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!

The Craziest Bridesmaid’s Rules Written By A Bride

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This is what Bridezilla looks like in full-force.

   E! Online recently leaked an amazing email from Gawker which is the go-to online source for hilarious, unbelievably leaked emails via the recipient. Now, this amazing forum recently received an email from an anonymous bridesmaid that was sent to her from the bride-to-be and it includes some of the most ridiculous rules ever placed upon a bridal party. They’re too good to make up – here is the breakdown of the email…

   Ok, the email begins with a warm greeting from the bride who also refers to herself as “Queen Bee,” where she writes, “Welcome to my bridal party, it is officially six months until my wedding day,” then things get a little more serious when she throws in the line, “I just wanted to go over some ground rules…”

Please NOTE: The names of the bridesmaid’s have been changed to protect any shred of dignity that this bridezilla leftover. Also, it is quoted from the email (hence first person).

Rule 1 

Weigh-ins will begin in three weeks. (Yep, that’s all she wrote.)

Rule 2

No one can be skinnier than the bride. That means Nicole and Ashley will be on a protein weight gainer diet until May. I will have the nutritionist call you to discuss diet plans.

Rule 3

I was thinking that we should start daily Google docs, where everyone can update in real time their daily calorie content… I thought the food calculator would be a great way for me to monitor everyone’s caloric intake. Thoughts? (Bridezilla, are they even allowed to have thoughts?)

Rule 4

If you plan on chopping off your locks, please submit your proposed new look prior to any actions, this applies to coloring as well. Failure to follow will result in bridal banishment.

   Now, obviously rule number four was the hardest to oblige due to the fact that Queen Bee sent her “bees,” a follow up email reading…

 

Good afternoon all my faithful bees. It brings me great sadness to write this e-mail, but it was brought to my attention that one of my chosen bees is defected. She is in violation of Rule No. 4, despite asking permission and having her request denied! The punishment is obviously bridal party banishment. However, after careful consideration, I have decided to re-instate her status on a provision basis. As long as her bangs grow out by [date two weeks before the wedding], she will be allowed to participate in our festivities. She has reassured me that she will be using horse shampoo for rapid hair growth until that point.

   As if this story could not get any better, one commenter on Gawker said that she knew the bride and announced to everyone that three of the bridesmaid’s no longer speak to the bride. Talk about some serious drama involving a bridezilla, the dress fitting for the remaining bridesmaids must have been full of excitement and joy. Oh, and for a piece of advice for all the future bride’s, do not ever allow yourself to become this girl.

Tips For The Wedding Toasters

Bridesmaid DressNow, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 

 

 

Soul Surfer Marries On Hawaiian Hilltop

Wedding NewsIt was in October of 2003 that Hawaiian native, Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a Tiger shark while surfing with her best friend Alana Blanchard and Blanchard’s father. The shark bit Hamilton’s arm off within a split second attack, and a massive hunt was initiated to find the shark that attacked the young girl (Hamilton was 13 years old at the time). Now, in 2013, Hamilton married Christian youth minister, Adam Dirks.

In 2011, the movie Soul Surfer was released based on Hamilton’s shark attack and her recovery and return to the competitive surfing world. Her struggles were unimaginable and she explained in an interview with InTouch magazine, “I always felt it would be hard to meet someone because I’m different. To say I was completely comfortable looking at myself in the mirror and seeing one arm would be a lie. I just had to trust in God and know that he had someone special for me.” Dirks and Hamilton met through mutual friends at their church and married on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii.

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Hamilton at 13 and now.

“I look forward to being the best wife that I can be for Adam and to starting our new adventure together,” Hamilton told People magazine. “I love surfing, but getting married doesn’t even compare, this was definitely the best night of my life.” The wedding party consisted for 13 bridesmaids and eight groomsmen who were all barefoot for the entire ceremony along with the bride and groom. Hamilton donned a traditional white gown that she posed in for InTouch magazine, but in due time, the bridesmaids dresses and groom apparel should start popping up on Hamilton’s Instagram.

Daughter Films Faux Wedding Dance With Dying Father

One of the most important moments in any girls life, is on her wedding day when she gets to have her dance with her dad. There is something about that moment that will forever bring tears to on-looking eyes, and especially in the moment that went viral between Rachel Wolf and her father. In September of 2011, Rachel’s father, Dr. James Wolf, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For the past two years he has undergone extensive treatment, and is coming up on the end of his battle.

