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  • Bridesmaids Tips ~ Before you Say YES!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bridesmaids!!!!!

     

    Many things come to mind when we think about bridesmaids; giggling girlfriends shopping for dresses, a lot of elegant bridal parties in preparation for the bride's big day, a luxurious and exciting bachelorette party -- fun, fun and more fun!!! It is such an honor to be asked, especially if you are being asked by a dear friend or close family member to be one of her bridesmaids. You may be willing to invest much more time and money than if the bride is one of best friends -- but what if she isn't? Either way, before you say "YES!" you'll definitely want to consider some very important things first, and on the Charming Chick blog today we want to give future bridesmaids the information they need.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Weddings are  time to celebrate love, friendship and all of the wonderful joys that uniting two people and two families can bring. However, there are other things that can throw a bit of a wrench into all the joy. If you are prepared for the things that can happen, then you'll know how to deal with it and whether or not you are up to taking on the duties and costs associated with becoming a bridesmaid.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The High Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

     

    Bridesmaids to have to pay their way for a lot of things, so being a bridesmaid can get expensive. You may think you'll only be out the price of a dress (which can cost a fortune if you have a bride with expensive taste) and shoes -- but there is so many other things to consider. Here is a list of potential items bridesmaids may have to pay for:

     

    *dress

    *shoes

    *accessories

    *hair

    *makeup

    *bridal shower

    *bachelorette party

    *wedding gift

    *travel and lodging expenses

    *and more....

     

    This can add up to be $1500 but often more! If your friend is frugal or at least conscious of trying to keep the costs low for the wedding party -- give her a BIG hug and tell her thank you. Spending $1500-$3000 might not seem like much to you, especially if you are headed for a tropical destination wedding but for many bridesmaids that is a huge expense. That being said, there are some very generous brides who will pay for many things for their bridesmaids, but that is the exception and not the rule.

     

    Communicate openly about your budget restrictions and if you don't want to go into debt -- well, gracefully and humbly bow out. There are always other duties you can help out with.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bridesmaids Have Many Duties

     

    As a bridesmaid you do need to know that you will expected to help out with some of the wedding activities. You must show up to all the pre-wedding parties and you will also be expected to help plan some of them, especially if you are the Maid of Honor. You will also be expected to assist the bride in any way possible the day of her wedding but she may also ask for your help in putting some wedding projects together as well.  After the wedding you may need to help gather the gifts, the bride's dress, tuxedos, etc. If you don't think you have enough time to commit to such things you might want to consider declining the invitation to serve. However, if the bride means a lot to you -- you can probably find the time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Being a bridesmaid is both an honor and a lot of fun. Just make sure you are comfortable with the financial and time commitments involved before you say yes. If you think about things things before being asked then you won't have that awkward silence that can make you both uncomfortable and potentially strain your friendship.

  • Spring Weddings ~ Flowers and More

     

    Bright Pink Floral Wedding Flower Girl
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    If you are planning a spring wedding this year then it's almost "go" time! I'm sure the excitement is welling up inside of you and you may be trying to make sure that every last detail is taken care of and that nothing will be overlooked. There are some special considerations that need to be made when planning a spring wedding and today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to let you know what those are and what you can do to ensure your special day runs smoothly and you take advantage of all the wonderful things this season has to offer.

     

     

     

     

    Sparkling Flowers Wedding Cake Topper
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    A Chance of Showers

    You can't control mother nature but you can be prepared. If you are planning on having an outdoor wedding you'll definitely want to order some tents or have a "plan B" of some kind. Having a wedding outdoors with all the gorgeous blooming tulips, daffodils, crocuses, blooming trees, etc. can be super romantic so if you live in an area where you can be relatively certain you'll have a dry day -- or you just want to take a chance, go for it, just make sure you have arrangements in place to keep you and your guests dry. Even if you aren't planning an outdoor affair, you still want to be prepared with umbrellas and awnings in place to keep you dry. It would be a shame for your hair and make-up to get ruined because of a few sprinkles (or a downpour).

     

     

    Black and White Wedding Guest Book and Pen Set
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    A Season of Flowers

     

    When you think spring what is the first thing that comes to mind? Flowers of course! There are some gorgeous flowers that you can use that are usually unique to springtime. Take advantage of this time of year by incorporating a lot of flowers and save money by choosing flowers that are in season. If you are planning on having an outdoor wedding you can incorporated all the of beautiful springtime blooms into your wedding decor.

     

     

     

    Ivory Lace Ring Bearer Pillow
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $18.99 

     

    What to Wear? What to Wear?

    In many areas of the country springtime means ideal temperatures. Sure it may be rainy but in general temps are not too hot and not to cold, meaning brides can really choose from any style of dress without worry. If you have your sights set on a short sleeve, long sleeve or strapless gown you should be just fine. You can always carry a beautiful pashmina  or other type of wrap or arm coverings but chances are pretty good that you won't need them.

     

     Heart-Shaped Wedding Unity Sand Vase and Stand
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  • Being a Bridesmaid ~ How Much Does it Really Cost?

    One of your dearest friends has just become engage. You both squeal with excitement and start discussing the details when she grabs your hand, looks into your eyes and says, "Will you be my bridesmaid?" Before you even think -- you say, "Yes of course! I would be so honored!!!" It is a huge honor and it and be a really fun experience but what many don't realize - until they are in the thick of it - is that it can potentially be very expensive too.

      

    So how much does it cost to be a bridesmaid?

     

    The answer to that really depends on your bride. Is she sensitive to the budgets of her bridesmaids? IS she frugal minded or extravagant? Will her wedding be local or is she planning a destination wedding? In a recent article on MSN Money it is noted that a bridesmaid can spend upwards of $1000-$1400 by being in just one wedding! How on earth could the bill rise to that amount? Let's look at some of the expenses that bridesmaids are responsible for.

    * Bridesmaids dress ~  This can really vary in price depending on your bride. According the wedding website, TheKnot.com the average price for a bridesmaid dress is around $200. This doesn't include any alterations that need to be done, undergarments, shoes or accessories -- so you need to take this into consideration as well.

    *Travel and Lodging Expenses ~ If the wedding you'll be participating in is in town -- fantastic! If not, you will need to plan accordingly. Most of the time the bride and groom will reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests and the wedding party. This can save you a lot of money and if you room with one or two other bridesmaids, you can save even more.

    *Bridal Shower ~ Whoever hosts the bridal shower, usually ends up paying for the bridal shower. Sometimes it's the Maid-of-honor, sometimes it's all the bridesmaids together, or another friend or family member of the bride. You may only be responsible for the bridal shower gift but your expenses may also include travel and party supplies or food for the shower as well.

    *Bachelorette Party ~ The main rule for the bachelorette party is that the bride pays for nothing, which means the bridesmaids pay for the entertainment, food, drinks, and anything else that is included.

    *Wedding Day Pampering ~ This usually includes hair and nails. If this is something the bride has asked to have done -- many times she'll foot the bill as a gift to her bridesmaids. However, that isn't always the case. If you are on a tight budget you might want to clarify who is paying before making your appointment.

    The most important thing you can do, is to be upfront with the bride about what you can and can not afford. If she is the awesome friend you've always known her to be, she'll understand and will keep you budget in mind when making her requests.

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