Preventing The Lesser-Known (But Still Terrifying) Threat of the Bridemaidzilla

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Your wedding should be, in theory, the happiest day of your life. Well, at least one of the top five. There are the days your kids are born, if you have them. There is your first paycheck. And then there’s the day you realize you paid the store clerk with a single and they gave you change for a ten. Those are all pretty sweet, also.

But I digress. It should be the happiest day of your life, but the thing about a wedding is this. Although it has two leading characters, there is a sizeable supporting cast. While the two of you may give virtuoso performances, there’s always the risk of some scene-stealing further down the card.

It may be for the best of reasons – a giggling fit during the vows, a funny best man speech or the priest catching the bouquet. It may also be because of a spectacular tantrum pulling focus from the happy couple. How do you avoid the lesser-known wedding day disaster – the Bridesmaidzilla?

Picking Your Bridesmaids

As noted before, you do need to be decisive when picking bridesmaids for a wedding. It’s the bridesmaid’s choice in the end, and you have to pick who you’re happy with. That said, if there is a chance of one bridesmaid being miserable because her sister couldn’t be one, think. Does it make a huge difference to have five instead of four?

Picking The Dresses

Outside of the shallower Hollywood rom-coms, you rarely get a group of four friends who are identical in shape and size. Picking the right dresses for your crew, then, can be a tense process. You may have three who are delighted with the cut and the color. There may then be one who looks at what you’ve bought and says “Oh, they’ll look great! I will look like I’ve dressed up for Hallowe’en!”

That’s why sites like alanavivi.com are so useful. You can decide on a color theme, but allow each bridesmaid to choose their cut and style. No need to play the percentages, everyone can look drop dead gorgeous. Just a bit less so than the bride, of course.

Maid Of Honor/Head Bridesmaid Fiascoes

The bridesmaids at any wedding should usually be the best friends of the bride herself. The best, best friend will be the head bridesmaid or maid of honor. However, do you know who your best friend is? Do they? And more to the point, do those who are not your best, best friend know that? This is something that requires clarity early on.

It may be worth making the decision that you won’t be having a maid of honor at all. Should the decision be questioned, explain that they’re all bridesmaids because they mean the world to you. Putting one of them above the others would just be too difficult emotionally on such an important day.

The one caveat to this is if you have been asked to play the part of maid of honor to one of your own party. In that case not returning the favor would look like a snub – and guess where that leads?

Bridesmaid 101: Get It Right First Time With These No-Hassle Tips

As any soon-to-be-bride will know, there are hundreds of different components that make up the average wedding. When you are planning your big day, you will know how important it is to keep a handle on all of these, as hard as it can often be to do so. However, what you will soon realise is that some aspects of your big day are more important than others. Sure, it will be really nice if the chair covers and the table centrepieces are both in exactly the right shade of apricot. But, what really matters is that you have a great day spent with those you love, and some of these people will include your bridesmaids. The concept of bridesmaids dates back many thousands of years, although their role has obviously evolved since then. If ‘bridesmaids’ is the next thing to tick off your wedding to-do list, here are some things you need to know.

 

Choosing your bridesmaids

If you are a bit of a social butterfly with a lot of pals, you may find it excruciatingly difficult to choose your bridesmaids from all your friends. But it is something that must be done. When picking how many you are going to have, consider a few things. Practically speaking, the size of the altar is one thing that could potentially affect the number of bridesmaids you have. Also remember to think about the size of your wedding party. If you and your fiance only have 30 guests between the pair of you, it may be a bit odd if 12 of those people are bridesmaids! You might need to be ruthless when it comes to who makes the cut, but think about who you truly want by your side when you finally say ‘I do’.

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Having the bachelorette party

Wedding planning can be stressful. One of the best ways we can blow off some steam is by throwing ourselves into the bachelorette party – arguably one of the most fun things about getting married! The bachelorette party planning is the responsibility of your bridesmaids, but a little guidance from you will never go amiss. For example, you might need to outline certain things, like price and what kind of activity you are comfortable with. Bachelorette parties are now up there with bachelor parties in terms of notoriety – so go wild if that’s what you fancy, but remember to tell your bridesmaids what kind of event you want.

