Bridesmaid Dresses

January 26, 2012 |  by  |  Bridesmaids, My Wedding Planning  |  No Comments  |  Share

We have a fairly large bridal party (7!), so I figured I should start looking for bridesmaid dresses sooner than later. I was debating between blush pink or gray dresses but I’ve been leaning more towards gray ever since I saw this NYC real wedding by Christian Oth Studio on Style Me Pretty:

The girls and I are planning to make a bridesmaid dress shopping day next month but it’s probably going to be difficult finding a place that allows 7 bridesmaids at one time. The maximum per appointment is usually 4-5 including the bride. The best thing to do is start looking for style ideas online before visiting a store –  Dessy, Weddington Way, Watters, Alfred Angelo and plenty of other sites. I was originally eyeing this cocktail length Lela Rose bridesmaid dress with guipure lace bodice and so I stopped by Lelite in Boston to see it in person before bringing an entourage of girls with me.

Unfortunately, they didn’t have that particular sample dress but the sales associate was super nice and helped me find something similar that I’ve also fallen in love with!

Noir Lazaro (Style #3226) Fall 2012: floral bottom with organza pleated sweetheart top

Actual sample dress from Lelite Bridal (Yes, those are pockets!)

Noir Lazaro Fall 2012: floral one-shoulder dress with organza belt

Actual sample dress from Lelite Bridal

 I’m also a big fan of the light flowy chiffon bridesmaid dresses:

Watters Style #9558: V-neck halter chiffon

Alfred Angelo Style #7138: one-shoulder floral sweetheart chiffon

They’re all so pretty! So pink is still definitely a contender. We’ll see how it goes next month when the girls actually try some one. Wish us luck!!!

DIY Bridal Party Invitations

December 3, 2011 |  by  |  Bridesmaids, DIY, My Wedding Planning  |  No Comments  |  Share

One of the first things we did after getting engaged (on top of picking a wedding date, searching for ceremony/reception venues, gown shopping…etc.) was select our bridal party. We’ve decided on a doing a destination wedding (more to come on planning a destination wedding) so we wanted to incorporate some sort of travel theme. I found these super cute personalized luggage tags from Etsy. Brandy was so easy to work with during the design process. We wanted the luggage tags to be something the bridal party would actually use and like so I didn’t want to have our names plastered across the tag. Instead we did “A L O H A” with a sun for the guys and a flower for the girls. Underneath that, we had a quote:  “IT WOULDN’T BE A JOURNEY WITHOUT YOU” and inscribed the wedding date on the bottom right hand corner. Brandy delivered the personalized luggage tags in clear cello bags. I thought about putting them into an envelope or attaching a sticker to the back – “Will you be my bridesmaid?” but it’s hard to stick something onto leather. So that’s when we got started on a DIY bridesmaid/groomsmen card to go along with the luggage tags.

The bridesmaids got cards with a pink bridesmaid dress on top of pearl white metallic cardstock while the guys card were a tuxedo on black cardstock. I embossed the back of the girls cardstock with pink lettering “will you be my bridesmaid?” and silver for the guys (because I love the look of silver on black) “you have been chosen” (because the fiance wanted to say something unique/funny). To start on the embossing, you’ll need the embossing heat gun, alphabet stamps, stamp pad, and embossing powder, which I found at a local Michaels.

1. stamp the letters  2. sprinkle on some powder  3. heat with the gun

I found it easier to do the lettering and heating on the back before starting on the front design of the card.

Groomsmen Invitations
I measured the black cardstock to be just a little bigger than the cello bags the luggage tags came in. Next I cut some ribbons for the mini bow tie on the tuxedo and used the extra scraps from the girls’ pearl white metallic cardstock for the white dress shirt underneath. I used glue to stick on the dress shirt and found adhesive faux pearls to be used as buttons.

The hardest part was shaping the bow tie and getting it to stick so its best to leave the card to sit overnight before continuing.

We also made a tuxedo invitation for our ring bearer!

Bridesmaids Invitations
I  also measured the pink cardstock to be just a little bigger than the cello bags.  Next I found a bridesmaid dress line drawing online to trace onto the pink cardstock so it would be easier to cut. I really love one shoulder dresses but I couldn’t find a good one online so I traced just about everything except the right sleeve.

Then I cut strips from the black cardstock for the “belt” of the dress and added a small floral decor to it. The dresses looked a little too plain so I added some texture with an extra layer of pink tulle.

To complete the invitations, hole punch a corner and tie the cards to the luggage tags with a black string.  We setup these bridal party invitations at the restaurant where we held our bridal party/engagement party and I’m happy to report that they all accepted! Mahalo!