Although Rachel is not even engaged, she knows that when that day comes, she would forever regret not having that special moment with her dad. So, she decided to surprise him with a faux wedding so they could have their last dance and when the day comes, she can play that video. “It meant more to him than I ever thought it would,” Rachel explained to ABC News. “The joy that I saw in his face when he saw me was amazing.”

While the video has gone viral, Rachel has explained that she does not want to watch it until her actual wedding day. In the event that her father would not physically make it to one of the biggest moments in her life, for her, now he still can be. “I was completely taken aback,” Dr. Wolf explained. “It was a special idea to remember her father at her wedding day.” Although his interview was brief, a lot of his energy was drained from the dance, but it can be seen on his face in the video that he has never seen his daughter look so beautiful.

Sean Parker Pays 2.5 Million to Wed in an Environmentally Sensitive Location

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Big Sur is located on the central coast of California, and refers to the area where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful location is not an ideal spot for having a wedding, as the terrain is rough and there are many endangered plants and animals that could be sensitive to the presence of a large group of people. For Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and former Facebook president, none of this seemed to matter. Parker has just paid 2.5 million dollars to appease the California Coastal Commission in exchange for being able to follow through with his wedding plans.

Parker commissioned and went through with major construction plans in the area before the Commission caught wind of what was going on. Once the plans were already in motion, the Commission couldn’t stop the construction. Parker has already built a small village in the beautiful coastal region. Rather than demand that he tear down the structure, they settled with Parker who was said to have been very cooperative and kind. Parker has also agreed to develop a mobile app that brings awareness to the environmental issues that the region faces. The dismantling of the construction will be overseen by environmental professionals in order to ensure that the local community and the region are not disturbed. The wedding took place last weekend and was said to have cost nearly 15 million dollars.

This type of wedding budget is obviously not typical, and if you are looking to have a beautiful wedding in a lush location, you can do so without being a billionaire. The fact that Parker chose such a sensitive location and had to build his own village in order to sustain the people who were in attendance speaks volumes to the convenience of the location. It’s important that when you are choosing a wedding destination, you are practical about the money that you’ll need to spend in order to accommodate your wedding party. Destination weddings can be tricky and many people find that some of their closest friends and family are not able to attend the event due to the inconvenience of travel and/or being able to afford accommodations. Always keep in mind other peoples budgets, especially when it comes to planning a destination wedding. Your wedding day is something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and therefore you want to take every measure possible in order to ensure that your closest loved ones are in attendance, even if that means cutting back on the money that they will have to spend in order to be in attendance on your big day.

Modernizing Your Wedding by Abandoning Old Traditions

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Planning your wedding is an intricate endeavor and when it comes to certain wedding traditions it’s important to understand that how having a fresh perspective on old traditions can help you revitalize your wedding. Although most people find it refreshing to engage in old traditions, many people like to put a fresh spin on certain things like cutting the cake and throwing the bouquet in order to surprise guests and leave everyone with a memorable and unique experience.

Cake cutting doesn’t have to be as traditional as most people make it. As a matter of fact, many couples are opting to do different types of desserts altogether which make it to that there isn’t any need for even a knife! Having a different type of dessert at your wedding gives you the opportunity to make a speech or even give your significant other a kiss instead of placing each other’s hands together in order to cut the cake. Some people opt to use a different dessert as an expression of their love and feed one another the dessert rather than ceremoniously cut the cake together.

Let’s face it, throwing rice can be messy and the traditional itself is extremely outdated. In order to prevent this from happening at your wedding, try looking into different options such as flower petals or candy. Candy can be fun if your wedding involves children and flower petals are great for a romantic, smaller wedding setting. Another option to utilize in lou of rice throwing is biodegradable confetti. Biodegradable confetti is eco-friendly and will reduce the amount of time that you spend cleaning without having to worry about harming the environment.

Wearing a wedding veil is another tradition that many women are starting to stray away from. Many brides are opting to wear tiaras instead of veils because of their light weight feel and their modern look. Veils can often be cumbersome and in some cases, and modern brides are deciding more and more not to wear them.