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Delegating responsibilities

 

As weddings become more and more contemporary, the actual role of the bridesmaid has got somewhat lost in translation. Unfortunately for your bridesmaids, it isn’t just about drinking cocktails and getting to wear a pretty dress! You will find that in the run up to the wedding you may need to rely on your bridesmaids for emotional support, planning and just generally getting everything together for the big day. Once you have chosen your bridesmaids, sit down with them and tell them gently what you need from them. That way, you can all look forward to planning the wedding together – after all, who better to do it with than your best friends?

4 Ideas For Throwing a Memorable Bachelorette Party

The chances are that all of the wedding plans are all sorted, and things are running smoothly. You will be counting down the weeks and then the days soon. So there are only a few small things to sort out before the big day. The next things are bridal shots and a bachelorette party, of course! Bridals are done only a short time before the wedding, so I’m going to share some fun ideas for throwing a bachelorette party. Hopefully, you won’t have to plan your own, but rather, you could share these ideas with your maid of honor.

 

Road Trip

This is going to be the trickiest option, which will require a lot more planning than most. But if you have got friends and bridesmaids that are up for a little bit of a road trip, then what could be more fun? It could just be a weekend trip to somewhere like Las Vegas, or a more chilled out trip to somewhere like Cocoa Beach in Florida. It depends on where you are in the country as to where you will go of course. But it is such fun to get all the girls together and have one last party trip as an unmarried woman. If you wanted to do a trip away for your bachelorette, it is time to get planning it now!

 

House Party

You or a bridesmaid that has a home perfect for a party. You could tie it in with a bridal shower perhaps. You could fill the night with lots of silliness and games. You could even think about getting something like Melbourne Memories Party Booths to have for the night. Then you will have great photo memories of the night with all of your friends and family at the party. It can be a cheap way to have a bachelorette too. People can bring their own drinks, and you can decorate as much or as little as you would like.

 

Spa Day

If you aren’t a massive party animal, then you might prefer to have something like a spa day. It could just be a small number of you that go. It makes it nice and intimate that way too. It will be so nice to pamper yourselves, have facials or massages and just relax. I think bachelorette or not, this needs to happen before the wedding anyway. You deserve to relax after planning a wedding!

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Dine Out for the Evening

You could pick your favorite restaurant to go to and have a meal with your bridesmaids and friends. Sometimes it makes it more fun if you all dress up smartly or even do fancy dress. It might be a special experience to go to a fine dining restaurant too, somewhere with a Michelin star, for example. Though I don’t think fancy dress would go down well at one of those restaurants, as sometimes that have dress codes. It will make you feel all fancy, though; a real treat. You could then go wherever the night takes you and finish up in a bar or nightclub. It is your party, so you can choose!

Cute Morning of Wedding Shots

Flower Girl Fairytale

Flower girls are always in awe of the glitz and glamour of the wedding day!

They fall in love with the whole process; from the hair and make-up, to the fancy dresses that they and the bridesmaids are fashioning. But, above all, they fall in love with the fairy tale of the Bride. From seeing her dress for the first time, to helping her get into her dress, or truly feeling like a princess by being allowed to “put on” the wedding dress for a quick feel, they couldn’t imagine feeling more special!

We love it when their expressions and pure joy throughout the day are caught on film. Check out these priceless photographs!

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Perfect Personalized Bridesmaids Gifts

Your wedding day only comes around once!! What better way for you and your bridesmaids to remember this special day, than with personalized gifts!

There are so many options for bridesmaid gifts that it is hard to narrow down the perfect one for your girls!

Here are some of our favorite personalized items for your bridesmaids!

 

If you are thinking of personalized gifts, check out these and many more at Gifts For You Now!

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