Your Bridesmaids’ Worst Nightmares And How To Avoid Them

He’s popped the question and you’ve said yes.

And in turn turned you’ve popped the questions to your girlfriends “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” and they’ve said yes.

But that’s by no means the end of the story. If your girlfriends are supportive enough to say that yes, they’ll be your bridesmaid, then you’ve got to keep up your end of the bargain and make sure that the experience is enjoyable for them – and not a complete nightmare.

Don’t go into bridezilla mode and become totally obsessed with yourself and your wedding day. You will have a life after your big day and you’ll want your girlfriends around you then as well as now. So treat them with consideration, think about their likes and dislikes and be thoughtful. Here’s a few matters to be contemplating to make the journey happier for everyone concerned – they’re based on some classic mistakes brides have made in the past and mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.

1. Don’t overdo the DIY.

Okay, so you may love crafting and want to make your own save the date cards, menu cards, place cards, floral table centres, wedding cake …. Whatever. But not everybody LOVES crafting and not everybody is good at it. So don’t plan on having some marathon weekend or evening crafting sessions and demand that your bridesmaids come to every one. They have a life and may not want to give up endless afternoons and evenings to your wedding plans. If they do consent to help, then you should probably make it a one-off session and limit the time you spend crafting. Supply delicious snacks, drinks (some wine wouldn’t hurt either) and plan on making something specific, rather than an endless range of items.

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Expressing Gratitude To Those In Your Wedding by Beth Webber

It may seem a bit odd but I think the thing that has made the biggest difference to me in wedding planning is gratitude. It has kept me on the side of positivity, flexibility, and maintaining relationships. I remember reading research about the benefits of gratitude in college and have tried to incorporate it into every aspect of wedding planning. There’s nothing better for keeping your sanity, I promise!

I have tried to verbally and in writing thank every person helping us with wedding planning. I wrote thank you notes to every person who gave us a dollar, time out of their day, or an item to use at our reception or ceremony. It only takes a moment to write out a note and it feels excellent! I have a box of thank you cards already stamped in my wedding planning binder which makes it quick and simple.

We also wanted to make sure we did not forget to thank anyone for gifts along the way. To keep track of this we have a notebook that goes with our thank you notes. It lists everything that has been given to us and by whom it was given. I put a check mark next to the name when a thank you has been sent. This keeps everything from the mail, showers, personally delivered, time spent, or from the reception in one place. It has helped us tremendously in remembering all that people have done for us.

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DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Have you ever found yourself scrolling through Pinterest and found yourself feeling dubious about how DIY some of those DIY hairstyles really are? These step-by-step tutorials are overwhelmingly popular on this social website and make doing your own hair for your wedding seem incredibly easy. A few of us girls behind BrideBox decided to try some of these hairdos to determine once and for all whether or not they are doable. Here are the results of our experiment.

1. The Waterfall Braid

Grade: B

If we’re being totally honest, this was the one we were most excited to try. The waterfall braid is pretty, simple and elegant and super versatile. It’s great for the office, a casual outing, going out, a dinner date and even your wedding day. It’s a flattering way to wear your hair down whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid or a wedding guest.

waterfall braid DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Photo Credit: Hair Wiki

Results

As this was the first time any of us have really tried to do a braid like this, we decided it would be much easier if we tried it on one another instead of attempting to braid our own hair. Simply following the photo’s instructions was a little confusing at first, but once we figured out how the initial braid worked it was much easier to follow. Start with a regular French braid at the top (don’t worry we had to Google it too) and then start the waterfall braid.

diy waterfall braid tutorial DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Overall, we rate this one as a moderate success. If you have someone doing it for you, it is completely possible to achieve the look within the first few tries. If you’re already an adept braider, you’ll probably be able to do this on your own hair with a few tries.

 

2. Rope Braid

Grade: F

Of all the potential hairstyles we found, the rope braid was the one we thought would be easiest. All you need to do is twist two sections of hair together and voila – a chic, sleek and beautiful look appropriate for both formal and casual events. Paired with a headband it is a super cute way to wear your hair whether you’re in the wedding or just attending.

rope braid tutorial DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Photo Credit: Debshops

Results

Looks sure are deceiving with this hairstyle tutorial. What we thought would be the simplest hairdo turned out to be flat out impossible. First, you twist two sections of hair, then you wrap them around one another and tie at the bottom to create the braid. However, what the instructions fail to show is that wrapping the two twisted sections of hair around each other doesn’t keep them together. As soon as you let go of the braid, it unravels and falls apart.

diy rope braid instructions DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Overall, this one is rated as a huge failure. Unless you use a ton of hairspray and some strategically placed bobby pins, we don’t think that this hairstyle is possible.

