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Bridesmaid Lookbook

I tried to find matching dresses for my three friends, really I did. But the more I looked the more confused I was, and the less I felt qualified to decide for them. They are, as girls tend to be, quite different. In height, body type, and style. My maid of honor and I frequently shop together, and it’s a pretty solid rule that anything that works on her won’t on me, even if the size is right.

The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of them wearing mismatched dresses. If they weren’t going to wear the same dress anyway, they could choose their own! Which would be one less thing for me to worry about later.

Still, I’d like some things to be similar. Color, length, level of formality. Some of that is kind of hard to convey without pictures, so I made a Bridesmaid Lookbook.

flip books

Inside these packages are stacks. On top of the stack is a book – a flip book of dresses and shoes.

flip books

The first page is a short letter explaining what this is all about, followed by photos of the barn and ceremony space. All the pages following are split, with dresses on top and shoes on the bottom, accompanied by source information and price on the top right corner.

look book

I looked for ivory, gold and champagne cocktail dresses and gold or bronze shoes. You can flip the pages to make an outfit! Not that I think they’ll buy those exact dresses or shoes, but it’s fun!

look book

I used a 1/16″ holepunch and silver jump rings to bind the pages inside cardstock covers.

To make up for the hassle of finding their own outfits, the bottom of the stack is an emerald green pashmina from Nimli. Officially our color scheme is green, aqua and various metallics (pewter, gold, silver, bronze). So although I’m not decorating with bridesmaids, I suppose I am decorating the bridesmaids. They all seem happy about choosing their own dresses – I’m really excited to see what they wear!

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12 comments on “Bridesmaid Lookbook

  1. Hi! I love this idea and I also LOVE the gold dress with the sash in the last picture of the lookbook! Where is that dress from? Where can I find it? It is perfect for my wedding!!!

  2. Wow, my bridesmaids would have loved to have something like this. I tried a few different thing to help them feel more comfortable about the idea of them picking out their own, but they still kept asking me “is this okay? is this okay?” this would have helped them see the kind of looks I was going for!

  3. Thanks, girls! I have to say, it wasn’t completely my idea. When I first started talking about the different dresses, one of my bridesmaids asked for examples, and she called it a Lookbook then. I just made it flippy!

    Jenna, I’m sure I’ll get some of the “is this okay?” when they start shopping. I think that’s unavoidable with choose-your-own-adventure bridesmaids.

  4. Allie, I missed your question earlier – the gold lace dress with the sash was from Nordstrom. Click my name to go there!

  5. Vilija writes...

    I did something similar for my bridesmaids using Polyvore.com it’s a great site because you can make a collage of ideas and each item is linked to the website where you found it.

    I was trying to use less paper, but made a handy swatch card with fabric samples in my color range that was purse/wallet sized for an easy shopping reference. The fabric store cut me samples for free which made the whole project super thrifty.

  6. I sooooo love this idea, and I am shamelessly admitting that I have copied it already! I am overseas on a worktrip right now, so can’t do a tonne of wedding related jobs, but this one was so much fun to work on one evening! Thanks for the great idea, I think my girls are going to LOVE it too!!

  7. Julia, I LOVE this idea! I’m having a dickens of a time trying to find textured (lace, eylet, etc) ivory dresses… Any suggestions on places you looked to pull your dresses together? I’d love to put the same thing together for my ‘maids. Thank you SO much for sharing!

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