Discover All the Bridesmaid Duties You Need to Know

Being a bridesmaid is a fun and exciting job. If you’re lucky enough to be cast, find out exactly what bridesmaid duties are and what the role includes here…

Being a bridesmaid is an honour and an opportunity to make lifelong memories with your mates. Whether you are chosen by a BFF, sister, or relative, you are essential in forming a support network for the bride and helping her plan her big day. There’s more to bridesmaid duties than just looking stunning.

However, not all bridesmaid obligations are attractive, and bridesmaids are not actual servants. The bride can sometimes be forgotten. With this in mind, it’s best to be aware of all the important bridesmaid obligations you should not forget. We’ve also provided some top tips for being the best bridesmaids. Let’s do it…

Find Out All the Bridesmaid Duties You Should Expect

Go Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

You’ll need to go bridal shopping with the bride, which is probably the part you’re most excited for. What colour will your look be? What style will the bridesmaids wear? It’s so much fun!

The maid of honour’s role includes helping to arrange a day when everyone can get together to try dresses on. Try and be flexible, particularly when there’s a big group to organise.

Remember that it can be hard to dress and coordinate everyone at once, so if you have any concerns, address them calmly as soon as possible. Help the bride achieve her vision, and keep in mind that she always has the final word.

More importantly, you should make sure that you establish with the bride from the beginning who will pay for the gowns. Make sure you include any extras such as accessories, hair, and makeup, too.

Traditionally, the bride pays for what she wants the bridesmaids to have, but this isn’t always the case, so make sure everyone’s on the same page to avoid any awkwardness.

Wedding Planning

The bridesmaid can help the bride with different parts of the wedding planning. Depending on her individual skills and talents, she may be asked to help out with certain tasks.

If you’re good at crafts, the bridesmaids might ask you to help them with DIY wedding favors, whilst those with a talent for design might lend a hand with stationery. You may also be asked to sort RSVPs, categorize menu options or offer your opinions on wedding suppliers.

Be prepared to help with any wedding admin – and do so with a smile. It’s all part of the role of bridesmaid!

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Plan the Hen Party

The maid of honour is usually in charge of organizing the hen party, but you may be assigned other tasks to help her out. Prepare ideas to help the maid of honour plan the perfect day, and consider what task you can do to help with the hen do planning.

One bridesmaid could gather some hen party dares for everyone to try, while another could contact the groom to get the Mr and Mrs Quiz answers – every hen party needs this! Consider some bridal shower games to break the ice if there is a large group of bridesmaids and female friends of the bride. Another bridesmaid task could be to put together the hen party bags.

Get Ready with the Bride

If you aren’t already with the bride on the morning of the wedding, go over to her hotel and assist her in getting ready… and for those lovely getting-ready shots. While the maid of honour attends to the bride, the bridesmaids should be able to assist any younger bridesmaids and flower girls.

The bridesmaids travel to the wedding ceremony with the maid of honour and the bride’s mother, leaving the bride to travel with her father. The bridesmaids should arrive ten minutes before the bride so that they can see her arrive.

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Host & Help at the Reception

During the wedding reception, the bridesmaids should be available to assist – the bride may require makeup touch-ups or assistance going to the bathroom if she is wearing a particularly cumbersome gown. Prepare yourself!

Keep an eye out to make sure the bride has something to drink and has eaten as the evening progresses. It can be difficult for the newly-weds to find the time to grab a bite to eat, so any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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7 Fun Bridesmaids Ideas for the Wedding Morning

If you want to make a bit of a fuss over the bride or bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding, these fun little things will certainly start the day in the right way.

It’s so easy for the first few hours of your wedding day to fly by without even noticing. Hell, the whole wedding can swish past you if you’re not careful! And before you know it, you’re off on your honeymoon. That is why it’s important to really shine a light on your wedding morning, and give it the focus it deserves. Because if you appreciate those fleeting moments with your bridesmaids whilst getting ready, you’ll better appreciate the rest of the day.

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On the morning of your wedding, do you really want to be spending that precious time working through checklists and anxiously watching the clock? Getting ready with your bridesmaids should be as memorable as the main event and filled with laughter, prosecco (not too much) and sharing stories.

Here are 7 fun things to do on your wedding morning with your bridesmaids.

Prepare coordinated ‘get ready’ robes for your bridal party

We think it’s so fun when a bride and her bridesmaids have coordinating pyjamas or robes to get ready in! It makes everyone feel like even more of a squad, and it looks great in the wedding photos. Robes also won’t spoil your hair and makeup when it’s time to change into your bridesmaids dresses.

Plan a Sleepover

Is there any better way to spend the last night of your single life, than sharing a few laughs over a cheeky bottle of wine with your mates? Book somewhere to stay with your bridesmaids before the wedding, so you have plenty of time to catch up and relax. This is equally a good time to pamper and do any beauty treatments you and the bridal party feel like doing.

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Co-create a Playlist

It’s not a real party without a killer playlist. Pumping the tunes you all love during wedding prep will create a great atmosphere and get everyone in a celebratory mood! Create a group playlist on Spotify, and together you’ll guarantee all bridesmaids will be happy, and free from pre-wedding nerves.

Eat a Wedding Morning Meal

On the morning of your wedding, you might not feel like eating much, but it’s vital you do eat something! Sit down together for a healthy breakfast and set up a grazing station to keep everyone’s energy levels up throughout your time together.

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Capture the moment 

Wedding morning selfies with your bridesmaids are always so sweet to look back on. But don’t forget to allow time for professional photos too! Your hair, makeup, and flowers will all be at their best at the start of the day, so plan for some bridal party portraits with your photographer before you hit the aisle.

Decorate the space

Why not bring some fun little details to your wedding morning! Big balloons, decorations and even flower arrangements can bring some cheer to an otherwise average room. And, it’ll make your bridal party feel appreciated and loved.

A First Look with Your Bridesmaids

If you’re doing the whole first look thing with your partner, why not do it with your bridesmaids! This wedding day is a big deal for your closest friends too, so it makes sense that you would want to have a special moment with them. Be sure to have your photographer on standby to catch their reaction, and you’ll capture a precious memory that each of you will love long after the big day.

Find the dream looks for your bridesmaids to slip in to on your wedding morning, by booking your appointment with Nabbd today via our online booking system.

 

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Engagement Timeline: Your 2022 Bridesmaids Edition

Getting on top of your wedding admin is key to big day planning, and your initial engagement timeline is where it all begins.

You’re engaged! This is huge! Congrats! We’re so happy for you! And you are both going to have an incredible time planning your wedding day over the next 12 or so months. From choosing the prettiest bouquets and cake, to picking your dream dress and bridesmaids – it’s going to be a whirlwind! So, its important that from 2022 you stay on track, and keep an engagement timeline. Otherwise, your best intentions could go flying down the toilet!

