Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography
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!
Categories: Bridesmaids, Ideas + Trends
Tags: Aaron and Jillian Photography, bachelorette parties, Bridesmaid Attire, Bridesmaid Etiquette, Bridesmaid Guides, Bridesmaids, SpringBook, SpringBook 2015, Wedding Parties, wedding party, WeddingWire E-Magazines, WeddingWire SpringBook
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Every wedding has dozens of precious moments that are captured on camera. From the first kiss to the first dance, there’s bound to be countless heart-warming snaps that you and your significant other can bond over for years to come. There are, however, some especially adorable photos we came across and just couldn’t resist sharing. From jaw-dropping backdrops, to a sentimental moment between a groom and his mother, there’s no shortage of aww-worthy snaps in this slideshow. Grab the tissues and prepare for your heart to melt!
Categories: Photography + Memory Keeping
Tags: 15 wedding photos that will completely melt your heart, Bridesmaids, City Weddings, father daughter first look, first dance, first kiss, flower girls, Katelyn James Photography, mother son dance, pets, ring bearer
Photo by Melissa Oholendt Photography
It’s our favorite time of year, when we here at WeddingWire get to reflect on all of the amazing wedding moments of 2014. There were so many gorgeous bridesmaid frocks this year, from long and lovely to short and flirty, there wasn’t a shortage of amazing dresses. Click through our round-up of the best from this past year to see what we mean.
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.
Photo: Carla Gates Photography
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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