A beautiful bridesmaid

June 11, 2002

Bag of the week

Bag of the week

We can?t get past British Sports brand Golas? Redford bag. It is sleek, cool, and big enough to fit everything and anything into it. The great thing about the Gola range is that you won?t see too many people carrying them-so you?ll be an individual. For stockists enquiries telephone (02) 9599 4006The Bridesmaid Dilemma We?ve all been there, done, particularly when it comes to having to be the one stuck wearing an ugly bridesmaid dress. That bright pink taffeta number with leg of mutton sleeves is still shoved right to the back of your cupboard. All of you Brides out there-don?t do it to your best friend. When you get married, you should swear that your bridesmaids? dresses will be perfect and wearable? If you?re going to do the right thing by womenkind, you?d better take a read of this.

  • Never go shopping for bridesmaids? dresses with all of your attendants. This is a recipe for disaster. Take one at a time-too many chefs spoil the broth.
  • Don?t match your poor bridesmaids with the napkins or invitations. Everything


a little tacky and make them feel rather silly-remember, they are people, not flower- pots.

  • Choose a colour that suits the skin tone or hair colour of your bridesmaids. It doesn?t matter if you have to design five different styles. They will look and feel so much better if they are wearing a colour they know they look good in.
  • Their figures may vary greatly: always take this into consideration. For instance, a great style for a larger figure is ?empire?. This is fitted on top and loose over the rest of the body. If you have a short bridesmaid, don?t put them in anything that is puffy and long-it will only make them look shorter. If one of your bridesmaids has a big bust, choose a v-neck or scoop neck instead of a plunging or high neck-line.
  • If your bridesmaids live all over the country-and we

Bridesmaid dress

know this is often the case- don?t try to create the same style for each attendant. Think of a few different styles you like to see each in. This way you won?t have to match four different dresses in four different states or even countries. If you trust their eye, let them choose the dress but remember sister, you?re in charge?you choose the colour and stipulate what you do like.

  • If you are trying to cut costs then don?t get dresses made. It always ends up being more expensive than you think. Go to a regular store, and go for something that just hit the stores so there are lots of sizes. You can find some great, memorable dresses at boutiques like Allanah Hill, Lisa Ho or even Espirit. These stores are all over Australia so it will make it very easy to get as many different sizes as you need. Leona Edmistons? new boutique on William St, Paddington has some fabulous dresses that would look great as bridesmaid dresses.
  • If you are going to go the seamstress way, then go with somebody you know or who has been referred to you by someone you like. Always ask the seamstress if you can see an example of her work. See if they can create dresses that will work for different body shapes. This is a little extra work and research, but we would suggest you even call someone who has had a dress made by the seamstress. She will tell you if she was happy with the outcome.
  • When choosing fabrics ? think about the season your wedding is in. Perfect summer fabrics are: raw silk, light satins and chiffons.

    Winter fabrics: go for Duchess satins, brocades or thick luxurious satins. Don?t make your bridesmaids wear a flowing light silk dress in the middle of winter. That is just not fair. If you need any help or want to find some incredible fabrics go to Fabric Fantasy in Sydney,

    tel: (02) 9211 5536.Big Day Beauty Emergency Kit

    Even if you?ve planned your wedding to the nth degree, unexpected things can go wrong-and talk to any ex-bride, they always do. So, that said, SheSaid decided to compose a Big Day Beauty Emergency Kit. You can print it out and store it somewhere safe. This list is a must-have for any bride-to-be, so if you?re a bridesmaid and at a loss as to what to give her-we?ve solved your problem. It is the perfect treat to give before she takes the plunge.

  • Panadol
  • Bobby pins
  • Clear nail polish
  • Emery Boards
  • Earring Backs, (if she is wearing earrings)
  • Clear Eyes
  • Hair spray
  • Needle and thread
  • Safety Pins
  • Tissues
  • Small scissors
  • Mints -to freshen her breath
  • Extra perfume
  • Baby wipes
  • Stapler (great savior for that loose hem)
  • Bottle of water
  • Face Powder
  • Spare lipstick
  • Spare pantyhose
  • Tampons-you never know!
  • Aesop face spritzer
  • Champagne

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