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An Engagement Timeline For You & Your Bridesmaids

In order to help your big day plans go as smoothly as poss, we thought we’d share our top tips for newly engaged couples. Bite-size pieces of wedding planning cake that will help to make the process more manageable, and more fun for you and your bridesmaids.

Check Your Nails

How are most people going to hear about your engagement? Social media. And how will you tell people that you’re engaged? By showing your engagement ring! Now, how’s it going to look if you share an image of your ring finger with cracked nail polish, or chipped ends? It’s going to look awful. Even if you don’t think so now, trust us, in 5-10 years time you’ll wish you’d got a manicure.

Post an Engagement Ring Selfie

This engagement ring selfie is probably going to be the biggest thing you’ve posted on Instagram to date. So make sure it’s exactly how you want it. A relaxed, loving shot of you and your partner is what we’re going for.

Once you’ve shared it with your adoring fans, WhatsApp it to Mum, so she can share it with the rest of the family!

Plan an Engagement Party

We said this was an engagement timeline, and the party is one of the most exciting parts! There are of course many things that need to be decided and prepared for following a proposal, but we’re not focusing on those today! We’re worried about having fun, relaxing, and enjoying being engaged!

Do you want to plan it all yourself? Or would you rather your friends throw you a surprise? Do you want it casual, or extravagant? Decide on the vibe early, discuss it with your future bridesmaids and then plan something that feels right for you, and your relationship.

Choose Your Bridesmaids

This should probably come before the engagement party, but who knows when parties will be taken away from us again, so we moved them up a bit! But this stage is critical, and you should decide early on how many bridesmaids or groomsmen you want by your side. Because they’ll play a key part in your wedding and engagement planning.

Do you want strict even numbers of grooms and maids on both sides? Or are you happy with an odd number? Will you have just friends? Or does his or her sister make the cut because they’re family?

The bridesmaids you pick will be emotionally carrying you to the altar over the next 12 months, so choose with your heart, and your head.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

You’ve said ‘yes’ to your beloved, and now it’s time to pop the BIG question to your bridesmaids! These girls (and guys) have (nearly) always been there for you, and they’ve always been there. So now it’s time to show them some love back.

Give them a proposal surprise that lets them know you care, and that you want them there on your wedding day, by your side. Something personalised is always appreciated, and some kind keepsake of the moment would also be good.

Take a Breath During Your Engagement Timeline

The internet is full of resources that will show you how your engagement timeline should be. And your friends and family will always be happy to share their advice with you also. But occasionally, it’s important to take a step back, and remember why you are doing this. This isn’t a task, this is your wedding. So put some time aside in-between the wedding planning, and do some fun downtime things that you both enjoy. Or do something that’s just for you. Whatever it is, it’s good to relieve the stress that an intense engagement timeline can sometimes bring!

You’re Going to Fall in Love with the brand-new Hayley Paige UK bridesmaids dresses

We’ve fallen head over heels for the brand new Hayley Paige UK bridesmaids, and we’re sure you’re going to love them too!

We love getting deliveries of spanking new bridesmaids, its honestly such an exciting time! And recently, we received a big box of bridesmaids from one of our favourite designers, Hayley Paige UK. We were speechless (rare), as we pulled each one from its wrapper, not understanding how each gown could be prettier than the last!

Each one of the new Hayley Paige UK bridesmaids were immediately checked, steamed and then proudly displayed on our rails. Once they were all finished, and looking even better than they did when they were fresh from the box, we had another browse. And maybe eve tried a couple on! We couldn’t resist because these new gowns are just so pretty, and after trying them on, we found that they’re effortlessly flattering too!

As you can probably tell, we’re pretty big fans of this new collection. And so, we thought we’d share our fave styles from the new Hayley Paige bridesmaids collection with you, and hopefully inspire your future ‘maid choices!

Our Favourite Hayley Paige UK Bridesmaids

Costa Rica

This super sleek Hayley Paige UK bridesmaids gown has a flattering A-line silhouette, crafted from shiny Frosé crêpe de Chine. Featuring a draped neckline that creates a softly seductive finish, and a natural waist – this one of the most elegant bridesmaid choices from the new collection.

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São Paulo

An off-the-shoulder sleeve, or strap, is the look for ‘maids in 2022. And this brand-new style from Hayley Paige is ticking more than one on-trend bridesmaids boxes! Crafted from silky Frosé crêpe de Chine, over an A-line silhouette, this gown is oh-so flattering in its shape, but also its cut. With its empire line bodice and natural waist.

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Paris

The Paris dress from Hayley Paige UK, is a gorgeous chiffon bridesmaids dress featuring a flattering pleated bodice, striking V-neckline and delicate spaghetti straps. Subtle pleats running down the gown elevate the complementary style of this gown.

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Osaka

Osaka is a super sultry Hayley Paige bridesmaids style, featuring an illusion plunging sweetheart neckline and a seductive thigh high side slit. A gown that will certainly turn heads as you glide onto the dance floor.

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The Glitzy One Shoulder

This brand new Glitzy One Shoulder style from Hayley Paige UK is a stunning bridesmaids gown with a distinctive one shoulder neckline, and flattering A-line silhouette, and sexy thigh high slit.

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Jessica Jumpsuit

Not all superheroes wear capes, and not all bridesmaids need to wear a dress! The Jessica Jumpsuit from Hayley Paige is a striking example of a bridesmaids’ jumpsuit, crafted in crêpe and featuring a V-neckline, waistband detail and delicate spaghetti straps.

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Cairo

Cairo is a stunning, and complementary bridesmaid gown featuring a striking high halter neckline, a tie-up back and floaty A-line skirt. The perfect gown for mixing and matching as it comes in heaps of lovely colours!


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Glitzy Square Neck

Another fabulous halter, the Glitzy Square Neck is a gorgeous bridesmaid dress now in our London boutique, and featuring a high square neckline, with a thigh high side slit.

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Have you found your dream bridesmaids style from the new Hayley Paige UK collection?

Book your appointment at Nabbd of London today, and let’s put together your dream bridesmaid look!

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas for the Best BFF’s You Could Ask For

These girls have been there for you through thick and thin, and now they deserve a little something that says, ‘I see you, and thank you’.

Would you be where you are today, weeks away from tying the knot, if it wasn’t for your best mates and closest family? No, of course you wouldn’t! You needed those tireless girls and boys by your side every step of the way. Helping you choose the dress, pulling your hair back at the hen party, and holding you back when you try to take a swing at the sister-in-law. It’s all fun and games, and it just wouldn’t have been possible, or even fun, if it wasn’t for your squad. And so now, as you prepare for one of the biggest day’s of your life, why not say thank you to each bridesmaid in your gang, with a special gift. Nothing crazy, doesn’t have to be expensive or big. Just something that says, thank you.

