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Fall Flower Trends

It seems like sometimes it is much easier to choose flowers for a Summer or Spring wedding.  Almost every flower is in season and Summer encompasses any flower that is bright and sunny. Flowers at a Spring wedding are the ultimate symbol of new life and a new beginning.  Choosing flowers for Fall and Winter can be a little trickier.  You can always use a Fall harvest theme and substitute some flowers with apples, pumpkins, sticks, leaves, wheat, etc.  But every wedding needs some flowers and choosing flowers that still reflect a Fall theme takes more thought, preparation, and creativity.  However, do not think that your options are limited!  Your Fall wedding flowers can still be as gorgeous, trendy, and perfect as any other time of the year.  The hottest Fall flower trends are picking rich, vibrant hues that reflect the rich colors of the season, having lots of texture, placing them in unique vases, displays, or containers for the flower decor, and incorporating other unconventional elements that stray from the typical.


ALL ABOUT THE TEXTURE:

Fall bridal bouquets, decorations, and centerpieces are often adorned with components of Autumn such as branches, leaves, acorns, crab apples, berries, pinecones, nuts, pumpkins, figs, etc. Other unique mix-ins include lotus pods, hypericum berries, fiddlehead ferns, wooly lamb’s ear leaves, and viburnum.  Consider using these natural elements with rich brown, gold, and amber colors of the season to create a textured, unique look.

Another great way to add texture is to create arrangements with several different kinds of blooms. Instead of just one or two blooms, try a mix of flowers that go well with your color scheme.  Flowers are all so unique, so putting these different colors and textures together create a really exciting and eye catching look.

Classic Wedding Flowers in Rich Autumn Hues:

Although texture is a hot trend right now, some classic flowers can stand alone and create a beautiful bouquets. The ever popular roses and lush, elegant dahlias come in the deeper shades of Fall such as red, burgundy, orange, and plum.  Other beautiful flowers include calla lilies in a deep crimson color and hydrangeas in greens and purples.


Structured Bouquets:

Although it may look good in the summer to have a loose bouquet that looks like it was freshly gathered in the garden, Fall and Winter bouquets should have more structure. Think densely packed, dome-shaped bouquets in beautiful Fall colors.  Finish the bouquet by wrapping the stems in a textured fabric, velvet, or satin ribbons.

Incorporate more Plants:

Succulents are thick and fleshy plants that are usually grown as ornamental plants because of their striking and unusual appearance.  They are extremely popular in landscaping, but these unique plants make great centerpieces at your wedding or can even become accent flowers on cakes or in bouquets.  They are not associated with any one season, but the petal-like leaves do come in some great Fall colors.

Say goodbye to plain glass vases:

For centerpieces, eclectic containers are all the rage.  You can use everything from copper pots, wooden containers, textured vases, bowls, pumpkins, etc.  Mismatched urns and pots, along with pots of various sizes, can really amp up the fun in your decor and create a very unique look.

As you can see, you don’t have to feel limited by the flowers available  for a Fall wedding. The colors of Autumn are absolutely beautiful and you can do some many amazing combinations.  All of these colors look gorgeous next to the white of a wedding dress as well. Your bridal bouquet should be the perfect finishing touch to your bridal attire. Make sure to choose something that you love and that fits in with the theme of your wedding. With so many beautiful color choices, bloom choices, styles, mix-ins, textures, etc, your bouquet can that perfect  complement to your look on your special day!

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Unique Fall Bridal Bouquets

Fall is a time where you can incorporate a lot of rustic and natural Fall elements into your flower arrangements, decor, and even into your bridal bouquet.  Natural elements can include sticks, leaves, fruit, pumpkins, berries, nuts, pinecones, etc.   Here are some bridal bouquets that embraced the elements and look distinctly Fall, extremely unique, but absolutely beautiful!

