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The Rules: Bridesmaid Etiquette

Don’t know the etiquette when it comes to choosing your bridesmaids?  Not sure what the duties involve?  Here are some tips and also what some may call the rules and etiquette…

Who’s who? The role of the chief bridesmaid is usually by a sister or your closest friend and, of all your attendants, she’ll be trusted with the most responsibility.  She is also referred to as maid of honor.  As well as your chief bridesmaid, you may have other adult bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids (typically aged between eight and 16) and flowergirls (young children of your friends or relatives).

Size Matters With the maid of honor, bridesmaids and flowergirls all josting for space, things can get crowded.  The general rule of thumb is the bigger the wedding the more bridesmaids, so it’s best to think about this before you ask too many of your friends or family members to fill these roles.  Another factor that will affect how many bridesmaids you have is your budget, as you’ll be expected to pay for all their dresses as well as any accessories.

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Hitting the shops When it comes to choosing your bridesmaids dresses, its a good idea to take at least your maid of honor with you when you go out shopping.  It’s important all the girls feel comfortable in what they’re wearing so you might decide to go for different dresses in the same colour to ensure you flatter everyone’s shape.

Duty Calls It’s the maid of honor’s job to be your main source of support in the run up to the wedding.  This could mean sitting up all night making favours or talking you down when the nerves kick in, but one duty that almost always falls on her shoulders is the hen party.  Send her a list of who you’d like to invite, tell her you ideas and cross your fingers that she doesn’t ignore them in favour of a male stripper!

On the day Even if you’re the most independent woman in the world, you’ll be glad of your bridesmaids’ help on the morning of the wedding.  You’re bound to be full of butterflies so it’s their job to make sure you eat breakfast and are done up properly in your dress.  It’s a good idea to give your maid of honor an emergency kit to carry containing a mirror, painkillers, plasters, tissues, hairspray, lipstick and breath mints.  And give her your mobile phone and the telephone numbers of all your key suppliers – if there’s a disaster with flowers or the caterers break down on the motorway she can deal with any problems on your behalf.

Party Time Your maids don’t have to be glued to your side all night, but if there are specific jobs you want them to take responsibility for, such as helping you with your dress in the little girls room, you should let them know in advance.  And once their duties are done, they’re free to do what they do best – PARTY!  After all, if they’re having fun on the dance floor, it’s more likely your other guests will join in too.

And finally… This may sound obvious but in the run up to your wedding, it’s very easy to become a little (dare we say it?) self-involved.  It’s important to acknowledge the help of your nearest and dearest, so as well as giving each of your bridesmaids a gift on the day as a gesture of your appreciation, remember to thank them face-to-face.  After all, you want them to still be your friends after the wedding too!

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Do you have any Bridesmaid tips for us that you would like to add or share?  Please comment below and share the love.

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Bridesmaid Hairstyle – Steal Kourtney Kardashian Red Carpet Hair

The beautiful mom-to-be Kourtney Kardashian kept her red carpet look simple, opting for loose waves parted in the middle.  Keep those perfect loose waves for your bridesmaids, no fuss and still elegant.

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Wedding Hairstyles Inspired by The Emmys

Let’s face it, the celebrities have the right hair stylists for those red carpet events.  At times some may even look like they’re ready to walk to a chapel and get married!  So why not get inspired by the most beautiful people who pay mega-bucks to show us great hair-up do’s?

Steal Drew Barrymore’s hairstyle, the actress attended the 2009 show wearing a loose updo accented by a crimson red lip.  This could be your wedding hairstyle.

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LaLa Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony Wedding

The longtime couple Lala Vazquez & Carmelo Anthony and parents of 3-year-old Kiyan said “I Do” on July 10. “It was the most amazing night of my life,” Vazquez, a former MTV JV, told Us Weekly Magazine. “Dancing with everybody, letting my hair down-it was so much fun!”

Lala Vazquez wore a pair of elegant chandelier earrings that sparkled her wedding dress.  A perfect pair of either chandelier earrings or dangle drop earrings would compliment this beautiful wedding gown.

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott Renewed their Vows

The couple Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, renewed their vows in front of their kids, Liam and Stella. “This is a rebirth,” Spelling told Us Weekly Magazine. “We’ve gone through our ups and downs, but we wouldn’t have changed a moment of it.” The pair eloped to Fiji in 2006.

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Wedding Ring

The couple, Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom, wed on Sept. 27, 2009  just weeks after meeting. “It was both incredible and stressful reliving those two weeks,” Kardashian later blogged after watching The Wedding: Keeping Up with the Kardashians special on E!  Khloe wore Vera Wang.

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Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett Wedding

The couple Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskett, wed at the Playboy Mansion and later welcomed son Hank IV on Dec. 11. “Hank and I were videotaping ourselves, zooming in on my stomach and saying, ‘June 27, 2009, your mommy and daddy are getting married, and you’re going to be there!’ We’re so excited!” Wilkinson told Us Weekly Magazine.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Wedding

Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner, a.k.a; Trump and the New York Observer publisher tied the knot in a lavish ceremony on Oct. 25, 2009. The dress? Designed by elegant Vera Wang and inspired by Grace Kelly. “She definitely had a feeling for a dignified gown without sacrificing youth or charm,” Wang told Brides.com.

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green Beach Wedding

Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green, tied the knot on the beach in Hawaii with Green’s son, Kassius, as witness on June 24, 2010. Earlier this year, Fox told Us Weekly Magazine, “We are just even more committed to each other and we always have been. I am more in love with him now than I was in the beginning.”

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Wedding

The pregnant singer Alicia Keys, donned an ivory silk, georgette-draped Vera Wang gown to say “I Do” to her beau Swizz Beatz, (who wore Tom Ford) in a private home on the Mediterranean Sea on July 31, 2010.

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