She Borrowed Her Bridesmaids?

Bridesmaids On my way into work this morning, I was actually listening to the radio, which is rare. However, I heard a news story that actually caught my eye (or ear, rather), and on Miami’s hit radio stations, an interesting news report is hard to come by. Anyways, the DJ started talking about how he has noticed women putting “Want-Ads” online to fill up their bridal party.

I can understand this if you want a big wedding and need a few extra fillers, but one woman called in to explain her side of the story and why did she rent her bridesmaids? So, it would look like she had more attractive friends. Come on! As horrible as it sounds, there are many lonely brides out there that might not be able to find themselves some bridesmaids before the big day, but to totally knock your friends out just so these people can make your wedding photos look better? Now, either this bride thought her friends were not up to her standards, or this bride did not think things through and there is a chance these model bridesmaids outshined her.

Now, the radio hosts tried their best to reason with this bride and how she basically rented her bridesmaids, they just could not understand to her extent. The number one rule of a wedding is that no one outshines the bride, so why put beautiful people in beautiful suits and bridesmaid dresses next to you in the photos of your big life celebration? Whatever the case may be, one can always rely on the radio to entertain us daily and seriously put some of the new wedding trends into serious question.

OC Housewife Still Surprised Over Bridesmaid Pick

Bridesmaid DressesThe Real Housewives of Orange County easily ranks on the top of the housewives list from the Bravo! network. Now, within the OC housewives, there has been countless cat fights and name calling, but when the leader of the pack, Tamra Barney, got into a fight with her supposed best friend, Gretchen Rossi, she was short a bridesmaid for her long anticipated wedding to her fiancé, Eddie.

It was not known to OC housewife fans that Rossi got the axe from the alter until photos were uploaded to the Instagram accounts of Rossi and Heather Dubrow, who replaced Rossi as a bridesmaid. It was a surprising choice for Barney as she and Dubrow had only met almost two years ago, but onscreen, they did click right upon meeting each other. Although they may have bonded a lot over the past two seasons, Dubrow was still shocked when Barney asked her to be a maid. “We were going over wedding details and having cocktails and it was really lovely. And then she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding! I was completely floored, shocked, very honored. I thought it was so sweet,” Dubrow explained.

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Barney and her new husband at their reception.

The long awaited wedding episode is set to air Monday, September 2, on Bravo! While pictures have been leaked by the OC housewives cast, many cannot wait to see Barney’s elegant white gown along her beautiful bridesmaid dresses. Although this is not Barney’s first time down the alter, many are hopeful that this will be her last and wish her and Eddie all the happiness in the world.

Bridesmaid’s Can Wear White Too!

white bridesmaid dresses aAs 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.

75 Gowns Collected For Military Charity

military_wedding_imageThe 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.

Nene Leakes Hints At Drama Among Bridesmaids

jennifer-williams-nene-leakes-wedding-christian-louboutin-nude-pumps-2The 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.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Wedding Pranked By Precious Star

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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.

In-Game Wedding Allows Dedicated Gamers to Marry Their Avatars

custom bridesmaid dressesMuch like many other online role playing games, the popular World Of Warcraft franchise also allows players to marry their avatars for a nominal fee. The ceremonies are performed by an in-game priest and a script is emailed to participating parties the day before the event. Since the ceremony isn’t free of charge, you will also be receiving an invoice which includes the ceremony itself and two photos which will be mailed to the address linked to the paypal account provided. Dedicated players should also know that only a small number of servers will allow these unions to take place.

Marital Status

Despite the time and money that goes into these virtual weddings, the truth still holds that they don’t affect your marital status outside of the game. How can you have a unique and unconventional ceremony if you’re dead-set on marriage in real life. You may not be able to have your wedding on location at Stormwind Gazebo, but you can still have a unique and memorable wedding.

One thing you can do to make your wedding more unique is to defy conventional thinking by having your closest friends and family marry you as opposed to a minister. Getting everyone involved in the process allows the rest of the wedding party to show their commitment to the bride and groom.

