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Bridesmaid Essentials

You've selected your bridesmaids and your maid of honor – now what? Here are some local vendors that make it easy to cover your bridal party essentials, from shopping for dresses to gifting.

Dress: The days of unflattering, poofy bridesmaids dresses are long gone. Sarah Seven, a Portland-based designer who has received an abundance of national press, is known for her flattering, fashion-forward creations that are the favorites of bridesmaids and brides alike. Each of her dresses is made-to-order – you can even select the color for most dresses. With an array of styles to choose from, such as the "Robins Egg Dress" (pictured left), you have the option of selecting different silhouettes to flatter each of your bridesmaids. Bonus: Sarah Seven donates 5% of sales to charity, so your bridal party can look chic and make a difference.

Prep: Turn beauty prep into a bash for you and your bridesmaids.Blush Beauty Bar (pictured right), located in Northwest Portland, offers after-hours parties so that you can rest and relax with yours while ordering up a selection of beauty services off of the menu.Tip: Blush Beauty Bar also offers wedding makeup on-site, so call ahead for requests.

Gift: Reward your bridesmaids with unconventional, personalized favors from local vendors. For bridesmaids that love to be pampered, why not offer up luxurious pajamas from Lille Boutique, or a spa gift certificate from The DragonTree? If you have a vintage-loving bridesmaid on your hands, consider gifting a piece of estate jewelry from Gilt. For bridesmaids that love to be entertained, drinks and a movie at Bagdad Theater & Pub could be the perfect choice. 

With just a little bit of planning, you can create an experience for your bridesmaids that is as unique as each involved in your special day!