Top 7 Bridesmaids Tips



A Guide to Bridesmaid Dresses and tips on how to buy them.

Whether you want a bridal party made up of your 18 nearest and dearest or youve decided to keep it intimate, weve tracked down the latest and greatest ideas for all things bridesmaid. Here are our seven favorites.

1. Asking Reinvented: Brides are getting more and more creative about how they ask their friends to be bridesmaids. Think of a fun way to honor the moment. Write a poem that ends with your request, place it in a silver frame, and mail it. Send a friend an arrangement of flowers with a note that reads, Youve been there for me through everything -- please do me the honor of being my bridesmaid! Or, if youre feeling really creative, send them pieces to a puzzle that, when put together, spells out your special request.

2. Man of Honor: If the person youre closest to happens to be your brother (or another guy), theres nothing wrong with having him take the place of the traditional Maid of Honor. This is also a great idea if you dont want to choose between your BGFs (best girl friends).

3. Hemlines on the Rise: Flying in the face of tradition, many designers are choosing to show a little leg. Tea-length styles are the new fun, feminine and flirty standard. With these dresses, fabric, not length, determines formality. The added benefit? These less bridesmaidy dresses can be worn again and again.

4. Color Is Hot: Brides are following their fashion instincts and keeping up with trends by choosing bold colors (hot pink, bright aqua, and kelly green to name a few) either as the main dress hue or as hip accents (such as a sash or hemline trim).

5. Coed Parties: More and more bridesmaids are planning the bachelorette party on the same night as the bachelor party. In some cases, the parties are combined. Wedding parties are planning individual scavenger hunts for the bride and groom where the final clue leads them to the same place, or theyre doing something less secretive, like all meeting at a club at the end of the night. Either way, with all your friends around, both male and female, its sure to be a blast.

6. Kids-only Party: The English have been creating all-kid bridal parties for decades, and theres no reason you cant adopt this trend from across the pond. Instead of casting bridesmaids (i.e., grownups), just include ring bearers, flower girls, usherettes, and junior bridesmaids. This will lead to adorable pictures, and make you stand out even more walking down the aisle. Now who wouldnt want that?

7. Special Guest Stars: Find meaningful ways to involve family and friends without asking them to be official members of your bridal party. Invite them to do a reading at the ceremony, hold a post of the huppah, pass out programs, seat guests, or keep you company (and lend a helping hand) while youre getting dressed.

Guinevere Smith, Media Relations
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