Unique Wedding Perks

Another unique touch you can add to your ceremony is to genderbend members of the wedding party. For instance, instead of a best man, the groom can appoint a best girl. The bride can even appoint her best guy friend or brother as a man of honor. The bride and groom may even opt to go without an official bridal party altogether. Instead, just tell everyone invited that they are the bridal party. Add a special touch to your ceremony by implementing unique seating arrangements. Instead of traditional chairs, you can opt for items like hay bales or beanbag chairs (or something more specific if you’ve chosen a theme) for your guests to sit on.

You don’t always having to spend a fortune on a pricey banquet hall; Holding your ceremony in a place that’s significant to both you and your fiance will also make the wedding day a lot more special. If the bride and groom are gamers, for example and you met in an arcade, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to get married in that same arcade. If you’re aiming to get a little closer to traditional, you might consider holding your ceremony in a restaurant of your choosing or a relative’s back yard.

Custom Touch

One of the best ways to add a custom touch to your wedding is to write your own vows. What better way is there to show just how excited you are to be with the person you’re marrying than to write them a beautiful set of wedding vows.

Lastly, Don’t be afraid to get creative with your wedding. Since it’s your wedding, and up to this point no other part of it has been traditional, don’t go for a “traditional” set-up in order to appease one or more of your guests. If you’ve opted for a theme wedding, make the dresses and decorations match that theme.

Overall, you want your wedding to be as memorable and personal as possible. It’s perfectly okay to defy tradition when it comes to your wedding. Don’t be afraid to add special touches to make your wedding more unique, or to turn down the pricey banquet hall in lieu of a location that may be more meaningful to you and your fiance.

Avril’s Recent Wedding Defies Conventional Ideals

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Singer Avril Lavigne

When we were planning our dream weddings as little girls, most of us aimed for a more traditional approach: the white beaded dress with the long train and simple, dewy  makeup. Singer Avril Lavigne threw all of that out the window for her recent wedding to fellow musician Chad Kroeger. Her wedding, which took place in a castle in France was anything but traditional. Lavigne and her groom walked down the aisle in all black, Lavigne’s eyes lined with thick, black liner.

Celebrities are often challenging the norm when it comes to walking down the aisle, however most of us can’t afford to go that over-the-top. In today’s society, where pop culture influences us in so many ways, how can we enjoy a less-traditional wedding while avoiding pushing the boundaries of good taste? Here are some wedding do’s and don’ts.

First Steps

First is something you should definitely do. Make it a point to match your gown to your location. If you’re getting married somewhere special, make your dress match. If you’re having a more simple, elegant reception, opt for a more traditional gown to avoid clashing. If your wedding is taking place in a more tropical setting, consider a shorter, tea-length dress with a pair of fun shoes. You may even consider going barefoot!

Don’t let your desire for a classy wedding reception scare you away from your dream dress. Even if your dress is low-cut and seemingly inappropriate, you can always dress it up with a sash. Not only does this class up your look, it also adds something extra to it. Ultimately, your dress is your decision on your big day! Don’t allow family or friends to dictate the dress you’ll be walking down the aisle in.

Love Your Shoes

Do have a little fun when it comes to your footwear. If you’re having your wedding on the beach, you may opt for flip-flops instead of heels. During winter, it may not be comfortable or practical to wear sandals or heels so it’s perfectly okay to go for fuzzy snow boots under your gown. If the weather permits it, go crazy with your shoes!

Definitely don’t attend your own wedding looking more casual than your guests. If you’ve painstakingly made sure everyone in your wedding party is dressed like they’re attending a formal event, you’d better do the same! Dressing casually for your own wedding could throw off the whole event.

Wedding Day Musts

Do go against traditional ideals. In this day and age, it’s more important than ever for weddings to stand out above the rest. Since we’re not as conventional as our counterparts from previous generations, today’s brides are less inclined for the plain, a-lined white gown. Before making any final decisions regarding dresses, make sure to get your officiant’s blessing first.

