It was so much fun to enjoy a Newcastle and Hunter Valley wedding day as a bridesmaid. Definitely one of the most honourable things you can do for a best friend and one of the most enjoyable days of your life!
Despite having photographed countless weddings in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley Vineyards, it really was a new and valuable experience to see through the eyes of a BM.
It clearly brought to my attention the important and varying role of the bridesmaid. Apart from doing all the important lead up wedding stuff, like helping with decorations, choosing dresses and giving advice when asked, there are many other important duties on the wedding day.
I’ve put together a list of the ‘Bridesmaid essentials’. Think of it as a survival kit for the day and the best way to help your bride through worry free. And believe me, if there is not at least three things on the list that will be essential for you, it will be ALL of them! So in order to be best prepared for whatever may come, here is a list of the ‘Bridesmaid Essentials’.
- Sewing kit / spare pins and safety pins: There will be at least one hem down, flower with missing pin, or just something that needs to be attached somewhere.
- Hollywood Tape: Again, no matter how many times the bride or bridesmaids have tried their dresses, on the day, fabric will just not sit right, it will need to be attached to bras, taped to skin or held fast with this life saving tape.
- Party Feet: If you want to make it to the dance floor in your heels then these must go in at the start of the day. Take a few spares, like the heel stickies just in case your shoes stretch throughout the day.
- Soda Water: If anything at all touches your dresses then this has been proven time and time again to remove just about anything! Car grease stains and lipstick are the most common on the day (I managed to get both on my dress before the ceremony). But later if a little red wine or food has been spilt on your bride’s dress, this will bring it back instantly with a little time under the dryer.
- Make–up retouch kit: essential for your bride and make sure you have her lipstick and coloured powder, as well as the BMs. Blotting paper is also great as make-up on make-up can get very heavy by the end of the day. Deodorant and freshener are great here too.
- Drinking water: it’s a long day so stay hydrated all day.
- Breakfast /Lunch before you get dressed: make sure you have some freshly cut sandwiches, sushi, or anything else that is a real meal. Cheese and crackers taste great with the champers but just won’t get you through the day. If you can, take some nibbles with you for the location shoot as well.
- Wraps or coats: once you hit location and the adrenalin dies down you will need something to keep warm – especially for a winter wedding.
Congratulations Brett and Sarah for such an amazing day and for assembling the best bridal party of all time.
Hope you love the photos by Miss Ashleigh Hughes, we can’t get enough of them here at the studio.
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