Of a course, a wedding should be about you. But it won’t hurt if you think about your entourage once in a while. Allow us to take you to our little comprehensive guide of what’s involved when thinking about your wedding and the necessary preparations that you should consider.
Wedding Entourage And Their Duties
These special people of interest participate in different tasks during the wedding preparation and celebrations.
For more traditional religious wedding ceremonies, there are godparents to the bride and groom and sponsors that are in charge of other wedding paraphernalia such as the bible and veil. In recent years, parents of the couple have taken a backseat to give way for the entourage to arrange the ceremony along with the bride and groom.
The Maid or Matron of Honour
Is the designated partner of the bride throughout the wedding before she is given away. Her duties include, but not limited to, the bridal shower, wedding details such as giving the speech, making sure that the rest of the entourage is where they are, adjusting her train, holding her flowers and be the principal witness to the ceremony.
The Best Man
Similarly, has the duty of being the groom’s helper throughout the wedding just before he becomes a married man. Other important obligations are being the Masters of Ceremonies at the wedding reception, making sure that fees and important wedding items such as rings are available when the priest asks for it. Along with the Maid and Matron of Honour, he hosts a toast in order of the couple.
Are equally helpful and trustworthy aids of the bride that are generally formed by her close friends, associates and family members. They are the strong support team behind the wedding who serve as extra hands to the Maid/Matron of Honour’s tasks.
They do their bit to make the Best Man know that he is not alone. Serving as ushers during the ceremony and party cheerers during the reception. In some instances, they are in charge of the getaway car and some pre-wedding fees.
The junior bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers
These are the young members with the same designated assignments as their senior equivalents.
Are young girls usually between the ages of 3 to 7 (who are often related to friends of the couple or their entourage) that scatter petals from their bouquet and basket as they walk down the aisle.
The Ring Bearer
Is usually a young boy about the same age as the flower girl, who walks with a pillow of two rings to be handed to the Best Man during the ceremony.
After the brief discussion of the entourage, let us talk of another important aspect of a wedding: the fashion. Since this is initially a fashion article, the details above help influence the style choices that will be expounded on.
Entourage dresses should not on-point mimic the bride but a motif is important and so is a dress code. A motif is more of a recurring image, idea or colour that is what the wedding is all about. A dress code, on the other hand, is the unwritten rules of what to wear for a specific party. The motif and dress code should go hand-in-hand. Say if a wedding motif is that of a beach party then the wedding code must be semi-formal to informal.
Wedding Dressing – Important Points To Consider
At the point of planning your wedding, you will consider basing your wedding gown and the entourage’s gown on the style that you have decided. Invited guests would have been notified of this. You can let your imagination flow. While motifs can be anything, always remember that everything should be coordinated and put together. One trick can find the meaning of the colour that you have selected. For a more personal taste, you can put together a series of colours that symbolize memorable moments between the two of you.
For dresses, going traditional means that you opt for a white and ivory gown and veil. Usually meaning, purity, cleanliness, light, and goodness, this is still a championed colour for most brides.
- Red and black are often rare choices for gowns, often because of the suggested morbid meaning of the colours. Nowadays, these colours have a bold new meaning with red signifying passion and love and black being a classic, antithesis to the white ensemble that can symbolize sophistication and mystique.
- Blue and grey are also understated colors—having lighter gradients to divert from the initial white by adding a pop of colours that are not too pigmented is also a statement.
For the entourage, dressing them depends on budget, on their roles and any additional requests that a bride should consider.
Should the bridesmaids, Maid and Matron of Honour look like the bride in the way they dress?
Yes and no. Yes, in such a way that guests will notice the connection between the bride and her entourage and also in such as having the same embroidery or accessory. But the same design? No. The wedding day is for the bride. Hers is to be the most elegant and stunning.
If the entourage dresses were not provided by the bride and groom, the wedding outfits for girls can look similar in the colour based on the style given.
For the Maid or Matron of Honour, they often have a dress feature that is different from the rest of the bridesmaids. For example, when all the bridesmaids are in strapless gowns, it is only her who has sleeves.
Assigning gowns to the entourage should be mindful of the venue and the weather. An open space can see a potential for backless gowns or a shawl for protection. Bridesmaids who are self-conscious can also modify the design of their dresses to cover imperfections.
Dressing Your Toddlers For The Wedding
For all the gorgeousness of the bride, there is one person who is allowed to steal the show (even just for a little while) and that is the flower girl. Where she is a little awkward and all cute, there are several reminders to note when choosing what to wear:
- While she is a little awkward and cute, always remember that comfort is a priority in toddler wedding guest dresses. However, we would not want to compromise comfort with the motif. When shopping for a dress, consider a tea hem where it falls right above the ankle or one that falls above the knee with long socks. Formal or semi-formal is the way to go. Feminine accessories like ribbons and bows are sure to catch your little one’s attention.
- With colour and kids wedding dresses, go with the entourage to fit accordingly with the theme. If the bridal party does not assign dresses, better to go with something of an accent colour that coordinates with the wedding.
- If the dress does not fit at first then let your little one get used to it. It does not have to be the perfect fit because after all, at the end of the day, all that she would want to do is to be able to dance and play with it on. If the dress is ordered months or a year before the date, adjustments in the dimensions should account for her growing.
- Fabric dictates comfort but it also dictates the dress’ aesthetic. Find something that is not heavy, itchy or prone to tearing. Chiffon can be a great choice for wearing and it also lasts a long time without fading out.
- The budget. Again, if the dress is already provided, this will not apply. Unless projected that your child would be a flower girl again, there is no need to buy an expensive dress. All that matters are the rules above that apply to make her look presentable and belonging to the entourage.