History of Bridesmaids and Dress Trends

February 27, 2009

 Origin and History of Bridesmaids

“The Western bridesmaid tradition is thought to have originated from Roman law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding in order to outsmart evil spirits (believed to attend marriage ceremonies) by dressing in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits would not know who was getting married. Even as late as 19th century England, there was a belief that ill-wishers could administer curses and taint the wedding. In Victorian wedding photographs, for example, the bride and groom are frequently dressed in the same fashion as other members of the bridal party.” (Wikipedia)

The role of a bridesmaid has definitely evolved of the years. Today things are a little different, starting with their dresses. Some brides are still traditional and prefer to have their bridesmaids wear identical dresses, but at the same time are seeking looks that can be worn again to future events.

bgtrhmPhoto courtesy of : Derek Photography

Another trend is having your b-maids pick a dress from the same color palate, but choosing a style that best suits their body type.


Photo courtesy of: A Bryan Photo

Each bridesmaid could also wear a dress in a different shade of one color, for example, light pink, medium pink, etc., or have each bridesmaid choose different colors of your particular wedding color scheme, for example, green, burnt orange, brown and maroon for a fall color scheme.


Photo courtesy of: With Love Photography

What will your bridesmaids wear?


Engagement Session with Brienne and Juan

February 18, 2009

Brienne and Juan are getting married this April, at the beautiful Castle Green. They just recently had their engagement session at Griffith Park and the Griffith Park Observatory. It was the perfect place for them to rekindle their love, since it was the same place that Juan proposed to Brienne.




 Their amazing pictures were take by: Gavin Holt:  http://www.gavinphotography.com

Venue Event Director vs Wedding Coordinator

February 12, 2009

My amazing collegue, Amber Gustafson of Amber Events featured this article on her blog and I just had to share it with you.  She was given this information by a venue event director, who gives out this form to new clients getting married at their facility.  It goes into detail of the differences between an onsite coordinator versus an offsite coordinator.

The Venue Event Director will:

-Recommend Special event professionals that are familiar with and know the venue
-Act as menu consultant for all food and beverage selections
-Detail your banquet event order and wedding outlining all of your event specifics
-Create an “estimate of charges” outlining our financial commitments and deposit schedules
-Create a floor plan of your function space
-Arrange and attend your menu tasting
-Establish your guestroom block
-Oversee the ceremony and reception set ups
-Be the on-site liaison between your wedding coordinator and hotel operations staff
-Ensure a seamless transition to the hotel’s banquet captain once the grand entrance has occurred


Your Hired Professional Wedding Coordinator Will:

-Assist with etiquette and protocol for invitations, family matters, ceremony and reception
-Create a “time line” for your wedding day, including the ceremony and reception
-Work with you to organize and coordinate your ceremony rehearsal.
-Remind Bridal party of all pertinent “call times” and “don’t forgets” on the day of the wedding
-Confirm call times and details with all vendors several days prior to the wedding day
-Be the liaison with your family, bridal party, band/DJ, florist, photographer and other vendors to create a seamless operation
-Assist you with your gown and any additional needs of the bridal party
-Ensure the ladies have their corsages and bouquets, etc. and assist with the pinning of the mens’ boutonnieres
-Set up programs, place cards, guest favors, guest book, champagne flutes, and all personal items
-line up and queue the bridal party and musicians at the time of the wedding ceremony
-Collect any personal items at the conclusion of the reception
-Assist you with “full service” or “day of” coordinating from your engagement to your honeymoon

Hope this clears things up! 🙂

WPP Wedding Seminar

February 4, 2009

When: February 24, 2009 6:30-9:00PM

Where: Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

On February 24th, Wedding and Party Professionals is having their annual “Wedding Seminar” at the beautiful Woodland Hills Country Club. This event is quite different from any other bridal show because it not only gives you the opportunity to meet with amazing vendors, sample delicious cake and champagne, but most importantly provides you with a seminar on tips for your wedding day and what’s hot for 2009!

Sign up today and I’ll see you on the 24th!


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