Pinecone and Wheat Bouquet:

Photo Courtesy of Amber Shaw Photography

Pinecones, Cotton, and Burlap:

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Bouquet of Succulents:

Photo Courtesy of Shanda Call Photography

Rustic Bouquet:

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Sunflower Bouquet:

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Pumpkin Bouquet:


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Apple Bouquet:

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Feather Bouquet:

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Thistle, fiddlehead fern, crespedia, and succulents:

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Bouquet of Leaves:

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What do you think?  Would you be willing to incorporate some of these unique components into your bouquet?  What combinations could you use?  These Fall bouquets are definitely not  typical, but are definitely beautiful in their own unique way.

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Feature Friday ~ Suspended In Time Flower Preservation

We are excited to feature a business today that provides a service that is often overlooked, but such an important service after the wedding day has come and gone. Suspended In Time® has been drying and preserving flowers for over 17 years and has over 32  dealers across the U.S.! They offer wedding flower preservation, wedding gown preservation, as well as funeral flower preservation and other services.

Did you know that you can have your flowers beautifully preserved and sealed for generations to come?
DON’T TOSS YOUR FLOWERS – PRESERVE THEM!
For those once in a lifetime moments, your memories can literally be Suspended In Time®

Suspended in Time offers custom designs and encasements that reflect each bride’s own style and taste and with prices for all budgets.  So what sets this business apart from others in the field?  Their revolutionary drying method is so fast!  It only takes them 3-5 days to dry flowers and with very little deterioration, giving better dried color and shape and a fantastic end product.

Here are some tips from Suspended in Time for handling your bouquet so that it can be more easily preserved later on:

  • Try not to touch the flowers too much a this leaves oils from your hands on the petals and can darken where they have been touched.
  • Keep your flowers in a refrigerator or other cool area when you are not using them and with the stems in cool water.
  • Trim the stem a bit every day to make sure water is getting to the flowers.
  • NEVER put your flowers in a freezer
  • After the wedding, pictures, and reception are over with, find the nearest Suspended in Time dealer and get your flowers to them as soon as you can.

The sooner they can start the preservation process, the better the outcome will be. Visit here for more tips on caring for your flowers.

So how do they do it?  The bouquet preservation process begins when Suspended in Time receives the flowers and any special instructions from the bride.  They photograph the flowers before the process, and then after as well.  Once the speedy drying process is complete, the flowers are worked over a bit to make them look as fresh and colorful as possible.  The bride decides what memorabilia she wants included and picks out a shadowbox, glass box, frame, table dome, ornament or jewelry box from the many options available.  They then arrange the flowers and memorabilia in the encasement and provide an engraving with names and wedding date to give it a personalized finished look.

Suspended in Time offers so many options at very reasonable prices.  A variety of elegant high quality ornate frames, shadow boxes, table domes and glass boxes as well as a complete selection of colorful mats are available at prices to meet most budgets.

Besides flower preservation, they can also preserve your wedding gown! The dress comes in a box with a clear window that shows the bodice of the gown. The gown preservation includes the cleaning, pressing and even minor mending with a 100 year guarantee.

Suspended In Time ®’s revolutionary preservation yields dried flowers that look fresh and alive and because the special process dries flowers in 3 to 5 days the true color and shape of the delicate petals and leaves are truly remarkable.  The quality is impressive and each masterpiece is lovingly cared for because they understand not only are you creating a treasured memory and a beautiful wall décor but also an heirloom to be treasured for years and years to come. Imagine what you would feel if you could see your grandmother’s bouquet like it was on her wedding day.  For those once in a lifetime moments that you would like to hold onto, the beauty of the memory can literally be Suspended In Time®.

Visit them at their Utah Location at:
122 South Mountain Way Drive

Orem, Utah 84058

Call (801) 227-0075 or (866) 756-0059 (toll free) for more information.

Visti their website at www.SuspendedInTime.com to see more information on the prices, products, and services offered.

Email info@suspendedintime.com with any questions or for more information.

Check out the coupon below for a special deal and let Suspended in Time help you preserve a piece of your wedding for generations to come!

