What Brides Should NOT Expect From Bridesmaids

Now, as a bride, we understand that choosing your few favorite best friends can be a difficult task, but it’s important to never ask the one’s that you expect to give you some unnecessary gifts. What the bride needs to understand is that your bridesmaids are taking on enough of a financial and emotional responsibility simply by saying, “Yes.” Therefore, it’s important to work with them and accept what each one can offer you – on a support level, not financial.

So, with all that being said, what are the top 5 things that brides should never EXPECT from their bridesmaids? Let us go ahead and tell you.

Don’t Expect Weight-Loss

One of the worst things you can expect from your bridesmaids is that they will lose an extreme amount of weight before your wedding. Whether you feel they’re a little overweight, or if you’re worried they may stress eat – you asked them to be your bridesmaid as they are, not as you want them to be.

Don’t Plan On Receiving Some BIG Gift

Think about it this way – your bridesmaids are already spending money on the potential destination wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, as well as their dresses and hair/make-up. Do you really think it’s fair to expect some massive, expensive gift? Honestly, the best thing for you to do is just be happy they showed up and have been supporting you throughout all your wedding stress. They’re emotional support, not financial.

Don’t Make The Bachelorette A Destination

Trips can be expensive – that’s the bottom line. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to keep their budget in mind, just as you keep your wedding budget in mind. The bachelorette doesn’t have to be in Vegas or somewhere international, it just has to be somewhere fun where all you girls can take out her single life with a bang!

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Don’t Think They Can Read Your Mind

Yes, they may be your best friends, but if they haven’t been able to read your mind over the past few years, they still probably can’t now. Therefore, you need to be vocal about what you want and don’t just let the bridesmaids battle it out to make the decision for you.

Don’t Anticipate Them Being Perfect

This is one of the worst things you could do – and this is the cardinal rule. It wraps in the above four tipsr while also bringing in other points. Your bridesmaids are going through a lot of emotions as their best friend gets married off into the real world, and weddings are no cheap affair. So, accept them for who they are, you asked your bridesmaids individually for a reason and it’s best to just trust they’ll be there for you as often and as best as they can.

Don’t Expect Them To Find The Perfect DJ, that Plays Non Stop Music You Love!

In NYC and the sounding areas, quality disc jockeys are a rarity.  From the downtown club hopper slinging the next Miley Cyrus jam, to the up and coming performers of Albany New York, getting the highest level service is one of toughest tasks.  Below is a perfect example of Class, Passion, and Professionalism:

NonStop Music Promo Video from DJ Vinny Vin on Vimeo.

My Journey to Capitol Hill: Fight against Counterfeiters

If you don’t know already, Intellectual Property theft affects every industry and as a small business owner, it is something I deal with and fight against every day because it makes it very hard to survive.   When you have an idea or design and you work hours upon hours, pour blood, sweat and money into starting your business and putting your ideas out there and then you find your images, your name, your dress designs on thousands of rogue websites selling counterfeit versions of you….well, you can imagine the frustration!

What makes it worse is when you hear countless stories from brides who ordered from these sites, being scammed into receiving a dress that is nothing like the one in the photo and then have nobody to turn to because it’s not actually the designer’s dress.  On our website, LizFields.com, we have created a “Buyer Beware” section to try and educate women shopping for wedding dresses or bridesmaids dresses on how to spot these fakes and we even created a tool where you can type in the web address where you saw a Liz Fields dress and we will tell you right away if this is a counterfeit site or an authorized retailer.  Unfortunately, not many take the time or even think to check with us before making a purchase.

For a little while now, I have been in contact with the US Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center, which does so much to support small businesses like mine from IP theft and educate us on what we can do to protect ourselves.  Recently, they gave me the opportunity to be part of a panel of speakers at a Small Business event at Capitol Hill.  Yesterday this briefing took place and I was able to tell my story to Congress staffers with the hope that it would resonate and some reforms could begin to take place.

That's me on Capitol Hill!! :)

That’s me on Capitol Hill!! :)

I loved Washington, DC since going to college there, but now, I have a renewed respect for all those who work to try and make reforms on behalf of us.  It’s no easy task…and as I saw yesterday, a lot goes into getting these conversations started and then keeping them going to the finish line.  Regardless, it reminded me that we are so lucky to live in a country where these conversations are even possible.

I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people and I look forward to continuing my effort, no matter how small, in getting heard and reform started.

For now, please educate yourselves and others around you.  If the price is too good to be true, then it is probably not authentic.  If you aren’t sure about the Liz Fields dress listing you are seeing on a site, check with us on our Buyer Beware section.  You can also check out Bridal Beware more more information on counterfeit gowns and shopping tips.  If it’s something else you’re shopping for, check with the company’s website to make sure you are purchasing from an authorized retailer.   I will be posting some resources and links to this blog shortly so please stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated on my journey.

