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How To Make Your Bridesmaids Feel Extra Special

How To Be a Bridesmaid in a Wedding Party: The General Expectations of a Key Member of the Bridal Party

Written by Nicole Rosen of Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events
Edited by Jeannine Bourque of Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events

Just as every gal needs her gal pals, every bride needs her Bride Tribe. Your friends have been by your side and through it all with you, possibly even before the man of your dreams ever entered your life. They are an important part of your past, present, and future — so make sure they know just how much you love and appreciate them. What better way to show your besties how important they are to you than by asking them to be by your side as you plan and celebrate your wedding? Here are some ways to go above and beyond in order to show your bridesmaids just how special they are to you.

Before Your Wedding:

First things first, you have to ask her if she will be your bridesmaid. If your gal pals all live close enough, having them over for a surprise bridal party is a fun way to pop the big question. It can be as casual or Pinterest-worthy as you want it to be, the important thing is that they are all there and able to get excited along with you. Especially if some of your bridesmaids don’t know each other, this is the perfect opportunity for everyone to bond over their shared interest, YOU and your wedding! So buy balloons, cute cards and gifts, then pop the champagne and pop the question!

If your ladies live too far away for a get-together, sending a care package is a sweet way to ask for her hand in bridesmaid. A thoughtfully-written card outlining how you met and why she is important to you will mean a lot to her. You can even throw in a few blast-from-the-past photos of you two together to really yank on those nostalgic heart strings. We know you still have hilarious photos from when you dressed up like roller-derby-girls for Halloween or from that amazing trip to Palm Springs, so this is a great time to dig up those memories.

For gift ideas, Etsy has adorable glasses that you can have custom made, so your bridesmaids can spend the next several months leading up to your wedding sipping from a personalized “Bride Tribe” glass while planning on ways to make your day extra special. In addition, supplying your bridesmaids with nail polish they can wear on the big day or jewelry that will go with their dresses are fun ways to get them excited about your wedding day.

During your planning process, make sure to keep her in the loop. Asking for your bridesmaids’ opinions on your dress, the color palette, florals, and other important details will be both helpful to you and a great way to make her feel included. These are your best friends, after all, their opinions are gold!

As for their bridesmaid look, getting their input will make them feel important. Allow their own personalities to shine on the big day and eliminate some of the bridal pressure of decision making. Let’s be honest, when you are planning your wedding, there are a million different decisions to be made, and just as many options, so allowing your bridesmaids to help decide on their dresses, jewelry and/or hairstyle will allow you to check one more thing off of that long and exciting list. Furthermore, by allowing your bridesmaids to have input on their wedding attire, you will be making sure that they feel comfortable and attractive, and nothing is more beautiful than happiness and confidence. For example, you could decide on a color for the bridesmaids’ dresses and let each girl pick her own style of dress. However you decide to incorporate your bridesmaids’ opinions, really listen to them and make sure they all feel self-confident in the decision.

During Your Wedding:

On the wedding day, things can get a bit hectic, so don’t forget to celebrate! Make sure to schedule enough time to primp and prep before your guests arrive. If you and your Bride Tribe decide to have a slumber party the night before the big day, the celebrations can start even sooner! A bottle of bubbly, mani/pedis, Vitamin-C infused face masks for glowing skin, and fan-favorite chick-flicks are just a few basic ingredients that will guarantee a great night with the gals.

If you opted for the slumber party idea (we highly recommend it, after all, this is the last night before you are a married woman) then a breakfast spread for you and your girls is a must the morning of. With the jam-packed wedding-day schedule starting with hair and makeup and ending with late night dancing, it is important to fuel up with energy and antioxidant rich foods like berries, yogurt, green smoothies and savory breakfast dishes. Skip the high sugary foods like donuts, pancakes and pastries to avoid an early sugar-crash or accidental hangry-backlash. After you eat (you will be thanking us later) it is time to get ready. One of our favorite additions to any wedding prep soiree are matching robes. Having everyone wear getting-ready-robes is so festive and fashionable and the photographs always turn out adorable.

The morning of is a great opportunity to gift your Bride Tribe. Whether you give them a personalized thank you card, jewelry, a cute hangover-kit, matching yet personalized sunglasses (which are perfect for an outdoor summer wedding), your bridesmaids will love the sentiment.

