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Bridesmaid and Groomsman Gift Ideas

Wondering what to get your bridesmaids and groomsmen as a unique and thoughtful bridal party gift? We’ve got your covered!

While traditionally a bridesmaid or groomsman gift is meant to simply be a token of appreciation to show your close pals and family how much their support and friendship have meant during this critical time before the wedding, some couples opt for gifts ranging from modest and personal, to lavish and much more outside the box. Some are even choosing to forgo the standard cufflinks (still always a great choice), necklaces or matching bridesmaid shoes for experiences or getaways.

That means spa weekends for the gals and sporting events or nights on the town for the guys.  Whatever you decide to do, taking the time to treat your bridal party is a great way to say a thoughtful thank you to those closest to you.  And should you choose one of the old standby gifts, (no harm in that…they call them standbys for a reason) consider adding a monogram or personalization to those items like stationary, clutches, or ties for the boys! And remember, there’s nothing classier than a grateful couple!

Fun Ways to “Propose” to Your Bridesmaids

Most little girls dream of the day the man of their dreams pops the big question, and just as many women look forward to the day their best friends and siblings will ask just as important of a question: will you be in my wedding?

Despite what some people will lead you to believe, wedding planning will go quickly. Before you know it, you will be reminiscing the days of your engagement and wondering where the time went. To make the most of this special time, make every moment memorable. Rather than simply asking your favorite ladies to stand next to you during your ceremony as bridesmaids, treat each one like its own personal proposal. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Give Her the Ring of Her Dreams

Rumor has it women want a huge rock when they get proposed to; make your favorite lady’s dream come true by popping the question with a huge ring pop. She will love the humorous gesture.

Surprise Her with a Locket

We love the cute saying in this locket: I couldn’t say “I do” without you. Plus, you can put a special message inside. Every time she wears the necklace, she will think of you (and your wedding, of course).

Write It Down

Another great way to let your favorite ladies know how much they mean to you is to write them a personal note asking them to be your bridesmaids. They will love that you took the time to make them feel special.

6 Wedding Shots to Add to Your Photo List

There are the traditional shots that are a must on your list, but why not spice up the day and add some fun wedding shots to your photo shoot. These poses are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

The Not So Serious Sexy Pose

We love the slightly sexy bridal poses that are trendy right now, but we also love a bride (and groom) who can have a good laugh. Involve the groomsmen in a not-so-serious sexy pose and you will have a picture that will keep you laughing for years to come.

The Morning of Photos

There will be plenty of pictures of how you and your pretty ladies looked on the big day, but don’t forget about what you looked like the morning of. Make these pictures fun by purchasing matching robes for your bridesmaids, and don’t be afraid to take some candid shots without your hair and make-up done. (Gasp!)

The After the Wedding Shot

You and your new hubby will create just as many memories after the wedding as you will at the ceremony and reception. Why not capture some of those precious moments on film?

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The Just for Him Shots

Every groom is dying to know what is under that beautiful gown you are wearing. Let me remember that image forever with some sexy, yet classy, just for him photos.

The Boys Will be Boys Photos

While the girls are spending the day being pampered, the guys are spending the day goofing off. Let them have their fun, but be sure to capture it all on film.

The Before the Wedding Pictures

You don’t have to let the groom see you before the wedding to get some priceless photos together. Blind fold him for a pre-wedding kiss, or let a door separate you while you exchange some pre-wedding words.

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Bridesmaid/Groomsman Schedule: Attendants are such an important part of a wedding.  They’re important not just because they’re our dear friends, but also because they’re supporting us on one of the biggest days of our lives.  They have a variety of jobs and duties over the course of the wedding weekend, and we love the idea of providing them an easy to follow timeline, telling them where to go, when to be there, and what to bring with them.  And while a word document would get the job done, we love this illustrated timeline.  Informative and eye-pleasing, a delightful combination!

Macaroon Cake: Macaroon’s have always been a classic French dessert, and over the past year, they’ve made a big splash among the wedding world.  We love how beautiful they look whether served singly on a plate or boxed in a tiny box.  But this inspiring cake takes macaroon love to the next level.  We love the whimsy of the ombre, and if we were wedding guests, we might just have to have one of each color!

One Love Photography

Go Gray: The majority of grooms tend to opt for black on the big day, but we love that more and more guys are embracing lighter options, including gray and khaki.  We particularly love the guys in this photo, as they opted for shades of gray, in their jackets and vests, polished off perfectly with a classic black tie.  We also love that the groom is standing out in a lighter shade and a lighter tie.  Classic with a bit of modern, always a win in our eyes!

