Category Archives: Hints and tips



So, the journey has begun, you’re engaged! Your first steps of planning may feel like a whirlwind of information – an array of never-ending choices. It is important in equal measures to be savvy AND enjoy yourself whilst being clever with your time and money. Maid with Style is here to guarantee at least one easy part of your planning and one you can be sure to remember with fond memories and your favourite girls!



It can be tricky enough rallying the team together to find your dream dress, so how do you start shopping for them? This calls for a dedicated girls night for all things bridesmaid and Maid of Honour!

We love an excuse to get together with our best of the bests or worst of the worsts (however you see those glorious fans of yours!) So, what better way to shop then in your own home with your faves and a couple of bottles of prosecco?


Options online are now so vast; yes, even for bridesmaid dresses. With our favourite brands such as Asos, Topshop, MissGuided and even Whistles now introducing their very own stylish bridesmaid attire, we are spoilt for choice. Maid with Style bring all of these brands along with brands that are new and exclusive to the bridal industry. Plus even ones that may not have been on your radar at all!

The website gives you clear and concise choices with no stress- but big style- and allows the girls to all be involved making suggestions from wherever they may be. Each gown can be ordered directly from the supplier. It’s just a case of booking in your tailor-maid night in with the gang!



Make this night a hen-initiation night. An evening of friendship, laughter and of course decisions. This is also an opportunity to discuss with your bridesmaids what it is you expect from them and what they can offer you in the build-up to the big day. And if you have ordered your bridal gown already, don’t forget to request a swatch of fabric for your dress to compare to the bridesmaids.

Make your other half scarce for the evening, get the team over, whack Bridesmaids the movie on and get the catwalk (that section between coffee table and TV) rocking!


The day is of course yours so the theme and feel to the attire is ultimately your vision. However, don’t forget to listen to your bridesmaids too. The photos from the day are going to last a lifetime and you want your bridesmaids to feel fabulous with you. Each person is an individual and combining style, cut and colour is all the trend at the moment so don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit. Trust that you can work together as a team to create that beautiful look you’ve envisaged… but boss gets final say!

DIY Wedding-Day Makeup for Bridesmaids

Being a bridesmaid is an honor — often an expensive, time-consuming honor, but an honor nonetheless. That being said, it really bugs me when I attend a fancy wedding and see the bride’s closest family and friends dressed in the matching formal gowns, with flowers and updos and heels… and their everyday makeup. When a bridesmaid looks like she slapped on whatever was in the bottom of her makeup bag that morning, a little piece of me dies.

Nobody understands more than I do that we can’t all afford to hire a makeup artist. I’ve always loved doing makeup, so when my best friend of over 20 years asked me to apply makeup on the rest of the bridal party, I happily agreed. I spent the weeks leading up to the wedding choosing colors and products, keeping in mind the different skin types and tones of the group, plus the various ages of the bridal party members (from pre-teen junior bridesmaids to the mother of the bride). Clearly, one “face” was not going to cut it.

Here’s how you can get a fabulous smoky eyed look that is party-appropriate and special enough for the wedding of the season!

Consider dress color. If you’re wearing a jewel tone (think blue, green, purple), you can absolutely incorporate this into your eye shadow application. If your dress is a warm color, like red, orange, pink, you may want to stick with the traditional black/gray palette to avoid scaring people away at the buffet line (unless you want all of the mini crabcakes for yourself, of course; in that case, pinkeye away!).  And if you’re wearing black or gray, you can pull off any shade.

Bridal Labs Siobhan talks us through the latest trends and textures….

Bridesmaids dresses are notoriously hard to get right. When your nearest and dearest are varying body shapes and skin tones it is extremely tricky to find a dress that will suit and work for all of the ladies in your bridal party. The key to getting it right is to make sure each and everyone of your bridesmaids feels comfortable in what they wear.

Over the past year bridesmaids dresses have been getting more and more interesting and accessible, with the likes of ASOS launching a bridesmaid collection it has never been so easy to source playful and unique styles.

One key bridesmaid trend that has been prominent in 2016 is the use of textured fabrics. This is such a fun way to incorporate more excitement into your bridal party. Keep the cut of the dress simple but look out for striking fabrics and patterns such as crochet, pleating or bead work.

