Being a Maid of Honor or bridesmaid in the wedding of a close friend or sister is almost as exciting, anxiety filled and happiness inducing as planning for your own wedding. A lot of efforts go into planning the perfect wedding color scheme, place settings, decorations, and of course bridesmaid dresses amongst other million details. You would understand the feeling and therefore want to make this experience the best for your pregnant sister or close friend.
Conduct research online and you will come across maternity bridesmaid dresses designed by the top-notch bridesmaid designers out there. In fact, Perfect Bridal offers an entire selection of maternity bridesmaids’ dresses but how to select a theme that would look flattering on her? Take note of the following:
When dress shopping, taking measurements of the bust, waist, and hip are enough to find a flattering and beautiful dress however remember that your pregnant bridesmaid’s measurements will change with the months. Taking a waist measurement will be useless. Add a few inches (for future growth) on the bust and hip measurements that are current.
Bridesmaid’s dresses are usually ordered 5-6 months prior to the wedding (Perfect Bridal also offers quick delivery option). Your pregnant bridesmaid’s body and measurements can change drastically during that time period therefore it makes more sense to buy the maternity bridesmaid dress close to the wedding date.
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You can safely order the same style bridesmaid dress as the others in the bridal party, just one or two sizes larger.
Maternity bridesmaid dresses are highly recommended if bridesmaid is halfway on her pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a lot of styles that you can choose from, designed by the likes of Bari Jay, Dessy and Alfred Angelo. Maternity dress styles can differ from others but you can mix and match quite successfully or ensure color coordination.
Your aim should be to keep your pregnant bridesmaid as comfortable as possible which is why some thought must be place when choosing the style of bridesmaid dress. Try out:
Loose silhouette styles will be most comfortable and flattering paired with a convertible style dress. Such a style can be worn in any way that looks good on them the most.
Order her dress with extra length if possible. This will make sure that the hemline doesn’t ride up too high in the front due to growing belly.
Placing this much thought for your pregnant bridesmaid’s dress will be worth it because in the end, your love for one another transcends fashion statements or trends. Although you can also make sure everyone in the party slays with their look by ordering empire waist chiffon bridesmaid dresses from Perfect Bridal. It’s a style and fabric that appeals to everyone!
Let’s face it – the days leading up to your wedding are filled with growing levels of stress. There are so many details to keep track of; even the tiniest mistake could spell disaster! Avoiding mistakes wherever possible is human nature but it is something that brides hope to achieve the most on their wedding day. While it’s impossible to control every little detail of the ceremony and reception, you can still make sure everything looks as close to what was imagined. Bridal hair and makeup mistakes also come at the top of the list of ‘mistakes to avoid’ however there are some that all brides are guilty of making. Avoid the following mistakes and ensure partial success on your wedding day, at least for the pictures!
Investing in your bridal makeup trial is perhaps the single-most best decision you will make, at least when it comes to your hair and makeup. Yes, this is an extra cost but full of worth! Bridal makeup specialist Amanda Gabbard of the Guerlain Spa recommends scheduling your trial at least 3 months before the wedding. This will ensure brides have enough time to try out another option if they aren’t happy with the first makeup trial’s results.
You can save money while trying out new and different looks. Just research and attend free makeover events happening in your city.
There is a reason why most brides today opt for a natural look for their bridal makeover and hairdo. You don’t want to look like another person – just a more polished and beautiful you! Don’t try a hair or makeup style that clashes with your personality. Also don’t try a completely different look on your wedding day, it can backfire.
Some brides make the mistake of doing their bridal makeup before the hairdo. This can ruin your carefully applied makeup due to a number of things which is why; do your hair, then makeup.
Getting ready on the wedding day is a drawn out process that can take hours. You want to look absolutely perfect on your special day which is why stylists and brides take their time getting ready. Rushing through your hair and makeup due to any reason will give a bad result. Makeup experts recommend at least one hour makeup prep time, on the wedding’s morning.
Your wedding day will be the most beautiful and happiest day of your life. By not following the above mistakes, you will make sure you look beautiful on the day. Other mistakes brides make are related to bridesmaid dresses, i.e. styles and colors don’t coordinate with each other. This can also be avoided by registering your bridal party to Perfect Bridal!
Half the fun with selecting the perfect bridesmaid dresses is mixing and matching different materials and styles!
Mix and matching several good chiffon dresses to get the look you want is an art, but Perfect Bridal is here to teach you to go about this!
