Choosing a one-size-fits-all bridesmaid dress is never an easy battle, especially since body shapes can make the same dress look different on every woman! Here is a little inspiration from our favourite celebrities (and their bridal party), as we count down the top ten celebrity bridesmaid dresses.
10. Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson’s wedding to Eric Johnson was a relaxed, country affair and the bridesmaid’s gowns very much reflected this. The flattering, v-neck dresses were layered with chiffon and perfectly complimented all nine of the bridal party!
9. Hilary Duff
For her wedding in 2010, Hilary Duff picked out a stunning wrap dress for her five bridesmaids. The flattering colour of lilac was perfect for the Californian wedding, and complimented Hilary’s fabulous gown.
8. Erica Pelosini
Fashionista Erica Pelosini chose bright blue layered gowns for her bridesmaids during her nuptials in the Italian countryside. Did we forget to mention that matching blue nail polish was also on the cards? It matched beautifully with gold details, such as jewellery and shoes.
7. Rochelle Wiseman
Singer Rochelle from The Saturdays chose a strapless style for her bridesmaids and fellow singers for the big day. The flattering style was perfect for all of the girls, and was adorned with crystals on the bodice.
6. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian’s first nuptials to Kris Humphries saw the entire bridal party dressed in white. The five bridesmaids were styled in a white strapless gown, which cinched in at the waist and billowed out towards the bottom.
5. Kate Moss
Model Kate Moss and her 14 bridesmaids (one of which was daughter Lila Grace) and flower girls were perfectly adorned in white lace and flower garlands for the bohemian wedding.
4. Poppy Delevingne
For Poppy Delevigne’s London leg of the wedding (she had another ceremony soon-after in Marrakech), bridesmaids such as little sister Cara were dressed in flowy, white ensembles.
3. Scheana Marie
The star of Vanderpump Rules picked out a handmade cropped top and skirt for herself, but went a little more traditional for her bridesmaids. They were dressed in long, chiffon gowns with jewels encrusted on the bodice.
2. Lauren Conrad
Designer and reality television star Lauren Conrad went for an off-white theme for her bridal party. Maid of honour included friend and fellow Laguna Beach castrate, Lo Bosworth who chose a sleeveless dress for the nuptials.
1. Ashley Tisdale
Coming in at number one, is actress Ashley Tisdale. She went with a soft colour palette for her wedding and each bridesmaid wore a dress which flattered their body type.
Bridesmaid and fellow actor Vanessa Hudgens wore a stunning halter-neck gown with matching flowers. Even though the dresses were different, bridesmaids kept it simple with the same braided hairstyle.
What is your favourite celebrity bridesmaid dress?
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If you want some ideas for an upcoming hens’ party you’ve come to the right place! I’ve noticed most hens party ideas are location-based, but I’d like to cater for everyone. So regardless of where you live or the budget you have, I’ve got some fun hens party ideas for everyone.
The PJ party/sleepover
If the budget is super tight for everyone this one may sound boring but it’s actually a lot of fun especially if there’s a few of you. Ask everyone to bring along bedding, drinks and nibbles and turn it into a pajama party. Order take out, watch the latest chick flicks (or porn?), drink some champers, snap some photos and just enjoy time together.
To make it more like a hens’ party, hire a stripper, tarot reader or some sort of entertainment that will come to you, plus play some hens’ party games. There are heaps around. The main focus is to get together and have a great night in. No one has to drive or go anywhere so it makes for a fun, intimate night with the girls.
Tell the ladies to come in casual clothes and bring along makeup and a sexy outfit. Prepare some drinks and nibbles at someones house, crank the music and everyone can get ready together. There’s nothing like girl time and dress ups! Pre-book a limo and take it to a preferred location and have yourselves a photo shoot. If cost is an issue, ask someone handy with a camera to take the photos. Alternately search for a studio, tell them what you want and see if they will accommodate.
After your shoot, head out to dinner or hit the clubs. Starting with a photo shoot will give the bride-to-be some amazing memories and begin the night a little differently. Getting ready together will be a lot of fun plus it’s a great ice breaker for ladies who are unfamiliar with each other.
A day out with the girls
If sitting around drinking champers sounds a bit sedate why not book a limo and take the crowd to paintball, laser skirmish, bowling, a fishing charter, jet boat ride, river or dinner cruise, scenic flight, day spa, a guided tour of some description or what ever else is available where you live and within the budget.
This can done during the day or night, depending on the activity you select. Perhaps complete a daytime hens’ party with sleep over or night on the town. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s fun, everyone enjoys themselves and the bride-to-be has an awesome experience.
Why let the fun stop after a few hours? Head away for the weekend, just the girls. If the budget is a little tight, go to a caravan park or hire a room or two for the weekend. This one can cost as little or as much as you like. Take some hens’ party games, hit the town, hire a limo or try some new restaurants.
If budget allows, book a bus that will fit the entire party and take you all to a holiday house at the beach or in the country. Go explore the region together, relax and get a bit or R&R at the same time. Organize a tour or combine some of the other options while you’re away. With so much time you’ll be able to pamper the bride-to-be, experience something new and have heaps of opportunity to giggle, drink champers and have fun.
A night interstate
It’s quite unlikely the bride would have done this before, so go explore the nightlife in another city. Hire a return limo to the airport and back and don’t bother taking luggage. Larger cities are open 24/7 so catch an evening flight and fly back in the morning. Providing you’re not too drunk to be let on board!
Explore the nightlife and the hens can be as silly as they like knowing they’re not likely to bump into anyone any time soon! You won’t need accommodation either if you feel like you’ll all be able to pull an all niter. This one is probably be for a younger crowd but don’t underestimate the older hens. They just might teach the young ones a thing or two!
Being so unique the bride-to-be most likely hasn’t done this before, so it will be something special. Plus, if friends or relatives interstate are attending the upcoming wedding, this is a perfect option to be able to include them providing you visit their city.
A weekend interstate
If one night interstate sounds too hectic or if you just want to prolong the fun, bring your bags, book accommodation and spend the entire weekend interstate. Set off Friday night so you can make the most of the weekend. When you get there you can either hit the town or have a quite night in. (Good luck with that one!)
Organise a tour the next day, followed by dinner and a night out on the town. Check out what the city has to offer and make bookings well in advance. You might find some fun ladies entertainment venues, a naught show, plus checkout what packages the local limo companies have to offer.
Make the most of the weekend away and go exploring, shopping or sightseeing the following day. Have dinner together and book a late flight home. Remember to take loads of photos for the bride-to-be to look back on the experience.
As you can see a hens party doesn’t have to be one night of alcohol, clubs, topples waiters and limo’s. There’s a world of experiences waiting out there so why not make the best of this awesome excuse to get the girls together and experience them!
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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
- 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
- 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.
- Bobby pins
- Clear nail polish
- Emery Boards
- Earring Backs, (if she is wearing earrings)
- Clear Eyes
- Hair spray
- Needle and thread
- Safety Pins
- 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