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Throwback Thursday ~ How to Select a Wedding Florist…

Today’s Throwback Thursday dates back to a post from January 12, 2008.  It shares some great tips on how to pick not only a florist, but the right flowers for your big day!  It seems like this advice and even the “2008 trends” are still very applicable to wedding flower trends of today. Great advice, tips, and considerations about wedding flowers.

Cala Lily Wedding Flowers Green Cake Flowers White Bride’s Bouquet Green and Plum Wedding Flowers

…and the right flowers for your wedding.

While trying to decide what look you’re going for on your wedding day, you should consider elements that you may have already chosen.

  • Wedding Dress- Is your wedding dress an elaborate gown, a modern mermaid style or a whimsical romantic style?
  • Wedding Colors - What colors have you decided on?  Are they rustic earthy tones or bright vibrant colors?
  • Wedding Location - Where will your wedding ceremony be located? Will the reception be at the same location as the ceremony? Indoor or outdoor?
  • Time of Year - What flowers are in season? What colors signify the time of year?
  • Personality & Hobbies - Liz from Whimsy Floral suggests incorporating your personality and hobbies into the look you are going for.  If you love the outdoors, why not incorporate that same passion into your theme? Use branches and berries, rocks and more natural colors.  If you have a light-hearted youthful spirit then focus on colors or patterns that exuberate your fun loving side.

If you’re unsure of the colors or style that you are looking for, search wedding websites or bridal magazines to find photos that fit your style.

Choosing Your Color Scheme

If you have a favorite color then start there, then find complimentary colors and shades. Audrey from Studio Stems suggests that brides consider their venue and the season the event is going to take place in.  Another starting point is to pick your favorite flower of that season and see what colors the flowers are available in.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A December wedding doesn’t mean that you must use red and a May wedding doesn’t mean you must use pink.  However; if you like those colors don’t stray away from what you like, simply for the sake of being different, advises Liz from Whimsy Floral.  Have fun with it!

Finding the Right Florist

Finding the right florist to help carry out your event, is the next step. When you are narrowing it down make a list of the florists that you like.  After you have narrowed it down to a few florists, go in and have a consultation.

When you meet with the florists, look for a person that you respect and trust - someone who can give helpful suggestions and will try to stay within a budget. It is important to maintain a healthy working relationship while planning your event. Also make sure that you get a contract started.

Setting a Budget for your Wedding Flowers

When planning your flower budget you should allocate 10-30% of your budget to flowers. There is flexibility in that if flowers are very important to you then you should be more generous on allowing more of the budget to go towards floral decor.

Another determining factor is if you are having a large wedding party.  Having a lot of bridesmaids and groomsmen will increase the amount of money you will spend on flowers as well. As you are planning, be realistic .  If the beautiful centerpiece is out of your budget, work with your florist on something that will be affordable to you and just as beautiful.

Wedding Trends for 2008

Finally, the hot wedding trends for 2008. You are going to see brides “bring the outside in” states Liz from Whimsy Floral. By doing this you are going to see more organic things, like berries, driftwood, branches, and lots of green this year.

Another popular trend you are sure to see for weddings this year is the pairing of flowers and geometric shapes. This is not just going to be for flowers you will see this with linens and stationary.

You will also see textures incorporated into your décor.  Textures can add an additional depth and can achieve many different effects – elegant and graceful or fun and funky.

A few colors that you will sure to see with the coming year are all shades of greens, as well as eggplant purple.

Whatever trend you choose to incorporate – make sure it’s your style.

Thanks to contributors of this article:

Studio Stems - We strive to provide, a balance of all elements involved to create visual harmony, a blend of the clients personal tastes with the ambience of the environment and architecture, every detail addressed down to the most personal and unique bouquet wraps or lapel pins in customized colors, and of course stunning flowers in stunning shapes, colors, and designs. In the end an ultimate expression of you!

Whimsy Floral & Design – Our goal has always been to make your wedding a reflection of who you are and what you love.  From the elegant ribbon on your bridal bouquet to the chic containers that hold your centerpieces, every detail of each design is matched to showcase your personality and your style.

