8 tips to ensure your bridesmaids are HAPPY maids

They’re your closest friends and you easily selected which ones that you wanted to stand by your side on your wedding day. Yet, being a bridesmaid involves lots more than just showing up on the day of your wedding. Here are some tips to keep your beloved bridesmaids happy as you plan for your big day. 

1. Consider the number of bridal showers that will be thrown for you. One is good, two is doable, but if you’re having any more than that, take note of who is invited to which ones. Invite select bridesmaids to each, giving consideration to their schedules, so you can limit the showers they need to attend. And remember, it’s perfectly acceptable that maids attending multiple showers only bring a gift to one event. 

2. Be considerate of the price of the bridesmaids dresses you select. Although they are happy to be sharing in your joy, being a bridesmaid is an investment. Not only will they be paying for their dress, they’ll also need shoes and accessories to accompany it. 

3. Be considerate of the style of bridesmaids’ dresses you select. Let’s face it, not all bodies are created equally and you’ll want your maids feeling comfortable ~and beautiful~ on your big day. Consider a certain dress color and let your bridesmaids find a style, neckline and silhouette that are most flattering to their body types. 

4. Don’t dictate how your bridesmaids should wear their hair and makeup. Give them the freedom to decide what hairstyles and makeup colors best compliment them and their comfort level. And if you really want to make them happy, treat them to--meaning pay for--hair and makeup services provided by a professional stylist! 

5. Be considerate of where you have your bachelorette party. If you and your maids are all excited and in agreement to head to Vegas for the weekend, then have at it! Otherwise, keep in mind that out-of-town festivities only add to the monetary investment your maids are already making. 

6. Communicate your expectations of your bridesmaids, and keep their to-do list manageable. Do you want them to be involved in your planning details? Do you need their help in addressing your wedding invitations? Do you need them to deliver welcome bags to the hotel for your out-of-town guests? Let them know what you expect of them, so you don’t end up being upset with someone who perhaps didn’t understand (or didn’t know) what you needed of them to begin with.

7. If your bridesmaids all come from different parts of your life and don’t know each other, schedule a fun outing or two before the wedding to give them the opportunity to get to know one another. They’ll have a lot more fun together at the wedding if you do! 

8. Remember during your planning process and leading up to the big day that life is still happening for your bridesmaids as well. Make a point to talk about non-related wedding things. Check in on them and inquire about what’s going on in their lives. They still want to share life with you just as they always have. 

How will you be celebrating YOUR bridesmaids? Email us at info@triadweddings.com and let us know!  

14 real wedding photos that prove Love is in the air

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     “I love shooting weddings in Blowing Rock and Boone! Corey and Lauren addressed their guests during the reception and announced that ‘every single person in the room were among the most important in their lives.’"

“I love shooting weddings in Blowing Rock and Boone! Corey and Lauren addressed their guests during the reception and announced that ‘every single person in the room were among the most important in their lives.’"

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   “What a fun day! It started out raining, but ended up being beautiful! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers!”

“What a fun day! It started out raining, but ended up being beautiful! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers!”

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   “Philip and Alexandra eloped in DC. Such a unique way to start their lives, and we had so much fun walking the city and playing with light. I've known these two fabulous photographers for a few years now, and when they told be about their wedding, I just knew it would be beyond fun, and have to include a photo session like no other! Check them out here at the Lincoln Memorial.”

“Philip and Alexandra eloped in DC. Such a unique way to start their lives, and we had so much fun walking the city and playing with light. I've known these two fabulous photographers for a few years now, and when they told be about their wedding, I just knew it would be beyond fun, and have to include a photo session like no other! Check them out here at the Lincoln Memorial.”

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   “The winter storm may have caused a few things not to go as planned for Liz and Cody’s wedding in Raleigh, but it surely made a beautiful winter wonderland!”

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   “Cool cars and special moments. Congrats to   Anna Martin and Glendon!” 

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   “May I have this dance for the rest of my life? Congratulations to Lindsay and Rusty, married at The Lofts at Union Square!”

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   “Happy engagement to Taylor and Jeff!” 

“Happy engagement to Taylor and Jeff!” 

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   “I simply cannot believe that I get to spend my days with amazing couples and creating beautiful images! Joe and Shea had such an incredibly stunning wedding!”

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   “We had a wonderful time with Rosie and Tully on their wedding day! Their wedding was filled with personal touches that really resonated with who they were as a couple.”

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   “Jimmy and Dana had an amazing wedding at Reverie Place. It was such a beautiful day and it could not have been more perfect for two truly amazing people.”

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      “It misted all day on Heather and Matt’s wedding day, but held off the downpour until these two got in their car to leave. What a fabulous, fun day!”

“It misted all day on Heather and Matt’s wedding day, but held off the downpour until these two got in their car to leave. What a fabulous, fun day!”

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   “Congratulations, Evan and Jane! Rainbows bring good luck!”

“Congratulations, Evan and Jane! Rainbows bring good luck!”

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   “The reason you have 2 photographers? This is a prime example.... so one can catch your smiling face looking at your handsome groom, and the other can photograph your flower girl defying gravity as she runs down the aisle.”

“The reason you have 2 photographers? This is a prime example.... so one can catch your smiling face looking at your handsome groom, and the other can photograph your flower girl defying gravity as she runs down the aisle.”

