Teal and emerald bridesmaid dresses

21 February 2014

Plans for Natalie and Joe’s wedding are coming along wonderfully. In fact, this week we made a big decision: bridesmaid dresses!


From the beginning, Natalie knew she wanted something long. She didn’t need all three dresses to match, but she wanted at least one person to represent emerald, the anchor color in their palette. With that in mind, we collected inspiration for a few months, including these lovely examples…


Photo by onelove via Style Me Pretty (dresses by Alfred Angelo)


J. Crew


Katch Silva via Style Me Pretty


When He Found Her via Wedding Chicks


J. Crew


via Vogue

True emerald dresses are hard to find! We requested swatches from several companies, but were totally perplexed when some didn’t come labeled with which swatch was which color — how is that helpful when you’re comparing similar shades??

Another (happy) wrench was thrown in our plans when we found out Marget (lady of honor) will be eight months pregnant at the wedding!! Because a standard gown won’t really be an option for her at that point, we tentatively decided to find one (emerald) dress for her to wear, and then a different, teal-ish dress for the other bridesmaid and me to wear. Marget is pretty settled on a Two Birds dress, since she’ll be able to wear it even when she’s not pregnant. We think the rich peacock shade from J. Crew will be a good complement, so I ordered the Nadia (love that style!) and I think Kate is going to order the Megan. Hopefully we’ll look a little something like this all together:


I just knew we should wait for a Weddings sale event to bring the price down, so I patiently checked my inbox every morning. And oh happy day, the sales email arrived this week!! 25% off gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and bridal accessories through March 3rd. If you’ve been waiting to make a J. Crew Weddings purchase, hop on it!

Now we just have to see if everything looks good together in person, because even with swatches, it’s still so hard to judge! Fingers crossed we can check this item off the list for good soon :)

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February 21, 2014 12:46 pm

Absolutely love the emerald! The dress you chose, Nadia, looks so much like my senior prom dress (Except that was a pale mint color!) Love!

February 21, 2014 7:06 pm

YAY for dresses! Nat’s wedding will be beautiful. This may seem hard to believe, but I will actually be a full 9 months and 3 weeks pregnant at the wedding… yes, in one of the cruel tricks you learn, pregnancy is actually 10 months long!

February 21, 2014 7:33 pm

Yay! Progress, indeed. I like how the “Marget” image is very happy at how the “Kate” looks. One big learning experience in this process has been that there are many, many different ideas about what green (let alone emerald green) really means! You all will look fabulous, I am sure.

February 23, 2014 1:36 pm

These colors are beautiful! The emerald is absolutely stunning :)

Ashley R
February 24, 2014 2:38 pm

Oh man, I feel your pain regarding finding the right shade of emerald. There are plenty of kelly, lime, and mint dresses out there – but emerald – not so much! I actually found my perfect ‘maid dresses in the J.Crew catalog before I was engaged (gallery green silk chiffon styles, if you care to google) and of course the color was discontinued by the time J proposed. So…we turned to ebay! My three bridesmaids were all able to find their dresses, and for only about $100 each, NWT! Definitely a risky choice (and I wouldn’t recommend it for large bridal parties) but it worked out great for us.

February 24, 2014 4:42 pm

I LOVE, love, love emerald! Such a statement color – and it goes so well with the peacock-like dress colors. The Nadia dress style is really perfect, too! I can already tell that this wedding is going to be stunning!!