As the times change, many will only hear traditionalists say that only the bride can wear white. However, many brides are beginning to see the fashion benefits and change their state of mind as to what color their bridesmaid’s dresses can be. In recent trends, white and ivory bridesmaid dresses have been popping up on designer sites and Facebook’s everywhere.
The choice between the two similar colors all depends on what color the bride’s gown will be. If the bride chooses an ivory based dress, then to put a slim difference between her and her maids, it would be smart to put them in a more pure white. If the bride chooses an elegant and traditional white gown, then their bridesmaid’s would choose ivory dresses. While people may be concerned with the fact that is it not only the bride wearing white, there should not be much of a concern, because everyone attending should know whose wedding it is.
By allowing the color scheme to stay within the basic white’s allows for the photos of the entire bridal party to tie together as well. Plus, if the wedding is seasonal, the white and ivory can stand out among the fall or summer colors. Honestly, with whatever traditions may change within the life celebration of a wedding, they always seem to work out and catch on in one way or another.
One of the most important moments in any girls life, is on her wedding day when she gets to have her dance with her dad. There is something about that moment that will forever bring tears to on-looking eyes, and especially in the moment that went viral between Rachel Wolf and her father. In September of 2011, Rachel’s father, Dr. James Wolf, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For the past two years he has undergone extensive treatment, and is coming up on the end of his battle.
Although Rachel is not even engaged, she knows that when that day comes, she would forever regret not having that special moment with her dad. So, she decided to surprise him with a faux wedding so they could have their last dance and when the day comes, she can play that video. “It meant more to him than I ever thought it would,” Rachel explained to ABC News. “The joy that I saw in his face when he saw me was amazing.”
While the video has gone viral, Rachel has explained that she does not want to watch it until her actual wedding day. In the event that her father would not physically make it to one of the biggest moments in her life, for her, now he still can be. “I was completely taken aback,” Dr. Wolf explained. “It was a special idea to remember her father at her wedding day.” Although his interview was brief, a lot of his energy was drained from the dance, but it can be seen on his face in the video that he has never seen his daughter look so beautiful.
The custom, formal bride boutique, Bella Bridesmaid, recently hosted a fundraiser for Charity Dress Collection which is a non-profit organization that aims to provide free gowns to those who serve in the military. The event collected 75 used gowns for mother of the bride and bridesmaids, all of which were donated by generous Hartford, Connecticut residents.
This collection of donations was part of Bella Bridesmaid’s large and generous relationship with the non-profit organization, which also includes seasonal donations of bridesmaid’s gowns to keep them feeling newer and appealing. “We launched this timely program over the Independence Day holiday to honor the service men and women who protect and defend our countries freedom,” explained Madison Ross, co-owner of Bella Bridesmaid Boutique. “We are grateful to the swelling of support from local women who cleaned out their closets and stopped by our store to donate an unwanted gown to an appreciative military family.”
It is no secret that although weddings are a big life celebration, they are still very expensive, and the dresses can be one of the most difficult things to find in an affordable price range. However, with charities such as Charity Dress Collection, many brides will still be able to have the wedding they have always dreamed of with the perfect dresses. The benefit for those who are in need of bridesmaids dresses is that no dress is accepted if it does not fit company standards. Bridesmaid’s dresses can be beautiful and timeless, regardless if they are used or donated.
Regardless whether it is their second, third, or first, weddings reign supreme in the biggest life celebrations. As soon as the future groom pops the question, it is then the future bride’s duty to propose to her best friends on whether or not they will be her bridesmaid. However, in some instances, bridesmaids end up turning down the offer due to the overall cost which includes accessories, the dress, gifts, and travel. For some serial bridesmaids, they can collect “bridesmaid debt,” due to the overall estimation for a standard bridesmaid being $1,695.
