nordstromredo Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Blue is one of those great colors for bridesmaids because it is pretty much universally flattering (sorry, orange, you just can’t compare). These dresses are some of our favorites. I’m especially partial to the polka-dotted numbers.   Image Credits (from... Read More

07-father-bride-groom-ceremony-church-143643 Gifts for Your Wedding Party

You know that you need to give something to the members of your wedding party, but what? Here are some helpful hints for showing your bridesmaids and groomsmen just how much you appreciate their participation: They don’t need to be... Read More

orange-cushion-white-flowers-22501 Traditional Processional Order

Most traditional processional order (Christian and non-religious): The mothers of the bride and groom are generally escorted in by ushers before the processional begins.  Sometimes the groom will escort his mother in, and then go to the altar. Junior Bridesmaids... Read More

nyc-times-square-taxi-cab-82995 Hosting a Bridal Shower?

Hosting a bridal shower? Things to remember: It is best if the host isn’t related to the bride. Sometimes the bride’s family’s house may be the best place to hold the shower, and that’s fine. However, the invitations and the... Read More

wedding-details-signage-photo-bunting-escort-cards-22501 Ask the Editor: Engagement Party vs. Bridal Shower

My parents hosted an engagement party that all of our friends attended.  Does this mean that I can’t have a bridal shower since the guest list would look so similar? –Lulu, Nashville, TN An engagement party and bridal shower are... Read More

closeup-white-flowers-tan-dress-22501 Choosing Readers

Choosing someone to read something at your wedding should not be delegated to anyone who simply didn’t make the wedding party “cut.”  Make sure to choose someone is naturally extroverted, good in front of large groups of people, quickly adaptable,... Read More

bride-bridesmaids-tan-dress-22501 Ask the Editor: Bridesmaids and Family

My fiance and I both have two siblings.  My two brothers will be groomsmen.  One of his sisters will be a bridesmaid, and the other one I chose not to invite.  I don’t know her that well, and as this... Read More

ivory-maroon-wedding-color-board How to Ask if She Wants to be a Bridesmaid

Participating in a wedding is both a large financial and time commitment. Between travel, gifts, parties, and of course, the dress, it isn’t unusual for a bridesmaid to spend hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars.  So, make sure that when... Read More

nyc-times-square-taxi-cab-82995 Something Old, Something New Tradition

The Victorian tradition linked to the phrase “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is undoubtedly the most popular wedding superstition in the U.S.  Whether you are a bride looking for your own items, or a bridesmaid preparing them... Read More

ivory-maroon-wedding-color-board Friends Left Out of Your Wedding Party?

Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid hurt feelings at any wedding.  Inevitably, any event with that much emotion and protocol surrounding it is going to offend someone at some point.  Which is not to say that you should shrug that... Read More

rasberry-teal-wedding-color-board Unique Bridal Shower Ideas

Looking for a unique bridal shower?  Try having one that features a specific theme.  Themed showers have several advantages.  First, if the couple already has all the basic household and lifestyle items they will need to start their new life... Read More

engagement-couple-rocks-purple-shirt-40306 Party Scheduling

Can a bachelor or bachelorette party be too celebratory? Yes, if it affects the necessary activities of the next day.  A couple things to remember: Do not, under any circumstances, schedule these parties on the night before the wedding. Ever.... Read More

engagement-couple-kissing-apple-81469 Wedding Co-Ed Party Ideas

Afternoon tea not your friend’s style?  For some women, a co-ed couple shower makes more sense than a traditional bridal shower. Of course, if you have a co-ed shower the event has to be as non-traditional as the guest list.... Read More

closeup-white-flowers-tan-dress-22501 Bachelorette Party Basics

Who to invite: Generally, the bridesmaids and close female friends of the bride.  If including junior bridesmaids, the activities should be age appropriate.  Do not invite anyone to the bachelorette party that is not invited to the wedding. Where to... Read More

carnival-wedding-inspiration-board Ask the Editor: Best Woman? Male Bridesmaid?

One of my fiancé’s best friends is one of his female cousins.  I’m fine with her being in the bridal party, but I know it would be more meaningful if she stood on the groom’s side.  I’ve heard it’s been... Read More