Do choose a train that’s appropriate for the location of your wedding. For example, opt for a shorter veil as opposed to a train when holding your ceremony on the beach. You want to avoid damaging delicate fabrics by dragging them across the sand.

Defying convention in lieu of a more memorable and unique ceremony doesn’t have to mean completely pushing the boundaries of good taste. You can do small things like wearing festive shoes under your gown, or even adding a sash to make your sexy gown appear a little more modest. These things will make your wedding more personal to you and still keep things classy.

Surprise Wedding Toast Goes Viral


It was on June 29th that Jennifer Gabrielli’s older sister would wed her long time love, and it was also the day that she would give one of the most iconic bridesmaid’s toasts of all time. She announced it to the guests that her speech included a “musical snack,” which immediately had her older sister, the bride, curious to see what she whipped up. As the beat kicks in, one of the groomsmen pulls out a black, Victoria’s Secret “Love Pink,” hooded zip up to help put on Gabrielli. Low and behold… she had successfully taken Eminem’s hit single, Without Me, and created a personal wedding toast for her big sis. The video went viral within days.

Gabrielli told ABC News that she “didn’t want to get up there and get nervous, and forget everything, and start to cry.” However, when she stood in front of the 200 guests, she had no reservations, and just went for it. The 24 year old bridesmaid was given credit where credit was due with her mock chorus “Now this looks like it’s meant to be, so everybody just toast with me. Raise your glasses if you’re thirsty, ’cause tonight we’re here to P-PAR-TEE.” While the crowd seemed shocked at first, it did not take long before everyone was clapping with the beat and laughing along with the bridal party.

While her mother helped her practice on their way down to the La Costa Resort in California, Gabrielli wanted to still make the light hearted speech more personal. At the end of her viral rap video, she says “I love you bigger than the sky,” and she explained to ABC that was something her family had always said to each other. When her moment was over, her mother rushed to the stage to give her a kiss, and the 200 wedding guests gave her a standing ovation.

She also did not stray away from giving her new brother-in-law a few digs, “Through thin and thick they ain’t gonna quit, everybody’s talking about this great fit. Blake, he don’t wanna get his butt kicked, toilet seats down and he does the dish-es.”

Gabrielli has been writing songs since she was a little girl, but it always proved to be more of a hobby for the administrative assistant at California University.

Bad Dress Etiquette: Are You A Good Bridesmaid?

So your best girlfriend since Kindergarten is getting married. If you haven’t been included in the selection process, you’re likely being emailed a link to the terrible bridesmaid dress she’s requesting you wear to the festivities.
Is there any way to get around wearing that awful thing or do you suck it up and swallow your pride? After all, you’ll only have to wear that dress once.

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There are some instances where it’s okay to speak up about your dress. The bride should take into account that unless all of her friends are Stepford Wives, no two women are going to look exactly the same. The style of dress chosen for the bridesmaids should be equally flattering on all shapes. That being said, if your dress doesn’t flatter your figure, it’s perfectly fine to speak up. I mean, there are

Another reason to speak up is cost. It can be downright expensive being a bridesmaid. It can cost up to $1,000.00 for a bridesmaid to attend the wedding. If the dress the bride selected is a little above your price range, it’s perfectly acceptable to inquire about a less expensive, but equally tasteful option.
You’ll want to remember that when addressing any issues with the bride, that you don’t want to be confrontational. Keeping a calm head is more likely to yield results after all!

In situations when your grievance is not about function or finance, it may not be appropriate to complain about your dress to the bride. If you’re just not digging the color of the dress or the ruffles on the bust, then you may be out of luck. When dealing with your friends, sometimes you need to bite the bullet and take one for the team. Your dear friend will (hopefully) only be marrying once, so this is the last time you’ll have to look at that dress.

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