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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A little Q&A with the lovely Lynette Murray!
Give us a little background to who you are, what you do and how you ended up there.
Hi, I’m Lynette and run my own freelance hair business, Lynette Murray Hair. I’ve always loved hair, ever since I was a little girl and went with my Granny Lily to her hairdressers every week. I just loved seeing people be transformed. It always looked like the best job. When I left school, my parents encouraged me to get my education first, so I did my GCSE’s, A Levels and an HND in Marketing. I had many jobs but nothing fulfilled me. I was always wanting more and decided at 21 to give up a well paid job to become a trainee and be the best goddamn hairdresser I could be. Thankfully Patrick Mulholland in Holywood took the risk on me and took me on and trained me up and after 11 years under his wing, I took flight and went to work for David Smyth of Blue Hairdressing. Here I got to fulfil my creative passions and got to work on photo shoots, magazines and even the Rihanna music video and MTV awards. It really was a dream come true. I’ve always loved styling hair and creating soft natural upstyles. After a few weddings for clients and friends I really found my passion for making my brides feel themselves. It’s a true priviledge to be asked to create someones wedding look. With Davids help I was able to fulfil my dream of becoming self employed. It was scary to start, but I am so Happy I did. I work from Blue part time and have my wedding business also. It really is a great partnership I have with my salon life and freelance life. I am so lucky to have had such a good start in life that I can now honestly say, I have the best job in the world. I feel bad calling it a job. I get to travel all over the North and South of Ireland meeting wonderful people and creating hair. I love what I do. My moto in life is – LoveHair-LoveLife – This is so me xo
What do you love most about your job?
Everything!! Hehe, I get to meet amazing people, travel and come across some stunning venues and places. I’m a proper hair geek. I just love it all.
Is there a popular style or does each bride want something different?
Most brides have their own style and vision of how they want to be on their big day. With my style being more natural and soft, I tend to attract the really relaxed bride. I’m definitely seeing a trend of hair down which I love. Some go for half up, half down with natural flowers or if they opt for an upstyle, It’s always pinned up very soft so they don’t feel too exposed. Especially if brides aren’t used to having their hair up. It can be a shock to suddenly have it all away from their face.
How do you determine what hair style a bride should choose?
Personally, I love meeting up with my brides and talking all things wedding with them. We will sit over a coffee or green tea for me. Get a feel of the dress, the venue, the bride herself. It is so important to see the dress and get a really good vibe about what it is your bride wants. It’s my job to make her look and feel as close to her vision as possible. This is why we have trials. You can think you will want one look but as soon as you try it, you could hate it. I would never get offended if someone didn’t like what I was doing. That is what the trial is for. It is there to give my brides peace of mind. Sometimes we get it right first time, others it takes longer. My job as your bridal hairstylist is to make you feel a million dollars and I won’t stop until I do, hehe.
Would you recommend anywhere for brides to look for inspiration?
Of course, blogs like this are great for inspiration, as are wedding websites. Inspire wedding magazine is one of my favourites and it has everything you would need to plan your perfect day. JuneBug weddings and OneFabDay are great online blogs with amazing real life weddings to, to ogle over
Is there a beauty/hair regime brides can follow on the lead up to their wedding?
YES, YES, YES. It is so important to keep your hair and skin healthy anyways but if you are planning your wedding at least a year in advance, that gives you plenty of time to get your hair fabulous. Conditioning treatments to repair any damage or just to keep it shiny and healthy, are always great. Get your hairdresser to recommend a good home care system also. Too much heat or chemical treatments on your hair will damage it over a period of time. You want to restore your natural elasticity and promote healthy hair. The same with your skin, a wee facial every now and then does your skin the world of good. Although, I wouldn’t recommend going just before your wedding day (especially if you havent in a long time), as facials can bring out wee pimples etc that may have been hiding under the skin.
Your diet and lifetsyle really effect your hair and skin. Drinking plenty of water and eating healthier will really help with your complexion and the condition of your hair. Happy body + Happy mind = Happy hair and skin
Have you come across any beautiful hair accessories?
All the time, from floral crowns to delicate handmade pieces. I see some of the most beautiful hair accessories. Sandra from Blue Meadow Bridal and Megan from Couture Bridal Accessories make stunning head pieces and veils. I love both their styles.
Do brides need their accessories before their trial?
