A Bride’s Guide to Bridesmaids
Making Sure Your Bridesmaids Are Still Your Friends After the Big Day Dear Bride, Congratulations! We know you’ve always dreamed of your wedding day, and part of that dream is having your best friends stand by your side as you marry the love of your life! I’m here to make sure that those best friends […]
—Ask Cheryl— Should I Ask My Bridesmaids to Help Pay for My Bridal Shower?
Your best girls are going to be your best bridesmaids; let the celebrating commence! But what are they responsible for? What should you expect from them in regards to the party planning, hosting, and all related expenses? Hi Cheryl, I am getting married in May and have a total of eight bridesmaids including a Matron […]
The Cutest Ways to Ask Your Bridesmaids
Tis the season for a little (or a lot) of bling! Every holiday season, a few new engagement rings and a lot of wedding plans scroll past on my social media timelines. When I asked my 2 best girlfriends if they would be my bridesmaids, I accompanied the card with a mini bottle of champagne! […]
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? 6 Steps for DIY Bundles
What should you put in your bridesmaid bundles? Discover our 6 simple steps to a beautiful DIY assortment… Brides, it’s time to pop the question! Yep, you read that right — your fiance may have gotten down on one knee to ask for your hand in marriage — now you get to have the fun […]
—Wedding Etiquette Question— What Costs Should the Bride Cover for Her Bridesmaids?
Being asked to be a bridesmaid for a friend’s wedding is exciting. But when the questions of travel, lodging, the bachelorette party and the wedding day itself arise, the bridesmaid may wonder, “Am I supposed to pay for that?” Money conversations are always awkward, but before you say yes to the honor of being a […]
—#TrendWatch— Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
Gone are the days when every bridesmaid was forced to wear an identical dress, no matter her size, shape, or preference. Thankfully, the latest trend for bridesmaids calls for diversity in color and style, rather than conformity to just one dress—which allows for freedom to find a frock that flatters each individual girl! Brides, listen […]
Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Actually Wear Again
You’ve been there before…your best friend just asked you to be in her wedding. You’re thrilled you get to stand with her on her big day. Thrilled that is, until you remember that you have to wear a bridesmaids dress. Fast forward a bit. Now it’s your big day and you’ve asked your closest girlfriends […]
Best Personalized Gifts for Your Wedding Party
Show each individual in your bridal party just how much you appreciate them with a personalized gift before the wedding. There is nothing accidental about a bridal party. Each individual bridesmaid and groomsman holds a special place in your lives as a couple — whether they’re childhood friends, siblings, or college buddies — and they’ve […]
—Ask Cheryl— What are the Duties of a Bridesmaid?
Dear Cheryl, Help! I am getting married in 3 months and so far my bridesmaids haven’t helped me with anything! I’m starting to believe they think being a bridesmaid means they get to wear a pretty dress and walk down the aisle. The only time we have all been together was to pick out said […]
—Ask a Real Bride— Should I Try a Wedding DIY?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of an engagement ring must also be in want of a Pinterest-perfect wedding. And since limitless budgets are but a fantasy, many brides quickly pivot from browsing Pinterest for inspiration to clicking through the site’s many, many DIY tutorials for everything from favors to […]
—Ask Cheryl— Should the Mother of the Bride Be Invited to the Bridal Shower?
As the Mother of the Bride, you should have a place of honor at most of the wedding and pre-wedding events, including the bridal shower. But what if you (the MOB) and your other daughters (the sisters of the bride) have not been invited to the bridal shower? Dear Cheryl, My daughter’s fiancé’s aunt is […]
Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses
By the time my wedding rolled around in the summer of 2015, I’d been in enough weddings to know I didn’t want a run of the mill bridesmaid dress. There was nothing inherently wrong with the brightly colored chiffon party dresses I’d worn as a bridesmaid, but I didn’t necessarily love the experience either. Putting […]
—Ask a Real Bride— Ideas for Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, & Something Blue
Ask a Real Bride: Ideas for Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue Meta: Real brides share their ideas for incorporating this traditional poem into your wedding ensemble! Even as wedding traditions change and sometimes disappear, one quirky tradition holds strong. Though most brides aren’t sure why they do it, most (83% of […]
How to Be the Perfect Bridesmaid or Groomsman
Being part of someone’s wedding is definitely an honor. But it’s also a big responsibility. Don’t know what to do when you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid or groomsmen? Follow our guide below and find out how to be the best one yet. As a general rule… Be a good friend: This might be […]
—Ask Cheryl— Should Guests be Invited to Multiple Bridal Showers?
While it may seem like “anything goes,” these days when it comes to wedding etiquette, there are a few firm rules about guest lists and gift obligations. Dear Cheryl, My daughter has already had one shower which included me, her sisters, her bridesmaids and their mothers. Now she is having another shower given by an […]
The Meanings Behind 10 of Your Favorite Wedding Traditions Explained!
Take a look back to learn why we do the things we do on our wedding days. There are some wedding traditions that have stood the test of time—so much time, in fact, that their original meaning is often lost on the modern marriage. Ever wonder why we throw rice on the happy couple, […]