Attention Bridesmaids: You'll Want to Read These Do's and Don'ts
Don’t: Say Yes if You Can’t CommitAssess whether you can commit to being a bridesmaid in the first place. If the time or cost is just too tight, don’t be afraid to gently decline; you can always offer to take on a smaller role in her wedding, such as a reading during the ceremony or a toast during the reception. Out of respect, have this conversation in person if possible - never over text.
Do: Know Your RoleGenerally, you should follow the vibe of the bride. Keep track of specific dates, times, and activities where you’ll be involved in a calendar and don’t forget them! Know what you need to do for each, such as which costs to contribute for the bridal shower or the exact itinerary for the bachelorette party. And always offer help to whoever’s in charge (and if it’s you, don’t hesitate to ask!) A second set of hands is always appreciated.
Don’t: Complain About CostsNo one likes a Debbie downer, so unless the bride gets totally out of line (i.e. makes you pay an outrageous sum for hair and makeup or negatively comments on your appearance) avoid confrontations about money-or anything for that matter. If you must let off some pre-wedding steam, talk to someone outside of the bridal party, like your mom or a friend. Causing friction with the bride or bridesmaids is a total no-no.
Don’t: GossipRepeat after us: Do. Not. Gossip. Keep in mind during the entire wedding process, and remember as needed.
Do: Give Honest InputWithin reason, of course. Kindly suggesting a more local bachelorette versus jetting off to Ibiza? Up for grabs. Telling the bride she’s gained some weight and should rethink her dress? Not appropriate.
Don’t: Make It About YouRemember: it’s the bride’s day, not yours. Whether you’re single, engaged, married, or divorced, as a bridesmaid, you’re there to complement the special day-not control it. Remember that you’re there to celebrate her and her fiancée, so stay mum on any input that wasn’t warranted (“Are you sure you want your flowers to be that color?”) On the flip side, if you’re bombarded with wedding emails on the daily, it’s A-OK to shut off your phone and take a breather; wedding plans are one thing, your own life is another. Don’t neglect it!
Do: Be There for the BrideFrom bridesmaid fittings to witnessing her I do’s, you should be there for her every step of the way. If she calls, pick up. If she’s stressed out, listen. If she wants to meet for coffee to break from wedding planning, make an effort to show up. Being there for her is the most basic thing you can do.
Do: Have the Time of Your LifeBridesmaids come with many duties, and having a blast is one of them! The bride chose you to be a part of her special day for a reason, so mingle with guests and tear up the dance floor to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs.! Love the bridesmaid dresses featured here? Shop them in-store and on CLV.com ! Xo, Camille
Style Guide: Fall Bridesmaid Dress Colors
Fall wedding in the books? Brides, we know planning a wedding is no joke, and nailing down the perfect color palette for your fall nuptials is an art in itself. That’s why we narrowed down 4 chic shades for autumn that need to be on your bridesmaid dress radar. Keep reading for the mix and match bridesmaid dresses that are fit to flatter your bridal party (AND your color scheme!)
Ahh yes, the quintessential color of fall: wine. Whether you’re getting married in scenic rolling vineyards or a beautiful banquet room, this deep shade of red is the queen color of autumn. Your best girls will effortlessly complement any backdrop in this rich hue. Add to the lush vibe by mixing and matching styles; with satin, crepe, and chiffon fabrics and a range of flattering necklines, your ladies are sure to shine by your side. It’s official: wine bridesmaid dresses = picture-perfect fall wedding.
Your “something blue?” These chic navy bridesmaid dresses! Perfect if you want a darker shade without the drama of black, this deep blue hue is beautiful for a fall or winter wedding. Play around with off the shoulder, one shoulder, strapless, or spaghetti strap necklines, or dress your ladies the same. Choose a light bouquet for a pretty color contrast.
Looking for a pop of color? These cranberry bridesmaid dresses fall beautifully in between rich and vibrant. Whether your photos take place on city streets or a gorgeous meadow, your bridal party will be beaming by your side. Bonus: this shade suits all skin and hair tones for a finish that can’t be beat. Complement with minimal gold jewelry for a final feminine touch.
The most recent color addition to the bridesmaid dress collection: emerald! This striking jewel tone is the definition of luxe; whether you decide on chic crepe, classic chiffon, rich satin, or a blend of all three styles, this hue is a standout for sure. And no need to stress over jewelry; both gold and silver complement this lovely shade of green. If you’re seeking a unique bridesmaid dress color, look no further than emerald!
Autumn is right around the corner; shop bridesmaid dresses to Fall for here!
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Bridesmaid Dress Picks From Camille La Vie's Marketing Girls
Jessica's Bridesmaid Dress Picks“I'm really into a dusty color palette for my summer wedding, since it’s very romantic and brings a subtle pop of color to any setting. My favorite style is the lace illusion neckline dress (above, center) which I actually wore as my maid of honor dress in a previous wedding! It fits like a glove and gives off a very flattering shape. Like wedding dresses, I'm not a particular fan of strapless styles for bridesmaids, so I naturally veered to the halter, one-shoulder and twist necklines in Camille La Vie’s collection. Even so, I love the sweetheart neckline on the criss cross strapless bridesmaid dress. It’s a style I would definitely consider for my wedding party, along with as mixing and matching other styles within the rose shade.” Shop each: 77233 77263 77273 88773 88783 “While I like the idea of each bridesmaid wearing a different style dress in the same color, I’d honestly prefer a more uniform look. For my second choice I’d keep my bridal party in the rose shade, choosing the illusion halter for the bridesmaids and the lace illusion dress for my maid of honor. I will also have a junior bridesmaid in my wedding party and think a great pick for her would be the short strapless bridesmaids dress.” Shop each: 77233 77213 77273
Natalie's Bridesmaid Dress Picks“I chose this bridal party look because I love floral and pink...two of my favorites! I would want my maid of honor to stand out so I would put her in this beautiful floral print bridesmaid dress with light pink and green detail. The rest of my squad would have their choice of petal pink bridesmaid dresses with different neckline options. This bridal party would make for very feminine photos, just add a flower crown to the mix and we’re good to go!” Shop each: 88773 77233 77263 77273 99263 “Navy is a color that I truly believe looks amazing on everyone. It’s important that my girls feel beautiful and confident on the special day so I’d love for them to choose their own style within the navy bridesmaid dress collection. (Hint hint... I’m likely having my ladies wear navy for the wedding!)” Shop each: 77223 77263 77273 88773 88783 88793 Xo, Camille
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