So, I’ve had bridesmaid dresses on the brain lately. I’ve already said many times how I’m having a LOTR-lite wedding, meaning there will be some touches, but it’s not like we’re going full on prosthetic elf-ears here. Last time, I talked about what sort of dresses I’ve asked my girls to wear, and that’s pretty much up to them, although I’ve picked out the color and fabric choice. I’m hoping they pick something they’ll like and wear again! This probably means something modern and not too…medieval-y.
This has got me thinking of some ideas for posts here. So, this is post #1 on bridesmaid dresses for a LOTR wedding. In this post, we’re going to look at some modern yet Middle-Earthy inspired dresses. These have the allusion of being modern, but would also look great in Rivendell. On the plus side, they are also easy to buy and hopefully your maids will like them enough to get more than 1 use out of them! But first, let’s look at Real Weddings we’ve featured on BreeCraft that had modern dresses!
First up are these girls from Gerald and Siying’s Singapore wedding. The girls are in a pretty, short mint green dress with flowers in their hair. Proof that you can have ‘normal’ dresses and still get that woodland touch.
Next up are these Elven beauties from Keara and David’s DIY Lord of the Rings wedding! While they have on modern dresses, the flowers on the one-shoulder dress and the elf ears help add a touch of Tolkieness.
Here are some stunning deep green dresses from Beth and Michael’s wedding, which had some beautiful flowers. The baby’s breath head wreath really adds a nice fairy tale touch.
Alright, let’s find some dresses for ourselves! First up, the inspiration for this post. I came across this blog called “Making Rivendell in the Desert” written by a woman named Hannah. She’s got great tutorials on sewing projects and is super into LOTR, as all great people are. If you’d like to see adorable small children running around in home made LOTR garb, go take a look because her blog is chalked full of that. Here’s a dress she made for her sister who was a bridesmaid in a wedding. She says how the bride loves LOTR, so she tried to incorporate LOTR elements while still keeping it a normal everyday dress.
Pretty! I really like it and I think Hannah captured her vision perfectly. The embroidery is the perfect touch and I’d totally wear this again! Go read her original post and see some other photos, along with how she made it and sketches.
Sadly, retail stores don’t offer ‘Rivendell inspired dresses’ as an option, which is a sin, right? But, I’ve tried my best to find some dresses that have that Elveny flow while still keeping with modern looks.
To me, I find that flowy and ethereal fabrics lend themselves more towards Middle-Earth, but that’s just my opinion. I’ve found a few on Azazie.com that fit the part, in both long and short. Here’s Azazie Jessica in the color Dusk that I just love
This is Azazie Samantha in dark green. I love the little sparkle detail
This is Azazie Annabel in Dark Navy
Azazie Ella in Dusty Rose
And then you can also add a shawl in a matching or contrasting color to get a more Elven sleeve feel, like these
Alfred Angelo also has a few nice dresses that I think have a sort of elveny feel too
These are just a few of dozens that look similar. Once again, this is just my opinion on what I would imagine at a modern LOTR wedding. You may have completely different ideas, and that’s totally OK. You decide on what looks best at your wedding and helps the overall feel of the day. And just because you’re having a LOTR themed wedding, even a LOTR-lite one, doesn’t mean your bridesmaid dresses have to fit the theme! I do think that as a bride, we have an obligation to at least consider our bridesmaids when deciding on their dresses, especially if they are paying for them. As I’ve said before, I’ve picked a color and a fabric choice (chiffon) and other that that, my maids can pick whichever dress they feel best in. But, you can totally pick just 1 type of dress and have all your girls to wear it if you’d like, just keep in mind all body types and try to ensure that your girls are as happy and comfortable as they can be!
Alright, that wraps up our first post on bridesmaid dresses. Stay tuned for our next installment: Super Duper Themed Lord of the Rings Bridesmaid Dresses!