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Who Else Wants Fun and Flirty Bridesmaid Dresses?

Author:  Jess Watson

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses is definitely a big decision. With the hottest trends of the year now available, finding the perfect set of flattering dresses for your girlfriends can be a fun and relatively painless task. There are a few points to examine when beginning this process, from length and color to shape and price. By selecting the designs that fit your party best while staying true to your vision and remembering your group’s preferences, you’ll be well on your way to buying outstanding dresses that everyone can be happy with.

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Short Versus Long

Do you like short and flirty, or long and dramatic? One thing to think about when deciding on the length of bridesmaid dresses is the season of your wedding. Knee-length dresses are more common for spring and summer weddings while full-length are more often than not in fall and winter ceremonies. If you’re still on the fence about length, one option is to buy long and hem later when your mind is made up.

Also, check and see how the length compares with your wedding gown. If you have a cathedral veil and a long, flowing train, then full-length bridesmaid dresses are probably a good option. For a shorter or more contemporary bridal gown, knee-length bridesmaid dresses are the way to go.

A Note on Color

Here’s a tip that cannot be stressed enough—get your bridesmaids’ honest opinions when selecting color! Your bridesmaids know which colors wash them out or clash with their complexion and which do not, so don’t be afraid to ask what they think. You don’t want to be stuck with a sea foam green fiasco in your wedding photos that makes you wonder, “What was I thinking?”

Find a color that both you and your bridesmaids are comfortable with. If reaching an agreement is turning out to be impossible, strike a compromise by selecting a similar color in a different shade. It’s not a bad idea to visit your local hardware store and take home coordinating paint swatches to get a better idea of which colors go together—and which don’t!

Material Matters

Know your fabric and you’ll know how your bridesmaid outfits will turn out. Choose satin or sateen for a rich and lustrous surface, or pick chiffon for a lightweight and sheer effect. Charmeuse is a light, shimmery satin fabric that has a soft and contouring shape that’s perfect for draping or ruching.

Take a few moments before selecting your garments to learn how the dress you picked will hold up throughout the night. Will it wrinkle easily? Do stains come out? What are the cleaning instructions? Assign someone in your wedding party the task of bringing stain remover and an iron to the big event so that you will have all of your bases covered for any worst-case scenarios.

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It’s All in the Details

In many cases, the details make the dress. Whether it’s a ruched bust complemented by an asymmetrical hem or pleating at the waist for a slimming effect, details are what draw attention and provide a fabulous fit. Some of the most popular styles include: beaded accents, beautiful draping, ribbon ties, flower appliques, or a rhinestone belt.

And don’t forget to accessorize! With matching clutches, dyeable shoes and sparkly jewelry, your bridesmaids will be ready to walk down the aisle in style. Exquisite details are what transform a good dress into a great one, so keep an eye out for your favorite design features. You can easily make your bridal party look like they stepped out of a fashion magazine with the glamorous dress styles available today.

The Right Shape for All

It’s rare to find two bridesmaids of the exact same size and shape, so what’s a bride to do? The best option is to look for bridesmaid dresses that are designed to accommodate different body types.

For example, you might choose a dress style that features a high empire waist with flowing fabric that floats away from the tummy and hips to achieve a look that is flattering on all figure types. Another choice is to let each bridesmaid pick a different design of the same color. Then you will have a diverse bridal party displaying a fun and modern approach to bridesmaid dresses. No matter what your preference is, be sure to see each bridesmaid in her dress before making your final decision.

Your bridesmaids function as your supporters and sisters-in-spirit for your big day, so why shouldn’t they look their best? There are a lot of things to consider, from length and color to material and shape, but finding the perfect design with eye-catching details is well worth the search. Give your wedding party outfits they’ll cherish forever as they share in this momentous occasion.

Jesse Watson is a freelance writer who writes about several topics including weddings and fashionsuch as bridesmaid dresses.
Source: http://www.articlealley.com/article_1592640_41.html

Wedding Speeches – Structure & Etiquette

In this article we offer help with structuring a wedding speech and the required etiquette . We also explore the traditional order that is followed as well as a link to our other example wedding speech pages on the site.

We hope you find these few hints useful for your planning and delivery. 

