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Your Role As a Bridesmaid



Your friend is getting married, and she has asked you to be a bridesmaid. She is giving you a special honor and a touching compliment. The bridesmaids are usually those closest to the bride, her close family members and her best friends. You want to show your support and appreciation to her by being there when she needs you and helping make her day special and stress free.


What is Your Role?

The role of the bridesmaid can vary slightly depending on the bride’s needs, and how traditional the ceremony is going to be. The Head Maid or Matron of Honor has most of the roles in assisting with wedding planning and during the wedding day festivities. As a bridesmaid, however, you do have your role as well. You will be standing in the wedding party with your friend or family member. You will also have things to do leading up to the big day.


First, you will help the bride shop for her wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It is very important that you offer your input about color and style preferences, especially if a style or color does not work for you or indeed your Bride. Some people look pale wearing certain shades of pink, red, or orange. You want to look beautiful on the big day because your beauty will help enhance and add to the bride’s beauty. Be honest with the bride about the dresses that she tries on as well. She may have her sights on something elegant, but if it does not look perfect on her, she will not be happy on her big day.


You will also assist with different aspects of planning the wedding. When asked, offer your input on decorations, colors, music, and favors. If you happen to know that the kids are enjoying certain types of party favors, let the bride know. Flower girl gifts and gifts for the pageboys are important, and meaningful gifts they will enjoy will give them lasting memories of the day.


Be ready to help the Maid of Honor plan the bridal shower and Hen Party. You may be asked to chip in for expenses for either event. If you are able to assist, be sure to save money aside for those events as well as your own gift for the bride. If you cannot assist financially, ask the Maid of Honor what else you can do to chip in instead. She will appreciate it and you will feel like an active part of the wedding planning.


At the wedding reception, be social. Speak to as many guests as you can, help introduce people, and guide guests to the guest book and be ready to help with the special moments, such as the cake cutting. Do not forget you will have an important role before the ceremony as well. You will help get the bride ready for her day and keep her calm. It is also a good idea to assist the Maid of Honor in making sure the bride remembers to eat, as many forget that in the excitement of the day.


The bride has given you a big honor and shown you how special you are by including you as an active participant in one of the most important days of her life. Enjoy your role as bridesmaid. Be there for your friend and most importantly, enjoy the excitement and the festivities.

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Planning your wedding takes thought and strategy

A wedding is a very special occasion for every bride and groom, and a very memorable occasion that will not be easily forgotten by their guests. Planning a wedding has now been made a little easier due to the huge array of “Wedding Blogs” like Brides Down South. However you will still need to plan everything very carefully, and without help this can be very challenging.

Some couples choose to hire a Wedding Planner to organize their big day for them. Hiring a wedding planner can be costly and may take a way the fun and sense of achievement you will get from doing it yourself. If you use our “Wedding Check List” from the very start you will find it far easier to plan things like choosing wedding rings, wedding outfits, the venue and the wedding breakfast. It will take you through a step by step process that you will find easy to follow while achieving the best possible end result. It will prompt you ever step of the way and won’t let you forget things that need to be done in a certain order.  Wedding Dresses 2015 Spring

Generally speaking, DIY wedding planning is the best and most cost-effective way for those who need to keep to a strict and defined budget. There are so many aspects of your wedding that you can make yourself. Given a little time and careful planning they can drastically cut down your wedding expenses plus they let you show your own flare unique touches.
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To keep costs down, you may consider other DIY wedding ideas such as making your own decorations, centerpieces, wedding favors etc. You can get as creative as you want in making your own wedding accessories.
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Planning and preparing for a wedding should start as early as possible, especially if you want to do it yourself and without the help of an expensive “Wedding Planner”. Remember, there are many things that you will need to do and plan for, you will not want to leave everything to the last minute, as this will only make the job difficult and stressful. You want to enjoy this exciting and fun journey you are both taking to make sure your married life starts from a firm and memorable base.
The Internet is a huge source of ideas and information that will make your wedding planning run smoothly and without mishaps. There are so many websites that specialise in all the different facets that need to be brought together to create your perfect day. You should plan to purchase wedding supplies and accessories from different site that specialise in what you are looking for at the best possible price.

With the help of the Internet, you can also find unique and creative wedding ideas. From different wedding themes, bridesmaids and ushers gifts, wedding favors, reception supplies too many more… name it and rest assured the Internet have it for you. Just always remember to plan early, take time when shopping, and to compare prices, if you follow this simple path you will not go far wrong.

“The Wedding Fair” at ExCel London on 18 -19 April.


Hi everybody
Just thought I would give you a quick heads Up on the up and coming occasion that is “The Wedding Fair” at ExCel London on 18 -19 April. If you are planning a wedding or have been invited to attend a wedding this is the show for you.

You will be treated to eight exciting and entertaining Catwalk Shows throughout the two days, on show will be dresses from leading designers such as Ellis, Ritva Westenius, Ronald Joyce, Justin Alexander, Zac Posen, Mori Lee, Silk+Satin, Oriental Pearl, White by Vera Wang, David’s Bridal and many more.