How To Avoid Fighting With Your Bridesmaids

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While planning your wedding is a huge deal and your bridesmaids are supposed to help you make the process a whole lot easier, it’s still important to treat them with respect. No one likes dealing with a bridezilla, especially the bridesmaids because they’ll be around her the most throughout the planning process. So, as the bride – what are some guaranteed ways to not push your bridesmaid’s buttons? Continue reading

How To Be A Bridesmaid In A Crunch Time Wedding

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It was just one week ago that you were asked to be a bridesmaid for your oldest and best friend’s wedding. While you want to be happy for her and hear all the details of how he proposed and what not, you suddenly realize she said they want to get married in two months. What is your first thought? Let the madness begin! Continue reading

Dress For Your Body Type: Bridesmaids Dresses for the Pear Shape

As we continue our “Dress For Your Body Type” blog series, we will be covering the Pear Body Type.  When shopping for bridesmaids dresses, it is often difficult to find a style that can suit several different sizes and shapes within your bridal party.  This series of blogs will assist you in the process and make the whole shopping experience a piece of cake.

In the last post, we covered the Apple Body Type and we still have Hour Glass, Triangle and Rectangle body types to go, so stay tuned.

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Body Type: Pear

Description:

  • Narrow Shoulders
  • Smaller breasts
  • Hips wider than Shoulders
  • Long Waist
  • Shorter, thick legs

Our Recommended Styles: 651, 653, 668, 655, 668

Why?

Pear-shaped women should try to bring more attention to the top half of their body to distract from their lower half. This simple trick makes your appearance more balanced and slimmer overall. These bridesmaids dress styles will drape a pear shape elegantly with a more relaxed fit and a floor-length gown will give the illusion of longer legs!

All styles are available in sizes 0-28. Visit LizFields.com to view all of our color and fabric options and find an authorized retailer near you!

 

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter weddings tend to scare people away and they definitely are not as popular as Spring/Summer weddings.  However, a white wedding can be equally or even more romantic and fun as its warmer counterpart. Here are some of our favorite ideas for your winter wedding:

Idea #1:  Fur Stoles for the Bride and Bridesmaids

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Photo from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/208713763954892720

Fur stoles are an awesome accessory to keep you and your bridal party warm and look great in photos! If you’re looking for a gift to give your bridal party and you’re having a winter wedding, this could be the solution you’re looking for.  Don’t be afraid to give your wedding that Old Hollywood flare with some fur stoles!

Idea #2: Hot Cocoa Bar

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Photo from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/91620173643411578/

Keep your guests warm and fuzzy by passing around hot cocoa or having a hot cocoa bar.  Not only will this be a hit at the wedding, but guests will be talking about this for a long time after! Hot Apple Cider could be another option for those who don’t love hot cocoa (but I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t) or if you want to have a lactose-free options for your family or guests.

Idea #3: White Flowers and Blue Lighting

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Photo from Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/146085581632852929/

White flowers tend to capture the softness of snow, and blue lighting really gives that cool winter feel to your wedding…and everything looks so elegant in that light, including your beautiful white or ivory dress! If you’re going to have a winter wedding, why not make it a winter wonderland!

Oh, and of course, don’t forget to accessorize your bridal party with gorgeous, custom dresses by visiting us at LizFields.com

 

 

Dress for your Body Type: Bridesmaids Dresses for the Apple Shape

Choosing the perfect wedding dress is hard, but choosing the perfect bridesmaids dress to compliment ALL of your bridesmaids can be equally difficult.

Women are all proportioned differently and finding THE ONE perfect dress that compliments all body types is stressful and can seem impossible…but it doesn’t have to be.  Follow the suggestions we outline in the next several posts for each body type and your bridesmaids dress search will be smooth sailing.

Keep in mind that in recent years, many brides have opted to choose different dresses for each bridesmaid to make the process much easier.  If you choose different styles, try to stick to one or two colors in the bridal party to keep everything looking uniform and complimentary.

In the next several posts, we will be covering the following Five Basic Body Types:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Hour Glass
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle

Today, we are discussing the APPLE BODY TYPE.

Liz Fields Bridesmaids Dresses for Apple Body Type

Bridesmaid Style Suggestions for the Apple Body Type

Body Type: Apple

Description:

  • Broad Shoulders
  • Little-to-no Definition in Waist
  • Average to Fuller Bust
  • Average to Longer Length Legs
  • Hips more Narrow than Bust

Our Recommended Styles: 656, 657, 663, 667, 669

Why?

The goal is to balance out the top half with the bottom half of your body. These dresses will create a more proportioned silhouette, while accentuating your shoulders from all angles and distract from the midsection.  Styles are available in both long and short…don’t be afraid to show off those legs!  That, too, is a perfect way to accent your assets.

All styles are available in sizes 0-28, with no extra charges for larger sizes, so visit www.LizFields.com to view all of our color and fabric options and find an authorized retailer near you!

