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Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red

18 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Hot off the runway all the way to the reception, pretty shades of corals and poppy reds are blooming beautifully in everything from bridal party dresses to table décor to flowers. Here are a few ways you can embrace these luscious colors, whether you’re having a more traditional or modern wedding.

Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red
Happily Ever After in Coral and Poppy Red

Styling the wedding party.

Don’t get too serious or match-matchy. Have fun by playing off of the different hues. If you choose lighter dresses, consider darker accessories (and vice versa) like these parasols and dance-worthy heels. For kissable lips, use a matte lipstick for a more traditional look, or go for the gloss and a little sparkle for a more modern take.

RSVP to a stylish reception.

There are so many ways to make your day even more special with the perfect reception décor. Ditch the white linens and plates and think color, color, color. Not everything has to stay in the coral or poppy red palette, but consider mixing in some neutral colors or greens for a perfectly polished effect–from flowers to candles. Or, take your whimsy all the way with oversized center pieces, shapely glassware and creative seating cards. After all, this is your day, no matter what colors you choose.

Cheers to your special day!

Event Planner: Events Luxe // Photographer: Jordan Brittley // Floral Designer: The Crimson Petal // Linens: BBJ Linens // Umbrella Rentals: Bella Umbrella // Rentals: Finch Vintage Rentals, Premier Rentals // Hair + Makeup Artist: Lalo Salon // Dress Store: Simply Elegant Bridal // Paper Props: Ten Four Paper // Venue: Piper Palm House

How to guess he is going to propose

18 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Image:© Minerva Studio/ Fotolia

The marriage proposal is one of the most incredible and memorable moments in every woman’s life. The engagement is a prelude to the wedding – one of the happiest days for any woman. You have been dating for enough time and for a few weeks you feel he has become more nervous and as if he is making some plans. Find out if this will be a marriage proposal with a beautiful ring.
1. He helps you more than before.
You have noticed that he suddenly is willing to do the dishes or change the sheets instead of you. This is his way to show you he is worth to be a husband, he cares about the home and does the housework together with you.
2. Brags about himself.
He knows you have your career and can take care of yourself, but as most men he wants to be the financial core of the family. This means  to have decent work, salary and no loans. Men instinctively want to take care of their other half so maybe before he asks you to spend your lives together, he may brag about a work well done or a bonus by the boss.
3. Acts as if you just started dating.
Flowers and fancy dinners again? In fact he tries to make sure that when the big moment comes you will say “yes”. According to Cosmopolitan for many men the challenge to propose is very exciting and freshens the relationship.
4. Questions you.
When the time comes to ask “Will you marry me?” he will for sure want this moment to be special and unforgettable for you. This means he will need more information about you – for example what is your favorite place or most pleasant moment of your childhood. He knows very well your friends will ask “How did he propose?” and he wants you to have a great story to tell.
5. He is very nervous.
In the big day he will be very nervous. Even if he is sure you will say “yes” he will be nervous whether everything will go according to plan. If he is terrified from the weather prognosis for the weekend or insists you to order chocolate cake for desert this means you will receive a shiny engagement ring.

150 Bridal Shower Ideas

11 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Wedding season is upon us, which means IT’S TIME TO PARTY!!! (Woot woot!) You better believe we have thrown our share of bridal showers, which is why we decided to put our heads together and come up with


Oh yeah! We have compiled everything you need to plan the PERFECT bridal shower!

150 Best Bridal Shower Ideas


Whether you’re planning a bridal shower for a friend or just looking for some inspiration for your own party,  you’re gonna find what you’re looking for here.  
Are you ready for these amazing bridal shower ideas? Ready…set…scroll!!! Let’s begin with…

25 of The Best Bridal Shower Themes

Creative Bridal Shower Theme

1. Spa Themed Bridal Shower – Manicures, pedicures, makeup, and massages! Talk about the perfect girly bridal shower! Celebrate the bride-to-be with a relaxing afternoon! Laura from Intimate Weddings has come up with a bunch of “spa” inspired activities and ideas!

2. Bridal Shower Brunch – Doesn’t this bridal shower brunch from Jenny Collier look delicious!? We are drooling over those breakfast casseroles, doughnut/ fruit skewers, yogurt parfaits, and yummy bagel bar!

3. Breakfast At Tiffany’s Bridal Shower – Check out this sophisticated celebration from TrueBlu! This gorgeous bridal shower was inspired by the classic film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and shower your bride-to-be with pearls, elegant decorations, and the color Tiffany blue!

4. Lunchbox Themed Bridal Shower – If you are searching for a fun and casual bridal shower theme, check out this adorable idea from Ann at On Sutton Place! We are totally in LOVE with her lunchbox themed shower! Aren’t those ribbon-wrapped guest lunches the cutest?!

5. Nautical Themed Bridal Shower – Ahoy and all aboard! Celebrate the future Mrs. with a preppy nautical bridal shower theme! If you can’t tell, we are obsessed with this GORGEOUS party designed by Kate Aspen! From the beautiful navy & pink color combination to the anchor accents, everything about this nautical shower is PERFECT!

6. Girls Scout Themed Bridal Shower – Okay can we just talk about how stinkin’ cute this Girl Scout bridal shower is from Beau & Arrow Events!? We love every single detail about this party! Add some glamorous touches (like decorated “Always be Prepared” kits for your guests) for an unforgettable adorable bridal shower!

Adorable Bridal Shower Themes and Ideas

7. Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower – Serve up the perfect bridal shower by using this adorable idea from Melissa Baum Events as inspiration! Check out this beyond-beautiful mint and yellow kitchen themed bridal shower!

8. Slumber Party Bridal Shower – No boys allowed! Invite your guests to spend the night with a fun-filled Bridal Shower Sleepover including an epic pillow fight! We think these adorable eye mask invitations would be the perfect way to invite your guests to the ultimate bridal shower sleepover!

9. Garden Bridal Shower – This garden-inspired bridal shower is FULL of ideas and gorgeous details! From beautiful tablescapes to fun activities, throw an elegant party your friends and family won’t forget!  Be sure to check out all the beautiful floral details from Jessica of Vintage Fair!

10. Favorite Things Bridal Shower – What about throwing “The Future Mrs.” an over-the-top party by showering her with your favorite things?! Invite your guests to bring their “favorite things” (kitchen ware, household products, bedroom ideas – wink wink) to share with the bride! We are loving this unique party from Kara at Kara’s Party Ideas! You could use so many elements and ideas as inspiration to create a fun-filled bridal shower!

11. Camping Bridal Shower – Who says camping is just for boys? Escape with your girlfriends to the great outdoors for a fun camping bridal shower getaway! Check out these gorgeous “glamping” bridal shower ideas from Utterly Engaged!

12. Cowgirl Themed Bridal Shower – Can we get a “Yee haw?!” If your bride-to-be is a cowgirl at heart, why not throw her the perfect ranch-styled shower? She will seriously love it! We think this adorable cowgirl bridal shower from Ashley at Pumpkin Patching is perfect in every way!

Great Bridal Shower Themes

13. French Parisian Bridal Shower – Seriously…is there anything as romantic as Paris? Create a romantic Parisian bridal shower with some garden-inspired decorations and gorgeous French desserts! If you need some inspiration, be sure to check out this classic French bridal shower from Ester of EM Designs!

14. Fashion Swap Bridal Shower – Looking for a unique theme for your bridal shower? What about creating a bridal shower boutique like this idea from 100 Layer Cake?! Invite your guests to bring accessories, purses, shoes, jewelry, belts, and scarves they no longer want and would like to swap!

15. Aloha Bridal Shower – Here is another DARLING bridal shower idea from 100 Layer Cake! We love the bright color scheme and tropical accents used to create a beach themed bridal shower!

