There’s a lot more to being a bridesmaid than just standing up at the altar looking pretty. Whether you’re a bride-to-be or have just been asked to be in a friend’s wedding, it can be tricky to know what to expect from the whole wedding party dynamic. Our bridesmaid guide has all the leading ladies covered with everything from practical advice like who does what and how to handle sticky situations to fun stuff like style inspiration and bachelorette ideas. Check out the feature in this year’s SpringBook and don’t forget to share it with all your girls!
Brittany and Branson were married at Middleton Place in Charleston, S.C. on March 29. “Both our parents came to Charleston to look at different venues,” Brittany said. “We toured Boone Hall Plantation and Magnolia Gardens. As we were traveling to our first destination, we passed Middleton Place. We called them to see if they had any appointments available that day to tour the venue. It was our luck that they had one that afternoon. After walking through, we both new this was the place we would say, ‘I do.'” Afterwards, we toasted with champagne knowing that we had found the one.” The bride wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, statement necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of peacock stilettos, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore long black satin dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies. “It started raining around midnight and continued until 5:30-6 a.m.,” she said. “I was in panic because I always wanted to get married at a venue that had one aisle (and boy does Middleton Place have a very long aisle). The weather began to clear up and was overcast. At 1 p.m., I had to make a decision to have the wedding outside at Butterfly Lakes or to use the backup plan. I decided to take the risk and have the wedding outside. About an hour before the wedding, the sun began to shine. And as I walked down the aisle, the clouds parted, and it was was like the heavens opened up.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, teal napkins, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and pictures of places they had traveled together over the years, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We both graduated from Clemson University and wanted to incorporate Clemson into our wedding,” Brittany said. “Our favors included a glass bottle of Orange Crush in a purple koozie. One side of the koozie had a picture of a pirate because our last name is Pyritz and our wedding date. The opposite side of the koozie had one of our favorite lyrics, ‘Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.'” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process and always make sure the wedding is about the bride and groom because it is your day and no one else’s,” she said. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in Grenada.
WeddingWire’s SpringBook 2015 features five amazing real weddings, each at different locations across the country. Kelsey and Noah were married in Brooklyn, New York overlooking an esplanade of cherry blossom trees, Ifraj and Alfred were married in Washington, DC showcasing famous works of art from women, Despina and Eric were married in Chestertown, Maryland combining their Greek and Indian cultures, Julie and Scott were married in Camarillo, California including one of our very own designers, and Laudys and John were married in Geneva, Florida jamming to the beat of the drum. We cannot thank all of these couples enough for sharing their big days with us!
Lynman and Jonathan were married at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Conn on August 30. “We met in New Hampshire and are both from the East Coast, and we initially wanted to have our wedding in Vermont,” Lynman said. “But once we started looking at venues there, we realized we wanted something more accessible (since we were traveling from Singapore and having friends coming in from around the country). Hence why, we started looking at places around the tri-state area. Once I saw pictures of the carousel all lit up inside the vintage wooden building right on the beach, we were sold.” The bride wore a custom-made sheath wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of sandals, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. “The floral crown was a crowd favorite,” she said. “I couldn’t decided between a veil or a floral crown, so I decided to do both. Our florist, Jennifer, did such a good job. Everyone complimented me on it, and it kind of set the tone for the whole day that it was going to just be a fun party on the beach. It was perfect for the wedding–laid-back, bohemian and whimsical, a little different with just a touch of unexpected flare.” Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, dahlias, berries, and succulents. “We really wanted to incorporate my culture into the ceremony with tea, especially since most of my family is in Hong Kong and couldn’t make it,” Lynman said. “It was great to be able to share that part of my heritage with Jon’s side. My cousin hosted it and Jon’s brother translated, which made it even more memorable.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “It’s hard to pin down one moment, but while planning the day, we slotted in a 15-minute period after the hoopla–after the ceremony and pictures–and before our entrance where we got to hang out, just the two of us, as a married couple for the first time,” she said. “We just had some whiskey and took it all in, watching everyone from a distance. It was a nice, if temporary, moment of peace and quiet during a crazy but hectic day.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, postcard names, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed. The newlyweds’ best advice? “We wanted 10 years from now to look back and say that we had a blast with everyone we loved,” Lynman said. “Our officiant quoted Rihanna, we had corn hole on the beach, an open bar, and we had dance offs and ice cream sandwiches and people laughing and crying. All the details that you can obsess over, and the things you feel like you HAVE to do don’t matter because no one will remember that. Focus on what makes you happy as a couple.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Amsterdam.
Chances are you’re going to have guests at your wedding that have traveled long distances and rearranged their schedules around your big day. It’s important you thank them for taking the time to be there, and what better way to do that than with personally decorated favor boxes? There are dozens of way you can take an average white box to the next level. No matter the style of your wedding, nautical or rustic, we’ve created a favor box that will fit in perfectly. Check out our favorite designs (and how to make them) in our SpringBook!