But who should you ask to join you on your big day? Here are some things to consider before you choose your bridesmaids:
Most wedding planners recommend a bridesmaid for every 50 guests in attendance. If you have a small wedding, it might look odd to have four or five bridesmaids next to you. On the other hand, for a big wedding, it might look less formal to only have one maid of honor. Either way, it’s always nice to have a matching number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, so take your fiancé’s expectations into consideration as well.
Once you have a number in mind, be sure you don’t ruffle any feathers. If you have sisters, they should always be included, even if you don’t get along that well. It’s perfectly okay to have your best friend as your maid of honor, but it’s rude to leave family members out of the bridal party.
You probably have lots of dear friends that you would love to share your big day with, but keep in mind that you will rely on them for many things—least of all looking polished for pictures and the ceremony, and most of all—moral support. If you have friends that are chronically late, will insist on casual footwear or tend to get excessively tipsy, think twice about including them in your day. (You will regret it.)
You have chosen your special friends who will stand next to you on your big day, but it’s still appropriate to ask them to honor you in this way. After all, it is a big commitment of time and money for them, so a more formal request goes a long way. Consider inviting them all to a special night out, or giving them a personal gift like this one.
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While it’s common for bridesmaids to buy their own dresses, it’s a thoughtful gesture to buy their jewelry for the wedding day. You can choose something that coordinates with the dresses, which will also make a great gift for them to remember the occasion.
Use a personalization option to use gemstones that coordinate with your wedding color.
If you couldn’t include everyone you wanted to, don’t forget that there are other ways for them to be involved in your big day. They could do a reading during the ceremony, perform a musical number during the reception, hand out programs, and of course still take part in the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
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- Ice Skating
Find an outdoor skating rink and rent some skates. Bundle up and grab a thermos of hot cocoa (with maybe a touch of peppermint schnapps), some mugs and a camera to document your winter wonderland memories.
Find a tranquil outdoor setting and bring an air mattress, hammock or some reclining chairs. For an unforgettable time, mark your calendar for the next big meteor shower and get ready to make some wishes! Bring a nice bottle of wine and ask 20 questions while you gaze. Make your own constellation.
- Take a ski day
Hit the slopes with your love, and be sure to spend some time by a nice roaring fire at the end of the day. Make s’mores and then hit the hot tub together.
- Scavenger Hunt
Whether it’s throughout your house or throughout the whole city, make a scavenger hunt for your love and help them follow the clues to a picnic or dinner at a nice restaurant.
- Row, Row, Row your Boat
Rent a row boat and take a few leisurely spins around a lake. Timeless romance. Sigh…
- Go to a Game
Get tickets to a home game and tailgate together. Wear team jerseys and be super fans together.
- Play Strip Poker
And let them win a few games!
- Get Fresh
Go to an orchard or berry farm and pick some fresh fruit to enjoy together. Bring a nice bottle of champagne (of course) to reward yourselves for your efforts. Find a nice spot to plant a tree together. Go back and carve your names in it on an anniversary or special occasion down the road.
- Be Adventurous
Go bungee jumping, skydiving, rock climbing, anything out of your comfort zone. You’ll get a great adrenaline rush and wonderful memories with your loved one.
- Dance the Night Away
Take a dance class and then go to a nice dinner afterwards.
- Volunteer Together
Find a common interest and donate some time together. Visit a nursing home for a monthly bingo night, help out at a food bank, visit children in the hospital or clean up a trail or park.
Hope this list helps your imagination run wild. Get out there and spend some quality time with the one you love!
Just use an empty condiment bottle and some pancake batter—delicious and so yummy! Add strawberries and whip cream for a special touch. (Don’t forget to mix in some love. That’s very important.)
Pillowbox Alligator Valentine
This adorable do-it-yourself valentine can be downloaded for free and filled with candy.
Heart and Lollipop Flowers
A fun and simple gift—perfect for school valentine exchanges!
Crayon Heart Valentines
These gifts are candy-free, adorably sweet and easy to make too!
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
Use a heart shape for fun twist on this decadent treat.
Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at BlueFlair Photogarphy!
Cheryl met Ray, and her life hasn’t been the same since. They’ve had a whirlwind romance, full of fun and passion. Their wedding was held at Twin Oaks Schoolhouse in San Marcos, a hidden gem with a gorgeous Victorian schoolhouse and gardens.
I love how positively giddy the brides get when the dress goes on!
And the bride wore these lovely red Valentino‘s. I had SOO much fun photographing these – I almost didn’t want to give them up for her to wear!
From the gorgeous bridal suite, the bride was having a quiet moment watching her groom tend to some last minute details. Yeah, she sorta likes him a lot!
Love this candid shot of the bride practicing her vows. <3
Some details of the grounds. <3
And here’s the dashing groom!
And a final one from the reception. Fun was had by all!