Whether you met your bridesmaids on the playground, or were partners in crime at your first job, you and your bridal party have a special bond that will only grow stronger as you progress through life. And your wedding day is one of the largest milestones there is! That’s why we believe it’s so important to show every bridesmaid just how much you appreciate their friendship, and their support during your wedding journey with a thoughtful gift. A token of your gratitude.

Whether you indulge them with a fancy set of pyjamas, or shower them in something sparkly, we’ve rounded up the very best bridesmaid gift ideas for your squad!

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas That Your Girls Will Love

Personalised Reasons Why You’re Wonderful

from Not on the High Street

This is such a simple bridesmaid gift idea, but oh so sweet. Show that person who’s been there through thick and thin with you, how much you treasure their love and friendship, by telling them exactly. Just let the guys at Bread & jam know your top 10 reasons why you think they’re wonderful, and they’ll make an extra special luxury set for you to give or to send. Ten glass tubes neatly tucked up in a luxury white box with copper print. Each reason is printed onto metallic paper and folded into a tube to maintain secrecy until they are opened.

Thank You For Being My Bridesmaid Keyring Gift

from Twenty-Seven

This sweet little engraved keyring be personalised with each of your bridesmaids’ names, and comes in either silver, rose gold, or gunmetal. It’s the perfect keepsake that your pals will see every day!

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‘Spa Day in a Box’ Gift Set

from Amazon

Pamper those girls with a Spa Day in a box. A special treat for those bridesmaids, that’ll allow them to enjoy some self-care, and gentle aromatherapy. This essential oil pamper gift set will provide the perfect fit for any member of your gang, or their Mum!

Custom Bridesmaid Jean Jacket Gift

from Etsy

Wearing coordinated jean jackets with your crew on your wedding day is the cool girl photo trend that’s not going away anytime soon. But trust us, this custom bridesmaid gift won’t just be for the day of the wedding. Your squad will want to wear them all the time

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Stemless Travel Tumblers

by BrüMate

Hate warm, flat champagne? Even worse when its mid-way through your hen party train ride, or wedding morning. So why not upgrade your plastic wine glasses, or champagne flutes with a stylish stemless travel tumbler from BrüMate’s wedding gift collection. If you plan on choosing the same thing for everyone, they’re easily one of the best bridesmaid gift ideas.

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Preserved Flower Arrangement

from Shida

Preserved real flowers are a fantastic gift alternative to fresh blooms, especially if (like us!) your bridesmaid struggles to keep plants alive! Not only are they low maintenance, they also last forever, serving as a constant reminder of your celebrations. Pampas grass is seriously in right now, and so we’d plump for this lovely bunch.

£100 Gift Coin for Liberty of London

If you really can’t make your mind up when it comes to the perfect present for your bridesmaids, and you’ve still got some room left in your budget? Why not settle on a gift coin to one of the classiest retailers in London, and let your bridesmaid pick their own gift!

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The Jenny Yoo 2022 Bridesmaid Dresses Your Girls Cannot Fail to Fall For

The brand-new bridesmaid dresses from Jenny Yoo 2022 are a pure breath of fresh air, and a gift your girls will love for years to come.

Famed New York bridesmaid dresses designer Jenny Yoo, has been an innovator in bridal fashion for nearly two decades, and is still killing it as we speed towards 2022. Continually evolving, her designs celebrate modern femininity with clean lines, luxe fabrications, hand-placed details, and fresh perspectives on classic silhouettes. This season is no exception, and so far, their new arrivals have blown us away.

The Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses have been our most favoured designer for some time, and if their 2022 collection is anything to go by, that’s not stopping anytime soon! Be it luscious in satin, or floaty in tulle, these new gowns have been designed for the modern bride who wants to pick something that actually makes her bridesmaids look good. And this season sees some of the most flattering styles enter the collection, in colourways that are so effortlessly on trend.

In order to celebrate these fabulous new designs, we thought we’d share some of the new arrivals from Jenny Yoo, in the hope that maybe one, or two of them could be your bridesmaid dresses for 2022!

You’ll Love These Jenny Yoo 2022 Bridesmaid Dresses

Lissa

The Lissa cowl neck chiffon bridesmaid dress from Jenny Yoo has a chic halter neckline and flowing A-line skirt. The strappy back and side slit on this bridesmaid adds a peek of skin to this chic style for 2022, one of our fave new dresses!

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Althea

The Althea long sleeve chiffon bridesmaid is a boho beauty with a clean, modern edge that sets it apart from other dresses. Billowing sheer sleeves are balanced beautifully by a structured bodice and straight neckline. The flowing A-line skirt has a slit to reveal a peek of skin.

Beckett

The Beckett V-neck satin bridesmaid dress from Jenny Yoo takes a modern approach to old Hollywood glamour. Delicate spaghetti straps highlight the collarbone and shoulders, and the faux surplice neckline flatters the décolletage. Soft pleats in the bodice create beautiful movement in the bodice. The slim A-line skirt skims your curves, and a sultry slit reveals just the right amount of skin.

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Chase

The Chase scoop neck bridesmaid from Jenny Yoo is a chic, modern addition to one of our favourite dresses fabrics, satin back crêpe. Delicate spaghetti straps highlight the shoulders and collarbone, and a scoop neck flatters the décolletage. The structured bodice is balanced beautifully by a slim A-line skirt and sultry side slit.

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Kat

The Kat bridesmaid dress is effortlessly romantic with an easy shape and thoughtful details. The dainty spaghetti straps tie at the shoulders for an adjustable fit and a feminine flourish. The soft cowl neckline and slight blouson waist lend and easy feeling, and the bias cut skirt skims your curves for a flattering fit.

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Gabriela

The Gabriela burnout satin slip bridesmaid dress has an elongating empire waist seam, notched neckline and body skimming bias cut skirt. Cut in the brand’s beautifully textured satin burnout fabric, this style is a natural to mix and match with other fabrications.

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Jolie

The Jolie V-neck velvet bridesmaid is another of our dresses for 2022 that takes a modern approach to old Hollywood glamour. Delicate spaghetti straps highlight the collarbone and shoulders, and the faux surplice neckline flatters the décolletage. Soft pleats in the bodice create beautiful movement in the bodice. The slim A-line skirt skims your curves, and a sultry slit reveals just the right amount of skin.

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7 Velvet Bridesmaids Dresses Your Girls Will Want to Wear Again & Again

It doesn’t get more luxurious than luscious velvet.

Selecting who will stand by your side on your wedding day is a massive decision, and hopefully, you want to ensure your bridal party feels as special as possible on your big day. And if you’re in the middle of trying to narrow down your choices, be sure to consider velvet bridesmaids dresses. This luxe, rich fabric is becoming an all-season favourite for wedding parties here, and abroad.

