“Show Off the Ring” Engagement Photo Idea

Mother of the Bride, one of the fun parts of being an MOB is always being on the lookout for great engagement and wedding photo ideas. Funny, isn’t it, how after becoming an MOB, your eyes and ears perk up to a whole new world of sights and sounds you barely noticed before. And you know what? I have fun presenting you with a small part of that whole new world!

Today I’m super excited to share this “Show Off the Ring” engagement photo idea because I absolutely love it. I love how the couple is holding hands and how the ring is the central focus of the photo. I love how the dark clothes the bride and groom-to-be are wearing provide a dramatic color contrast for the light color of the ring. It’s perfect for making the ring stand out and truly sparkle. The bokeh effect in the background also adds to the ring being the star of the show, doesn’t it? And to top it all off, this is a super simple shot to make happen.

If you love this simple yet dramatic way to show of the ring as much as I do, MOB, why not send this blog post link to your daughter and let her take a look. I’m predicting she’ll love it as well and suggest it to their photographer when the time comes. What fun it will be to see the shot come alive with your sweet girl and the love of her life! Enjoy, MOB!

*You might also like to read Engagement Photo Idea: Show Off the Ring and Wedding Day First Dance Photo—Show Off Her Rings!

*Flickr photo by shaunanyi, Creative Commons License

Winter Wedding Favor: Dancing Socks!

I know it’s June and most people aren’t thinking of winter, but you and I both know, Mother of the Bride, that winter weddings are being planned as we speak, right? If your darling daughter has chosen a winter date for her big day, then this post is for you. Just turn the air conditioning up enough to make you shiver, and you’ll be in the mood for winter ideas in no time!

If your little bride-to-be hasn’t settled on a favor idea for her winter wedding bash, here’s an idea that might just set her feet to dancing. How about some warm and cuddly dancing socks so everyone can kick off their shoes and dance the night away in comfort? No frozen toes for your guests, right?

Grippy socks personalized with the bride’s and groom’s name and wedding date—and in the colors of the wedding, of course—are not only a fun memento from the wedding but are practical as well. Just do a google search of “personalized socks for wedding favors” or “personalized wedding socks” and you’ll find several ideas and options to choose from.

Why not pass this idea on to your daughter and see if she gets a little dance fever? Just be prepared to kick off your shoes and have fun, MOB!

*You might also like to read Wedding Favors That Grow: Tree Seedlings! and Favor Help for Winter Weddings.

*My photo

Quick Tip to Dress Up Flower Girl’s Socks

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Mother of the Bride, has your little girl turned bride given any thought yet to her flower girl’s attire? Flower girl dresses are always so sweet, but adding the right accessories can take her attire up to a whole new level of adorable.

For example, why not dress up the flower girl’s socks with darling bows in the color of her dress? The bows can be made from any kind of ribbon from your favorite craft or fabric store, but notice how in the photo above the bow is made with sheer ribbon to match the fabric style of the dress. They are then further dressed up with tiny rhinestones. That attention to detail makes for perfection, doesn’t it?

If you’re not talented at making bows (I’m not), ask around. I bet one of your friends or the bride’s friends is a whiz at it and will be happy to help. In fact, she might even offer—or be persuaded—to make other bows you may need as décor. You never know unless you ask, right?!

So check with the bride, MOB, and see what she thinks about adding this extra touch of preciousness to her flower girl’s attire. I bet she—and the flower girl—will love it!

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*You might also like to read Wedding Photo Idea: Flower Girl with the Bride’s Shoes, Wedding Décor Tip: Adorn the Church with Pew Bows, and Attention to Detail.

*Flickr photos by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License

A Blogging Change Plus a Bridal Veil to Consider

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Mother of the Bride, now that I’ve got lots of great help for you in my blog archives, I’m going to cut back on my new posts just a bit. I’ve been blogging twice weekly here on my Mother of the Bride Blog since June 2013 and have also been posting twice weekly on my inspirational blog for an even longer period—since September 2007. Since that’s a lot of blog posts to keep up with and since I’ve reached a point where I need to devote more time to other projects (and people—like my grandchildren! :) ), I’ve decided a change is needed.

So from now on, I’ll post weekly—generally on Tuesdays—here and also on my inspirational blog. Remember, you can find a storehouse of ideas and help in my archives. Just click on the drop-down menu to see the titles of posts that interest you or use the search feature above to look for posts by topic.

And now on to a beauty of an idea for your daughter to consider as she plans her bridal attire—a cathedral veil! A cathedral veil might not go with every gown or style of wedding, but if it might work with your daughter’s, be sure and ask her to consider it. So elegant and beautiful. And just think of all the great photos—before the wedding (as in the shot above) and during the ceremony itself. Plus, a cathedral veil must make a bride feel like a queen for a day, don’t you think?

So, MOB, give your sweet girl a royal pep talk and see if she’ll go for a cathedral veil. Then you can be the queen mother! :)

*You might also like to read Bridal Veils: The Corded Veil and Bridal Veils: The Birdcage Veil.

*Flickr photo by kudomomo, Creative Commons License

Rustic Wedding Idea: Boot Bouquets

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Mother of the Bride, are you and your sweet daughter looking for great rustic wedding ideas? Well, you’ve come to the right place today. I adore the idea pictured above, and I bet your soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs. will, too!

Using boots to hold bouquets and other floral arrangements at a rustic wedding adds a special touch that takes your wedding décor up to a whole new level of awesome. So creative, appealing, and memorable! And I love the pop of color when a bandana is added—but you certainly don’t have to do that. These floral displays will look great either way.

Boot bouquets could be used as guest table centerpieces or at other locations in your venue where you want to decorate with flowers. Boots could even be placed in strategic places to display the bridesmaids bouquets during the reception. Can’t beat using the bridesmaids bouquets a second time, right? Just tell each maid which boot you want her to place her bouquet in after the ceremony and photos.

Feel like kicking up your heels over this idea, MOB? Go ahead—and be sure to yell yee-haw while you do it!

*You might also like to read Rustic Wedding Resource, Cake Idea for the Rustic Wedding, Table Décor for Rustic Weddings, and Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow and Flower Girl Basket.

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*Flickr photo by Mr. Tono, Creative Commons License