Wedding Ideas

Including Your Four-Legged Best Friend On Your Wedding Day

As more weddings are becoming less traditional, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what kind of magic and wonder will happen on our big day. One of the newest trends is including our four-legged best friend in the part of the service, the ceremony, reception and especially during some fantastic photo opportunities.

 

Before the bride walks down the aisle, often a cute little flower girl or an adorable young ring bearer will precede this precious moment. Those in attendance will have all eyes on this adorable duo before the appearance of the beautiful woman wearing their unforgettable wedding attire.

Include your dog in your wedding

 

Once this duo was exclusive to young persons found within the family, friends and other show-stopping tots, but this reign is now being replaced with canines instead of cousins. The unpredictability and adorable factor found with toddlers are equally as stunning as some of the shenanigans that dogs may exhibit.

 

Training & Breeding

 

When you think about coaxing a child down the aisle during a wedding ceremony, regardless of rehearsals and practices, things can still go awry. But that’s simply part of the fun! Once the cameras, smartphones (and even drones) start rolling, These moments caught on film are not only unforgettable, but also can be cherished for a lifetime.

 

When it comes to kids versus canines, think of it this way, while you can train a dog, there are certain breeds of these animals that are real “hams” when it comes to how they interact with people during social situations. For example, the adorable French Bulldog is a real showstopper when it comes to their personality and outgoing traits.

Dog in Wedding

 

When it comes to their very nature, these critters have been known to “Have a reputation for being mischievous and clownish, stealing attention whenever and wherever possible. This little dog adores people and craves constant attention and companionship,” according to reputable pet sources. But this could describe almost any dog regardless of their breed.

 

Beyond Pet Photo Ops

 

Adorable pictures of these four-legged family members will grace our photo albums when allowed to be a part of this important event. But there’s plenty of other opportunities for their participation as a part of our wedding plans. Before the big day, some couples choose to use shots of their pooch inside their invitations or “paws” for the day wedding announcements.

 

Last-Minute Tips For Including Tail Waggers

 

Having an animal involved in your wedding is another part of the planning process, so consider some of these important tips:

 

  • Don’t forget to ensure your venue is pet-friendly before booking.
  • Check with the wedding party, family members, friends and other guests to make sure there are no issues with pet allergies or other possible animal-related problems.
  • Plan a trip to the groomer shortly in advance of the big day so they’ll look their very best.
  • Don’t include an animal that has behavioural problems like jumping on people, being unpredictable around children, etc. Last minute training won’t be effective in the long run.
  • Make someone responsible for your pet since you’ll be too busy with everything else and won’t have time to look after them properly during the entire event.

 

As a general rule, those who love pets have friends and family members who are also animal lovers. It only stands to reason that this type of shared friendship and comradery is included in this life-long commitment.

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Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids from the Bride

Behind every beautiful bride are blushing bridesmaids who offer support, friendship, and even pick up the slack when the wedding planning gets to be too much. Bridesmaids take on a major responsibility to the wedding in a lot of ways, both before and during the event. Just because it is the bride’s big day doesn’t mean that this support from friends and loved ones shouldn’t be recognized in some way.

 

Brides often give gifts to their bridesmaids for being a part of the wedding party. These can consist of items that are personal to each bridesmaid, or items that might reflect something about the group or the wedding. Following are some ideas that cover a variety of gift scenarios. Reward your bridesmaids for their hard work on your wedding with:

Alternative Gifts

Maybe you’re not a traditional bride. Maybe your style leans toward steampunk, goth, or fantasy. Maybe your wedding has a more mystical theme, or you met the groom or bridesmaids (or both!) in an online video game. Alternative fashion gifts can be a great idea for your bridesmaids, even if their everyday style isn’t alternative. A variety of alternative styles can be great accents to everyday wear, from the office to a date to an outing with friends.

Subscription Box

Your bridesmaids might all have something in common, such as video gaming, yoga, cats, beauty products or murder mysteries. There are subscription boxes for all these hobbies and more, which can make a great gift for your bridesmaids. Don’t let the name fool you – subscription boxes can be ordered on a one-time only basis. They usually have all sorts of nifty look inside that is randomized, but to the subscriber’s taste. This gives you a way to personalize the gift more broadly by not having to select specific items.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

A Fun Night Out

Many restaurants and entertainment venues offer gift certificates that can be pre-purchased for later use at any time. Dinner and a show can be a great thank you to your bridesmaids, and gift certificates give them the flexibility to eat and see whatever they want. This can also provide options for personalization – get your Italian-loving friend an Italian meal, a vegan meal for your vegan bridesmaid, or a Thai meal for the more adventurous of you.

