A Winter Wedding

Posted: Feb 13 2013

The bride chose a classic Vera Wang gown.

Each of the bridesmaids wore a wreath of baby's breath for the ceremony.


The bride's gold shoes matched the warm, sparkling tone of the reception.

 Sprays of baby's breath, gold linens, and candles gave the party a warm, inviting glow.

Molly’s sister’s winter wedding on Nantucket brought together friends and family from across the country, which made for an intimate and lively celebration. The wedding guests traveled 30 miles at sea to the island where Cate and Adam first met when Adam was a lifeguard and Cate worked for a jeweler, over six years ago.

From last minute lingerie and champagne shopping to corralling bridesmaids and calming the bride, the time leading up to a wedding is inevitably busy for the bridal party. 
Here are Molly’s suggestions on how to be a rock-star bridesmaid:

-   Create and lead a run-of-show for the wedding party so that everyone knows exactly where they need to be and what they need to prepare throughout the day, whether it’s hair appointments, ordering lunch for the bride, or entertaining guests. 

-   Write your toast at least one week in advance and read it to yourself a couple of times per day leading up to the wedding.  Once you have it pretty much memorized, jot a few key words on a note card that you can glance at if you lose your place while speaking. It’s always more engaging to hear someone speak from the heart rather than pages of writing, but having a few notes in hand takes away the pressure of memorizing.

-   As the maid of honor, you should be the one to wake the bride on her big day, especially if she is not seeing her groom before the wedding.  You must stay at her side throughout the day, handing her off to the father of the bride just before the ceremony. 

-   Remind the bride to stay calm and appreciate her day and all of the people who are there to celebrate with her.  While you’re at it, do the same for her parents—they’ll be stressed too. 

-   The bride will be constantly pulled into conversations at the reception.  If you sense her getting overwhelmed or abandoning her entrée, pull her aside and make sure she remembers to eat.  If you need an excuse to politely interrupt, say the photographer is looking for the bride—nobody argues with that! 

-   Remember, they don’t call you a bridesmaid for nothing!  But make sure to enjoy the occasion and remember that the bride will do all of these things for you on your day!

Shop the Look or Similar Styles Here

More Posts