Donna Morgan is simply the queen of bridesmaid dress designers. Her dress styles, colors and fabrics make it easier for brides to incorporate different dresses because they all complement each other!
When mixing and matching Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses, keep note of the following:
Nearly all elements of a bridesmaid dress can be experimented upon when mixing and pairing different styles.
In fact, there isn’t only one way to mix and match bridesmaids dresses—it’s entirely up to you! Solid and patterned dresses can also be combined to create a lovely aesthetic mix or you can choose the safe route.
Keep the look cohesive by coordinating the bridal party’s accessories or choose makeup and hair looks that flatter the dress.
Want your bridesmaid color theme to look coordinated and refined? Look for dress styles in one color family! Selecting the same color from the same bridesmaid dress designer isn’t a bad idea either, if it’s Donna Morgan or another hotshot bridesmaid dress designer.
Another trend taking the popular wheel spin in mixing and matching neutral bridesmaid dresses. Picking the right colors can prove to be challenging. Whatever theme or vibe you are going for, nothing can go wrong by pairing Donna Morgan’s neutral tones together.
It may be difficult to coordinate dress styles and colors if all bridesmaids aren’t available for a group shopping trip. This is where mix and match really comes in handy. Ask your girls to dress in mauve, taupe, or blush! Make this easier by registering your bridal party to Perfect Bridal where your friends and sister can easily select coordinated Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses.
It is a good idea to choose one fabric for all your bridesmaids unless of course the theme of your wedding is hodgepodge.
Choosing bridesmaid dresses of the same fabric can also make mixing and matching easier while looking elegantly tasteful in pictures.
As a leading bridal boutique, we want to take out the stress related with bridesmaid dress shopping and make this experience fun! This is why Perfect Bridal offers designer fabric swatches in different colors so that you and your bridesmaids don’t have to look at too many styles to get an idea.
Choosing fabric of your selected bridesmaid dress designers has been simplified thanks to Perfect Bridal. You can also buy designer bridesmaid dress at great discounted prices online! So what are you waiting for? Register your bridal party today and take a look at some stunning bridesmaid dress designs
Although choosing your bridal bouquet may not seem like the most intimidating task in the world, this doesn’t mean the decision doesn’t require some forethought.
It may seem like a small detail, but it doesn’t look like one when you’re walking down the aisle in a white dress that horribly clashes with the garish orange bouquet.
When meeting the florist to make your selection, bring a picture of your dress along so that they know the theme they’re working with. The design of your bouquet should reflect the style and details of your dress. So opt for a bouquet design that doesn’t overwhelm the look of your own gown, neither unbalances it.
Trailing bouquets only work if your dress is simple. In such cases, you need a dramatic bouquet that will add character to the design. But if you have a dress that has detailing on the front, you will need a bouquet that is much smaller.
Also, since your waist is the smallest part of your body, you will also need the right size since you don’t want to the bouquet to overpower your look.
With a white, ivory or cream gown, you need to find the right types of colorful blooms for your chosen bouquet that would show off the simplicity of the dress. Although, you can also choose a bouquet that complements the bridesmaids’ dresses as well.
Many brides add small trinkets such as family heirlooms or necklaces to their bouquets as well. This way, your bouquet can become a part of the something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue.
Your bouquet needs to be comfortable enough that it doesn’t end up being too crinkly or heavy for you to hold. Heavy bouquets can be awkward to carry since you have to adjust your posture to accommodate them and that can make for some truly awkward wedding photos.
Because of our nerves, many brides end up holding their bouquets with both hands, and their shoulders hitched up. That can be somewhat unappealing, especially if you have on a gorgeous Bari Jay bridal gown.
The best way to hold your bouquet is to hold it in one hand, away from the dress and below the hip so that your dress can show.
Roll your shoulders and relax them so that your posture is improved and make sure not to grip the flowers too tightly.
For hand-tied bouquets, freshen up their look at the end of the day by cutting them at the base of their stems about an inch and then pop them in a vase with water. Since you’re the bride, you can choose to have your mother or bridesmaid do so for you instead.
We like to provide all kinds of info so that our brides can have a perfect and memorable day. Buy bridal gowns from us to look like the queen you are!
We’ve all heard of the phrase, “no pain, no gain”. However, this rule should not apply when we’re talking about our bridal beauty.
