Here comes the Bridesmaid… part duex!

Hooray for Friday!!! Perhaps you have a weekend shopping trip planned with your bridesmaids so today we are focusing on the business of making them look gorgeous on your big day.

Where to start???  Over the past few years high street shops such as Coast and Karen Millen have helped to bring fashionable bridesmaid/evening dresses to the masses and are a good place to start your search.  Amsale, stocked in The White Room is Mullingar has a really great selection as does Dresscode, based in Hickeys of Henry Street in Dublin.  Watters, WTOO and the Dessy group also have great offerings both in terms of style and colour and are stocked in various Bridal rooms around the country.

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Primary colours and pastels are still the most popular choices for bridesmaid dresses however pattern and stripes while a little less orthodox, can also be a gorgeous alternative.  Ted Baker has some very pretty floral maxis which would look beautiful with plain coloured bouquets for a spring or summer wedding.

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Shopping with your maids for their dresses should be fun but it can be stressful if you have many bridesmaids as the chances of finding one dress that will suit all can be pretty slim.  While traditionally all bridesmaids wore the exactly the same dress and this is still a very popular choice, increasingly there is a trend towards mix and match dresses.

Dressing your ladies in different styles of the same dress is a great way to ensure that all of your maids feel comfortable and are wearing a style that best suits their shape.  The Twobirds range of Bridesmaid dresses, available at The Bridal Lounge in Dublin, not only have a huge range of colours on offer but offer amazing flexibility by allowing you to choose one dress which has 15 different tying options from halter neck, strapless, one shoulder to sweetheart and cap-sleeved dresses.

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If you have a particular style in mind but finding a colour tone to suit all is proving difficult why not choose complementary tones or shades of the same style dress to fit into your wedding colour scheme.

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Or for ultimate flexibility just pick a colour palette and allow your ladies to choose their own style and shade.

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Happy shopping. X

IMAGE CREDITS

Row 1:  www.dresscode.ie

Row 2 L to R:  Amsale Fall 2013 www.colincowieweddings.com,    Dessy   www.weddingtonway.com

Row 3: www.stylempretty.com

Row 4:  Twobirds collection www.thebridallounge.ie

Row 5 L to R:  www.bridalmusings.com , www.stylemepretty.com

Row 6:  www.lovelyweddingday.com

Row 7: www.stylempretty.com

Row 8 L to R: http://reasonstobreathe.tumblr.com , www.stylempretty.com

Row 9: www.stylempretty.com

Row 10: http://greenweddingshoes.com

Here comes the Bridesmaid… part one!

OK Brides-to-be, so it’s your wedding and you are the most important person on the day, along with your Groom of course, but given that you have tasked some of your most beloved ladies with the responsibility of helping you get to this special place it’s important that you try to make them happy in return so for the next couple of posts it’s all about the Bridesmaids!

A nice place to start to make your maids feel special is in the asking!  There are loads and loads of gorgeous ‘Be my Bridesmaid’ cards out there which are a lovely way to formally invite your ladies on-board.  Post them for that extra special surprise….I mean who doesn’t love getting post??  Etsy has a huge selection of beautiful cards, of which we’ve picked some of our favorites below.

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For customised Bridesmaid Invitations, check out ‘Pretty as a Picture’ based in Co. Wicklow, where you can get custom illustrated cards based on pictures of your maids.

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If you are asking you maids in person, a nice touch is to have a little gift or a Bridesmaids kit to go along with the card.   Make up a little hamper with a Bridesmaids survival book, a scrap book of your wedding inspirations and some little travel sized cosmetic goodies, chocolates or mini bottles of champagne.

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For the morning of your wedding why not treat the girls to some pretty robes so that you can all look your best in ‘hair and make-up’ when the Photographer arrives.  Plum Pretty Sugar (http://store.plumprettysugar.com) has a huge selection of Bridal and Bridesmaid robes and ‘lil getting ready dress sets’ which can be ordered online or check out high street stores like Penny’s if you are working with a more modest budget.  These will not only look gorgeous for the pre-wedding photo shoots but also are very practical for getting on and off without messing up hair and make-up.

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With all these lovely treats, your bridesmaids are sure to be feeling very special indeed so the last little touch will be the icing on the cake!  If you have a long distance to travel between your ceremony and reception venue or if you plan lots of photos away from the main reception venue why not pack some bridesmaid goodie boxes in their transport to keep your maids hydrated and keep hunger at bay.  A bottle of water, some crackers and grapes would be perfect; not only can they be packed up the day before your wedding day but they not at all messy to eat on the go.

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Result:  Some very happy Bridesmaids.  x

IMAGE CREDITS

Row 1: www.etsy.com

Row 2: www.weddingchicks.com

Row 3: www.prettyasapicture.ie

Row 4:  www.onefabday.com

Row 5: www.marthastewartweddings.com