Throughout the years, it seems as though the grooms have not been as excited or involved in the wedding planning. It’s almost as if they ride in neutral until they have to walk down the aisle. There is almost no surprise anymore in terms of wedding planning, even from the engagement. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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:
- Hour Glass
Today, we are discussing the APPLE BODY TYPE.
Body Type: Apple
- Broad Shoulders
- Little-to-no Definition in Waist
- Average to Fuller Bust
- Average to Longer Length Legs
- Hips more Narrow than Bust
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!
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!
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.”
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!
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!
While 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!
Fall 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…
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Now, whether you are good at public speaking or not, actually if you aren’t then you should not have accepted the offer at giving a toast, but anyways, if you are one of the designated toaster’s, there are a few key things to remember in order to keep the room casual and not awkward. When people give wedding toasts, they often forget the different between a roast and a toast. However, if you fear this to be your problem and think that your speech might be a little too racy, just think about the bride and groom’s personality. If you understand the personalities of the people who asked you to be the maid of honor and best man at their wedding, then they should have some faith in you. So, here are some solid speech giving tips for the future toaster’s out there!
Keep It Simple
No one wants to listen to you talk for an hour about stories that they were not there for, bottom line. Yes, it is a cute moment for you and the bride to share, but it is not just the two of you in the room. Your speech doesn’t have a time limit, but people have attention spans that vary at different lengths. So, just be genuine with your emotions, let the words flow, and keep it at a decent length.
Don’t Aim To Make People Laugh
Jokes will come if they come. If you try to make people laugh, you most likely won’t. If the bride and groom have a sense of humor and sarcasm and jokes are their forte, then you can throw some jabs in there, but try making the personality assessment in a broad sense, then the whole room has the potential to understand and relate.
Keep Away From College Stories
College reflection is meant to be done in the privacy of a girl’s apartment on a girl’s night. The bride’s parent might know you girls got into some crazy antics in college, but that doesn’t mean they want to hear about them so, by no means should you be making anyone uncomfortable. Also, aside from the age demographic of your audience, a majority of them have no idea what you are talking about and they simply don’t care.
It’s Okay To Cry
While you should not aim to make people cry, these speeches can be a really moving moment between the bridesmaid and the bride. If you happen to cry, don’t hold it back with too much force because then your voice will reach new and strange octaves. There are also plenty of girls around you to help adjust your make up if you do happen to tear up. Also, if you feel like you are on the verge of losing it, or you don’t like crying in public, then just take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
If you are nervous about giving a speech, just remember that the bride chose you knowing that this would be an important step in the process. So, since your best friend has faith in you, otherwise she would have openly given the toasting opportunity to someone else, just speak from your heart and help in celebrating the love between the bride and groom… You’ll be fine!