 

3. Fishtail braid

Grade: A-

The fishtail braid is a unique, classy braid that is a great alternative to the traditional braid. It’s special enough to wear to formal occasions like a wedding or engagement party and it looks great on all types of long hair, curly, wavy or straight. This type of braid would look great with a flower crown or headpiece to accessorize your big day.

fishtail braid tutorial DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Photo Credit: Oncewed

Results

Luckily, one of us already knew how to fishtail braid. She said that she learned how to do it from a ten year old at summer camp several  years ago, and with a couple trial runs she was able to successfully fishtail braid on someone else. Skilled braiders will be able to master this braid quickly and could even do it on themselves.

diy fishtail braid tutorial DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Overall, we rate this one as a great success. However, if we had to learn how to fishtail braid from scratch, this may not have been quite so successful. But if a ten year old can teach us how to fishtail braid, how hard can it really be?

 

4. Dutch braid chignon

Grade: B+/C-

The Dutch braid is essentially an inside out French braid. If that means nothing to you, don’t worry – we had some trouble with it as well. This elegant updo is so pretty and looks extra fancy. It’s the perfect way to wear your hair up as a bridesmaid or bride.

dutch braid tutorial DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Results:

After a few failed attempts, we were able to manage the Dutch braid, which actually turned out really well. This would be a lovely hairstyle for a wedding by itself. Unfortunately, when we attempted to twist the braid up into the chignon, the look fell apart.

Overall, we recommend trying the Dutch braid as an alternative to a traditional braid. The chignon updo, unless you choose to use a lot of hairspray, we advise you to do at your own risk.

diy dutch braid chignon tutorial DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

 

5. Half up braided crown

Grade: A+

This boho chic hairstyle is a simple way to spice up your hair whether it’s straight, curly or wavy. It’s easy to do and can be dressed up for a formal affair or kept casual.

diy half up braided crown hair style tutorial DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Photo Credit: A Cup Of Jo

Results

This hairstyle was the easiest one to do – we got it on the first try. The only advice we have to offer is to use small, neutral colored hair ties instead of brightly colored ones like we did!

half up braided crown DIY Pinterest Hairstyles Debunked!

Overall, we highly recommend trying out this hairstyle for work, a date or an event. It’s easy enough to do on your own and even easier to do on a friend.


 

What Is The Best Site To Create My Wedding Website?

Having a website for your wedding is a great way to keep guests informed and in the loop about all of your wedding’s details, including itineraries and schedules, venues and locations and more. In this day and age, many couples are opting to have a website, social media accounts and even a hashtag for the big day. It’s a simple way for the bride-and-groom-to-be to stay in contact with their guests in the otherwise hectic process of wedding planning. These are five of the best wedding website options online for the modern couple.

Appy Couple

The website/app combo Appy Couple makes it easy for wedding guests to keep track of all the event details in a sleek app on their smartphones. Create and manage your guest list, including allocating plus-ones on the web editor. Guests can RSVP from the app or website and you can keep track of them via either platform. Include details about each event, including fun things like dress code, playlists and weather, so that your guests will be up to date. There are many photo-related features, including being able to take, edit and share photos in real time within the app. You can also add YouTube or Vimeo links to different sections of your website. There is also an instant messaging platform for users to connect with one another.

The app also includes a few extra fun features, such as a wedding countdown, day-of photo stream, airplay to showcase photos in real-time, a puzzle and a virtual champagne toast to get the party started. Appy Couple offers over 400 beautiful themes to choose from, including being able to select a design based on color palette or wedding style.

Features: Themes, event details, guest photos, travel arrangements, messaging, stories, registries, notifications, RSVPs, custom privacy options, image gallery

Pros:

  • Website and app created in one single process
  • Guests can download app for free
  • Over 400 pretty, modern themes to choose from
  • One-time fee

Cons:

  • No custom domain option available
  • No free trial

Pricing: $35 one-time fee

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