And most of all, it shouldn’t apply when we’re talking about bridal footwear. Beautiful to look, and sometimes harmful to wear, shoes can sometimes really hurt our feet. But for the sake of beauty, we end up wearing them anyway.
Well, we at Perfect Bridal say, stop!
Wrong footwear should not cause a dent in a bride’s happy moments, especially on her wedding day.
So here, we give you some tips so brides can buy the best shoes for their wedding and not hurt their tootsies in the process.
Unless you want to have blisters on your feet on your wedding day, we suggest you break them in well before the big day. If they’re too tight, wear your shoes under your desk and flex them so that your feet feel comfortable on the big day!
For the sake of your heels, don’t wear heels. Apart from the ceremony, you will be running around all throughout the night, thanking everyone for coming and dancing the time away.
Heels may put a stop to that. Firstly, wearing something that makes you precociously stand on your own two feet may make you trip. Second; you shouldn’t have to wear heels if you’ll only end up kicking them and going barefoot. Wear shoes you’re comfortable in such as sandals and even cowboy boot; whatever floats your boat!
Wedding shoes are very expensive. And when it comes to expensive shopping, we tend to want it done quickly so the bill doesn’t torture us as much. However, don’t make the mistake of going to just one or two places. You’re spending a fortune on your purchase, so you need to get shoes that are from the right source.
Even with all these above steps, shoes can still hurt. Your heel may break or the dance may be too slippery (Read: Chandler and Monica’s wedding, anyone?)
In this case, you need to have a trusted pair of shoes in your bridal care kit so that you don’t end up sitting out for your own special occasion.
You’ve ignored your toenails long enough. If you’re going to wear exquisite footwear, your feet need to look good and well taken care of. Getting a pedicure will help you take care of that task. Not to mention, it will also relax your foot muscles enough to help you dance without worrying about the pain.
If you’re going for plain shoes, you may need to first see if your dress covers your feet or not. You don’t want to walk down the aisle while your flip-flops shine in all their glory. Your shoes complete your overall look, so if you do want to look perfect, incorporating the length of your dress will greatly help you.
Perfect Bridal offers beautiful wedding gowns from Bari Jay and Alfred Sung among others. If you want a dress that would go with your footwear, you can be sure that we will help you.
So go ahead and use the above tips to buy the right shoes, and come on down to Perfect Bridal and choose a dress that will surely make you look picture-perfect!
For a plus-size bride, finding the right wedding dress was an intimidating task a few years ago. But thanks to various designers in the bridal wear industry, brides can now choose the most stunning dress without worrying about body-shaming, or worse—finding a dress that is perfect but isn’t available in their size!
But how do you go about shopping for such an ideal dress?
For that,Perfect Bridal offers some handy tips!
Before you begin shopping, pick up the phone and call around the different bridal boutiques and ask about their stock. Tell them your size and ask them if they have a selection of wedding dress types that would work for you. Keep in mind that if the store offers all sizes between 2 and 22, they’ll probably have your size ten.
Just make sure that if they don’t have a sample size that fits you, they can still order one that would. So don’t be disappointed.
When looking for a dress, find a salesperson that would be eager to help you. Ask for their expertise and get them to show you how they think you’ll look. But keep in mind though that this is your show. You get to control the shopping experience. So don’t shy away if the dress your salesperson picks isn’t as flattering as you feel.
NEVER go with size when it comes to choosing a wedding dress. Wedding dresses often use street sizes but if you’re a size 14 and end up wearing a size 16, don’t lament on the fact. If the dress fits, buy it and ignore the little number on the tag.
Yes, it can be frustrating to search for a strappy wedding dress in a sea of strapless ball gowns. However, if you end up getting your heart set on one dress that happens to be strapless, have the dress altered to add sleeves. Don’t be afraid to ask for the change and don’t just think it’ll be too expensive to get. Chances are the price will be very reasonable.
In a world where a size 12 is often ridiculed, it can be easy for people to body-shame your bodacious self. Put a stop to it as soon as it starts. You are a healthy beautiful woman and no amount of idiocy on some else’s part should bring you down. If someone tries to shame you, i.e. ask you if you are going to lose weight before the wedding, shut them down or search elsewhere for your dream dress.
If you’re shopping at Perfect Bridal, we do our best to make this shopping experience fun for you.
And while you may want to just get the shopping bit over with, take time out to enjoy the day. You deserve it!
