We had a lot of fun with our Wedding Party Infographic and seeing as wedding season is now in full swing – we’re back for more! Here at Ever-Pretty, we know that although planning your wedding is said to be one of the most exciting times in your life, preparing for the big day can definitely get really stressful at times. With so many traditions and elements including choosing bridesmaids dresses, junior bridesmaids dresses and to mother of the bride and groom dresses, things can get a little crazy, to say the least! In order to make your life a little bit easier and lighten your bride-to-be load, we’ve put together some tips regarding your bridal party. Sit back and relax because you and your bridal party can lean on us to make the road to tying the knot a lot less bumpy. With a little help from Ever-Pretty, you can make sure your nearest and dearest know what to do and what to wear on your special day!
Attention Maids of Honor – As the bride’s closest confidant, the maid of honor has many vital responsibilities. Amongst many important jobs, it is crucial for the maid of honor to stand by the bride’s side during the wedding planning process. It’s traditionally amongst the list of responsibilities to host or help host the bridal shower and bachelorette party along with the bridesmaids. The maid of honor should be there for fashion advice while dress shopping for herself and her bridal party! In addition to signing the marriage license and giving a noteworthy toast at the reception, the maid of honor’s most important job is to keep the bride calm and collected during her special day to make sure she enjoys every minute of her wedding.
When it comes to what the maid of honor should wear, the dress should not be too different from the bridesmaids, but it’s always nice to distinguish her as extra-special! Her dress should be similar to the bridesmaid dresses with a little twist. Have the maid of honor stand out with an added embellishment or accessory. The maid of honor could also choose a dress in the same color as the bridesmaid with a unique detail like a one-shoulder neckline or rhinestone details like the Purple Flowers One Shoulder Chiffon Padded Evening Dress.
Cue in the Best Man - As the groom’s best friend and the person that knows him best, the best man’s role is to be there for the groom during the big day and make sure he always has something to laugh about and nothing to worry about. The best man should offer and be available to help the groom during any pre-wedding duties including choosing tuxedos for the groomsmen, visiting venues or meeting with vendors. The most exciting job for the best man is planning a bachelor party with the other groomsmen that the groom will never forget. He is also expected to deliver a special toast at the reception and sign the marriage license as a witness. The best man should match the groomsmen by wearing the same suit or tuxedo, but can distinguish himself with a slightly different bow tie, tie or pocket square.
Enter Bridesmaids - Brides-to-be choose their closest girls to stand by their side during their special day as bridesmaids. These special girls in your life are there to help you with any pre-wedding duties, help plan an exciting bachelorette party, and be there to support you and make sure everyone is having a great time. The bridesmaids are typically seated at the bridal party table and announced as they walk in to the reception before the maid of honor and best man. For bridesmaid dresses, it’s best to purchase the dresses four to six months before the big day. Choose a dress in a color and print you love while making sure your pick doesn’t upstage the most important dress of the evening. If you’re having problems finding a style that everyone likes, formal maxi dresses are a great pick and flattering for all body-types.
And don’t forget junior bridesmaids dresses! If you have younger bridesmaids and you can’t find age-appropriate dresses in the same color as your older bridesmaids, avoid trying to find the nearest shade and risking a mismatch in the wedding party. Instead have your junior bridesmaids in a secondary complementary color.
It’s Your Turn, Groomsmen – The boys of the party definitely have many responsibilities on the big day. It’s their job to help the best man plan the bachelor party and offer to help the groom with any pre-wedding tasks. They are announced at the reception and seated along with the bridesmaids at the bridal party table. The groomsmen must keep their spirits and energy high at the reception to set the tone for an exciting night of dancing and celebrating. It’s best to get together to rent suits or tuxedos for the groomsmen four to six months before “I do.”
Pint-Sized Party Members - The tiniest members of the bridal party, the flower girl and ring boy, also have a few tasks to take care of. The ring boy is in charge of carrying your rings on a pillow down to the altar. Try to choose a little boy who is between the ages of four and eight for this important job. You can choose for your ring boy to wear a formal tuxedo or a more casual suit for the special day. Flower girls have the job of walking before the bride and offering a cute introduction by laying flowers in the pathway before she walks down the aisle. For a flower girl dress, a white dress that is floor length or tea length is a great choice. You can add a little flair with a flower crown or headband that matches her flower basket.
Parental Responsibilities - As their children get ready to take the next big step in life, the parents of the bride and groom have their share of roles and responsibilities on the big day. The father of the groom is traditionally meant to walk his daughter down the aisle and share a sweet father-daughter dance with the bride. When helping them choose their dress or suit, it is important for the parents to make sure they don’t clash with the bridal party or each other. But tread carefully! Mother of the bride and groom dresses are super important to the proud moms!
A great choice for the mother-of-the bride is an elegant gown that is in good taste like the Elegant Strapless Ruched Bust Long Women Purple Evening Dress.
The parents of the groom are traditionally expected to plan and pay for the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. The mother and father of the groom will walk down the aisle during the ceremony after both sets of grandparents. The mother of the groom will also share a special dance with her son at the reception. A great mother of the groom dress option is a gorgeous and sophisticated dress like the NWT One Shoulder Blue Bow Satin Ruffles Evening Dress that doesn’t clash with the mother of the bride’s dress.