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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!

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

Organizational Email Tip for Wedding Planning

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Mother of the Bride, today I have a simple but powerful organizational email tip that will make wedding planning easier for you and the bride. That’s right. Simple, easy, and powerful all rolled into one. Interested? I thought as much!

Here it is: Both you and the bride set up separate email accounts for anything wedding-related. Just think of how much easier it will be for each of you to keep track of everything when all of your wedding planning correspondence flows into a specific email account. This can include notes and links you email to yourself for handy reference as well. All of the information you need in one easily accessible spot. Simple idea? Check. Easy to set up? Check? Powerful when implemented? Check, check.

So, MOB, don’t waste any time—contact your daughter and set up your new wedding email accounts today. You’ll be glad you did!

*You might also like to read Get It In Writing, A Planning Journal for Your Mother of the Bride Notes, Mother of the Bride Memory Boosters for Shopping, and Mother of the Bride—Info Source for Gift-Givers

*Flickr photo by BettaLivingUK, 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

Blogging Break Plus Favor Help for Winter Weddings

24070092502_3c7c6eec75_zMy summer has been jam-packed, Mothers of the Bride, so I’m taking a blogging break until after Labor Day. Summer is busy for everyone, but launching my book Mother of the Bride and becoming Grandma to another set of twins has taken busy to a whole new level in my life. And if anyone understands busy, I know you will, MOBs!

But never fear, when I take a break, I always try to leave you with some help. Since those of you helping your daughters plan winter weddings have probably reached the stage where you’re beginning to think about favor ideas, I thought I’d share some favor help this time.

I hope the links below, MOBs, lead you to the perfect favors for your upcoming winter weddings!

30 Favor Ideas for Winter Weddings from Bridal Guide 

Top 9 Winter Wedding Favors from The Knot

18 Unique Winter Wedding Favor Ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings  

Winter Wedding Favor Ideas on Pinterest 

*You might also like to read Wedding Favors That Grow: Tree Seedlings! and A Break for Me, Great Links for You.

*Flickr photo by cat mayer, Creative Commons License

Traditional Wedding Cake Twist: The Naked Cake

25750767413_90d4de6235_zMother of the Bride, does your little bride-to-be like to choose the road less taken? If so, she might like to extend that philosophy to some of the choices she makes for her wedding—cake included!

One alternative or twist to a more traditional wedding cake is going with a naked cake.  The naked cake trend hit the wedding scene a couple of years ago. Naked cakes aren’t completely naked, of course, but frosting is limited to a more-ample-than-usual filling between the layers with various other touches on the outside of the cake.

The naked cake offers lots of options. Some brides choose to decorate their naked cakes with fresh fruit while others opt for flowers, powdered sugar, nuts, a combination of these, or even something more unusual like macarons or caramel and caramel corn. Different flavors of cake also add to any given cake’s unique appearance, and sometimes different layers feature different flavors of cake which also adds a neat visual twist to the cake.

So MOB, when your daughter announces she wants to go naked for the wedding reception, don’t despair—she’s probably talking cake!

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*You might also like to read A Berry Beautiful Wedding Cake and Wedding Cake Idea: Coconut Cloud.

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*Flickr photos by arripay, Creative Commons License