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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cloned “look alike” Bridesmaids

Brides, don’t insist on making your bridesmaids look like clones. No more “cookie cutter” outfits.

The practice started with weddings in ancient Rome, which required the presence of 10 witnesses, who dressed like the bride and groom in order to ward off evil spirits. If the spirits couldn’t figure out who the bride and groom were, they couldn’t inflict evil on them. Very clever, ancient Romans. 😉

WEDBridemaidsDressesEvery good friend knows that along with the honor of being a bridesmaid comes the obligation to wear a dress in a color and style that’s not of her choosing. So your girls accept that, but it doesn’t mean they’ll submit happily if you force them to wear identical shoes, jewelry, wraps, and hairstyles.

In order to have a great time at your wedding, your bridesmaids need to feel attractive too – something that’s impossible if you’ve micromanaged their looks down to the lipstick hue. Plus, buying a bunch of matching accessories they may never wear again gets expensive. Not to worry… YOU will still be the main attraction! Why not select a dresses they can actually wear again without altering?

Your bridesmaids will look even better if you give them leeway to let their individual styles shine through the blush-colored chiffon gowns you’ve dressed them in. Even if the dresses are all completely different, you can still have a preview to determine who should stand next to who in order to create balance. Their look should compliment their body type. Same color, different styles and lengths is another idea. Let them choose their hair and makeup styles; give them more than one option with accessories like shoes, jewelry, and cover-ups.

It’s a near-impossible feat to find ONE dress (or even one color) that three or four or 10 girls (who are different colors and shapes and size) are ALL going to feel great in. So why not make it easier on everyone and let them all wear WHATEVER, and trust that your friends have good taste? Your “Bridal Brigade” should have the freedom to choose within your guidelines. Of course you have the final say; you are, after all, “the bride.”

Should your bridesmaids wear the same dress? No, just similar enough to be a little of the same but individual enough to compliment each girl.

Perhaps it is finally time to ditch tradition of the matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses! What say you?

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Rainbow of Colors for the Bridesmaids

One of the benefits we receive from the sun’s rays is the energy produced when light waves become color as it passes through the droplets of rain. We get rainbows. Rainbows are created both by reflection and refraction (bending) of sunlight in raindrops. As sunlight enters a raindrop, it bends and it is separated into its constituent colors (the colors that comprise white light). Rainbows appear in seven colors. You can only see a rainbow if the Sun is behind you and the rain in front. Rainbows are a beautiful array of color.

rainbowWhy not incorporate the colors of the rainbow into your wedding? If you are a bride who has trouble making a decision on which color is right for your bridesmaids, then worry no more. With all of the colors and styles to choose from each member of your party could wear the same color but with a different style or you could even choose a rainbow of colors to really spice things up. If you have a lot of bridesmaids and they all love different styles and colors, then let them pick their own color.

How incredibly cool do all these colors look together look?

The Groomsmen could sport handkerchiefs in their pockets and ties that match the color of the dress of the bridesmaid they will walk up the aisle with.

All you need to remember is this: ROY G BIV (or ROYGBIV). These letters stand for the order of the colors of the rainbow, which are: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Be sure that Red gets along with Orange!

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Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography, Denver.

If you were one of the brides who kept hitting repeat on the ‘double rainbow guy video‘ then the idea above may be for you! In a double rainbow in this video, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets. Listen to the sound of the man’s voice who took the video. (Caution: Watch the volume level if you are at work).

Larry’s Note: A special “thank you” to TheKnottyBride.com for assistance in this blog post.

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Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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