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Fall Flowers ~ What is in Season?

Although you can probably get any type of flower at any time of the year that you get married, ordering certain flowers at this time of year will come with a hefty price.  If you are looking to save money on your flower budget, it would be wise to pick flowers that are in season or more readily available at this time of year.  Though this may limit you somewhat, there are still so many wonderful possibilities for beautiful flowers that won’t break the bank.  Here are some great flowers that come in some perfect fall colors like rich reds, deep oranges, cream or white, and soft buttery yellows that capture the warmth and beauty of the Fall season.

Asiatic Lily:


Gerber Daisy:


Celosia:


Dahlia:

Alstroemeria:


Calla Lily:


Chrysanthemum:


Leucadendron:


Roses and Bi-Color Roses:

Yarrow:

Along with these beautiful flowers and combinations of these flowers, some great filler stems that can help to round out your bouquet and also can add some variety in texture and color are Queen’s Anne Lace, Solidago, Waxflower, Limonium, Aster, Statice Sinuata, Gypsophilia, and Hypericum.

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Tips to Fall Into a Glamorous Upcoming Wedding ~ Guest Blogger

Thanks to our guest blogger today, Suzan Hall.

You have decided a day to tie the knot with the man/woman of your dreams and want it to be the best day of your life. If you are wondering how to go about it, then your query is solved. As you know, fall is approaching, what could be better than having a fall wedding theme. Fall makes a perfect and ideal theme for your wedding this time of the year. You can enjoy the weather, falling leaves, rustic beauty, calm environment- everything that a person would want to have on his/her wedding. If you are seeking ideas about how to go about your fall-themed wedding, we have some suggestions for you.

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Select your venue

If you have decided to have an outdoor wedding, choose a garden or a park. Keep a combination of rust, deep red or brown color. Build a welcome gate with fall flowers, leaves and fruits.

Go for a vintage decor, if you want to have an indoor venue. Cover the place with maple leaves and seasonal flowers. Drape the wedding hall with autumn colored satin or chiffon cloth. To keep it simple and regular, you can opt for totally white decor and add calmness to your wedding.

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Flower arrangement

Whether it is for your bouquet or the decorations, choose flowers according to the theme. Some of the flowers you can have are Asters, Chrysanthemums, Gerber daisies, Marigolds, Roses, Sunflowers and Zinnias. You can use flowers of different colors and arrange them as desired. You can use Chrysanthemums for decorating the tables as a white base would require some color to light up with.

Brides look beautiful holding daisies and they even complement her wedding attire. Do consider pine cones, you can arrange them beautifully, if you know how.

Autumn menu

Starters

Salads are out of wedding menus these days. Keep your guests warm by serving soups for the starters and try pumpkin bowls to serve as pumpkins are considered significant in fall weddings. You can also go for salmon mousse or fish mousse.

Main course

Go for roasted chicken and salmon. Or if you want your menu to stand out, you can have red meat like lamb loaf or Cornish hens. Use fall vegetables in your menu like carrots, turnips, onions and spinach for vegetarians. Ask your caterer to experiment with vegetables and chicken, so that your guests enjoy a veg and a non-veg meal together. But don’t forget to taste it, as you wouldn’t want to feel embarrassed for having underrated catering.

Sweet stuff/dessert

Fall is a season of delicious fruits like apples, pears, cranberries, persimmons (relative of peach) and more. You can have fruit tart or apple tart. Brownies with chocolate and vanilla ice creams would help ending the meal sweetly.

Autumn cakes

The idea of tier cake can be enhanced by adding fondant leaves and fruits to it. Golden, rust, brown and green colored leaves would make your cake look entirely autumn-themed. Whereas fondant fruits like cranberries and small apples will garnish the cake perfectly to give it an autumn texture. Tiers which can be round, square or any other shaped could be covered with ribbons or edible fruit and flower garlands. Fondant pine cones would add to the aura and goes perfectly with the theme.