16. Retro Co-Ed Bridal Shower – We are loving this fun twist on the traditional female bridal shower! Check out this retro CO-ED shower! Yup… we said CO-ED, meaning invite the groom and other men! Be sure to include some hipster decorations and activities that will appeal to both your male and female guests! Need some additional ideas? Check out this retro co-ed bridal shower from Green Wedding Shoes!

17. Sweet and Sexy Bridal Shower – Sweet and Sexy! The PERFECT combination for the ultimate bridal shower! Take a look at these “sweet and sexy” bridal shower ideas from Joy Foley!

18. The Doe is Saying “I Do” Bridal Shower – This feminine bridal shower is absolutely perfect for a girly-girl! Deer decorations are all the rage right now, so why not use a deer theme to celebrate the bride-to-be! We are loving the pink, gold, and glitter accents that Kara used from Kara’s Party Ideas!

Amazing Bridal Shower Themes and Ideas

19. Love is Sweet Bridal Shower – Does “The Future Mrs.” have a sweet tooth? If, so you might want to consider throwing her a “Love is Sweet” bridal shower! Don’t forget to include a large candy bar filled with sweet treats for your guests! Need some inspiration? Check out this adorable party from Sweet Lulu!

20. Lingerie French Boudoir Themed Bridal Shower – We love this classic spin on a very sexy bridal shower theme! Be sure to take a look at all the details from Brooke and Jane! We are especially loving the black lace accents!

21. “Pucker Up” Citrus Themed Bridal Shower – Let’s just say we are a little bit in love with EVERY DETAIL about this fun-filled bridal shower idea from Studio DIY! From citrus decorations to lemon drop party favors, this party is over-the-top!

22. Mint and Peach Vintage Bridal Shower – Take a look at this sweet vintage bridal shower  featured on Wedding Chicks! We can hardly handle the cuteness…aren’t you in love?! With some vintage furniture, burlap, and lace accents, you too can create a shabby chic bridal shower for the bride-to-be!

23. Mexican Fiesta Bridal Shower – What better way to celebrate an upcoming wedding than with a Mexican fiesta bridal shower?! We love all these feminine Spanish accents created by Prints Forever!

24. Pancakes and Panties – Okay, we totally died laughing when we came across this unique bridal shower theme from Whittaker Portraits! Seriously— you need to check this one out! How hilarious would it be to create lingerie with toilet paper!

25. F.R.I.E.N.D.S Themed Bridal Shower – This bridal shower from Arkansas Bride is SO creative and has to be one of our favorite ideas! Talk about original! Stephanie made sure to include “Central Perk” themed beverages, “Friends” DVDs scattered around the room, a variety of different mugs, a menu, chalkboard, and SO MUCH more!


25 Most Creative Bridal Shower Food Ideas

Best Bridal Shower Food Ideas
Adorable Bridal Shower Food Ideas
26. Bridal Shower Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas – For an easy bridal shower sweet treat, why not let your guests create their very own mini fruit pizzas! Simply provide a plain sugar cookie for each guest, some frosting, and an assortment of chopped fruit!

27. Italian Soda Bridal Bar – Looking for a fun drink idea for your next bridal shower? For an instant hit, try making an Italian soda bar! Be sure to check out Tidy Mom for the recipe and all the awesome details!

28. Doughnut Diamond Rings – Is there anything more appropriate to serve at a bridal shower than doughnut diamond rings?! Add some serious “bling” to your next party with these gorgeous sweet treats from Evite! They have even included the FREE printable diamond topper!

29. Frozen Yogurt Bar – Here is another quick and easy food idea for the perfect bridal shower! Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt?! Create a fun topping bar where your guests can create their own special sweet treat! Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at this delicious spread from The Crafting Chicks!

30. Bridal Shower Crepe Bar – If you are throwing a morning bridal shower, you might consider including a yummy crepe bar for your guests! Be sure to include bowls of berries, nutella, and lemon curd (are you drooling yet like we are?) to top off your crepes! Check out this yummy crepe recipe and ideas from Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom!

31. Pretty Chocolate Covered Strawberries –  Is it just us or do these chocolate covered strawberries look super delicious! Create a gorgeous treat for your guests by dipping fruit! If you have a certain color scheme at your party, use colored chocolate! We love how Sweetly Chic Events even topped off their chocolate strawberries with pretty sprinkles!

Best Bridal Shower Food Ideas

32. Veggie Cups with Dip – Here is another EASY food idea from Made 2 Style for the perfect bridal shower! Cut up some of your favorite veggies and place them in a cup filled with ranch or vegetable dip!

33. Wedding Dress Cupcakes – How perfect is this cupcake Wedding Dress from Purple Chocolat Home?! We know it will be the hit of your next bridal shower party! Use white-frosted cupcakes to create a memorable and tasty treat!

34. Easy Lingerie Bridal Shower Cookies – If you are throwing a sexy bridal shower party, don’t leave out these easy-to-make lingerie cookies! Get the full instructions on how to create these goodies from Sweet Sugar Belle!

35. Engagement Ring Rice Krispie Treats – As you are planning your next bridal shower, be sure to include these YUMMY cookie butter rice krispie treats from Erica’s Sweet Tooth! Not only do they sound delicious, but you can sculpt them into the shape of a diamond ring! They are truly the perfect treat for a bridal shower!

36. Milk and Doughnuts – We are totally gushing over these ADORABLE milk and doughnuts and know your guests will too! Top off a large glass of milk with a pretty doughnut and straw like this idea from the Ruffled Blog!

37. Pretty French Macarons – Are you looking for an alternative to the typical cupcake or sugar cookie served at a bridal shower? What about a delicate bite of deliciousness…we are talking about macarons! Your guests are going to go crazy for these little treats! Create your own macarons with the recipe and help of Juneberry Lane!

Best Bridal Shower Food Ideas

38. Heart Rice Krispie Treats – Share some love with your bridal shower guests with these adorable heart rice krispie treats from The Hostess with the Mostess!

39. High Heel Cupcakes – To say we are obsessed with these high heel cupcakes from How Does She is a complete understatement! These darling little treats would be the icing on the cake to any girly-girl’s bridal shower!

40. Southern Shower Biscuit Bar – We love the idea of having a food bar for guests at a bridal shower party! Here is another great food bar idea from Pretty My Party using biscuits! Totally genius, right?!

41. Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn – Yum yum! If you are planning a bridal shower, try serving your guests some delicious old fashioned popcorn! Trust us, they will LOVE it! You can also use food coloring to match the popcorn to your bridal shower color scheme! Looking for a tasty recipe? Be sure to check out this old fashioned popcorn recipe from Cravings of a Lunatic!

42. Ice Cream Sandwich Bar – Not only has Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road designed some darling printables for us in the past, but this girl also has a crazy awesome blog! Wouldn’t these DIY ice cream sandwiches be a fun addition to a bridal shower? Use cookies, ice cream, and sprinkles to create these sweet treats!

43. Refreshing Infused Water – If you are throwing a summer bridal shower, cool off your guests with some refreshing infused water! This beverage would be especially perfect for a spa themed bridal shower!

Quick and Easy Bridal Shower Food Ideas

44. The Pretty Pink Drink – We could drink this stuff by the gallon! No joke, this stuff is sooooo delicious and not to mention a GREAT beverage choice for a bridal shower! Take a look at the easy-to-make recipe from Eazy Peazy Meals!

45. Cute Mini Salads – Here is another fast and easy bridal shower food idea that not only tastes great, but looks gorgeous! Check out these cute mini salads from My Baking Addiction!

46. Bridal Shower Breakfast Bar – If you are throwing a bridal shower brunch or breakfast, you NEED to check out this food spread from Jessica at Modern Moments Designs!  She has given so many ideas for creating the ultimate breakfast bar including mini pancake stacks, yogurt parfaits, mini quiches, and doughnut holes! Perfection!

47. Bridal Shower Pretty Candy Bar – Create a stylish bridal shower with a trendy candy bar for your guests! Be sure to leave some to-go bags and scoops in each candy dish like this idea from Confetti and Crumbs for your guests to fill and take home at the end of the shower!