Bridesmaid Beauty

August 7, 2011 |  by  |  Bridesmaids  |  No Comments  |  Share

As a bridesmaid, you may be feeling a slight overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities that you now carry to help your bride experience one of the best days in her life.  Although the expenses of the bridal shower and bachelorette party may damper the fun, here are a few bridesmaid’s dresses that won’t cost you a fortunate but definitely won’t compromise your beauty.  Your contribution that to her day is equally important and will show when you are in a comfortable and affordable bridesmaid’s dress.  Check out JCrew and some of their budget friendly bridesmaid attire!

*Imagine a summery and light spirited wedding theme
There are a variety of colors that are offered with certain dresses so don’t forget to browse through them to see if any of them match your color scheme!

*these dresses are either made with silk chiffon or silk taffeta
prices- ranging from just $99.99 – $250.00

 

Bendable Flats

June 15, 2011 |  by  |  Bridal Fashion, Bridesmaids, Tips & Trends  |  No Comments  |  Share

I was looking for something comfy for my feet for the end of the night/dancing time.  I was trying to decide between flip flops and flats since I could live in both then decided it would make more sense for me to wear flats since they will probably stay on better.  I remembered seeing these flats you can bend and store in a little bag at Burberry.  Super cute, but not worth it for $200!  I’ve also seen similar flats at H&M and GAP and decided these would be the best choice since I won’t have to worry about ruining them for the price I’m paying for them.  I was definitely sold on the convenience of these flats since they bend and can be stored just about anywhere.  I’m sure I’ll make good use of these during my bachelorette party too!!  After months of searching, I’ve narrowed it down to two…

Cosco Como Ballet Flats from Bloomingdales (I love the gold)

Dr Scholl’s Fast Flats from Target (I love the price…10 bucks!)

Hopefully I can try on both, so I can pick up a pair before the wedding.  These also make great bridesmaids’ gifts!

Victoria’s Secret- Sexy Little Bride Collection

May 1, 2011 |  by  |  Bridal Fashion, Bridesmaids  |  No Comments  |  Share

Whether you’re a bride-to-be looking for a little sexy something underneath your dress on your special day or  you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bride, Victoria’s Secret’s Sexy Little bride collection has some fabulous choices. I love this cute bride hoodie with the ruffles and the little something blue!

 

Free Bridesmaids Movie Preview!

April 18, 2011 |  by  |  Bridal Events, Bridesmaids, Giveaways  |  4 Comments  |  Share

We currently have a free pass for you and a guest to attend the prescreening of the new Bridesmaids movie! Being chosen as a bridesmaid is such a special honor but it may not be an easy job, particularly if you’re the maid-of-honor. Watch the new Bridesmaids movie and you’ll discover all the pre-wedding fun one MOH goes through for her bride.

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 4:00pm (Must arrive by 3:00pm)
Location: Showcase Cinema De Lux Legacy Place
                   670 Legacy Place
                   Dedham, MA 02026
Age Requirement:  17+
How to enter: Leave a comment on this post (about anything) and head over to “Like” our Facebook page for your chance to win the prescreening tickets! Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

You know this is going to be a great movie when it’s from the producers of Knocked-UpSuperbad, and the 40-Year-Old Virgin! Bridesmaids hits theaters May 13, 2011.

Disclaimer: You and a guest must have a photo ID to gain admittance. Please arrive no less than one hour before showtime. The purpose of this screening is for marketing research and admission cannot be guaranteed since the screening is overbooked to ensure capacity. As an audience at this screening, you may be recorded for research purposes and asked to complete a short questionnaire following the movie.

Priscilla’s Boston Warehouse Sale – This Weekend!!!

February 22, 2011 |  by  |  Bridal Events, Bridal Fashion, Bridesmaids  |  No Comments  |  Share

It’s here!  Don’t miss this year’s Priscilla of Boston’s annual warehouse sale! The sale is this Saturday Jan. 26th and Sunday Jan. 27th from 9am-4pm.

Address: Priscilla of Boston Warehouse. 40 Cambridge St. Charlestown, MA 02129

Brands include house brand Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, Reverie and Vineyard with prices starting at $199 for couture gowns originally priced at $1500-$7000.

Arrive early for best selection!  No appointments necessary.

Alfred Angelo Grand Opening Event in Dedham

January 5, 2011 |  by  |  Bridal Events, Bridal Fashion, Bridesmaids  |  No Comments  |  Share

Come join other brides in the grand opening of Alfred Angelo in Dedham this weekend. They’ll be offering salon services, food to munch on, as well as local wedding experts recommended by Brides Magazine. All Brides will also receive a complimentary gift bag full of goodies. Saturday January 8th is Bride’s Day and Sunday January 9th is Bridesmaid’s Day. Brides can save from $75 to $350 off your bridal gown and you can also save 10%-15% off bridesmaid, special occasion, or flower girl dresses. So whether you’re looking for the dress of your dreams or the perfect bridesmaid dresses to compliment your wedding, you don’t want to miss this event! Call now to schedule an appointment.