The Father of the Bride
In keeping with tradition, it usually falls to the father of the bride to kick off the speeches.

father-bride-100The father of the bride’s speech should be primarily about his daughter. Times they have shared, memories, when she was younger and how he feels about giving her away. The easiest way to write this speech is to say it from the heart. If you say how you feel you cannot go wrong with this speech.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • You welcome everyone to the wedding and the groom’s parents into the family
  • Say how beautiful the bride looks (you then have the chance to recount a story about when she was younger)
  • Welcome the groom into the family
  • Offer some advice or words of wisdom about married life (often a good place to tell a joke or two)
  • Thank anyone who has made the wedding special (caterers, vicar, etc.)
  • Propose a toast to the bride and groom
  • If you do not have a master of ceremonies you will then need to introduce the groom to speak.

Click on the highlighted text to see some example Father of the Bride speeches


The Groom
The groom’s main objectives in his speech are to talk about the bride groom-100and her family.  Start by welcoming everyone into the family, and it’s often good to make a point of praising people who have come out of their way to be present.  Continue by saying how excited you are to join them and how you love their daughter.  This should be an easy thing to do, all you have to say is that she is the love of your life; you could even say how you met. Keep it real and to the point and you will have a winner every time. Always compliment the bride’s mother, it’s an all round winner. Nothing too heavy, though. Just a simple ‘you look amazing, and thank you for everything’ is all you need to say.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • You thank the bride’s parents for raising such a nice daughter (historically this was to thank them for giving you her hand in marriage)
  • You give some thanks to people who have made the wedding or reception special
  • You say some nice words about the bride
  • You propose a toast to the bridesmaids
  • You also thank the best man for coming and you have the option to say a few brief words about him
  • If you do not have a master of ceremonies you then introduce the best man to speak.

Click on the highlighted text to see some example Groom’s Speeches


The Best Man
best-man-100The best man’s speech should be light hearted and funny. It is the high point of the speeches and often a much-anticipated part of the wedding, so no pressure!

Make sure that you compliment the bride and the bridesmaids. You must also welcome and introduce the parents of the bride and the groom.

After this you should tell a funny story about the groom. Note: do not mention anything hurtful towards the bride or anything she does not know about!!

We would recommend always telling a story that actually happened, they are often funnier and more convincing.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • You start by thanking the groom for asking you to be his best man
  • You tell a few funny stories about the groom
  • If you know the bride, you may be able to tell a few anecdotes about the bride (be extra careful about this)
  • You have the option to read out a couple of cards from people who were not able to attend (be brief on this as it can be a bit boring for the audience)
  • If you like you could propose a final toast to the bride and groom – wishing them happiness in their life together
  • If there is no master of ceremonies you will need to introduce the next speech or cutting of the cake or thank the audience and invite them to carry on with enjoying themselves.

Click on the highlighted text to see some example Best Man Speeches

The above speeches are in the normal order for a wedding. They are the main speeches of any wedding. However, in the last few years and thanks to television it is now popular for the Maid/Matron of Honor and the Bride herself to say a speech. If you are interested in these, the layouts are below.


The Bride
bride-100There is no traditional formal structure to a bride’s speech – mainly as in the Victorian past it was only men who were expected to speak. However, as a guide we would recommend the following structure.

The bride mainly thanks people for coming and gives gifts to the bridesmaids, people who helped and flowers to both parents.  She has no need to say a massive speech as this has been done for her.  Just a simple thank you is all you have to do. If you do want to say a few more words we recommend just saying how happy you are and how happy you have been since you met your husband.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • Thank everyone for coming
  • Highlight any people who would like to have come, but were unable to come due to poor health
  • Possibly tell the story of how you met the groom (if appropriate)
  • Tell an amusing story
  • Any special words that you would like to say
  • Since there is no formal structure, you should make sure that you have told the master of ceremonies where you would like to be featured.

Click on the highlighted text to see a sample Bride’s Speech


Maid/Matron of Honor
bridesmaid-2-100This is also a very simple speech. The aim of this speech is just to say a little bit about the bride and how beautiful she looks. Look at it as a female version of the best man’s speech that doesn’t need to be funny. Start by thanking the bride for giving you the honor of being the Maid/Matron of Honor, followed by a short story about her and finishing by saying how happy you are for her that she has found someone to spend her life with. It really is as simple as that!

Here is a sample Maid of Honor speech for you