48. Wedding Cake Cookies – How cute are these wedding cake cookies?! They would be such a darling addition to a bridal shower! And the best part? They are SOOOO easy to make! Check out the recipe from Something Turquoise!

49. Pretty in Pink Marshmallows – Short on time? Here is another EASY food idea from She Wears Many Hats that will have your guests excited! Aren’t these chocolate covered marshmallows adorable?! Quickly dip some marshmallows and add some sprinkles for the perfect accent!

50. Strawberries Filled With Almond Cream – Not only do these almond cream strawberries from Kikukat look beautiful, they taste beyond good! Your guests will definitely be going back for seconds with these sweet treats!


25 Gorgeous and Easy Bridal Shower Decorations

DIY Bridal Shower Decoration Ideas

Easy and Gorgeous Bridal Shower Decorations

51. Tissue Paper Pom Poms – These are our “go-to” decoration! Tissue paper pom poms are not only wonderful because they are super cheap, they are also SO easy to make! Do you want to make some adorable tissue  pom poms for your bridal shower? Check out this AWESOME step-by-step tutorial from Amy at The Idea Room! Or, if you find you are lacking time, you could also order some from here!

52. DIY Glitter Bottles – Add a little “sparkle” to your bridal shower with this adorable DIY idea from Beau Coup! {PS – have you seen their store?! They have the cutest stuff! I need an excuse to throw a party ASAP!}

53. Heart Garland – How sweet is the DIY 3D heart garland! It would be the perfect accent to any bridal shower! The best part about this idea is Victoria from Project Wedding has given complete instructions on how you can create your very own heart bunting!

54. DIY Tassel Banner – Have you seen these adorable tassel garlands popping up all over your Pinterest feed and wanted to know how to create your own?! Well, look no further!  Jen and Jess from Linen, Lace, and Love have created an AMAZING tutorial on how to create these little beauties! This adorable DIY decoration will add so much flair to your bridal shower!

55. Origami Diamond Napkin Rings – We are pretty much dying over these DIY paper diamond rings from Brooklyn Bride! They would be the PERFECT decoration for napkins at a bridal shower!

56. Banner Using Bride’s Photos – If you are throwing a bridal shower, be sure to include some personal touches from the bride in the decorations! One great way to do that is with a fun banner using the bride’s photos! We love this personalized bridal shower banner from Ammaline Bride! She paired darling pictures of the couple with pretty doilies and clothespins!

The Best DIY Bridal Shower Decoration Ideas

57. Napkin Bows – Here is another small bridal shower decoration idea that will add a BIG impact to your next party! Check out these adorable DIY folded napkins featured by Lauren Rae Photography! You can find instructions on how to create these little gems here!

58. Floral Monogram – Take the initials from the happy couple’s names and create some elegant floral monograms! This DIY idea from Sweetly chic Events and Designs could not be more easy to create! Hop on over to their site to learn how to make your own monograms for your next bridal shower!

59. Confetti Filled Balloons – Planning a bridal shower but tight on a budget? Don’t worry! Kirsten from Kojo Design has come up with the BEST solution! Grab some clear balloons {these would do the trick!} and tissue paper {be sure to grab tissue colors that will match your color scheme – lots of cute options here!} and create a fun decoration that will add a “pop” to your party!

60. Streamer Backdrop – Who would have thought streamers could look so amazing?! We are totally drooling over this backdrop Mandi from Living For Pretty created for her sister-in-law’s bridal shower! This is such a darling DIY decoration idea anyone could easily recreate!

61. Lantern & Pom Clusters – You know how we mentioned above just how much we LOVE tissue pom pom decorations? Well guess what?!  We love them EVEN MORE clustered with paper lanterns {like these, and also these totally gorgeous eyelet style ones! EEK!} Check out this beautiful example from Fawn Over Baby!

62. Pretty Paper Bows – We are BOW FANATICS here at The Dating Divas! We think they are the perfect little accent for any girly-girl party—-especially bridal showers! Add some DIY paper bows to your banners, gift bags, or even paper straws like this idea from Chelsey at Mom’s Best!

Cute DIY Bridal Shower Decorations

63. Cans Wrapped in Patterned Paper/Fabric – If you are on a tight budget, but want to have some cute centerpiece decorations at your bridal shower, definitely take a look at this idea from Seventy-Nine Ideas! Grab some fabric (or patterned paper) and wrap up tin cans! Voila! A beautiful DIY bridal shower centerpiece!

64. From Miss to Mrs. Banner – We love everything about this classic design from Petite Flowers Studio! Create an adorable “Miss to Mrs. Banner” for the next bridal shower you are planning!

65. Romantic Photos in Jars – Here is another great DIY decoration idea for bridal showers! Place cute pictures of the happy couple in jars to add a unique personal touch to the decor!

66. DIY Glitter Candle Holders– Quick AND cute — That is what we believe in here at The Dating Divas! That’s just one reason we are in love with these glitter candle holders! Read all about this simple DIY project from Cristina at Bird’s Party! These sparkling little beauties will be all the rage at your next bridal shower!

67. Kissed Balloons – Throwing a “sexy” bridal shower?! Be sure to include some sassy kissed balloons to your decorations! Get the full instructions on how to create these DIY lip balloons from Kelly at Studio DIY by clicking here!

68. Hang Lingerie on Clothesline – Whether you are hosting an elegant, fun, or girly-girl bridal shower, you can set the “mood” of your party by using decorations! If you are planning a “sexy” bridal shower for a friend, use flirty lingerie to set the mood for your party! Check out these sexy (but classy!) decoration ideas from Artfully Wed!

Cute DIY Bridal Shower Decoration Ideas

69. Pretty Paper Fan Garland – Add some pizzazz to your bridal shower with some cute DIY paper fans! Use colors and fun patterns to match your party color scheme! Learn how to make these unique bridal shower decorations from Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous!

70. Bridal Shower Entrance Chalkboard – Everyone knows… first impressions are everything! So the “first impression” of your bridal shower is no different! Welcome your friends to the party with a fun entrance sign! We especially love this cute chalkboard idea from Amy Tanton Designs!

71. Personal Details Bride/Groom I Love You Frames – We can hardly STAND how much we love this bridal shower decoration idea from South Bound Bride! Ask the bride and the groom reasons why they love each other prior to the bridal shower! Frame what they each say about each other and use them as table decorations! Such a sweet personal touch!

72. Spray Painted Monograms – We love, love, love monograms — ESPECIALLY as a decoration for bridal showers! Pick up some paper mache letters from your local craft store, a can of spray paint, and a some fun glitter to recreate these fancy little monograms from Uncommon Designs!

73. DIY Fringe Balloons – Here is another great DIY decoration idea for bridal showers! Add some fun fringe to round balloons! Want to make your own? Get the full instructions from Teissia of Firefly Events!

74. “Bride to Be” Chair Sign – Label the seat of the future Mrs. with a cute “Bride to Be” chair sign! You could easily make your own sign by printing letters on cardstock, cutting them out, and tying them together with a cute ribbon! Need some inspiration?! We are in LOVE with this example from Hylah at H. White Special Events!

75. DIY Paper Streamers Fringe Garland – Add some serious gorgeousness to your walls during your next bridal shower with this fun fringe garland from A Subtle Revelry!


25 Most Creative Bridal Shower Games

25 Awesome Bridal Shower Games and Activiities

25 Most Amazing Bridal Shower Games

76. “Name that Groom” Bridal Shower Game– Are you looking for a fun bridal shower game that will have everyone participating and laughing?! Check out this awesome idea from Lelia at Life on the Homestead! Your friends will have a blast matching pictures of celebrity brides to their groom!

