Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Wedding planning season has officially started, and one of the first things to consider is getting your bridal party together. Whether you gather your girls together or ask them individually, popping that one big question to them is almost as exciting as getting engaged! Make the whole experience more memorable with a proposal pack they are sure to love.

She Sparkles, She Shines

Let her know how special she is with a one-of-a-kind gift pack that has her name all over it!

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Pretty in Pink

Pink is trending this season, and this gift pack is filled with personalized and pink things you know she will cherish.

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Spa and Go

Pamper your besties with spa essentials gift wrapped with a little extra love.

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Totes of Honor

Your squad will be giddy when they discover their names on one of these proposal packs. Personalized canvas totes make great gifts, and whatever is tucked inside is an added bonus!

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Featured Above: Canvas Tote, Silky Robe

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Featured Above: Wine Tote, Stationery Holder, Signage (coming soon)

For more gift ideas for your girls, check out Weddingstar.com!

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Style Spotlight: Shower Her Pretty

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Bridal showers are the ultimate way to honor the bride and her new life to come. Gone are the days of cliché themes and cheesy games. Throw a bridal shower like a party pro, with these tips from wedding planner and Weddingstar Ambassador, Leona Morelock.

Color Code:

When you know the bride’s favourite color, incorporate it everywhere. From food and decorations to favors and napkins, completely color her day her way.

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Featured Above: Foil Stamped Matchbox, Personalized Napkins

Signature Sip:

Does she have a signature drink planned for her big day? The shower is a perfect opportunity to do a little taste testing!

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Featured Above: Bubbly Bar Acrylic Sign (DIY Painted Gold)

Brunch Theme:

There are no rules that say the shower has to take place mid-afternoon. Why not do brunch at 11am and serve an eye opener such as a Bloody Mary in a fancy goblet? Very Carrie Bradshaw don’t you think?

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Celebrate Her:

Include an activity that really speaks to your bride-to-be’s interest. Bring in an expert for wine and cheese tasting, or perhaps a perfumer to help create her own signature fragrance.

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Featured Above: Floral Silky Robe

Gifts that Fit:

Shower the bride with gifts that are in sync with her personal sense of style. Whether heirloom inspired or cosmopolitan chic, she will love the very personalized touches.

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Featured Above: Mirrored Jewelry Box, Tag Bracelet

Stay Fancy:

Create a secret garden complete with lacy parasols for an outdoor lunch that includes setting the table with the “good china.”

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Featured Above: Lace Parasols

Sweet Tea:

Not into cocktails? Offer your guests an assortment of loose-leaf teas for taste testing, and then provide cute monogrammed bags to pack up a portion of their favorite flavor. A sweet take home favour you know they will love.

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Credits:

Event/Floral Design & Styling by Leona Morelock Designs

Photography by Morgan Marie Photography

Location By Maple Run Farm

Catering by Mission Catering

Florals by Fifty Flowers

Hair & Makeup by Sapphire Cartas of Main Street Style Salon

Jewelry by Morris Jewelry

Dresses by Dillard’s

Rentals by A La Occasions

Tea by Stash

Wine by Fre Wine

Mocktails by Welch’s

Calligraphy by The Fancy Pen

 

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How To Be The Best Bridesmaid Ever

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Being asked to be a bridesmaid is super exciting and an honor, but it does involve a lot more than just showing up on the day of the wedding. From financial expenses, emotional support and helping with planning it can sometimes be tough. But no worries, we have some tips that will make the whole process go smoothly. You’ll be a bridesmaid pro!

1. Be Upfront

If you are concerned about the financial costs or time commitment be upfront with the bride right away. Having a discussion early on before committing to being in the wedding party is the best way to go about things.

2. Be A Team Player

In a group of girls, there are bound to be disagreements along the way. Try your best to get along with the other girls and work together. The bride will already be stressed out with wedding planning and doesn’t need the added stress of her friends not getting along.

