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Bridesmaid Etiquette!
You’ve been to weddings your whole life, you’ve celebrated the weddings of your own friends, and maybe now it’s time to start planning your own wedding—yet, through it all, there are always awkward etiquette questions surrounding the bridal party that remain unanswered.

Look no further; we have researched and compiled some common “bridesmaid etiquette” questions that you might have been scratching your head about…and we have answers. Cringe no more—the only thing you will have to worry about on your big day is looking drop-dead gorgeous and marrying the man of your dreams.

Photo from one of our featured StudioWed weddings—Amy Lynn Larwig provided hair and makeup, and the wedding took place at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, TN.

A photo from one of our featured StudioWed weddings—Amy Lynn Larwig provided hair and makeup, and the wedding took place at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, TN.

I just got engaged (Excuse me as I start crying again), and as I start planning my wedding, I know I need to choose my bridesmaids ASAP. Do I have to include someone in my wedding if I was in hers?

Remember, this is your big day, and you get to decide who participates. Therefore, if you were in someone else’s bridal party, that does not mean they have to be in yours as well. If you feel uncomfortable with the situation, try to include them in the wedding in a different role. In addition, while including your fiancé’s siblings is a nice gesture, you are not obligated to include them in your bridal party either.

Bridesmaid bouquets arranged by Brocade Designs, a StudioWed vendor.

Bridesmaid bouquets arranged by Brocade Designs, a StudioWed vendor.

What costs am I supposed to cover for the bridesmaids?

You are expected to cover the following:

  • Bridesmaid’s bouquets
  • Hotels for out-of-town attendants
  • Transportation for the bridal party to ceremony and reception
  • Thank you gift
  • Bridesmaids’ luncheon, tea, or party (if you are hosting one)
  • Hair and makeup (only if you want it done professionally)

Your bridesmaids should pay for the following:

  • Wedding attire and accessories. This includes the dress (which you will probably pick out), alterations to the dress, shoes and any other accessories.
  • Transportation to and from the wedding town or city
  • Gift for the couple (either individually or as a contribution to a group gift)
  • Share in the cost of a bridesmaids’ gift to the bride (optional)
  • Bachelorette party attendance cost (optional)

There are definitely sticky areas, such as hair and makeup and the lodging, but overall, budget and finances should be an open discussion between you and your bridal party. It’s a give-and-take relationship—your bridesmaids accept your invitation to be a bridesmaid with the understanding that there will be a financial obligation, but you should keep your bridesmaids in mind when selecting the dress and shoes. Furthermore, it’s okay to discreetly offer financial assistance to a bridesmaid you know might have trouble covering the costs.

Bridal Shower inspiration from StudioWed’s Pinterest.

Bridal shower inspiration from StudioWed’s Pinterest.

Okay, so my wedding date is approaching, and it’s about time to have a bridal shower (I guess?). Who should host it and how much say can I have in the shower?

Basically, hosting duties can fall to anyone in your bridal party, your mom, or the mother of the groom. Whoever does host it should consult you about a guest list, because if someone comes to the bridal shower they should definitely receive a wedding invitation as well.

Additionally, you should discuss the shower with whomever plans it, but try not to be bossy about it—especially regarding the budget. If you don’t want any games, let that be known, but don’t ask for anything that would add unnecessary costs.

You really can include all ages in your wedding. This wedding was planned by Stunning Events, a StudioWed vendor.

You really can include all ages in your wedding. This wedding was planned by Stunning Events, a StudioWed vendor.

Can you just explain the concept of a “junior bridesmaid” to me?

A junior bridesmaid is typically between the ages of 8-16—to young to be a bridesmaid but too old to be a flower girl. The only official responsibilities of a junior bridesmaid are to attend the ceremony rehearsal and participate in the processional; she does not have to attend showers or contribute to the cost of a group bridesmaids’ gift to the bride. Also, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to include her in the receiving line. As far as where to put her in entrance of the wedding party, you can put her before the maid/matron of honor.

This is a great way to include younger siblings, cousins, or nieces. They will appreciate your special efforts to include them on your special day.

 

Sources: Real Simple, the Bridal Guide, and The Huffington Post

Wishing you the Happiest New Year!

Happy New Year! Cheers to 2018! Yes, it’s already the second day in 2018! How is this possible! As we have time to reflect on the past year, we are so grateful for all of the vendors and experiences we’ve had. We are looking forward to a lovely New Year and to new beginnings.

As January is in our midst, we hope everyone has a very prosperous and happy new year ahead.

“And so the adventure begins!” –unknown 

 

Vendor Spotlight : Modern Trousseau Nashville

 

About Modern Trousseau Nashville: Modern Trousseau’s third U.S. flagship boutique, is nestled in Nashville’s historic downtown neighborhood. Brides are finding “the one” from a large selection of couture wedding gowns all housed in our chic yet modern location at 425 Church St. Brides will also find veils, cocktail dresses, mother’s dresses and accessories all designed and made with love in the USA b Modern Trousseau designer, Callie Tein.

Get to know Madison:

1. What is your favorite vacation spot? — On U.S. soil, it would have to be Miami, FL (my grandparents live there!) But my favorite city in the world is Florence, Italy.

2. Favorite Nashville hangout? — Anywhere in Midtown with live music playing.

3. What is your favorite sport? — I played basketball for 13 years so it’s my favorite sport to play, but my favorite sport to watch is football!

4. What makes you stand out? — I genuinely have a passion for helping people whether in my personal or professional life. When it comes to my brides (and friends) I want everyone to know that I am on their team and will always have their best interest at heart.

5. What does your ideal day look like? — My ideal day starts with a morning coffee while watching the Today Show and someone else picking out my outfit, doing my makeup and hair (kidding, but not really). Then going to brunch with my friends and spending the remainder of the afternoon watching Netflix and relaxing.
What Modern Trousseau Nashville Offers: An intimate bridal experience with custom options in creating a dream wedding gown or evening gown.

What Others Are Saying:

Google Review: Ali Terrell

“I had a pretty specific idea of my perfect wedding dress. Modern Trousseau designed a custom neckline from one of my personal dresses that I love! I had no idea that was even possible in the wedding dress world, but they exceeded my expectations. The whole process was enjoyable with zero stress.

Absolutely the most pleasant experience at MT Nashville. Madison is beyond sweet, helpful, and talented. I couldn’t have been happier that I chose a MT dress.

-Dresses are made to your measurements. I did not need any alterations!

-Super quick delivery times. Most of my friends waited months for their dresses from other places.

-Made in USA

-Bonus: personalized date and monogram inside the dress, sketch of your actual wedding dress (so pretty I framed it!)”

Google Review: Megan Palmisano

Modern Trousseau is not just a store but it was a whole experience. It was such an incredible place to find a wedding gown from start to finish.  The dress was so spectacular and the compliments have been endless. Thank you!

 

Contact info: nashville@moderntrousseau.com or 615-733-0155

StudioWed Open House!

You’re Invited! Nov. 16th at 5PM for our Open House!

For those of you that might be interested in viewing our studio space at StudioWed Nashville, we’re hosting an open house this evening from 5:00p-7:00p!

We’re looking to bring on just a few more professionals in the wedding industry, so if you’re a Planner, Caterer, Photographer, Videographer, Musician, Baker, Calligrapher etc. We’re equipped for you!

StudioWed provides 24/7 access to a welcoming space for you to meet with clients at an incredible deal. If you’re interested, swing by and we’d love to give you more information and show you around!