77. “Who said it?” Bridal Shower Game – Ask the bride and groom 15 different questions (make sure they are the same questions!) For the bridal shower, cut out some cute mustaches and lips! Read off the questions and have the bride’s friends guess who said what! The person who answers the most questions correctly, wins!

78. “Recipe For a Good Marriage” Bridal Shower Activity – Here is a sweet and simple bridal shower activity idea from Sweet C Designs! Set out a bunch of wooden spoons (grab them from the dollar store) and have the bride’s friends write down some marriage words of wisdom! This activity would be especially perfect if you are throwing a kitchen/cooking themed bridal shower!

79. The “Price is Right” Bridal Shower Game – Prep a bunch of household items (that the bride and groom can keep as a gift!) including cleaning products, dental floss, medicine, etc. Give each party guest the chance to write down their guesses of the price for each item! The person with the closest guesses wins!

80. Match the Celebrity Couple Bridal Shower Game– Here is another fun celebrity couples match-up game with an easy-to-use printable form from Creative Union Design! Simply download and press print for ar game that will have your guests laughing!

81. Bridal Shower Present Bingo – Give your guests something to do while the bride opens her gifts with this adorable bridal shower bingo game from Something Turquoise! Have each guest write down what she thinks the bride will receive. As she is opening her gifts, they will mark their cute printable bingo cards!

Top Bridal Shower Games and Activities

82. Personality Panties Bridal Shower Game – Check out this awesome bridal shower game from Pinning with Mrs. Pennington! Invite each of the bride’s guests to bring a pair of panties (as a gift) for the bride-to-be that represents THEIR personality! When the future Mrs. opens up the special presents she will have three guesses to match the panties to the specific friend’s personality! Hilarious, right?!

83. “How Well Do You Know the Bride? Bridal Shower Game – Not only is this bridal shower game a crowd-pleaser, but it is also absolutely free and ready in just minutes! Win, win, win! Cheryl from Everyday Dishes has done all the work for you! Be sure to hop on over and get your FREE printables for your next bridal shower!

84. “Minute To Win It” Bridal Shower Games – Bring out the competitive side of your guests with this fun bridal shower game from Tomkat Studio! Pair your guests up into teams and play a series of fun challenges that last only a minute!

85. Name That Romantic Movie Quote Game – Do you and your guests know your romantic movie quotes?! Put your knowledge to the test with this hilarious “Name that Movie Quote” bridal shower game from Tomkat Studio!

86. DIY Nail Polish Bar for a Bridal Shower – Are you looking for an alternative to the typical bridal shower game? Look no further! Spoil your guests with a gorgeous nail polish activity bar! Your bride’s guests will have a BLAST creating their own special concoctions! Take a glimpse at this amazing DIY nail polish booth tutorial from Something Turquoise!

87. Bridal Shower Photo Booth Props – We are loving these wedding-themed photo props from The Budget Savvy Bride! Set up a fun backdrop and take some funny photos as an activity during your bridal shower!

The Best Bridal Shower Games and Activities

88. Bridal Childhood Photo Guessing Game – Do your guests know the bride? Gather a bunch of photos of the the bride-to-be at different ages in her life and test their knowledge! See if your guests can determine how old the bride was in each of the photos!

89. Bridal Shower Date Night Jar Activity – This amazing idea comes from A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production and serves two purposes! Not only is it a fun activity for the guests, but the future Mrs. will ALSO walk away with a priceless gift! Set out some popsicle sticks (or slips of paper) and have the bride’s friends write down their favorite date night ideas! After the shower, present the bride with the jar filled with date night ideas for her and her future spouse to share!

90. “Who Am I?” Bridal Shower Game – For a meaningful bridal shower activity, check out this idea from Erratically Elizabeth! Have your guests write down personal memories of the bride and share them throughout the bridal shower!

91. Bridal Shower Cookie Decorating Activity – Trust us! You can never go wrong when sugar is involved! Take a peak at this gorgeous cookie decorating bridal shower idea from Weddings by Scott and Dana!

92. Right/Left Bridal Shower Game – Who says the bride and groom should get all the gifts?! We are loving this Pass The Presents game suggestion from Intimate Weddings! You can find the full details on how to play here!

93. Kitchen Bridal Shower Game – If you are throwing a kitchen or cooking themed bridal shower, you have got to take a peek at this adorable game idea from Pear Tree Greetings! Dress up the bride in a variety of kitchen gadgets and make her walk around the room slowly. Have her leave the room and let the guests write down as many kitchen utensils as they can remember!

Bridal Shower Games and Activities that Rock

94. Newlywed Bridal Shower Game with Video – This is probably one of our FAVORITE bridal shower games! Prior to the party,  interview/video the groom answering a list of questions you have prepared! At the bridal shower, have everyone gather around the T.V. and ask the bride the SAME questions! After she answers, playback the groom’s response! If their answers match-up then the bride gets a prize! If not, the bride has to eat a piece of bubblegum (add a new piece of bubblegum for every wrong answer)! Check out an example of this fun game at Lisa Hadley Studios!

95. Bridal Shower “Taboo” Game – Here is another fun bridal shower game idea from Jessica at A Vintage Affair! Provide cute button pins for your guests to wear throughout the party and instruct them NOT to say the words “Bride” or “Wedding!” If they hear someone say those specific words, they can snatch that person’s pin! The person wearing the MOST pins at the end of the shower, wins!

96. Pin the Lips on Ryan Gosling Bridal Shower Game – Any Ryan Gosling lovers in the house?! (Me, me!) We totally burst out laughing when we saw this AH-MAZING bridal shower game idea from A Vintage Affair! Inspired by the many Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” memes, your guests will LOVE this bridal shower activity…trust us (wink, wink!)

97. Bridal Shower “Mad Libs” Game – Looking for a fun and silly game for your bridal shower guests? Check out these hilarious “wedding libs” from Something Turquoise! She has even included three different versions! The best part about these cute printables is they are absolutely FREE!

98. Floral Crown Bridal Shower Station – If you are searching for an activity your guests will love, rather than the typical bridal shower games, create a DIY floral crown table! This activity would be especially ideal if you are throwing a boho or garden-themed bridal shower! Check out these awesome instructions on how to create your very own floral crowns, and don’t forget to snap a picture of you with your guests in your beautiful new accessory!

99. Bridal Shower Kiss Board – Another great and personal activity to involve your guests during your bridal shower is to create a kissing board! Read all about this original idea from Star at Sterling Engagements!

100. Bridal Shower Toilet Paper Dresses/Lingerie – Let’s be honest! You can never go wrong with this classic bridal shower game! Split your guests into teams and give them a roll of toilet paper! Put their Project Runway skills to the test and have them create a luxurious Wedding Dress with their limited supplies! The end result? Lot’s of hilarious outfits and tons of laughs! If you are looking for a fun twist on this game, you can also check out this lingerie version!


25 Bridal Shower Free Printables

25 Free Bridal Shower Printables

Free Bridal Shower Printables

101. Printable Bridal Shower Botanical Banner – Isn’t this botanical banner simply STUNNING! We think it would make the perfect decoration for any bridal shower! Head on over to Chicfetti and print off your own FREE floral banner!

102. Bridal Shower Printable Cup Sleeves – We believe it is the little things that make an excellent party! For instance, take a look at these CUTE bridal shower cup sleeves from The Elli Blog! They would be such a darling addition to any bridal shower!

103. Bridal Shower Planning Printables – Whether you have planned hundreds of bridal showers or this is your first rodeo, don’t forget to check out these awesome (and not to mention FREE) party planning printables from A Pair of Pears!

104. Bridal Shower Straw Flags – We are totally in LOVE with these free printable straw flags from The Showerbelle! Can’t you just picture them in the cups of your guests at your bridal shower?! Too cute!

105. Chalkboard Bridal Shower Quotes – Aren’t these bridal shower chalkboard designs just gorgeous!? They were created by the talented Lorrie Everrit from the Creative Bag! And can you guess the best part?! She is sharing these beautiful printables for FREE!