When: Saturday, January 8th – Sunday, January 9th
Time: 9am-9pm January 8th & 12pm-5pm January 9th
Location: Alfred Angelo in the Dedham Plaza
771 Providence Highway
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 461-0004

P.S. They also have also have locations in Danvers and North Attleboro

Check out this exclusive dress from Alfred Angelo’s Disney Collection. It’s called Snow White and it’s gorgeous!

Something for Everyone in your Bridal Party

December 23, 2010 |  by  |  Bridesmaids, Faves  |  No Comments  |  Share

Tis the season brides, so don’t forget to gift your bridal party. What better way to show your appreciation than with something shiny, sparkly, and hand-picked just for them. Here are some of my fave gift ideas without breaking the bank this holiday season.

Pandora bracelets are all the fad this season. You can’t even step into the store without first waiting in line, trust me, I speak from experience. However, the wait is well worth it. Choose from endless personalized combinations that reflect almost every event and style.

Another favorite that truly sparkles is Swarovski. Here you will find unique pieces of jewelry and figurines selected, cut, and designed by the company itself. Don’t let all the sparkle intimidate you from entering the store. There are actually quite a few items offered that are wallet friendly. Here are some more bracelet and charm options that Swarovski offers.

So no matter how different each ladies’ taste is, there’s something for everyone with any of these gifts!

Top 5 Q/A about Bridesmaids

November 7, 2010 |  by  |  Bridesmaids, Tips & Trends  |  1 Comment  |  Share

As a bride, you will discover that you are asked to make countless decisions throughout your planning, however, one of the most important and greatest decisions you will make is choosing the lucky ladies that will be able to share the intimacy of your wedding with you.  Although this task may seem quite simple, there are many factors to consider.  Bridesmaids are crucial to your wedding because of how much they are asked to contribute.  Bridesmaids are there to support your needs throughout your planning process as well as on your wedding day, whether it be accompanying you to dress shop or taking their time to help pick out invitations, your bridesmaids have accepted this duty to help make sure your day runs smoothly.  Some of the tasks a bridesmaid may be asked to assist with on the day of your wedding may be to familiarize themselves with the specific aspects and needs of your dress, or attending to your “out of town” guests.  There are so many questions to ask yourself before and after you make this important decision.  Here are 5 quick Q/A’s that may help you with this process.

Top 5 bride friendly Q/A’s:

1. Selecting your bridesmaid/Made of Honor (MoH)

Bride and Bridesmaid

Photo by lawrence.com

There is so much to consider when you are choosing your bridesmaid, and especially your maid of honor.  The special ladies that you do choose must understand that they are partaking on one of your most memorable days and thus being available to support your every need.  Bridesmaids and MoH’s are asked to make many sacrifices to help fit into your planning schedule.  So, when choosing your lucky ladies, please be courteous to them and yourself by thinking through whether or not they are able to make this commitment.

2. Proper asking etiquette

Bridesmaid card

Photo by Zazzle.com

Bridesmaids sacrifice their time and effort from the day they accept until the day after your wedding so when you choose to ask them this favor, ask them in a way they know they are appreciated for accepting this responsibility.  Some brides have asked by mailing personalized cards along with a bridesmaid’s guidebook; some have taken the girls out to dinner to formally ask them to accept.  (A bridesmaid’s guidebook is a great idea for a friend to review some of the expectations of being a bridesmaid.)

Guide book

Photo by Barnesandnoble.com

3. How much does a bridesmaid contribute to your wedding?

Bridesmaids contribute to your wedding more than you may believe.  From the moment that they accept this responsibility, they have to make certain accommodations with their own schedule to fit into your planning process.  Some of their duties and are not limited to:

· Accompanying you to appointments that you may have (choosing invitations, picking your dress, going to your fitting, and etc.)

· Coordinating your Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party

· Bridesmaids can offer their opinion on their dresses for the wedding

· Availability to help you with “Do-it-Yourself” or DIY items for the ceremony and reception

Along with the logistics of your wedding, they are also there for emotional support.

4. How much do you spend on a gift for your bridesmaids?

Favor Boxes

Photo by www.favorstudio.com

The spending amount on gifts and such is completely up to you and your available budget.  Some brides give their bridesmaids something they can wear on the day of the wedding; a jewelry set to accent their dresses or something that is cute and memorable for the occasion.  These pieces can range from $25-$75.  If you have flexibility in your expenses, show your bridesmaids that you want to celebrate their contribution to your wedding by presenting them with something special.

5. Do I pay for my bridesmaid’s dresses?

Bridesmaids are responsible for their own dress and shoes but letting them chose the style they would like to wear helps with this process.  You are not obligated to purchase their dress for them but if you know that someone is having financial troubles or needs a little help then you can assist them if you can.

*Your wedding is your day to shine and your girls are here to help make that happen.  Understand how much commitment it is to ask someone to renounce their time and effort to accommodate your needs.  Celebrate their contribution by gifting something they will appreciate.  Let your day be a day everyone will remember.