Not necessarily. Sometimes a bride won’t be too sure of how they want their hair and if you go ahead and purchase a head piece, it may not fit in with the end hair style or it may be too heavy for your hair type. It is always better to discuss with your bridal hairstylist ideas of what will go with your dress etc or the style of hair and hair type.
Have you any advice for brides on the morning of their wedding?
Try to stay calm. Remember you’re marrying the love of your life and your best friend. If you can have your bridal team come to you, I would highly recommend that. Running around from salon to beauticans and worrying about traffic and keeping everyone on schedule is way too stressful. Stay in one place and have us run around after you. It’s your special day and you should be able to either sit in your PJ’s in the comfort of your own home or hotel. Feet up and be pampered. It’s your wedding day and deserve to feel special.
What did you enjoy most about your wedding day?
Walking up the aisle and seeing Neal’s face. He just looked so handsome and I couldn’t wait to call him my husband.
The whole day was magicial and I would do it again in a heart beat, to Neal of course
How can brides get in touch?
Aiste’s Wedding in a Beautiful Anna Campbell Gown
Aiste recently got married in the Summer, in this stunning Anna Campbell gown. Aiste brought along her fiancé and her son to give their opinion, we are getting lots more men in the boutique recently and we love it!! Always nice to see their reaction, but to be honest, anything Aiste put on, she looked absolutely amazing in.
Sit back, and enjoy these photos!
Exclusive stockists of Cocoe Voci!
Here at Ivory & Pearl we are extremely excited to announce that we will now be the exclusive stockists of the exquisite Cocoe Voci collection in Northern Ireland. These beautiful dresses are carefully hand crafted in the designers Los Angeles atelier. The pieces are made from luxurious French silks, many of which showcase texture, hand basted interlinings, fine European ornamentations and hand finishing. These intricate details make these gowns a welcome addition to the already extensive collection of beautiful dresses we stock at Ivory & Pearl.
We absolutely love these designs, and can’t wait to get them in for brides to try on! Here are just some of the amazing gowns that will be arriving at Ivory & Pearl in the next few weeks.
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It is peak season for Bridal Fairs at the moment, with Ivory & Pearl showcasing at 6 in the next few weeks, we are excited to meet more brides and show them our pretty 2014 wedding dresses! We also only have 2 Sundays off between now and the end of April due to Bridal Fairs and Designer Weekends, so we’re closing a few Monday’s to rest up so we’ve lots of energy with you guys in the boutique!
We have just finished the Quirky Wedding Fair and what a show it was!! I bribed my 13 year old sister to help this time, and she was amazing, I called her just before 8am on Sunday, and she was up and ready to set up our stand, stood all day and then helped take it all down and drive it back to the boutique! Not a dream Sunday afternoon for a young girl, but she’s great and even knows most of our designers!! I just can’t wait until she’s a little older, to come and work in the boutique! We also had two gorgeous models walking around in our wedding dresses, who we left to man the stand for a sneaky 30 minutes to go and see all the other exhibitors! Anna and I had the best time, we had our caricature taken by Inkwell Cartoon & Caricature, our photos taken in the Rent a Booth NI photo booth, Clubmugs gave us amazing branded mugs and of course lots and lots of free chocolates, shortbread, not to mention, that the Quirky girls also gave us all a BIG bar of Cadbury’s, which was devoured by the end of the fair (don’t tell anyone!!)
Our gorgeous model Hannah (don’t mind the Aida poster behind :-S!)
Inkwell Cartoon & Caricature (also evidence of our empty bar of Cadburys peaking out!)
Anna found her perfect man!!!
Limepark – gorgeous quirky venue in the North Coast!
Not forgetting, the amazing, Grace & Saviour, 17twelve, Cinematic Tide, Music Matters, Mood Events, Tippy Make up Artist, Gillian Cargo Hair Design.. there are just too many to go through them all, take a nosey yourself at www.quirkyweddings.co.uk
Bridal Fairs Coming Up!
16th February 2014: Redcastle Hotel, Donegal, 2pm-5pm
21-23rd February 2014: The Wedding Journal Fair, Kings Hall, 3pm-8pm/12noon-6pm/12noon-6pm
2nd March 2014: Spectacular Vintage Fair, Carton House Hotel, 10am-5pm
9th March 2014: Culloden Hotel, 2pm-5pm
27th April 2014: Ballygally Castle, times TBC
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