• 7 Tips for Bridesmaids on a Budget

    Posted by Talia Sasson

    Being a bridesmaid is a huge time and financial commitment, so before you make that decision you should make sure it's worth it. Get the advice you need when asked to stand up in a wedding you can't afford!

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    1. The Dress

    Every bridesmaid understands the rules of money when it comes to wedding planning. And shockingly, the price of friendship isn't as expensive as a decent fitted ensemble. Face it, the price of a stunning gown is about $400 - so make sure you voice any concerns to the bride about your budget before she chooses between a Ralph & Russo or Vera Wang dress. Another easy way to save is to get necessary alterations done by a tailor instead of a bridal salon.

     

    2. The Bridal Shower

    The test of friendship begins at the bridal shower. If you’re asked to host, set a budget before you start planning. Consider the cost of the location, food, drinks, and any game prizes when determining the maximum amount you want to spend. And don’t be afraid to ask the other ‘maids to chip in. Most bridesmaids can expect to spend $50 to $100. If you’ll be expected to contribute, get involved with the shower planning process so you can have a say in the overall budget.

     

    3. Hair and Make-up

    The easy money-saver? Do your own beautifying: Go with a simple, pulled-back 'do and have all the bridesmaids help with one another's makeup.

     

    4. Wedding Gifts

    Wedding gifts are available at every price point, with most guests spending $100-$500 on the wedding present. But your gift budget may decrease if you’re already purchasing something for the engagement party, bridal shower and bachelorette party. If you're a bridesmaid hanging in the shadows, think how close you are with the couple. In 2016, people spent an average of $120 on a gift for a close family member.

     

    5. The Bachelorette Party

    Who pays for a fun night out? The bridesmaids. Though the bride might cover some of her own costs (flight or hotel room). And how much? Well, it depends on the sort of affair you’re putting on. Costs can include everything from your own food and drinks to staying in a rental home or hotel for a weekend. Our advice? Keep it local or just stay in. Everybody likes a hilarious game, and brides are no exception. Create a scavenger hunt that takes you around your neighbourhood, have an old-school board game tournament, quiz her on how well she knows her sweetie, or pour some martinis and play Cards against Humanity. Thoughts?

     

    6. Accessories, Accessories!

    If you have some freedom with accessories or shoes, try to use things that you already have! Otherwise, shop sales or stores like BridesmaidsOnly that offer great deals!

     

    7. Resources and Connections

    Do you have a friend who’s really great at cooking? Ask them to cater the bridal shower or bachelorette. If you have a family friend who’s good at sewing, have her inspect your dress to see if the alterations are something she could manage. If you have the ability to pick your own shoes or jewellery for the big day, shop your own closet or borrow something from a friend with good style! Are you good at makeup? Do your own!

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  • Ultraviolet is Pantone’s Colour of the Year - Here's Why!

    Posted by Talia Sasson

    Pantone has made a decision for 2018, revealing its annual Colour of the Year earlier this month.

    Described as the royal and mysterious hue, Pantone selected Ultraviolet, "an enigmatic purple shade that evokes the inventive spirit and imaginative thinking that challenges the status quo." Sure, it's unique, but why this specific tone?

    According to Pantone, the colour "communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us to the future." Still unsure of the trend? Check out how the shade influences everyday products - from ordinary to the extraordinary future.

    For the first time ever, Pantone has released limited-edition fashion, home and interiors colour guides, along with merch reflecting the spotlighted colour online. Are you a hoodie junkie? Look no further. Craving some groovy sportwear and accessories? Ultraviolet has what you need.

    Little do we know, the colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energises the communities that gather there and inspire connection. Freaky, but extremely factual.

    Every millennial enjoys a set of Beats by Dr. Dre; even an iPhone case to keep up appearances. Fun fact; Pantone notes that the Ultra Violet colour has often been used to represent nonconformity and artistic brilliance. The company cites music icons like Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix as proponents of this Ultra Violet colour and the creative expression it represents.

    From the arts to interior design, the complexity of the jewel-toned Ultra Violet can add interest and brightness to your home, pushing the boundaries of your decor and, if Pantone has anything to say about it, your life!

    For the latest colour trends, visit BridesmaidsOnly to update your Summer fashion wardrobe!

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  • 5 Lessons Sex and the City Taught Us About Life

    Posted by Talia Sasson

    Television shows also teach us a thing or two.. but Sex and the City gave us some long life advice.

    We can relate to the lives of such characters as Miranda, Charlotte, Carrie and Samantha because most of us have been there!

    Here are some crucial lessons the show’s 6 seasons taught us about relationships, fashion and the power of friendship!

     

    1. Dating is really hard

    Charlotte is definitely on point!

    When it comes to dating, it can take a long time to find the right guy. Our advice is to take your time, and believe he is truly out there! In the meantime, have some fun with the girls!

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    2. It’s okay to put yourself first!

    Samantha – the wise – is extremely comfortable with putting herself out there. As long as she puts herself first!

    In life, the only way to be happy is to prioritise your needs above someone else’s. It’s not a bad thing!

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    3. They’re just not that into you..

    Girls, be fair. A guy just isn’t all that into you!

    Miranda learnt the hard way but accepted it. Fairies, can you do the same?

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    4. Heartbreak happens

    Yes, it happens.

    Break ups are terrible and Carrie has had her fair share in trauma. But life does go on!

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    5. Sometimes, you need to let people in!

    Our favourite red head surely knows how to keep things to herself. The bad thing? Repressing your emotions can block out the positive aspects (and people) in life.

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