Bridal showers are in full swing at the moment. If you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid, and you’ve been tasked with organizing a shower, you want to make sure that it’s the event of your bride-to-be’s dreams. Planning any kind of celebration can be stressful, but when you have the added pressure of trying to impress somebody else, the job can become a whole lot harder. If you’re about to start the planning process, here are some tips to help you blow the bride away.
Think carefully about the theme
Choosing a theme can often make life easier when it comes to booking and decorating a venue. Before you go in all guns blazing, think carefully about your friend, and what they like. Have they pointed out any photos they love in wedding magazines, or have they been obsessively pinning pictures of showers on Pinterest lately? Consider the tone of the wedding too. If they’ve gone for something very understated, chances are they don’t want a lavish, formal, or over the top shower. You don’t have to go crazy with a theme by ordering millions of props or table favors. Sometimes subtle is better. If you want to keep things chic and simple, for example, choosing a color scheme often works really well. For example, you could go for blush pink and gold for a traditional bride, or monochrome if you’re planning dinner for a modern bride at a swanky hotel.
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a fantastic honor as it not only solidifies just how much your friendship means to the bride, but also that she wants you up there with her on the most romantic day of her life. However, while you’re brushing tears away from your eyes, jumping up and down and squealing over her handcrafted ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ gift box it’s all too easy to say yes! You may be thinking, well, why wouldn’t I? But it’s often only once the excitement has died down and you’ve had a chance to look through everything that you actually see just how much work goes into planning a wedding – even if you’re not the one who’s getting married!
Who Pays For What?
It’s an uncomfortable conversation for anyone but before you get busy clearing your social calendar you need to consider your finances. As we’ve said weddings aren’t cheap, so you may be required to contribute a significant amount towards an outfit plus hotel costs, flights if it’s a destination wedding or you live out of town, and a gift for the happy couple. Dresses can range from $100 to $500, and the price could be even more if they’re being designed from scratch. Many brides try to keep expenses down, and often try to cover as much as they can to show their appreciation for the bridal party.
If you are all set to be a bridesmaid this year, there is a lot to look forward to in bridesmaids dress trends. Whether the bride is a fan of classics or prefers current dress styles, there are sensational options to choose from this year. Take a look at this round-up by the fashion experts at Canada’s premier bridal destination, Best for Bride, of what is hot and happening in bridesmaids fashion in 2017.
Stylish single-shoulder dresses
Sexy and glamorous, the one-shoulder neckline detail is a favorite in the wedding world. It is a dress style that allows you to show off your shoulders without baring too much skin. Single-shoulder dresses are best with a defined waistline, though they are available in column and dropped waist designs too. This practical dress style looks flattering on almost everyone, making it a great choice when the bridal party has women with different body types.
Ruffled one-shoulder Mori Lee 21503 dress with full-length skirt. Matching tie sash defines waistline of the A-line silhouette.
Floral patterns on dresses
Floral prints are a popular trend for 2017, as noted in the trend report on the Fashionisers website. This year, the popular print takes on dimensions at either end of the scale, appearing as big and bold prints or as a scattering of miniscule floral motifs. Spring and summer will see many brides opting for floral patterns to liven up their bridal party outfits. This print is a winner at garden weddings. Florals look good in tea-length dresses and full-length gowns.