Personalized Gifts

People love things with their initials of name on them so much that studies show people will choose a brand that has part of their name in it over other brands. What this means for you is that gifts with your bridesmaids’ names or initials on them is a fantastic way to say thank you to your bridesmaids for their hard work on your wedding. Many companies can be found that will sell items in bulk such as tote bags, overnight bags, throws, shawls, jewelry, and even cell phone cases. Some offer monogramming services themselves, or you can go elsewhere to get it done (the kiosks that often populate the centers of malls are a great place to look for inexpensive monogramming). You can even combine gift ideas and fill a monogrammed tote with some alternative jewelry, or wrap some sweet beauty products in a monogrammed makeup bag.

Bridesmaid Gifts

The only limit to the gift you buy your bridesmaids is your budget and your creativity! Whether you use ideas from this list or it inspires new ones, your bridesmaids deserve your gratitude for their work on your wedding and there’s no better way to show it than by giving them something thoughtful in return.

Basics of Being a Bridesmaid

Bridesmaid Robes

Being asked to be a bridesmaid for any one of the women you hold dear is an incredible honor – but is also a big responsibility. Sure, you’d be very happy to lend a hand in planning certain aspects of the wedding, but taking on the bridesmaid role means you’ll have to commit to certain duties and, yes, expenses. It’s not all that bad, though, since you’ll not only be doing it for an awesome friend, but you’ll also be having loads of fun before and even during the wedding.

For those who have yet to experience their first stint as a bridesmaid, here are some of the basics you’ll need to remember:

 

  1. Attend parties you’re invited to in the bride’s honor.

As part of the wedding party, you’ll most likely be invited to the parties that other friends and family members throw in the bride’s honor, not to mention planning one yourself with the other members of the bridal party. Try to make time to attend as many of these as you can. Not only is it a way of showing support to the bride, but it’s also an opportunity to have fun with everyone. Gifts are usually optional for these kinds of parties, but you can, of course, prepare smaller gifts such as bridal party robes for the wedding party to wear while preparing on the day of the wedding.

Bridesmaid Robes

Monogrammed Robes from Wedding Prep Gals

 

  1. Offer to help in small yet time-consuming pre-wedding tasks.

Things like printing out the addresses for their invites, or even picking up a gift for the mother of the bride such as tennis bracelets or stud earrings, can be time-consuming for the engaged couple. Offer to help out in little tasks that may take up too much of the bride and groom’s time. This way, you can ease their burdens and stress a little as they see to other aspects of the wedding preparations that need their attention.

 

  1. Lend emotional support.

It goes without saying that the bridesmaids are usually some of the bride’s closest friends, so your role as someone to lend emotional support is expected. Planning a wedding is no easy feat, and it can get too stressful for the bride and groom, so try to be a crying shoulder or sounding board for the bride whenever she needs one.

 

  1. Assist the bride as necessary during the wedding day.

Bridesmaids are typically always around the bride during the wedding day to offer assistance as necessary, whether it be by helping her fix her make up before proceeding to the reception, or helping her gather her train as she goes up and down the stairs. It’s bridesmaid etiquette to be there for the bride for whatever assistance she may need on the day of the wedding.

 

  1. Be a trooper, not a downer.

Yes, bridezillas do exist, those brides that seem to find fault in something as little as her lace being tied incorrectly. But even if your friend happens to be one herself, that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit and be a bridesmaid nightmare yourself. Be a trooper, even in the most stressful of instances during the wedding as that will help in bringing up the mood of everyone around you as you celebrate such a joyous occasion.

There really isn’t any clear cut set of rules when it comes to what bridesmaids should and shouldn’t do, but the bottom line is that you’re there as one of your best friend’s favorite girls. As such, that means being there both physically and emotionally for her on her special day.

7 Tips to Be Stress-Free Before Your Wedding

Before you got engaged, planning a wedding held an almost magical fairytale feeling. Trying on dresses, picking out flowers for the bouquet…even tasting cake samples all seem like a surreal princess dream.

Then suddenly the ring slipped on your finger, and the planning began…except it isn’t all tulle and butter cream frosting goodness. The planning is work. And there’s not much fairytale sparkle about it. Vendors don’t always return calls promptly, the flowers you really want are insanely expensive…and you cannot imagine taking another bite of cake to select a flavor.

