – How adorable is this flower girl?


Images: Max Wanger

Believe it or not, this post isn’t really about how lovely all of this looks.  I mean, Max Wanger photographed this wedding, so by default the whole thing is freaking GORGEOUS, obvs.  But, today, I’m not asking you what you think of the photos; what I’d like to know is how you feel about the concept of bridesmaids wearing white.

What think you?  Are you a fan?  Is it odd, but pretty to you?  Are you wholly against it?  Chime in below. :)

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): White, {Fashion}

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  1. Astrid Mueller on November 8, 2010

    I’m from Switzerland, where bridesmaid dresses aren’t an old tradition – in fact it’s just used by a mere handful of internationally inspired brides so far. I like the fact that this bride didn’t let tradition interfere with what she likes, and that she didn’t seem to be bothered about visually not standing out as much. The design look she achieved is beautiful for its harmony, and she was still easily recognizable as bride with her gorgeous long gown. Last but not least, the bridesmaids may be able to use the white dresses again for other occasions. Maybe with a jeans jacket and some hot summer heels? I love it if investments are long term. Especially if someone else makes you spend the money ;-)

  2. Alicia @CharityWedding on November 8, 2010

    I don’t think I would ever pick white but if that is what you want, I say go for it. I do think the Bride has the potential to get sort of lost in pictures in all that white but perhaps this Bride didn’t want to stand out quite as much. The pictures are gorgeous so I have only love for her choices.

  3. Myla on November 8, 2010

    I didn’t think I was a fan of this, but I can’t deny that these pictures are quite stunning. I still prefer bridesmaids dresses to be a different color from the bride (my girls will be wearing yellow), but that could just be my more traditional approach. Still, I think it’s totally the bride’s choice – I’m not trying to preach. :)

  4. monicawesome on November 8, 2010

    In some cultures, originally bridesmaids were dressed similarly to the bride, to confuse “evil spirits” who might try to curse the bride on her wedding day…

    So in a way, this is actually SUPER traditional! :-)

    I don’t think it matters what colour anyone wears, as long as it looks nice. And these pictures are stunning!

  5. TenThouBride on November 8, 2010

    i don’t have a problem with white bridesmaids dresses actually…the photos are beautiful here…but for me, a white bridesmaid’s dress is pretty impractical in the realm of reusability for the girls…you know? we’re not having a wedding party, so i guess i don’t have a super strong opinion, but there’s my two cents.

  6. TheDemoiselle on November 8, 2010

    White cocktail dresses are an easy wear in the summer time so I think it can be worn again. However, it isn’t necessarily forgiving to every figure so a bride should be conscious of how her ladies may feel about having to wear it.

  7. Jennifer on November 8, 2010

    I LOVE it! I think it looks gorgeous! And the tradition use to be that the bridesmaids wore the same color as the bride to ward off evil.

  8. Kara on November 8, 2010

    Somehow, this never has occurred to me, but I love it. Like Alicia said, maybe the bride is a bit on the shy side, so this does seem like a great way to avoid standing out TOO much. I think I’d probably want to have my girls err on the side of going with a beige or cream, instead of full on white, because I do want to stand out a bit – it *is* my wedding day! :) But I think this looks great, all the same. Great post, I hadn’t thought about or seen this before! Something to think about!

  9. Marieconrad on November 8, 2010

    I think it is great that this bride went with what she wanted and made it work so beautifully. This is what makes the world go round. All the people must be different and persue what makes them happy and unique.

  10. Kristin Kowalski on November 8, 2010

    I love the white bridesmaids dresses – they look so gorgeous. And if that’s what the bride wants, I say go for it! I think she makes a huge statement by being nontraditional and choosing white for her girls. I love it.

  11. Marisa Taylor on November 8, 2010

    I adore white as a color. I wouldn’t mind if my bridesmaid dresses were white. Besides, i’m the one in the wedding dress. It’s not like people will find it hard to determine who is the bride :)

  12. Josie @ Savoir Weddings on November 8, 2010

    oooh white bridesmaid dresses. How controversial! It’d be pretty cool to have white bridesmaid dresses and a string bold colour for the bride’s dress. Bravo to a bride for doing it differently I say!

  13. Postcards and pretties on November 8, 2010

    i think this bride did the right thing and having her bridesmaids dress short & simple. if the dresses were long…it would be a total no no.

  14. jacin on November 8, 2010

    very pretty, i wouldnt have chosen it but these days, there’s no real “rules” of what’s right and wrong, and i love when people do things differently!

  15. Ariella on November 8, 2010

    My friend was in a wedding in which the bridesmaids wore white dresses with lavender sashes. It looked beautiful. I’m a fan of color, so I wouldn’t do it just for that reason, but kudos to brides that share the white.

  16. Jackie P on November 8, 2010

    it is done here very tastefully. but i wouldn’t do it personally – i want my ‘maids to be able to express themselves a little bit!

  17. Lauren Elise on November 9, 2010

    There is something kind of amazing about all white decor and design (it’s the design student in me speaking) and I love that this bride went for it. It’s super chic and modern and just so fresh looking. I totally love it! As others have mentioned, the short length of the bridesmaid dresses makes the whole look work.

  18. anna on November 9, 2010

    I am diggin the white dresses…just a few years ago black was a huge no-no, and now its everywhere, so I can see this being a new trend! Love the pics!

  19. Lena on November 9, 2010

    I think if you’re having a larger bridal party, white is amazing (with 1 or 2, or even 3 maids, it can just look a little unbalanced)! It’s so fresh, and I think as long as the lengths are different, the bride still stands out!

  20. Megan Acosta on November 9, 2010

    I agree with Chris, the dresses are short and simple so the bride’s long and embellished dress still stands out from the crowd, just as much as any other color would. I love this look, very crisp and clean, great for a modern bride! I say go with what you want. I wanted black dresses and my mom thought they’d look like they were going to a funeral (crazy, right??) But I did what I want and it looked beautiful.

  21. Heather neckers on November 9, 2010

    I love this, but maybe that’s because I did this? I wore blue and the maids wore white. They looked gorgeous :)

  22. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on November 9, 2010

    I actually do not mind this whatsoever. It looks so classic and preppy. And pairs nicely with the groomsmen’s suits. And, the fact that they are short definitely sets them apart from the brides dress.

  23. ivory wedding shoes on November 16, 2010

    This is a nice way to photograph the entire group. In my wedding I had 4 bridesmaids, and I have a picture with them, 2 at my either side.

  24. Michelle on December 2, 2010

    I read recently (sorry can’t remember where…possibly bride.com) that long ago the bridesmaids wore white to act as decoys for the bride incase of kidnappers!!

  25. Elena on November 4, 2012

    I absolutely adore this idea, and I am personally planning this for my own wedding. I don’t have the usual opinions about being a bride and I love the idea of my girls standing out in white. Also, it’s one of my favorite colors in general. I love how the bride looks in these photos, surrounded by a sea of white, it’s just so beautiful. In my opinion, white is not worn enough in the states therefore when the girls wear another color, they might as well just wear that dress to another party. However, if they wear white, it’s a bit more special, but that’s just my own view on it.


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