After Your Wedding:

After the celebrations, be sure to thank them again for all of their hard work and support during your wedding journey. A framed photo or photo album of your bridal party, bachelorette, and wedding shenanigans will be treasured for days to come. If you really want to turn up the wow factor, you can plan a spa inspired post wedding party. Pamper yourselves at a local spa (our favorite spa for a luxurious bridal soiree here on Maui is Spa Grande at The Grand Wailea Resort) or create a DIY spa at your house. Set up the slide projector and stream photos from your wedding journey, pour yourselves a few drinks, reminisce and relax. Because honestly, after the “I dos” you may not be quite ready to stop celebrating! And why should you stop? They are your bridesmaids and besties for life, so as far as we’re concerned, you never should stop celebrating your friendships!


About Author:

Magic happens where love and Hawaii meet. Drawing on decades of experience, Bliss plans unforgettable events on Maui and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Our full service event planning and design services keep your vision and peace of mind at the top of the priority list. From the first time we meet to your island farewell, we are ready to surround you with the spirit of Aloha and a feeling of pure bliss. We believe in treating every couple like family, and we would love to create a once in a lifetime experience for you and your guests. You found your love, now let us help you find your Bliss. Visit our website or call us at (808) 575-9999 to begin your Bliss journey.


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Bold and Bright Bridesmaids dresses for a colorful wedding

If you are a bold and adventurous bride who wants a unique, spectacular wedding, your palette will be most likely be packed with color. To add a fashionable punch to your wedding party, go with bold and bright bridesmaid dresses.

Here we bring you bright and beautiful colors from the Dessy Bridesmaids collection. Each gown makes a statement and is perfect and stylish. Your bridesmaids will undeniably look stunning in them.


Elegant in Emerald

The perfect color for a classic theme wedding, this elaborate emerald masterpiece from the Spring 2013 Dessy collection is a superb choice. The dress that gracefully falls to full length has a one-way draped bodice and a single-tone waistband defining the waist. The pretty ruffle detail at the shoulder is an interesting variation to the multiway dress that is a trending favorite. It looks effortless, yet makes a statement. Your bridesmaids will look glamorous in this gown, as they stand beside you on the stage. Pair it with a brightly colored bouquet to achieve a colorful look, or keep it classy with a white bouquet.


Fabulous in Fuchsia

Your bridesmaids will look pretty in pink, and they will particularly love this hot pink shade. This dress from the Dessy Bridesmaids Spring 205 collection has several interesting details, like the ruched bodice draped to one side and the loose pleated detail at the waist, as well as the tapering strap. This is a gown that your bridesmaids will wear again and again. Perfect for a spring or summer wedding, choose fuchsia as your bridesmaids dress colors if your wedding palette has blue or brown accents. Accessorize with white, and pair it with a bouquet dominated by white for an uncluttered look, or add colors from your palette, so they blend well with the rest of the setting.

Delightful daisy

Here is a color perfect for spring. No other color is as beautiful as a warm yellow, and it works beautifully in a garden backdrop. If your wedding theme embraces the colors of the tropics, and is to be held outdoors, dress your bridesmaids up in this pretty daisy halterstrap gown from the Dessy Bridesmaids Spring 2015 collection. The A-line silhouette is universally flattering and has fabulous details like a ruched bodice that crisscrosses at the bust and a pleated skirt. At the back the halter straps cross to form a diamond cut-out that will have your maids looking stylish from this angle. Pair it with bright violet or pink bouquets for a fun and lively effect, or go with white and red for a classic effect.


Ravishing Red

Bright colors are not just for the warm months. If you have your heart set on a cool, winter wedding, make sure to add a few pops of color to liven up the white background . Bold and festive colors like red or purple do this well. This Marquis Lace dress from the Dessy Bridesmaids Spring 2015 collection is perfect for the job. The jewel neckline, defined waist and scalloped hemline are all fantastic details that will allow your bridesmaids to shine through. If your plan includes outdoor activities, keep your bridesmaids warm by adding boots and warm pashminas or wraps to this outfit.

To take a closer look at any of these dresses, or to find more bold and bright bridesmaids dresses, visit our collection at Best for Bride.

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Mixed and Matched Bridesmaids Dresses – Different dresses, but a cohesive look

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Brides come in all shapes and sizes; so do their bridesmaids. While you definitely want a cohesive look for your bridal party, you should also allow your bridesmaids to show off their best features in dresses that make them feel great. Choosing the same bridesmaid dress for the entire party may not allow this, as each of your bridesmaids have different looks, personalities and preferences.

Fortunately, there is a solution. There is a huge range of bridesmaids dresses available today. This allows you to mix and match styles, fabrics and colors, bringing more fashion and excitement into your wedding. Nevertheless, you should still do the mixing and matching right, so your party doesn’t end up looking disjointed.

