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.”

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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!

 

Marrying A Graphic Designer Guarantees Great Save The Dates!

Celebrity WeddingsAs many may or may not know, the latest couple off the show The Bachelor will actually be making it down the aisle, as they have officially sent out their “Save The Date.” Now, this couple may have not been taken seriously as they met on a television show where about 15 percent of the couples actually work out, but their invitations kind of make us want to be invited to the wedding – I’ll even take one that says I’m not invited.

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This is their “Save The Date.”

The Bachelor, Sean Lowe, proposed to Catherine Giudici earlier in the year after the shows 17th season. Lucky for us and for their guests, Giudici is a graphic designer who proved her skills after they sent out the cutest save the dates ever!

They will be walking down the aisle on January 26, 2014 and you can be sure to catch it on ABC when they air the full spectacle. Of course, Sean and Catherine may not have seemed like the perfect fit, but hopefully they will be able to prove everyone wrong once they say their “I do’s.”

Couple Decides To Marry Despite Groom’s Brain Injury

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       Larissa and Ian met in 2005 when they were both still in college. After ten months of dating, and talks of marriage, Ian was in a devastating car accident that left him with a debilitating brain injury. After spending hours at the hospital, hoping that it wouldn’t be his brain, Larissa’s life stopped before her eyes.

      So, why didn’t Larissa leave Ian? “I knew before Ian’s accident he was very serious about marriage and was ring shopping, so I knew where he was and that helped me so much after he couldn’t talk – I knew where he wanted the relationship to go,” Larissa explained in a video that explains how they came to the decision to continue on despite the odds.

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Ian and Larissa – still in college.

 

    She knew that if he could somewhat communicate with her, then their relationship could work – as long as he knew who she was and they could interact and communicate with each other. Larissa later explains in the video how God spared Ian’s life, “One night he was failing four to five activity tests and then the next morning he was doing well and his brain was starting to respond again.” 

       When Ian was recovering, his father was diagnosed with cancer, and with his condition worsening, Larissa knew how passionate he was about them tying the knot. To ensure that Ian was not marrying against his will, Larissa took him to a judge as his condition slightly improved – and when the judge ruled that he could make that decision, they married in 2012.

       In a legitimate wedding ceremony, Ian and Larissa wed in a traditional wedding style. Larissa wore a beautiful cream colored gown and Ian even threw his fist up in the air with joy after they said their “I do’s.”

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The Coolest Wedding Photos Have Officially Been Taken

The coolest and most amazing wedding photos have officially been taken by a couple in China. Now, there are a lot of different locations to snap your wedding photos, and many brides will find hiking up a hill to be enough of an adventure. However, this couple took it to their love of outdoor sports to the next level with what must be some of the coolest wedding pictures ever.

According to local media reports, the newlyweds had the idea to take their wedding photos while doing what? ROCK CLIMBING! How insane is that? Pretty insane.

This couple set a whole new bar for those who really want to nail it with the best photos possible – check out the photos below for yourself…

 

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Bridal GownHowever, with how totally amazing these wedding photos are, it is NOT recommended that you attempt to reach this level of daredevil-ness if you are afraid of heights. You don’t want to look terrified in your wedding photos.

Groom Ditches His Bride At Gas Station!

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Imagine that you’re on your honeymoon in France – the most romantic place in the entire world – then after that magical week celebrating your new life together, your new husband leaves you at a small gas station in middle-of-nowhere, Germany while on your way home to Berlin. Well, that may seem like a far stretch from your post nuptial bliss, but it was the unfortunate reality for one new bride.

The groom of course, said that he didn’t mean to leave his bride at the gas station, but he didn’t even notice she wasn’t in the car until two and a half hours later. Apparently, the story [with detail - justifying his mistake] was that she was sleeping in the back of the car and when they came to the gas station, she got out the use the restroom, but by the time he got back, she had not yet returned and he had assumed that she stayed sleeping.

The bride called into a radio station to comment on the story,

My first reaction was – is he stupid? I had no money and no telephone with me. However, I’m not angry with my husband, he didn’t mean it.

What a fantastic and understanding brand NEW bride – At least now they have a great story to tell their grand kids one day.

Being A Bridesmaid Isn’t A Death Sentence

Bridesmaid PlanningWhile there is a dark cloud that seems to lurk over the news of being chosen as a bridesmaid, it’s not all bad. There are actually some serious perks of not being the first one of your girlfriends to be married off into the wild world of marital bliss. Of course, there is the list of cons including,

  • Bridezilla’s wrath
  • Creepy groomsmen
  • Maid-of-Honor speech [If you're not good at giving speeches, of course]
  • The 50-50 chance of a bad bridesmaid dress and/or shoes

However, there are at least three awesome benefits of being a chosen as a bridesmaid. Besides the fact that you could potentially find your future husband within the groomsmen, here are some other awesome reasons why saying ‘yes,’ to being a bridesmaid is not a death sentence.

 1.) Learn From The Bride’s Mistakes

It’s kind of like what you say your entire life while growing up – “I’m never going to be like my parents.” – Yeah, well you don’t want to be a bridezilla either. If you bestie is causing some serious drama and stress with her high priced wedding demands, just remember that when you down the aisle, “I’m never going to be like her.”

