What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Wedding dress trends change with the times. And the dress you choose says a lot about you – what styles you like, and even your personality. So, what do the various on trend wedding dress styles tell us about the brides wearing them?

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

A-line

A modern take on wedding style, this is for girls who like structure in their lives and need everything to be organised. A-line dresses usually mean a wedding that runs like clockwork.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Ball gown

It’s not just for wannabe princesses you know. But if there’s a chance to be the centre of attention then you’re going to take it.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Fit and flare

The perfect balance of control and wild side. It’s all business at the top and party at the bottom.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Boho

Let out your inner hippy with this loose and flowing dress. It suits laid back, creative types, ideal for a festival wedding.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Sheath

Inconspicuous but stone cold stylish. You don’t have to go big to make a bold statement. This is elegance with edge.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Short

Who cares what the tradition says. You like to be your own person and follow your own style. Plus, when it comes wedding party time you’ll be ready to rock.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

What to look for in wedding invites

We live in the digital age. It’s all emails, texts and WhatsApp these days. So it makes it even more special when you get actual physical correspondence. And because they don’t get much more important that wedding invites, you need to make sure yours are even more eye catching.

You’ve chosen the venue, bought the dress, finalised the guest list. All that’s left is to send out the invites. Here’s what to look out for when shopping for your wedding invitations.

Belly band

Like the icing on the cake, the belly band fits around the invitation holding it all together. Made from fabric or ribbon, this is your chance to add a bit of flair.

What to look for in wedding invites

Deboss or emboss

Debossing is when images or text are pressed onto the paper creating an indentation. Embossing is when the paper is raised using similar techniques. It’s an elegant stylistic touch ideal for subtle monograms or decorations.

What to look for in wedding invites

Engraving

Text is etched onto a metal plate, which is then covered in ink and used as a printing press. Prince William and Kate Middleton used this method for their invitations so expect it to be a little pricey.

What to look for in wedding invites

Foil stamping

A metal plate is used to print various coloured foils onto the paper. It’s a great way of making your invitations stand out.

What to look for in wedding invites

Laser cutting

This precise cutting method can cut incredibly intricate lace patterns into paper. It’s bang on trend right now and adds depth to your invitations.

What to look for in wedding invites

Letterpress

A similar method to engraving but at a much more affordable price. Gives your invitations a real vintage look.

What to look for in wedding invites

Offset

A form of flat printing that works best with delicate materials. If you’re using thin paper or other fabrics, this is the way to go.

What to look for in wedding invites

Screen printing

Create a hand painted look with ink pushed through a stencil woven mesh.

What to look for in wedding invites

Stock

Think quality paper for your invites. The thicker and heavier it is, the better. Stock is the term that refers to the weight of 500 sheets.

What to look for in wedding invites

Thermography

A short cut for creating beautifully printed hand lettering. It looks just like engraving but costs an awful lot less.

What to look for in wedding invites

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

It was probably a big emotional moment. Your best friend asked you to be maid of honour. You’re touched. You’ve probably cried a little bit with joy. It’s all just so exciting. Then it hits you. Just what does being maid of honour really mean? Panic ensues and as the day approaches, sheer terror, as you realise it’s way too late to ask just what it is you’re actually supposed to be doing.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

Well, don’t worry readers. We’re here to help. We’ve read all the wedding books, had the experience and literally got the t-shirt. So don’t panic. Below is a detailed list of everything that’s expected of you.

The Hen Do

This is probably your number one responsibility before the big day. It’s your job to make sure the bride has the very best send off before she ties the knot. Remember, this is not about you. Think carefully about what kind of party your bride-to-be really wants, enlist the help of the other bridesmaids, then make it happen.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

Bridal shower

This is a relatively recent US import into the maid of honour’s repertoire. It’s often the case that the bride’s mother or sister(s) will handle most of the planning but you need to be on hand to organise food, invitations, venues or anything else that’s needed.

Dress shopping

Believe it or not, your opinion counts. Which is why the bride might very well want you there when she’s dress shopping. Be honest, but remember that tact is always a good idea (even if it’s a terrible choice).

On the day

Basically, you’re at the bride’s beck and call. She’s going to be mega-stressed and probably bite your head off at several points throughout the day. Grin and bear it. Trust us. This is the best way for everyone to get through it.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

Witnessing the marriage

Traditionally, you and the best man will be the ones to sign on the dotted line and make everything nice and legal. It’s a formal recognition of your role on the day.

Emotional support

Once all the formalities are out of the way, there’s a huge release of tension and your bride will probably need a bit of emotional support. And, depending on who she’s marrying, your role as unofficial counsellor may last for several months before and after the big day.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are countless other little jobs that fall within your remit. You’ll be informed about these along the way and on the wedding day itself. Just remember to be patient, smile and wait until it’s your turn to pick a maid of honour.