106. Printable Bridal Shower Ring Tags – Accessorize your bridal shower and party favors with these adorable diamond ring printable tags from Little White Whale!

Free and Cute Bridal Shower Printables

107. Pretty Printable DIY Bows – SWOON! Do you love these gorgeous printable paper bows from Chicfetti as much as we do?! We think they would be the perfect little accent to any bridal shower!

108. Adorable Bridal Shower Placemat – Check out these charming chalkboard-themed placemats design by Susan Brand! They are a great and frugal way to add some character to your bridal shower!

109. Glittering Bridal Shower Banner Template – Add some major pizzazz to your bridal shower with this sparkling DIY banner idea from Lia Griffith! She has provided a FREE printable template and complete instructions on how you can recreate this gem for your own shower!

110. Bridal Shower Guest Book Poster – A sign-in poster is a fun alternative to the traditional guest book! Simply print off this beautiful poster design from Love Vs. Design and have your guests sign-in! In the years to come it will be a beautiful reminder of who attended your bridal shower!

111. Bridal Shower Chalkboard Water Bottle Labels – We are obsessed with water bottle labels so it is no wonder we are drooling over these FREE chalkboard printables from Lily and Val! Add them to your bottled drinks at your bridal shower for a fun decorative addition!

112. Bridal Shower Guest Advice Cards – Here is another great bridal shower freebie from Allison at Marry This! We like how these cute printable advice cards are SO practical! They can double as a bridal shower sign-in guest book and a wonderful gift for the bride-to-be!

Cute and FREE Bridal Shower Printables

113. Rustic Bridal Shower Printable Invitation – If you are planning a last-minute bridal shower and are looking for an adorable invitation, be sure to check out this gorgeous design from Showerbelle! We love everything about this rustic and completely FREE printable invite!

114. Polka Dot Bridal Shower Banner – Make your very own bridal shower banner with this free polka dot printable from Chicfetti!

115. Pretty Bridal Shower Cutlery Tags – Brighten up your bridal shower table setting with these DIVINE printable cutlery tags from Amy at Eat Drink Chic!

116. “Love is Sweet” Bridal Shower Treat Bags – Aren’t these printable bag labels adorable?! Whip up a fun-filled treat bag for your bridal shower guests with these free printables from Susan at The Pretty Blog!

117. Bridal Shower Printable Drink Tags – Attach these printable diamond ring drink tags from Baubles Bubbly and Belle to the bottom of a glass for a cute accent! We think these would be ESPECIALLY cute to use if you are throwing a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed bridal shower!

118. Bubbly Brunch Printable Invitations – Take your bridal shower invitations to a whole new level with these darling printables from Something Turquoise! Attach them to a cute bottled drink for a special surprise for your guests!

25 Free Bridal Shower Printables

119. Printable Bridal Shower Bingo – Searching for a free bridal shower game? Look no further! Kristin from Paige Simple is sharing an adorable printable version of bridal shower bingo! Hop on over to print off your free game!

120. Lingerie Banner Printable Template – If you are throwing a sexy lingerie bridal shower for a friend, you definitely need to check out this free printable from Ribbons and Blue Birds! This flirty lingerie banner will make the perfect centerpiece to your party!

121.Bridal Shower Frameable Print – We can’t get enough of this beautiful print from Happy Hands Project! Print one off for your bridal shower, add a frame, and display it as decoration!

122. Kitchen Bridal Shower Recipe Cards – These bridal shower recipe cards are a MUST if you are throwing a kitchen or cooking themed party! Head on over to Even More Paper Co. for your free printables!

123. Pretty Bridal Shower Lemonade Printables – Invite your guests to pucker up with these cute lemonade printables from Chrystalace! Simply add these gorgeous designs to bottled lemonade for a fun addition to your bridal shower!

124. Bridal Shower Cupcake Toppers – Adorn your desserts with these beautiful and free cupcake toppers from The Elli Blog!

125. Printable Bridal Shower T-Shirt Iron-Ons – It would be a complete understatement to say we are going crazy for these free printable designs from Diva Gone Domestic! Share some love with the future Mrs. with one of these DIY iron-ons! Create a fun shirt, tank or tote — the possibilities are endless! We ESPECIALLY love the “Feyonce” and “Wifey” designs!

25 Adorable Bridal Shower Party Favors 

25 Bridal Shower Favors Your Guests Will Love

Top Bridal Shower Favor Ideas

126. Baked Bath Salt Bridal Shower Favors – Show some love to your bridal shower guests with special baked bath salts! Head on over to Something Turquoise for the amazing baked bath salt recipe and adorable FREE printable labels!

127. Pedicure in a Jar Bridal Shower Favor – Who wouldn’t love a free pedicure?! Check out this sweet bridal shower favor from Rachel at Ever Mine! Create a cute pedicure in a jar for each of your friends!

128. “Mint to Be” Bridal Shower Favors – Shake things up with this darling bridal shower party favor idea! Simply package up some tic-tacs with this adorable “mint to be” printable from Cristina from Bird’s Party!

129. “Love & Spice” Bridal Party Favors – Yum yum! Send your guests home with some special “love” spices! Find the full details and adorable “Love Spice” jar labels over at Something Turquoise!

130. The Perfect “Match” Favors – Take a look at these darling chalkboard printables from The Elli Blog! For a fun and practical party favor, send your guests home with a cute set of decorated matches!

131. Macaron Bridal Shower Pops – We are in love with these trendy little macaron pops from A Little London Wedding! Pair this yummy treat with their adorable macaron pop printable cover for an unforgettable bridal shower favor!

Adorable Bridal Shower Favors

132. Instant Mocha Bridal Shower Mixes – Here is another great bridal shower favor idea your guests will actually LOVE! With just a few ingredients you can recreate this adorable thank you gift from Something Turquoise!

133. Nail Polish Bridal Shower Favor – You can NEVER go wrong with nail polish as a bridal shower favor! We love this example from Alyssa Renee Photography! Add a simple tag to the small bottles for a cute favor your guests will adore!

134. Scented Candle Thank You Favors – Send your guests home with a gift from the heart with these easy-to-make lavender rosemary candles from Live Simply Me!

135. Pretty Popcorn Bridal Favor – Create the perfect bridal shower party favors with this adorable idea from Annie’s Eats! Package up tasty popcorn with a cute box, tag, and fun ribbon for each of your guests!

136. Glitter Wooden Spoon Bridal Shower Favor – Pick up a few wooden spoons from the dollar store and add some glitz! Check out this adorable tutorial from Something Turquoise!

137. Lipstick Bridal Shower Favor – Trust us! You can never go wrong with lipstick! Create a bridal shower favor your guests will love with this darling idea from Two Prince Bakery Theater!

25 of the Best Bridal Shower Party Favors

138. “You’re a Real Gem” Ring Pops – Okay, can we take two seconds to talk about just how CUTE these bridal shower favors are from Eighteen25?! Send your guests home with this little gem of a treat!

139. Mint Bridal Shower Favors – Grab some tins of mints and add this elegant label from Martha Stewart to create a classy bridal shower favor!

140. S’more Love Bridal Shower Favors – We love the idea of creating your own s’more packages to send home with your guests! Simply take some graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate and tie them up with a cute ribbon!

141. Bridal Shower Favors Magnetic Board – Check out this fun twist on the typical bridal shower party favors from Kara’s Party Ideas! Adhere a magnet to the bottom of a treat container and attach them to a cute board for your guests to take home after the bridal shower!

142. Themed Bridal Shower Goodie Bags – If you are throwing a themed bridal shower, why not send your guests home with something to remember the party like a themed goodie bag! For instance, check out this idea from Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events! She threw a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed bridal shower and sent her guests home with goodie bags filled with Audrey Hepburn sunglasses, a set of pearls, and Tiffany blue treats!

