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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Anonymous on

love it…she is just darling!!

Wendy on

Totally unacceptable to have 14 attendants when we are at war because of her father and people are losing jobs, gas is up, the housing market is in the toilet. What a show of arrogance! Get him out of office!!!!

Shel on

I love the styles and colors. Very chic! Perfect for a spring wedding. Not to mention, very practical that the bridesmaids will be able to wear them again. I have been in several weddings with bridesmaids dresses that I could never wear again.

TO JMS: What do the number of Jenna’s bridesmaids have to do with the war and the price of gas?? This is her day, and she can have as many bridesmaids as she wants! 14 bridesmaids probably seems a little excessive to “average,” middle-class people (although, I have had middle-class friends who had 9 or 10 bridesmaids)….but like Wendy said, Jenna probably has a large circle of friends that made it difficult to narrow down to smaller than the 14 she chose. I had 6 bridesmaids and approximately 200 guests at my wedding. If Jenna is having a larger than “normal” number of guests (500+) at her wedding, then it is pretty normal that her bridal party also be larger than “normal.”

TO NONI: I agree that the War in Iraq is an unfortunate occurrence (to say the least). However, Jenna is not responsible for her father’s decisions, and those decisions have nothing to do with her wedding. As for the “freedom she is enjoying” – what about the rest of us Americans (and brides) who are enjoying our freedom? Just because we are at war in Iraq, does that mean that the rest of us here at home, including the President’s daughter, should stop enjoying life?! And when we are enjoying our freedom, should we feel guilty for it? As for your comment about wondering if she ever thinks about those people. Why would you assume that she doesn’t? Just because she is having a big, lavish wedding does not mean that she doesn’t have compassion for our soldiers, and their families, in Iraq!

TO DAWN: “If her family can afford the 14 bridesmaids….” FYI – wedding tradition and etiquette is that bridesmaids pay for their own dresses. Of course, this sometimes varies with the wealthy – sometimes, brides from wealthy families will pay for their bridesmaids’ dresses, especially for those who cannot afford it. But don’t just assume that her family is paying for all 14 of them.

jane on

NEWSFLASH: Just because the wedding is in Texas does not mean there has to be a huge bridal party. I am a Texan–born & bred and I had 4 bridesmaids at my wedding. Stop the Texan-bashing and let the girl have her day . . . every bride deserves that, including the President’s daughter

Shel on

I love the styles and colors. Very chic! Perfect for a spring wedding. Not to mention, very practical that the bridesmaids will be able to wear them again. I have been in several weddings with bridesmaids dresses that I could never wear again.

TO JMS: What do the number of Jenna’s bridesmaids have to do with the war and the price of gas?? This is her day, and she can have as many bridesmaids as she wants! 14 bridesmaids probably seems a little excessive to “average,” middle-class people (although, I have had middle-class friends who had 9 or 10 bridesmaids)….but like Wendy said, Jenna probably has a large circle of friends that made it difficult to narrow down to smaller than the 14 she chose. I had 6 bridesmaids and approximately 200 guests at my wedding. If Jenna is having a larger than “normal” number of guests (500+) at her wedding, then it is pretty normal that her bridal party also be larger than “normal.”

Jennifer on

Why not have 14 attendants? They are family and friends and sharing the moment with her. Why not have the wedding of her dreams? It isn’t being paid for by the public. Jenna has turned into a remarkable young woman, just as her sister has. They are both doing a wonderful job forging their own way and serving the community.

grace on

can’t believe the amount of hater-comments over this! seeing as how it’s her wedding, she’s entitled to do whatever the heck she wants! i don’t see it as her being wasteful and careless in light of the war going on. have you ever seen an episode of “platinum weddings” or “bridezilas”? THOSE are women who need to take it down and by a whole lot. snarky jabs about her family using tax dollars to fund her wedding are immsture. the bushes are wealthy on their own. quit hating.

Kathryn on

The audacity when we have troops at WAR!!!!

They make me sick!

Cat on

Wendy, you are an idiot.

Very pretty dresses!!!

amy on

I’m from Texas and in every wedding I’ve ever participated in as a bridesmaid, I paid for my own dress, my own travel expenses and my own hotel accommodations. It was an honor to be asked to be a bridesmaid, but understood that I was footing the bill myself. I would imagine that the Bridesmaids are footing the bill for their expenses themselves, not the Bushes nor the taxpayers. Isn’t this the way it’s done in other states????

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