Feb. 24, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: How can we save during the recession without looking cheap?

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDAL PARTY, BRIDAL PARTY FASHION

While the recession hit everyone hard, and where it hurts, it's important to remember that people still continue to get married. Even during the Great Depression marriages happened. The wedding market, while not completely unscathed, wasn't hit as hard by the most recent recession as other industries.


What this means to brides and grooms is that from a cost-savings perspective, using the recession as a negotiating factor with vendors won't always work. Instead, focus on the services and products you want and match your needs to your budgets.


Different Bridesmaids
Photo courtesy of Distinct Occasions


Here's an example:

Feb. 17, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: My bridal party is all different shapes & sizes. How can I find a look that flatters them all?

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDAL PARTY, BRIDAL PARTY FASHION

I remember when I started in the Industry and all bridesmaids were offered the same homogenous look by the bride. Pretty maids all in a row dressed alike, with hair and makeup the same. Everyone looked like carbon copies in the same really bad dress.


Different Bridesmaids
Photo courtesy of Christina Gapic Photography


March 3, 2011, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

How to Choose Your Bridal Party

TAGS: SWEET CHIC EVENTS, WEDDING PLANNER, BRIDAL PARTY

Weddings can be chock full of drama… and sometimes, one of the hardest decisions is who will be in your bridal party? Here are some of the questions I hear most often from my brides and grooms:


Wedding Dress


Pronovias Gaudi Wedding Dress on SmartBride Boutique.



Do we have to have a bridal party at all?


Absolutely not! Consider it a favor to yourselves if you opt not to have a bridal party at all. Sometimes the decision can be so difficult with so many people pulling you from different sides that it just makes sense to keep things simple. All you need is each other.

Dec. 21, 2012, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Destination Wedding Trend: Ombre Bridal Party

TAGS: DWG, DESTINATION WEDDING, BRIDESMAID DRESSES, BRIDAL PARTY





One of the hottest trends for traditional weddings in 2012 was mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Choosing colors, necklines and silhouettes that suit each of your maids rather than dressing them up as your bridal army is not only flattering but allows your maids to potentially wear the dress again (here's a perfect example of how to re-purpose a bridesmaid dress) because they'll like it more, and 3 of their closest friends won't have the same dress.


The mismatched gown trend lends itself really well to destination weddings and they are typically less formal, very intimate and unique. With lots of destination weddings, there are fewer decorations as the scenery speaks for itself. The bridal party becomes an important of the decor and backdrop ...

Dec. 21, 2012, 6:59 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Will she or won't she... ever wear her bridesmaid dress again?

TAGS: DWG, DESTINATION WEDDING GUIDE, BRIDESMAID DRESSES, BRIDAL PARTY



Friends and family (and especially your wedding party) often make significant investments to attend your destination wedding. It's important to show them the respect of choosing a venue and arrangements that spend their hard earned money wisely getting the most value for the dollar.


The same goes for a bridesmaid's shoes and gown. Typically a bridesmaid dress is never worn again, but with mismatched bridal parties becoming a huge trend, your maids might just be able to pull it off.


Here's one example of how you can wear your bridesmaid dress again!





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