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Why you should think twice before you ask these friends to be your bridesmaids

Not all your friends are good candidates for bridesmaids. While some of them will be up to the challenge of helping you plan and execute your wedding perfectly, others may not be as enthusiastic or capable of handling their responsibilities so well.

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You will understand what we mean, once you see first-hand what some bridesmaids have accomplished. Read all about it at Bridesmaids who Upstage the Bride on the Daily Mail. Rather than learn this the hard way, it is good if you first consider whether a friend will do her part well before you ask her to be your bridesmaid.

So, in your best interests, we bring you a breakup of the various personality types who aren’t ideal bridesmaid material. If you have a friend who fits any of these descriptions, think twice or even thrice before you ask her to take on the role.

Jealous as a cat

Beware of your jealous girlfriend. Bridesmaids get the inside scoop on all the wedding planning, and if there is one girl who will try to steal your thunder, it is this jealous lady. Don’t ruin your mood everyday by sticking up to the competition she puts up, and worrying about when she will next try to outshine you. Just keep her off the list.

The know-it-all

The minute you announce your wedding, you will begin receiving wedding advice from every corner. While you can just ignore those, imagine having to put up with it all the time from someone who’ll be accompanying you when you go wedding shopping or as you make your wedding plans. If there is a friend who can become overbearing or tries to take over the wedding planning, please keep her off your bridesmaids list. It will keep you sane.

The drama queen

She is the one who will cry and scream and make a scene at the most inappropriate instances. Unless you can tolerate tears and tantrums other than your own, this bridesmaid can soon become annoying and irritating. Don’t expect her to tone down just because she is your bridesmaid. You may soon begin to dread her presence on the days you have to make important decisions regarding your wedding. Invite her to your wedding as a guest, and let her shed her tears as you glide down the aisle, rather than shock you by fainting on the aisle.

The gossip monger

A good bridesmaid should be loyal to the bride and able to keep secrets. You do not want your well-thought out wedding plans to be the talk of town before your wedding day. But this is what you will have to suffer if one of your bridesmaids is a gossip. She can spoil all the thrill and excitement of your wedding, by telling everyone what they can expect. Keep the mystery of your wedding day alive by keeping her away from your wedding party.

Are there any more friends who you think should stay out of your bridesmaid list at all costs? If so, do let us know.

As for the beautiful ladies who will be your perfect bridesmaids, don’t forget to choose their dresses from our stunning designer collections at Best for Bride. They deserve it.

 

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Bridesmaids in blue

Wedding tradition requires you to have something old, something borrowed and something blue. While you figure out how to do with the first two, we have an interesting suggestion for your something blue. How about dressing your bridesmaids in shades of blue? Blue is a color that goes well with most skin complexions. So, we do not see any of your girls complaining about your choice.

What do you say? Does the idea sound interesting?

We have lined up our favorite blue bridesmaids dresses in all shades of blue, so browse through and make your pick.

Alfred Angelo 7337S

This beauty in navy is as good as a neutral, and can blend into most color palettes. The dress features spaghetti straps and an asymmetrical hemline, with a floral waistband detail adding a special touch. Don’t you think it will look gorgeous at a beach wedding? Pair it with white or blue bouquets, and you will have a stylish combination.

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Dress your damsels in this majestic marine bridesmaid dress, and they are sure to love it. A simple design that suits every body figure, the long gown is perfect for a classic reception. The fit and flare skirt and sleeveless scoop neckline elongate the torso, making your bridesmaids look tall and lean. The best thing about this dress is that it will form a beautiful combination with your white wedding gown. I can already imagine how pretty the wedding photos will be!

Mori Lee Affairs 31066

Another one of our favorites from the Mori Lee Collection, this dress is youthful, fresh and just perfect with some fantastic details. The single shoulder strap and angled neckline with the ruffles have a playful vibe. The A-line silhouette is universally flattering, and the gathered waistline with the bow detail will make your bridesmaids look younger. This dress is great for a casual wedding party, and is practical and cheerful for an outdoor wedding. Make this your choice for your summer wedding, and bring the color of the tropical seaside to your wedding venue.

