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Brides and Tiffany & Co. present the ultimate guide to choosing your wedding ring. Lots of lovely, shiny, pretty jewellery to choose from? Oh, if you insist…
You've been staring at the sparkling engagement ring on your finger for months (and probably dreaming about it for years!) but it's time to think about a companion for your twinkly friend. Don't fall into the trap of leaving choosing your wedding rings to the last minute, your wedding band will stick around long after your dress has been relegated to the back of the wardrobe! It's time to get serious about one serious piece of jewellery.
The big question is which way to go when it comes to choosing your wedding ring? Do you follow a trend or go timeless? Pile on the diamonds or keep it clean and simple? Match your fiancé or stick to your own style?
The most important thing to consider is if you want your wedding band to snugly fit your engagement ring or sit happily underneath it with a small gap between the two. Both are totally acceptable, it's all down to personal preference.
If your ring is a solitaire, or single stone, there are some fantastic options of contoured and tapered rings made to fit around the diamond. The Tiffany Harmony bands are perfectly shaped to accommodate your solitaire, no matter the cut of the stone. Plus, they actually look great on their own, so no need to worry if you don't want to keep wearing your engagement ring every single day!
If your engagement ring is a cluster, trilogy or a more unusual style then a straight wedding band is the way to go. Rather than paralleling the design of the engagement ring, the straight band will act as more of a silent partner. Not taking the limelight from the main event but complimenting it beautifully and letting it shine.
That's not to say a wedding band can't be the ring that steals the show. A wedding ring full or half set with diamonds is a gorgeous touch and often a great way to make your ring that little bit more special than his (but sssh, we won't tell). If his heart's set on a classic platinum band, why not go for the same design? Just add a few carats for good measure!
When it comes to choosing the metal, most brides will opt to match their engagement ring, but that's by no means necessary. Mixed metals are becoming more and more popular, so there's no need to stick. A rose gold wedding band with a platinum engagement ring is a combination we love!
Whatever you go for, make sure it's going to stand the test of time, after all diamonds are forever.
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Just like the bride, you've said "yes!", but what are the
official bridesmaid roles and duties? Crucially, what exactly have
you really let yourself in for? Being a bridesmaid is all about
supporting your best friend on the biggest day of her life: from
helping her into her wedding
dress on the day to throwing an ace
hen party and providing invaluable moral support to tame any
bridezilla moments. But not all bridesmaid roles and duties are
silk and pink roses. In some cases, it can be like having your own
Plan the hen party
The maid of honour is technically in charge of planning the hen party and bridal shower, but as a bridesmaid you will be expected to bring ideas to the table too. From coordinating guests to ordering catering - this is where your fantasy as a party planner can come true. Remember: this day is all about the bride and what she wants, so (as goes across the board), if you don't like it, you may just have to go along with it.
Pay for bridesmaid paraphernalia
Bridesmaids dresses, hen party, bridal shower… the costs can add up. The average wedding costs over £30,000, so don't be offended if the bride-to-be can't stretch to fund your gown. 45% of Brides readers will buy their own bridesmaids dresses (but not bags and shoes) - so it's worth bearing in mind that you may have to cough up for the dress. Similarly, in your duty to help plan the events, comes the duty to help pay. And with many hen parties taking place across a weekend or abroad, it can get pricey. You'll inevitably split the bill, but as it's often a surprise for the bride, you may have to fund some of her portion, too.
Attend the engagement party and rehearsals
As a bridesmaid, you will be expected to attend all pre-wedding
events. That means: bridal shower, hen party, wedding rehearsal,
rehearsal dinner… not to mention wedding dress shopping and general
weekend crisis planning meetings. See, we did say it was like a
Be one step ahead - and handle a bridezilla
If you're a maid of honour or chief bridesmaid, this is where your friendship really comes into play. From being constantly reachable on the phone (yes, last minute panics over whether white roses really are the right choice do happen) to pre-meditating the bride's needs, you'll be. But take it in your stride: create an 'emergency kit' bag for her complete with plasters, paracetamol, tissues and rescue remedy and keep a note of her wedding-day make up so you can have extras in your clutch to touch her up if she forgets.
Take on a supporting role at the wedding ceremony
Those pre-wedding nerves are inevitable and on the day you'll be a calming influence for the bride. Have a few nostalgic stories up your sleeve to help her relax as you help her into her dress. After getting the bride out of the car and making sure her dress looks on-point, you'll follow her up the aisle and sit or stand to her left at the front of the congregation. If you're the maid-of-honour, you'll take her bouquet and look after it until the leaving procession. It's a good idea to keep tissues in your bag should there be any tears of happiness near you!
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Be the life and soul of the reception
You may be asked to be in the 'receiving line' (where the bride
and groom greet guests going into the reception). In this way
you'll act as the bride's back up, making sure guests are having a
good time and everyone is seated where they should be. There'll
inevitably be a bonding moment of holding the bride's dress when
she goes to the loo. But after all that: you've earned that glass
of Champagne. To the dance floor!