Let us look at how to make this possible.

Different designs but the same color

One factor that can seamlessly unify the entire party is color. You can grant your bridesmaids freedom to choose the design and pattern of their choice, as long as they stick to the exact color. Make sure that all the dresses match, as different shades of the same color can look totally different depending on the pattern and fabric. This would defeat the purpose.

Different colors but the same design

Here, the common factor would be the design. While your maids can choose any of the colors available in a particular pattern, it is also recommended that you stick to a particular color family or pair complimentary colors for the best results. Various tones of the same color that is used throughout your wedding decor would have your brides looking different, yet the same. The same dress in a family of colors that matches the wedding palette will have an amazing overall effect.

Same hemline length for all

Even when the colors are the same, the bridesmaids can look disjointed when the hem lengths of each dress is different. So, it is best if you fix a uniform length and vary the other features instead. Your bridesmaids can choose between different necklines and colors, but keep the pattern or fabric similar, and the hem length exactly the same.

Multiway dresses

Now, here is a brilliant option that is easy, yet innovative. When you find yourself too confused and are unable to obtain a cohesive effect, reduce the chances of error by choosing multiway dresses. These dresses can be worn in a variety of ways, allowing your bridesmaids to find the pattern that suits their body shape. The dresses can be worn in a wide-strap pattern, as the knot halter, draped over one shoulder, with draped sleeves or in the bandeau style. Whichever option they choose to carry, you can be certain that they will look stunning, and more importantly similar.

By allowing your bridesmaids to choose their dress (as long as they stick to the unifying factor), you do not appear too imposing. Even so, you ensure that their looks are all tied together. So, not only are your bridesmaids happy, so are you.

At Best for Bride, we have an excellent collection of bridesmaids dresses to choose from. Check out our store for dresses that your bridesmaids will love to wear.

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The top color choices for bridesmaids dresses this spring

Spring is just around the corner, and before you know it the wedding season will be in full bloom. The best thing about Spring weddings is that you have a colorful natural setting, that forms a refreshing background for your wedding. Incorporate the fresh elements and colors of this beautiful season into your wedding, and it will be truly welcoming.

One of the easiest ways to dress up your wedding venue with the glorious beauty of spring is to choose vivid hues that characterize this season, for your bridesmaids dresses. Here is a roundup of the prettiest colors that can make your spring wedding fun and vibrant.


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This cool blue with a hint of green, is energizing and will punctuate your wedding venue with vibrant color. It is an ideal choice for a garden wedding, as it forms a striking combination with the natural green background.Reminiscent of tropical, sun kissed beaches, this mix of blue and green is powerful and makes a bold statement. Turquoise will form the perfect backdrop for a white wedding gown, and bring out its beauty in your wedding photographs. The Mori Lee 31055 chiffon bridesmaid gown in turquoise is a splendid example of this color.


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Spring and green are synonymous, and playing with the lighter shades of green will undoubtedly reflect the essence of this season at your wedding. Pistachio isn’t overpowering, but is relaxing and refreshing. While mint has been a favorite with maids over the last few years, you can breathe more life into the paleness of mint with the lively shade of Pistachio. The hue is deeper, and can brighten up the setting. It also forms a stunning neutral for all the other colors found in nature. You can easily mix it with bouquets of any color, and it pairs exquisitely with yellows and purples. This After Six bridesmaid dress in pistachio is a stellar bridesmaid dress that your favorite girls will love to wear.


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Rose is a color that is traditionally associated with romance, a timeless classic. The pattern and material of the dress you choose will dictate the effect it conjures. Lace dresses are casual and fun, while a silk frock has a touch of sophistication. This color is soft and relaxing. It is a welcome alternative to the paler blush and bright peach, as it suits more skin tones and looks good on almost anyone. Take a look at this beautiful Mori Lee rose dress, isn’t it soothing and feminine?


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Certain colors have the ability to pack in a punch, and Marsala is one of them. Inspired by the aromatic Sicilian wine, which is also its namesake, this color is deliciously indulgent. An earthy hue that falls somewhere between purple, brown and cherry, it is a color that is bold and spectacular. Choose a dress in this rustic color with sparkling embellishments (which by the way, is a hot trend this wedding season) and your bridesmaids will look sexy and stylish. It works well with neutrals like gray and white. Short frocks in this color exude youthfulness, while longer gowns are classic and elegant.

At Best for Bride we have a fantastic collection of bridesmaids dresses in various colors and exciting patterns. Check out our collection today, to find the one you love.