Jasmine Belsoie L174016

Brighten up your wedding ambiance with your bridesmaids in this brilliant blue gown. Perfect for a formal event, the dress has a draped pleated bodice, that tapers towards one side and ends in ruffles that daintily flow towards the hemline. The pattern of the dress is such that it emphasizes the natural curves of the wearer, and your bridesmaids will love to show off their well-toned figures in it. The sweetheart neckline makes it perfect to accessorize with your choice of accessories. It is a dress that isn’t too loud, yet makes a dramatic statement. Your bridesmaids will appreciate the fashionable choice, so you can fall in love with it already.

How did you find this collection of dresses in blue? Most of these dresses are available in other colors as well. So, if you like the pattern, or the dress, or would like to check out other available options, come visit our bridesmaids collection online at Best for Bride today.

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For the bride who loves color—10 ways to add interesting pops of colors to your wedding

White and weddings are synonymous—the bride in a white gown, white shoes, white cakes, white seating arrangements… This may work for many brides, but there are also those who genuinely love color and feel stifled by the stark whiteness that dominates most weddings. Nevertheless, they do not want to play with too much color, as it can quickly overpower the entire setting, and make it just another party. Or, it may be that they do not want to disappoint their families and friends who expect them to stick to the standard white wedding style.

For those of you who think and dream in colors, here are some practical ideas to add vibrant pops of brilliant shades into your wedding. From bright bouquets to colorful dresses and vividly colored wedding cakes, we have you covered in every way. So, read on and find out which of these ideas you will love to add to your wedding.

A bright pop of color through with groom’s tie and bridal bouquet

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We love how this couple used the same fiery red in the bridal bouquet and the groom’s tie to inject a strong dose of rich color into their outfits. Notice how the brilliance of the red forms a striking contrast with the stark white of the bridal gown. There are few other colors that can create an impact as strong as red. And the brighter, the more attractive it is. Purple, emerald and orange are some of the other colors that can create a similar effect. I also found this interesting idea of matching ties to shoes on this article at Buzzfeed, where the groom matched his orange tie to equally orange shoes. Not an idea for the faint at heart, though!

Slip into a pair of bright heels

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Gone are the days when the bride had to choose white shoes to get her outfit right. A pair of brightly colored shoes will be like a little secret hidden in plain sight. This is a perfect choice for the bride who has that tiny rebellious streak, but doesn’t want to defy tradition entirely. It is mysterious and interesting, as little pops of color make short appearances when your dainty feet show as your dress hemline is slightly displaced. Or, if you are daring enough, you could even wear a bright pair of sneakers under your wedding gown. You may already have observed that brides who choose shorter hemlines and dresses for classic vintage wedding themes often choose colorful shoes. Another trending favorite where adding color to shoes is concerned, is to simply wear a shoe with a colored sole. Nobody will be complaining that way, yet you have an unobtrusive but satisfying option to add color to your ensemble.

Think of colorful accessories or a creatively designed wedding dress If you are wary of wearing anything other than white at your wedding, how about adding your favorite color to your main outfit through a brightly colored belt, sash or underskirt. It doesn’t have to be the main feature, but will still be noticeable and can add a signature style to your overall look. You could also look at wedding dresses with a colored motif or one in white with colorful prints or appliques over it, to incorporate a little color into your look, but without excess. Here is a wedding dress that looks like any classic wedding dress from the front, but features a band of red silk that starts at the back of the strapless corset and continues into the train.

Wear a bright flower crown

It isn’t unusual to find beautiful brides playing with elements of nature to add color to their attires. Flower crowns have an unbeatable charm, and it is almost as though the bride is blessed with nature’s bounty and is embraced in it’s beauty. Bright flower crowns, whether big or small are packed with power to create a colorful impact. Here the bride has played with soft and subtle pinks in her brilliant flower crown. Doesn’t she look simply divine in it? Perfect for an outdoor wedding or a destination wedding, this is one choice that every bride should consider. After all, it is not every day that you can walk around wearing a flower crown, feeling like a princess!

Weave colorful flowers into your hairstyle

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Now, if you don’t feel comfortable in a flower crown, you can always weave flowers into your hairdo and get the desired pop of color that way. If your hairstyle involves braids or curls, you can add tiny flowers like button roses into them. Or for serious impact, consider adding two or three signature blooms into your hair in a single location. This will add more emphasis to the color and create a striking effect, as the vivid colors cannot be missed. This article on Xovian.com offers some insight into how to choose the right flowers and getting your look right. I like the author’s idea of trying out unusual flowers like ranunculus, instead of the tried and tested roses and lilies (read boring!) There is no compulsion that you should go for natural flowers, you can find authentic looking faux flowers as well, and they may in some cases work better than the real ones.

