Bridal Couture

Coordinating the Bride and Her Maids

Finding the right bridesmaids dress to match the gown is like pairing a fine wine with a gourmet meal.  A sommelier wouldn’t pair a Riesling with lamb or a Cabernet Sauvignon with light seafood; so, a bride wouldn’t pair a slinky slip dress with heavy duchess satin bridesmaids dress adorned with pickups.  The Valley’s bridal salons come to the rescue with a wide offering of bridesmaid dresses to match their bridal selection. 


Old Town Scottsdale’s Mariée bridal salon offers a wide variety of artistic gowns that can be difficult to pare with the perfect bridesmaids dress.  One such challenge is the Christina by Bonaparte NY.  The Christina is several tiers of Chantilly lace and silk chiffon cut up and sewn back together in strips to form its own unique fabric.  This is delicately finished with a silk ribbon around the ribcage.  For more than a splash of drama, the Christina’s train can be untied to let its lace spill out onto the floor forming an art deco rectangular train that was more common in the 1920s. 


To match this lacy drama, a subtle lace ensemble will do the trick.  That being said, lace is a difficult fabric to find when it comes to bridesmaids.  Uptown Bridal in Old Town Chandler offers a particular Bari Jay bridesmaid gown (#317) comprised of soft, re-embroidered lace perfectly accompanying the soft lace and chiffon Bonaparte NY gown.   Picking lace does not mean giving up the wedding’s theme colors.  This Bari Jay comes in a variety of colors for the lace as well as the satin ribbon.  Also to be noted about this dress is its a-line silhouette.  The Bonaparte NY Christina is such a subtle mermaid that it is practically an a-line.  In every respect, these two gowns are a perfect pairing. 


Uptown Bridal also carries the Mon Cheri line of wedding gowns.  One such gown, the Karol, is both traditional and non-traditional calling for a bridesmaid’s dress that is also the balance of the two.  The Karol’s traditional white or ivory satin faced organza is made a bit more daring in its use of blue, embroidered illusion and a low back topped off with a blue ribbon.  The “something blue” is more than a little “something” with this gown.


A daring bride calls for a daring bridesmaid.  To match this streak of white and blue, Azteca Bridal in downtown Phoenix offers a Jim Hjelm bridesmaid with a blue sash to match the Mon Cheri gown at Uptown Bride.  To go that extra daring step, the Jim Hjelm maid’s gown comes in a very taboo white with the only contrast being the sash. 


The modern bride no longer has to put up with a tacky and mismatched bridesmaid gown.  One can match silhouette, fabrication, and accent color perfectly from bridal gown to bridesmaid like Syrah and chocolate.


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