My sista has been engaged for little over a week and the big event is tentatively planned for October 2006, but she has already started calling on reception halls, started narrowing down the guest list, and has been thinking about centerpieces (the little imp stole my autumn/harvest/pumpkin theme idea, but since she's getting hitched first, she can have it.)
Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depends on how you look at it) she also had a nasty bridesmaid experience a few years ago, as did I. We were standing up in our cousin's wedding and the dresses she picked out were horrific: floor-length pink satin with a sleeveless basket-weave textured bodice. All in pink. Square neckline, dangling pearls along the bustline, low-cut in back (no normal bra could be worn and the wedding was in August so all stocks of "sticker bras" were completely sold out everywhere!!!) All her bridesmaids looked pretty good, Kate included. I looked like total shit. My shoulders were too narrow to keep the wide straps up, so I had to glue the material to my body with spray adhesive!!! Also, Pink is totally not my color. I looked like a cranky corpse in all the wedding photos. Keeping this crappy and REALLY EXPENSIVE ($250+) experience in mind, Kate has narrowed down her colors to either brown or navy blue. Both colors totally work for me. She'll pick the color, we'll (her "friend of honor" Joyce and me) pick the style that looks best on each of us.
So, I'm jumping the gun a bit and have started leaning toward this lovely brown number. It's also available in navy, but I prefer the brown. It's a nice tea-length and will be easily hemmed to fit someone of my stature. And it's only $110.00 (although the dyed-to-match shoesies will probably be around $60.)
And my mom, who works in intimates at a department store, has assured me that I'll be able to find an appropriate bra for the occasion! Yippee.