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What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses – Tips from Margaret Collection

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You’ve dreamed of your wedding gown since you were young, but how much thought have you given bridesmaid dresses? The process of selecting bridesmaid dresses that look great on your favorite girls as well making sure they work with the style of the wedding is a big job, but we can help you do it successfully! With these expert tips from owner and designer Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection, you can avoid the common pitfalls and enjoy this process by finding out what to consider before selecting your bridesmaid dresses.

Photos //  Katie Pinson Photography

What are the most common issues brides deal with during the bridesmaid dress selection process?

I think the most common problem is deciding on a dress style that is going to work for all of your bridesmaids. Most of us have bridesmaids with all different body types, and it’s super hard to please everyone. We (Margaret Collection) truly try hard to come up with designs that can be flattering and comfortable on most body types. Dress shapes that are universally flattering tend to be strapless bra friendly, have a nipped in waist, and don’t hug too tightly.

Another issue is when a bride loves many different styles making it hard to narrow it down. A good way to narrow down your bridesmaid choices is to pick one or two that mimic your wedding dress. That way they will definitely fit with your theme and won’t look out of place.

One more thing to watch out for is getting too trendy. Similarly to when you decide on a wedding gown, you want your bridesmaids to have an of-the-moment dress without going too crazy with current trends.

What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses - Tips from Margaret Collection

This belted tank dress is a great example of a flattering midi length dress that has a nipped waist, but doesn’t hug too tightly.

What is the most important thing for brides to keep in mind during the dress selection process?

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the dress code or overall theme of the wedding, because the bridesmaids dresses can really add to the whole effect. The bridesmaids will be standing in front during the ceremony and will be in many pictures, so it looks amazing when the dresses flow with the theme or feel of the wedding. This can include any or all of these things: the dress code (whether it is very formal or more casual), your color theme (but you can’t go wrong with neutral colored dresses like champagne), and the season’s temperature (long sleeves in August = sweat).

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Take your wedding color scheme into consideration when selecting your bridesmaid dresses, but you can never go wrong with neutrals like champagne or this tan linen circle skirt dress.

What information should a bride already know when she comes to you to find her bridesmaid dresses?

When it is time to decide on bridesmaid dresses, you should know the general theme of your wedding. The bridesmaid dresses should contribute to the overall style of the event, so you want to have some details in place already like your venue, what the dress code will be, the time of day the wedding will take place, and what colors you will use. It is especially helpful to have your wedding dress picked out because the wedding dress tends to lead the theme and will likely provide direction for the bridesmaid dresses.

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Having your wedding dress selected before looking for bridesmaid dresses will help you better determine what style to go with, like this fun ruffle sleeve, off-the-shoulder dress.

How can brides tell if they have selected the right dress?

My best advice is to realistically put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes. Is it a cool and flattering dress that you would be excited to wear? Would you be happy wearing it for long hours? Are you going to be comfortable enough to reach your full potential of fun on the dance floor?

That being said, it is your wedding that you are spending endless amounts of time planning, so you get to choose the aesthetic. Try imagining what your wedding photos will look like with you in your gown and your bridesmaids in their dresses standing next to you, in your venue and holding the flowers you choose. If you like the way that picture in your head looks, then you probably selected the right dress!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

When selecting a bridesmaid dress put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes and consider if it’s a dress she can dance the night away in, like this wrap dress, but don’t lose sight of what works best for the overall event.

What dresses from your collection are you most excited about for this upcoming season?

Must. Love. Midi length. It is such a flattering length and gives any design a touch of classic style, and also happens to be a lasting trend right now. It is a very comfortable length because you never have to be cautious about a short hem, and you don’t get too hot on the dance floor like with a maxi dress. It somehow works for both casual and formal settings – perfect for a wedding!

We are working on bridesmaid jumpsuits! Think tasteful but cool jumpsuits that you even might want to wear when you’re not a bridesmaid. Can’t say too much yet, but I am very excited for these to debut in the spring!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

A midi length dress, like this slip dress with a tie waist, is a flattering length on women of all shapes and sizes as well as being on trend, not to mention, still comfortable.