Bold and beautiful bouquets

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The easiest way to inject color into your wedding outfit without going overboard with it, is through your bridal bouquet. You can choose the brightest colors you come across, and still not look too loud, when you limit them to your bouquet. It can also be done in moderation for a pleasant and welcoming feel. A monochromatic bouquet in a bright color usually has a splendid impact. Since all the flowers used will be the same color and relatively of the same size as well, it will look elegant and the color will be a welcome style element. You can also use a composite bouquet, where a single large flower is crafted out of individual petals of various flowers. Although a little expensive, it is a fantastic way to create impact with your floral bouquet. If you want to learn more about this unique bouquet idea, I suggest you watch this video by J and Cather, that will tell you everything you need to know about it.

Colorful jewelry
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A fantastic way to add a pop of color that is immediately noticeable, is to choose colorful jewelry for your big day. You have plenty of options to consider, based on the style of wedding and your preferences. Colored gemstones with polished finishes and set in silver or gold can look elegant and stunning. For once, skip the traditional diamond, pearls and white crystals and opt for colors like turquoise, garnet, emerald, sapphire or ruby. These will in fact be even more attractive and can make you feel unique and attractive. For a casual vibe, you can go with uncut and natural looking stones. You can even consider necklaces made from shells for a beach wedding.

Colorful bridesmaids

 

The colorful bridesmaids

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Your bridesmaids are a valuable addition to your wedding pictures, as they will be featured everywhere. So, why not consider dressing them up in deep and exciting colors to make the overall wedding setting more fun? You can choose any color you want when you go with colorful bridesmaids. Or, even work with the mix and match trend to further spice up the colors at your wedding. This option will not only make each of your bridesmaids feel unique, it will also make your wedding party be stylish and beautiful when they all come together. You can read more about how to do this on this previous article of ours. Another option that you may like to consider is to keep your bridesmaids looks similar, but add color through their accessories. Here, you can mix and match colors and assign different colors for each of your bridesmaids. The picture here should give you a good idea of how this would work.

Colored wedding cake

The white wedding cake may be classic, but it can always give way to a bolder and fashionable choice. One thing we can keep is the white base, and add colorful designs and accessories on it to create an attractive and appealing dessert that will be the highlight of your dessert table. Now, if you are the bride who wants to go with color all the way, don’t hesitate to get a big and bright wedding cake with all the colors of your wedding palette, added to it tastefully. We also find the option of having alternating colored and white tiers very attractive. Work with your baker to find a design that brings out the colors you have in mind in the most festive way, in the form of a fabulous wedding cake that the guests at your wedding will feast their eyes on.

Have a colorful dessert bar

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Everyone loves to indulge in sweet desserts, and with so many options in creating colorful desserts, this is a brilliant way to add color to your wedding day. Go all the way with color, and use an assortment of desserts to make your sweet feast tempting. Candy and sweets in clear containers, cupcakes with colored frosting and rows of macaroons, chocolates, pies, cakes, fruit desserts and tarts can make the entire setting festive. Accessories like colored platters, picture frames and interesting messages can add more color as well. The same can be accomplished with the drinks counter as well. Consider displaying colored mixers with brilliant mixing sticks and natural pops of color with the use of lemons, olives, mint and herbs for original colors.

Colorful props and décor accessories

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Even when your wedding color palette has more neutrals than color, you can always brighten up the atmosphere by adding strong doses of color in the right places. Add them through accessories like balloons, centerpieces, table runners or even display signs. Many weddings that play with an almost all-white palette look several times more attractive, with a few pleasant additions like colorful napkins or wedding stationery in bright colors. When set against a neutral background, they look even more attractive and the color usually has stronger impact this way. Buntings, displays, sign boards and backdrops are all ways to bring color into your setting. Don’t forget to dress up the aisle and altar also with splashes of color.

Confetti here, there and everywhere

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A quick and inexpensive way to add color to any setting is to add some confetti. In fact, confetti is a huge hit among brides today, as it is fun, exciting and easy to incorporate. Whether you feel you need to add some color to the tables or want to liven up the aisle, confetti can quickly come to your rescue. It is also a trend to have the couple showered in confetti after the ceremony, and is a wonderful way to celebrate your union with a special dose of color.

So tell us, which of these ideas will you be using at your wedding?

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