Hayley Paige’s latest collection is oozing with pretty! From the embellished cap sleeves, layers upon layers of tulle and guipure lace bodices, these dresses have me dreaming of walking down the aisle. This collection comes in a variety of silhouettes and fashion forward designs to please even the most pickiest of brides. Which dress is your favorite?
Your bridesmaids style has a lot to do with the overall look of your wedding. Their look plays a key role in establishing your wedding colors, theme and dress code. Before you select your bridesmaids dresses, here’s a breakdown of everything you need to consider.
Are you getting married on a vineyard? Having a ballroom wedding? Knowing where you are tying the knot will help you decide which colors will photograph best with your backdrop.
If you are having a nautical wedding chances are you will want the bridesmaids dresses to reflect this theme. Before selecting your bridesmaids dresses determine weather or not your wedding is having a theme.
For establishing the dress code, you may want short dresses for a more casual wedding and long dresses for a more formal wedding. In my Wedding Attire Guide I break down all of the different wedding dress codes.
You will also want to consider the different body types of your bridesmaids to make sure they are comfortable and look their best. A busty bridesmaid may not be comfortable in a strapless dress for example. To please everyone, some brides will pick the color and let the bridesmaids choose the style for a mismatched look.
Having the honor of being a bridesmaid is spendy business! If you aren’t paying for your bridesmaids dresses, you will want to consider your bridesmaids budgets. They will thank you!
The dress is hugely responsible for showcasing your wedding colors. You have the option of selecting one color or one trend I’m seeing lately is ombre or mismatched colors in the same family (this bride mastered it!) or sequin dresses in all different shades. If ordering the same color, have the ladies all purchase from the same store so the dresses come from the same dye-lot.
Are you a traditional bride or want to try a trend? There are endless options when it comes to selecting your bridesmaids dress(es), which leaves a lot of room to start a trend. Who knows, you could just be setting the next big trend in weddings!
As you are getting closer to the big day you will want to do some delegating. Luckily there are plenty around you to assist in the day-of duties, all while keeping you calm and on schedule. But who is responsible for what? Here is a basic rundown of each persons day-of responsibilities.
Yes it’s not all champagne and taking pictures with loved ones. You will obviously need to show up on time, get glammed up in your bridal suite, work closely with your planner or on site coordinator, recite your vows, sign the marriage certificate and enjoy your big day!
Pay attention grooms! You will need to arrive at the venue on time (early if you are getting ready in a grooms suite), bring the wedding bands, recite your vows, sign the marriage certificate and enjoy the big day!
THE MAID OF HONOR
The MOH is the bride’s go-to on her wedding day and responsible for assuring the bride enjoys her wedding day. How does she do that? By taking on the brunt of the the day-of duties. Ensuring the bride and bridal party are on schedule, available as a contact with vendors, holding the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony, signing the marriage certificate and giving a toast at the reception – all while making sure the bride is calm and enjoying her big day.
THE BEST MAN
The best man’s duties include keeping the groom and groomsmen on schedule, helping the ring bearer with the wedding bands pre-ceremony, signing the marriage certificate and giving a speech during the reception.
On the wedding day the brides besties are responsible for getting ready early with the bride, wearing robes or outfits selected by the bride, participate in the ceremony as rehearsed the night before, take formal wedding shots and assist the bride throughout the night. That dress needs an army alone!
On the wedding day the groomsmen are responsible for showing up on time, participating in the ceremony as rehearsed the night before, take formal wedding shots and supporting the groom.
THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
The mother-of-the-bride will keep her daughter calm and help assist the maid of honor with any vendor hiccups. She will be escorted by an usher during the ceremony to her seat.
THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE
The father of the bride will walk his daughter down the aisle as rehearsed the night before, give a speech during the reception and dance with his little girl during the father daughter dance.
PARENTS OF THE GROOM
The groom’s parents are available to help out where needed. The groom’s mother will partake in the mother son dance.
THE FLOWER GIRL
The flower girl will participate in the ceremony as rehearsed the night before and may drop petals down the aisle as instructed by the bride.
THE RING BEARER
The ring bearer will carry the wedding bands down the aisle. Typically on a pillow, but not always!
The ushers assist in escorting guests to their seats and handing out programs.
Create a custom hashtag for your wedding for your friends to tag throughout your big day! This is the best way to retain all the amazing photos your guests took by scrolling though your hashtags feed. Create it early so you can share your planning experience with all of your followers and get them excited about your wedding. You can also use it for your other wedding events such as your engagement party and bridal shower.
CREATE A WEBSITE FOR YOUR WEDDING
This will be the source for all of your guests to find all of your wedding day details, but also a place where you can show off your engagement photos, share your registry, collect RSVP’s, etc. Have a comment section where your guests can interact. I’ve even seen weddings where guests connect on a wedding website to share in carpooling to a destination wedding.
After you’ve created the perfect hashtag for your wedding, now it’s time to promote it! Add your hashtag everywhere from your wedding website, to your invitations, photo booth pictures and all your signage; which includes the welcome table, cocktail hour menu, place cards, etc. This will give your guests little reminders to use your hashtag when posting throughout your big day!
This was one of the shows during Bridal Fashion Week I knew I didn’t want to miss! Naeem Khan‘s gowns are so stunning the crowd was actually gasping. Everything popped from the floral embellishments, sheer tulle and most of all the incredible bead work. I especially loved the a-line gowns which are so flattering and elegant. I’m sharing a video from the finale on my Instagram!
After the show we went behind the scenes to see where all the gowns are made. he does his show right next to his studio! I loved seeing the inspiration boards, hanging gown after gown and yards and yards of fabric.