Velvet bridesmaids really took off in late 2019, and we feel it’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. Velvet offers a great way to have unique and on-trend bridesmaids dresses, instead of the more traditional fabrics.

The fabric is super glamorous, lightweight, soft, and photographs beautifully. While also looking great on all body types, thanks to the figuring-flattering yet forgiving-ness of velvet.

Velvet Bridesmaids Dresses Your Girls Will Adore

ISSA by Jenny Yoo

The Issa velvet off-the-shoulder bridesmaid is an elegant addition to any bridal party dresses look. The wide scoop neck leads into a flattering draped sleeve that highlights your shoulders beautifully.

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HAYDEN by True Bridesmaid

Hayden is a slinky new bridesmaid style, featuring a luxurious velvet, and a floaty chiffon. This elegant bridesmaid dress has all the best features for a modern bridal party — a chic v-neckline, a pleated crossover front bodice, low back, and delicate spaghetti straps.

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MARIN by Jenny Yoo

The Marin dress by Jenny Yoo is one of the most effortless velvet bridesmaids dresses in our list. With a V-neck wrap dress style, cascading flutter sleeves and an A-line silhouette in a soft and comfortable Luxe Velvet. This long bridesmaid dress ties at the true waist and flows down into a romantic circle skirt.

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MARI by Jenny Yoo

The Mari V-neck velvet bridesmaid dress is a midi length version of the Madden style by Jenny Yoo. With her dramatic notched neckline, and flattering cummerbund waist, she’s sure to be a top pick among your bridesmaids.

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ELLIS by Jenny Yoo

Flutter sleeves and a v-neckline top off this fitted, floor-skimming dress in luxurious velvet from Jenny Yoo. An open back topped with a slender tie makes a dramatic finishing touch.

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CYBILL by Jenny Yoo

When you’ve got a day full of standing around looking amazing, make sure your girls are wearing this sleek one shoulder dress in a supple and comfortable Stretch Velvet.

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ANDI by Jenny Yoo

The Andi gown is proof that simplicity is sophistication. The true wrap design in a soft velvet creates a chic V-neck and twirl-worthy skirt that you won’t want to take off!

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Top Ways for Bridesmaids to Save Money

Brides aren’t the only ones who have to keep a budget in mind when navigating the wedding journey. Do your besties a favour and share these money-saving tips for bridesmaids’!

It goes without saying, being someone’s bridesmaid is one of the most exciting experiences. But between the hen party, gifts, and of course, bridesmaids dresses, it’s no doubt that costs can rack up, and it can be hard to save money! And when it comes to choosing between everyday spending, and being a good friend, people often find they can’t have their cake and eat it too.

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At the end of the day, being a bridesmaid should be fun, and not stress-inducing. And so, we thought we’d put together our money saving tips just for bridesmaids, that will help cut down costs and hopefully remove any fear felt during the journey to the big day.

Money Saving Tips For Bridesmaids

Always Be Honest

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honour, and it should be fun! But if you’re in a panic, worrying about all the little costs that are on the horizon, the best thing to do is voice your fears. Be upfront and let the bride know that while you love being a part of her tribe, you’re on a budget, and so can’t afford anything that is too extravagant. If you’re honest early, then the group has the opportunity to be respectful to your bottom line while making plans.

Book Early

Book and buy everything early. From hotel rooms, and plane tickets, to outfits and bridesmaids dresses. So much money can be saved, and a lot of stress can be avoided when things are planned, and completed ahead of time. The cost of bridesmaid dresses in particular can rack up if you leave things late. Rush fees, express shipping, and a whole lot of stress can be avoided when you arrange your appointments early.

Teamwork

It’s very likely that the other bridesmaids in your gang, also don’t want to cause themselves huge financial harm, so why not team up! Club together and buy one nice group gift from the registry. Or split the cost of an Airbnb for the hen party. And do each other’s wedding morning hair and makeup, instead of splurging on a makeup artist and hair stylist. The more you can work with the other bridesmaids, the more money you can potentially save together.

Dress One Step Ahead

It doesn’t hurt to be forward-thinking! When planning for wedding festivities, invest in a bridesmaids dress that is timeless and versatile enough to be worn again. When shopping, think about how one outfit can go from bridesmaid to wedding guest to dinner party, and choose wisely! You could also consider renting outfits for the hen party, and honeymoon too.

Something Borrowed is Still Something Good

Not every part of your wedding outfit has to be brand new. Jewellery, accessories, handbags, shoes can all be rented or even loaned from a trusting friend. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with a friend who has similar taste to you, and maybe has gone through the whole bridesmaid experience once or twice before. Chances are, they have plenty in their wardrobe they’ll happily lend you.

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The 5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends That Will Rule in 2022

Create the most up-to-date line-up of gorgeous girls with these hot trends for 2022

If you’re (finally) celebrating your big day in 2022, there’s so much to get excited about, especially if your original wedding plans were scuppered over the last 18 months. As with every new year, a fresh wave of wedding trends is upon us, from bridal gowns to table decor and floral arrangements. But the most important, if you’re having a wedding party, is the latest bridesmaid trends for 2022, and straight outta the gate, we’re here to tell you: it’s all about dresses with uniqueness, be it an on-trend colour colourway, whimsical print, or a luxe fabric.

Depending on your wedding style, be it classic, boho, or oh-so glam, the choice of bridesmaid dress is a crucial element to consider if you want a cohesive feel for your big day. Be that with one, two or twenty maids in your line-up. The right choice will perfectly tie the details of your special day together, from the venue’s aesthetic to your ceremony attire. Even better if it feels fresh and on-point for the season, too.

Whether you’re getting married in the spring, summer, autumn, or winter, these bridesmaid dress trends for 2022 will ensure a decidedly fresh look for your special day, with something to please every taste and budget. 

Bridesmaid Dress Trends for 2022

Number 1 / 2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Mix, Not Match

Make your bridal party one worth remembering, by mixing things up! We love the eclectic boho vibes that come to life when our bridesmaids mix prints, fabrics, and styling to show their unique personality. The key to controlling possible chaos? Set some boundaries on the colour palette family to ensure that it feels cohesive.

LUNA \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The Luna V-neck flutter sleeve midi dress combines vintage inspired details and a thoroughly current leopard pattern for a perfectly modern look. The plunging V-neck and open back are balanced beautifully by the fullness of a romantic flutter sleeve. The cummerbund cinches in your waist, while the button front skirt skims your figure for an effortless silhouette.

