Wednesday, October 31


A bridesmaid is a girl or young woman who attends to the bride during or after a wedding or marriage ceremony. Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen from unwed young women of marriageable age.
In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal infantry as they accompanied 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.
However, the 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 dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits would not know who was getting married. Even as late as 19th century England, there was a belief that ill-wishers could administer curses and taint the wedding. In Victorian wedding photographs, for example, the bride and groom can look very similar to other members of the bridal party.
The principal bridesmaid is called the maid of honor (or matron of honor if she is married). A bridesmaid is often a close friend or sister. Often there is more than one bridesmaid: in modern times the bride chooses how many to have. Historically, no person of status went out unattended, and the size of the retinue was closely calculated to be appropriate to the status of the personage.
Bridesmaids are often called upon to assist the bride in the planning of the wedding. A bridesmaid is also expected to play a role in the planning of the bridal shower and the bachelorette party. It has become customary for the bride to present her maid of honor and bridemaids with gifts as a sign of gratitude for the support and financial commitment that comes with their roles.
Source: Wikipedia

The Gowns
A. Blue from Jasmine Bridal
WAIST: Dropped
DESCRIPTION: Dress features satin bands accent.
FABRIC: Chiffon

B. Turquoise from Charsa
NECKLINE: Sweetheart
WAIST: Empire
FABRIC: 100% Silk Dupioni

C. Plum by Bill Levkoff
NECKLINE: Strapless
WAIST: Natural
TRAIN: Sweep
FABRIC: Tissue Taffeta

Source: The Knot
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