How to Wear Flowers in Your Hair on Your Wedding Day

Flowers are a beautiful way to glam up your hairstyle on your wedding day, and they are a great accessory for bridesmaids and flower girls. For years, different flowers have been used to symbolize various emotions and characteristics. According to Hairfinder.com, these are a few of the common associations:

Daisy: Innocence and purity
Gardenia: Secret love
Camellia: Gratitude
Ginger: Strength
Tuberose: Forbidden pleasures
Hibiscus: Delicate beauty, sensitivity
Red rose: Passion, love
Pink rose: Friendship, admiration, happiness
Apricot rose: Desire, admiration, modesty
White rose: Purity, secrecy, spiritual love
Jasmine: Sensuality
Yellow carnation: Disappointment, rejection
Spider Flower”  “Run away with me”
Violet: Modesty, faithfulness

While the above list shows the meanings of various flowers, you may choose a flower simply because it is your favorite type or because it matches your theme. You also may choose to use one individual flower or several small flowers. They look beautiful in updos, half-up/half-down styles, and side-swept styles. You could also do a headband of flowers, which is perfect for flower girls.

When choosing your flowers, you may want to match the flowers used in your bouquet. This will help create a seamless look. Also, use flowers that are sturdy. This will decrease the risk of the flowers breaking throughout the evening.

4 Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

You need wedding gift ideas for your bridal party, family, and fiancé, but you’re tired of the same-old-same-old engraved flask and make-up bags. Get ready to be tempted to go shopping after you read this.

Prevent Cold Feet

We love these adorable “In case you get cold feet” socks on Wanelo. This humorous gift is sure to ease any fears your guy may be having.

Hang with Style

For your bridesmaids (and self, of course), get these adorable personalized hangers. This keepsake can be reused for years and years after the wedding.

Wrap Them in Love

Buy pretty robes for your bridesmaids to wear while you girls get ready on the big day. They will feel like stars as they spend the day getting pampered.

Show You Future Hubby Some Love

Some guys worry that life after the wedding won’t be as great as it was when you were dating. Prove him wrong with this unique gift idea: Plan and prepay for a date for each month of the year. Put the information in envelopes labeled for each month. Throughout the year, you and your guy can enjoy these fun dates together.

When picking out gifts for your bridal party, family, and fiancé, think outside the box. You don’t have to buy gifts from those wedding catalogs you keep getting in the mail. Consider the personalities of each person and buy something you know they’ll love.

 

Ten Ways to Involve Loved Ones In Your Wedding


Your wedding day is a great opportunity to celebrate and honor the men and women who mean so much to you in life. Here are ten ways to involve family, friends, and coworkers of all ages in your wedding festivities…

 

 

  1. An obvious way to involve those closest to you is by asking them to participate in your bridal party as a bridesmaid or groomsmen, with the highest honors going to the maid/matron of honor and best man.
  2. If your bridal party is getting too large, but you’d still like a dear pal to be involved, invite him or her to be an honorary bridesmaid or groomsmen, or, if he or she is between the ages of 9 and 16, a junior bridesmaid or groomsmen.
  3. Bring together the pint-sized people most special to you by inviting them to serve as ring bearers or flower girls during the ceremony.
  4. Grab a few gal or guy pals and ask them to serve as guestbook attendants, greeting guests as they arrive at the wedding or reception and ensuring that they sign the guestbook.
  5. During the wedding ceremony, select a few friends or loved ones to perform a reading of a favorite scripture, poem, or quote.
  6. Musically gifted friends can add a personal touch to your wedding day by singing or playing an instrument during the ceremony or at the reception.
  7. Choose a few upbeat friends to dole out programs to guests as they arrive at the wedding.
  8. If you’re hosting a Christian ceremony, ask a few children between the ages of 10 and 13 to light candles on the altar before the nuptials begin.
  9. Men who aren’t serving as groomsmen can fill in as ushers, welcoming guests and escorting them to their seats.
  10. Personalize your wedding ceremony even more by asking a close friend or relative to officiate the nuptials.

Avoiding Conflict

Your wedding day is supposed to be magical and special, full of love and joy, but all too often, drama creeps in and conflict abounds. Here’s a few easy ways to avoid conflict on some hot-button issues.

How to avoid conflict…

When choosing bridesmaids: Whether you agree or not, there are probably a few people in your life who will naturally assume they’re going to be a part of your wedding party. Ultimately, this decision is up to you and you should never feel bullied into including someone in your wedding. Adding additional bridesmaids or groomsmen adds more stress (in keeping track of everyone), more expense (in the cost of gifts and rehearsal dinner), and, well, more people to the day. However, if you’re fearful that excluding someone will cause more trouble than it’s worth, there’s no hard and fast rule on the number of bridesmaids you can have. Or, simply ask that person to serve in another way, such as a program attendant, scripture reader, or honorary bridesmaid.

When determining the guest list: Narrowing down your wedding guest list can be tricky business, especially when you’re working hard to include friends, family, co-workers, and guests of your parents and future in-laws, but if you’re working within a budget, most likely, trimming the guest list is an absolute necessity. To avoid drama, allot a certain number of invites for your parents and in-laws. Then, sit down with your fiancé and begin categorizing your potential guests into lists based on importance and closeness. Worse case scenario, send out a first round of invites, wait for RSVPs, and then follow up with a second round of invites to less-close acquaintances.