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HATTIE \ TRUE BRIDESMAID

Hattie is a strapless off the shoulder bridesmaid style with an elegant boho vibe. It has a sweetheart neckline with elegant wide chiffon sleeve frills and a stylish low v-back. We have added a narrow chiffon belt with a scattering of hand beaded pearls at the centre front to add a dash of sparkle, and to accentuate the waist. This dress is finished with a slim floaty A-line skirt and zip up back with covered buttons and loops.

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LIANA \ AMSALE

Liana from Amsale has a stunning and unique silhouette, with asymmetrically draped crêpe creating a one-shoulder neckline and covering a fitted bodice. Its straight crêpe skirt grazes the floor with graceful elegance.

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Number 2/ 2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Luxe Fabrics

Velvet and charmeuse feel so rich and celebratory looking toward 2022, a year when we can’t wait to bring the party back to weddings! Charmeuse is perfect in flowy styles, like the silhouette of the moment, the slip dress, while velvet is best when featured in tailored styles and sleek silhouettes.

SAMMI \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The Sammi velvet cowl neck slip bridesmaid dress is an effortlessly glamorous choice for any wedding or event. With the delicate spaghetti straps, gentle cowl neckline, and elongating empire waist seam, this style is incredibly chic and versatile.

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ADELE \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The Adele satin cowl neck midi length satin slip bridesmaid dress features a flattering empire waist and body skimming bias cut skirt. This minimalist midi slip dress from Jenny Yoo give you an effortlessly glamorous feeling for the modern bridal party or wedding guest.

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ISSA \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The Issa velvet off the shoulder bridesmaid dress is an elegant addition to any bridal party. The wide scoop neck leads into a flattering draped sleeve that highlights your shoulders beautifully.

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Number 3 / 2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Greens & Blues

Shades of green and blue feel like a fresh change of pace, as bridesmaids colours have been dominated by pink hues for so long. For spring and summer weddings, why not consider sage, olive, and dusty blues for a fresh look, 2022 look. For autumn and winter? Emerald green and midnight blue are set to rule, with a seasonally appropriate mood.

KAIA \ AMSALE

This satin gown is perfect for a modern bridesmaid look, we instantly picture it for a black-tie London town wedding. Available in a rainbow of shades, it’s an elegant choice, any time of year. 

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SYLVIE \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

Channel Old Hollywood vibes in this stylish slip dress with a show stopping fit.

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CHLOE \ AMSALE

With an effortless drape across the bodice supported by delicate straps, this fluid satin fit-to-flare features a low backline and high slit. It’s sultry, but never attention-stealing.

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Number 4 / 2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Neutrals

The absence of bold colouring can make a statement all of its own. Neutral bridesmaid dresses will be big in 2022, with muted tones like champagne, nude, and even ivory creating a clean, crisp, and super modern look for your girls.

ADDISON \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The Addison satin cowl neck satin slip bridesmaid dress features a flattering empire waist and body skimming bias cut skirt. This minimalist slip dress give you an effortlessly glamorous feeling for the modern bridal party or wedding guest.

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JUDE \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The Jude chiffon slip bridesmaid dress from Jenny Yoo has an elongating empire waist seam, notched neckline and body skimming bias cut skirt. The slim silhouette also makes this style a natural to mix and match with other fabrications.

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IMANI \ AMSALE

The high neck of this bridesmaids dress gets contrasted by a deep keyhole back, outlined by wide straps and secured with a single covered button at the neck. The fluid satin skirt starts at the bust line and is flattering in a fit-to-flare shape.

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Number 5 / 2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Prints

Prints on prints is the trend for a personality-filled bridesmaid look in 2022. Printed bridesmaid dresses bring so much fun and whimsy to a bridal party, and watercolour-inspired prints can bring a super dreamy feeling, while a bold graphic print can be very contemporary.

COLBY PRINT \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The slip dress of your dreams! The Colby’s chic cowl neckline is taken to the next level by her twirl worthy print skirt.

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JADA PRINT \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

Cross our heart, you’ll love this dress with her sweet ruffled halter and her sultry skirt slit, especially in a print.

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RYAN PRINT \ JENNY YOO BRIDESMAIDS

The Ryan Print dress has an elegant A-Line silhouette with a chic plunging V-neck in a flowy Luxe Chiffon. Illusion tulle is used at the neckline to create a fitted bodice, while a deep V in the back gives way to a romantic long circle skirt with a whimsical sweep. 

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8 Stunning Bridesmaids Dresses With Sleeves

Flirty sleeves can elevate your big day look, or just stave off the cold in the cooler months

Whether you’re planning a wedding in the cooler months, getting married in a church where a conservative look is necessary, or have girls in your squad that need a little coverage — bridesmaids dresses with sleeves are a good idea.

No matter the shapes or sizes of your big day crew, bridesmaids dresses with sleeves feel timeless and sophisticated. Whether you’re planning a trendy mix and match palette, a block colour wedding party, or want to choose a more colourful hue like plum, gold, or lavender.

All sleeves don’t have to be the same on your bridesmaids dresses, and you can opt for a line-up of all long sleeves, or mix up your sleeve shapes like a flutter, short, cap, or puff sleeve. Whatever sleeve shape you choose, the effect is effortlessly elegant. From classic silhouettes to modern styles, we’ve rounded up the latest and the best bridesmaids dresses with sleeves.

Elegant, Chic Bridesmaids Dresses With Sleeves

Jenny Yoo – Raya

Ceremony in the front, reception in the back; Raya from Jenny Yoo‘s soft sleeves and open back is for the girl that can do both!

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Motee Maids — Lake Sleeves

The ‘Lake Sleeves’ style from Motee Maids is a stunning bodice featuring lovely long sleeves for that extra coverage, a striking V-neckline and matching V-back.

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True Bridesmaid — Hattie

Hattie is a strapless off the shoulder bridesmaids dress from True Bride with an elegant boho vibe. It has a sweetheart neckline with elegant wide chiffon sleeve frills and a stylish low v-back. 

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Jenny Yoo — Luna

The Luna V-neck flutter sleeve midi dress combines vintage inspired details and a thoroughly current leopard pattern for a perfectly modern look. 

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Motee Maids — Amelia Sleeves

The ‘Amelia Sleeves’ bodice is fitted perfectly to the waistline, featuring gorgeous elegant sleeves for that extra coverage you’ve been searching for in your bridesmaids dresses.

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Jenny Yoo — Elsie

The Elsie bridesmaid from Jenny Yoo has an off-the-shoulder chiffon flutter sleeve. This is a bridesmaid dress that takes a modern approach to romance, with a skirt that delivers beautiful movement while remaining slim through the hips for an incredibly flattering silhouette. 

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Amsale — Diem

The V-neck front of the Diem bridesmaid by Amsale mimics a wrap style, but comes together at the natural waist, flowing into an A-line skirt in fluid satin. Loose sleeves are airy enough for summer, but transition the style seamlessly into the perfect bridesmaids dresses for autumn and winter weddings.