Another outdated tradition is the giving away of the bride by the father. In more progressive relationships, it isn’t couth for the father to give away the bride anymore. If you are planning a wedding and want to do something that strays from tradition, you may want to walk yourself down the aisle instead of pick a less traditional family member to walk you down the aisle.

Decorating your car is yet another tradition that people are straying away from. Rather than decorate your car for your wedding, change it up and decorate the valet instead. This will be an added surprise for your guests and leave them with a unique experience that they’re sure not to forget.

5 Things You Must Do Before Your Wedding

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With everything to remember when it comes to planning your wedding, it’s easy to let things fall to the wayside and without noticing until it’s too late. In order to avoid this from happening to you, make a mental checklist of the following things, and don’t forget to do them before your big day. Making a quick mental check list will help ensure that it’s in the back of your mind no matter what so that you don’t forget anything, especially these important tasks.

 

Spend Time With Your Significant Other

 

Between all the hustle and bustle of a wedding, it can be easy to forget the real reason why all the planning is taking place in the first place. It’s important that no matter how deep you are immersed in your wedding planning activities, you remember to spend non-wedding related time with your significant other. This will help you rekindle the bond that’s easy to forget in the midst of planning a big wedding. After all, your partner is the reason that you’re getting married in the first place so make sure that you both take the time to take care of each other despite the craziness that may ensure while you are busy planning your big day.

 

Plan For Your Pets

 

If you’re a pet enthusiast and don’t want the hassle of having to worry about your animals on your wedding day, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to make accommodations for them. If you wait until the last minute you may end up with a lofty bill or worse-you may not be able to find a place for your furry friends at all. Rather than have to worry about them on the day of your wedding, find a boarding house that you trust to take care of your pets and book a place for them ahead of time.

 

Enjoy Yourself

 

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the stress of wedding planning-so much so that many couples forget to live in the moment and spend way too much of their time wrapped up in details and planning. Rather that let the wedding planning process consumer you, it’s very important to enjoy what little time you have with your close friends and family. Use the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception as times to bond with the people that you care about the most. Remember, at this point, the planning is over and you are free to switch from planning mode to enjoying every moment of your big day especially your custom wedding dress. This may seem like an obvious task, but oftentimes people have trouble switching from an organizational, stressed state of mind to one that allows them to live in the moment and enjoy one of the most momentous occasions of their lives.

How to Have a Fun and Memorable Wedding

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Tying the knot doesn’t have to be a nerve wracking experience. Your wedding day is something that you will remember for the rest of your life so it’s important that you make the most out of your big day and do everything you can to enjoy it. Making the day fun and memorable is the best way to create the most meaningful and lasting memories for you and your significant other to look back on and cherish.

Focus on the Details

You’ve heard the saying “the love is in details”, and it’s very true. People aren’t as concerned with fancy glitz and glamour as they are with the personal. You can make your wedding more personal by adding small details that carry a lot of meaning and significance. A great wedding can include 100 people or 10 people. It can take place in a grand reception hall, or in your back yard. It can be catered by the finest chefs in town, or be graced with your mom’s cooking. Either way, your guests are not at your wedding to celebrate the material. They have come to your wedding to celebrate the love between you and your significant other. Don’t try to be fancy just for the sake of being fancy. People want what’s authentic, and the more true you are to yourself the better time you and your guests will have on your wedding day.

Respect Your Guests

People are most likely going to be traveling and taking time out of their day in order to attend your wedding. Respect their time and their money by keeping on a tight schedule and not making them book a fancy hotel room that they can’t afford. Make sure that you keep not only within your budget, but in your guest’s budget as well. This goes for the bridesmaid dresses, too. Chose a bridesmaid dress that is beautiful and affordable. There are a number of lovely custom bridesmaid dresses that can easily fit into your friends’ budgets while still being of the highest quality.

Keep Your Guests Engaged

In order to make the most out of your wedding, engage your guests and make sure they have a clear picture of what is going on. Avoid confusion by establishing a clear “flow” to your wedding and organizing everything well. The less your guests have to “do” to get from one point to another, the more fun everything will be overall. One way to do this is to provide transportation from the wedding to the reception. Providing transportation will ensure that everyone is safe and that you don’t have to worry about how many drinks your guests are enjoying-assuming everyone will drink within their limit. If you are in need of a beautiful custom bridesmaid or wedding dress, please feel free to view our selection.