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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Jennifer on

I think it is perfectly okay for her to have 14 attendants. Many rich, well-known, connected people have 7+ attendants in their wedddings, and this is the president’s daughter. It’s a large ceremony, and I am sure Jenna has made many close friends, not to mention she has a close, extended family. The dresses are gorgeous, the hues reflecting wildflowers are genius, and let her enjoy her day! You cannot blame her and degrade this huge moment in her life because of how you feel about her father.

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.

GW on

Give the girl a break. How much time did she spend in Jamaica teaching the impoverished without her pupils knowing who she was? I think she understands a bit more about humanity than a lot of us who haven’t left our comfortable, middle class living rooms.

I hope she enjoys and treasures her wedding day. Every girl should–even the President’s daughter!

Shel on

Testing, testing….

Leslie on

All of you Bush-bashers really need to get a grip. Remember, Jenna is just a girl who’s getting married. She deserves to celebrate her special day however she wants and she’s got the right to have as many attendants as she wants. She’s getting the wedding of her dreams! That’s awesome!!! Isn’t that what we all want?!?!

Congratulations Jenna. Enjoy your special day!

DonnaSue on

I am praying that all goes well for you, Jenna. You are a beautiful young lady and just don’t listen to the ones that are being ugly about all of this. I know that your parents are paying for this as you may be as well. Those who think us, the taxpayers, are going to front the buck on this are just jelious that they didn’t or don’t have 14 attendants…. God Bless Your Marrage!

Danielle on

NO Taxpayer money would be used for the wedding!
The Bush family are millionaires many times over before “W” became president, unlike the Clinton Clan.

And, YES, the Bush family (including Jenna) has visited with troops and their family members dozens of times in the past few years, including attending Easter Sunday services at the military chapels of Ft. Hood, TX which is near their ranch in Crawford.

And, 14 bridesmaids is NOT outrageous in the South. Families in Atlanta routinely have 15 to 20 bridesmaids, since it is customary to include cousins and other family members as well as close friends.

kw on

I’ve seen plenty of “ordinary” brides with big wedding parties. What’s the big deal? She’s a GREAT role model for young girls…she is not pregnant, in rehab, or partying her life away….i do not care for her dad’s politics but i have no problem with her having the wedding she wants….ivana is WAY over the top….congrats to jenna bush.

yo on

The dresses are beautiful!

No, morons, the wedding is not going to be paid out of taxpayer funds. Some people love to complain about everything.

To the ppl saying she shouldn’t be marrying while troops are in Iraq: Are we going to place a moratorium on all weddings across the US until the war is over? NO. Ridiculous.

You can’t reason with the unreasonable. Sigh…

IbsenGirl on

What I find interesting about the negative comments are those that question the judgment of Jenna Bush, a hardworking, educated woman who is makiing the world a better place by promoting education and by getting involved in various charitable projects.

The problems with the economy are not due to a young woman having fourteen bridesmaids. The problems are due to the fact that most people do not live within their financial means, do not act responsibly with their opportunities or education, and have come to believe that just because they live in America that they are entitled to a Hollywood version of middle-class life.

Also, while I do not believe that with Bismarck that “[w]ar is the natural state of man,” mankind’s existence has been marred by inhumane acts, whether or not they are governmentally sanctioned. This current war is just an extension of that hatred.

Jenna, the dresses are lovely. It is wonderful that you have fourteen close friends who consider
it a privilege to be part of your special day.

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