Come on down to our boutique or browse through our website to find the perfect dress to look like the queen you are on your wedding day!
With the sand beneath your feet, the sun shining on your perfectly made up hair, you walk down the makeshift aisle feeling like the princess of your dreams…
Until a gush of wind comes along, whooshing your gossamer veil over your head and caking your teeth with the same sand you were reveling in a few seconds ago!
It’s okay, you can stop cringing now. Although this is an over exaggeration of the worst of beach weddings, it doesn’t really take much for the beach-y elements to ruin your illusion of the perfect day.
So in order to stop such a disaster from happening, we give you some style tips to prevent the beach elements from ruining your beach wedding!
Beach weddings and poufy dresses do not mix. For such an occasion, you need a dress that is light and airy, but not so much that a gush of wind would reveal your nether regions. Light layers and strapless should be your choice so that you can move without fumbling or fussing over your dress.
You can choose from a number of wedding dress types from the variety of bridal party dresses for beach weddings available at
Perfect Bridal. Just keep your comfort as well as style in mind when you choose a dress.
Lastly, when looking for shoes, go for flats; heels sink into the sand.
Unless you want a grumpy groom, opt for relaxed attire rather than the black tux. Again, think light and airy and keep the colors in earth or neutral tones. Let your groom wear a suit that feels comfortable during the ceremony and reception. This way, they won’t have to worry about getting sand all over them, and will be relaxed enough to actually enjoy the proceedings.
After all, it’s his special day too!
Choosing a hairstyle is a delicate matter for a beach wedding. Now, the best option would be lose waves that would frame your face. But if this option is too simple for you, you can either add a floral headband or go for an up do.
If you have long hair, a loose braid can look pretty as well, but only if you touch it up with some light hairspray to keep the hair in the knots. Just remember to freshen up your hair 5-10 minutes before the ceremony starts. This will help you maintain your hairstyle all day.
If your wedding is taking place during the day, keep some blotting tissues near you so that you can wipe off perspiration and oil. Also remember to blend sunscreen all over your skin so that you don’t end up getting a white reflection.
Keep your makeup light and natural. Heavy makeup can make your skin extra-shiny, not to mention that too humid weather can end up melting it off your face.
With all these details, we hope you’re able to have a stress free beach wedding!
Continuing from the first part of this blog, here are some more details and tips to help you look beautiful on your daughter’s special day!
For any fashionable ensemble, the devil is in the details. So when dressing, use small details to improve the look of your dress even more. Pair your soft, flowy dress with crystal hair clips or earrings. Add some extras such as formal gloves or matching handbags if your dress is too simple. Basically, make your entire ensemble look complete and tasteful.
However, when you choose your footwear, go for comfort over style. Diamante stilettos look great, but can be murder for your tootsies if you have to strut about the whole evening.
We mentioned how mothers of the bride and groom can take this opportunity to add their own flair to the dress. Now, while this may seem confusing since we encouraged you to take your daughter’s choice into account, what we mean by that is that if you want to add a small detail that highlights your style, do it.
There is no reason why the mother of the bride cannot dress up in something that she would want to wear again for another formal occasion.
Didn’t you get annoyed when you’d be completely ready to go somewhere and your daughter would still be standing in front of the mirror, putting her makeup on?
Yeah, that’s how your daughter’s going to feel if you start preparing for her wedding a couple of days before the actual occasion. While you may think that you don’t need those mani-pedis before the big day, your daughter knows you a lot more and will probably become quite angry if you don’t pamper yourself, even just a little bit. Remember, it’s your special day, and your daughter will not take it lightly if you show up underprepared. And that brings us to…
This duration gives you time for alterations and any special orders that need to be made. Though, if you’re shopping at
Perfect Bridal, this is a no-brainer since we make sure to provide complete assistance at all times. We even offer same day delivery on dresses from several bridal wear designers.
However, the primary reason why this time duration is necessary is so the bride herself can buy her dress from the wedding dress types we have on offer. This way, you will have the chance to buy a dress that would complement her style.
Before, mothers of the bride would have uniforms to go for the occasion i.e. a cocktail jacket and an understated sheath dress. However, thanks to various designers, mothers can now choose the dress they want in accordance with the occasion and the venue.
So for instance, if the wedding is taking place at the beach, mothers can choose their bridal party dresses and pair them with an appropriate shawl or jacket according to their taste.