Special thanks to Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection for sharing such wonderful advice. To learn more about Margaret Collection’s custom design services and dress collection, visit their vendor profile!

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Blue Diamond Limousines

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For stylish arrivals and unforgettable departures to and from the best day of your life, Blue Diamond Limousines of Texas is there with a stunning collection of vintage luxury vehicles, limos and party buses, too! Take your pick from their fleet of Bentleys, a Rolls Royce or even a Cadillac convertible to say “hasta la vista” to your guests when the night is through. There’s more to wedding day transportation than just the getaway, though, so we sat down with Blue Diamond‘s expert, Rebecca Harris, to chat about all things transportation-related on the wedding day! Rebecca gives some wonderful insight below.

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Photo // Tracy Enoch Photography

What transportation is included in your inventory?

We specialize in vintage cars, and our vintage cars include a 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III, 1936 Vintage Oldsmobile, 1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible and a 1949 Bentley Mark VI Sedan.

How long is the rental period?

We offer individualized pricing, including one-way prices when you are just needing a ride from ceremony to reception, or from the reception to the hotel. In order to provide a price we would need to know the date, time of departure, pick up location and drop-off location. We also offer hourly rates when you are needing to be picked up from the house or hotel, taken to the church, and then dropped off at the reception site later. Some people want the vehicle to stay on site as a “prop” until departure time and some people want the car to leave and return at the end of the night to take from reception to hotel. We also offer photo shoots and prices vary.

Are drivers provided with the rental?

Yes, all of our vehicles come with a chauffeured driver. There are some companies that do allow you to rent a vehicle where the client can drive, but we provide the driver for all vehicles.

Who all involved in the wedding should be provided transportation?

Definitely the bride and groom, and generally we transport the wedding party to the church as well. And of course we’ve got gorgeous vintage cars for photo ops and the getaway! Couples often request a party bus, trolley, or shuttle bus large enough to accommodate the entire wedding party so everyone can pile in after the ceremony and head to the reception together. If you have several out-of-town guests, it’s also thoughtful to provide transportation to the church and reception venue since guests may not have a rental car and are unfamiliar with the area. Don’t forget transportation for elderly grandparents or guests who require special accommodations, too. Prearranged transportation is not only a thoughtful amenity for your wedding guests, it’s also a huge stress reliever and ensures everyone will arrive on schedule. Depending on your needs, you’ll likely require a combination of options, and we have it all… limos, town cars, shuttle busses, trolleys and even motor coaches.

What types of decorations can be added to the cars for Insta-worthy getaway pics?

We have some “Just Married” signage that is provided complimentary. We do allow clients to provide decorations that are approved. No tape, glue guns, wired ribbon or anything that would scratch the car. We do not drive down the road with the decorations on the vehicle. They are mainly for photos and are removed after departing so nothing flies off the vehicle while going down the road.

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Special thanks to Rebecca for sharing these great tidbits with us! To find out more about how Blue Diamond Limousines can exceed your wedding day transportation needs, visit their Brides of North Texas vendor profile!

Wild at Heart Wedding Inspiration by Jen Rios Weddings

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Take a step into the not-so-wild west in this refined ‘Wild at Heart’ editorial by Jen Rios Weddings. The suspended floral  installation immediately catches your attention as one of the most unique pieces of work. Kate McLeod Studio emulated this natural, earthy look throughout each arrangement while still incorporating femininity in every soft rose. A southwestern deco print adorned the invitation suite from Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena in a warm, clay tone that complemented each styled detail perfectly, including the custom sketched menus. The party table by Coral Lane shows off the perfect combination of modern and vintage, topped off with a minimalist dinner setting by Top Tier Event Rentals & Styling. Surrounded by the natural woodwork and clean walls of The Cliff House, the bride looked to be in her element. Baleigh Kerr Hair and Makeup created an authentic bridal look with minimal makeup and an unkempt, low bun. Stunning jewels from The True Gem and a one-of-a-kind gown from a&bé Bridal Shop tied everything together, giving us palm-springs-desert vibes with western fringe and a tempting low back.

