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Don’t Forget…Your Wedding Party

Posted by Alexandra on Jun 20, 2013

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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.

How Many Bridesmaids Are You Having?

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 30, 2013

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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.

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Win a “Bridesmaids” Trip to Vegas

Posted by Jeffra on May 05, 2011

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Last Thursday night, Washington, DC area brides and their bridesmaids had the opportunity to attend a very special advance screening of the upcoming film, Bridesmaids! The hilarious film, starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper), opens in theaters on Friday, May 13th, but a very special group of WeddingWire members had the chance to see it before it hits theaters.

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss out! Win with WeddingWire At the Movies by entering for a chance to win a Grand Prize vacation for four to Las Vegas, including four round-trip flights, two nights accommodation, and $500 spending money, a First Prize “Girls Night Out” prize pack or a Second Prize of Bridesmaids inspired cupcakes designed exclusively by Georgetown Cupcake.

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Contest ends Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:59pm ET.

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