One of my favorite movies is 27 Dresses. Did you see it? Basically, it’s about a girl – Tess – whose been a bridesmaid in twenty-seven weddings. Her sister is getting married next and Tess struggles with that for lots of reasons I’m not going to get into (but it’s romantic and funny and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already), because what I really want to talk about is the dresses.

I’ve had the honor and privilege of being in seven weddings. In two of them I was the maid of honor and in five I was a bridesmaid. Lucky for me, all the dresses were beautiful. I do have a funny story, though. When I was pregnant with my first son, one of my best friend’s got married. She picked out lovely short midnight blue dresses from a department store rather than a bridal shop, and so our sizing options were limited. Well, I was soon to become as big as a house, but at the time of the wedding I guess I was condo-size, and guess what? I couldn’t fit into any of the available sizes comfortably. So… I bought two dresses in order to have the right material, and I had a seamstress make me one big dress. Can you say muumuu? Ha! I was happy to do it, though. Just not so happy to look like a blueberry.

In my next book,¬†KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR, my bridesmaids wear pale pink strapless chiffon gowns with a sweetheart neckline. I can totally picture them and they’re beautiful.

What about you? Have you been a bridesmaid or maid of honor? If you have, I’d love for you to send me a picture and tell me your story! (Email me at robinbielman AT gmail DOT com.) I’ll post them here on my blog and/or on Facebook (if that’s okay with you). If you’re not comfortable doing that, that’s okay. Leave me a comment and tell me about the dress. :)


Posted May 8, 2013 by Robin Bielman in Books, Romance / 7 Comments

7 responses to “7 Dresses

  1. Robin,
    I’m sure you did NOT look like a blueberry, LOL! And I loved the film 27 Dresses, too — really fun romantic comedy ;).
    As for weddings, I was a bridesmaid in my good friend’s wedding years ago and really liked my dress, too — it was a pretty maroon color and I probably I still have it somewhere…maybe…

    • Robin

      Hi Marilyn! Oh, I definitely looked like a blueberry! It was that awkward stage of “is she pregnant or isn’t she?” I still have a couple of my bridesmaids dresses, too. I could totally see you in maroon!

  2. Oh, what funny timing … I just wrote a scene yesterday where one of my MCs (the ‘best person’ in her father’s wedding) is trying on dresses, and I’m writing a scene tomorrow where the other of my MCs is getting married! I’m having a total blast living vicariously through them and choosing color schemes for the dresses (sea green and watermelon!).

    I was the maid-of-honor in a friend’s wedding a few years ago. The dress (well, technically it was a long skirt and matching top, but you couldn’t tell) was champagne colored with a dark brown ribbon). It’s not a color I typically wear, but I actually really loved it! :)

    • Robin

      Hi Shari! I love our timing! Writing about weddings is such fun, isn’t it? And I love your color choices. Your MOH dress sounds beautiful!

  3. I LOVE 27 Dresses :-D So funny and lovely. And how nice of you to buy two dresses to make one that suited you :-)

    I have been a bridesmaid once at my aunt’s wedding: I was about 6 we had these beautiful pink puffy gowns and I felt so beautiful (I was the head bridesmaid, with my little sister and another younger cousin there as well, but I was in charge of keeping them in line as well ;-) Recently we rewatched the video of the wedding and oh my, if I had to wear those gowns now I would die, but I know back then I loved them lol (I even had a fascinator! lol)

    This summer one of my high school best friend’s getting married and I will be her one and only bridesmaid. I don’t think she will make a fuss, so I guess I’ll pick my own dress :-)

    • Robin

      Hi Stella! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I love that you and your sister and cousin were bridesmaids at such a young age! And I’m sure you were adorable in pink. What a lovely memory to have!

      Have a wonderful time this summer – the only bridesmaid, that’s pretty darn special! And very cool that you get to pick your own dress. Have a color in mind?

  4. I LOVE 27 Dresses! I actually own it because I liked it so much when I saw it in the theater. This makes me want to watch it again. It HAS been a while, after all.

    As for being a bridesmaid, I was in several different weddings, but I don’t have any internet-appropriate stories to tell about them. Ask me the next time we talk, though, and I’ll definitely spill! :-D

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