Shannon's Wedding: The Attire

It's been awhile since I updated you on our own planning process. Last time I talked a little about our engagement, our priorities and budget, and our venue. Today, I'm going to give you some sneak peeks on the attire for the groomsmen, bridesmaids, groom, and me! Get ready for lots of pictures :)

Bridesmaid Attire:  I knew I wanted my best friends in mix-and-match style long dresses. I wanted something with a light and airy feel since we're getting married in the middle of summer. I also wanted to keep the dresses cost-effective.

With the help of my sister-in-law, we starting combing through some online stores. Initially, we chose 4 different styles in 4 different colors, but when they started to arrive, the colors were off. So the dresses were returned, and we went back to square one. Frustrated with the online options, I made an appointment with our local Bella Bridesmaids.

Morgan met with us, and after explaining my vision to her, she was able to pull so many different styles for us to try on. We ended up falling in love with 4 different styles from the same designer - Hayley Paige. I chose 4 different colors in the same color family for the dresses. Morgan then set up an online account for the wedding party, which made ordering their dresses super easy for each of my bridesmaids!

Groom and Groomsman Attire:   Brentley and I were immediately drawn to the "jacket-less" look for the guys. By not wearing jackets, they'll be much more comfortable battling the summer heat...and save some money. 

  Image found on Pinterest

Image found on Pinterest

Brentley wants to wear a full suit, so we started with him. We visited multiple stores to find the perfect suit and ending up finding a light gray suit from Jos A Bank. The guys will wear matching pants with white shirts, suspenders, and ties from The Tie Bar in a shade that matches the bridesmaids.

  Image found on Pinterest

Image found on Pinterest

Bride's Attire:  As I mentioned in my last post, buying a dress was one of the first things I did. Normally I wouldn't suggest that brides purchase one as quickly as I did, but due to our short engagement, I knew I needed to go ahead and find one so there was plenty of time for the designer to make it, as well as to get any alterations before the wedding day. I began by gathering inspiration pictures. Then I made an appointment at The White Magnolia in downtown Greenville, and sent Johna the link to my Pinterest board of dress inspiration. The theme I noticed (and that Johna also noticed) was that I was drawn towards flowy dresses and low backs.

  Images (left to right):  PGM Dresses  |  A Thousand Moments More

Images (left to right): PGM Dresses | A Thousand Moments More

I went in thinking I was going to prefer super flowy gowns or gowns that had a somewhat fitted mermaid style but still had a skirt that was relaxed. I tried on several styles, and was surprised to find that I actually preferred A-line and ballgowns. I avoided a lot of lace and taffeta. 

And obviously I can't reveal the one I ended up purchasing ;)

  Images (left to right):  Mod Wedding  |  PGM Dresses  |  Hayley Paige  |  The Knot

Images (left to right): Mod Wedding | PGM Dresses | Hayley PaigeThe Knot

Overall, I'm really excited about our attire choices. I think they fit our design and style of the wedding and are also appropriate for a mid-summer wedding. Next week I'll talk about our design and style a little more :)

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