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Invitation cards

Go for a photo card, and get yourself clicked in the autumn surroundings to give your invitation card a classic and simple look. No need to overdo it, just have a picture and a small description. To give it an extra edge, insert golden silk leaves in the envelopes. Maple leaf can be used for designing the card. A golden, brown or deep red colored and crunchy texture will help your guests anticipate the wedding theme.

Fall wedding attires

Try shades of beige as the whole fall rustic feel would go best with beiges and peaches. But if you want to keep it simple and yet want to go with the theme, go for off white and accessorize it with peach colored lace.  An entire vintage look fits well with the theme as well. You can have flower tiaras to jazz up the theme.

Deep purple, green, bronze and golden colors are the colors for autumn. Your maids can also add some flowers to their attires.

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Your ride

After you have decided the venue and the theme, you would want a ride that could complement the whole theme. To support a fall theme, hire a vintage car and check if it is in good shape. If you don’t want to go that far, limousines are always a good option.

Follow the above mentioned guides, add your own charm and you can have an epic wedding which your friends and family will remember for a long time. You will definitely get tired of receiving the compliments.

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Author Bio- Suzan Hall is a part time blogger and loves to spend her time with family, friends and enjoys sharing tips and advice online. She possesses a very good knowledge about Long Island wedding venues, NY. She prefers and loves to read about the changing  trends in every field and covers various topics related to wedding venues, event planning, latest trends, party planning, decorations, etc.

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Bridesmaid Dress Trends ~ Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (4th Edition~Colors)

There are too many amazing options when picking your bridesmaid dresses.  So I know we had said there would only be three installments of our bridesmaid dress trends, but consider this a bonus – our fourth addition.  Here are a few more fun ideas for you to consider when picking colors for your bridesmaid dresses.

Two-Tone:

Picking a two tone bridesmaid dress, or a skirt and top, can add some exciting contrast to an otherwise plain color palette.  It also adds some texture and usually this option allows for more wearability for your bridesmaid post wedding.

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Add a little Sparkle:

What girl doesn’t want to feel glamorous? These sparkly dresses would make any girl feel like a million bucks! Designers are adding this sparkling glam to their dresses with fun fabrics, small brooches and shiny belts, and sequined bodices.

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The LBD (Long Black Dress:)

Black has been and probably always be the ultimate classic look, not to mention the most flattering.  We have all heard of the little black dress, but have you heard of the LONG black dress. Long black dresses are a very popular trend right now in bridesmaid dresses.

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White/Ivory/Nude/Light Colors:

Who says the bride can be the only one in white? It has been taboo in the past, but now everyone can be in white or light colors and it can add some beautiful elegance to the wedding. Don’t worry.  Everyone will know who the bride is no matter what her bridesmaids are wearing!

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Pastels:

Pink is not the only pastel color around these days for bridesmaid dresses.  Lavender, periwinkle, mint, yellow, etc! Your bridesmaids are sure to look beautiful and glamorous in these soft shades. This color choice is especially huge for Spring weddings.

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Before we end…here are a couple other colors that seem to always remained popular:  Yellow of any shade and Dark Blue.  These colors always look great and seem to be very flattering as well.

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Bridesmaid dresses are important!  It is what some of the most important people in your life will be wearing on one of the most important days of your life!  It can be tricky to choose a dress, especially a dress that looks great on everyone.  But consider all of the options we have discussed on the blog, consider different cuts, styles, hems, and colors, and you will be able to make your entire bridal party look stunning.  What a wonderful way to complement your beauty on your wedding day!

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Featured Utah Wedding Photographyer ~ Shanda Lynn Call Photography

For the blog’s first “FEATURE FRIDAY” (another new addition we are trying out!) we are excited to feature an amazing Northern Utah wedding photographer – SHANDA LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY! This talented, well trained photographer captures stunning images, but goes above and beyond that as her images actually tell the story of each wedding she shoots. Her beautiful photos capture each important, intimate, candid, and detail from the wedding day. She believes in capturing the moments, the love, so that they can be cherished and remembered for years to come.

