Recent Bridesmaids Posts
Photos (clockwise from top left): Robert Mitra, courtesy of JLM Couture, Dan Lecca (2). Dresses (clockwise from top left): Bari Jay, Alvina Valenta, Wtoo, Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaid dresses have come a long way since the days of garish fabrics and giant shoulder pads – nowadays, bridesmaid styles are stylish, flattering and totally wearable post-wedding. In just a few short days, we’ll be checking out the newest dresses at New York Bridal Market (are you following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest yet?), so we took some time to predict what the newest bridesmaid trends will be. Check out our Fashion Ideas section to find out the top 10 trends we think will be hot, hot, hot in bridesmaid dresses this season (hint: glam is back!). And don’t forget to tell us in the comments below which bridesmaid dress styles are your favorites!
Photo by Vesic Photography
Don’t forget the little details pertaining to the crew who will be standing by your side when you say “I do.”
Finalize Attire – Do a quick check-in with your bridesmaids and groomsmen ahead of time to prevent potential wardrobe malfunctions on the big day. Confirm all bridesmaids’ dresses and have been ordered and delivered, that your groomsmen have purchased or rented their formal attire, and any necessary alterations have been made. Let your bridesmaids know of any specifications you might have for their accessories – e.g. “please wear metallic sandals and simple stud earrings.”
Coordinate “Getting Ready” Logistics – Let the bridesmaids know where you will be getting ready, when to be there and what they need to bring. Let them know whether food will be provided or if they should eat beforehand or bring snacks. Determine whether you will be hiring professionals to do your bridesmaids’ hair and makeup or if they will be responsible for their own. If you are providing a hair stylist and makeup artist, let the girls know ahead of time and get a firm headcount of who opts in and who will be doing it themselves or going elsewhere to have it done. And don’t forget about the fun stuff like a getting ready playlist, champagne, or matching robes!
Arrange Transportation – Don’t leave your wedding party stranded! Make sure there is a solid plan in place for getting your bridesmaids and groomsmen to the ceremony location, from the ceremony venue to the reception venue (if they are separate), and home at the end of the evening.
Distribute a Day-of Itinerary - You may know your wedding day agenda forwards and backwards, but that doesn’t mean your wedding party does. Bring them up to speed with a detailed schedule including times, locations and any instructions they may need to know. Prep them with basic logistical info – bathroom locations, where to put cards or gifts – in case guests ask. Include phone numbers for the Maid of Honor and Best Man in case of any last-minute questions or issues. Email the schedule out or print copies so everyone can refer back to it when necessary.
Say Thank You! – Show your favorite girls and guys that you appreciate them for supporting you throughout the planning process, organizing pre-wedding festivities, and being there to cheer you on and celebrate with you on the big day. A handwritten note or a small, thoughtful gift is a perfect way to thank them.
Dresses by (from left): Bari Jay; Wtoo. Bari Jay photo by Robert Mitra; Wtoo photo by Dan Lecca
Stripes have been a major summer trend on ready-to-wear runways and now they’re appearing in bridesmaid dresses. Horizontally-striped dresses are normally associated with nautical and preppy style, and the navy Wtoo dress pictured above, right is no exception. How cute would this style for a summer yacht club wedding? But we also love the vertically-striped Bari Jay for a beach fete – the stripes are so slimming and flattering, and provide a unique ombre effect that we just adore.
Would you dress your bridesmaids in stripes? Share your thoughts in the comments!
This week, we’ve shared some of our favorite ideas for bachelorette parties. Our take: While a night of bar hopping, dancing, and potential debauchery can be fun, it’s not the only option out there. This bachelorette party absolutely proves this point. This bride-to-be and a group of girlfriends visited a Napa Valley vineyard for an afternoon of wine tasting, noshing, and lots of laughing. It’s all about choosing your own bachelorette party adventure – one that suits your taste and personal style – so go for it and have fun!
True, you don’t need to wear something new to your bachelorette party. But we saw several dresses at New York Bridal Market that would look just perfect at a bachelorette celebration, and wanted to share:
Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Dessy Collection, Bari Jay, Noir by Lazaro, Ivy & Aster. Dessy, Bari Jay, and Ivy & Aster photos by Robert Mitra; Noir by Lazaro photo courtesy of JLM Couture.
Outdoor Wine Tasting: Maybe you’re going for a more low-key event, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress up and look cute. This little white dress by Dessy Collection is sweet and feminine – though you’ll need to be extra careful when sipping those reds!
Trip to the Beach: If you’re planning a destination bachelorette party, pack a dress that’s lightweight and airy, like this style by Bari Jay. And you’ll totally stand out in the bright tropical pink hue (the “Bachelorette” sash will probably help, too!).
Girls’ Dinner: We love the versatility of this Noir by Lazaro dress. Whether you’re heading out for dinner and drinks, a night of silly karaoke, or checking out a comedy show, this belted number will look cute and appropriate.
Night on the Town: Dancing the night away? Pick a short feathered style that will look amazing while you’re rockin’ with your girls. We’re obsessed with this Ivy & Aster dress – it’s sexy and whimsical all at once.
What are you wearing to your bachelorette party? Tell us in the comments!