The standard receipt for a bridesmaid according to www.Mint.com:
Dress – $150
Travel [wedding, shower, bachelorette party] - $300 each
Gifts – $200
Soraya Jollon, a New York based wedding planner, explains, “The majority of bridesmaids are happy to buy a dress. If a bride has historically been the type to figure out exactly what each person owes when the bill arrives at a group dinner, she may ruffle some feathers if she insists that her friends buy a $500 dress and matching shoes.” However, a bridesmaid will typically put up with the bride because every wedding is usually stereotypical, and nothing that happens is something you have not heard of before.
The culture of a wedding is to be expensive, and the hardest thing for a bridesmaid is making sure your bride will understand if some things are a little too pricey. As a bridesmaid, it is important to voice anything financial so you do not end up screwing yourself over in the end with debt or cause drama between the bridal party.
Small towns all over the nation have been going crazy over filming for TLC’s original show, Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids. The show was a spinoff of TLC’s other original program, Say Yes To The Dress for the brides. The concept revolves around a bridal shop where bridal parties visit the store searching for the perfect bridesmaid’s dresses. It always proves to be very dramatic and emotional because someone always ends up breaking down into a crying mess in either joy or frustration.
The next season has filmed episodes for bridal parties in Cincinnati, Nashville, and a few military families scattered all over the nation. While the show gets its ratings for the drama, the show still provides good entertainment when some trips to the bridal shops run smoothly. It also helps future brides see what they could possibly be in for, so there are even some life lessons to be learned.
Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids has proven that picking your bridesmaids is not a process to just skip over and look at all your potential picks. It is amazing what some of these sisters and friends can act like when they are put in a dress that was not their first pick. Regardless, it is kind of inevitable that there will be some form of drama regardless if you are watching it on television or actually bridesmaid dress shopping. The show airs on TLC almost every day and usually in marathon form and it fluctuates between the original show with wedding dress shopping to the bridesmaids episodes.
The reality television star, Nene Leakes from the Real Housewives of Atlanta, has been filming for her new spin-off show focusing on her second marriage to her first husband, Gregg Leakes. Ever since the show aired, Leakes has been a favorite among viewers with her up front attitude and hilarious personality. Now, Leakes will be walking down the aisle and finally getting her own television show which is sure to bring in high ratings for Bravo!
The world will be able to see Leakes’ wedding when I Dream Of Nene airs on Bravo! and she hinted on Twitter, “I learned a lot about my bridesmaids while planning my wedding and it wasn’t all good! Tune in.” As a fan of Nene Leakes, whether she is on Glee or the Real Housewives of Atlanta, she is sure to bring drama and even make you laugh out loud. Before her nuptials, Leakes tweeted who her bridesmaids would be and a majority of them are reality stars themselves.
Now, despite the issues she had with her bridesmaids, Leakes knew that the wedding would be an emotional process. In an interview with Life & Style magazine, Leakes gushed on her once ex-husband, “Both of us want this, so it will definitely work this time. I know exactly what I’m getting myself into. It was more romantic this time than the first, Gregg and I are real adults, so it was better.”
That’s good for Nene, but the bridesmaids always hold the responsibility of causing drama, and in the case of reality television, drama brings it ratings.
Late night funnyman and show host, Jimmy Kimmel, stood at the end of the long white aisle in California waiting to finally see his beautiful bride. However, as the music began to play, Gabourey Sidibe, the lead actress from Precious, appeared in a wedding gown with a green umbrella to block the hot sun. While the entire crowd laughed, Kimmel was impressed that such an elaborate prank would be pulled off on his behalf.
According to a guest that spoke to Us Weekly, Kimmel’s bride to-be, Molly McNearney, helped orchestrate the joke along with Sidibe. There is no doubt that if you are going to marry Jimmy Kimmel, a designated funnyman, you have to have a sense of humor.
After the joke had run its course, McNearney walked down the aisle looking more beautiful than ever. After the nuptials, Sidibe traded in the veil and gown for a red dress and some white flats. Their wedding was attended by many other famous faces from Kimmel’s connection to the entertainment industry. Future bride, Jennifer Aniston was in attendance along with Dax Shepard and his wife, Kristen Bell. Kimmel and McNearney have been dating since 2008, and then upon a trip to South Africa in 2012, Kimmel popped the question.
