5 bridesmaids. 1 pregnant and growing everyday, due before the wedding day. 1 living in Australia and coming to Canada a week before the wedding. Some tall as Amazons, some average height, some shorter.
What’s a bride to do?
Literally? Put everyone in the same dress and wait for their joy. Nope, I’m not being sarcastic, here’s why Henkaa was the perfect solution for myself and I why I would recommend these dresses to any bride to be. Or, myself because I want my own dress for everyday.
Henkaa has a variety of dress and overlay styles, but the idea at this Canadian company’s core is a one size fits all dress. Available in a regular or a plus size version the gowns, included the Sakura worn by my bridesmaids, can be wrapped and tied to become perfectly tailored to your body whether you’re a size 0 or a 20.
Because all of my bridesmaids couldn’t get together for a fitting they could just order online and forget worrying about shrinking and growing (baby) or ordering the wrong size.
Henkaa’s dresses have a very on-trend silhouette with an elegant drape and tons of options for styling. One shoulder, v-neck, sweetheart, strapless, this dress can create so many looks and they have over six dress styles to choose from. You can make entirely new looks when you add on some of their overlays.
I loved the idea of letting my bridesmaids do whatever they liked better on themselves or change it up. After visiting other popular bridal salons and trying on other bridesmaid dresses, we all agreed the styles available looked dated and dull compared to the Sakura.
Speaking of those other bridesmaid dresses, the “blah” dresses were all close to $300 CAD while the styles I saw online and liked were upwards of $400 CAD. Between starting a family and paying off student debt I was somehow aware my friends and family just didn’t have plenty of mula hanging around for a dress they would wear for one day . . . and probably spill beer on.
Henkaa’s dresses are incredibly affordable at just under $170 CAD. For women who are on the shorter side you may need to have the hem cut but the dress’ fabric has a raw hem that doesn’t fray so it’s just a simple straight cut. If you have a bit of seamstress magic in you it would be easy to DIY.
So many pretty colours to choose from! This was almost the hardest part. Henkaa also updates their colours to stay up to date with current trends so it’s easy to find that perfect hue to make that style shoot from a wedding magazine come to life.
Everyone at the showroom was so sweet. They even let my mum try on a Sakura in black because black maxi dresses are a staple in her closet. The online booking process was very smooth, my one bridesmaid ordered all the dresses for everyone and they arrived quickly in their own garment bags for washing.
If you know how you’d like the dresses tied, the associates will teach you how to do recreate that style. Or, they have online videos you can use to practice. Tying is pretty straightforward and creates a fun bridesmaid bonding project.
Simple. Stunning. Sophisticated. Plus lots of other “s” words, I would recommend the Henkaa experience to any bride or maid of honour ready to tear her hair out from trying to arrange get togethers with every bridesmaid.
Shop for a dress once (or hey, just stay in your pjs and order online) and save the get togethers for socially acceptable day drinking (brunch).
Are you thinking about trying Henkaa dresses? Or did you use them for your wedding? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.