I found my Mister, but I still need my Sister…Will you be my bridesmaid?
We all want to think of the most unique and memorable ways to ask our lovely ladies “will you be my bridesmaid?” something to treasure forever and celebrate your friendship. There are lots inspirational ideas out there of fun, adventurous, sentimental and even humorous ways of asking your nearest and dearest ladies to stand by your side as your bridesmaid at your wedding! We have put together a few of our favourite ideas for you to consider… Whether you want a simple gesture or a grand ‘maid of honour’ proposal we’ve got you covered!
- Personalised jewellery
A simple classic that will never get old, a timeless piece of jewellery to ask your ladies the all important question will be something they can get the most use out of. You could use a ‘save the date necklace’ or give a more traditional piece of jewellery with the crucial question behind it, like these gorgeous little gold bracelets below.
- Personalised letters
Nothing says personal like a card!! Letters and posters can be combined with other gifts, trinkets and gestures, however I feel a personalised letter or card is the most sentimental. A pretty card like this floral one below is a beautiful little gesture for your maids to keep forever. (P.S Check out our range of ‘thank you for being my bridesmaid’ cards in our boutique, they are stunning! – See our Facebook for details & pictures ).
Maybe you want something a little less serious, where you can embrace the funny and humorous side of your friendship? I personally love this light-hearted idea, especially the idea of asking your bridesmaid to complete your #squadgoals at your wedding! Maybe even an SOS bridesmaid emergency box of things to prevent any wedding disasters (i.e. a sewing kit!).
- Box of surprises- memories & goodies
A beautiful trinket or jewellery box like this would be a perfect addition to any dressing table! Fill it with old memories, photographs, sweets, treats and goodies for the ultimate gift. It’s also a good idea to make up a little ‘pampering box’- possibly gather all the bridesmaid for a girly night in with a bottle of wine and beauty products then present them with a little box like seen below! It does require a little more effort and some DIY, however it is a lovely gesture and something they will certainly remember!
Small keepsakes that are personal to your bridesmaid in my eyes- are ALWAYS a good idea. If she loves candles why not get her a personalised one? Small intimate gifts like this can go a long way. Cute little trinkets can be added into a box of goodies, as mentioned, or given on their own as a small gesture- perfect for on a budget! There is also the option of personalising a lovely plaque or which can you can fit those thoughtful little poem verses in- sure to bring a few tears!
A shared love of food? Why not ask through baking a cake or some cookies! The homemade aspect gives that personal, memorable touch. And let’s be honest, who could say no to cake and cookies? Although this gesture can’t be kept forever it’s the cutest little idea!
- Surprise adventures
What better way to make the ultimate bridesmaid ‘proposal’ than taking your girls (or just maid of honour- if on a budget!) out on a surprise adventure, to show them how much they mean to you. Ideas like a trip to the spa for some beauty treatments, an afternoon tea, a picnic or even just a fun road trip adventure- something unique to your friendship and what you like doing together most.
These are just a few examples of ways to ask ‘will you be my bridesmaid?’, recently engaged myself I will definitely be using some of these ideas ! **TIP**
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Catherine Deane Trunk Show
On the 19th January 2017, for one weekend only, we will be receiving the full Catherine Deane collection AND there will be 10% OFF all gowns purchased that weekend!
Catherine Deane has always been one of my favourite designers, I love everything about her collection, from the branding to her wedding dresses, and she’s even from Ireland!! Her family actually own a castle, yes a castle here.
We are looking forward to hosting our very first Catherine Deane Trunk Show, and as we have now opened our second, private changing room – we still have spaces available (two or three!)
To book an appointment, call 02891871135 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
It is 2017… How did that happen? I can’t believe we’ve been open for four years and what a four years it has been! I am so, SO excited for the year ahead.
