The Modern Bridesmaid is Chic!

Written by Sher Matsen

Itís a whole new day, and there is a whole new look for bridesmaids. Itís a welcome change fromrepparttar past years. At itís not justrepparttar 148519 bridesmaids look that has gotten a facelift,repparttar 148520 brides are sporting a whole new look too.

Traditional wedding gowns and traditional white will always be a choice. Thatís a tradition thatís just not going to disappear. And thatís okay. Butrepparttar 148521 choices now available forrepparttar 148522 modern bride are welcome change, allowing those creative juices to flow, and oneís own personality to stand out.

The history ofrepparttar 148523 bridesmaids attire is quite interesting. In past centuries brides wore elaborate colorful gowns, and bridesmaids wore similar gowns. This was to disguiserepparttar 148524 bride and protect her from being kidnapped by evil spirits. Byrepparttar 148525 Victorian era things had changed producing brides that wanted to stand out inrepparttar 148526 crowd. Thusrepparttar 148527 formal elaborate white wedding gown enteredrepparttar 148528 wedding fashion scene. Howeverrepparttar 148529 bridesmaids attire didnít change, remaining bold and frilly.

Well this century bridesmaids have a lot more to say about what they wear. Not only haverepparttar 148530 traditional dresses taken on a more sophisticated and elegant look. Many brides now let their bridesmaids choose their own dress based onrepparttar 148531 chosen color scheme. All bridesmaids werenít created equal. By allowing them to choose a dress that flatters them, you have happier bridesmaids and better photo ops.

Gowns and dresses worn byrepparttar 148532 modern bridesmaid are often functional enough for other formal events and gatherings. A much smarter alternative torepparttar 148533 expensive gown thatís worn once then buried deep inrepparttar 148534 closet never to be seen again. We all remember wearing one of those ďawfulĒ dresses at some point.

There are also no longer fast and set rules on how many bridesmaids you must have. The size of your wedding often relates to how many attendants, and these daysrepparttar 148535 choice is entirely up to you. Tradition has gone outrepparttar 148536 window, a pleasing thought for many future brides. You can even have more than one maid of honor if you wish. The rules you must play by are your own rules.

The same new rules apply to your flower girl[s] and ring bearer[s] choose more than one, have only one, have one of each. The best age range for this very important little peopleís job is between 5 and 7. Younger children have a harder time staying focused. Now if you donítí mind if they mess up a little bit, then by all means you can choose a younger child. After all they can be a great source of amusement! Older children will also be thrilled to be chosen to manrepparttar 148537 guestbook or help guests. It makes them feel extra special.

Wedding Gift Dos and Don'ts

Written by Sher Matsen

When it comes to weddings, bothrepparttar bride & groom, andrepparttar 148518 guests worry about wedding gift etiquette. These doís and doníts will keep you onrepparttar 148519 right gift giving track!

I bet your wondering whererepparttar 148520 idea of wedding gifts originated? Youíll have to travel back torepparttar 148521 time when men no longer bartered for their wives. Withrepparttar 148522 tradition of choosing your bride, also camerepparttar 148523 tradition of friends and family bearing gifts. In those days articles were functional and useful additions torepparttar 148524 coupleís house, making their lives easier.

The Grecians were into presenting lush and lavish gifts. It was a big competition to see who could presentrepparttar 148525 most lavish gift. Brides and grooms were presented with precious jewelry, gold vases, magnificent clothing or furniture.

These daysí things have really changed. Wedding gift etiquette ofrepparttar 148526 past, simply does not work today. For couples who have been married before they already have allrepparttar 148527 household toys, so what is one to buy? Even if a couple has not been married before, most have run their own households so they still have everything they need. Many couples request no gifts. Some will ask for cash gifts, so they can putrepparttar 148528 funds towards a vacation, a house, or bigger ticket item. Is this okay? How big of wedding gift should one buy? It seems no matter what a person buys, they feel theyíve not spent enough, or boughtrepparttar 148529 wrong type of gift. Relax!! And go withrepparttar 148530 modern day flow!

The best thingrepparttar 148531 bride and groom can do for their guests, it to let them know what you are looking for. Funny, brides and grooms feel bad playingrepparttar 148532 ďwhat they needĒ card, and guests are too uncomfortable to brocherepparttar 148533 subject for fear of offendingrepparttar 148534 bride and groom.

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