Two brands that are dominating the bridesmaid market with this textured fabric trend are Self Portrait and Needle & Thread.

Self Portrait also carry a bridal wear collection so it makes sense that their incredible dresses complement these and work fantastically as bridesmaid dresses. The majority of their dresses are crochet which is perfect for summer weddings. The cut of their dresses is modern and there is plenty of variety to suit different body shapes. These are some of my favourites from the new collection, the colour combinations are totally perfect and the textured fabrics add depth and charm.

Needle & Thread are a contemporary brand with incredible attention to detail. The main focus of their collections is on embellishment and floral motifs creating stunningly adorned pieces. The texture and detail on their dresses it intricate and delicate. They really are the perfect choice for a really special bridesmaid dress.

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It is really exciting that there are now so many wonderful choices for bridesmaids who are looking for something more unique and stylish. The variety of choice and the fact that the high street has finally tapped into the bridesmaid market means it is readily available and easy to find meaning brides and bridesmaids can get a little more creative with styling the whole bridal party.

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3 Mistakes (Almost) Everyone Makes When Picking Bridesmaid Dresses

If most wedding magazines were taken as gospel, it would be safe to assume that all wedding parties are made up of models. More likely than not, your wedding party is made up of a lot of people who look nothing like each other, but who you love equally. Which makes choosing bridesmaid dresses a special kind of complicated.

1. Asking the Wrong Questions: For the most part, people know what they’re signing up for when agreeing to be a bridesmaid. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still ask questions. Instead of trying to figure out what dress style everyone will love, ask if anyone has a no fly list. Maybe your redheaded bestie hates the color orange, your small-chested sister won’t wear strapless dresses, and your gender non-conforming cousin doesn’t mind dresses, but would prefer to wear something less fitted. It’s way easier to narrow down from a list of don’ts than from a list of must haves.

2. Giving too many options: Contrary to popular belief, more options aren’t always better in the world of bridesmaid dresses. At least, not if you don’t want to field eight hundred texts from your wedding party asking “What about this one?” or “Is this okay?” and then having to figure out what to do when you realize that “Choose anything you want” actually means “Choose anything except the one you just picked.” In fact, “Pick anything you want” can actually be more stressful than just giving some parameters (because no one wants to accidentally end up the odd woman out who looks like she didn’t get the coordinating dress memo). So here’s a helpful tip: if you care about cohesion, then choose a designer you like and narrow it down to a color or color family you like best and let your bridesmaids choose from there.

3. Forgetting to jump up and get down: Let me paint a picture for you: you got to a bridesmaid dress store, find a dress you like, try it on, and it looks great, so you buy it. Then the wedding rolls around. And halfway through Baby Got Back, you realize you just accidentally flashed your best friend’s uncle and now you have to spend the rest of the night dancing with one hand hiking up your gown. Yeah, I’ve been to that wedding too. (I’ve, um, been that person at that wedding.)

Do’s and Don’ts of Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

DO keep in mind your personal style, especially how the bridesmaid dress will look with your own dress and the overall look of your wedding. Even though you are not wearing it, your bridesmaid dress is still a reflection of your own taste and aesthetic.

1 Color Palette
DO pick a color that will be prominent in the color palette for your wedding but DON’T feel limited to just one color. You can do a color combination or multiple shades in the same color family. Popular mixes are nude/pink/blush, green/turquoise/blue, and ombres such as red to pink.

2 Consider the Cost
DON’T decide on a dress without checking with your bridesmaids budgets. Be sensitive to everyones finances. If you absolutely love a dress that some of your girls might have difficulty affording, consider contributing a portion of the cost or find a similar dress at a lower price poin

3 Choose a Flattering Style
DO keep in mind the body types of your bridesmaids. Are they comfortable in certain styles? Feel free to mix different styles, or pick one that is generally flattering for all body types.

4 Think Timeless
DON’T feel glued to what is trending. Stick with classic styles and colors that will stand the test of time.

5 Remember, Its Your Wedding
DON’T pick something just because you think it is re-wearable. A bridesmaid dress is precisely that, a dress for your bridesmaid to wear to your wedding. If it ends up getting re-worn, that is a bonus, but not something that you should stress out about!