Wedding party

Styling your wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

In the middle of planning the details and double checking each and every logistic, we always love to pause with brides and grooms to talk about their wedding party’s style. Similar to choosing a wedding venue, deciding upon the attire your bridesmaids and groomsmen will wear is largely determined by your wedding’s style, color palette, and overall personality.

In order to achieve a look that you, your love, and your closest family members and friends will love (don’t forget they’re wearing it for the day!), we thought we would offer our best styling tips.

How To Style Your Wedding Party

From flowers to fashion and even formal photos, we are detailing five ways to style your wedding party beyond simply adding accessories below!

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All Neutral:

One of the biggest trends we have been seeing for a while is neutrals. This color palette (or lack thereof!) began as a way to allow tablescapes to have a completely fresh style and simultaneously provide a welcome opportunity to add pops of color. Now the trend has extended into dresses for your ‘maids! Consider opting for ivory gowns because it creates a beautiful look when paired with your ivory or white wedding dress. To keep the palette even more neutral, look to bouquets that solely feature ivory and white blooms paired with greenery. The look is fresh and always chic, plus it can transition into just about any wedding style!

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Mix & Match:

By now, you have either heard of the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend or you have been part of it. We loved the dresses these ‘maids wore because they all featured the same peach color palette and floor length style while still being ever so slightly different. Plus, the maid of honor stood out right away in her floral gown that kept the same length and color palate in mind. Always keep the season and your wedding’s style at the forefront when choosing your dresses. The slight breeze on this wedding day (and the bridesmaids’ joy!) made the dresses look even more appropriate and garden party ready!Leo Patrone Photography

Flower Girls Wear Crowns:

Whether she’s a friend’s daughter or your niece, your flower girl is likely going to be the youngest member of your bridal party. Throughout all of the weddings we have designed and planned, we have learned flower girls fall into one of two categories: really excited or fighting nerves. In order to make her feel more confident (and not have to worry about tossing petals as she walks down the aisle), we love suggesting flower crowns! Flower crowns always a sweet way to add color to your flower girl’s all white look, plus she will feel like a princess. It is also highly likely she will not take her flower crown off at all throughout the night, so she will always stand out.

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Add Props:

Whether it is a classic truck or a whimsical bicycle, look to your venue to add an extra pop to your bridal party photos. As a tip, these photos do not have to feel formal! The bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls rode in a truck to the rustic farm ceremony, so it made perfect sense to feature the vehicle again. We love that this added element offered a nod to the setting, plus it created additional ways for the ladies to naturally stand and lean in ways that made them look and feel completely relaxed. We also have to add how much we adored the bridesmaids looks as a whole! They wore chiffon skirts paired with lace tops, and we loved the differing colors and textures.

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Formally Candid:

For this wedding, the bride and groom carefully chose their wedding party’s classically formal looks. The bridesmaids wore neutral floor length gowns, and the groomsmen wore black and white tuxedos. When thinking about their bridal party portraits with their photographer, we all knew we wanted to feature their style but we also wanted to highlight each person’s personality. The team quickly agreed that asking some of the ladies and gents to sit while others stood and surrounded the bride and groom was the best option! The resulting photo is both formal and completely candid, plus we love that we can see the gorgeously colorful bouquets even more in this setup. Tip: make sure you have beautiful chairs on hand because they do play a role! Chiavari chairs are always a great option.

Tell us, where are you getting married, and how is your venue inspiring your bridal party’s style? Make sure to leave a comment below.

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About The Styled Bride: The Styled Bride specializes in working with engaged couples to explore and find their wedding aesthetic while they collaborate with our Wedding Director to make sure all of the moving parts are taken care of. Whether you are the first to get married or have watched friends walk down the aisle before you, planning a wedding is time consuming and sometimes stressful.  We believe having someone help you isn’t a luxury; it just makes sense.

Wedding planning and styling is who we are. We are your biggest advocate while we help you enjoy the process along the way. We allow you to relax as we handle all the details. While we will present and guide you with innovative options for your event from the start, always remember that the final decision will be yours. Visit The Styled Bride today.

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Keeping Your Bridesmaids

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You’re ready to get married, and you’d like your best girls to join you at the altar. First, you should figure out one thing: Do you have your girls’ back? The will surely have yours, so how do you keep the bridal party super-happy? With these thirteen sublimely amazing bridal secrets, that’s how!

When it comes to keeping your best girls happy, there are some seriously sweet things she should keep in mind. Check out the amazing tips and tricks every bride and her best girls should keep in mind for a fabulously flawless wedding day.

13 Great Tips To Keeping Your Bridesmaids Happy

#1. Pick Your Girls Wisely

So who do you ask? You want to pick you dearest friends, but you should keep in mind who might have to travel super far. Don’t automatically discount your best friend who has to travel an ocean or two to get to you, but give her a good advance if they live in a far-off land.

On the other hand, if they aren’t your die-hard friend, and you are just trying to match your groomsmen, it might be easier if they’re just a guest. Think about it before you ask certain ladies.