If you are looking for the latest trends or classic styles, you will see every style, type and design of wedding dress, you are sure to find inspiration for your dream wedding gown

A good selection of the dresses modeled on the catwalk are available for you to try on and buy direct from our exhibitor’s stands so be sure to make a note of those that catch your eye!


As well as a variety of wedding dresses taking center stage on the Catwalk, you also be able to see the latest trends for Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and Grooms Wear. You will also see, inspirational floral bouquets, stunning hair and makeup styling and sparkling accessories will complete your look for your wedding celebrations!


The catwalk shows are hugely popular but remember if you buy a VIP ticket you will receive reserved seating.

Book Your VIP Tickets Here Use Code WFY38 to save on your tickets 

The Essential Bridal Wear Collection brings together many of the South East’s leading boutiques all under one roof. You will be met with a fantastic variety of bridal wear exhibitors, so much so that you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for that perfect dress. This vast collection will mean there are stunning gowns to suit each and every style and budget. There is also the added bonus of being able to have personal dress fittings and consultations on the day.

So what are you waiting for? With dresses from leading designers such as Naomi Neoh, Pronovias, Ronald Joyce, Stephanie Allin, Intuzuri Costura, Mark Lesley and many more, you’ll be sure to find your dream dress at the fair!

To make the experience even better, many of the Bridal wear suppliers will also be offering exclusive discounts for you to take advantage of on the day!

Mother of the Bride & Bridal Party

11399472234_3b59218b35_bAs well as bridal gowns, we will also have an extensive range of Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaid, Groom and Ushers collections. Many of these are also available to try on and buy at the Fair. So make sure your bring your bridal party along, and everyone can find their perfect outfit!

All dresses on the catwalk can be found in The Essential Bridal Wear Collection to try on the day. 

Entertainment Stage

entertainmentstage-300x200If you consider that one of the most important (and often most memorable) aspects of your wedding day will be the musical entertainment. Whether it’s a classical string quartet or a rocking six piece band that you’re after, The Entertainment Stage at the ExCel London Wedding Fair is here to help.

The finest selection of musical entertainment exhibitors will be performing live on the stage throughout the day to help stage1-329x220you choose your perfect musical accompaniment.

Do be sure to speak with our entertainment exhibitors on their stand following their performances for special show.

The most important thing is to have fun and make sure you get as much out of the show as possible. You will find some fantastic deals on products that can be bought and ordered while you are at the show.

Book Your VIP Tickets Here
Use Code WFY38 to save on your tickets 

Keeping the Stress off the Bride


Brides Down South – Keeping the Stress off the Bride

wedding-rings-251290__180Congratulations, you are getting married. Now you need our help to show you where to start this exciting journey. There are so many aspects of putting a wedding together, from picking out a wedding dress to choosing wedding favors. It is a wonderful idea to search the net for ideas and inspiration, it’s your lucky day because Brides Down South have done all the hard work for you!!!!. The two of you will be less stressed and more focused on the up and coming nuptials if you let us help. 

hen-clubWe Will Help Organize
Brides Down South help take the stress off of the Bride and Groom. So they can enjoy the experience, to the full.  We will help in all areas of planning your wedding. Our pride is only surpassed by our passion in providing you with the very best products and services to give you  the most sacred day of your life. Our wedding planner will even help by offering appointments to the perfect designers for wedding dresses to make sure you get the dress of your dreams at a cost that  you will love. 

bride-454144_640What Brides Down South Offers
There are so many services and products we offer the blushing bride. The team at Brides Down South know that it can be quite overwhelming when you plan an entire wedding on your own. We offer an exceptional wedding checklist that is tailored to your personal budget. This checklist will offer you the best way to keep your wedding elegant and sophisticated while still keeping in the price range you choose. 

Enjoy viewing beautiful wedding dresses that will provide you with an elegant way of walking down the aisle to your expectant groom. In some cases you do not even need to purchase the dress; you are able to borrow one of these bridal gowns, as well as accessories that you will need during your wedding. Our partners cater to all your needs and price ranges. 

vintage-635244_150If you are worried about decorations and keeping to a theme, then you will be amazed at what our professional have to offer. Our skilled and passionate staff has so many wedding décor options you will surely find exactly what you are looking for. We will have the décor you will need no matter what theme you choose. It can be an elegant and traditional wedding, all the way to a beach wedding; we have you covered. 

beach-wedding-615219__180Capturing Memories
We will provide you with photographers videographers and even a personalised wedding website where you can have your present list and a pictorial biography of the things you did to achieve the wedding day of your dreams.. Allow them to portray the most amazing day of your life with HD quality. Our trained and skilled wedding photographers will provide you with photos of special moments from walking down the aisle and speaking your vows to having fun at the reception. 

Think of Brides Down South as your one stop wedding shop. Our elegant wedding decorations and dresses to our passionate and professional staff; we have everything a blushing bride will need. Contact us today to begin planning one of the most important days of your life.