Ah! Bridesmaids ! Your innermost circle of female buddies, your closest confidantes, your sisters on the road to married life. They’re the ones you can trust in to coo over your gown, ease your agonising over the table décor and mop your brow after a particularly boozy hen night. More on this subject towards the end of this week’s blog, but first a round up of just some of the amazing work from our incredible team of stylists.
Our amazing creative director has had a very busy year in 2017. She is expanding the business in the Norfolk and East Anglia area so has been busy up there, but last week she worked at a lovely civil ceremony in Sussex at the beautiful Gravetye Manor.
Graveyte Manor is the epitome of classic English country house style and luxury and a hugely desirable location for your wedding . This is a multi award winning venue with a Michelin star for it’s fine dining. Situated down a mile long private drive, through rolling Sussex countryside, is Gravetye Manor. A Grade 1* listed house, built in 1598 and set in 100 acres of parkland and gardens, famous for being crested by William Robinson, arguable one of England’s greatest gardeners. Operating since 1958, it was one of the first of the fine country houses to open it’s doors as a hotel in Britain. From the refined yet sophisticated interiors to the warmth and unparalleled service from the staff, to the magic of the gardens, both intimate and abundant. A wedding at Gravetye will enchant and delight the senses: hard to believe that this secluded haven of peace is only 20 minutes from busy Gatwick airport ( not on a flightpath though so no plane noise to contend with). Gravetye is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships, offering exclusive use so that you really can be lord and lady of the manor for your special day. The professional and dedicated wedding co-ordinator will help you create the perfect day whether it be small, sophisticated and intimate or large, luxurious and lavish. Claire always really enjoys working at weddings here and this one was no exception.Claire created gorgeous looks for two pretty bridesmaids , Sam and Emma. Here are a couple of lovely photos.
Our talented hair and makeup artist Holly covers the Somerset and South West area of England. She created this gorgeous bridal up do for Meagan’s wedding day.
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a wonderful honour, and one that most girls feel incredibly lucky to experience. The bridesmaid is an integral part of any wedding, on hand to comfort, console, multitask, and party hearty at all bridal events.
The history of the bridesmaid varies across cultures, religions and time periods. In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal troop, who marched alongside to accompany the bride to the groom’s village. This ‘protective shield’ of similarly outfitted bridesmaids was supposed to intervene if any wayward thugs or vengeful suitors tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry. Western bridesmaid tradition seems to have originated from later Roman law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding in order to outsmart evil spirits believed to attend marriage ceremonies. The bridesmaids and ushers would dress in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits wouldn’t know which couple was actually getting married. Even as late as 19th century England, the belief that ill-wishers could administer curses and taint the marriage still existed.
Aside from organising a phenomenal hen do and helping with dress fittings and accessories their level of involvement will vary depending on the size of the wedding and the wishes of the bride.
On the day of the wedding
- the bridesmaids help out with preparations and assist the bride in dressing.
- If there are child bridesmaids and pages, the bridesmaids must look after them before and during the service when their parents may not be able to.
- The bridesmaids help to get the bride ready before the ceremony begins.
- They participate in the procession and recessional, walking up the aisle behind the bride and walking down the aisle behind the wedding party.
- At the reception, the bridesmaids must circulate and talk to all the guests. They should keep an eye on proceedings and report any problems or difficulties to the chief bridesmaid and best man.
There is a lovely tradition behind the small thank-you gift for the bridesmaids. The giving of extra presents to the bridesmaids is an ancient custom, handed down from the days when the groom had to catch his bride and, rather than actually chasing her, he used to bribe her friends to lure her to a place where he could stealthily approach her!