Welcome, Mothers of the Bride!

DSC_4414_2.jpgIf you need someone who understands what’s going on in your life right now and wants to help you enjoy the journey, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find everything from fabulous ideas to much needed advice and encouragement. Come on in and be refreshed!

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

Groom’s Cake for the Pool Shark

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Mother of the Bride, cake decisions are among the most fun that await your daughter and her beloved as they plan their wedding. And the groom’s cake decisions are especially fun since the groom gets to let loose and let his personality shine if he so chooses. He may know exactly what he wants or he might ask for ideas. Be prepared for either, MOB.

One way to go is to feature one of the hobbies or special skills of your soon-to-be son-in-law. This can be anything from his favorite sports team to his favorite recreational activity to his career expertise. All ideas are fair game—with the bride’s approval, of course :)

The idea I’m featuring today is for the groom who likes to play pool. He and your sweet girl may not have room for a pool table in their first home together, but he can sure have a pool table groom’s cake if he wants. To make it even more fun, part of his bachelor party could include shooting some pool. Just mention it to the best man or one of the groomsmen and they might surprise the man of the hour with a pool tournament the night before the big day.

This is just one option, MOB. Share it with your sweet couple and let their ideas take off from there!

*You might also like to read Groom’s Cake Idea for the Wrestling Fan, Groom’s Cake Idea: A Chessboard!, Groom’s Cake Idea: Law Books (or any other books!), and Groom’s Cake Idea for the Military Man.

*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 mandotts, 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!

Holiday Blogging Break Plus Wedding Planning Help

5284717124_4b13475ce1_zMother of the Bride, I’m taking a blogging break until the first of the year so I can enjoy the holidays with my family, but first I have a little gift for you—a gift of help! Allow me to point you in the right direction to find some great ideas and tips. Maybe at some point over the holidays, you’ll have a little time to wear your MOB hat. The chances may not be good, but you never know!

I’ll resume regular posting on Jan. 3rd, but in the meantime, why not peruse the list of Favorite Posts on the sidebar or use the drop-down feature in the Archives to spot some posts that might be especially helpful to you at this stage in your Mother of the Bride journey. I hope you find just the help and encouragement you need and also enjoy some special moments with your daughter as you work together to plan the wedding of her dreams.

How’s that for some MOB help this holiday season, Mother of the Bride? And now just one last thing—Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*You might also like to check out my Pinterest page. Among other things, it features nineteen wedding-related boards!

*Also find my annual Christmas poem over on my home page. Hope you enjoy—and see you in the new year!

*Flickr photo by mysza831, Creative Commons License

Sweet Engagement Photo with Your Favorite Pooch

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Mother of the Bride, does your daughter or her beloved have a dog they love to pieces? If so, they might want to think of ways to include their favorite pooch in part of the upcoming festivities.

One way they can include—and remember for posterity—their own “man’s best friend” is to ask their photographer to include the dog in one or two of the engagement shots.

I love the way the shot above is done with the freshly groomed furry friend in the foreground of the shot and the couple kissing in the background. Especially love the bokeh effect. A shot set up and taken like this ends up being both cute and romantic at the same time, doesn’t it?

So MOB, if your sweet couple are dog lovers, be sure to share this idea with them. Even if the doggy doesn’t cooperate, they’ll still end up with some sure-to-be funny shots—plus new memories made in the process!

*You might also like to read Man’s Best Friend as Ring Bearer and Cute Engagement Photo Idea: Include the Dog!

*The winner of the Kick Off the Holiday Giveaway is Joanna! Merry Christmas, Joanna! I’ll put your copy of Mother of the Bride along with the Starbucks gift card in the mail today!

*Flickr photo by Ryan Smith Photography, Creative Commons License