It finally happened! He popped the question--- to your best
friend. Now you have the responsibility of filling the coveted role of Maid of
Honor in her wedding. What colors, what kind of flowers, where’s the
bachelorette party going to be…and the most important question---which dress!?!
So much to consider, but there’s just one problem…she’s not your typical bride.
Well, button up your cupcake dress and start writing your speech, because we’ve
got you covered. Figure out which description sounds most like your bride best
friend and then point her in the right direction when it comes to dress
shopping. You’ll help to make her feel incredibly beautiful on her big day.
She plans to have her wedding ceremony at the happiest place
on Earth, accompanied by a horse-drawn carriage, and dressed in a full length
ball gown with a tiara placed ever so carefully atop her head. If this
describes your bestie’s dream vision for her special day, you my friend are the
fairy god mother to a Princess Bride. Everything about her wedding has to be
beyond magical---I’m talking sprinkles of fairy dust and rhymed vows. Take your
cue from every Disney fairytale available, and you’ll be just fine. Check out
Light in the Box for Princess Dresses, where you can find the A-line V-neck
Chapel Train Satan and Satin Lace Wedding Dress inspired by Kate Middleton, a
real life princess!
If she threw out those wedding magazines and is reluctant to
shop for dresses, you’re probably dealing with an aberration bride, better known
as the Tom-Boy. She only owns jeans and tees, but has found the love of her
life, who loves her just the same. As Maid of Honor, it’s your life mission to
get her pumped (as much as possible) for the most important day of her life.
Use every hangout as a teachable moment for wedding preparation, otherwise
she’ll transform into the Procrastination Bride. And well, no one wants that.
Don’t let her forget about dress shopping! She may not even realize how fun it
is until you coerce her to try it. Encourage her to ease into dresses with a
simple look like this Silk Georgette V-Neck Gown by Ann Taylor.
2nd Time-Around Bride
You’re excited for her proposal--- but you were just as
excited the first time. This is good, because you’re going to need to be a
wedding cheerleader. She probably doesn’t want anything big. “I don’t want to
make a huge fuss,” she says. Scratch that! You’re having a wedding, and it’s
going to be fabulous! Two, four, six, eight--- who do we appreciate? Love,
first, second, and any time it rolls around. Help her to have just as much fun
this time, and maybe even go a little funky. Hey, if the first time was fun the
second is going to be a blast! So own that stage and shine with this Eliza J
Print One Should Satin Sheath Dress from Nordstrom.
There’s a reason avant garde is worn on a runway and not on
the streets with civilians, but your bride doesn’t know that. If your friend is
considering a colorful gown, wearing a bird’s nest on her head (Sorry, Carrie),
or a mini with cut-outs, then it’s time for an intervention. Fashion is
incredibly important for your wedding. These pictures are going to last
forever, and you want the beauty of that day to be timeless. Introduce your
bride to Old Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia
Loren. Examples of classic beauty may dilute some of the fashion overkill. One look at the Lace over Charmeuse Gown with Soutache from David's Bridal, and she'll be on board.
Open-to Suggestions Bride
So you’re frustrated because every decision has to be
discussed between your bride and her groom. We understand---he should be involved
in venue choice, food, and his tuxedo. But the bridesmaids dresses? Take a
breath, and learn the art of persuasion. Casually invite her to lunch and bring
up wedding necessities. You’ll be able to fill out what exactly she wants,
without it being filtered by her groom. Help her to talk through the options
and instead of grilling her about exactly what she wants- consider helping her
to narrow down the options by posing the question, “What don’t you want?” The
Knot can also help you with their planning tools and huge wedding shop
Weddings should be exciting- not stressful!
Remember...Keep Calm and Celebrate On!