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Bridesmaid Etiquette: How To Pick Dresses They Will Love

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It’s your big day, but you want everyone to enjoy your wedding. While you can’t please everybody, there are some people you can: your bridesmaids. Not to say you haven’t thought about them, yet they aren’t always consulted about their attire! Sometimes, a bridezilla chooses what she thinks is appropriate and makes the final decision. Sure, it is up to you; however, do you want uneasiness in the ranks? With a few simple rules, you can get all of your bridal party on board and find the perfect middle ground.

Here are the etiquette rules that will help you strike the right balance.

Ask For Their Opinion

Although this tip isn’t ground-breaking, it’s incredible how many brides don’t ask their bridesmaids for their opinion. Okay, it’s not as if you can consult all of them, especially if you have everyone from a chief bridesmaid to three or four foot soldiers. Still, a basic question will reveal all and help you to find more suitable dresses. If the shade is a problem, you can search bridesmaid dresses using color filter, or you might need to focus on the fit. Whatever it is, let them express their opinion without fear of a court marshall!

Take Them Along To A Fitting

Of course, gauging their opinion implies that they’ll offer it up in the first place. Lots of bridesmaids, trying to be a friend, will go along with anything you say not to rock the boat. From your point of view, this is counterproductive and doesn’t help in the slightest! Thankfully, taking them along to view dresses or try them on is a fantastic way to see how they feel. Their body language will speak volumes, allowing you to ask them what they think without coming across as aggressive or moody. Choose a date that suits everybody and make a girly day of it to add to the experience.

Let Them Shine

It’s your big day. You have put it together, you have spent the money, and you want the attention. There’s nothing wrong with thinking this way; it’s natural. But, that doesn’t mean your squad can’t shine too. Attempting to make them appear a little drab and understated might not go down well. Instead, let them shine by picking dresses that show off their assets in a subtle and classy way. You can even mix dresses if you don’t want them to be the same size, colour, or style. Sequins are great at catching the eye without being too flashy.

Use Pinterest

Providing multiple options and then analysing the results isn’t a job that brides enjoy. It only adds hassle to the process because you’re bound to annoy someone. The trick is to give them a chance to have their say and show them that they are involved. Then, they won’t be as disappointed if they get outvoted. To do this, you can use technology to your advantage. A WhatsApp group is always handy, but Pinterest is the winner when it comes to bridesmaid dresses.

Start a board and whittle the options down to a handful based on the majority of votes.

Maid of Honor Duties: What You Should Do on the Morning of the Wedding

WeddingOn the morning of the wedding, the maid (or matron) of honor has certain duties to fulfill to help the bride’s preparations run smoothly and make sure things go off without a hitch. Here’s a rundown of some key things the bride’s right hand girl is responsible for before the wedding.

Keep everything running smoothly: Being chosen as a maid of honor is a true mark of trust and friendship. You’ve been helping the bride plan this day for the past twelve months. Now it’s her time to sit back and relax, while you keep everyone on track. You should have a copy of the timeline so you know exactly what’s scheduled and when, including hair and make-up appointments. It’s your job to keep things flowing so the bride is ready in time for the ceremony.

Deliver any reception items: Drop off any last minute things that need to go to the reception venue, such as champagne flutes, candles or the guest book. You should do this as early on in the morning as possible, so you can be back with the bride as quickly as you can.

Arrange breakfast for the bride: On the morning of her wedding, the bride is bound to be excited and nervous. Breakfast is probably the last thing on her mind, so it’s up to you to make sure she eats. The wedding day has to begin with a healthy meal, so the bride can sustain herself throughout the ceremony and the reception.

Help the bride get dressed: It’s no small undertaking to get a nervous bride into the most expensive dress she’ll probably ever wear. Make sure everything is laid out beforehand so you’re not rushing around trying to find a missing earring or a spare stocking. You should also be prepared to help the bride into and out of the bathroom in the period before the wedding.

Be the go-to girl: While your best friend is busy making herself gorgeous for the big event, she’ll need your help fetching and carrying things for her. You’ll probably have to answer her phone and be available at all times to sooth her nerves. While you’re juggling all this, you might want to check that the bridesmaids are getting into their used bridesmaid dresses on time.

Keep the groom’s ring safe: Whatever you do, do not let the groom’s wedding band out of your sight. Guard it with your life.

Make sure the bridal suite is perfect: You should have time to do this later in the day, once the bridesmaids have finished getting ready. Make sure they haven’t left any belongings in there and that everything is spick and span. The bride and groom should not have to return to a messy room when their reception is over.

As a maid of honor, it’s your job to make the wedding morning run as smoothly as possible, keep the bride calm and act as a gateway to people who are stressing her out. Most of all enjoy helping your BFF have an awesome wedding day.

Maisie Stephens shares her wedding knowledge online with her informative and very useful articles aimed at all members of the wedding party.