Pre-Ceremony Tip for Wedding Day: Keep It Calm

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*I won’t be posting next week during Spring Break, but I will see you back here on March 28. Maybe you can check out the archives and Favorite Post list in the meantime!

Mother of the Bride, one last gift you can give your daughter before she becomes a Mrs. is a calm environment in the hours leading up to the wedding.

Yes, MOB, make it your goal to keep those pre-ceremony hours on the big day as stress-free as possible for your baby girl. Do your best to help her to head into the glorious but demanding hours of the wedding and reception well-rested and focused only on her beloved and the joy of the day.

One thing you can do to keep things calm in the hours before the wedding is to make sure your girl has interactions with only a few people—her immediate family, bridesmaids, and hairdresser, etc.

Since extended family and friends are already gathered for the wedding weekend, it’s tempting to plan breakfast or lunch (or another activity) as a group, but resist that temptation. There will be plenty of time for more interaction with one another at the wedding and reception. No need for your daughter to be “on” any more than is necessary before the wedding. Once she heads to the ceremony site, there will be no slowing down for her until she rides off into the honeymoon sunset with her love.

For those few things she has to do early on the big day—like get her hair done—keep it as low-key as possible. Have only one or two people accompany the two of you to the salon. If you’re at a hotel or have company staying in your home, bring food to the bride’s room and let her eat without having to interact with a crowd. Suggest she ask only her sisters and/or bridesmaids to join her.

Every family’s circumstances will be different, but you get the idea, MOB. Adopt the spirit of the advice—keeping things calm for your sweet girl—and adapt it your individual situation. Your little girl-turned-bride will be forever grateful!

*You might also like to read Mother of the Bride’s Wedding Day Advice for the Bride and Most Important Part of the MOB’s Wedding Day Attire.

*Flickr photo by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License

Wedding Planning Option: Rent Bridesmaids Dresses

17338406628_e567d1ceca_zMother of the Bride, did you know that some brides have their maids rent their dresses? The groom and his guys will probably be renting their tuxes so maybe your daughter would like to look at the rental option for her girls, too.

Bridesmaids dress rentals can be handled online and the process you follow depends on which company you go with. I haven’t had personal experience with renting bridemaids dresses, but the sites I looked at approach it in similar ways—you make your choice, place your order, they ship to you, and you ship back—postage paid and dry cleaning included. Check each company’s policies for specific details.

Two possible companies to go with are Vow to Be Chic and Rent the Runway, but you may find others with a simple Google search. You can take a closer look at how these two companies handle the process by following these links:

Vow to Be Chic “How It Works” 

Rent the Runway “How It Works”

Why not mention the rental option to your daughter, MOB, and see if she’d like to explore it. If so, you’ll be ready to start her on her search with this information I’ve shared today. My nephew Cody’s bride-to-be Kaitlynn is going with the rental option and told me all about it. Hope it works great for you, Kaitlynn, and for your sweet girl too, MOB, if she so chooses. Good luck to all!

*You might also like to read Green Wedding Trend: Rent and Borrow More Items.

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out in early February. One lucky subscriber (new or current) will receive a Starbucks gift card and a signed copy of my book to use personally, give as a gift, or donate to a library. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by cat mayer, Creative Commons License

Special Bridesmaids Gifts from Along Came A Box

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Mother of the Bride, would your sweet daughter love to splurge on her bridesmaids with a super special gift they’ll never forget? Well tell her to look no further. I’ve got the perfect gift idea for you to share with her!

Along Came A Box is a unique online gift box company that delivers a very special gift on a very special day to the person of your choosing. In addition to having boxes especially for bridesmaids and maids of honor, they also offer birthday boxes and boxes for other special occasions. They even offer individual gifts and gift accessories. And best of all, these gifts are all made by American small businesses. Perfect, huh?!

What makes an Along Came A Box so uniquely special and fun? It’s a gift that lasts all day! The box holds individually wrapped gifts that are to be opened each hour of the day so the joy of opening the gift lasts all day long (see photos below.) How fun is that?!

Truth be told, the bridemaids and maid of honor boxes are fairly high in price, but they do offer half-day gift boxes for both bridesmaids and maids of honor that might be a more doable option for your daughter. Or MOB, you might offer to split the cost with her—or even offer them to her as a gift from you so she can send them to her maids. Another option would be to go with one or two of their individual gift items.

So MOB, head on over to Along Came A Box and check it out more thoroughly. Then share this super special gift idea with your darling girl. Memories are waiting to be made!

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*You might also like to read Ten Thousand Villages Gifts for the Bridesmaids and A Fun Gift from the Bride to her Maids: Nail Polish!

*Photos compliments of Along Came A Box

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, will come out in early February. One lucky subscriber (new or current) will receive a Starbucks gift card and a signed copy of my book to use personally, to give as a gift, or donate to a library. Sign-up is free and to the right!

Wedding Photo Idea: Program Amid the Bouquets

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Mother of the Bride, I love to share wedding photo ideas with you from time to time so you can share them with your daughter. If she loves a particular photo idea, she might want to pass it along to her photographer—or ask you to keep a list of ideas or start a Pinterest board to save them on. Better for your daughter to share her desires with the photographer than hope he or she is a mind-reader and magically captures  the shots she’d really like to have, right?

Today’s idea frames the wedding program in flowers. Don’t you love the beautiful shot above? All that’s needed are the bridal bouquets and the program, and voila—an elegant photo of the wedding program amid a sea of gorgeous flowers.

Why not pass this idea along to your little girl turned bride, MOB? She may think it’s the perfect way to save a memory of the program. And I would have to agree!

*You might also like to read Idea for Displaying Programs: A Basket and A Keepsake Photo of the Wedding Invitation. You might like to take a look at my Wedding Photography Pinterest board as well.

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out last week. It’s not too late to receive it. I feature a giveaway in every regularly scheduled issue so don’t miss out. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License

Blogging Break Features My Favorite Wedding Pinners

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Hey Mothers of the Bride, I’m taking an extended Spring Break blogging break but will be back two weeks from today on March 28th. Sometimes I’m so busy over spring break that it’s much like that age old dilemma of needing a vacation to recover from vacation. So doggone it, I’m going to do it. I’m going to extend my blogging break to two weeks. Makes sense to me—and I’m sure it makes sense to you, too. MOBs know all about busy times!

In the meantime, I am going to leave you with some great help—links to my favorite Pinterest pinners of all things wedding (see links below.) I follow some of the wedding related boards of these folks myself on Pinterest, and I guarantee if you give them a look, you’ll find some amazing ideas. Why not give them a look?

And of course, if you haven’t checked out my wedding-related Pinterest boards, be sure to do that, too. I currently have eighteen boards pertaining to weddings as well as several personal interest boards. You might even find a few of those that interest you!

So MOB, Happy Spring Break to me and Happy Pinning to you! See you back here on March 28th!

Colin Cowie Weddings
Bridal Guide Magazine
Strictly Weddings
Wedding Wire
Loverly Weddings
Silk and Ivory
Alfred Angelo Bridal
Raspberry Wedding
BRIDES
Brides Magazine
Martha Stewart Weddings
Southern Weddings Magazine
wedding chicks
Bridal Garden
Mother of the Bride
Emmy London
Bride’s Book
The Overwhelmed Bride
Chatfield’s Modest Bridal Boutique

*You might also like to read A Break for Me, Great Links for You and Holiday Break for Me, Gift of Help for You.

*Flickr photo by thelampnyc, Creative Commons License