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I'm Lottie, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

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I was pleasantly surprised to find out this week's "Wedding Wednesday" fell on International Women's Day!!!  Now don't get me wrong, there are some pretty amazing men in this world, but there's nothing quite like the bond of a girlfriend, sister, mom, or grandma, right?  And while we're all here, we may as well help each other out, so I dedicate this week's blog post to YOU, girlfriend!  

Pass it on! 

 

 

7 things you can do to be the best bridesmaid ever!

 

1.  Cut the tags off your dress before the actual wedding day

 I can't tell you how many ladies scramble to find a pair of scissors the day of!  And no, it's not acceptable to borrow the hair stylist's - they have an important job to focus on themselves!  Also, try your dress on and make sure you have the proper undergarments.  Trust me, no one wants to see your sexy red thong under your dress, hehe.  Nude is always a win!   Also, make sure you try your dress on AFTER it's been altered- seamstresses are only human and can make mistakes too.  Don't wait until the day of the wedding to make sure it fits after alterations.

I can't tell you how many ladies scramble to find a pair of scissors the day of!  And no, it's not acceptable to borrow the hair stylist's - they have an important job to focus on themselves!  Also, try your dress on and make sure you have the proper undergarments.  Trust me, no one wants to see your sexy red thong under your dress, hehe.  Nude is always a win!   Also, make sure you try your dress on AFTER it's been altered- seamstresses are only human and can make mistakes too.  Don't wait until the day of the wedding to make sure it fits after alterations.

2. Help eachother (your fellow bridesmaids) get ready

 zip it up, zip it in, let me begin...

zip it up, zip it in, let me begin...

3. Pack all appropriate necessities.

This includes extra water for a summer wedding, a warm jacket + mittens if you have a chilly spring, fall, or winter wedding, and cute flip flops for when your feet get sore.  Place everything you need in one small bag that you can carry on your means of transportation. 

4.  Make sure you know the schedule.

It's so helpful to know what the timeline is so YOU can be ready for your girl-  she will need help getting into her dress, shoes, veil, jewelry etc.

5.  beware of the hangry monster

If you're anything like me, there's a hangry monster living deep within your bones just waiting to come out at the most inappropriate times.  Make sure both you and your bride have had breakfast, snacks, and are well hydrated!   It's easy to forget to take care of yourself on the big day when you may be feeling overwhelmed.  So grab her (and yourself) a bottle of water, and make sure your tummies aren't rumbling.  Heck, even pour a little champagne to help relax!

6.  Watch the resting bitch face. ;)

If you have a good photographer who has a photojournalistic style- he or she will always be looking for candid moments to shoot.  Don't be the only one girl to put a damper on a photo with RBF!   You don't have to cheese it up all day, but try to be aware of your facial expressions.  Remember that it only takes 26 muscles to smile and 62 to frown!  So turn those frowns upside down girlfrannns.  (PS- I have HUNDREDS of photos of bridesmaids with RBF, but I don't think anyone would appreciate being called out on here teehee.)

 

 BE IN THE MOMENT!  Check any personal issues at the door and help your bride in any way that you can to have the happiest day of her life.  

BE IN THE MOMENT!  Check any personal issues at the door and help your bride in any way that you can to have the happiest day of her life.  

7. don't pee your pants.

whaaaat?  ha, ok let me explain.    The time has finally arrived.  You're minutes away from walking down the aisle where all eyes will be on you.  One last thing you can do beside checking your teeth for lipstick and tucking in the tatas is making sure the bottom of your bouquets are dabbed off.  Often times they're wet so make sure you have something to dry them off so they don't drip on your dress!  Because it's definitely not cool to look like you peed your pants, er, dress. 

So there you have it- 7 things you can do to make your favorite girl's day run smoothly. There's plenty more we can do, but I figured this was a good start!  Sometimes the littlest things make all the difference.  We're all here to help each other out, so happy future wedding day to you beautiful brides and awesome bridesmaids.  

Thanks for tuning in and see ya next week!

XOXO, Lottie Lillian

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