How many of you have been forced to wear (and PAY for) a dress that will eventually end up hanging in the back of your closet? Well do we have a solution for YOU! While reading the newspaper we came across a rather interesting article on how to choose the perfect bridesmaid dress!

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Our beautiful December 2011 bride, Rachel, was all about letting her bridesmaids choose the dress they wanted to wear on her special day but of course she had a say in the matter! She requested that all of the dresses be a jewel tone. Rachel’s bridesmaids complemented her PERFECTLY.

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“Note to all brides-to-be: Your bridal party attire reflects your personal taste.” (Detroit News)

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Ladies, stop choosing dresses for your sisters, best friends, soon to be sister in-laws (the most important women in your lives aside from your mother of course) that you wouldn’t want to wear yourself! Today it is okay to step away from the ‘traditional’ bridesmaid dress and pick out something that it a little more fun & flirty. Better yet pick out something that your bridesmaids will want to wear again and they will have no problem investing in the dress.

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The 4 Latest Bridesmaid Dress Trends

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The Trend: Cocktail Dress (pick something fun & edgy)

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Romona Kevesa at Belle Vie

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The Trend: Little Black Dress (can’t go wrong… everyone looks FABULOUS in black)

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Romona Kevesa at Belle Vie 

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The Trend: Vintage Inspired Look (lace or feathers)

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Dolly Pearl “Anastasia” Dress

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The Trend: One-Shoulder Dress (fashion-forward)

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Jenny Yoo “Dylan” Dress

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(Photo Source: Google)

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Tips for bridesmaids…

Ladies… being a bridesmaid will take some effort. It is not all about looking cute and wearing a pretty dress. Your main purpose is to be a support system for the bride-to-be! She needs your support and that it why she asked you to be her bridesmaid in the first place.  I found some great tips for bridesmaids in The Knot.

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To be a good bridesmaid, make sure you do the following:

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.Offer to help with pre-wedding tasks. Try to be specific when you volunteer. For example, say, “Would you like me to help you shop for bridesmaid dresses/help look for service providers/pack for the honeymoon?” instead of just, “What can I do?”

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Scout out bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other wedding accessories.

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Help to plan, co-host  the bridal shower and bachelorette party with other bridesmaids.

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If the maid/matron of honor isn’t already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and bridal showers (so that the bride/couple can write thank-you notes)

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On the day of the wedding, be on hand to run last-minute errands.

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Serve as supporting hostess at the reception by introducing guests, making sure they know where the bar or restrooms are.

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Hit the dance floor when the music kicks in.  Also, be on the lookout for toe-tapping guests who might need encouragement.

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Bustle the bride’s train (if she has one) before dancing begins, and be ready to help fix it if it comes unhooked.
Accompany the bride on visits to the restroom, if asked.

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Be a trooper, no matter how stressful the ordeal becomes. Try not to complain about the bridesmaid dress — even if the color is horrendous. Be gracious and tactful.

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Provide plenty of emotional support during the planning and on the wedding day!

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