Five Rules Every Bride Should Break (if they want to)

5. Matching number of bridesmaids and groomsmen (this also has to do with boys and girls on certain sides).
While 12 bridesmaids against a single groomsman just doesn't sound fair, 3 on one side, 5 on the other. Or 1 and 2, or 5 and 6.... have the important ones up there, and don't freak out if you don't have matching sets of friends.

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4. Making your girls all wear the same dress.
Different body types, different personalities, different dresses are totally allowed. And they don't have to all be the same color. Different yellows mix beautifully together, as do different blues or pinks or greens. Find a commonality (all cocktail length or everyne wears the same sash) and let your friends look great too!

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3. Having cake...if you don't like cake.
Pie, cupcakes, ice cream sundaes, fresh fruit, chocolate martinis, dessert should be delicious. No cake to cut? No biggie, remember, you took 8 billion other fabulous photos, you won't miss a pic of cramming cake in each others faces.

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2. Old/New/Borrowed/Blue
I literally had a bride hyperventilate in an accessories appointment because she didn't like anything blue. Please raise your right hand and repeat after me (yes, even if you're reading this at your desk at work) "I, (state your name), do not HAVE to have something old, new, borrowed, and blue at my wedding. And Michael is awesome" ..haha, made you say it!

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1. Taking formal pictures
No one likes them, they take forever, and your photographer will breathe a sigh of relief that he/she won't be keeping you from the party while they figure out every possible configuration of photos you might possibly want ("okay, now grandmothers, with the groom, ringbearer, and all 3rd cousins") Your best memories are the spontaneous moments, just enjoy the day and let the pictures be a fantastic surprise.

photography by jenna walker photography
 
 


5 Rules Every Bride Should Follow
 
5. Wear comfortable shoes
It's a very, very long day. Your hem height changes based on how tall your shoes are, and while an extra inch and a half won't really show up in pictures, it'll definitly kill your feet. And dragging the bottom of your dress on the ground because you had to change into flipflops, not cute.
 
4. Feel good about the people you work with.
Your choosing to make your florist, your planner, your dress consultant, your seamstress, your invitations designer, and every other vendor part of your wedding. You should like their work, and you should like them. They're your best offence when you change your mind about your sash, can't get flowers in a certain season, or have tensions inside the bridal party. And good vendors know good vendors, we've worked with lots and lots of brides, and we know who they've had great experiences with and who they wish they hadn't hired.
 
3. Eat Something!
Just imagine my little Italian mother talking. Don't starve yourself to ft into a dress (the dress is made to fit you, not vice versa), and don't forget to eat day of. Pack a snack (I'm not kidding) or put a bridesmaid in charge of making sure the party has food...nothing that stains
 
2. Be prepared
like a boyscout, minus the merit badges. A small sewing kit, a hand-held steamer, kleenex, Be prepared for little snafu's, they will happen.
 
1. HAVE FUN
That's the whole point. Don't sweat the small stuff, and enjoy the party!