Yes, you woke up from the dream. The engagement intoxication gave way to a wedding planning hangover. And, for the love of all that is holy, your head is pounding from the stress of it. No one told you that planning the biggest day of your life was a job.

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But it is, in fact, a job to plan a wedding. And it’s stressful and overwhelming…but it’s still fun. Don’t let the chaos of the details turn you into a Bridezilla. Your wedding planning doesn’t have to be another source of stress in your life.

You want to know the truth? A few details will probably go awry. But lots of things also will go very right. Maybe the cake will have fondant molded rose petals when it should have been topped with real petals (yes, that happened to me!). But fondant flowers are tasty. A little rubbery, yes, but much tastier than flowers. Who wants to pick petals off of a cake? I think—more than a decade later—that the bakery did me a solid.

When the details of planning out your big day weigh you down worse than that obnoxious crinoline slip you tried on under that dress you loathed, remember…

The engagement is about love.

Stress Free Wedding

You’re not planning your wedding, you are preparing for your future life together. Stop thinking of the wedding as the be-all end-all. It’s not. The wedding—the vows—are just the beginning. You said yes for a reason. When you just want to hang up on your florist, look down at your engagement ring and remember why you wear the ring.

To breathe.

Inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth. Breathe. Focus on mindful centered breathing to help relax your body. Don’t fret about flowers. The dress. Or the relative who keeps giving you pointers about planning. Focus on the here, the now and breathe.

It’s over too quickly.

Planning takes anywhere from a few months to a few years, although, according to The Knot, the average engagement lasts 15 months. But your wedding day is only a few hours. Keep the perspective that even though plans don’t always align, you need to relish the details and the small moments of planning joy. Remember when you found the dress…your dress? I still remember after all these years how I felt when I saw my reflection wearing the dress that became mine.

To schedule time to decompress.

Stress Free Wedding

All the breathing in the world doesn’t take the place of a good break from planning. Yes, you need to give yourself a planning vacation. Take a weekend or even a week to not do anything related to the wedding…or even talk about the wedding. During this break, pamper yourself…and your partner. Take a short trip, get a massage or just have a date night. On a budget because of the wedding? Host a DIY spa day at home. Soak in a hot bath scented with essential oils like lavender or even citrus. Add rich lathering bubbles and maybe even some flower petals. Lay back and relax. Calming music also helps to set the mood!

Yes, wedding planning may get under your skin. But remember who got underneath your skin in a good way? Yeah…your fiancé. Find the joy in the moments of planning, take a deep breath, and look ahead to the sparkling fairytale at the end of the crazy thorn-shrouded maze of planning. Because that monstrous planning maze leads directly to your happily ever after—your wedding day.

Create an Amazon Wedding Registry

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I have something amazing to tell you about, a brand new discovery that will change your life and how you live it.

What if I told you there was a place that had every item you could ever want, and you could buy any and all of it from the comfort and convenience of your computer?

Not only do they have the best selections, but they have the best prices, AND, here’s the kicker, they deliver right to your HOUSE!!  Every day can be like your birthday; you see a package, it’s addressed to you, and you get the same jittery excitement, every time you open the neatly packaged brown box.

Well guess what?  This place really exists….it’s called….AMAZON.COM……

Ok, so that was a little tongue and cheek, and unless you live in a drone-delivery free area….you’ve probably heard of Amazon before.

It’s the 300 pound gorilla in the room made of corrugated card board and that flashy packing tape that gets me excited every time I come home and catch a glimpse of it.

Need something?  Go to Amazon.

Need to check the price on something?  Go to Amazon.

Don’t feel like battling the crowds and burning hours of your day running to the store?  Go to Amazon.

And you know who else has heard of Amazon?  All of your wedding guests. (Well, except for maybe that one Uncle that thinks computers are a strategic devise used by the government to spy on us…)

But here’s something you might not have been aware of.

Did you know that Amazon now has a wedding registry?


And like you would expect from Amazon, it is the most inclusive and easiest to use.  They have the largest selection in the WORLD!

It is completely Universal.  You’re not limited to items from the Amazon website.  You can add items from ANY website, at any time.

That little boutique shop that you discovered first and has the cutest hand-crafted items?  “Click” with the Universal button, you just added it to your Amazon registry.

Never been married before and don’t know what to register for?  They have lists of what other couples register for, as well as Editors top picks.

Got a particular style you love?  You can shop by style and brand.

Didn’t get everything you wanted?  That’s okay, after your wedding, Amazon gives you their own gift….a 10% discount on select items sold and shipped by Amazon, for a savings of up to $100!!  (and if you are a Prime member, the discount is 20% with a savings of up to $200!!!!)

