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.
Asking your best girlfriends to be in your wedding may seem like an easy task, but you may want to consider putting a little extra umph when asking them, especially your maid of honor. Your wedding may be all about you and your groom, but your best friends are going to want to celebrate with you, plus they are meant to be your helpers through all the wedding drama and planning. It is not only a sweet honor to be asked, but it is a lot of work that they would be signing up for, so when you decide to pop that special question, do it right!
Seven Ideas on How to Ask Your Best Girls to Be Your Bridesmaids
- Spa Day: Take your girls out for some pampering to tell them how special they are and perhaps give out special bridesmaid robs, slippers, or a handy-dandy bridesmaid survival kit!
- A Cute Gift Box: Whether it is at your engagement party or if you plan a girls date with your bridesmaid hopefuls, giving your future bridesmaids a cute and personalized gift box can help you “pop the question”. Creme de la craft offers a great DIY gift box with easy how-to instructions. This is a perfect solution to the how-to-ask question because it can be perfectly personalized to you, your wedding, and your bridesmaids. You can choose designs based on your wedding theme, or do a different design based on the personality of the bridesmaid or your relationship with her.
- Send a Card: If your bridesmaids are long distance or you don’t know when you can get together, sending a card to ask them to be your bridesmaid would be perfectly appropriate. Whether you send one that is spunky or sentimental is completely up to you!
- Photo Strip/Collage: Make a collage or create a photo booth strip with a few of your favorite photos of you together and write a message on the back. This one is great because it is fun and sentimental.
- A Cute Picture Frame: Personalized gifts are one of the best ways to ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding and a picture frame is absolutely perfect. These are great because they are functional, personal, and your bridesmaids can put pictures from the wedding inside! Etsy is a great place to look for a gift like this!
- Jewelry! You can pretty much always count on jewelry to say what you need it to. For this, you could give out necklaces or earrings you want your girls to wear on the wedding day, or a cute charm bracelet to show off your friendship.
- Just Ask! At the end of the day, asking them to be your bridesmaid is just about the relationship you have, so if you are not up for a cutsie card or hand making gift boxes just isn’t your thing, then go ahead and just call each girl up, or find some face to face time, and just ask. Don’t even sweat it! It is not like you are proposing marriage!
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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.