– AskCheryl – 1st Time Bridesmaid Asks, “Who Pays for the Bachelorette Party?”

August 23, 2022

Hello Cheryl, My best friend is having a destination wedding and asked me to be a bridesmaid. I generally do not like the idea of traveling internationally for a wedding, but I agreed to go and be there for her. This will be the first wedding I have ever attended. It’s the first time I’m […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How to Plan a Bachelorette Weekend, Not a Guilt Trip

June 23, 2022

If you’re a bride currently planning her bachelorette weekend, this is your sign to step back, take a deep breath, and honestly ask yourself: am I planning a girls’ trip or a guilt trip? Since I’ve been writing about weddings for nearly 8 years, people love to tell me their wedding stories–and I love hearing […]

Finding the Perfect Groomsmen’s Gift

June 16, 2022

While your wedding is primarily a celebration of the love and commitment between you and your spouse, it’s also a celebration of the family and friendships who supported you on your journey to the altar. Your groomsmen have been by your side through the highs and lows, the good and bad — that’s good enough […]

Finding the Perfect Bridesmaid Gifts

June 7, 2022

After you say “YES” to your perfect partner, you get to choose the besties that will stand by your side as you say “I do”! Each of these ladies is, without a doubt, so important to you and adds her own unique element to your life. When you thank them for being a huge part […]

Everything You Need to Know About Being a Bridesmaid

January 6, 2022

From the bridal shower to the big day, follow these tips to be the best bridesmaid a bride could ask for! Being chosen as a bridesmaid is no casual commitment — when a close friend or family member asks you to stand up at the altar next to them on the biggest day in their […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How Should I Choose My Bridesmaids?

December 23, 2021

My 7-year-old daughter recently looked lost in thought. When I asked her what she was thinking about, she said, with a great deal of concern, “Mom. Who do you think my bridesmaids will be?” Even the littlest girls understand that choosing your bridal party is like solidifying your inner circle: whether we admit it or […]

The Cutest Ways to Ask Your Bridesmaids

December 9, 2021

‘Tis the season for a little (or a lot) of bling! Every holiday season, new engagement rings and lots of wedding plans scroll past on my social media timelines. When I got engaged and asked my 2 best girlfriends if they would be my bridesmaids, I accompanied the card with a mini bottle of champagne! […]

A Gorgeous, Unique Way to Ask Your Best Friends to be Your Bridesmaids

August 31, 2021

Hosting a bridal dinner is a not-so-common way to ask your favorite girls to be your bridesmaids, but my step-daughter’s turned out so beautifully that we now highly recommend it! Shortly after Meleah got engaged, she decided who was going to be in her wedding party and she couldn’t wait to ask each one of […]

– #TrendWatch – Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

February 11, 2021

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 […]

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? 6 Steps for DIY Bundles

January 19, 2021

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 […]

– Ask Cheryl – Should I Ask My Bridesmaids to Help Pay for My Bridal Shower?

December 8, 2020

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 […]

Best Personalized Gifts for Your Wedding Party

September 1, 2020

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 […]

Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses

June 16, 2020

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 […]

I Found the Perfect Gift for Your Bridal Party

June 3, 2020

I’ll always remember one of the first purchases I made as a 22-year old college grad with a real job: a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer Classics. Up until that point, I had bought the cheapest, trendiest sunglasses available, knowing they’d end up crushed at the bottom of a beach bag, abandoned under the bleachers of […]

– Ask Cheryl – What are the Duties of a Bridesmaid?

January 28, 2020

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 Cheryl – Who Pays? Destination Weddings & the Bridesmaid’s Dress

September 10, 2019

Destination weddings sound fun and romantic until you’re asked to be a bridesmaid. Then all the practical thoughts set in! Here’s a recent question from a bridesmaid who is “in over her head” for her best friend’s destination wedding.   Dear Cheryl, My best friend is getting married next month and she decided to have […]

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