Although these are just the basic tips, if you want to know more about finding designer dresses for the wedding, contact us! Or come on down to our boutique to pick the perfect mother of the bride dress!
An organized bride is a happy bride. But what do you do when you don’t know where to start?
Perfect Bridal has some information in store to help you organize your big day!
The reason we say this is because many brides go through a weight fluctuation from the time they start preparing until the big day.
Thanks to stress and the several bouts of binge eating you go through, your weight will not likely be the same that it was months ago. The best time to buy wedding undergarments is after your final dress fitting so that you get the proper measurements.
Even the most stable-minded of us can become bridezillas. The smallest things can sometimes trigger us when we’re preparing for our big day. So instead of letting yourself get all wound up, allow your sense of humor to guide you. Watch some wedding themed movies, let go of the prep and spend the day relaxing and lazing around. Remember; a wedding is supposed to be a happy day!
If you want a healthy and fresh glow, commit to this old wives tale; don’t indulge in late-night drinking. For two weeks, keep your diet healthy and stay away from any food that may cause you to break out. Don’t depend on that last minute facial to save you and get plenty of sleep before the day to avoid puffiness.
If you’re one of those brides who want to look fit and fine in their wedding dress; take our advice and start using weights for your arms. Our upper arms are the first part of the body that puffs up when we gain even a little weight. Attempt some repetitions with 1 lb weights and keep at it until the wedding day. Your final look will be the proof of your efforts.
At this moment, you may want to skip that particularly snarky bridesmaids. The days before your wedding need to be positive and calm. But if you do end up in an emotional crisis, you need a caring party that will be able to help you, rather than increase your hysteria.
The reason your beau is marrying you is because they love you for who you are. So if your makeup artist tries to get a bit too creative, take a stand. You should look like an enhanced version of yourself, rather than a complete stranger. Besides, if you do get too overdone, your makeup may end up clashing with your simple yet exquisite Bari Jay bridal gown!
You can’t just expect your bridesmaids to be grateful because you got them inexpensive bridesmaids dresses.
Your bridal party needs to know that you care. Thank them at the start of the day, and make sure to convey your gratitude after the ceremony is done. Keep their spirits up and let them know how special they are.
And these are just a few of the factors that every bride should know. If you want to know more, stay tuned to our Bridal blogs and use our advice and insight for a smoothly organized and memorable wedding day.
As mother of the bride, you have a responsibility. You must be elegant. You must be poised. But above all, you must look so absolutely stylish that your daughter would be proud to call you her doting mother!
But how do you go about such a challenging task when your idea of style is a comfy pair of jeans and hoodies? (Don’t worry we’ve all been there!)
For that, Perfect Bridal offers our expertise so you as the mommy of the bride-to-be can look forever as the queen your daughter thinks you to be.
All weddings go by themes these days. So keep the tone of the event in mind when searching for a dress. Whether it’s formal, semi-formal, or casual; consider the chosen color scheme and search for a dress that would suit the occasion.
You can’t simply choose a mother of the bride dress without consulting your daughter. Ask the bride to dictate her choices about the hemlines, color and patterns.
Just keep in mind that while you must look absolutely gorgeous (anything less is out of the question), you cannot upstage the bride herself. And as her mother, it would not be becoming of you to commit such a faux pas.
It is customary for the mothers of the engaged couple to coordinate with one another about the selection of the dress. The reason why you have to coordinate is so you don’t end up clashing or outshining each other. As well, it’s important that both mothers use this opportunity to bring their own flair in accordance with the theme of the wedding.
You’re the mother of the bride, not her bridesmaid. This automatically brings you several notches above the bridal party in terms of style.
DO NOT match up your dress with what the bridesmaids are wearing. If anything, make your outfit distinguishable so that you can stand apart from the rest. You won’t have much problem in searching for such an outfit at Perfect Bridal, since our Mother of the Bride section offers a gorgeous collection of designer dresses!
Your baby girl is getting married! This is an opportunity to celebrate her happiness. So you are not allowed to dress up in a frumpy or shapeless gown. This false tradition of having the mother of the bride look positively drab is one that can make the whole event seem somewhat sad.
Don’t be afraid to dress up in a tastefully designed pant suit or gown. Find some flattering designs and use the opportunity to express your style!
Now, this is just half of our style guide. If you want to find out more about styling yourself for your daughter’s special day; stay tuned and browse our Mother of the Bride section for a wide selection!