Marigold & Grey's new "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" gift box. All photos by Abby Jiu.
Marigold & Grey, you've done it again. We were already obsessed with your customizeable wedding welcome bags, which we described as "artisanal, locally-minded welcome bags guaranteed to look as picure-perfect as the products inside" in the Summer/Fall 2015 edition of Washingtonian Bride & Groom. Now, you've gone and delighted us a second time with the introduction of ten new adorable pre-designed gift sets. While four of those are still intended for guests, we're particularly enamored by the options that can be gifted to bridesmaids, the flower girl, the maid of honor, and even the bride herself. If you're stuck on how to pop the bridal party question, or maybe looking for a way to pamper your favorite bride-to-be, these locally sourced and created packages are an adorable way to go. Starting at $75, they're something of a splurge, but a splurge well worth it when you consider how much the women who will receive them have meant throughout your life (not to mention the time you'll save not building them yourself). Scroll down for info on what each box includes!
"Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" and "Will You Be My Maid of Honor?"
Includes hand-poured soy candle in Marche Aux Fleurs scent, Sugarfina champagne gummy bears, Essie nail polish in "Blushing Bride", artisan lavender sea salts, and Well-Kept electronic screen wipes. Can be delivered with a hand-written personal note. $75 at Marigold & Grey.
Brides-to-be, here’s a bridesmaid dress trend that won’t leave your girls rolling their eyes. Sequin dresses channel the elegant 1920s Great Gatsby vibe and add some sparkle to your wedding portraits. Long or short, sleeveless or long-sleeve, these numbers shine on their own, making it easy for your bridesmaids to look their best with minimal accessories and simple hairstyles.
Create a cascade of sparkles by asking your bridal party to pick a dress of their choice, or have everyone wear the same dress for a monochromatic effect. While gold, silver, and bronze always make for a safe bet; add some drama with a bold color like a saturated orange or a deep purple. Want the gold-rush effect without the hefty price tag? We’ve done the work for you and found 14 dresses under $350. Scroll through and take a look at our finds.
When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, one style does not fit all. Forget the unflattering matchy-matchy dresses and have your bridal party wear different dresses in the same color family (make sure to find a shade that will flatter all skin tones in your group), or let your girls choose their own, mixing and matching colors and even prints. Not only will a variety of colors and styles make for fun wedding photographs, but you’ll also score “cool bride” points with your friends, who will appreciate a dress they actually can wear again.
Check out 20 stylish (and affordable—most are under $250) bridesmaid dress options in the slideshow.
We know how much you love your bridesmaids, but do they? Show them your gratitude and appreciation by giving them one of these pretty and personal items, most of which they’ll be able to use and cherish long after you’ve set off on your honeymoon. And best of all, they won’t break your bridal budget. From dainty jewelry to useful beauty products, check out our foolproof guide to 15 gifts that will let your ’maids know how grateful you are for them.
Jenny Yoo's patent-pending convertible bridesmaid dress. All photographs courtesy of Jenny Yoo
We’ve said it before, but we’ll keep saying it: Do not pick bridesmaid dresses your girls cannot wear again. Even though they’ll be smiling on your wedding day, inside they’ll be stewing. Luckily, Jenny Yoo makes some of the most wear-again-worthy bridesmaid dresses around, and we’ve got the new collection to share with you (check out yesterday’s post to view Yoo’s simple-but-gorgeous wedding gowns). While Yoo’s dresses come in a wide variety of colors, her featured hues are more muted shades such as grays, blues, rich purples, and barely-there nudes—again, the types of universally flattering shades your ’maids are more likely to wear again. And for your pregnant bridesmaids, there are some maternity styles as well.
Yoo has also introduced a collection of (patent-pending) convertible bridesmaid styles. The Keira style, shown above, can be worn as a one-shoulder, halter, or strapless dress with two different skirt drapings—an easy way for your bridesmaids to personalize their look without going too rogue. Oh, and PS: We just had to include her two new flower girl styles at the bottom of the page—too cute, right?