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True Bridesmaid — Hope

This elegant chiffon bridesmaid dress has all the best features, including a chic V-neckline with a wraparound pleated front bodice, and a stylish low v-back with roulou tie-strings that are finished with pearl tassels to add a touch of glam.

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What to Do After Accepting a Bridesmaid Proposal

You said ‘Yes’ to the Bridesmaid Proposal! Now what…?

As soon as your bestie got engaged, you knew this day was coming. It was only a matter of time before a lovely little gift box showed up at your door, asking you to be her bridesmaid. If this is your first time being someone’s bridesmaid, you’re probably now wondering what’s next after the proposal?

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There are of course no strict rules on what you should do after receiving a bridesmaid proposal. That being said, here is a great place to start:

Think Carefully Before You Say Yes to the Bridesmaid Proposal

Once you have received a bridesmaid proposal, the first thing you probably want to do is say yes. It’s your best mate, of course you want to be there on her big day!

Before you call her and accept the proposal all the roles and responsibilities that go along with being a bridesmaid, think about the commitment you’ll be making. Do you have any other major life events that could coincide with her hen party, bridal shower or the actual wedding?

You want to avoid being in a situation where you need to choose the birth of your nephew over your best friend’s wedding. If there is any reason you may not be present for some of her events, you need to give her a heads-up asap.

Let Her Know How Much It Means to You

Now that you’ve thought everything through, you can go ahead and agree to be her bridesmaid with enthusiasm and excitement. Call her up and tell her how honoured you are to be her bridesmaid, and how grateful you are for her proposal. You could also send a heartfelt note telling her how excited you for the big day, and the journey to get there.

If you have any concerns about your bridesmaid duties, now is the time to bring them up. She’s probably knee-deep in wedding planning already. The sooner you let her know your concerns, the easier it will be for her to plan around any potential issues.

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Post the Bridesmaid Proposal on Social Media

If your best girl went all out and sent you a bridesmaid gift box filled with goodies, show her some love on social media. Whether she made the gift box or bought it, your friend deserves some recognition for a wonderful proposal.

Block Off Time in Your Calendar

Although the bride may not know specific dates for pre-wedding events, she should have a general idea of when the wedding day will be. This will probably be included in your bridesmaid proposal, but on the chance it’s not, find out the wedding date from the bride and mark it off your calendar as soon as poss.

While you can’t completely plan for events that haven’t happened yet, it’s helpful if the bride knows the month in which specific events are likely to happen. For example, if you know that the hen party is in March, you can try to avoid scheduling anything on the weekends during the entire month.

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Say Hello to the Other Bridesmaids and Introduce Yourself

There is a good chance you will not know some of the other bridesmaids. So, before any of the festivities commence, why not get their numbers and set up a WhatsApp group together. You’ll be working closely with these girls & boys to plan the bride’s hen party and help with the wedding planning process, so it’ll be good to get to know each other first.

This strategy will also give you an idea of how each bridesmaid will be contributing. If one bridesmaid lives further away, it makes sense to give her tasks that aren’t location-specific.

Get Ready for Unforgettable Moments

Being a bridesmaid is a huge honour and privilege. It’s also a huge commitment of your time and sometimes money.

Still, you wouldn’t dream of being anywhere but by the bride’s side on her wedding day. By planning early and jumping into your role as a bridesmaid, both your wallet and your best friend will be grateful.

Now you’ve accepted the big bridesmaid proposal, it’s time to select your dresses! Book your appointment today at Nabbd and find a gown together that you love!

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How Many Bridesmaids Should I Have?

How many bridesmaids, is too many maids?

Deciding how many bridesmaids you should have is not the easiest task. Let alone considering exactly who you should have! Sometimes choosing bridesmaids can feel like your captain of the football team, and you’re trying to decide who are the best players for your squad. The pressure can be challenging. But be aware that just because you have a lot of friends, and a large family, it doesn’t mean that they all have to be by your side on the big day. There are so many other ways that everyone can be involved in.

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Hayley Paige Bridesmaids

But if you’re really struggling with how many bridesmaids to have, try and remember these simple rules.

How to Choose Your Perfect Number for Your Big Day

1. There is no ‘correct’ number of bridesmaids

Don’t you just love that? When you’re looking for an answer, and some says ‘there’s no correct answer’. But in this case, it’s true. Your wedding doesn’t require a certain amount of bridesmaids. You don’t have to choose an odd, even or round number of ‘maids in order to be correct. You just choose how many bridesmaids feels right for you, and the occasion.

2. Don’t feel pressured to have the same number of bridesmaids as groomsmen

You also don’t need to have a matching number of bridesmaids to groomsmen. The only time anyone might notice that one side has less than the other is when it’s time for them to walk down the aisle. And your guests are really not going to be paying that much attention to it anyway, because they are sitting there fidgeting in anticipation, waiting for you to walk down the aisle! If you feel like the groups may look uneven in the photos, ask the photographer to stage different setups and poses. That way it’s not just a straight line of people standing beside one another.

Nairobi (left) & Marseille (right) by Hayley Paige

3. Just because someone chose you to be one of their bridesmaids, doesn’t mean you have to return the favour

There’s no rule that says you have to select your bridesmaids based on who asked you to be a part of their bridal party in the past. You also definitely don’t have to extend the invite to someone just because you stood by their side some years ago. If you’re still close with them, go for it! But if you haven’t spoken in a few years (or more) it’s going to be a little weird rekindling your friendship while you’re also in the midst of wedding planning.

4. It’s of course OK to not have any bridesmaids, or to have ‘bridesmen’ instead

You don’t have to have any bridesmaids at all. Even without an official “bride tribe” you can still have a banging hen party and invite all your best girls and boys. Who may even be happier in the long run, seeing as you saved them from having to organise wedding stuff. Or, do you have a guy in your life that you can’t imagine leaving out? By all means, ask him to join your bridal party along with the rest of the ‘maids!

How to Prepare for a Bridesmaid Dress Fitting

If you remember nothing else from this post, bookmark this in your mind – keep an open mind and have fun with your girls on your bridesmaid dress fitting. Need more tips? Scroll on!

Once the bride or the bride’s squad have carefully chosen the style, fabric and colour of gowns – it’s then time to enter the bridesmaid dress fitting! But before you step through our little doors at Nabbd HQ, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to get the most out of your pre-wedding experience.

You may well need multiple bridesmaid dress fitting appointments, but with our handy tips you can stride into the first one like a seasoned pro.