143. Adorable Doughnut Party Favors – Short on time? Run over to your nearest doughnut shop and pick-up some sweet treats for your bridal shower favors!

Cute Bridal Shower Party Favors

144. Bridal Shower Treat Bags – Show your bridal shower guests just how “sweet” you think they are with this cute treat bag idea from Sally Shim!

145. “Let Love Grow” Succulent Bridal Favor – Send your friends home with some green succulents! Not only are they SUPER popular right now, but they are also eco and budget friendly! Top off this adorable favor with a “let love grow” printable tag from Smarty Had a Party!

146. Cake Pop Bridal Shower Favor – The great thing about cake pops is you can dip them in just about any colored chocolate—meaning you can easily match these sweet treats to your bridal shower color scheme! Head on over to These Peas are Hollow for an easy-to-make cake pop recipe!

147. Hair Ties Bridal Shower Favor – “I have too many hair ties,” said NO GIRL EVER!…Especially CUTE hair ties like these little guys from Mr. Mrs. Design! Your bridal shower guests will LOVE these party favors!

148. Bridal Shower Treat Yourself Bag – Invite your bridal shower guests to treat themselves with a fun-filled party favor bag! Include special goodies like nail polish, perfume, or lipstick!

149. Personalized Tote Bags – Surprise your guests with the ULTIMATE party favor — personalized totes! These cute bags would be so easy to DIY! Looking to make your own party favors? Take a look at these instructions here!

150. Bridal Shower Button Pins – Aren’t these little bridal shower pins from Beth of All Trades soooo cute! For a simple bridal shower party favor, send your guests home with a small memory token like these darling buttons!


And there you have it! 150 AH-MAZING bridal shower ideas! 

2016 Bridal Shower Ideas

11 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

High Tea Bridal Shower

We love a fabulous tea here at Trubridal. Not only are they fun but they are chic, delicious and a great way to catch up. To get started reach out to a local party supply rental company to see if you can borrow some amazing mismatched pieces of China. Then order some delicious macaroons and other desserts for the table. Make some simple finger sandwiches and you’re good to go.

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Picture from: Brides of Adelaide

Pro Bridesmaid tip: Hit up a few local thrift stores and to grab teacups. Then head to a local florist (you may need to order in advance) to pick up your favorite succulents and moss. Plant for perfect, whimsical DIY gifts for your guests.


Southern Charm Bridal Shower

Pull out the big hats and muddle some mint juleps for a charming bridal shower. Feel free to setup horse shoes outside and make bourbon infused meatballs, biscuits, and pecan pie truffles. Don’t worry about the small details with this sort of party – feel free to mix rustic and glam details for a chic vibe.

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Picture from WeddingChicks

Bridesmaid Pro Tip: A great parting gift is a mason jar with a small bottle of Jim Beam, fresh mint and a cute straw or cute gold stir stick.

Preppy Brunch Bridal Shower

We have just one word for your – BRUNCH! Who doesn’t love an amazing brunch?!? While you may feel slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of making a brunch for all your bride’s closest friends, don’t fret! This could be as simple as a build your own parfait bar + bottomless mimosas or as complex as you want to make it. Add a bit of prep with a black and white striped table runner (ala Kate Spade) over a gorgeous hot pink table cloth. Add a few glamorous gold accents and you’re good to go.

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Bridesmaid Pro Tip: Order individually wrapped donuts from your favorite donut joint offer them to guests as the favors when they exit.


Breakfast at Tiffany Bridal Shower

What about breakfast at Tiffany? This classic movie and beloved store is one of the most sought after bridal shower themes. Simple to dress for cue chic black shift dress and layers of pearls and give the bride a tiara. Find your favorite Tiffany blue runners and rent china from your local party store. Keep the color palette simple and the Audrey Hepburn quotes and references to a minimum.

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Photo from Tartas Decora Dasy Cupcakes

Pro Bridesmaid Tip: A simple but fun party favor for a Tiffany Bridal Shower is a tiffany blue bottle of nail polish wrapped in a satin white bow.

French Salon Bridal Shower

Lavender, macaroons, and champagne. We love creating little tasting stations around the party for macaroon and champagne pairings. Find two different flavors and pair them together. It’s a super fun way for the group to mingle and meet new people, without playing games. Also, you have the freedom to incorporate fragrance, flowers and literally anything the bride loves about France.

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Photo from Arkansas Bride

Pro Bridesmaid tip: Call your local florist to order dried lavender party favors. You can easily break them into smaller bunches for an ultra chic favor. Also steer clear for anything too cliche… say an Eiffel Tower champagne glasses or something of that nature.

Fresh Outdoor Bridal Shower

Enjoy the great outdoors with a light, fun outdoor bridal shower. Break out the chalkboard and setup a few of your favorite yard games – we love a good game croquet or bocce ball. Depending on the vibe you’re going for perfect menu of light fare including crudités and finger sandwiches or good old fashioned BBQ.

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Pro Bridesmaid Tip: Add fun little facts about the bride at each croquet post. Also, feel free to mix up the party favors by jarring mini jars of honey with a fun colorful grosgrain ribbon.

Top Rated Mother of the Bride Dresses of 2015

10 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Mother of Bride, Wedding Ideas

We’ve examined close to 1,400 dresses to show you the best of the best.

Here’s the top rated Mother of the Bride dress list of 2015. From casual tea length dresses to super elegant Mother of the Bride gowns, the selection of dresses is as varied as the weddings themselves.

To be top-rated, the dress must have at least a four and a half star rating by their retailer ( like Nordstrom ) and have a minimum of 5 reviews. Click through to read the reviews.

“I ordered this dress for my daughters upcoming wedding. It was back ordered twice which made me worry! However, when it finally arrived, it was gorgeous!

After searching endlessly for a dress for my son’s wedding…Everyone at the wedding wanted to know where I purchased the dress and when I told them it was my first dress web purchase they were surprised. The compliments overflowed…

Tadashi Shoji Mother Bride Knee Length Dress
“Love love everything about this dress, it is absolutely gorgeous!”
“This dress is exactly what I had in mind for being the Mother of the Bride for a May wedding.”
“This dress is classy with a little edge, not matronly!”
Want to see more?  Click  here>>

11 Ways to Be the Ultimate Bridesmaid

10 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
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There’s much more to being a Bridesmaid than slipping on a dress and standing in line, so it’s important to learn the dos and don’ts of the special role. If your engaged pal has asked you to be part of her wedding party, don’t take it lightly — she’s asking for you to support her through one of the most incredible times of her life. Think you know what it takes to be the best Bridesmaid? Some of these pointers may surprise you. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, you’ll want to follow these 11 must-know tips to become the ultimate Bridesmaid.


09 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

A few weeks ago we shared a post on how to be the best best man ever.

So we figured, seeing as we’ve been talking all things bachelorette parties and Bridesmaids over the last few weeks, it was the perfect time to reflect on what makes a magnificent maid of honour too.

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Being asked to be a Bridesmaid is a big deal, your friend is giving you the honour of being part of her inner circle on her wedding day.

And with great privilege, comes great responsibility.

No your bride can’t expect you to be at the end of the phone for a 3am floral brainstorming session, splash out $400 for your own dress (that you’ll never wear again), or ask you to cut your hair/tan your skin/lose or gain weight for her wedding day.

But, if you’ve said yes to the job, she should be able to rely on you to lend a hand, show some interest, and throw her one heck of a bachelorette party!

Still not sure what’s expected of you as a Bridesmaid? We’ve come up with 10 commandments for being your buddy’s best lady in the lead up to her wedding.


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Photo by Joielala via 100 Layer Cake

Your friend is no doubt excited about her big day, and chances are she wants to talk about her plans. But with all the chatter of so-called “bridezillas” over the last few years, (we hate that word!) brides have been getting a bad rep. They often feel talking about their wedding could be selfish or boring, so will refrain from waxing lyrical about dress styles and catering options.