Nobody but Rachel Elaine Photography could have captured the mood better with her soft, airy photos. After scrolling through her work, be sure to watch the behind the scenes video from Reverent Wedding Films below.

Photos // Rachel Elaine Photography

Video // Reverent Wedding Films

From the planner, Jen Rios of Jen Rios Weddings: “So often we are driven by a color palette to inspire our design. However, for this shoot I wanted to use texture as the primary design element by removing all color and keeping as neutral a palette as possible. Inspired by the the ‘wild at heart’ couple, this design is best meant for a bohemian couple with a love for the outdoors, travel and the unexpected.”

Glam Emerald Green Engagement Session from Pharris Photos + Philms

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A downpour couldn’t rain on Breana and Alfred’s parade: they just brought their glam emerald green engagement session indoors and let Pharris Photos + Philms work their magic! Alfred donned a dapper velvet green suit while Breana wore a glam jewel-toned dress, and together their look was simply stunning! So much pizazz, and Pharris Photos captured the couple’s best angles all around the studio before heading outside to brave the rain – we love the fun umbrellas they brought out! Such a cute touch! Sultry, sweet and oh-so-snazzy, this glam emerald green engagement session set the tone for Breana and Alfred’s sophisticated wedding to come. Congrats to this beautiful couple!

Photos // Pharris Photos

From the bride on how they met: “Alfred and I met during Welcome Weekend my freshman year at Baylor. He was performing at our annual multicultural showcase with his fraternity, and he definitely caught my attention. I can remember hearing him sing and watching him step and thinking, ‘Oh, that’s going to be my man.’ I got back to my dorm and asked an upperclassmen friend of mine to give me the rundown on Alfred. Not even a week later, I saw him strolling at a party and knew I had to get his attention. I started dancing and he came up and introduced himself. We exchanged numbers, and the rest was history!”

Their proposal story: “The proposal happened in the place of some of Breana’s favorite memories — her grandparents’ home. With the help of family and friends, Alfred staged a surprise proposal at her college graduation party. She thought that it was a surprise from her mom, and she was truly shocked to see him standing in a heart made of rose petals where he spoke of their love story. Of course it was a welcomed surprise and she eagerly said, ‘Yes!'”

Brunch with the Brides | An Inside Look into the Fall/Winter 2019 Mag Release

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Recently, we had the pleasure of bidding farewell to summer and saying hello to our brand new fall/winter 2019 issue high above downtown Dallas at The Venue at 400 N. Ervay! As a team, we always look forward to these exciting mag release events as a culmination of hard work and a creative team effort from so many industry professionals. It’s so much fun to get together and celebrate a new issue full of amazing resources for North Texas brides!

We couldn’t have pulled off this mag release event without several of DFW’s best wedding vendors. Planner extraordinaire Lindsey Zamora Events helped design and execute this brunch, while Root + Bloom provided floral designs and installations that brought such life to the regal, traditional space. We wanted this venue to feel inviting and comfortable for all of our guests, so a lounge area from Coral Lane Rentals, luxe linens from Lawson Event Rentals and beautiful chairs and rentals from Posh Couture were all must-haves! You can’t have a brunch without delicious and beautiful bites, and Food Glorious Food knocked it out of the park! DJ Jason Esquire kept the atmosphere lively while Beyond provided TV rentals for our behind the scenes videos to play throughout the meal. Kristen Dee Photography captured the morning on camera, snapping every detail and new friendships being made: one of our favorite parts of these events! Our team spent the night at the incredible Adolphus Hotel nearby, and each guest in attendance got to leave with delectable favors by XO Cakery. What an awesome day all around! Cheers to a new mag full of the best in local wedding inspiration. We sure love what we do!

Photos // Kristen Dee Photography