If you’re interested in checking out any of these styles, call up your girls and schedule an appointment with Fabulous Frocks in Alexandria, which is having a Jenny Yoo trunk show this weekend. Click the jump to view the rest of the new Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses.
The setting was romantic, the ring was stunning, and his proposal was everything you ever dreamed of. Now it’s your turn to pop the question—to your best friends! Choosing the women you want to have by your side throughout the wedding planning process can be one of the most fun and meaningful moments of the whole journey. And asking them to participate is an important milestone in your relationship—so why not get a little creative to make sure it’s special? Check out our favorite ways to pop the question.
We’ve received a lot of questions from maids of honor, bridesmaids, and moms lately about bridal showers: “We don’t want to do just the standard luncheon at someone’s house. How can we make a shower a little more creative and fun?” Well, your friends at Washingtonian Bride & Groom are here to help.
We asked wedding planner Teresa Lee of Rex & Regina to come up with a few ideas for bridal showers that don’t involve making toilet paper wedding dresses in your great-aunt’s living room.
I Knew You When . . . “For this wedding shower, each guest should bring an object, like a newspaper headline, a song, or a clothing item, from the year they met the bride. As the bride opens the ‘artifact,’ the guest can share with the group how [he or she] met the bride,” says Lee.
This is a particularly great idea to liven up showers at a friend or relative’s house or at a restaurant.
Wine Tasting A fun and informative way to spend an afternoon, no flight to Napa required. Lee likes Zola Wine & Kitchen in DC for this type of shower because of its “open kitchen and casual atmosphere,” but many area restaurants would also be able to do a wine tasting party.
“To make the party even more personal, taste a flight of the bride’s favorite varietal,” says Lee.
The Kate dress from Love Lane Collection. Photograph courtesy of Love Lane Collection
Maintaining your friendships with your bridesmaids should be an important goal of wedding planning. Ergo, it’s probably not the best idea to make them spend half their paycheck on a dress they’ll only wear once. We promise you, they’ll be bitter. So of course we’re super-psyched about a new diffusion line from one of our favorite bridesmaid dress designers, Ivy & Aster—all of these super-cute dresses are under $220.
The Love Lane Collection, available exclusively at Bella Bridesmaid stores (including the shop in Bethesda), features dresses available in either crinkle chiffon or charmeuse, and in about 20 color options. We’re particularly loving the chiffon Kate style (shown at right)—it’s just so flirty, swingy, and fun. For more-formal weddings, full-length gowns are available, as well.
To view the full collection, visit Love Lane’s website, and if you’d like to see these dresses in person, give the Bethesda Bella Bridesmaid a call at 301-664-6436 to set up an appointment.
Hopefully you’ve voted in the finals of our wedding dress poll by now, but we didn’t want the bridesmaids to feel left out. We selected four of our favorite new bridesmaid dresses that each feature a hot trend (cowl necks, patterns, ruffles, and blush hues), and will leave it up to you to decide the one you’d most like to wear—and maybe even wear again long after the wedding’s over.
The Brides Box from Birchbox—a lovely shower gift. Photograph courtesy of Birchbox
Searching for a bridesmaid gift isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be downright stressful. But here’s a great gift idea for the beauty buffs in your life. We just heard about the Birchbox, a monthly subscription service that sends four or five curated oversized samples of high-end beauty products from the likes of NARS and Deborah Lippmann to your best gals. It costs $10 a month or $110 for a yearly membership.
If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and can’t decide what to get a bride-to-be for a shower gift, Birchbox just came out with a limited-edition Brides box (photo above). For $55, the bride in your life will get a sampling of on-trend products, like Automatic Apparel roll-up ballet flats, a Dr. Hauschka skincare set, and Tiny Prints thank-you cards. It’s definitely a nice idea if you’re the type that thinks just one gift isn’t enough.
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