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5 Ways to Keep Your Bridesmaids (and Their Wallets!) Happy

Being a bridesmaid is the end-all, be-all of best friend duties… and one your lovely ladies will most definitely take seriously. But, if you love your girls (and we know you do), then keeping it as cost-effective as possible is beyond important. So today we’re turning to our friends at Vow To Be Chic for their advice on how to do just that. Scroll below for happy maids in five simple steps.

GIVE THEM OPTIONS

We’ve all done the bridesmaid dance a time or two (or three) and there’s nothing more annoying than trying to squeeze ten different body types into one gorgeous style. That’s why we’re all about letting your besties choose from an array of stunning dresses, aka, making sure they feel confident in a style + color combo that flatters their every curve. We suggest teaming up with a stylist (like the talented ones at Vow To Be Chic) to help guide you to the mix and match combos that will really make a statement. They know their stuff, you guys, so you can totally trust them.

GIFT THEM JEWELRY

One of the biggest expenses of bridesmaid-ing is all of the little accessories your ladies have to buy along the way. So rather than asking them to stock up on new jewelry, we suggest buying them the essentials as a sweet present that really shows them how much you care. And you don’t have to get crazy with gorgeous sparklers… keep it simple with beautiful earrings and show-stopping bracelets. Oh, and bonus points if you have your maids wear their own shoes. ‘Cause that’s just comfy AND cost-effective.

KEEP THE TRAVEL TO A MINIMUM

From the bachelorette party to the bridal shower to the engagement party and everything in between, your out-of-town maids are sure to be feeling the travel cost heat. So instead of asking those ladies you love to fly in for a special bridesmaid dress shopping excursion, curate your very own Vow To Be Chic Bridal Suite, then invite your besties and have them order try-ons. Your maids can pick a day to host their own personal fashion show (with bubbly, of course) and send you photos of the big reveals. It’s just as much fun at zero the cost.

HAVE A LOW-KEY BACHELORETTE PARTY

Take it from someone who has been there, bachelorette parties can get crazy expensive. So why not relieve some of that financial stress from your maids and DIY your “night out” with your friends. Think an at-home spa night just days before the wedding filled with tasty treats and drinks. You can kick back in your robes, sip champagne and watch all of those movies you grew up loving. Sooo fun.

RENT YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Of course, nothing saves more than renting your bridesmaid dresses. I mean, you can literally save your besties hundreds of dollars on gowns, alterations AND dry cleaning just by hopping online and kicking back in your yoga pants. (Champagne is optional.) And it’s sooo simple. Just head to an online shop (we suggest Vow To Be Chic), peruse the stunning lineups of top-quality designer dresses, consult a stylist and start curating. With Vow, your besties will receive their dresses (with a backup size!) two whole weeks before the Big Day and can simply return it once the party is over with pre-paid packaging. Vow will even dry-clean for you. We love that.

Head to Vow To Be Chic today to start your journey to seriously happy maids. And don’t forget to use promo code SMP10 for 10% off a rental!

Photography: Kate Botwinkski | Photography: Brian Flint Photo | Photography: Stellar Exposures | Photography: Ashley Largesse Photography | Photography: Boone Studios | Photography: Jill Doty Photography | Photography: Abbi Hearne | Photography: LA Exposures | Photography: Emily Harris Photography | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vow To Be Chic



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Get to Know the Perfect Southern California Venue

Crystal blue skies and sandy beaches are two ingredients that make any wedding shine, and when it comes to finding a venue that boasts BOTH, Hotel Casa del Mar has it all… and then some. So today we’re celebrating two of our fave Hotel Casa del Mar weddings, because if there’s one thing that this Monday needs, it’s a little So Cal sunshine. Dive into all of the pretty below.

Located along the breathtaking beaches of Santa Monica, Hotel Casa del Mar is the type of place where wedding dreams seriously do come true… and not just because they happen to boast the most ornate ballroom in Southern California with breathtaking ocean views and natural light. Nope, this seaside paradise is all about making your wedding weekend the celebration of the century with a talented staff of wedding pros that can handle your every want + need, plus crazy luxurious accommodations for you and your guests. From their amazing proximity to Santa Monica shopping, entertainment and night life to their fitness and spa options to their team of talented Executive Chefs that can (and will) create a menu that your guests will be talking about for years to come, Hotel Casa del Mar has you totally covered. Just ask these sweethearts tying the knot… they’re awesome.

Whether you dream of waking up the morning of your wedding to stare at the beautiful ocean views, want a venue that knows a thing or two about the word “luxury” or all of the above, Hotel Casa del Mar will make sure your entire celebration is one that will go down in the history books. Contact them today to get started on that journey to your Big Day and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram for even more real weddings and to be constantly inspired.

Photography: Love Lux Life | Photography: Lin And Jirsa Photography


A Sand in the Toes Affair Paired with All Out Glamour

If you love the idea of a seaside fete but can’t quite let go of your glamorous ways, then this photo shoot is the answer to your wedding dreams. A mix of easy breezy and all out glam at the hands of  The Hidden Garden and André Maier Photography, it is sure to inspire a beachy and whole-heartedly gorgeous affair. Head to the vault for so much more plus a film by Cloudless Weddings below!


From The Hidden Garden…For this gorgeous shoot at Casa Del Mar, we pulled inspiration from the luxury hotel itself, as well as the oceanside community of Santa Monica. For the ceremony space, we focused on a softer palette that felt reminiscent of a California sunset – pampas grass paired with soft peach, blush and cream florals. The design was set on a natural wood structure, blending perfectly with the sand and sea backdrop. As we moved into the reception, we wanted to emphasize the relaxed beach setting while maintaining the grandeur of the Casa Del Mar ballroom. Distressed wood elements, punched up color, dark pillar candles and dramatic, oversize chairs throughout the room helped achieve this balance. We complimented the tablescapes with hand painted glass “messages in a bottle” that added an elegant beach inspired touch to the space.

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Photography: André Maier Photography | Videography: Cloudless Weddings | Floral Design: The Hidden Garden | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Hair and Makeup: The Troublefield Lifestyle | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | Entertainment: Entire Productions | Mens Attire: Menguin | Hotel: Casa Del Mar | A/V: PSAV | Bridal Salon: JLM Couture | Female Model: Christine Harris | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Male Model: Zack Harris | Paper Goods: Calligraphy Katrina | Production: The Bridal Bar | Rentals: Line 204 Events | Software Technology: AllSeated | Welcome Boxes: Salt and Pepper Co

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