It’s all about convenience.  Why not make it easy for you, AND your guests, to get you the wedding gifts you really want?

 Create Your Free Amazon Wedding Registry Now!

8 Wedding Favor Ideas Under $1.00

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Wedding favors are a way to leave a special little memory with your guests. They are important, but can be very stressful… and very expensive if you don’t do your research!  We have searched the web, done the research for you and found 8 amazing wedding favor ideas for under $1.00.

Custom Stemless Wine Glass (50 Designs)

Personalized Stemless Wine Glasses

Beautiful and versatile, these trendy glasses can be used as a personalized votive cup, for toasting the happy couple, or even a unique way to present dessert! The affordable 9 ounce stemless glasses are customized with your choice of design, ink color and personalization. Select from more than 50 designs during checkout. Check it out here!
 

Personalized Wedding Favor Sunglasses

Personalized Sunglasses

Our Personalized Wedding Favor Sunglasses are a fashionable way to thank your friends and family for being part of your special day. Add them to a favor bag, present them on your event tables or just start handing them out – your guests will enjoy these sunglasses! Use the personalization tool to choose from a variety of colors and add your own text to create a fun keepsake of your celebration. The stylish glasses are white plastic and offer 400UV protection. Check it out here!

 

Personalized Wedding Vintage Glass Milk Bottle Favors

Vintage Milk Jugs

Welcome your guests to their tables with a thoughtful treat inside a vintage style milk jar. It will bring back fond memories of Grandma’s kitchen! These charming milk bottles are made from glass and have a round fitted cork top. The bottle can hold about 3 1/2 ounces of liquid. Fill the bottles with spices, bath salts, spices, chocolates or candy treats. Place a hand written message inside and you have a fabulous and unique favor for your special event! Add extra appeal when you personalized the bottle with a label in your choice of color combinations, themes and border styles to match your event. Check it out here!

Vintage Wedding Personalized Water Bottle Labels

Personalized Water Bottles

Make your wedding special right down to the water bottles by adding our Vintage Wedding Personalized Water Bottle Labels! They’ll make those plain water bottles pop with a personal appeal and retro style with their numerous personalization options and design choices. Check it out here!
 

Custom Wedding Shot Glasses or Votive Holders (50 Designs)

Custom Wedding Shot Glasses

An affordable way to add a custom touch to your wedding favors, these glass items can be used as wedding shot glasses or as votive candle holders (votive candles are not included). You can choose from many ink imprint colors and over 50 different designs to coordinate perfectly with your event. Check it out here!

Personalized Frosted Glass Candle Wedding Favor (50 Designs)

Personalized Frosted Candles

Standing about 2.5″ tall, these gorgeous frosted glass candle holders are filled with poured white wax candles. Each personalized candle wedding favor can be customized with the design of your choice, your names and wedding date. You can also choose from several ink imprint colors at checkout. Guests will think of your big day each time they light this candle in their own home. Gift boxes for these glasses are available during the checkout process, for an additional fee. Note: For sample orders, you will not be able to specify personalization. Your item will consist of a random representative sample. Check it out here!

Vintage Wedding Personalized Flag Labels

Personalized Flag Labels

A throwback in style that will make your event tables pop, our Vintage Wedding Personalized Flag Labels are a fun and unique way to present hors-d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts and more! Pick from a variety of vintage-inspired designs and add your own text to the labels for a touch of sentimentality that will complement your decor. Check it out here!

Design Your Own Burlap Favor Boxes

Burlap Favor Boxes

These charming Design Your Own Burlap Favor Boxes are an original way to present your guests with their gifts at your next celebration! Fill them with any treats or small favors you’d like and add the personalized label to create a keepsake of the fun day. The round burlap box is decorated with a brown burlap bow and a wooden button accent on the side. The removable top features a natural wood disk that’s the perfect size for the label. Each measures 2″ tall x 2 1/4″ wide. Each measures 2″ tall x 2 1/4″ wide.Note: For sample orders, you will not be able to specify personalization. Your item will consist of a random representative sample. Check it out here!
For more wedding favor ideas under $1.00 check out WeddingFavorsUnlimited!

7 Ways to Save Money On Your Big Day

Wedding on a Budget

The average cost of a wedding is over $35,000 according to The Knot. But, not every couple will have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on their big day. Fortunately, there are ways that you can reduce expenses so you can have your dream wedding regardless of your budget. Here are some of the many ways that you can save:

Skip the printed materials.