Hi!  I’m Shanda Lynn Call.  Lover of love, Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Truffles, and Movie Nights with my handsome guy!  I love capturing life through my lens.

Moments and memories pass so quickly and I love that my career allows me to freeze those moments – because they deserve to be remembered. No moment is too big or small to be remembered.  That little nephew dancing with the flower girl, or a dad crying as he dances with his beautiful daughter on her wedding day, or that look in the grooms eye as he sees his bride for the first time.  I strive to capture all these memories and preserve them for you.  What can I say! I love love! Nothing competes, nothing feels as complete.

I would love to be a part of your day and capture those memories for you and your loved ones.  And because I believe every bride and groom deserves beautiful images on their wedding day, I provide package options to suit every budget.

Website: Shandalynncall.com

Blog: Shandalynncallphotography.blogspot.com

Check her out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/shandalynncallphotography

Email: shandalynncall@gmail.com

Phone Number: 435-770-6212

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Throwback Thursday ~ “Always A Brides Maid…The Responsibilities of The Brides Maids”

We are so excited that The Bride and Groom.com blog has now been around for seven years and has over 1,100 posts with wedding tips, ideas, advice, etc!  There have been so many excellent blog posts throughout the years, most of which are still completely relevant to the wedding industry today, so we have decided to revisit some of them!  We are decided to try something new so every Thursday on the blog will be a THROWBACK THURSDAY!  We will post some of the best blog posts from years and months past that have to do with what we are currently talking about on the blog

Today we aren’t going back too far, but this post from this past April seems to fit in great right now.  Lately on the blog we have been discussing bridesmaid dress trends, but being a bridesmaid goes beyond looking pretty in your dress! This post discusses some of the important responsibilities of the bridesmaids to help the wedding go smoothly. So without further adieu here is “Always A Brides Maid…The Responsibilities of The Brides Maids” originally posted April 23, 2014.

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Kelsey Photography

A Brief History

The history of the bridesmaid varies across cultures, religions and time periods. In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal infantry as they accompanied the bride to the groom’s village. This “protective shield” of similarly outfitted bridesmaids was supposed to intervene if any wayward thugs or vengeful suitors tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry.

However, the Western bridesmaid tradition seems to have originated from later Roman law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding in order to outsmart evil spirits believed to attend marriage ceremonies. The bridesmaids and ushers dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits wouldn’t know who was getting married. Even as late as 19th century England, the belief that ill-wishers could administer curses and taint the wedding still existed. In Victorian wedding photographs, for example, it can take quite a bit of inspection to pick out the bride and groom from among the other members of the bridal party!

Photo Courtesy of Pure Photography

The Modern Day Bridesmaid

These early customs continue to have an influence today. The expression “thrice a bridesmaid, never a bride” arose from the bridesmaid’s interception of, and gradual infection by (over the course of three weddings), the evil spirits trying to disrupt the ceremony! And, although the bridal party no longer functions as a troop of foot soldiers, bridesmaid dresses are still commonly chosen in harmony with the look and feel of the wedding. The bridal party continues to serve a vital role in the wedding process, not by fending off hexes and robbers, but by providing key support staff and an advisory board. Besides being an honored member of the wedding party and special guest at the reception, today’s bridesmaid is also designated as the bride’s special assistant. From shopping for dresses to scouting hotels for out-of-town guests to writing place cards to hosting a bridal shower, her first duty is to be helpful. The payoff is that walk down the aisle, looking absolutely beautiful in a gown that is stylish, sophisticated, colorful and absolutely wearable. In 21st century America, bridesmaids are chosen to be caring helpers, thoughtful organizers and skillful liaisons.

It’s a great compliment to be in the bridal party. The bride has sleepless nights picking her members, she knows they will be her supporting cast, before, during and after the wedding.

She also knows who ever she picks to join her bridal party will honor their bridesmaid responsibilities, their duties and some costs during the course of the wedding.

Bridesmaids duties will vary according to how many bridesmaids you have. If you have 3 bridesmaids, you should delegate different tasks to each girl – your wedding planning will run smoothly if you do.

