Choosing your Bridesmaids is never going to be easy. Coupled with worries about cost versus numbers, then family dynamics alongside wanting your BFF can leave Brides feeling a bit panicky. We often get asked how to choose Bridesmaids but it’s completely personal and one question our planning experience really can’t answer for you! However let us tell you what we always tell our Brides and the top five things to consider.
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1. Sisters Aren’t Doing It For Themselves
Generally the rule of thumb is that you really do have to ask your Sisters. It has been known for them to flatly refuse to be one when asked and this is their decision, but they are sort of naturally entitled to the role by way of having been in your life, like forever. However if you really don’t want to have them as Bridesmaids think about other roles they can play in your big day. From doing a Reading to perhaps organising the Hen Do – think about what they do best, apart from always stealing your new shoes, then pick jobs accordingly.
2. Friends “The One Where You Pick Your Bridesmaids”
If you have a number of best friends and simply cannot choose, then to hell with it and have all of them. However consider the fact that some of them just won’t be good at particular jobs i.e rubbish organiser, always late, changes plans at the last minute. They are your friends and you know them best, so choose carefully as you don’t want to feel let down by flaky friends in the run up to your big day. Reliable, fun and unselfish – they’re the friends you need.
3. Delegate On The Day Disaster
If you want to delegate some duties to your Bridesmaids on the day then be reasonable about what you expect from them. They won’t be able to do loads of running around as they’ll be needed in pictures and will have time constraints on them. But they can be there to help you and make sure you have everything you need. The best Bridesmaids are there for moral support but not to carry out a massive to-do list.
4. Monster Mates
If your inner Bridezilla has a chance of appearing your Bridesmaids should be able to shut it back in or at the very least control the raging monster. Pick Bridesmaids who know you REALLY well so they know exactly how to respond to you. This is where Sisters and best friends come into their own. They will know what to say and do, or at the very least they can threaten to show everyone the drunken booby picture from your girls holiday in Ibiza.
5. Laughter is the Best Friend Medicine
A lot of problems can be solved with a big giggle. It’s your wedding day and you want to have fun so make sure you have Bridesmaids that know how to have a good time. Enjoying your big day will be so much easier if you can laugh along. At this point in time I would like to say that you don’t need a Court Jester, but just someone who is going to make things a little lighter and relax the tension.
Have you chosen your Bridesmaids? How did you decide?
Image courtesy of Howling Basset Photography
It’s about this time of year in the fashion calendar that I start to panic. I love my skinny jeans, boots and a snuggly big coat (especially on days like today!). So when I have to think about putting away my 1000 denier tights and removing my woolly scarf I can feel my heart starting to beat a little bit faster.
Joanne moves to her Spring/Summer Wedding wardrobe with great ease so this year I’m taking a leaf out of her book and starting early. Early that is because otherwise anything you want in the shops when the sun actually comes out will be gone in a flash and I need some wedding outfits asap. So if you’re a wedding guest this year and are feeling a slight bit nervous about what’s on the high street have a look at these beauties available from Phase Eight. What’s more there’s also 50% off some of the range.
P.S. If you fancy winning a £100 Phase Eight Gift Card you can complete a short survey about their wedding guest outfits online now.
We just love some of the new Bridal designs emerging from catwalk shows over the last few months. There’s lots of fabric overlays and soft lines with hints of silver and beautiful embroidery. Here’s our favourites from the Spring 2013 Jenny Packham show. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a Jenny Packham new season gown head over to Debenhams where we’ve been super impressed with the No1 Jenny Packham collection. From shoes, to accessories, wraps and Bridesmaid dresses you can get designer style at a snippet of the price, especially as some of the range now has 15% off.
On Thursday I headed down to Brighton to the launch party of the gorgeous Doily Days Wedding Magazine. The vintage inspired do was filled with fabulous music, singers and decor, but what really made the theme was the AMAZING hair and make-up.
If you’re having a vintage wedding or fancy a retro hen do, Ingrid and Lynda, the lovely ladies behind, Vintage Inspired Makeovers, are offering hair and make-up sessions finishing off with a fabulous photoshoot, that is guaranteed to get the party started old school style.