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   “A completely candid moment of Kristy and Bruce laughing and joking around from their downtown Wilmington wedding! LOVE their smiles!”

“A completely candid moment of Kristy and Bruce laughing and joking around from their downtown Wilmington wedding! LOVE their smiles!”

Yasmin Leonard Photography

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Old Salem Bridal Session by WhisperShout Weddings

Why hello gorgeous! Welcome back to the TriadWeddings blog! How was your Thanksgiving? Were you newly engaged? Congratulations! We want to hear allll about it in the comments below, so we can jump up and down with you!

Since you're bound to get back into planning mode as soon as Christmas is over, here's some bride inspiration to get you excited. This adorable bridal shoot was sent to us from WhisperShout Weddings. Her boat neck gown has us smitten and the Old Salem backdrop is absolutely perfect!

 Old Salem bridal session by WhisperShout Weddings. Featured on the TriadWeddings Blog.
 Bride in boatneck wedding gown at Old Salem. Image by WhisperShout Weddings, a TriadWeddings photographer.
 bridal bouquet; purple and white flowers; WhisperShout Wedding Photography
 bridal portraits; boatneck drop waist wedding gown with cathedral veil; WhisperShout Weddings
  old salem bridal portraits; boatneck mermaid wedding gown with cathedral veil; WhisperShout Weddings
  bridal session in Old Salem; boatneck drop waist wedding gown with cathedral veil; WhisperShout Weddings
  old salem bridal session by a rock wall; drop waist wedding gown with cathedral veil; WhisperShout Weddings
  WhisperShout Weddings; north carolina bridal session; sleeveless drop waist bridal gown with cathedral length veil.
  WhisperShout Weddings;   north carolina bridal session beneath an archway in Old Salem.
  WhisperShout Weddings;   north carolina bridal session; sleeveless drop waist bridal gown with cathedral length veil.
  professional makeup ideal for north carolina bridal session; WhisperShout Weddings.
  beautiful rhinestone-studded headpiece;   north carolina bridal session; WhisperShout Weddings
  WhisperShout Weddings;   north carolina bridal session; boatneck bridal gown with drop waist.
 WhisperShout Weddings; North Carolina bridal session in Old Salem; black and white.

 Marry Me, The Triad's Premiere Cocktail Bridal Event

Marry Me Tickets are on sale now! Join us January 21st at The Elm Street Center to see us bring our magazine to life. 

Click here to purchase tickets for you and the future hubby!

Behind the Scenes: A Country Cover Girl

This year was a big year for us. We hit our ten year anniversary and have made big efforts to take the magazine and turn it into something even better. We've embarked on two pretty big adventures. Our first comes in January, as we premiere TriadWeddings very first bridal event, Marry Me, a fun date night affair.

And  now we release our second fun new adventure...

Step behind the scenes of our cover shoot video with the gorgeous Katie O'Brien of 107.5 KZL (edited and produced by Silver Feather Studios) to hear all about how YOU can play a role in our next issue!

So did you catch it?

YOU, lovely ones, get to choose our next cover image for the 2015 Spring/Summer issue! Whaaaat? That's just how much we love and trust you. :)

How does this work? Our friends at 107.5kzl will be sharing our top picks for the cover via their Facebook page in the coming weeks. Make sure you're following them so you don't miss them when they are premiered!

We have complete and utter confidence that you will pick the perfect cover image! In the meantime, continue visiting us for advice and inspiration for your perfect Triad wedding. 

xoxo and happy wedding planning!

 

Many thanks to these incredible vendors who made this shoot so fab!

Video Producer/Editor: Silver Feather Studios

Venue: The Barn at Summerfield Farms

Photographer: Ross Photography

Florist/Designer: Relish Design Company

Gown: Southern Bride

 

Farm and Country Bridal Session: Jennifer

Have you been trying to decide whether or not to do a bridal session before your wedding? We wonder if this beautiful Adaumont Farm Bridal session will help you in your decision. 

Jeff Scott of J. Darren Photography sent us this stunning bridal and between the gorgeous sunlight, the adorable farm setting, and the beautiful bride, we are all sorts of excited. 

 Sweet Adaumont Farm Bridal session by J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Stunning bride in her gown from Diva's Boutique and Bridal. Adaumont Farm Bridal session by J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Stunning bride in her gown from Diva's Boutique and Bridal. Adaumont Farm Bridal session by J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer overlooks the Adaumont Farm during her bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer carries a chalkboard sign with a note to her dad: "Always yours little girl." An Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer looks gorgeous in her ivory wedding gown at her Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 At Jennifer's Adaumont Farm bridal session she carries a peach and ivory bouquet from The Farmer's Wife. Image by J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer looks gorgeous in her ivory wedding gown at her Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer looks gorgeous in her ivory wedding gown at her Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer wears a lovely mantilla lace veil with her ivory wedding gown at this Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer holds her ivory and peach bouquet at her Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer wears a lovely mantilla lace veil with her ivory wedding gown at this Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Jennifer holds her ivory and peach bouquet at her Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 
 Adaumont Farm bridal session with J. Darren Photography, a Greensboro wedding photographer and a TriadWeddings vendor. 

Jennifer's FAB Vendors:

Venue: Adaumont Farm

Gown: Diva's Boutique & Bridal

Bouquet: The Farmers Wife

Hair & Makeup: Carla White 

Photography: J. Darren Photography