Encourage your friend to talk about her wedding, ask questions, and be interested. She’ll feel so much better about explaining her inner conflict over stationery fonts.


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Photo by Ali Harper via Southern Weddings

Just as it’s helpful to ask your friend about her wedding, it’s also important to ask about her work/family/new shoes, and to chat about what’s going on with you too.

She could be getting hit with lots of wedding questions, and feel like her whole life is revolving around this one day. So from time to time, make sure you talk about anything other than her wedding plans.


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Your role as a Wedding Dress shopping confidant is a tricky one, you need to strike a balance between being constructive, but not putting your best friend off the dress of her dreams.

Take a look at her dress board on Pinterest, or ask her about what she has in mind before you go shopping, so you don’t blurt something out, like “Ugh, beading” or “Strapless dresses are so boring” when that’s the style your friend’s heart is set on.

That said, do suggest alternative styles she may not have considered, which you think would look great on her, and if she tries on a dress you don’t like, unless you think she’s in love with it, gently tell her that another one was more flattering/gorgeous/suited to her.

But at the end of the day, remember, it’s about about her style and taste, not yours.


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Photo by Reverie Supply via Style Me Pretty

A few weeks ago we talked about the mix and match Bridesmaid trend, and how we love when brides embrace their girls’ individuality. Brides should really take your style into consideration, but sometimes they’ll be set on a certain (pink chiffon) aesthetic for their day.

But even if you get to choose your dress from her palette, maybe you don’t like wear lilac, blush OR taupe (black is more your style), or perhaps you don’t like to wear dresses at all.

While your bride can’t ask you to wear heels you can’t walk in, or dye your signature pink hair brown, when it comes to the dress, it’s just for one day, so it’s often better not to stress your pal out about it.

As long as she doesn’t make you wear something three sizes too small, do your Bridesmaidly duty and suck it up, put it on, and smile!


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Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Munaluchi Bridal

Make your friend feel special in the lead up to her wedding, especially around her engagement and in the final weeks of planning. Make every get together an excuse for bubbly, send her excited texts in the lead up to her day, or take her out for a stress free day of shopping.

From getting a facial together to hosting a BBQ for her and her partner, weddings aren’t just one day, it’s a whole exciting time, so show your bride you’re happy for her and want to celebrate every step of the way.


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So your idea of a perfect bachelorette party is downing shots, and hitting the dancefloor draped in flashing L plates, awaiting the arrival of your (fake fireman) stripper.

Perhaps the bride in your life wants something a little more low key.

A weekend on a farm, a spa break, or a karaoke slumber party, think about the elements that would make your friend’s perfect day, night, or weekend, and incorporate them into a personalised hen party she’ll never forget.


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Photo by Brumley And Wells via Style Me Pretty

The most helpful thing you can do for your friend is to get jobs ticked off her list, rather than give her one more task, of finding something to delegate to you.

Don’t just tell your bride to let you know if she needs anything, offer your services for specific tasks or take something off her hands entirely.

Tell her you can address and post the invites, assure her you’ll steam her dress on the morning of her wedding, collect the boutonnières from the florist or look after making up the activity packs for the kids. It’s practical help like that, that’s invaluable in the lead up to the wedding.


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This kind of goes without saying, but try to get on with the other Bridesmaids. You might not know them very well, you might not be very close, and you might even find yourselves competing over “best Bridesmaid” bragging rights.

But the last thing your friend needs on the morning of your wedding is to break up your squabbling over who gets to button up her dress for the photographs!

Stay in touch throughout the planning, (set up a group email or message thread), work together on the bridal shower or hen party, and try to be nice to each other, even when it would feel better not to be.


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It’s the little touches that takes a great Bridesmaid to the next level of awesomeness. And those touches don’t have to cost a thing.

Make your friend a playlist for the morning of her wedding (or steal ours!), create a book for her with words of wisdom, recipes and stories from the women in her life, go with her to a perfumery and concoct a signature scent for her wedding day, or make a survival kit with everything you could need for a wedding day mishap.

Your attention to detail will put your friend at ease – how could she be nervous on her wedding day when she knows you’ve got every eventuality, covered?


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You might normally be the first one to duck off on a night out, but when you’re a Bridesmaid, you’re on the clock as long as your bride is still up and at ’em.

Hit the dancefloor if it empties out after a not-so-great song, make sure your mate eats something and has plenty of water, and try not to drink too much yourself. Of course you should relax and enjoy the party, but just remember, your friend might need a hand unhitching those 47 buttons down the back of her dress at the end of the night.

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If you follow those steps, you’ll be sure to excel at your new job as best Bridesmaid ever!

But of course, that’s not all you can do to be a great Bridesmaid, so please do share your advice in the comments below.

10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

09 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

It’s just not a wedding without Bridesmaids. Whether you have one or 10, they’re the ladies who are going to make sure you have an awesome bridal shower and a bachelorette party you, inadvertently, may not remember.

The bride/Bridesmaid relationship is a tricky one, though. You already have a solid relationship with these women, yet you are asking a lot of their time and resources in order to be in your wedding.

We found and answered 10 of the biggest questions about Bridesmaids. How many do you need? Who should even be one? Can you ask them to go tanning before the wedding? Everything you need to know is below.

1. Q. Who should I ask to be in my wedding?

Your wedding party should be made up of people who play an important role in your life: your sister, your old college roommate, etc. The party can be as big or as small as you like, just know you don’t have to ask your entire sorority pledge class, no matter what you promised 10 years ago.

2. Q. When should I ask people to be in my wedding?

You’ll first need to figure out the size of your event. If you’re having a small wedding, a large wedding party may seem off-balance. Once you have a date set, start asking people so they can block out the date.

Be sure to ask everyone around the same time, especially if the bridal party knows each other. Check out some of our creative ways to ask someone to be your bridesmaid.

3. Q. I don’t really get along with my future sister-in-law. Do I have to ask her to be a Bridesmaid?

Depends on the wedding you’re having. While it’s good form to include her, etiquette dictates that you’re not obligated. If you’re having a small wedding party — just a maid of honor and a best man, then you don’t have to. Most people don’t mind not being in the wedding party. It’s one less thing they have to worry about. There will be plenty of other family photos that they will be in. You’re the bride and can design the wedding party however you like — with or without unlikable in-laws.

4. Q. I have two best friends – how do I choose my maid of honor?

You don’t have to! If you have two close friends — or even two sisters — they can both me maids/matrons of honor. This may even be an advantage since it’s helpful to have an extra person when planning bachelorette parties, organizing the shower, etc.

5. Q. My Bridesmaids are annoying me – can I demote them?!

Given that they are your Bridesmaids, you had a strong relationship with them before you got engaged and hopefully will have one afterwards. That said, think about specifically what it is about the Bridesmaids that is driving you crazy. Are they not buying the dress you asked them to? Are they slow to plan a shower? (Maybe it’s a surprise!) When you feel annoyed, single out what behavior is annoying you and then you can work on fixing that problem.

If you have frustrations, be sure to address them in person. Problem solving needs to happen over a conversation, not a barrage of e-mails and text messages.

Make sure you are not the problem. Are you making unrealistic demands, such as making everyone wear the same, expensive shoe or getting their hair done at a pricey salon? Check out our piece about how to get your bridesmaid not to hate you. Sometimes little things, like overtly asking them not to get you a wedding gift or easing up on the hair requirement, goes a long way.

6. Q. What can I ask my Bridesmaids to do?

Don’t they know they have to fan you while feeding you grapes? In all seriousness, there’s lots that they can help you do that is completely reasonable:

Pre-wedding tasks: Things like stuffing envelopes, welcome bags, putting together favors, folding programs, etc. Ply them with some booze and it becomes a bonding experience.

