Get a Sneak Peek at Jenna Bush's Bridal Party Style

04/23/2008 at 02:30 PM ET

Courtesy Lela Rose; Diane Bondareff/AP

Jenna Bush’s May 10th wedding date may be fast approaching, but there’s one detail she no longer needs to worry about: her bridesmaids’ dresses. The First Daughter looked to designer — and fellow Texan — Lela Rose to create the custom styles for her nuptials, USA Today reports. And from the look of the designer’s sketches, Jenna’s 14 attendants will walk the aisle in style, dressed in muted hues inspired by native Texas wildflowers. The above-the-knee gowns come in a variety of cuts, including boat neck, spaghetti-strap, and halter. “With a group that big,” explains the designer, one “should not be limited to one style.” The dresses also incorporate an unexpected detail: hidden pockets. “All (the Bush dresses) have them,” Rose says. “It’s another way of having a casual, sportswear feel but still geared to a fancier setting. And it’s a place to put your lip gloss or rest your hands.” Click here for more on Jenna’s gowns — and a few of Lela Rose’s bridal tips and trends.

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Rudy on


First, you are so rude to say that “no one really wants to be [a bridesmaid] and they serve no real purpose, except the maid of honor.” The purpose of being a bridesmaid is being a good friend, to be there for her special day. She can’t always do it by herself. For me, personally, I have no problem helping the bride organize the wedding, buy my own dress, etc. It’s an honor and a privledge.

Second, I actually agree with you that there are only a few reasons why we know Jenna, and that as well as other media outlets are not doing anything for this poor child by talking about her on national tv, radio, and the Internet. But DO NOT bring in the fact that she was caught drinking underage. I definitely don’t promote it, but everyone makes mistakes. The media just happened to catch a whiff of that one, and because she’s the president’s daughter, the news exploded with it.

Finally, to quote you again: “Jenna just doesn’t understand though that us middle class people don’t enjoy weddings like her, which are complete wastes of money…” Excuse me, but that’s quite a generalization. I’m happily situated in middle class, and I LOVE weddings, big or small. Don’t assume, please. Let us make our own opinions.

Jenna, dear: No matter if you’re the president’s daughter or mine, I would want to give you what you would like, to the best of my ability. It’s your day, sweetie, and no one can take that from you. And just to keep with the original question – not only are your bridesmaids’ dresses gorgeous, but they are a downright awesome idea. If only more brides would think in the way you do…aka, to let us buy dresses that can be worn again!

E. J. Jackson on

So what if Jenna has 14 attendants???? Ivana Trump (who is 60 yr. and on her 4th marriage) had a recent wedding with 25 attendants. Everyone has a choice and I’m wishing Jenna the best. It will be a beautiful wedding.

Kay on

Pretty dresses. In response to Erin, rest assured taxpayers are not paying for the wedding. In fact, Jenna Bush wanted to keep it out of the White House to keep us taxpayers from picking up the tab. As for the comment about ‘gas prices’–give me a break. It’s not the appropriate message board to vent about the economy. Make your vote be heard in November at the polls. Geez relax. She appears very down to earth and its her wedding day. She can do what she wants to do, like a regular bride.

Kim on

The gowns sound amazing and the color palette looks great. What a fun and beautiful wedding party she will have.

bridal party on

I this is one of the best way to have fabulous apparel on wedding party.

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