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Planning a Destination Bachelorette Party

Posted by Kim on May 13, 2013

Post Sponsored by Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts

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Like destination weddings, destination bachelorette parties are becoming more and more popular – and for good reason. What could be more fun than taking a trip with your best girlfriends to celebrate your upcoming nuptials? We asked Marsha-Ann Brown, Director of Romance for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts for her best tips on planning the ultimate girls’ getaway.

What factors should bridesmaids consider when choosing a location for a destination bachelorette party?

With friends and family spread all over, sometimes picking a location for a bachelorette party that’s on neutral territory makes the most sense. For example, if your cousins are from New York and your college friends from Texas, you might decide to meet somewhere like Atlantic City, or you might even invite everyone to jet off to an exotic location like South America or the Caribbean. Also, keep in mind the interests of the bride. Does she love to shop, sight see, party non-stop, or relax? Pick a destination that offers the activities and attractions you know she will enjoy most. Budget can also be a big factor in determining what works best for everyone, and a helpful hint is to keep the weather at the destination in mind when picking a location.

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Top 10 Low-Key Bachelorette Ideas

Posted by Alexandra on May 13, 2013

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While there’s nothing wrong with bidding adieu to bachelorette-hood with a wild night on the town, it may not be every bride’s cup of tea. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives which are slightly more subdued but just as much fun. Round up the girls for an unforgettable celebration with any of these low-key bachelorette party ideas. 

1. Spa Day – spend a relaxing afternoon getting pampered with mani/pedis, massages and facials.

2. Wine Tasting – tour a vineyard or organize a pairing with delicious appetizers and desserts.

3. Girl’s Night In - slip into some cozy pajamas and slippers and spend the night chatting, playing games, sipping girly drinks, noshing on popcorn and watching favorite movies with your best friends.

4. Dinner Party – host a dinner party at home! Enjoy a nice evening with the girls, whipping up an elaborate meal and enjoying it together.

5. Cooking Class – get the group together for a fun hands-on cooking lesson at a local restaurant or culinary school.

6. Glamping – hop on the “glamorous camping” trend and bring a little luxury to the great outdoors. Enjoy nature from the comfort of a furnished canvas tent!

7. Comedy Show – grab a bite to eat before catching a stand-up act or improv performance at your local comedy club.

8. Dance Class – book a private intro class at a local dance studio and get moving!

9. Day at the Beach (or Pool) - spend a full day lounging by the water, reading magazines, chatting and sipping chilly beverages in sunglasses and floppy hats.

10. Theme Park – ride the roller coasters, catch a show, play some games and indulge in a little ice cream and funnel cake!

 

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Pier 92 was the hub of this season’s New York Bridal Market, full of exciting new wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories. It was so much fun to check out the new collections from mainstays and brand-new design houses. Check out just a sampling of the collections that showed at Pier 92 here:

Bari Jay Bridesmaid Dresses: Love the rainbow of colors in this bridesmaid collection. Our favorites? The black lace peplum mini, the beach-worthy multicolor gown, and the on-trend chartreuse.

Berta Wedding Dresses: These wedding dresses hug the figure in all the right places. It’s definitely a sexy collection, but totally feminine at the same time.

Ivy & Aster Wedding Dresses: We loved how whimsical Ivy & Aster’s dresses are. From a textured tea-length style to a black-and-white feathered mini to a patterned romantic gown, lots of unique styles here.

Olia Zavozina Wedding Dresses: This collection features a mix of form-fitting, glam gowns, and more demure styles. We all swooned over the pink gown featured above.

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Bridesmaid Dress Trend: Two-Tone Styles

Posted by Kim on Apr 25, 2013

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The black-and-white trend has spread from wedding dresses (hello, Vera Wang!) to bridesmaid styles. We saw several styles for ‘maids that featured white bodices and black skirts – it’s such a chic and modern look. And, particularly when you choose a short black-and-white style, you can totally throw a black blazer over the dress and wear it to work!

What do you think of this trend? Would you choose a black-and-white style for your bridesmaids? To view all of the new looks from New York Bridal Market, visit our Fashion Ideas page.

Bridesmaid Dress Trend: Dark Lace

Posted by Kim on Apr 24, 2013

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We saw dozens of bridesmaid dresses during New York Bridal Market, but there were a few trends that definitely emerged. Black or dark-colored lace bridesmaid dresses were featured in most of the collections that we saw, and we must say, we love the look. It’s feminine and flirty, but still feels quite formal – and even a bit edgy. Tell us in in the comments: Would you want your ‘maids to sport this look?

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