3. Don’t Delay Ordering The Dress

You may think you have lots of time, but the sooner you get the dress the better. Waiting to order your dress last minute will only stress out the bride even more. Don’t forget you may need to get alterations!

4. Budget

Often you will have quite a bit of time between when you are asked to be a bridesmaid and the day of the wedding. Keep in mind all of the expenses that go along with the role and make sure you budget accordingly. It’s always best to budget for a bit more than you think you will need, so you’re not in a tough spot when it comes closer to the wedding day.

5. Offer Assistance In Planning

Check in with the bride and see what you can do to help with the planning. There’s a lot that goes into planning for a wedding and the bride could use your help and support to help make things easier!

6. Consider The Bride When Planning The Bachelorette Party

If you’re helping plan the bachelorette party, make sure you plan the event according to what the bride would enjoy. Not everyone is into the typical bachelorette party night out. You can ask the bride what she would prefer to do to make sure she will be happy in the end! If she’s not into partying there are so many alternative ideas to choose from.

7. Be Prepared

Prepare for anything on the day of the wedding. Make a checklist beforehand of items to pack with you on the day of, and make sure you include an emergency kit!

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Top Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Party

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You said yes! You’ve set your wedding date and now it’s time to decide who you want standing by your side on your special day. Your wedding party is there to support you, not only on your wedding day, but on the days leading up to your wedding. Choosing who will stand up with you on such an important day can be overwhelming, so here are our top tips to help make the decision easier!

1. Choose Who You Are Closest To, Not Who You Feel Obligated To Ask

One of the most important pieces of advice when choosing your bridal party, is to make sure everyone you choose is someone who you are close with. They should be your favorite people who you couldn’t imagine your day without. Don’t ask someone to be in your wedding just because they asked you, and you feel obligated to return the favor.

2. Consider The Size Of Your Wedding

Keep in mind the size of your wedding when deciding how many people will stand up with you. If you are having a relatively small, intimate wedding you will want to keep your wedding party fairly small as well, with a recommendation of no more than 4 on each side.  If your wedding is larger in size you could decide to have up to a dozen members in your party. Remember that the more people you ask, the more details there will be to organize and schedules to work around.

3. Think Of The Future

Ask yourself “will we still be friends 10, 20, 50 years from now?” If you can’t picture them being a part of your life for years to come, should they really be in your wedding party?

4. Set Your Expectation & Be Upfront

When you ask your friends and family to be in your wedding party, make sure you lay out your expectations for involvement right off the bat. Be sure they are aware of the time commitment you expect, level of involvement when it comes to helping with planning, as well as costs they should expect. With that being said, don’t expect everyone to say yes. If they don’t think they will be able commit to your set out expectations or financially can’t afford the cost of being a bridesmaid or groomsmen, don’t hold it against them. It will be best to get this out in the open right away.

5. Make The Decision As A Couple

Last but not least, make the decision as a team. Have a discussion together of who each of you want to be a part of this special day. Don’t feel the need to have a perfectly even amount of men and women standing with you. You don’t want to be choosing someone just for the purpose of evening out sides. You will just need to get a bit creative when it comes to the processional.

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Photography by Alan Maudie Photography

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The Bridesmaid Checklist of What To Pack For the Wedding Day

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Packing for a wedding isn’t like packing for a regular weekend away. With all the responsibilities of being a bridesmaid, the last thing you want to do is forget something. Fear not! We have taken one weight off your shoulders and compiled the ultimate bridesmaid wedding checklist of what to pack for the wedding day.

1. Your Dress

Carry in a garment bag to avoid creasing

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photo credit: Laura Ivanova Photography

2. Underwear

Make sure you’ve tried your underwear on in advance with your dress to make sure you can’t see it and it gives you the right support

3. Shoes

You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so make sure you break in your shoes beforehand and bring a pair of flats for later just in case!

4. Jewelry

Don’t forget to pack your necklace, bracelet and/or earrings that you are wearing the day of!

featured here: Matte Gold Charm Bracelet

5. Makeup

Even if you’re getting your makeup done by a professional, it’s a good idea to have some on hand for touch-ups throughout the day.

