Diary of a Boho Bride – Emily & Jonny, Entry 7: Bridesmaids

diary of a boho bride

It’s Friday afternoon finally and I for sure have that Friday feeling. This week has been so very busy in my household. With Paul away in Mexico I have been left in charge of an unruly 5 year old for a full week. As much as I love being a mummy it is so much easier when Paul and I share the responsibility. I have some great plans for her this weekend that include visiting the cinema, watching the Corpse Bride again as she is wedding crazy like me, going out for a light lunch and to the play centre as well as visiting family. She certainly won’t have time to get bored without her daddy who is much more fun than me!

Without delay I will introduce you to our regular Friday feature Real Boho Brides. Today we have the lovely Emily back on the blog. Last time she spoke about Honeymoons and made us all very jealous here at Boho HQ. Today Emily is back and talking to us about the subject of bridesmaids.

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Emily and Jonny

I’ll pass you over to Emily………

Hello. So last time I hopefully brought you a bit of sunshine by talking about honeymoons. This month, the bridesmaids’ dresses have arrived, so I decided to talk about the importance of bridesmaids and the search for dresses.
First of all, how amazing are Bridesmaids? The answer, is ‘pretty awesome actually’! It is great to have your closest girls with you for support and laughs before and on your big day. Who else is going to hold your dress while you wee! I love having them there to share things with and I am so grateful for all their enthusiasm for the wedding.



I am blessed to have my big sister and best friend as my bridesmaids as well as our two gorgeous nieces as flower girls – aged 2 and 5. I’m sure every Auntie says the same about their nieces, but they really are the cutest things ever!
I think my unofficial bridesmaids are the mums but obviously they have their own wedding party position to fulfil. They are just as busy organising and making things.



One thing I really wish I had done was to have asked my bridesmaids in a more special, unique way. I guess I didn’t think of it at the time. There are some lovely ides out there. I found a few ideas; it’s too late for me but hopefully helpful to some people reading. I was just so excited to ask them that I blurted it out as soon as I could! Bride bull in a china shop! Never mind – I think they know they’re special to me.



So as I mentioned in my last post, we have ordered the dresses and they arrived the other week; earlier than expected which was a lovely surprise. Bridesmaid dresses seemed a bit of a minefield but so much fun. Luckily I only have two – both with similar styles and body shapes. I was in the changing room the other day and overheard a bride saying she had 14 bridesmaids! I thought finding a dress for two was hard. Good-on her for taking on the challenge.


We looked at high street and wedding dress shops but it was the colour we fell in love with in the end, which was difficult to find in a high street shop (to be revealed). Also, it meant the dresses are made to order and alterations are included. They are from the same place as my wedding dress. The people at Elite in Castleford were again super lovely and really helpful. We’re even planning on getting the flower girls dresses from there too. They have so many dresses and colours to choose from so we were delighted to get exactly what we were looking for.
It was so fun going dress shopping. It was nice to make it into a day out and obviously coffee and cake were a staple factor. It would often get confusing in the wedding shops as both bridesmaids are called Rachel and often all I would hear from the changing rooms was giggling! Now we have the dresses sorted we can concentrate on decorations, hair, shoes, etc – more fun times to come as we approach the 6 month countdown.
They are currently thick as thieves, organising top secret hen do things. I feel like I’m missing out but can’t wait to see what they have in store.

11 Tipi Wedding By Jonny Draper Photography


They are all going to look stunning on the day. I really can’t wait. I’m so lucky to have amazing family and friends around to share the whole wedding experience with and I hope everyone knows how much we both appreciate it.
So far, wedding planning has been one of the best times in my life. I hope it is for you too. Embrace it, enjoy it and share it!

Emily x



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