How Many Bridesmaids Are Too Many Bridesmaids?

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Figuring out how many bridesmaids to choose (let alone who to choose) can get stressful. Sometimes choosing bridesmaids can feel like you’re the captain of the kickball team looking at a crowd of eligible players, trying to choose the top 5 or 10 for your team. But just because you have a lot of close friends or family members, doesn’t mean they all need to stand by your side on your wedding day. They can be there for you in other ways that don’t require a hand-picked chiffon dress or a rehearsed gallop down the aisle. If you find yourself breaking out in a stress sweat over how many bridesmaids to choose, remember these four rules for choosing your bridesmaids.

4 Rules for Deciding How Many Bridesmaids to Have

  1. There’s No “Right” Bridesmaid Number

You don’t need a certain number of bridesmaids. You don’t have to choose an odd number or an even number or a certain number, like five, because you’ve seen that most people on your Facebook timeline have selected that amount. It’s not a numbers game and there’s certainly no rule of thumb you should abide by when it comes to how many women (or men) to lead the way for you down the aisle.

  1. Don’t Feel Pressure to Have the Same Amount of Bridesmaids as Groomsmen

You also don’t need to have the same number of bridesmaids as your fiancé has groomsmen. The only time anyone will notice that you have less bridesmaids than he has groomsmen, is when it’s time to walk down the aisle. Which, by the way, no one really pays much attention to because their sitting their fidgeting with excitement, waiting for you to walk down the aisle. If you’re nervous about your pictures looking off with an uneven number, ask the photographer to stage different setups and poses for the pictures so that it’s not just a straight line of people standing beside one another.

  1. Just Because Someone Chose You as a Bridesmaid Doesn’t Mean You Have to Choose Them

If you’re picking your bridesmaids based on who has picked you in the past, you may have over 20 bridesmaids (this is a shout-out for us “always-a-bridesmaid” girls). You don’t have to grace someone with the bridesmaid honor just because they graced you. If you’re still close with them, go for it! If you haven’t spoken in two years, it may be a little awkward rekindling your friendship during your wedding adventure.

  1. It’s Okay to Not Have AnyBridesmaids—Or Include a Bridesman Instead

You absolutely don’t have to have any bridesmaids at all. There’s no cardinal rule about how many bridesmaids you should have. It’s just an age-old tradition, and you can still have a booming bachelorette party and invite all your gal-pals—they may even be happier in the long run that you saved them from having to shell out a clump of cash to buy a bridesmaid dress they are never going to wear again! On the other hand, have a guy in your life that you can’t imagine leaving out? By all means—bestow the “bridesman” title upon him and add him to the group.

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You’re the social butterfly of your clique and always like to keep a gaggle of girls (or guys) around you to ham it up with. Your motto in life is to work hard, play hard and that you do! After a long day at the office, you can either be found partaking in happy hour, meeting up with your meetup group or hosting a dinner party with your besties and their significant others too. You’re charming and utterly irresistible so it’s no wonder people are naturally drawn to your bubbly energy.

7 to 9 Bridesmaids

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You’re a modern day nomad with besties scattered all across the country. Some may say you’re indecisive, but your friends mean the world to you, and there’s no way you could picture saying I do without them all standing by your side. You jump at the chance to take girls’ vacays and enjoy gossiping about everything from celebrities to fashion to fiancé with them. Others would describe you as outgoing, fun to be around and even the life of the party from time to time.

4 to 6 Bridesmaids

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While you love socializing and hanging out with your friends, you also like your alone time and can get overwhelmed when there’s too many people around at once. Your bridal party most likely consists of your sister or or sister-in-law, your BFF since childhood and a few other ladies you’ve know for years and are currently still close to. You may have been a dancing machine in your single days, but now you enjoy drinks and dinner (and brunch, of course) with the girls on the weekend.

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You couldn’t decide between your group of girls so you simply opted to ask only your bestie or your sister (or both) instead. That doesn’t mean you won’t have some of the rest of your squad stop by for a quick champagne toast before the ceremony, or hit the dance floor together at the reception. You’re fiercely loyal, all about family and would do anything for the people you love in your life. In your free time, you like nothing more than hitting up a local museum, going to an art show or even checking out your favorite up-and-coming band at a dive bar. On the other hand, you’re also completely happy having a movie night in with your man.

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You march to the beat of your own drum, and as far as tradition goes, you’re certainly not afraid to break with it. Of course, you have several close friends you could ask, but your wedding is small and you really want the focus to be on you and your fiancé. That’s not to say you like being the center of attention though; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Small talk totally isn’t your thing, as you much prefer deep conversations to mindless chitchat.

