Recent Bridesmaids Posts
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The most common question brides ask during the early stages of their wedding planning is: “How many bridesmaids are too many?” Not only does it depend on who you want standing by your side on one of the biggest days of your life, but also on the size of your wedding, venue and budget. The traditional rule of thumb is to have one bridesmaid per 50 guests, but what if you want more than that? You can always delegate honors to your friends by asking them to help coordinate the bridal shower or bachelorette party, sing during the ceremony or prepare a toast for the reception. Most will understand if you have to choose family first. When it comes to working out your bridesmaid budget, consider if your bridesmaids will pay for their dresses, shoes, accessories or hair and makeup. You certainly will have to give a thank you gift to all your leading ladies as a token of appreciation, but keep in mind that the larger the number of bridesmaids, the harder it may be for you to manage.
How many ladies will be standing by your side? Let us know in the poll below!
Clockwise from top, left: Dress by Amsale; dress by Monique Lhuillier; dress by Alfred Angelo, dress by Jim Hjelm Occasions. All photos by Dan Lecca
If you’re starting to think about your wedding color scheme and style, you should also factor in what shade your bridesmaids will be wearing. Remember that your bridesmaids aren’t just there for moral support, they also serve as an important decor element (yes, we know how weird that sounds – but it’s true!). Check out the four hottest bridesmaid dress colors for 2013 (and venues where they’ll look their best):
Coral: This bright shade was hot at the 2013 Golden Globes – and on the bridal market runways. We think coral looks gorgeous at beach weddings, or really any warm-weather celebrations.
Gray: Whether you prefer a more silvery tone or a darker charcoal, we love this sleek and modern hue as a replacement for black at formal ballroom weddings.
Green: Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, and we think it makes a beautiful shade for bridesmaid dresses – particularly if you’re hosting a modern wedding in a loft or art gallery.
Blush: If your wedding will take place in a garden, there’s perhaps no more appropriate shade than super-feminine blush. Choose a light and airy fabric, like chiffon, for a totally garden-appropriate look.
What color are your bridesmaids wearing? Tell us in the comments!
We peruse through dozens of real weddings every day (we know, poor us), and sometimes we see a wedding detail so brilliant we just have to share it with you. This is one of these ideas.
We are all in favor of couples mixing up the genders in the wedding party – Best Women, Bridesmaids, Man of Honor, we’ve seen it all, and think it’s more important to honor those you care about that stick with traditional single-sex bridesmaids and groomsmen. So we were so psyched to see Lauren and Tom’s Alexandria, Virginia wedding – which featured a mostly female groom’s side – Tom’s sister, two female friends, and one male friend. And we just adored the “groomsladies’” ensembles – gray dresses from David’s Bridal accessorized with sashes fashioned from the Macy’s ties Tom and his groomsman wore.
Photos by Vita Images
Says Lauren: “One of my favorite things about Tom is how well he understands women. He grew up with an older sister, his mother, and his grandmother all in the same house, so that’s where he gets it from. And when he chose his wedding party, he knew pretty quickly that he wanted some special ladies on his side of the aisle. Since it was a garden wedding, he knew he didn’t want a tux and so the fabulous grey J. Crew suit took shape early. That meant Paul would be in a grey suit as well, and the groomsladies in grey dresses. But Tom was confident that the groomsladies shouldn’t look like bridesmaids; that’s one reason why they didn’t carry bouquets. He came up with the tie idea as a way for them to look “Groom side, strong side,” as they kept saying, but still feminine. The tie around the waist worked really well.“
Are you having mixed-gender wedding parties? If so, how are you differentiating their ensembles? Let us know in the comments!
Clockwise from top left: Dress by After Six; Dress by Moonlight Bridesmaid; Dress by B2 by Jasmine; Dress by Liz Fields, photo by Belen Aquino
Last week, Pantone named emerald as its 2013 Color of the Year. We’re big fans of this rich, lustrous jewel tone and think it’s worth considering for your wedding day color palette. Particularly apropos for a winter wedding, emerald-hued bridesmaid dresses are a lovely way to incorporate this shade into your wedding day. We’ve gathered some of our favorite bridesmaid dresses in this gorgeous green – from modern one-shoulder styles to ethereal gowns, there are lots to choose from. Let us know what you think of these styles in the comments!
Let’s be honest. Being a bridesmaid costs a lot of money. There are dresses to buy, gifts to give, parties to host. For brides who are looking to save their ‘maids some money the Little Borrowed Dress is the place to go for stylish bridesmaid dresses that are extremely affordable.
The company offers a selection of chic designs in both cocktail and floor-length styles you can rent. You can choose between four different neckline styles so everyone can feel comfortable dancing the night away. And the dresses are made so you don’t have to alter them. Worried they won’t have something to match your color palette? Don’t be! They offer 18 color options, and if you order at least two months in advance they’ll guarantee the style, color and size you want will be available.
So how does it work: Browse their website, littleborroweddress.com, and pick the style, size and color you want and then reserve the date. Not sure what size you are? They’ll send you two options. When the wedding’s over just pop it back in the mail in the pre-addressed and stamped envelope that came with your dress.
And the pricing…$50 for knee-length, $75 for floor-length, plus a $5 insurance fee.
Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger
Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.
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