Many couples are choosing to skip printed programs and menus to save money on their big day. Ceremony programs really aren’t necessary anymore, and the menu can be written on a large board and placed outside of the reception area. Therefore, taking these out of your wedding plans won’t affect your guests.

If you want to save even more on stationery, consider emailing your save the date cards instead of having them printed.

 

Save money on your wedding.

Serve national liquor.

Stocking and staffing a bar can be one of the biggest expenses at your wedding, but many couples aren’t willing to cut back in this area because they want their guests to have a good time. Luckily, there’s a way to reduce your bar budget without annoying your guests. Serve only beer, wine, and one signature cocktail instead of allowing guests to choose any type of liquor that they’d like. It’s estimated that this small change will save you about $10-15 per person.

Light up the reception.

Instead of paying a company to control the lighting at the event, buy or rent strands of LED globe lights that can be hung above the reception tables. These lights are much less expensive than the cost of professional lighting services, and they can instantly create a romantic and intimate setting. Choosing these lights will help you save money and energy since LED bulbs are energy efficient.

Buy in-season flowers.

When choosing flowers for your wedding, don’t go based off of the way a flower looks alone. Ask your florist for a list of flowers that will be in season on the day of your wedding, or do your own research at home. Flowers that are in season are exponentially cheaper than others, so these are the blooms that should be incorporated into your big day.

Look for alternatives to wedding cake.

A multi-tiered wedding cake with intricate detailing can cost over a thousand dollars, which is why so many couples are serving alternative desserts. Instead of offering your guests wedding cake, serve cupcakes, donuts, or cake pops. Not only is it less expensive to choose one of these alternatives, they can also double as the party favors since they can be individually wrapped.

Shop sample sales.

Bridal stores will hold sample sales right before they are about to get new inventory. During these sales, all of the sample-sized dresses that are on display in the store will be sold at heavily discounted prices. This is a great opportunity to snag the dress of your dreams at a huge discount, so get in touch with local boutiques to find out when they hold sample sales.

Get married on a Friday or Sunday.

Saturdays are the most popular days for weddings, so they are also the most expensive. Fortunately, it’s becoming more common for couples to get married on Friday or Sunday evenings in order to save money. By making this simple switch, you can save thousands of dollars on the venue rental fees.

As you can see, there are many ways to save when it comes to planning your big day. Follow these tips so you can have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank!

These Are The 5 Best Destinations For A Bachelorette Weekend Getaway

Bachelorette Party

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As if we need an excuse for a weekend away with our closest friends, the bachelorette party is quintessential. Whether it’s a feet-in-the-sand or a dip-in-the-lake kind of weekend, it’s the ideal way to give the most thrilling well-wishes to the bride-to-be.

 

You don’t have to be made of money in order to plan a destination bachelorette party. There is a location that fits every budget. Choose the perfect location that fits your perfect bride’s dream vacation. These are the five best destinations for a bachelorette weekend getaway:

1. The Beach

Typically when you think of a destination site fitting for a wedding celebration, white sands and crystal clear water comes to mind. The breeze on your face, the sand between your toes, and the sun on your skin are a soothing, relaxing combination that would calm any bride’s nerves. Depending on which beach you visit, the costs will vary. You will need to consider the cost of a condo versus a hotel room, whether you will cook the food or eat out, and if you spend your time on the beach or visit the local tourist attractions. The cost can add up quickly, so do some research before you set sail for the beach.

2. The City

If you live nearest to a big city, there are typically lots of places to go sightseeing. You could spend the day at the local shops, schedule a photographer for a group photo session, or you book a hotel room and see what the nightlife has to offer. The cost of this type of trip will need to incorporate a potential place to stay, a few meals at nearby restaurants, and could also include admission to a show or sporting event. As with any location, try to find a few group discounts before you make reservations in a high-traffic tourist city.

3. The Campsite

If you have an adventurous trip theme in mind, camping is the way to go. It’s a quaint, nature-filled type of weekend getaway. You will be surrounded with just a few friends, some hiking trails, and maybe a waterfall or two. Camping is one of the cheapest getaways to plan because campsites are usually inexpensive and after that fee, you only have to worry about supplying the food. Before you select this option, make sure all of the guests know what to expect, and try to reserve a site near the shower facility for the guests who are less outdoorsy.