When deciding whether or not to invite children: Choosing to host an adults-only affair, especially for your reception, is completely legitimate, but before you make the decision, think long and hard about the implications. If you have close relationships with a lot of children (i.e. nieces, nephews, cousins, friends with young kids), it might be hurtful to exclude them from your day. However, if you’re worried about your beautiful reception turning into a scene from Chuck E. Cheese, don’t back down on your stance about keeping the guest list to 18 and over. Instead of including the words “adults only” on your invitations, simply be sure to write only the names of invited guests on the envelopes (i.e. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, as opposed to the Smith family). If you notice that a family RSVPs for more guests than you included, simply call them and explain that the affair is strictly for adults.

When trying to involve your fiancé in the planning: Men often take a backseat when it comes to wedding planning for a number of reasons. Maybe they don’t care about floral arrangements, maybe they’re at a loss for what to do, or maybe they simply don’t realize you need or desire their help. Whatever the case, if you’d like your groom to get more involved in the wedding plans, simply explain to him how much you’d like his help. More importantly, give him specific tasks that he can coordinate, such as planning the honeymoon, choosing the playlist for the reception, or overseeing the food selection for the rehearsal dinner or reception.

3 Signs You’re a Bridezilla

We’ve all heard the term bridezilla, but no bride-to-be likes to think she fits the description. Well, the sad news is, you might be less charming than you think. Here are a few signs that you are sneaking in to the dangerous bridezilla zone.

Everyone is Suddenly Busy

When you first got engaged, everyone was excited for you. Your mom, bridesmaids, and soon-to-be mother-in-law were always available to listen to your latest wedding ideas. Suddenly, everyone is too busy to answer their phone or run another wedding errand with you. While this could just be that everyone is actually busy, it could be a sign that you are annoying everyone involved in the wedding.

You are 100% in Control

Yes, this is your big day, but unfortunately, it is not only about you. Remember those bridesmaids you asked to be the wedding; well, some decisions are important to them, such as the shower, the bachelorette party and maybe even the dress. If you find yourself planning your own shower or bachelorette party, you may be overstepping some boundaries. Also, don’t forget about the parents. While it is your day, you should consider the requests that are important to the other people involved.

You are Being Unrealistic

Sure, you might have been dreaming about this day since you were a little girl, but some of your dreams might not be realistic. You don’t want to physically, financially or emotionally strain yourself, your fiancé, your family or your friends. Every time you make a decision about the wedding, take the time to consider how it will impact everyone involved. If you start making unrealistic requests, you are on your way to becoming an infamous bridezilla.

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How to Accommodate a Pregnant Bridesmaid

A pregnant bridesmaid can be a tricky situation, especially if the girl wasn’t pregnant when you originally asked her to be in the wedding. However, it is a common situation that must be handled delicately. Here are a few suggestions for making your day comfortable and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Choose the Right Dress

If you know a bridesmaid is pregnant before choosing the dresses, be sure to pick a dress that is flattering on a growing belly. You may consider allowing the bridesmaid to wait to purchase the dress until the wedding day gets closer. This way, she doesn’t have to stress about the dress being too small or uncomfortable. If this isn’t option, be sure to choose a style that will be flattering by the wedding date. Empire waistlines and maternity dresses are good choices.

Let Her Sit

If your bridesmaid will be far along in her pregnancy by the wedding date, allow her to sit down during the ceremony. She can still stand up there for pictures and walk down the aisle with the other bridesmaids, but you may want to have a chair for her during the ceremony.  Many pregnant women can’t stand for extended periods of time without being comfortable.

Plan Snack Times

Most pregnant women are encouraged to eat every three to four hours. Be sure to include snack times in your day of schedule. You don’t want anyone getting sick because they haven’t eaten since 6 am. (This true for everyone in the wedding, not just the pregnant bridesmaid.)

Remember that Food is Important

There will be a ton of events that revolve around food and drinks as you plan your wedding (bachelorette party, the shower, the rehearsal, the reception, etc.).  When choosing menus, make sure there are food and drink options that are appropriate for a pregnant bridesmaid. For instance, pregnant women can’t eat sushi, and they need plenty of fruits and vegetables. (Also, pregnant women are not encouraged to drink alcohol.) You may want to talk to your bridesmaid to find out her specific food and drink needs.

Talk to Your Bridesmaid

Most importantly, be sure to talk to your pregnant bridesmaid throughout the wedding planning process. Find out what will make her comfortable or uncomfortable. After all, you want her to enjoy your day, and it is better to make a few accommodations than to lose a great bridesmaid.

We’d love to know, do you have an expecting bridesmaid? What are you doing to handle the situation?