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.

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

Getting The Grooms Back In The Game

Liz FieldsThroughout 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 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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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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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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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.”

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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!

 

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.

Fall Wedding Trend

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.