Bridesmaid checklist – things to do before the big day

You’ve been given the wonderful job of being a bridesmaid to your lovely friend, but sometimes the pressure of organising events, having outfit fittings and generally being there for your bestie can take it’s toll.  So here is my simple guide to easing some of that stress, meaning you enjoy the run up to the big day along with performing your duties on the actual wedding x

1. Buy/try on your bridesmaid gown, shoes and accessories with plenty of time…

You should try and aim to buy/try on your bridesmaid gown within plenty of time before the wedding.  Not only does this minimise stress of everyone involved – it also allows time for adjustments if needed and if the bride changes her mind on style and colour.  A brilliant place to get gowns from is Maids to Measure

Do not leave it to the big day to stitch loose straps, or mend a broken zip that you knew wouldn’t work – both of which has happened during weddings I have been involved in.  Not only does this look terrible in photographs, it will also mean you are constantly worried about how your gown looks and not feel confident at all.

Be organised on this one!

2. Confirm with the bride your travel/hotel accommodation if required PLUS timings!

If you don’t know what time you need to arrive or be available for the bride, ask.  Check timings – what time do you need to be with her for breakfast, hair, makeup or even changed into your gown.  Which car are you riding in and do you need to stay with her, or book a local hotel.  Take the initiative and confirm what is going on, as the bride will have so many things to think about she may need a little push to sort the little details with you.

3. Decide whether you want hair and or makeup, and tell the bride.

This subject is always a little touchy with brides as they usually always want to pay for bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup done, but financially this is not always possible (weddings are expensive!)  So really think about whether you want your hair and or makeup done, and if so are you willing to help pay for this?  Quite often I am involved in weddings where only one or two bridesmaids are having their hair and makeup done, and it makes the rest of the bridal group really regret their decision as they either don’t have the same products or can’t achieve the same professional finish.

If you do want either or both, then tell the bride in plenty of time and not a couple of days before the wedding.  That way, numbers and timings can be confirmed and any final bills paid in plenty of time.

4.  Don’t bring your hang-ups or personal problems to the bride on her wedding day.

This can sound really harsh but in practise I have seen so many bridesmaids verbally attack brides on their special day for not doing this, or not thinking to organise that.  Meaning that poor bride who has spent an enormous amount of money making it a special day for everyone, now feels like rubbish on her wedding day.  No one wants to see that.

Leave your hang-ups and personal problems at the door and be there for your friend.  It’s one day where you can just enjoy yourself and be with friends and family, so buck up and let your hair down!

5.  Make sure both the bride and yourself have a prosecco in hand for most of the morning x

Bridesmaids!

🌺 A gorgeous bridesmaid design for Rebecca’s girl gang for her Spring wedding at Chewton Glen.  Rebecca wanted her girlies to have soft peach cheeks, a pink lip and delicately shaded eyes – which is a perfect combination to subtly tie everything together.  This design also worked well in matching their soft blue/grey bridesmaids gowns from Maid to Measure x

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When Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle CrosserJudith SearlesMaids to Measure and myself (Frances Moore MUA) got a bit distracted at BASH wedding fair and created this gorgeous bridesmaid look x

Images Matt Lee Photography | Model Chloe Lancaster

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Photos Ikonworks Photography Suppliers What Peggy Did NextFrances Moore MUA Hill Place Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle Crosser Beyond Vintage Judith Searles Flowers
Victoria Fergusson Accessories Exquisite Bridal Couture Smallpiece Catering King and Allen Maids to Measure Rachel Simpson ShoesHannah Elizabeth Bridal Jemima_cakes The Mrs. Box The Toast Events

It’s finally landed!! Our 1940’s Atonement shoot is currently on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings!!

It’s hard to believe that we created this shoot way back in March on Mothering Sunday.  It was a lovely sunny day – gorgeous light and a nice warmth coming from Hill Place’s large windows, which made the shoot extra special.

I first approached photographer Tasha, of Ikonworks fame, about doing a 1940’s Atonement inspired shoot around January and she immediately loved the idea.  I said I wanted it more historical than typical vintage – steering away from any ‘vintage’ cliches like red lipstick or Marilyn Monroe references.  This was to be a very English affair.  We then brought on styling team What Peggy Did Next, to which they then suggested the shoot to be held at Hill Place, which they help to run as a wedding venue.  From there we then contacted our trusted suppliers and good friends to join us on this massive adventure.  And no detail was too small either – I even travelled to Sussex one day to pick up the cocktail table from The Toast Events!

Seeing the shoot featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings is a complete dream and really is the icing on the cake.

We LOVE this shoot and we hope you do too x

See the full shoot and article here

Photos Ikonworks Photography Suppliers What Peggy Did Next Frances Moore MUA Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle CrosserBeyond Vintage Judith Searles Flowers
Victoria Fergusson Accessories Exquisite Bridal Couture Smallpiece Catering King and Allen Maids to Measure Rachel Simpson ShoesHannah Elizabeth Bridal Jemima_cakes The Mrs. Box The Toast Events

More images from BASH 2017!

Makeup Frances Moore MUA | Hair Bridal Hair in Hampshire by Michelle Crosser | Model Chloe Lancaster | Gowns Maids to Measure | Flowers Judith Searles Flowers | Hair Comb Victoria Fergusson Accessories | Event BASH | Venue Guildhall Winchester

BASH 2017!

WOW!  What a day yesterday was!  We had all the fun at BASH wedding showcase, held at the Guildhall Winchester.  Hair stylist Michelle Crosser and myself created a soft, pretty bridal hair and makeup design for model Chloe Lancaster – who was so wonderful and a pleasure as always to work with.  We then collaborated with Maids to Measure and Judith Searles Flowers to finish the sweet, dewy spring look.  Later changing the flowers to a hair comb from Victoria Fergusson Accessories, and another Maids to Measure gown.

This image of Chloe by Matt Lee Photographic says it all really…the power of wedding supplier collaboration.

Photography by Matt Lee Photographic

Somerley House ‘Dutch Masters’ styled shoot

So this is rather exciting…I’ve been waiting for what seems like a lifetime (in a nice way) to share these gorgeous images by Ikonworks of the famed ‘Dutch Masters’ styled shoot, shot at the epically stunning Somerley House Weddings.

The shoot is currently being featured on Strictly Weddings – which is unbelievably exciting and a huge privilege. All thanks to Tasha Ikonworks and her hard work.

Photographer Ikonworks | Stylist Ikonworks | Venue Somerley House Weddings | Tableware Whitehouse Event Crockery | Florals Judith Searles Flowers | Stationery & Props Beyond Vintage | Props Amara Living | Dress Designer Halfpenny London | Hair Accessories Tilly Thomas Lux | Shoes Freya Rose | Hair Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle Crosser | Makeup Frances Moore MUA | Table linen Lancaster & Cornish | Bridesmaid Dress Maids to Measure | The Cake UNIQUE CAKES, by Yevnig | Videographer Edward Southwell | Second Shooter & Assistant Natasha Jay Photography | Tables & Chairs Greathire Ltd / GreathireUSA | Groom’s Suits Keye London | Groom’s shoes ÔSingulierS