4. The Mountains  

A cabin in the mountains is ideal for those who love cool, crisp air and a beautiful view. Similar to camping, a cabin provides a private atmosphere for quality time for the bride and her friends. Cabin rentals range in price, but if the cost is split between all of the vacationers it can be a financially doable option. Food can be packed ahead of time to save the extra cash, and you can plan a special meal at a nearby restaurant for a celebratory bridal dinner.  

5. The Lakeside  

If the beach or the cabin sounds appealing, but you live far from either location, the lakeside is the perfect substitute. There are usually rentable cabins near the lake if you choose to spend a few days near the water. Or, if you crave the getaway atmosphere without the vacation prices, plan a day trip that includes a picnic or a few hours of boating. Food costs will be relatively low, since you will have to pack meals or dine at the marina. And the memories and adventures you will share will definitely be priceless.  

Any of these are prime locations to celebrate the bride before the big day. She deserves the very best from her very best friends. Make sure you help her pack for the type of location you will be visiting, and keep her calm and organized during the trip. While she hurriedly finishes the final touches of the wedding planning, double check your reservations for the weekend, make sure you pack the things she might forget to bring along, and check that her home is secure before she leaves the house – the last thing you want is for her home to be broken into while she is off celebrating before her wedding. Once everything is in order, help her relax by giving her the best destination bachelorette weekend getaway.

How to Dress Happy Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid Dresses

You’re getting married and of course you want your best friends to be an important part of the big day. So far so good. But does that have to mean that your girlfriends should shell out a fortune for matching dresses that none of them will never wear again? Not at all!

The kindest thing you can do for your bridesmaids is to keep budget in mind. You might be going over the top for your own dress, but there are tons of great and surprisingly affordable bridesmaid dresses out there.  

The next best thing you can do for your friends is to let them select styles that work with their figures. Unless all of your bridesmaids are top fashion models or members of the Rockettes chorus line, the concept of one-dress-suits-all is a fantasy. Select a single color or a palette of shades, choose a length and perhaps even a fabric, and let your friends find their own dresses within those guidelines. You can maintain veto power, but wearing a dress she’s comfortable in is going to make for a happy bridesmaid.

As for the actual shopping, you can make a day of it browsing at a salon or even gather around a laptop — champagne brunch optional — and pick the dresses that way. Buying online gives you a second occasion to get together with your pals when the dresses arrive, and they gather to try them on. Just keep these guidelines in mind…

When Should the Dresses Be Ordered?

If you’re ordering from a bridal salon, it can take two or three months to get delivery. Taking alteration time into consideration, you’ll want to order bridesmaid dresses at least four, and preferably, six months before the wedding. If you’ve got the time, though, there’s no reason to wait, just so long as you’ve already ordered your own dress.  

If you’re ordering bridesmaid dresses online, you can order fabric swatches first, and then once you place your order you can generally get the dress delivery in as little as a month. But alterations may be necessary even if you’ve been able to order a custom size, and you still want to allow time to have that done.

Do Bridesmaid Dresses Run True to Size?

Yes, unless you’re told otherwise, they should run true to normal size. But if someone is between sizes, or planning to lose weight before the wedding, order the larger size. The best of intentions don’t always pan out, and it’s always easier to take a dress in rather than let it out at seams that may not be generous.

Will the Bridesmaids Need Special Lingerie?

Good question! Most grownups have gotten over the let-the-bra-straps-hang-out non-fashion fashion even for casual outfits. But it’s a grievous faux pas to have anything showing in a bridesmaid dress. Lingerie is underwear and it is called under wear for a reason. Tricky straps, halters, low-cut backs, and other design elements require bras that accommodate them. And unless the dresses are black or another dark color, the bras should be in neutral colors that won’t show through. Conversely, black and dark colored dresses call for bras in black or deep hues. Even it you can’t tell in normal light, flash photography can sometimes reveal light colors even under dark ones, especially if the fabric is lightweight.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Do all the Bridesmaids’ Shoes Have to Match?

For all the reasons that not everyone looks good in the same dress, not everyone is comfortable in the same shoes. There are several ways to get around this and still have the wedding party look cohesive. As the bride, you can set some guidelines like a range of heel height, open or closed toe, and so on.  If the dresses are different hues, each bridesmaid can get shoes dyed to match her dress or all the bridesmaids can wear the same neutral color or metallic. Again, you want happy bridesmaids, and no one can be happy if her feet hurt.

What About Accessories?

Some brides make a gift of necklaces or earrings for the bridal party. If that’s not your plan, then you may want to make suggestions as to the jewelry your bridesmaids wear. Anything flashy, dangly, or oversized is going to draw too much attention and look awkward in photographs.

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