#2. Keep Cost In Mind

No matter what style wedding you have in mind, you should give a bit of consideration to how much it will cost each bridesmaid to be part of the wedding. Make a list of all the things that could be quite expensive on her part:

  • Travel
  • Hotel
  • Dress
  • Hair & Makeup

Do these all come in at a reasonable amount?

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#3. 27 Dresses and All That Jazz

If we have learned anything from the movies and real life, it’s that bridesmaid dresses can add up to a considerable amount of dough over the years. Have no fear; there are dresses that are not all that expensive. From sites like Rent The Runway to Ruffled, you can find something sincerely sweet and appropriately gorgeous for your best girls and your big day theme.

Of course, don’t discount the discount stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, and Ross — those guys often carry designer digs for less, and you could also mix and match styles for the perfect array of dresses that fit each girl’s body and personality like a charm!

#4. Keep Versatility in Mind

When it comes to the best dresses, you might keep something versatile in mind. Like a dress that she can wear again – yes, there are some like that. Considering your bridesmaids’ ability to wear a dress again is where we stress mix-and-match styles.

Your best girls come in all body shapes and sizes. It’s important to keep her best assets in mind when choosing styles. Get intimate with your girls. Consult style guides on dress styles that look good on certain body types. Then talk to your girls about what style dress in which they may feel most comfortable. That’s the best way to have a happy bridal party, and a united front on the day you say “I do.”

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#5. Choosing Your Maid of Honor

Your Maid (or Matron) of Honor is the person who is going to take on a very large amount of responsibility when it comes to your wedding day and the days leading up to your big day. You should consider a lot of things when it comes to choosing your Maid of Honor:

  • Who is the right person?
  • Are they super responsible?
  • Do they have an adequate amount of free time to plan events like bridal showers and bachelorette parties?
  • Can they help you delegate tasks to other bridesmaids and groomsmen without being too bossy?

Your Maid of Honor should be the one person you trust above all other bridesmaids to help you tackle your big day with ease and make sure the only thing that gets hitched are you and your groom!

#6. Attitude is EVERYTHING

Don’t ask us why, but a lot of bridal parties can turn bridezilla well before the actual bride. The wedding is supposed to be a time of sheer joy. When it comes to keeping your best girls happy, you might want to evaluate each one and how their usual attitude is – are they demanding? Needy? If so, think about things that keep them on the calm.

Make your day about you and them. They want to share in your happiness, so throw a big wedding morning brunch. Feed them, give them a cocktail and most likely — your Maid of Honor will have enough tasks delegated to keep your bridal party on their toes until it’s time to say “I do.”Give_Them_A_Killer_Invite

#7. Give Them A Killer Invite

In this day and age, it’s nice to have a thoughtful way to ask your girls to be in your bridal party. There are so many ways from sweet notes to jewelry and all that in between. Pinterest and Etsy are great places to look for cool invites to be a bridesmaid.

#8. Don’t Forget The Thank You

If you go sweet when it comes to the invite, you should probably find a sweet way to thank them for being your bridesmaid. From swag bags to personalized trinkets, thank you gifts are something that should be personalized to each girl to detail all the help for which you are appreciative!

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#9. Setting Limits for Everyone

Sometimes our family and friends can get too jiggy with it. After all, they are celebrating you and your glorious day. Keep things in mind like, “Do you need to set a drink limit?” Sit down with your girls and imagine the day. They can help you think about all the things that could go wrong and get your plan of action set in motion for a smooth reception.

#10. Include Family First

When it comes to asking a special girl to stand by your side, “Yes. You do you have to ask family first.” Of course, your cousin from another mother twice removed isn’t on the list, but immediate family should be the first consideration for your big day.

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#11. Organizing Events

One of the biggest jobs of the bridal party is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Each one should have a special job when it comes to your reception. For instance:

  • Point of contact for catering
  • Point of contact for photography and videography
  • Maid of Honor and/or Best Man pay the officiant
  • Send off organizer
  • Speech organization

#12. Considering Financial Help

Do you have the ability to financially help your girls get to the big day? If you know, one or more of your girls can’t afford a night in a hotel or their dress; you should look at alternative options to maybe cut a bit of cost to get them by your side.

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#13. Forget The Bridal Party & Get Jiggy

Maybe it would be easier not to have a bridal party and just let your friends party. Quite often bridal parties get wrapped up in the planning of it all. After all, this is a celebration. So, there should be no pressure on how strictly it is organized. You should be celebrating your big day, not worrying about the prepping and planning. So why not just have a small party — for one night – and let go before you say “I do.”

Bio: Maigen Thomas has been writing about wedding planning for a decade and her passion is focused on budget weddings. As she puts it, “I feel that everyone should be able to have the wedding of their dreams on the budget they can afford, and I am always searching for new ways to help a wedding budget stretch further! I write about budget wedding planning, DIY projects and more at www.weddingfor1000.com.”

Additionally, she has been featured on various radio shows as well as on websites like USAToday, ValuePenguin, ThePennyCounter, and US News & World Report.”

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