My bridesmaids are really great. We recently picked dresses, and I decided what to do so far as hair and nails go, so I sent them a quick e-mail. (All names have been changed.)
So I just ordered the dresses - they should come in around August, giving you plenty of time to get them altered. You each owe me $350, except Becky, who owes me $100 now and then $50 in installments because the dress was a little more than she could pay right now. I know the dresses are navy and Peggy is concerned that she might look pale, but please, please, please don't go tanning. Please also wear sunscreen all summer and avoid being outside in the sun, since I have to be inside stuck in school studying for the Bar. I would really appreciate it if you all didn't look too much tanner than me. (And I'm so pale to begin with that most of you are at least a shade darker already!) Since the dresses are strapless, it's also super-important to avoid tan lines.
I found a stylist who will travel to the hotel and do all of our hair - her travel rates are a flat rate, which is great. It's $800, so I'll pay $200 and you (plus moms) can each pay $100. Does that sound fair? Oh, and the trials are each $50, and if you want an updo, you have to do that and I'll come with you. Maybe we can all go before my bachelorette party. Please show me some pictures first so I can make sure that what you have in mind isn't going to be more elaborate than what I have in mind for myself, but otherwise, you have total free reign here to express yourself. It's up to you guys, but for an extra $45 per person, Sienna will do our makeup.
Since the dresses are navy, I think that you should all wear champagne wedges (I think champagne is the most rewearable color), except Peggy, who needs to wear flats so I don't look too short. Please be careful not to confuse champagne with gold or bronze, and make sure I see the shoes with plenty of time for you to return them before the big day!
Also, accessories. I think a classic and rewearable necklace like this pearl one would be great with some pearl stud earrings. I know that some of you already have pearl studs, so go ahead and where whatever you want there, as long as they are studs, and go with the necklace. (Oh, and half inch or smaller, so they don't overwhelm you.) No bracelets, rings, or other jewelry though - I want everything to be streamlined.
There is a nail salon down the street from the hotel, where we can get french manicure-pedicure combos for only $55. Since your hands and feet will be in pictures, it's important that they all look uniform, so I would appreciate it if you would all grow your nails out starting in September, so they are each 4 mm long past the nail bed - no tips please, they look so fake! Anna, I hope this doesn't interfere with your piano playing. Please also don't wear cheap toenail polish this summer - it will result in a yellowing of the nail, which just won't look right in the pictures.
So the last part is the trickiest. I know that Julia has been trying to lose some weight, and that Anna and Becky would also not mind dropping a few pounds. To give you extra incentives, I ordered your dresses in a size smaller than you are right now, and we're gonna start doing weekly weigh-ins to achieve our goals!
Thanks ladies! I'll see you all soon!