Picking out the bridesmaids dresses for your Hawaii Wedding can be one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding for the bride. The bridesmaid dresses can really add a pop of color to the ceremony and show off the bride’s unique sense of style. It can also be challenging as not everyone has the same body type or skin tone so people look different in dresses. So be prepared for a super fun, yet somewhat challenging adventure!
For brides on a budget, a simple bridesmaid dress can be found at your local mall, try Ala Moana, Ward, and Kahala and stores like Nordstrom, Forever 21 and Macy’s. Adding belts or sewn on little flowers can change the dress without having to buy a more expensive one. Also shoes, hair pins or clips and jewelry are all totally customizable which gives you yet another opportunity to express your personal style. Have fun with it! 🙂 Go shopping with your bridesmaids or maid of honor and make a complete day of it!
2013 Bridesmaids Dress Trend 1: The Mismatched Bridesmaids
One of the most popular trends of 2013 are mismatched bridesmaids dresses. Picking from a similar color pallet and similar shapes of dresses having mismatched dresses gives more options for the ladies to express their personal style. This can also be a good option if the bridesmaids are paying for their own dresses. Each bridesmaid can pick a dress in the color and style that’s appropriate but can also pick one that is in her budget. Plus, this way your bridesmaids get to choose a dress that they LOVE and will wear again! Yay! 🙂
In order to have the wedding look stay cohesive, make sure all bridesmaids dresses is within the same color scheme. Loving how Rochelle, one of our favorite summer brides did a beautiful mix of turquoise dresses for her bridesmaids. She used similar shades and tied it all together with fabulous turquoise jewelry. These girls show you that being mismatched can be fun and elegant at the same time 🙂
Trend 2: The Short Bridesmaid Dress
Short and sassy dresses are a big trend in 2013 and we’ve seen them popping up everywhere! Traditional church and black tie weddings should consider sticking to the formal longer gowns but for beach weddings or outdoor ceremonies short dresses are such a fun way to dress your bridesmaids. Especially in Hawaii where it gets very hot, short dresses are a super cute way to stay cool. Short dresses are also a great way to save money, as shorter dresses are generally less expensive than longer gowns.
Check out our gorgeous bride Belinda who picked a short and patterned bridesmaid dress that turned out beautifully! These are fun dresses really added the perfect touch of color and style to Bel and Dane’s Halekulani Wedding. The bridal party looks very classy and elegant but now with a touch of sassy. The customized shoes are also a very fun touch.
Trend 3: The Skirt and Blouse Bridesmaid
One wild card trend that is starting to pop up more and more in Hawaii Weddings is changing the bridesmaid dress to a bridesmaid skirt and top! Definitely not for the very traditional bride but a very fun and creative way to show off your bridesmaids. The skirt+top combo can add a casual feel to the wedding or could come off as being a very classy and elegant outfit depending on how you put it together.
Check out these skirts I found at Forever 21 (pictured above), my favorite local store for the best in inexpensive, high fashion, apparel. All three of these skirts are under $20.00 and could be paired with any lovely blouse to create a fun and simple bridesmaids outfit. You could pair the skirts with white, navy, dark grey or even a neutral tan color. Then add a few signature jewelry pieces for that splash of elegance and some matching blue shoes. The options are endless. This trend is for a very free spirited and fun bride who wants to be different on her big day.
Hawaii Brides: Where to shop?
For the Hawaii brides out there, there are many wonderful, affordable places to shop both on the island and off.
David’s Bridal Salon offer a ton of options and styles for a wide range of budgets. It is a great resource for all the bridal dresses. There is one on Oahu in Pearl City. There are also local bridal salons such as Casablanca and The Bridal Boutique which carry a variety of bridesmaids dresses as well as wedding gowns. The Bridal Boutique has lots of bridesmaid dresses by designer Alfred Angelo who has a huge selection of dresses to choose from. Of course, there is always the option of ordering online but then there is the hassle of sizing. For online shoppers, we’d suggest checking out J Crew, they have fabulous bridesmaids dresses!
On a budget? Not to worry, dresses also don’t need to come from a bridal salon. Department stores like Nordstrom also have a wide selection of dresses to choose from. Or you could try specialty shops at Kahala or Ward, or even less expensive stores like my favorite, Forever 21!
Hope you liked our pics for Top Bridesmaids Trends! What are your bridesmaids wearing? Where are you shopping? We’d love to hear all about it! Do share 🙂
Special thanks to Rachel, our intern who helped with this post!
Hope you are having a wonderful Monday! And cheers to your “Best Day Ever!”
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