Different Bridesmaid Dresses

A growing trend I absolutely love is having bridesmaids wear different dresses!

One of the most popular ways to have bridesmaids wear different dresses is for the bride to choose the fabric as well as the color and let the girls choose the shape they feel most comfortable in.  This allows the bridesmaids to pick out a shape that flatters their body but still providing continuity between the girls by having them all in the same fabric and color.

Another way to make your bridesmaids wear something different is to ask your girls to pick their own bridesmaid dresses!   To be honest, when I first heard about this trend I thought it would never work…..how could they choose their own dresses and still look good standing next to each other?   I think the key to this is to make sure you as the bride are specific in what they can wear.  Depending on the look and feel of the wedding you can decide how different you want their dresses to be.

My suggestion would be to give them an overall feeling for the wedding and what type of dresses you think will complement that style.  Give the girls a certain color palette and decide how creative you want them to be.  For example, ask all of your girls to pick a tea length dress in any shade of blue.  Make sure you let them know what styles or colors you don’t like so they are clear on your likes and dislikes before they begin their search.

If you want them to really show their own personality and style you can give them a couple of colors that go along with the wedding and let them choose the style and look.  I say this is your wedding so even though you are giving them some creativity you can be as involved as you feel necessary and ultimately make the final decision.  In the end your girls will feel confident and comfortable in the dress they chose and look fabulous!

If you are thinking about asking your girls to wear different bridesmaid dresses we would love to hear about it!

Sources: www.sdweddinginsider.com, www.people.com, www.thebrideofoklahoma.com, www.ruffledblog.com, www.stylemepretty.com

Ways to Ask Your Friends to be Bridesmaids!

Gone are the days of asking your friends to be a bridesmaid over the phone or asking via text message! We want to give you a few fun ways to ask your friends and family to share in your special day.  With a little time and creativity you can come up with your own way of asking your girls to be in your wedding.

Here are a few ideas to help you…

Take a few pictures of yourself holding letters and words that say “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” then put them together to make a cute card to send them!

Do you remember making these cut out cards when you were in school?  Well this is the same thing, with a twist.  Put their names on the “girls” and include this in an envelope with some great stationary asking them to be your bridesmaid!

I thought this was so great!  Use pictures of your bridesmaids to make a card and leave a blank picture in the middle with the words “Without You in the Wedding Something Would Be Missing….Will You Be My Bridesmaid? ” Love it!!

Find a cute bridesmaid frame (or make one yourself) with a picture of you and your future bridesmaid.  Use letter stickers to stick on the picture asking them to be in your wedding!

You can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine to ask your friends to be a bridesmaid!

This is my favorite idea yet!!   Take a wooden box, this is a cigar box, and paint the box in one of your wedding colors. Put the words  “Will You….” on the outside of the box and on the inside put “Be My Maid?” In the inside you can put lots of fun things inside to give your bridesmaids an idea of what type of wedding you are going to have.  You can include things like paint swatches to show them your wedding colors,  a few inspiration pictures of dresses you would like them to wear. I found this adorable do-it-yourself project on  Rinse. Repeat to learn how to do this yourself!

I hope all of these ideas have inspired you to come up with your own way of asking your bridesmaids.  We would love to hear about how you asked your bridesmaids!

Sources: www.weddingchannel.com, www.etsy.comRinse, Repeat,  www.oncewed.com

I Am Not the Only Bride at My Venue?

Are you upset there may be another event on your wedding day?

If you answered yes, you must first consider the type of venue you are wanting to have your ceremony/reception at.  Are you visiting a private facility, a golf club, museum or botanical garden?  This may mean asking a few more questions than what is listed above to understand what other things may be going on during your ceremony/reception.  For many venues having your wedding as the only event that day is not a possibility.

For example, if it is a space open to the public like a museum or botanical garden make sure to ask about their hours and how your event will be affected.   If you are getting married on a Saturday in the middle of the day you will typically have customers walking around during your ceremony.  Ask yourself if that would bother you?  If you are looking at a golf club venue then you should expect to see golfers around while your ceremony is in progress. Keep in mind that many golf courses do not close until it is dark outside.

Make sure to ask how the process works when having more than one event.   If you are a bride that wants to make sure there is no other bride or event on your wedding day then make that known to the venue you are going to see.  Sometimes to ensure you are the only event you must rent the entire facility.  Some venues have more than one event but have a very good process of making sure that each event is not affected by the other.   At Glendalough Manor, they accomplish this by having a facility coordinator there who does their best to ensure that each event is not affected by the other except for shared spaces like the bathrooms and the bar.

 

Most facilities can walk you through the timeline of events and discuss any concerns you may have.   Decide if this is important to you and in the end if you are totally against another event being there or if seeing another bride will ruin your wedding day then I would keep looking until you are comfortable!

 Sources: www.gatorbride.com, www.ladivacucina.blogspot.com, www.telegraph.co.uk