So if you and your hens want to hit the Lanes of Brighton looking like Dita Von Teese, more details are just one, not very vintage, click away!
Images by: Vintage Inspired Makeovers
Froufrou Bridal Boutique in Tunbridge Wells will be spoiling you this month with some stunning designer days from across the pond.
Their All American March Trunk Show weekends kick off on the 15th with designer, Ivy & Aster, where’ll you get the chance to take a look at their entire 2013 collection as well as new Bridesmaid gowns. Helena from Froufrou says “these gowns are romantic and whimsical and definitely not to be missed, especially for Brides who know they definitely want an Ivy & Aster gown.”
Then on the weekend of 23rd March, designer Claire La Faye Bridal, will showcase beautiful, creative and stylish designs. They are usually only available in the USA so Helena says “if you are a fashion forward bride that dreams of something beautiful and alternative to the traditional you’ll love these really unforgettable and feminine gowns”.
During March the boutique are also introducing new Bridesmaids ranges including a collection from Twobirds Bridesmaids – which we love as they suit just about any Bridesmaid with lots of choice of colour and style.
You can secure your Trunk Show appointment with a fully redeemable £15.00 deposit but before you do Helena recommends “if you are at the beginning of your search though and not looking to buy just yet, do give us a ring us to make an alternative appointment to come in and see us“.
Have fun and make your appointment asap as we know these popular shows get booked up super quick!
Happy Monday All! I’m lucky today that I have a job that involves sitting down as my feet are killing me after spending all weekend at the Bluewater Wedding Fair. The achy limbs are worth it though as we loved giving our workshops and meeting so many of you, our lovely blog readers and Brides-to-be. We hope we managed to teach you that wedding planning should be LOTS and LOTS of fun!
Today we’re bringing you a fantastic bridesmaid dress that we clapped our eyes on for the first time over the weekend. We know kitting out your bridesmaids can sometimes be a bit of headache with different figures and styles to contend with but with this dress you’re pretty much sorted from the start.
Twobirds which launched in 2007, is an ingenious ‘convertible’ design that means each dress within the collection can be worn in 15 different ways. Made from a luxurious jersey blend fabric (in count ’em nineteen colours and four different lengths), the gowns suit every shape and best of all require no costly alterations.
Twobirds gowns are stocked throughout the UK including The Bespoke Wardrobe in Essex (who gave us our close up look) and FrouFrou in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
OOoh as a blanket of snow covers most of the UK there’s just time to share with you our latest Mood Board for a Wintery Wedding in Silver. For more ideas and inspiration head over to our Pinterest Board where you’ll find loads more pics for sharing. It’s definitely the perfect day for pinning!
1. Rock My Boutique
2. Dessy Group
3. Style Me Pretty
4. A Diary of Lovely Blogspot
5.Pretty Wild Wed
9. Arkansas Bride Magazine
10. Wedding Salon
11. Arkansas Bride Magazine
12.The Wedding Dolls
Featured Image: Jared Wilson Photography
In part two of our wedding discount day we’re featuring, My Fayre Favourite, a collection of absolutely gorgeous vintage jewellery and bridal accessories by Maidstone based designer, Charlotte Brown.
Charlotte tells us “I’m obsessed with vintage and love finding old treasures that I can use in my jewellery designs. My pieces aren’t mass produced new items made to look vintage but are true to the genuine article, giving you an individual one-off piece to treasure forever.”
Here’s just some of our favourites but visit the online store for the entire range. And don’t forget to quote WEDDINGDOLLS2013 at the checkout to get your exclusive 10% discount.
Vintage 1950’s Necklace, £24
Vintage Bridal Hair Comb, £25
Vintage 1950’s Rhinestone Necklace, £20
Silver and White Beaded Hairband £25
Jewellery transformed into a Bridal Hair piece, £25
Handmade wedding garter vintage lace with vintage brooch £25
bridal hair grips £4.50 per grip
Ivory flower hair comb with birdcage veil, £15
And if you’re feeling really generous you can even buy these gorgeous cufflinks for the Groom – they are just so cute!
Coin Cufflinks, British 1961 Lucky Sixpence, £10
Happy Shopping x