Choosing the Maid of Honor can be one of the most difficult decisions a bride must make. There are so many women that have been a part of your life, how do you choose who it should be? No matter which amazing lady is awarded the role, your other frontrunners, and some people you may not have thought of, will probably feel slightly ill-used. There can only be one Maid of Honor; sisters, cousins, friends, and your mother know this. Be sure your choice is your own; do not let someone pressure you into choosing a person not on your list due to family politics.
Your mom should not expect to be your Maid of Honor. The mother of the bride has her own position of respect within the bridal party. Because it is your special day, if you wish to make your mother your Maid of Honor, you certainly can. Just remember that others might also be deserving of the role, and you will not be slighting your mom by allowing her to keep the title only she can have. Lets face it – your mum would be the worst person to plan your Hen party.
Sisters are sisters, and how many of them have gotten along throughout the majority of their lives? Your sister may be blood, but she may not be your best friend. Unless you and your sibling are inseparable best friends, consider looking for someone more unwavering to be your Maid of Honor. Friends are the likely choice, and many women are torn between childhood friends, college friends, current friends, and work friends. There is no equation to figure out who should be offered the position at your side. This is something only you can decide.
Friend For Ever
When looking for a Maid of Honor, look at the people who have stood the test of time. These may not be childhood friends; they may not be current friends. You want someone who has touched your life in a positive way; someone who you will always be bonded with regardless of distance or communication barriers. This person should know you better than you know yourself, and they should be humble about their ability to destroy you with that knowledge. Your Maid of Honor is the person who you would want to take your place at your husband’s side if something should happen to you. She is who you have decided is worthy, and you would not begrudge her anything, even your husband (as long as you’re dead!).
When you look at all these criteria for choosing your Maid of Honor, you may feel a bit overwhelmed at the selection process. The fact is, when you stick to such monumental reasons for bestowing a title on someone, you will have peace of mind when others feel rebuked.
One of the most fun parts of planning a wedding is choosing your signature colors. There are certain colors which are associated with certain times of the year, but it can also be nice to explore some less expected color options. This is a look at some unique wedding color palettes for every season.
Most spring weddings are full of pastel colors. While I love pink as much as the next person, it is not the most original choice for a spring wedding. Consider creating a more sophisticated vibe for your spring celebration by mixing a deeper color with a springy one.
Soft sage green with deep espresso has a fresh natural feeling that stays away from the very sweet pastel tones that are so widely used in spring. It is a great option when you do not want your wedding to have that Easter egg vibe. Mix fresh white flowers with hints of green and tie it up with a brown satin ribbon. For the wedding cake, decorate sage fondant frosting with a stylish chocolate scroll design. The whole effect will embrace the natural beauty of the season, without using any of the spring cliches.
Brighter colors tend to be popular for summer weddings. If you have seen enough of hot pink and lime green, consider doing something like a tangerine hue instead. Keep it fresh and light by combining the tangerine with cream, or make it more formal by using charcoal gray accents. Think about how pretty your bridesmaids would look in floaty tangerine organza dresses with simple pearl jewelry for the wedding. Or for a summer evening wedding, the attendants could wear charcoal chiffon column dresses and carry tangerine colored bouquets. They will look very chic indeed.
In the autumn, fall leaf colors reign supreme. While orange, yellow, brown, and rust are certainly very seasonal, the color palette has been done to death for fall weddings. Consider doing something that is rich but not so typical.
Plum and gold would be marvelous for a formal wedding. A simple cream and bronze palette is another beautiful one for fall. It would look wonderful when done with geometric patterns, such as a Greek key border on the wedding invitations and on the wedding cake. For those brides who like brighter colors, magenta is a great choice for an autumn wedding. It is deep enough to be appropriate for the season, but also very upbeat and festive.
How many “Winter Wonderland” weddings have you been to? If you are like most people, probably more than you care to remember. A great alternative to the usual silver and white color scheme is cherry red with lime green accents. Create the bouquets from bright red amaryllis flowers, and use lime green bows for the bouquet wraps. Your bridesmaids can wear elegant red satin dresses, perhaps with custom wedding jewelry made from clear and lime green crystals. You can decorate your venue with seasonal elements such as frosted lime green round Christmas ornaments. The effect will be very suitable for a winter wedding, but a nice departure from the typical frosty winter color palette.
Let your wedding color palette express something about your personal style! When you depart from the expected colors for any given season, your wedding will be full of character and originality. And what bride doesn’t want that for her big day?
All colorful images above are sourced from: Wedding Creations