Posts tagged ‘bridesmaid’

November 21, 2011

What About the ‘Maid?: Budget-friendly Bridal Shower

Planning a bridal shower can be stressful and can put a strain on your wallet, but there are great DIY and budget-friendly ways to throw (and host) a shower without breaking the bank. Here are some great tips to having a first class party in honor of the bride-to-be.

Location, Location, Location
Who says that a bridal shower has to be at a fancy hotel or boutique tearoom? Consider hosting it at your home or another bridesmaid’s home. Or if you have access to a community clubhouse, consider hosting the bridal shower there. You can save on any major rental fees that a hotel or restaurant may charge.

Good Eats
Think about having a potluck where each bridesmaid brings a dish or two to share. Simple DIY dishes like a cheese platter or a fruit tray with some of the bride’s favorite fruits is a great potluck dish. Want to add a fancy touch to the food? Try a simple recipe for creamy brie en croute, savory bacon wrapped dates or festive prosciutto wrapped breadsticks. Also, a potluck shower is a great way to share recipes with the bride – have each bridesmaid write down the recipe on a recipe card and have a recipe box as a gift for the bride.

You don’t need to spend hundreds to turn a room into a well-decorated space. DIY pom balls and paper canopy can add a festive touch!

Martha Stewart Weddings

October 31, 2011

Wedding for All Seasons: Dressing the Ladies

With Phlox, Cedar and Coffee Liqueur infused as your fall wedding colors, let’s dress the ladies! Don’t be afraid to go beyond the bridal salon to dress your party. Try off-the-rack styles from Macy’s, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and J.Crew for a great selection that fit your autumn color scheme and everyone’s budget.

Here are our picks for dressing the party this fall!



Coffee Liqueur

October 7, 2011

Foto Friday

Kissing tug-of-war!

Sam Lim Studios

October 3, 2011

What About the ‘Maid?: Cost

We can all agree with & that being a bridesmaid comes with a price tag.

  • Before agreeing to be a part of the bridal party, get a general idea of when and where the wedding will take place. You’ll want to know if it’s going to be a destination wedding, so that you can take into consideration travel costs and time off work to attend the wedding. If the bride and groom aren’t sure yet, ask if it would be okay to give a definite answer later when the couple has more details about the wedding. You don’t want to be stuck in a sticky situation where you say “yes” and then be forced to back out at the last minute due to financial circumstances.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about wedding day attire, address them as early as possible. For example, if the bride picks a dress that you can’t afford, take her out for a coffee and explain your situation so that you can come up with a solution together. Don’t wait until a month before the wedding, or after all of the other bridesmaids have already purchased and altered their dresses!
  • For pre-wedding event budget concerns, talk to the maid of honor since she will be in charge of planning most of the festivities such as the bridal shower and bachelorette party. If you are not able to make an equal financial contribution, offer your time and labor! For the bridal shower, help put together the favors and be in charge of setup and cleanup. For the bachelorette party, be the concierge and research fun activities that everyone would enjoy.
  • DIY isn’t just for the bride! Save money by watching YouTube tutorials and learn how to do your own hair and makeup.
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The honor of being a bridesmaid doesn’t need to dragged down by dollar signs. Get creative and be a budget-savvy bridesmaid!

September 5, 2011

What About the ‘Maid?: Responsibilties

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. We’re kicking off a monthly series called “What About the ‘Maid?” geared toward bridesmaids to help inspire and answer any questions. In this month’s blog we talk about what your responsibilities will be when you say “I do!” to being a bridesmaid.

Responsibilities: Maid of Honor

You are the bride’s right-hand woman and strongest ally through the entire process. You’ll be there to support her emotionally and to help her make decisions for the big day. Your responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate with other bridesmaids
  • Host bridal shower with help from bridesmaids
  • Plan bachelorette party with help from bridesmaids
  • Keep record of gifts received at various parties and showers
  • Spread the word about the couple’s registries
  • Hold onto the groom’s wedding band on wedding day before they exchange vows
  • Hold bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Arrange bride’s train at appropriate points in the ceremony
  • Bustle bride’s train after the ceremony
  • Sign marriage license
  • Make a toast at the reception
  • Collect gift envelopes and keep them in a safe place
  • Purchase wedding day attire (dress, accessories, shoes)

Responsibilities: Bridesmaid

As a bridesmaid, you’re considered an important person in the bride’s life. Just like the maid of honor, the bride also looks to you for suggestions and help. A bridesmaid’s responsibilities include:

  • Help the maid of honor with bridal shower
  • Help the maid of honor plan the bachelorette party
  • Spread the word about the couple’s registries
  • Assist with DIY projects (invitations, wedding favors, etc.)
  • Help direct guests to their seats
  • Purchase wedding day attire (dress, accessories, shoes)

The honor of being a part of the bridal party comes with a cost. It’s not cheap to be a bridesmaid, so you’ll need to be prepared for the financial responsibilities as well. Stay tuned for next month’s “What About the ‘Maid?” as we break down the costs of being in the bridal party.