As actress Olivia Wilde plans her wedding to Saturday Night Live funnyman, Jason Sudeikis, her bridesmaids could not be happier for the bride or another amazing reason, their bridesmaid’s dresses! According to an interview with InStyle Magazine, Wilde has designed custom dresses for each of her bridesmaid’s to stray away from the taffeta tradition.
“I’ll skip the tortured tradition of forcing them [bridesmaids] to wear a ridiculous dress that they’ll never wear again,” Wilde explained to InStyle. “They can dye it black or purple and wear it forever.” Needless to say, her loyal maids are breathing a sigh of relief.
Many brides have been getting creative with their bridesmaids dresses the past few years, and although it does not mirror the tradition, it adds a little more excitement to the wedding. Anticipation always builds for the wedding guests to try guessing what the color scheme and bridesmaid’s dresses will look like, and if they will actually compliment the bride.
Custom bridesmaid’s dresses are becoming more popular and either it is because all horrible dresses have gone extinct, or it is a lot easier on the bride to not have to listen to her bridesmaids complain. However, whatever the case may be, as the wedding process evolves, bridesmaids are getting luckier with what they will be wearing down the aisle.
Wilde gushed about her future husband and his career saying, “I know there will be times when Jason is working more than I am, but I’m actually excited by that. I’m excited by what he will become, what depth he has.”
Our favorite Friend, the girl who inspired about 70% of the hairstyles from the 90′s, is one step closer to walking down the aisle. After her very nasty divorce from Brad Pitt, people just wanted to see Jennifer Aniston happy. The public watched as rumors of an affair between Pitt and Angelina Jolie began to spread and Aniston’s heart slowly began to break. However, just a few years later, Aniston will marry the very handsome and talent, Justin Theroux.
Ever since they appeared on the red carpet together for the first time, people wanted Justin and Jen, not Brad and Jen. Ever since the proposal, every television appearance has circulated around details of their wedding. Aniston has always been very good at protecting her love life and she did not go public with Theroux until about a year after dating. However, after such an embarrassing and public divorce, can you blame her?
Theroux proposed to Aniston on the East coast, where a majority of his family and friends live. If there are any doubts about his love for her, there shouldn’t be. According to a source, the couple has officially decided they will wed in California even though Theroux wanted to get married on the opposite coast. Even though he has a New York state of mind, looks like he’ll be flying his family out to California. Now, for the more important wedding details, what will the infamous Rachel Greene’s wedding dress look like? And will her old roommate, Courtney Cox be donning a bridesmaids dress at the nuptials?
One of the most stressful moments in high school is finding that perfect dress for prom. Of course, you will always see dresses that you like, but there is always the chance that another girl might be wearing the same one. As horrible as that sounds, it is part of the risk when shopping for prom dresses in prom sections of commercial stores. However, there is a trick of the trade and if your parents are flexible, I can tell you how to find the perfect prom dress that no one else will have.
The trick to finding the perfect prom dress is shopping for it at a bridal store. Take into consideration how many weddings there are each year, now I’m not the best at math, but that’s a lot of different designs for these designers to put out seasonally. However, just going to the Nordstrom’s bridal section will not do the trick if you are worried about having the same look as another girl. You need to go to a bridal store.
There are always affordable bridesmaid’s dresses, but historically, a prom dress can cost just as much as a bridesmaids dress. The best part about shopping for a prom dress in a bridal store is that you can have a little fun with the experience and pretend you’re actually going to be in a wedding. The sales women don’t know your life, and for all they know, you are shopping for your invisible sister’s wedding and you need a light gown which you’d like to be within the purple family.
If you have anxiety about shopping in a bridal store there are other stores that have specific policies where they do not sell multiple dresses to girls going to the same prom. However, when your prom rolls around, take a look into doing something more authentic, and even better, you’ll feel like a princess.