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Photo by Jonathan Borba

What to Bring to a Bridesmaid Dress Fitting

1. Appropriate Underwear/undergarments

If you’re at a loss about what to wear to a bridesmaid dress fitting, start with the basics, underwear. A bridesmaid should aim to wear the exact undergarments to her fitting, as she plans on wearing the day of the wedding.

Since you’re not sure how the bridesmaid dress will fit, bring along a couple of different bra options, especially a strapless version, to see which one is the most comfortable and works best with your dress. Keep it understated and simple by sticking to seamless styles and nude tones, as (practically) nobody will want to see your leopard-print bra sticking out. If the gown has a low or open back, it may have cups sewn in, but bringing along bra variations will still be helpful.

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Motte Maids

2. Shoe Options

The bride could ask you to pick out a special pair of shoes that are a certain style or colour to match the theme, but for now, bring a few different shoe options to try the bridesmaid dress on with. That way, you can give her a heads up on what shoes you think will work best while you’re at your bridesmaid dress fitting. Bring shoes with a similar heel height to the ones you might wear on the big day, as this will determine length. How much hemming needs to be done or, if you’re a bit taller, whether you’ll need extra length added to the dress.

Not bringing a pair of shoes that is the same height as the ones you’re planning to wear can disrupt the fitting/s, as the seamstress won’t know what they are working towards.

3. Makeup

On the big day, you’ll be dolled up to the nines with a face full of makeup and your hair pinned back, you can jump forward into how the dress will actually look by splashing on some lipstick and blush when you attend your bridesmaid dress fitting. You’re certainly less likely to love the dress if you just roll out of bed and show up at the fitting. We all know that feeling of when you try an outfit on before going out, and it just doesn’t look or feel right before we put our shoes on, the same applies.

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Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids

4. Jewellery

If the bride has gifted the bridal party with new earrings or necklaces that she wants her bride squad to wear on the big day, or if she has a specific jewellery vision in mind, bring those accessories to your bridesmaid dress fitting, and it will help you to help visualize the full ensemble. Plus, the bride-to-be will be ecstatic knowing that you’re on board with her bridesmaid accessory choices. Send selfies of the full look, jewellery and all, to get her seal of approval and earn massive bridesmaid brownie points!

5. Hair Accessories

Planning on wearing your hair up at the wedding? Bring a hair tie or clip to get a better idea of what the bridesmaid dress will look like paired with an up-do. This will also give you a better idea of the neckline and the back of your gown.

6. Bring Your Best Self

If the bride is present at the bridesmaid dress fitting, keep things positive. Even if you’re not madly in love with the dress (impossible at Nabbd btw!) the bride has chosen, consider her feelings first. Go in there with an open mind and knowledge that you can add your own splash of personality to the dress with makeup, accessories & sass!

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Discover the Bridesmaid Dress Trends of 2021

Your bridesmaids will look and feel their confident best with these fresh, flattering trends to suit all different personal styles.

Wedding shopping can (and should be!) so much fun, particularly when you have the biggest bridesmaid dress trends of 2021 to choose from.

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In 2020, its by no means a given that all of your bridesmaids will wear the same dress. Not even the same colour. Not even the same length! It’s a coordinated free-for-all! While going for a traditional same style look, does create a cohesive overall feel, you need to be quite lucky to find that magic dress that suits everyone’s figures and personalities. It’s perfectly acceptable to have them in mismatched bridesmaid dresses linked by a common theme.

Bridesmaid try-on sessions are simply a must, even if your sister lives in Aberdeen and your best mate lives in Marbella – set up a girls group chat and agree on your options to order. Then schedule an evening Zoom call and enjoy a fashion show of the biggest bridesmaid trends of 2021! Our forecast brings you the very best of big wedding fashion, which you can then adapt to suit your girls’ individual styles.

The Biggest Bridesmaid Dress Trends of 2021

Ruffles

Ruffles are going to be even bigger in 2021 – in terms of both size and popularity. If you want a romantic bridesmaid look, choose floral ruffles. For something edgier, go for a single colour, or a colour block for extra fashion points.

Oversized Bows

Big bows are set to be one of the key 2021 wedding dress trends. If you want your bridesmaids’ dresses to pick up on your own bow-adorned gown, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Luxe-Touch Fabrics

Unsurprisingly, comfort has risen up the fashion agenda this year, and is set to play a key part in bridesmaid dress trends for 2021. We’re not talking about maids in ‘athleisure’, this trend is all about the fabrics and how they feel against the skin. From butter-soft silks and satins to sumptuous velvet, the key word is ‘strokeable’.

The New Boho Bridesmaids

Boho is a firm wedding favourite, for both décor and outfits. It’s a multi-faceted look, bringing in elements of ’70s style, natural fabrics, flowing silhouettes and jewelled touches. For 2021, the folk element of Boho is going to be dialled up, as seen on the catwalk at Chloé. We’re talking white with bright patterns, embroidery and tassels.

Bridesmaid Biker Jackets

As seen on the Dior and Fendi AW 20/21 catwalks, bridesmaid biker jackets are set to be big fashion news. A leather jacket is a great way to add edge to a floaty bridesmaid dress, as well as co-ordinating the overall look.

Biker Jackets bridesmaid dress trends 2021

The Joy of Nature

The great outdoors took on a new significance in 2020, with meeting loved ones in gardens, parks and for country walks at the top of the social agenda. Expect 2021 fashion to reflect this, with a mood that celebrates all that nature brings us – think exuberant florals, fruit-based prints and juicy hues.

Silver Bridesmaids

French Vogue are predicting silver to be the fashion metallic of 2021. This is good news for bridesmaids, because it’s a suit-everyone hue that can look glamorous, pretty or pared-back, depending on the style you choose.

Red Bridesmaid Dresses

The colour was a key part of the Alexander McQueen AW 20/21 collection, but not as a block. Red was mixed into different patterns and put against other hues for a soft yet still powerful look. It’s a lucky colour in many cultures – McQueen’s Sarah Burton specifically referenced its importance in Wales – which makes it ideal for bridesmaids.

Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day

5 Ways to Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate your bridesmaids on your wedding day

As a bride-to-be, it goes without saying that you love and adore each of your bridesmaids. After all, you’ve asked them to be by your side on one of the most important days of your life. So they must be pretty special to receive such an honour!

A true honour it may be, but your bridesmaids deserve that little bit more. A special something that will make them feel loved and appreciated. They deserve it after all! They haven’t just comforted you during your bridezilla breakdowns leading up to the big day, they’ve been there through thick and thin for years. Teary break-ups and drunken upsets through to endless lockdown quizzes and skype Friday nights – these girls have loved you throughout, so why not show your appreciation for each of your bridesmaids on your wedding day?

Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day
Photo by James Bold

It doesn’t have to be anything grand, in fact it’s the little things that can make the big difference. Stuck for ideas? Well we thought we’d round up our favourite ways to shower your bridesmaids with your love below. Regarde.