 

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The Real Reason You Have to Buy Your Wedding Dress So Far in Advance

You’re newly engaged, and you’re excited… to go wedding-dress shopping! And while your wedding date (if you’ve even set one yet) may seem like it’s ages away, it’s actually a good idea to head to the bridal salon sooner rather than later. The reason? A made-to-order wedding dress from a bridal salon takes about six to nine months to make! Sometimes it may take a little longer. So gather your hand selected family or friends that will to help you say YES to your dress! Aside from the fact that it may take you some time to find the One, you’ll need to perfectly time your three MAYBE four fittings, allowing for custom alterations and then some more custom alterations. To help explain why it takes so many months to perfect your dress, here’s a breakdown of the timeline—from purchasing your dream wedding dress to walking it down the aisle.

9-12+ months before the wedding: Once you say YES to your dream wedding dress, the bridal consultant will measure you and possible measure hollow to hem if the dress requires it.  Your wedding dress is crafted in many different areas of the world. The gowns are made to order.

3+ months before: The gown should be finished and at the salon. when you come in to try on your gown for the first time If you have not selected the headpiece, veil, and accessories this is a good time to do that. Just in case your gown is not in yet, you have wiggle room before the first fitting! If the salon had to place a rush delivery because the wedding date was much closer, then you may be starting your alterations weeks before the wedding. No worries because no matter what your wedding gown will be ready in plenty of time for your special day!

6 to 8 weeks before: If you start alterations at this point, Keep your weight stable from here on out.

On your 2nd or 3rd fitting: There may be minor tweaks (change neckline, trim train, Etc.).

1-2 weeks before: last fitting. The gown should be almost flawless. Try on your entire wedding look.

2 days before: Pick up your finished gown.

The Big Day: Show time!

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Every decision from your attire to the design of the cake is a reflection of your personal style. Not the least of which is your First Dance song.

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Perfect Wedding Guide entertainment vendors across the country are some of the best in their markets, and an excellent resource for picking music that sets the tone for your wedding.

Here are the Top 10 Most Popular First Dance Songs, according to Spotify.

  1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. All of Me – John Legend
  5. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  6. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  7. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagna
  8. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  9. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  10. Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran & Beyonce

What is your First Dance song?

A custom dress of your dreams

Do you want the gown of your DREAMS but can’t seem to find the perfect one? Our design team can make it happen! Here are some before and after photos from one of many of our brides. If you want a full custom gown or one with personal modifications contact Giggi @ 978-568-3333

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KENNETH WINSTON TRUNK SHOW!

Book your Bridal Reservation today for our Kenneth Winston TRUNK SHOW!! It’s a special event! September 9th through the 16th. A trunk show is not technically a sale. But the designer is will offer up to 10% off for placing your order on the spot during the trunk show dates. Giggi will ALSO have many plus size wedding gowns in her collection for the Trunk Show!

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We have added an online store so you can take advantage of purchasing our sale items!

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Giggi and Mr. G. is excited to announce we have an addition to our bridal business for our customers that prefer to shop online. We have added an online store so you can take advantage of purchasing our sale items!

This site is for Giggi’s clients that love to shop online but also want quality and a great price. Most items are one of a kind. The items to purchase on line here are from Gigg’s over stock of her inventory, all items are new with tags. I have many clients from all over the states that could not come to my bridal salon to shop. It was getting to difficult to purchase items that I posted on Facebook for sale. Now anyone can Shop Giggi’s off the rack sales store in the comfort of your own home, once you select and purchase your item it will be shipped directly to your door!
Thank you for saying yes to your dress at Giggi’s off the rack online store! I hope you enjoy browsing my collections.

Do you love to shop online? click on this link

 

 

We offer one to one experience in a Professional, relaxing and elegant atmosphere.

Our commitment to quality, customer service, and with the highest standard of dedication to all clients genuinely sets us apart. We encourage you to visit Giggi’s Bridal and Mr. G’s Tuxedos and compare us to other salons. You won’t just see the difference – you’ll feel it.

We offer one to one experience in a Professional, relaxing and elegant atmosphere.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Great news: Your daughter is getting married!

Your daughter is getting married! This is a momentous time in your life, a beautiful and awe-inspiring occasion for both of you. You are witnessing your little girl step into the full bloom of her womanhood, watching her as she stands on the precipice of an extraordinary transformation. Where has the time gone? Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was taking her first steps, then trotting off to school, going on her first date, graduating from high school, and finally leaving home? The beauty and challenge of motherhood is that as tightly as you would like to hold on to your precious one, you continually need to let go. And with each letting go, you watch her step further into the unique woman that she is, embracing her strengths, challenging her weaknesses, learning what it is to be human. And now she is getting married.0046_160904_ZFPN6635

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