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How (and should) I gracefully back out of being a bridesmaid?

I agreed to be a bridesmaid for a friend who wants her bridesmaids to be a lot more present (physically) than I am going to be able to in the lead-up to the wedding. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on May 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Polyester-less nonexpensive bridesmaids dresses

The bride wants a not-too-expensive, traditional-looking bridesmaids dress. One of the bridesmaids is allergic to polyester. Where should I tell her to look? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on May 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Names for wedding party members who are friends of both bride and groom?

So a female friend of the bride is typically called a bridesmaid or bridesmatron (or maid of honor or matron of honor). I guess you could also use brideswoman (or woman of honor) if you want to avoid the whole does-maid-mean-unmarried? issue. I've heard the term a bridesman (or man of honor) for a male friend of the bride. And if you don't want to specify the gender of the person in question, you could use bridesperson (or person of honor). A male friend of the groom is typically a groomsman (or best man). A female friend is sometimes called a groomswoman (or best woman), although I guess you could also go with groomsmaid or groomsmatron (or best maid or best matron). And again, avoiding the gender of the friend, you can have a groomsperson (or best person). But what if there's a member of the wedding party who is a friend of both the bride and groom? What do you call that person? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Mar 1, 2013 - 22 answers

Be my bridesmaid, but don't go broke

How can I tactfully let my bridesmaids know I'm happy to help them pick up the tab? I'm getting married this summer, and have asked seven close friends to be bridesmaids. They're all wonderful, good friends, and they all like each other and me and everything is harmonious, except that there is a SERIOUSLY WIDE income disparity among them (everything from full-time student working part-time at a coffee shop to a stay-at-home wife of a zillionaire). I am definitely on the higher side of the spectrum, but it is very important to me that I be mindful of my friends' bank balances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2013 - 24 answers

Creative ways of including family and friends in a wedding

What are some creative ways of including or honoring special family and friends in a wedding, beyond the typical bridal party? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jun 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me choose my bridesmaids!

I absolutely hate the idea of choosing people to stand by my side at the altar. I have friends from all different stages of life whom I care for very much (childhood, high school, college, grad school, work, etc.) and I loathe the idea of "picking" some and not others. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Jan 11, 2012 - 28 answers

Should I ask my two close friends to be bridesmaids?

I'm having a hard time asking two close friends to be bridesmaids because I feel like I'm imposing. Advice/anecdotes requested. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

All sizes of bridesmaids need dresses!

Where can we find bridesmaid dresses that are pretty and will be appropriate for a plus size bridesmaid, a regular size bridesmaid, and a 6 months pregnant bridesmaid? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on May 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Bridesmaid Dresses, Racket or Not?

Bridesmaid dresses & alterations: legit or racket? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel on May 20, 2008 - 16 answers

How much should bridesmaids be expected to chip in?

A friend and I have agreed to be in a third friend's wedding this fall. Lately the bride-to-be has been suggesting some potentially expensive pre-wedding activities. My friend and I are concerned with what we're expected to pay for as bridesmaids. My questions are: Is footing the bill for the bachelorette party or bridal shower the responsibility of the bridal party if the bride (or her sorta wealthy future mother-in-law) plans it? Is it gauche for us to approach the bride and ask her what her expectations are after agreeing to be in the wedding?
posted by redbed on May 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Bridal Shower Mayhem?

(I am posting this for my girlfriend) My brother is getting married and his fiance asked me to be a bridesmaid. Her sister is the matron of honor, and she will be having 7 bridesmaids total. I just received word that her mother and sister have booked a country club for the bridal shower and the cost will be divided among the bridesmaids (around $100 each). Am I wrong to think that the matron of honor should have consulted us to find out what we were comfortable contributing before making plans? [more inside]
posted by ghastlyfop on Apr 3, 2007 - 50 answers

Help Me Help the Bride

Good sites for affordable bridesmaid dresses? [more inside]
posted by messylissa on Mar 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Non-lame gifts for cool bridesmaids?

I'm looking for advice for what to give my (5) bridesmaids. They're smart, cool women in their thirties (and of a variety of shapes and sizes), and I'm not sure that many of the typical gifts I see on some sites (super-froofy jewelry, pastel totes, etc.) would be appropriate/appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mollymolo on Jan 17, 2007 - 31 answers

Oh god, bridesmaid dresses

I'm maid of honor in my sister's wedding in a month. The dress we ordered to match the other bridesmaid's dresses doesn't fit AT ALL. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky on Mar 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Food and drinks for a bridesmaids get-together?

My fiancée is having a get-together for her bridesmaids next weekend. I've been tasked with preparing food and drinks for the occasion. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jmevius on Jun 11, 2004 - 13 answers

Bridesmaids Gifts

Bridesmaid etiquette on gifts - What to do? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart on Apr 18, 2004 - 6 answers

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