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  • Finally We Know Why Bridesmaids Wear The Same Dresses

    Yeah we’ve seen the movies and we’ve even attend a few weddings in the church to know the sheer ugliness that descends on the wedding party, in the form of uniform bridesmaid dresses. It’s all drab lace, colours that make your dinner resurface and inappropriately placed bows. Uptill now I like many others, assumed it was because the bride has to look prettier in comparison to the rest of the wedding party.

    Though that maybe the reason now.

    There actually are several legit theories on why bridesmaids wear the same dresses:

    These band of women dressed in similar clothes distract evil spirits and ex lovers from the couple, allowing them to get married in peace.



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    Based on Ancient Roman traditions, people believe that these uniformly dressed group of women can be a bait to distract ex lovers and nasty spirits from ruining the wedding. So as long as the pack of look-alike bridesmaids are around, no more ex drama. However , Dr Liz Gloyn believes that this was just incorrectly assumed because of an ancient roman wedding tradition that required 10 witnesses, none of who were female.

    Uniform Bridesmaids were a display of power of the Royal Family and a mark of obedience from their wedding guests


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    Now a more plausible explanation comes from Victorian Era. Royal weddings usually involved a procession to the Westminster Abbey, which meant it was the one place royals got to flaunt their outfits, along with their power. Taking this opportunity, Queen Victoria’s 12 bridesmaids were draped in an off shoulder white gown. These bridesmaids belonged to the creme of the society and showed compliance and loyalty to the Royal Family by wearing the same outfit. So as not to outdo each other or the bride.

    Now that we know the reason, let’s put us girls out of our misery and stop with the ugly dresses already.

  • The Wedding Shower: A Plan of Action

    Throwing a shower for a modern bride takes planning as changing tastes mean some traditions and staples shouldn’t be resuscitated. (Toilet paper dress, anyone?)

    The key thing to strive for, says Ann David, who co-founded the New York City-based David Reinhard Events with Nicky Reinhard 16 years ago, “is understated elegance. Tradition with a modern twist.” The pair plans 10 to 12 weddings a year, which typically include a few bridal showers.

    When planning a shower, Ms. Reinhard says, there is no need to make it ​a ​women-only​ affair.​ It is important to consider the couple’s ages, likes and dislikes. “Is it just a girls’ event or is a couple’s celebration and are children invited?” she says, noting that it’s usually best to hold a shower six to eight weeks before the wedding. But if many guests are coming from out of town for the wedding and shower, holding the latter three months before the wedding is more polite. “If there’s travel involved, to ask someone to buy two plane tickets within six weeks” could be taxing, Ms. David says.

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    Generally, if many guests have young children, a late afternoon tea on a Saturday works best, Ms. Reinhard says. “If it’s a couple’s shower, perhaps do something more fun and social in the evening,” she adds.

    It’s essential to personalize the shower as much as possible, “so guests have a sense of who they’re celebrating, from personalized cocktail napkins to favorite drinks that are served,” Ms. David says, noting that for the shower for candy entrepreneur Dylan Lauren a few years ago, they created an event that was “all about candy.”

    In terms of food, convenience is key. “Nothing that needs a knife,” Ms. David says. “We love anything that is one bite.” From their experience, fail-safe crowd-pleasers include pigs in blankets, tacos, postage stamp-size truffled grilled cheese sandwiches and nothing that involves a skewer. “You want to take whatever it is, pop it into your mouth and just carry on with conversation.”

    While champagne is always festive for such occasions, it’s important to offer other options, including nonalcoholic cocktails (especially if it’s an afternoon event) or the favorite drinks of the bride and groom. “A Bloody Mary bar can be a fun thing to keep everyone interacting and engaged,” Ms. Reinhard says. Or, if it’s a couple’s shower, it could work well to have signature drinks that reflect the bride and groom’s tastes.

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  • The Green Gold in Your Wedding Dress

    Keeping your wedding dress forever might seem like a good idea the day after your wedding when you’re still euphoric after your wonderful event. But within a few years or maybe even a few weeks, you may be wondering just what you’re going to do with a big white gown that needs to be kept in an airtight plastic bag for the rest of its life.

    Are you going to move it around from place to place, then cram it into the back of a closet somewhere? Or maybe stuff it into a trunk in the attic where you’ll forget all about it? Or pay to store it at a facility that will keep it pristine until maybe a daughter or niece or godchild gets engaged?

    Why not take a more eco-friendly approach, one that may generate a little cash for you, too?

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    Enjoy your dress, then find a way to repurpose it sooner rather than later.

    Here’s how:

    Turn it into a cocktail dress: Depending on the style of your dress, you should be able to shorten it or dye it. There are many tailors who could do the job so well for you, you’d never be able to tell that the garment originally was a wedding gown. Some dry cleaning facilities will dye fabrics if you prefer to have a dress that’s a color other than white. Take a look at 11 differentwedding dress transformations Cosmopolitan featured recently.

    Re-use the material: If your dress has a long train for a big flowing skirt, that material could pretty easily be converted into a shawl or shoulder wrap, a short jacket for evening wear or even fancy napkins and a tablecloth. Check out the free skirt sewing patterns on If you’d rather not sew something yourself, have a tailor do it for you. It’s pretty straightforward to convert fabric into a shawl or wrap, but Prom DIY puts up the instructions on YouTube here.

    Donate it: Search “donate wedding dress + your locale” and you’ll find women’s shelters and organizations that help girls who need prom dresses. You can also donate your dress to Fairy Tale Brides, a non-profit that re-sells the dresses at reasonable prices, then donate their profits to charities that include St. Judes children’s Research Hospital, Suited for Change and the Kids Network. You can download a donation form on their website here.

    Rent it: You can rent a gown to wear or you can rent out your own gown. A surprising number of online companies make this process easy, from Rent the Runway to Borrowing Magnolia to Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses.

    Sell it: Many of the online companies mentioned above will buy your wedding gown from you and relieve you of all responsibility to ever have to take care of it again. Given the care with which most gowns are made, they should be able to stand up to at least ten weddings—so why not let them? Of course, you can also put your dress on EBay or Craig’s List, sell it at a local consignment shop, or let your Facebook community know it’s for sale. Agree on a price you think is fair, then enjoy the pictures and the memories, as well as the thought that someone else is extending the life of your lovely gown.

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