“My friends are my estate.”
- Emily DickinsonWithout your loyal and lovely bridesmaids, your wedding would be less wonderful. These caring ladies are there to help you look as beautiful as can be on the big day…they also provide amazing moral support during the months leading up to your wedding.
If you’re given to a little Bridezilla behavior now and then (and aren’t we all?), you’ll have even more reason to value every bridesmaid in your wedding party… why not show these special girlfriends just how much they mean to you?
Avoid The Clichés – Give Your Bridesmaids Something Pretty To Wear At Your WeddingThe best way of showing you care is by helping your bridesmaids avoid the most dreaded cliché – the homely dress, designed to make the bride look so much prettier by comparison. It can be tempting to put your girls in ugly dresses, but it’s really a bad idea on many levels.
After all, you’re a modern, confident woman! You don’t want your bridesmaids dressed in tacky styles they’ll secretly despise. Your wedding will be more pleasant for everyone when you honor your bridesmaids – they don’t need couture pieces straight off of a Paris runway. However, even cheap bridesmaid dresses should offer the best quality, sophistication, and fabric possible.
A brainstorming session, where the bridesmaids come together and give you ideas about what they’d prefer to wear, would be a great “girl’s night” activity. Watch 27 Dresses or The Wedding Singer, have some snacks and drinks, and chat about bridesmaid gowns and fun wedding decor ideas!
Of course, it’s your wedding, not theirs – still, you should always be sensitive about their body issues and opinions. Treat them as you would want to be treated…even if you had to wear something terrible when they walked down the aisle!
Being a gracious, kind bride-to-be is just good karma! It will also ensure that your friends are happy and comfortable in their gowns.
A knee-length sheath is always a flattering choice for almost any woman! A-line skirts are wonderful for curvier bridesmaids – they balance their shapes beautifully. Pay attention to the unique physical characteristics of each woman. It’s possible to find different bridesmaids dresses for each lady, as long as you stay in the same color family. Have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to innovate!
You’ll Always Be The Star On Your Wedding Day…
Your bridesmaids will be there to provide the perfect backdrop – and backup – if they are feeling pretty and appreciated, it will show! Their positive energy will add a lot to your whole wedding experience – make the day special for them as well!
A Fun Gift Idea For Your BridesmaidsBefore or after your ceremony, consider giving each bridesmaid a special present that is fun, personal and even poignant. It’s not about money – it’s about friendship! Here is a lovely gift idea that can be work with almost any budget:
Bridesmaid Survival Kits -
These popular kits often contain boring essentials, such as travel toothbrushes, sewing kits, extra stockings, Chap Stick, and mints. No one really wants everyday basics as a present! Make your own emergency kit – but fill it with fun and glamorous little mini-gifts.
A rhinestone-studded compact mirror or a scented lip plumper will be appreciated by almost any bridesmaid. Bath bombs that fizz and smell delicious are cheap, but they will always be enjoyed – and they’ll help each bridesmaid unwind before or after your wedding celebration. The goal is to give useful items with a little added charm!
Add any fun extras, such as glam nail polish or luxurious body lotion, that you happen to find on sale in the weeks before your ceremony. Wrap the whole kit up in a basket or shiny gift bag – add tissue paper or cellophane, and tie it with lots of colorful ribbons.
Your survival kit should be practical, but also something even Lady Gaga would appreciate! Put in a personal note as well, letting the bridesmaid know how much she means to you!
January 17, 2011
However, despite the magic of the day, many women still work very hard to plan their outfits, hair, makeup, and bridal jewelry – they want to become the most beautiful brides they can be! Luckily, there are lots of tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your natural beauty. The smartest brides opt for colors, shapes, and bridal rings that flatter their own body types and coloring.
Wedding Dress AdviceTV shows like Say Yes To The Dress showcase the drama of choosing the ideal wedding gown. Brides-to-be often melt down under the pressure! It doesn’t have to be like this! By understanding some simple rules about your own body and what flatters it best, you can avoid the stress of trying on dozens of gowns that just don’t measure up! Here is some practical advice on finding the right dress for your figure:
Sleeveless will look beautiful on you…think modern when you shop for your wedding dress. Keep it stripped down and minimalist…you’ll look stunning in a simple shape…it can be embellished with sequins, embroidery, or what have you, but the shape itself should follow the lines of your body, without a lot of volume or puffiness…
Take your cue from high fashion – a snug sheath dress or slip dress bridal gown will be the height of elegance. In general, the princess type of gown won’t suit you best – it’s meant for women with more conventional hourglass shapes. Go for sophistication and you’ll dazzle your guests – and your groom – on the big day!
For wedding hair and makeup, polished style is best. A little volume in the hair can add femininity – consider wearing your hair in a half-up, half-down style. Rosy blush will add softness to your facial shape…don’t skip this important step when you do your makeup! For wedding rings, consider something streamlined, with a touch of high-fashion chic! As long they are not fussy or old-fashioned, bold, striking engagement rings will work well with your body type.
Celebrities With Boyish Builds – AnnaLynn McCord (90210), Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart
Medium Build…The Classic Hourglass…
A feminine, 1950′s silhouette will work beautifully on you…a snug waistline, corset-style bodice, and full skirt will accentuate all the positives, and still bypass your hips and legs. The classic princess wedding dresses you see on the covers of bridal magazines are tailor-made for your girly figure. Embrace your curves and have fun with a pretty wedding gown that highlights your chest and waist!
Strapless may not be the best choice for you – unless the gown has a lot of support, i.e. a built-in bra or corset – you may not have enough support without straps. Sleeveless sheath styles won’t be the best choice for you – they won’t balance your shape the way a princess wedding dress will.
Look for gowns shaped like you – even a sexy mermaid-style gown can work, if the size of your chest and hips are quite balanced. For your hair, consider a pretty up-do that adds height – it shouldn’t be too fussy or overdone. If you’re wearing your hair down, a medieval style center parting can be lovely on you – it will lengthen your face. Your jewelry should be traditional and not too large in scale. You might enjoy a classic solitaire engagement ring with a touch of vintage charm. Makeup should highlight the lips and eyes…
Celebrities With Medium Builds – Catherine Zeta-Jones, Scarlett Johanssen, Britney Spears
Curvyplus-size wedding dresses that put the focus on your full breasts and luminous skin. The trick is to emphasize what is most beautiful about you…
Gowns that lace up in the back are perfect for you…they will allow you to adjust your gown in case of any weight fluctuations. Wedding dresses with built-in support are also a wonderful idea – it’s just easier to find a dress that holds everything in place when you opt for a corseted style. If you feel too constrained in that type of gown, go for a classic silk or satin wedding dress without a lot of embellishment. In general, you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles…your glorious curves are already at center stage…
Your skirt shouldn’t be too full…you really don’t need too much volume. A little bit of fullness will be the best choice to balance your shape…keep the focus of your dress on the bodice for the best effect. Pretty lace or beading around the neckline will draw the eye to your beautiful face.
For hair and makeup, be daring…don’t be afraid of a ruby lip or a little shimmer on the eyes. Really go for it! You may want to wear your hair down – it tends to flatter a rounder face. Your veil should be sheer and not too long for the best effect. Wedding rings should balance your proportions – a bigger gemstone or wider band will look lovely.
Celebrities With Curvy Builds – Oprah Winfrey, Ann Wilson (of the rock band, Heart), Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Simpson