At Jane Norman, one of our fave parts of summer is going to lots of weddings! There are no words more exciting than “will you be my bridesmaid?” – if you haven’t been there yet, just take it from us.


On the other hand, if you’ve been given the honour for the first time this year, you might be on the lookout for some bridesmaid ideas and tips, and you’ve come to the right place.


We’ll help you to choose some meaningful bride-to-be gifts; to action some great hen party ideas and most importantly of course – to choose some gorgeous, unique bridesmaid dresses!


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Bride-to-Be Gifts

As far as we can tell, the majority of bridal gifts are given with the marriage and their future life in mind. Sure it’s nice to receive a new blender, but nice doesn’t necessarily mean exciting.


When you’re one of the bride’s closest friends, we think the occasion calls for something a little more personal.


Our favourite gift idea involves some DIY, but don’t start panicking – it SHOULD be enjoyable! Why not create a bridal advent calendar for your pal? She’s likely to be nervous, and the last few days before a wedding can be very stressful to say the least.


For each day that passes the bride gets to open a small, thoughtful gift, featuring one of her fave, luxurious items. We’re talking some fancy lingerie, a new lip balm or a face mask to leave her feeling rejuvenated. You’ll go down in bridesmaid history.

Unique Bridesmaid Dresses

A hot topic for debate in the world of weddings, some people believe that bridesmaid gowns should always be chosen by the bride and groom.


These days though, many brides and grooms-to-be have chosen to assign this task to the maid of honour, or better yet, to give out some loose guidelines and allow each bridesmaid to choose her own dress.


So, if you’re looking for a gorgeous bridesmaid dress and your only instructions are “short-sleeve, knee-length and [insert colour here]”, Jane Norman is a great place to conduct your fashionable search for affordable bridesmaid dresses.


From striking yellow in maxi and Bardot styles, to the on-trend light blue designs which are leading the way in formal occasion fashion, you’re sure to find the perfect piece.


Perhaps you’re in need of a beach bridesmaid dress, in which case we’d opt for a low-key, floaty lilac style or show-stealing coral.


Hen Night Ideas

When it comes to the hen night, we’re big fans of surprising the bride, but on the other hand, only they know what they would truly like to do.


Speak it through with the bride in your life. Would she like a weekend away? If so, is it a beach holiday or a city break with a few nights out for the girls? Perhaps she just wants the one evening out, or even a sophisticated afternoon tea!


Of course, you can take over from there and make it a night/holiday to remember with plenty of surprises, but you’ll save yourself a lot of stress by ensuring that the bride likes your theme!


Last-Minute Bridesmaid Tips

Above all, being a great bridesmaid is about ensuring that you have the BEST time and that the bride and groom do too! Keep that idea in your mind throughout planning and partying, and it’s very unlikely you’ll go wrong!



Do you have any other burning questions when it comes to your bridesmaid duties or styling? As wedding enthusiasts, the girls at Jane Norman are your best bet for info!


Speak to us on Facebook or Twitter now, and make sure to browse our wide range of beautiful bridesmaid dresses today!