Top Ways to Show Some Love to Your Top Girls

Let Them Pick Their Dresses

All of your bridesmaids want and deserve to feel amazing on your big day. By giving them the gift of choosing their own bridesmaids dress, you’ll be letting them express their own personal style and choose a dress that flatters them best.

Don’t panic though, you don’t need to give up full control of what your bridesmaids are going to wear. All you need to do is set a few parameters for them to work within, get it right and you’ll achieve the modern, cohesive wedding party look you have been dreaming of.

For example, pick an exact bridesmaids colour and ask them to select a dress available in that colour. Or choose a palette, and let them select a dress within that range. Conversely, you could decide on a length and let them do the rest. If your bridesmaids can’t agree on a dress style that is flattering, don’t worry, that’s what the Nabbd girls are here for!

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Bridesmaids Dresses by True Bridesmaid

Give Them Unique Gifts

Bridesmaid gifts are part and parcel of the wedding party experience. While there is nothing wrong with getting them wedding day accessories and other traditional bridesmaid gifts, it also helps to throw in something unique to each of your girls.

For example, why not make your bridesmaids a personal photo album documenting your most special moments together? This heartfelt bridesmaid gift idea is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings!

See more sweet gifts for your bridesmaids here.

Say a Few Words When You Pop the Champagne

The moment your maid of honour pops the morning bottle of bubbly it’s time to relax, get the tunes on and prepare for the big day! But before you get the party started, gather your bridesmaids around and clink a few glasses in celebration.

This is the ultimate moment to say a few pre-prepared words or feelings off-the-cuff that show your appreciation to these special gals! Doesn’t need to be long, they’ll probably get a bigger shout out during the reception. These words are just for you guys, private thoughts that show you care.

It may be a small gesture, but it reminds them of just how grateful you are to have them by your side. Plus it’s a lovely way to start the day’s proceedings off on a good note.

Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day
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Write Them Each a Heartwarming Note

If you’ve ever received a thoughtful, personalised letter before, you know just how much of an impact it can make. Penning a heart-warming note to each of your bridesmaids is the type of gesture each of them is sure to cherish forever.

On top of saying your thanks, be sure to include things that are specific to each and every one of them. Did one of your bridesmaids help you with a particular crisis? Mention it and tell her how thankful you are that she was there.

Make it clear that you appreciate the little things more than they can possibly know. Just get the tissues ready in case they aren’t expecting you to get so sentimental!

Make Your Maid of Honour Feel Extra Special

Whether she’s your sister or best friend since school, your maid of honour is one-of-a-kind. She’s taken on some of the most important roles, from bringing your bridesmaids into order, to planning hen party on lockdown, via Zoom. She is a super-hero and definitely deserves the recognition.

One way to make her shine on your big day is by dressing her in a different bridesmaid dress than the rest of your bridal party. Have your maid of honour wear a floral printed bridesmaid dress for example or a sparkly sequinned bridesmaids dress while the rest of your gang wears a coordinating shade. Or, you could have your maid of honour wear a long style while your other bridesmaids opt for shorter bridesmaids dresses.

You could also make her feel extra special by giving her a personalised necklace or by treating her to a much-needed spa day after all the excitement of the big day. No matter what the gift, make sure that it’s worthy of all that she’s done for you during the wedding preparation.

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Where Can I Buy Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses in London?

The answer is? NABBD! We have a brand-new website (yay!), and to celebrate we thought we’d share just why we are the No.1 destination for bridesmaids dresses in London.

At NABBD we have a simple philosophy that drives us every day, offer beautiful bridesmaids dresses in London, sourced from top designers around the world, in a range of sizes, styles & colours to suit everyone. It’s this mission that has helped us become the No.1 destination for bridesmaid shopping in the capital.


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I should probably introduce myself! I’m Polly, and I am the owner of NABBD (Not Another Boring Bridesmaid Dress…) based in the very pretty Wimbledon Park. We are a boutique bridesmaids shop in London specialising in dresses that are a little different from your average gown. They’re stylish, they flatter and your bridesmaids will actually want to wear them! In fact, we offer the type of dresses that your girls will keep as wardrobe staples for years to come, their go-to big event gowns. For us, a happy bridesmaid is a happy bride, because nobody wants to look back at their wedding photos and think, ‘she looks miserable in that dress’ or ‘that style just wasn’t right for her…’. No! Your bridesmaids are the most important people in your life (bar Mum and Dad obv) and they deserve a dress on your big day that they love.

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What was the Inspiration for NABBD

Nabbd was born out of the biggest day of my life, so I personally understand just how important your wedding day is, and what it means to get everything just perfect!

There’s no doubt that getting married is one of the most exciting times of your life, however it can also one of the most stressful… When I got engaged back in 2011, I was determined to find bridesmaids dresses in London that:

  1. I could afford within my budget
  2. I hadn’t seen at the last dozen weddings I’d been to
  3. That weren’t available in high street shops (imagine a guest turning up in the same dress as your bridesmaids?!)

Also, as a busy, working woman with bridesmaids spread all over the country, I didn’t want to spend my weekends trawling the country trying to find the perfect bridesmaid dress for them.

It was with these philosophies in mind that Nabbd was born!

bridesmaids dresses in London

As I’m sure you’re aware, your girls no longer have to wear the same bridesmaids dress on your big day! Shock, horror – but it’s true! You can mix and match styles and keep the same colour, you can mix and match colours and keep the same style or you can mix and match everything! This means you can find a bridesmaids dress in London that suits each best girl perfectly. To do this at a high-street store would be a nightmare, because their dresses are not designed to compliment one another. But at NABBD, we have top designers from around the world that design their collections specifically to be played around with.

We are official London stockists of Jenny Yoo for example, and they have a huge selection of modern colours in every style they design, which makes it so easy to put a colour palette together for your girls. We’re also the official London stockists of Amsale, and their styles work so well together as a collection, you could just pick a colour or fabric and let your bridesmaids do choose the rest! It’s simple. Alongside these two amazing designers we have so many other brands that you just won’t find anywhere else. From Watters and Adrianna Papell to Hayley Paige and Bramley Rodgers – there’s literally something for everyone, in a price range that works for you.

nabbd bridesmaids shop in london

Nabbd makes shopping for your bridesmaid dresses in London easy. We promise on your bridesmaids appointment you’ll find:

  • Designer bridesmaids dresses to match your budget
  • A range of on-trend colours to suit your bridal party
  • Something for everyone (because bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes!)

So stop reading this and head over to our book an appointment page and select your preferred slot online. It’s easy! They only difficult part is deciding where to go for your celebratory post-bridesmaids shopping drinks!

We look forward to seeing you very soon and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page.

Polly & the girls xx

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