6. Fashion Tape

Depending on your dress style, you may need this to make sure everything stays in place!

7. Robe

A robe is the wardrobe must-have for getting ready in the morning with the girls. A robe is easy to get on and off without ruining your hair and makeup.  All of the bridesmaids and bride together in robes is a trend that makes for stunning day of pictures!

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featured here: Blue Watercolor Floral Silky Kimono Robe On White / Silky Kimono Robe-Periwinkle

8. Camera/Phone Charger

Don’t under estimate how quickly these two things will run out of battery when you’re snapping away!

9. Tote Bag

Don’t forget to bring along your tote bag with all the small essentials you’ll need throughout the day. Stock it up with your lipstick, mints, tissues, hairbrush, and a snack!

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featured here: Large Canvas Tote Bag With Metallic Gold- Bridal Style Foiling

10. Emergency Kit

You never know what you or fellow bridesmaids/bride are going to need the day of. Unexpected things can happen so make sure your bring an emergency kit like this one

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featured here: Bridesmaid Minimergency Kit-Silver/Gold Swirl

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Post adapted from article originally written by Lucy Leaper- Confetti

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How Much Does It Cost To Be A Bridesmaid?

It is an honor to be asked to be a bridesmaid, but how much will it actually cost you? When you factor in every possible cost, from the dress to the bachelorette party to the wedding itself, it can be surprisingly expensive. Here’s our bridesmaid’s budget breakdown to keep your stress levels low and keep your friendship with the bride intact.

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It’s tempting to feel so flattered you jump at the opportunity but if cash flow is a problem and the bride is not a very sharing person you may want to consider the costs to you before you accept. Here is what can be involved in being a bridesmaid:

  • Bridesmaid dress
  • Dress alterations if needed (these could work out even more if you’re pregnant too!)
  • Shoes, jewelry and any other accessories the bride requires you to wear
  • Professional hairdressing and
  • Professional make up on the morning of the wedding
  • Bachelorette Party spending money
  • Wedding rehearsal dinner spend if required
  • Travel to dress fittings, bachelorette party, wedding rehearsal and/or travel abroad if required
  • Wedding present for the bride and groom

Hundreds and Thousands

This list is not exhaustive but it gives a pretty good idea of what’s involved and could come in at anywhere between a couple of hundred dollars and several thousand. A wedding abroad could cost even more due to overseas travel and accommodation, so it is worth taking all the potential costs into account. If the bride does want you to pay, it could work out to be more expensive than you think.

Who Pays and How To Compromise

Traditionally the bride’s parents would cover the costs of the bridesmaids dresses but these days most couples pay a large proportion of their wedding costs themselves and it has become more acceptable to ask for financial contributions from the bridal party. Unless the bride and groom are offering to pay for everything, it’s worth discussing costs and coming to a compromise where you are all happy.

If your little girl is asked to be a flower girl you may be expected to pay for her outfit. Luckily she won’t need cash for the bachelorette party so it’s a lot less expensive than being a bridesmaid, but you may still be asked to pay for her shoes and accessories.

How To Cut Bridesmaid Costs

Assuming the bride is in agreement, you can cut costs substantially by wearing a second hand bridesmaid gown, an informal low cost summer dress you can wear again, or even a dress you already own. For fashionably non-matching bridesmaids you can save cash by choosing low-cost gowns that co-ordinate in similar colors or styles.

It often falls to the maid of honor to arrange the bride’s proverbial ‘last night of freedom’, and another way to cut costs is to organize a low-key bachelorette party in a venue that is local to you or a casual bridal shower at home which can be just as much fun as an expensive night out in the city or a weekend abroad.

And finally, don’t ever let it cost you your friendship. There will always be a compromise and the key is to discuss it all and be mindful of everyone involved. The bottom line is the bride is special to you and she wants you to be a part of her special day. Together you should be able to find a way for that to happen.