 

4 Reasons Why Being A Bridesmaid Is The Best

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Many women will begin to stress once they receive their invitation for being in the bridal party, but there is no reason to stress because there are so many amazing reasons as to why being a bridesmaid is the best offer ever. Yes, it can end up being a little pricey and you may have to tap into your savings a little bit – depending on the style of the bride – but it’s all worth it from the moment you’re getting pampered before the nuptials, to dancing your shoes off at the reception.

So, with that being said – here are FOUR awesome reasons to say “YES!” to being a bridesmaid,

You Seal Your Friendship Status

Nothing will seal a friendship more than supporting your best friend as she walks down the aisle. This is one of, if not THE biggest day of her life and she wants you to be a part of it. Yes, she may ask you to spend money on travel, attire, and gifts, but she wants you to be a part of it all, from start to finish. Being a part of her big day is way better than staying out of the loop until the actual day of the wedding.

More Photos To Collect For Social Media

Obviously, social media is running society today – and having the right pictures is very important. Lucky for you, your best friend’s wedding will probably have a professional photographer who will most likely take some of the best photos you have ever seen of yourself. Plus, the photos are one thing that you won’t have to pay for! Who doesn’t want professional photos taken of them – free of charge?

Your Attire Is Like A VIP Pass

You are obviously a very important person at the wedding, which basically means you are VIP. How do people know you’re VIP? Well, it’s because you’re wearing the dress! The bridesmaid’s dresses are a huge ticket and other than the happy couple, you’re the next in line and the whole reception is basically centered on the newlyweds and the wedding party.

You Get To Avoid Awkward Seating

Being in the bridal party means that you are guaranteed to have one of the best seats in the house. By the time of the reception, you have probably become decently close with the rest of the bridesmaids, if they aren’t already your friends. So, that automatically eliminates having to make that call to the bride beforehand to make sure you’re not sitting next to one of her future husbands weird uncles – because there’s always that one weird family member.

So, when your best friend proposes that you be in her wedding party – accept the invitation because you get to witness something not everyone gets to see!

Bride’s Younger Sister Defies The Odds

Bridesmaid Inspiration In yet another inspiring bridal story, a young bridesmaid defied the odds of never walking again to make sure she was there for her big sister on her big day. One night while driving home, a deer jumped in front of 18 year old Mackenzie Gordon’s car – and as a result of avoiding the deer, she swerved, flipping her car into a ditch and breaking her neck.

Doctors told Mackenzie that she would never be able to stand on her own two feet again, let alone walk, but with her big sister’s wedding day on the horizon, she made it her personal goal to be able to walk down the aisle.

“I never accepted that I couldn’t walk again,” the captain of her cheerleading squad explained, “If I don’t want to be in the chair, I’ve got to do something myself to get out of it.”

Bridesmaid Inspiration

Some of Mackenzie’s locomotor therapy documented on video.

It was when her new doctor at a new hospital was also paralyzed, and she realized that her dreams were not out of reach (especially since she had wanted to study to become a nurse) and she could still achieve them. By using a form of therapy called “locomotor therapy,” the motions of walking are recreated with force until the spinal cord essentially regains its memory.

So, it started with being able to stand just over 20 seconds, then after two months, those seconds turned into about five minutes – and soon enough, Mackenzie walked down the aisle in the same shoes as the other bridesmaids and stood beside her sister.

Way to go, Mackenzie!

Budget Tips For The Bridesmaid

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When a woman reaches her late 20′s, the wedding invitations begin to pile up and if you’re a chosen one, then you even get to be in the bridal party. However, one thing is for sure – being a wedding guest is a pricey affair, especially if you’re in the wedding party. While you obviously want to be one of your best friend’s bridesmaid’s, it can put a nice dent in your bank account.

So, with that being said, there are plenty of bridal budget saving tips out there, but there are three crucial one’s that are probably the easiest of all.

Figure Out The Dates

      Whether it’s a destination wedding or a destination bachelorette party, the sooner you know, the cheaper the flight will be. Traveling 101 means booking your flight as soon as you know the dates – using a budget site will help you out with finding ticket deals on the airline of the brides choice. The price of travel also goes along with booking your room at the hotel – the sooner the better to ensure there are rooms available.

Don’t Be The Golden Bridesmaid

      Yes, this is one of your best friends and they are getting married – it’s a huge celebration – so, of course you’re excited. However, that does not mean you should volunteer to help out with anything and everything because any bride will take advantage of that (wedding fever changes people). Being your best friend’s bridesmaid is not your career so, it does not require all your undivided attention. The only way you should take on the burden of wedding finances is if they are flying solo with their wedding plans and booking.

Avoid Overspending On Gifts

      If the bride is following tradition with the bachelorette party, bridal shower, and wedding reception well, then you have a lot of gifts to start thinking about. The best road to go down is DIY (do it yourself) gifts because they are cheaper and tend to mean more – there is nothing like watching your already emotional best friend (aka bride to be) open up a scrapbook of your childhood and smile. If you want to buy expensive gifts, then you’re going to end up spending way more than you would have to.

Now, with all those tips being said, the main point is to prioritize and organize – by planning ahead, you’re all set in terms of calming down your stress level!