A bridesmaid duty may include some or most of the list provided below, as this is only a guide, you can add or subtract off of the list to suit your wedding requirements. The bridesmaid responsibilities will also differ because each wedding is unique.

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Tyler Photography

Specific Duties

Maid or Matron of Honor

  • Helps the bride select the bridesmaids’ attire.
  • Organizes the bridesmaids’ gift to the bride.
  • Makes sure bridesmaids have their attire.
  • Holds the groom’s wedding ring and the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Witnesses the signing of the marriage certificate.
  • Stands in the receiving line, if there is one.
  • Helps the bride during the reception (gathering guests for the cake cutting, dancing, the bouquet toss).
  • Helps the bride change into her going-away clothes, and takes care of the bride’s wedding dress and accessories after the reception.

Bridesmaids

  • Attend the bridesmaids’ luncheon, if there is one.
  • Supervise flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s) if asked.
  • Assist the bride at the reception as requested.
  • Participate in activities such as a receiving line and a bouquet toss.
  • Contribute to the bridesmaids’ gift to the bride.

Photo Courtesy of Moments To Remember

Photo Courtesy of Swensen Photography

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For a little more great advice check out this post “Wedding Party Fashion 101” which was originally posted on December 13, 2008.

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Bridesmaid Dress Trends ~ Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (3rd Edition~Colors)

We know picking the right bridesmaid dress important. It can be overwhelming to find the right dress with so many options out there right now. Hopefully some of the ideas we have posted recently on the blog can help you out with these decisions.  There truly are SO many beautiful and fun choices out there that will make your bridal party look great!

Today we will talk about one last very important part of picking out your bridesmaid dresses – choosing the color! The first step is to pick a shade or hue that matches the rest of your wedding’s color scheme.  However not only can you mix up the styles of the dresses of one color to suit different body types, but you can mix it up a bit with color too.  You can do color combinations or multiple shades and hues within one color family.  Remember also to consider what colors are the most complementary on your bridesmaids. Certain colors look better or worse depending on hair color and skin tone.

We talk about Fall weddings incorporating the colors of Fall but do not feel like you have to dress your bridal party in shades of red, orange, yellow, or brown.  Although I am thinking this group of mismatched bridesmaids in neutral tones are looking pretty amazing for a Fall wedding.

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Anything from white to vibrant colors will look amazing.  Remember, the bridesmaid dresses gives you a chance to incorporate a fun and bright accent color into your wedding. Here are some of the hottest trends in colors for bridesmaid dresses for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.  Some of these colors have been trending for awhile now but are still as popular as ever.

Any Shade of Purple:

Historically haven’t there been jokes about purple bridesmaid dresses?  It seems back in the day, purple bridesmaid dresses were pretty hideous and bridesmaid dreaded looking like a certain big purple dinosaur.  Purple bridesmaid dresses, with so many amazing shades, have come a long way and are enjoying a lot of popularity right now.  In fact according to designers, purple is the reigns supreme as the number one bridesmaid dress color.  Other colors have come and gone, but purple still remains a tried and true option.

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Coral/Peach/Blush:

Coral has been a very popular wedding color for several years now and is still going strong.  (It was one of my wedding colors nine years ago!)  Variations on the colors of pink and coral are also very popular right now with shades of peach and the very soft and feminine blush color.

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Mint/Emerald/Pistachio:

Colors often paired with coral, mint and emerald have been around for awhile but are  still quite popular.  Mint is such a soft, beautiful color. Emerald is a very classy, elegant color. Pistachio is an emerging shade of green for 2015 that is similar to mint.  All of these shades of green are enjoying enormous popularity.

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Gun-metal Grey:

Grey dresses of any shade right now are extremely popular. This look is very timeless and elegant.

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Okay, so I know we only promised three editions of our bridesmaid dress trends posts, but there is just too much to talk about.  Stay tuned for a fourth (and final) edition post about bridesmaid dresses. We have just a few more amazingly fun ideas to share!

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