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Originally written by Kate Thompson-Confetti

Top 10 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding

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We are surrounded by the most beautiful couples and weddings all year long, and after more than 30 years in the business we’ve learned a few things along the way! This top 10 list is a must read and a must share for brides who are beginning to plan their wedding.

1. Announcing the engagement too soon

Technology and social media make it very tempting to spill the beans early on, but it might be a good idea to resist the urge. Telling your close friends and family in person and seeing each of their reactions can be the most exciting part. Not only is it more fun for you and your husband-to-be, but your inner circle will really appreciate that you took the time to tell them personally.

2. Choosing bridesmaids out of obligation

There are many reasons why as a bride you may choose certain people to be a part of your big day. Make sure that you pick yours for the right reasons. Logic like, “She asked me to be a part of her wedding first” or “I just don’t want to hurt her feelings by not asking her” might cause you some regret down the road. Do what makes you happy first and foremost.

3. Choosing the venue before considering your guest list

In the excitement of the initial wedding planning, it is easy to forget some of the finer details. Remember that your venue has to fit your circle of friends and family that will be celebrating with you. Jot down a rough list of names you are considering inviting. That will give you a rough idea of the size of venue you will require.

4. Not confirming your wedding plans with your vendors

Make sure you touch base with all your vendors before the big day. Confirm addresses, times and package details with them to make sure everyone is on the same page. This could help prevent mishaps and mix-ups on the big day!

5. Having a closed mind when dress shopping

It is always great to go into your dress appointment with a few ideas, but don’t count anything out just yet. Ask your bridal consultant for some suggestions and try on as many styles as you can. You just might be surprised about what style fits your body type best.

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6. Forgetting to leave wiggle room in your budget

Try as you might, it can be hard to stay true to your budget. Hidden costs and last minute things are very likely to sneak up on you. Leave a miscellaneous costs column in your budget for some of these details. This way you can make sure all your vendors are paid on time and you won’t be filled with that dreadful feeling in your stomach wondering how you will ever pay for it all.

7. Forgetting to schedule time to visit with guests

Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, but it is important to set some time aside for a receiving line or to visit each table. Even a short visit will mean a lot to your guests. After all, they did come to celebrate with you!

8. Ruling out the idea of a wedding planner of day of coordinator

It is easy to tell yourself, “I can do it all myself” or “I would never be able to afford one”, but don’t rule it out too quickly. Do you find that you get stressed easily? Are you organized enough to handle all the details? Are there a lot of elements that will need to come together? Does my venue have an on-site coordinator? Answering these questions will help you decide if you need a little extra help. These professionals will often help keep things running smooth and create an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

9. Failing to loop everyone in

Your bridal party and parents are going to play a big part in how smoothly or how chaotic your wedding weekend goes. If you fill them in on any important changes, locations and information, you will save yourself the headache. Jot down a few of the important details and send a document to everyone a few weeks before the wedding. Include addresses, phone numbers and important point people. This will ensure everyone gets to where they need to be, when they need to be there and that any important jobs you have assigned are clear.

10. Forgetting to eat

With all the butterflies and excitement, food and water are likely to be the last thing on your mind. But make sure your force yourself to have a few light snacks throughout the morning. Also consider having a few snack platters prepared for your bridal party after the ceremony. It is easy to get caught up in the fun and photos, but the afternoon will be much more enjoyable if everyone is well fed and happy.

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So, You’re A Bridesmaid! Check Out Our Top 5 Cost Sharing Tips

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Your friend just got engaged and in turn has popped the question, Will you be my bridesmaid?”, wanting you to be part of her wedding day. You’re flattered (of course) and excited to be a part of her special day, but you start to stress out a bit when you begin adding up the costs. Being a bridesmaid can definitely be pricey, but there are some things you can do to help save some cash.

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Featured above: Gold Toggle Charm Bracelet with Gemstone Charm

We’ve got some great tips to relieve you and the other bridesmaids!