2.) Play Dress Up

What little girl did not go through a dress-up phase while growing up? Being a bridesmaid is as close as you’ll get to being a princess until it’s your wedding day. So, enjoy having the opportunity to get all dolled up with your hair and makeup. Plus, if you’re lucky, the bridesmaid dress will basically make you look like you just walked out of a fashion catalog.

3.) Make New Friends

As you grow up and move around – whether it be from your job or just relocating after college – your friend count might dwindle. When you get invited to a wedding and you are offered the position of being a bridesmaid, you could potentially be making some new BFF’s, which would up your friend count.

So, if you end up getting that invitation in the mail or if she asks you in person, weddings are not all drama. There are some serious benefits of saying “yes,” to the bride – plus, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

3 Tips For A Wedding In The Fall

Fall Wedding TrendsFall is easily the most perfect time of year. The weather is the perfect temperature, the scenery is beautiful, and the possibilities of a wedding theme are endless. The changing leaves, seasonal flowers, and rich colors make the theme possibilities endless. Another bonus? Fall weddings actually aren’t as popular as you would think which means even more options available for the bride! So, take some of these awesome tips into consideration if you’re leaning towards a fall wedding…

Endless Availability

Summer is the most popular time of year to plan a wedding, which means that catering companies, bakeries, and venues might lower their prices during the fall in order to generate more profit. It’s always worth asking your chosen vendor if they are willing to give you a discount and just remember that the worst thing they can say is “no.”

Allow Guests To Prepare For The Weather

The fall is obviously the time where the climate is transforming from summer into winter, so it progressively gets cooler as the fall months pass by. If your venue is outside, then you want to warn them that it is outside so they can prepare accordingly. Also, make sure your wedding party is comfortable. Don’t make your bridesmaids wear dresses with a thin material because as the night goes on, it gets even cooler outside and being cold is just the worst.

Take Advantage Of The Season

It’s no secret that fall takes first place for the season with the best colors. The rich colors of the leaves make anyone feel warm and comfortable and that is something to take advantage of when choosing palates for bridesmaid’s dresses, tuxedos, and even your bouquet. It is also good to take in the elements of the fall season with twigs, leaves, apples, pumpkins etc, to add texture and color for practically no money at all.

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This could be YOUR wedding!

So, with these tips being said, really consider planning a fall wedding because no season can beat it. The colors are too beautiful to ignore and the pictures will definitely be something worth putting on the mantle.

5 Ways To Be An Awesome Bride To Your Bridesmaids!

Now, with all the talk out there about potentially turning into a bridezilla, woman are freaking out and watching their attitudes more than they need to! The truth is, your bridesmaid’s can understand if you are acting a little crazy as the big day approaches, so what better way to help them survive your wrath than shower them with gifts and new opportunities.

There are five solid ways to impress your bridesmaid’s and help them understand the reign of terror that you have unleashed on everyone involved in the wedding, and here they are…

Switch It Up With Color Swatches

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Before you go shopping for bridesmaid’s dresses, give them a color swatch that matches your wedding theme, that way they have a little leeway with picking. Plus, multi-colored dresses aren’t such a bad idea and they give your wedding party a little dimension. Now, I’m not saying you should let one pick green, the other hot pink, and another fire engine red, I’m talking more along the lines of different shades of blue, purple, green etc.

Take Care Of Their Feet

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While it’s no surprise that your bridesmaid’s and you will be on your feet all night, make sure to pick out comfortable shoes for them to wear. Also, don’t make them go hiking through the wilderness (also known as grass) because the last thing you need to deal with is a broken ankle. So, keep the picture’s simple to pose in and maybe when the reception rolls around, invest in some cute flip flops to give the girls to take a little pressure off their heels.

Go On A Girls Day Out

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Sometime’s bridal parties are a big mismatch of family member’s that have never met each other or never had the opportunity to grow closer. So, before the big day, plan some outings like lunch dates or even a girl’s night out. Plus, having all your bridesmaid’s getting along is basically a dream.

Warn Them Of Creepy Groomsmen

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There is always that one weird cousin of the groom who is in your bridal party well, it is super important to warn your bridesmaid’s of that weird cousin and any other creepy groomsmen. However, if some of your bridesmaid’s are single, and there are some handsome bachelor’s standing by your future husband in nice tuxedos, help a girl out. You never know, maybe you’re a matchmaker and you’ll be watching her throw the bouquet next time!

The Bachelorette Party – Dun Dun Dun

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Okay, now this is where a lot of fights tend to break out typically, over the bride being uncomfortable with the future festivities. So, if you think your bridesmaid’s are going to drag you to a strip club, then drop subtle hints on how that would make you uncomfortable – they’ll understand. Also, if you don’t want to seem like you’re complaining, then drop hints about what you might like to do before they start really getting into the party planning.

Now, those are some sure fire ways to make your bridesmaid’s happy leading up to and on your big day. Remember, this is a life celebration so, go and enjoy it – stress free!