How to Save Your Bridesmaids Money (+ Be the Best Bride Ever!)

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is having your best friends at your side every step of the way from the engagement to the bridal shower to the bachelorette party to the wedding itself. But being a bridesmaid isn’t exactly cheap—the average cost to be one is $1,700 per wedding! Crazy, right? So, the lovely ladies behind Vow To Be Chic, the company that rents designer bridesmaids’ dresses, are here with 13 tips to save your friends stress and money, and, bonus, make you everyone’s favorite bride ever!

Money Saving Tips for Bridesmaids
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Money Saving Tips for Bridesmaids
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Best Red Lipsticks for Kissable Valentine’s Day Lips

Your lips are going to be getting a whole lot of love on Valentine’s Day, so they need to be looking perfectly kissable and we have all the tools you need to make that happen. Step one: prep your pretty pout. Step two: find your perfect shade of Valentine’s Day red below. Step three: pucker up and get ready for the most romantic day of the year!

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Bouquet Breakdown: Nautical Westport, Massachusetts Wedding

Every time I stare at this bouquet I find that I have no words, only heart eyes. That’s right, it’s the type of pretty that is emoji inducing. A lush layer of pastel blooms, Petal Floral Design is the brains behind this pastel beauty – and trust me what I say that you’ll want to know all about it below!

Nautical Westport, Massachusetts Wedding

  • 3 stems of white clematis
  • 3 stems of white clematis
  • 2 stems of white campanula
  • 1 stem of white veronica
  • 2 stems of ivory lace cap hydrangea
  • 3 stems of peach stock
  • 5 stems of majolica spray rose
  • 3 stems of blushing bride protea
  • 5 stems of ivory ranunculus
  • 3 stems of anemone with black center
  • 5 stems of o’hara garden rose
  • 4 stems of kiera garden rose
  • 3 stems of bay greens
  • 2 stems of japanese stewardia foliage
  • 1 stem of ivory pieris
  • 2 yards of silk sari blush
  • 3 yards of 1″ antique white
  • 3 yards of 2.5″ bespoke blush
  • 1 yard of 1.5″ bespoke blush
  • 1 yard of 1.5″ antique white

From Petal Floral DesignI create most of ours and bridal bouquets. it is hands-down my favorite element to a wedding day design. Each bouquet has a personality unique to itself. The morning of a wedding I arrive early, before anyone else is on site, coffee in hand, music turned up, I start designing.

I’ll begin with the bouquet recipe but I learned early on that each bouquet has a personality of its own and I should just let it express itself. I play with the movement of the foliage until the shape and form come into their own. This is always an entrancing process.

This bouquet felt fresh and fun because of the variety that our client Lindsey brought to each stage of her wedding design plan. The bridal bouquet felt less like a repeat design and more like the perfect fit for its moment, complementing the diversity in the ceremony, cocktail and reception flowers.​

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Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Photography: Brumley & Wells

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#SMPWedding101 – Unexpected Elements Guests Love

We plan for every single essential and wedding must-do but what about when Mother Nature decides to arrive with a storm? Or how about the fear of dehydrated guests? Planning for these little details is what Katie Dunn of Events By La Fete does and she’s gathered up some of her favorite unexpected elements that are guaranteed to make your guests fall even more in love with your wedding celebration.

1. Sweat Proof:

Mother nature can wreak havoc on an otherwise perfectly planned day. To keep your guests from overheating on a super hot day, hand out iced lavender towels as guests enter your ceremony space or late night on the sweaty dance floor!

2. Overhead Protection:

Umbrellas in your wedding colors are always useful if rain is in the forecast OR if its a particularly hot day they can shield guests from the sun. In North Carolina a really hot day also means a good chance for a sprinkle or two, so these umbrellas can serve double duty.

3. Liquid Love:

Don’t forget to have something on hand for your guests to drink before the ceremony begins. Spa water is always a nice addition, especially if guests have been traveling.

4. Welcoming Committee:

Seasonal and local welcome baskets are always much appreciated as guests check into their hotel. If you are getting married in the fall, why not have seasonal pumpkin spice cookies and packets of hot cider. For the spring and summer, fresh fruit is a nice (and healthy) addition! Here in North Carolina, we have a plethora of local goodies that we like to include in welcome bags to give out of state guests a taste of local flavor, including: Krispy Kreme donuts, Southern Season peanuts and Cheerwine!

5. Bathroom Break:

Thoughtful bathroom baskets are a must, especially in the female bathroom! Don’t forget things like phone chargers to include for the on-the-go guest that didn’t have time to recharge before they arrived. Staples should include lip gloss, mints, shout wipes and hair ties!

6. Stylish Signage:

You can never have too many signs! Signs at the food stations, signs at the bar, signs to indicate the timeline of the evening, a sign for the gift card table and cake table, just to name a few. Remember to include a list of ingredients on any food related table so guests with a particular food allergy can be informed.

Adorable Wedding Signs
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