So, 2017 is a little different for me, I now have two kids, two and a half years and under and it’s crazy. I love my balance at the moment though, and to be totally honest – it’s probably taken me until now to get the right balance. When Daisy was born I felt guilty that I wasn’t working and was back to work so soon. However, I’m so glad Jack came along as whenever I had him – I realised how important those early days are and I was able to take MUCH longer off plus I had the added bonus of a one year old to entertain me, and boy does she entertain me. She is such a girl, she loves clothes, shoes and doing my make up… I love them with all.my.heart.
So I have had to get my life in order, and be organised and I have a few hints and tips for you all, as I am sure you are all ranging from a little stressed to mega stressed depending on what stage of your wedding planning you’re at. So here’s what I have done.
Okay, so I know this is nothing new, but we’re so bad at buying food and then not eating it before it goes out of date and it’s such a waste – so we have started cooking meals out of Lean in 15, and we literally buy all the ingredients we need for that week, plus the essentials. Then I don’t have to think about what we’re cooking that night as we’ve already decided; of course I have a few chicken nuggets in the freezer just incase and the odd night where I’ve no clue what we’re making. Beans on toast anyone?
My Make up Organiser
I love this organiser I bought it off eBay… it holds all my make up that I need in the morning, and as long as Daisy hasn’t got her hands on it, it stays lovely and organized. Plus it only cost £10 on eBay. Here’s a link to one: http://bit.ly/2iMuDKC
It took me long enough, but I have moved my diary online… and I love Google Calendar, I can see how busy we are for the coming weeks. I can plan Designer Weekends, Sample Sales so easily and if a bride rings my mobile, I can let them know my availability easily. I highly recommend it. Oh and we are expanding Ivory & Pearl, so we now have the availability to offer extra appointments in the boutique, which are still private. boom.
Okay, so I don’t exercise, I really should. Does standing up all day long count? Yes, I think so. However, Chris has just joined Pure Gym and rang me yesterday to tell me the best news.. I said unless he’s telling me that’s he’s coming to take the kids and has booked me in for a massage, it’s not exciting. And, no, it wasn’t that.. however, Pure Gym is coming to Lisburn.. right on our door step!
Well here’s to a Great 2017.. We have new designers coming in this month, lots and lots of trunk shows.. which will be the next blog so keep an eye out!
Our Beautiful Bride Naomi on her Wedding Day!
Oh my . . these photographs are simply beautiful! I loved looking at this shoot from our real Bride Naomi & her husband Sandy’s wedding day, Naomi looks amazing in her Anna Campbell dress from Ivory & Pearl, these dresses are simply one of a kind and photograph so well.
I personally love seeing wedding photography and the special moments that are captured between a bride & groom, this couple look smitten with each other and we wish you all the very best for the next chapter that lies ahead.
Now sit back & enjoy …
Photography by Catherine Mackenzie link below:
Finishing Touches at Ivory & Pearl
All brides want to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding day, from hair & beauty to shoes and accessories it all comes together to create the final look. At Ivory & Pearl we have introduced new accessories into the boutique to help brides create this look after purchasing their dress. Accessories can give a bride the opportunity to add her own unique style and provide the finishing touches to her wedding look. We have an extensive range of earrings, bracelets, headpieces, hair vines and combs. No appointment is necessary; however, if you’d like to chat to a bridal consultant just let us know you’re dropping in on email@example.com
Earrings & Bracelets:
Dazzling earrings can bring timeless elegance to your wedding look and can easily be worn after your wedding day. In the boutique we have cluster style earrings, drop earrings and studs with a mixture of pearls and diamonds depending on what is best suited to you. We also have bracelets to match our earrings.
A headpiece or hair accessories are the perfect way to add a focal point to your wedding look; we have both embellished headpieces that are more suited to Anna Campbell or Karen Willis Holmes style dresses; or if your style of wedding has a vintage feel to it we have headpieces to suit our Claire Pettibone dresses. We have a selection of ribbon tied hair pieces, hair combs and hair bands for brides to choose from.