1. Group Gift

On top of all the other wedding expenses, including the dress and shoes and throwing parties typically a bridesmaid is still expected to give the new couple a gift.  Wedding gifts can definitely be a hit to your bank account, but why not lessen the cost a bit? Go in on a gift for the couple as a group with the other bridesmaids. This way you can chip in together on a higher priced item from the registry rather than trying to figure out something less expensive or spending more than you can afford on a gift.

2. Share a Suite

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially if you need to stay for more than one night. Split the cost with the other bridesmaids by booking a suite that sleeps four people.

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Featured above: Floral Silky Kimono Robe

3. Car Pool

If it’s not quite a destination wedding, but you and the other girls live outside of the location that the wedding is being held at, arrange to share a ride! Road trips are fun and is a great way to bond, especially if you are just getting to know a couple of the gals. You’ll save money on gas and have a great time!

4. Share Travel Costs

If you’re attending an upcoming destination wedding, consider group travel. Most airlines offer group discounts that could save you hundreds of dollars. Coordinating group travel might take some extra effort, but if it saves you some cash in the end, it’s definitely worth it!

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Featured above: Bathrobes: Mr & Mrs / Towels: Mr & Mrs / Sandals: Just Married

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5. Group DIY Projects

DIY projects are a fun way to help give every shower you throw the look of a high budget, meanwhile it’s a great excuse to get all the bridesmaids together and save a little cash! Enjoy some wine and snacks and whip up some amazing favors and décor. We’ve included some DIY projects that we think you’ll love! For décor we have tons of DIY ideas for adding gold and glitter to to glam things up. We also have some great favor ideas like Ombre Dip Dyed Favor Bags and Mini Mason Jar Favors.

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Featured above: Votive Holder: Classic Glass

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Featured above: Favor Bag: White Linen

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Can being a bridesmaid be pricey? Yes. But we hope these tips will help you out a bit and save you some cash.

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packages for Your Bridesmaids

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Couple weeks back we shared our two pennies on how to pop the big “will you be my bridesmaid” question to your BFFs and it all went something like this, “Make it sparkle. Make it pretty!”. If you missed the post, check it out {here}. And because we’re total girly girls, we got so caught up in all the fun that we decided to come up with a couple more super sweet ways to show your besties you adore them and can’t see your big day going off without them. And just like with our last post, making it sparkly and pretty was the direction of choice.

Message in  a Bottle

Go for the surprise factor and forgo the usual boxed presentation for a non traditional container that’ll throw her off of what’s inside, a darling monogrammed pendant necklace. And, we love this little glass corked bottle, made all that much more lovely with a touch of lace filler.

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What You’ll Need

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Serious {Card} Stock Value

Every girl loves getting a sweet greeting card. Up the value of yours by pairing it with a little bit of bling by way of this gorgeous double heart pendant. And if you’re feeling really festive, pair the presentation with some gold glitter!

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featured here: new celebration design bridesmaid gift backer card and new heart pendant necklace – coming soon!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Pop the Big Question (To Your BFFs)

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He popped the big question. You hollered out an enthusiastic “YES”! The champagne was poured and so now you’re off to the planning board. And what’s one of the first things you’re likely to quickly decide on? The girl crew who’ll stand by your side throughout the whole of your wedding planning  journey. It’s a list of names that will no doubt be made up of childhood friends and close family members, all of which are women you simply can’t live without. Why not take the opportunity to show them just how much they mean to you by making the way you pop your “will you be my bridesmaid” ask something extra special. And when we say special we mean pretty and sparkly of course. Sound like a plan? Then here’s everything you need to make it happen.

Presentation is Key

OK, so the bling is what’s best but don’t overlook how you present it. We’re loving the current trinket tray trend, made that much better when personalized just for her.

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Bring on the Bling

Diamonds maybe a girl’s best friend, but so are bracelets, and charms, and chains. Really, you can’t go wrong when it comes to the gift of jewelry.

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Let the Card Do the Talking

Complete the look, and the package, with a personalized gift tag that says it all, because chances are you’ll be too choked up to talk.

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xoxo.

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