Bridesmaid Dress Designer You’ll Love- The Divine Elise Bergman Designs

Posted by Azure on December 22nd, 2010
Special to OneWed by Bride Buzz

It's no secret that bridesmaids' dresses have gotten WAY cuter. Somewhere along the way, brides realized that adorning their ladies in hideous dresses does not a pretty wedding — or a great friend — make. Still, our discerning Bride Buzz eye are always less-than-impressed when a new bridesmaid option pops on the scene. J. Crew is great if their colors fit yours; Thread Social has unique designs but is not budget-friendly; and even our other favorites like Cynthia Rowley sometimes opt for pieces that are not as flattering on everybody as they boast.

Little did we know that our favorite bridesmaid dress was right under our noses. Enter Chicago-based designer Elise Bergman, queen of girly, gorgeous frocks perfect for your gals-in-waiting on your big day. Bergman can custom-design dresses for your maids in a variety of rich and beautiful colors, fabrics (including eco-friendly options) and styles. She’ll even change her current designs to your liking (think a longer hemline for a maid who doesn’t want to show her legs, a shorter skirt for one who does or added straps for top-heavy girls). Her customer service is uber-hands-on, her design abilities are fantastic and her instincts are right on trend—basically, she’s a dress-making goddess. Another reason why we bow down? Bergman’s multi-wrap dress can be tied a dozen ways and looks great on a variety of body types, so you can order one design and let your bridesmaids get creative with how they rock it. Check out her on-line gallery to see some of her favorite weddings and how they wore her pieces. Believe it or not, it really is a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again.

And our wedding design all-star also has a few other tricks up her sleeve. Elise recently worked with one of our editors to amp up the typically staid neckties with Liberty of London fabrics. The British company, known for their woven, vintage-looking textiles has many color varieties and hundreds of style options— we fell hard for the lovely antique florals, but their modern patterns are just as divine. The fabrics can go for more than $20 a yard, but using them in small, chic ways (groomsmen ties and pocket squares? Fabric pennants? Fabric-flower boutonnieres?) is so affordable, so inspired and so Bride-Buzz!

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