Pay for the Bridesmaid ensemble:  This includes the dress, its alterations and accessories. Sometimes brides like to make a gift of the jewelry, which is a nice gesture. Be upfront if Bridesmaids will have to pay for their own hair appointments on the wedding day. If you can afford to pick up the tab, by all means do so.

Help plan or co-host the bridal shower and/or bachelorette party: This doesn’t necessarily mean they have to pay for theses events — sometimes the Mother of the Bride or another relative likes to pick up the tab for the shower — but they should offer to help in some way. Bachelorette parties are usually paid for by everyone who attends — both Bridesmaids and other non-wedding party attendants.

Attend the rehearsal dinner and rehearsal ceremony: They should also attend at least one shower, unless they live far away.

Be social, act as a defacto hostess: If you know a shy cousin will be coming, ask a Bridesmaid to chat him up and make him feel comfortable. Naturally they should all be polite to the other guests, be feel free to point out guests who may be coming alone, etc.

Run last-minute errands: Someone may have to go on a last minute run to Walgreen’s, and the bride is not that person. You can ask Bridesmaids to do last minute chores, or even to greet vendors the day of if you don’t have a wedding planner.

Hold your dress while you peeSomeone has to. Ask the Bridesmaid with the biggest sense of humor.

7. Q. My husband has more groomsmen than I have Bridesmaids, what should I do?

The wedding party should be made up of your nearest and dearest — even if that is an uneven number. Don’t worry if there are more on one side than the other. It’s much better than asking a random person to be in it to even out the numbers. You can sort out how to get everyone up and down the aisle at the rehearsal.

8. Q. I think one of Bridesmaids may not be able to afford the dress, etc.

No matter how well you think you know someone, never assume you know anything about their finances, no matter their lifestyle. Just because your grad student friends lives on Ramen noodles it doesn’t mean she can’t afford to be in your wedding. Maybe she just really likes Ramen?

Once you have your bridal party set, send an e-mail outlining the projected costs. ($200 for the dress, $50 for hair the day of, etc.) People appreciate understanding costs ahead of time. If they don’t think they can afford it, they will let you know. Encourage Bridesmaids to share hotel rooms, etc. Be sure to add a note that if anyone needs help to let you know. The cost of a quietly paying for a Bridesmaid dress for your grad student friend is tiny compared to everything else you’re paying for in the wedding.

9. Q. One of my friends has put on some weight. Can I ask her to lose it before the wedding?

Short answer? No. You can’t ask people to adopt different grooming or lifestyle habits such as losing weight, tanning or changing their hair for your wedding day. When you’re asking someone to be in your wedding party, you’re asking them the way they are. If your friend has let themselves go a little, perhaps being in someone’s wedding is exactly the motivation she needs to get back to her healthy, svelte self.

10. Q. I was in a friend’s wedding four years ago. We are not close anymore. Does she have to be in mine?

There is no quid pro quo when it comes to weddings. You don’t even have to invite someone to your wedding just because you went to theirs. Your friend is probably aware that you aren’t close anymore, either. Since she played an important part in your life before, be sure to invite her as a guest.

How the Mother of the Bride’s Duties Differ from the Mother of the Groom’s

08 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
How the Mother of the Bride's Duties Differ from the Mother of the Groom's

Photo: Kate Webber Photography

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s enough work to go around — and both your mother and mother-in-law to-be will want to pitch in. So here’s how the most important women in your life should divvy up their wedding duties.

The mother of the groom should…
— Offer your beau financial assistance — if desired — for those things traditionally paid for by the groom’s family, such as your bouquet and the rehearsal dinner. (But don’t be offended if she doesn’t — many couples are now paying for their weddings solo.)
— Attend the bridal shower with a gift and a smile.
— Check in with your mom about her wedding-day attire — their looks should complement and not compete with one another — and shop for her outfit up to six weeks before the big day.
— Plan and host the rehearsal dinner, which could take up to six months to organize.
— And dance with her son at the reception, of course!

See More: 7 Things Every Mother-of-the-Bride Should Do

The Mother of the Bride should…
— Discuss your wedding budget with you, and the ways she and your father would like to contribute.
— Be the back-up contact for wedding professionals, including your planner, caterer and florist.
— Help you choose your wedding gown — tears aren’t required, but definitely appreciated!
— Ask your opinion on what she should wear for the big day, and purchase her attire up to six weeks before the wedding.
— Attend or even organize your bridal shower, depending on what you decide with your ‘maids.
— And be there for any pre-wedding breakdowns, crisis and moments of pure joy!

Both mothers should…
— Help spread the word on where you’re registered to their family and friends.
— Seek out recommendations for wedding professionals and ceremony and reception sites — as long as you’ve asked for their input.
— And see you off from the reception as the two of you embark on your new life together!

What do you wish your mother and future mother-in-law would do for your big day?

10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

06 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

If you didn’t get the memo about the sky-high cost of weddings, you’re not alone, by any means. When exactly were you (or your loved ones) supposed to squirrel away $25K (the national wedding cost average) between high school, college, crappy first jobs, crappy third jobs, etc? More bad news: if you’re in a major city like NYC, that wedding cost average nearly doubles. If you’re working with a budget of significantly less than either of those figures, I do have some good news for you. It doesn’t cost $25K to get married. (There’s a big difference there.)

There’s no need to despair – you can absolutely have a fabulous big day for far less than five figures. So before you start racking up the wedding-related credit card debt, and buying in to every bit of wedding-related hoopla in the known universe, read these 10 things every cash-poor bride should know before you begin your wedding planning journey.

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1. The wedding industry doesn’t want you to think you can have a truly awesome wedding for less than 25K. But you absolutely can. It might not have all the bells and whistles of an “as-seen-on-TV” wedding, but it can still be beautiful, memorable, and most importantly, budget-friendly.

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2. Some wedding vendors may sneer at your small budget. They’ll insist that you can’t have a “decent” wedding for less than five figures, and they’ll make you feel crappy about your wedding choices. Don’t reward them with your business. (They’re totally wrong, btw. Your wedding is going to be awesome.)wedding-cake-serving-set.jpg

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3. Planning a wedding is like taking on an unpaid part-time job, no matter what your budget. You’ll probably put in 20 hours a week on Pinterest alone. However, if you have the time to plan your own wedding, skipping on a wedding planner will save you thousands.

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4. Proceed through bridal magazines with caution. The wedding glossies frequently feature wedding items that are way out of your budget. Do your research on designers and brands before you give your heart to a $4000 Wedding Dress. (The same goes for bridal salons – be sure to ask about price points before you shop. For more dress shopping tips, check out our ultimate guide to Wedding Dress shopping!)

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5. Gorgeous examples of budget weddings can be found at any price point. Don’t believe me? Google “$5000 wedding”, or “10K wedding”. You’ll find enough budget-friendly inspiration on the interwebs to fill three weddings. Trust me, it’s out there.

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6. Know that you’re not alone – and finding a supportive, like-minded community of brides will make your wedding planning journey so much easier. There are tons of resources out there for budget-minded brides – blogs like The Broke-Ass Bride, or The Budget Savvy Bride, and SHEfinds, of course!

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7. Pick the three things that are most important to you – now you know where you’ll be allocating most of your wedding budget. (Do remember that the food is usually the biggest wedding expense, and if it doesn’t appear on your top 3, you can save a lot by not serving a full sit-down meal.)

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8. Still feeling self-conscious about your small budget wedding’s status? A smaller guest list will allow you to devote more of your budget to food, flowers, and decor – which will make your wedding look much pricier.

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9. Don’t be quick to turn down free help when it’s offered. If your Aunt wants to bake your wedding cake as her gift to you, let her do it. Likewise, if your Maid of Honor wants to help you tackle every wedding-related project that comes up, by all means, let her tag along!

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10. If certain wedding traditions don’t speak to you, they’re not worth spending your hard-earned money on. Axe them. It’ll leave more room in your budget for the things that truly matter.

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