Bridesmaid or Bridesguard? History Says It All

by Azure

Ever wonder how bridesmaids came to be? Or where the significance and symbolism of the bridal party originated? The answers may surprise you! Bridesmaids have a rich history dating back to ancient Rome, and while the term "bridesguard" is a fairly new one, one of the bridesmaid's main jobs has always been protecting the bride. Ready for a little history lesson? Here are three historic looks at bridesmaids and their duties: Ancient Rome - Bridesmaids escorted the bride to her...

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Picking Your Bridesmaids: 5 Warning Signs She’s Not Ready for the Job

by Azure

Have a friend (or a few) who just can't get it together? Someone that, no matter where they go or how they travel, trouble always follows? I know I do! And despite these pals' disastrous tendencies, I love them all the same! But... if I were engaged, I would think long and hard before popping the "Will you be my bridesmaid?" question to these friends. And I encourage you to do the same. Because the last thing you need on your special day (and throughout the hectic planning process)...

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5 ways to piss off your bridesmaids

by Azure

  There's nothing worse than a bridesmaid scorned...   Wondering how to keep your bridal party happy, smiling and going the extra mile?  Well it's fairly simple if you avoid the five missteps below:   1.  Budget-breaking attire: How much would you be willing to spend on a so-so dress you'll probably only wear once?  Think very hard about this before selecting the bridesmaids' dresses, unless of course you're footing the bill. 2.  Extreme makeovers: There once was...

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Question for Brides: Do You Feel Pressure to Pick Hot Bridesmaids?

by Azure

As I pore over featured wedding submissions to publish on our blog, I can't help but notice one thing. There's a blushing bride, a handsome groom, and a smokin' hot group of bridesmaids. This always seemed a bit counterintuitive to me (maybe it was that Bridezillas episode featuring an overwieght, unhappy bride who banned her groom's attractive little sis from the bridal party). Bur during a recent wedding meetup here in Chicago, a photographer shed light on what's driving the hot...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Can I Disinvite a Bridesmaid?

by Azure

In this week's Ask the Wedding Maven column a bride writes in with a sticky bridesmaid situation. To keep the family peace, she asked her brother's on again-off again girlfriend to be a bridesmaid. They were off, now they're back on, but now she isn't sure she still wants her. Does she have a way out? If you need wedding advice, or have a question about wedding etiquette, traditions, or relationships write weddingmaven@onewed.com Read the Wedding Maven's advice, then come back...

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Convertible Bridesmaid Dresses by Bride Chic

by Azure

About Bride Chic Can you believe, one bridesmaid dress and more than 12 ways to wear it? Nuova Vita has come out with a dress that all of your bridesmaids will not only agree on but can actually wear again. These easy to wear and flattering styles come in extra small, small, medium and large, in three different lengths including T-length, asymmetrical and a full-length gown. Believe it or not there are 25 colors to choose from and custom colors are also available. The entire...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Should She Still Be My Bridesmaid?

by Azure

Like last week, this week's Ask the Wedding Maven advice column involves a decades-long friendship threatened by a wedding. A future bride is wondering if she needs to honor a two-year old pledge to have her friend in her wedding when she and the friend have not been getting along. Read the column, then come back and give your opinion. If you need wedding advice, or have a question about wedding traditions, etiquette or relationships write weddingmaven@onewed.com. If you're...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Can I Get Married the Same Month as My Friend?

by Azure

In this week's Ask the Wedding Maven column, a woman who has always dreamed of a Christmas wedding runs into a problem, her friend is also getting married in December. Can there be a compromise? Do you agree with the Wedding Maven? If you need wedding advice, or have a question about wedding etiquette, wedding traditions, or relationships, write weddingmaven@onewed.com Helpful Links Can I Get Married in the Same Month as My Friend? Ask the Wedding Maven Holiday Weddings

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Bubbly Bride: Put Yourself in Your Bridesmaid Dress

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride We have all heard the saying "Put yourself in the others shoes." I am suggesting that you put on more than just shoes, and put yourself in your bridesmaid dress! Yes, I am suggesting as a bride that you spend the time to literally try on the bridesmaids' dresses before officially choosing 'the dress'. It is easy to flip through photos and look at dresses on models to pick a dress color/style that you want for your wedding. But you will be surprised, a dress...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Family Bridesmaid Trouble

by Azure

In this week's Ask the Wedding Maven column, a bride writes in about her maid of honor/sister who is also a new mother. Curious about the problem? Curious about what the Wedding Maven has to say? You can read it all here. If you need wedding advice, or have a question about wedding etiquette, traditions, or relationships write the Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com Helpful Links This Week's Column More Wedding Maven Advice More Tips for Bridesmaids

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