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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Wendy on

With the economy in the tank, it is very bad taste for the President’s daughter to have such a BIG wedding…fourteen attendants, fourteen groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, etc. The President and his family should set an example of moderation, but then the Bush’s never did what was the right thing, just THEIR thing.

Judy on

She is not a moron. The tax payers pay for the Secret Service that all will be out there guarding
the guests and the Royal family and all 40 of her bridal party. SO who is the moron now?

Jan Lindholm on

Why is this happening?

Sara on

Wendy, darling… You aren’t paying for this wedding. Do you honestly think that because her father is president and we happen to be at war that that should ruin one of the biggest days of her life? Get a grip!!!

Lindsay on

As a military family member – boo to all of you who think her life should stop because we are at war. Has yours? The soldiers want us to remember them, and continue to live our lives as free Americans. And as for the comments attempting to link her wedding decisions with the price of gas, etc. – take an economics class, fast. I’m scared to think that your ignorance drives your voting decisions.

Sal on

Poor thing looks just like her Dad! Yikes!

Allison on

Personally I believe fourteen bridesmaids is way too many. Why can’t people keep it down to just a few? No one really wants to be one and they serve no real purpose, except the maid of honor. The only reasons she is not having it at the White House is because the Bush family knows that it would be frowned upon. Too many people would think that the White House is picking up the tab. Jenna just doesn’t understand though that us middle class people don’t enjoy weddings like her, which are complete wastes of money. What person really wants to hear about her wedding, she is not God. There are only two reasons why we know her. One because of her family and two because of the underage drinking she was caught doing. I just wish that political families like the Bushes would understand our economy right now and not decide to have extravagant parties for themselves.

Mary on

I can’t believe the number of people here who are calling people like me “jealous” or a “hater” simply because we think having 14 attendants is excessive. How does thinking so equate to being jealous or a hater? Yeesh, get off your high horse.

I would never want to have that many attendants at my own wedding, no matter how many guests are coming. There is simply no need to have that many bridesmaids–5 is plenty, even for a large wedding which Jenna will most certainly have.

I imagine, however, that many of Jenna’s friends and family were clamoring for bridesmaid spots (I mean, this is THE president’s daughter’s wedding, possibly the biggest wedding event of the year), and Jenna didn’t have the will to turn any of them down. It probably would have caused some bad publicity, although having 14 attendants isn’t exactly good publicity either, in these times.

Jenna on

Why is everyone so obsessed with the fact that she is having 14 attendants? What is the big deal? I once went to a wedding with 26 yes that is right 26 attendants. The bride had a big family and so did the groom. There is no law that says you can only have 4 and that’s it.
Grow up people!!!

erin on

jms…
you are ignorant.
bush isn’t paying for the war, our government is. we the taxpayers are paying for that war. so there is no reason that she shouldn’t be entitled to the same thing that every other rich girl gets. how about complaining about the fact that NBA players are paid millions of dollars to dribble a ball for dumb entertainment.. but fire fighters, surgeons, and doctors are all paid crap. THAT is what is ridiculous

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