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Inexpensive Bridal Bouquet Idea: Baby’s Breath!

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Mother of the Bride, baby’s breath often accents flower arrangements of all sorts, but has your daughter considered using it for her bouquet? If you show her the photo above, she may just decide to let it be the star of the show!

Not only will a baby’s breath bouquet be a more affordable option, it can be quite elegant-looking as well. Isn’t the bouquet pictured above gorgeous? The green of the stems adds such a nice contrast, but I think a ribbon-wrapped bouquet with a brooch attached would be stunning, too.

Baby’s breath can also be used for the groom’s boutonniere, along with the bouts for all of the other men in the wedding party. Again, it would be a less expensive way to go but look classy all at the same time. If you’d like to see an example of how baby’s breath would look for bouts, check out my “Weddings This and That” Pinterest board. You’ll find a great example there.

I love passing along inexpensive yet beautiful options when I see them, MOB. Hope you find several on your journey as a mother of the bride!

*You might also like to read Savings Tip for Bridal and Bridesmaids Bouquets and Bridal Bouquet Idea: Add Some Sparkle with Gemstones.

*Flickr photo by Jin.Dongjun, Creative Commons License

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Wedding Day Photo Idea: The Groom and Minister

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Looking for some Wedding Day photo ideas especially for the groom, Mother of the Bride? It’s a fact of wedding life that the groom takes a back seat to the bride when it comes to photos that feature just one or the other. Truth be told, grooms are probably fine with this, but why not suggest a few shots to your photographer especially of the groom? He deserves star treatment, too, right?

One great idea is to capture a candid or private moment between the groom and minister on Wedding Day. All kinds of possibilities abound for minister and groom shots, but candid shots can end up being especially artsy.

I love the shot above of my son-in-law Shawn and the minister—who just happens to be my brother-in-law Keith—as they prepare to take their places for the ceremony. I love that it’s just the two of them and that Keith is holding his Bible and that it’s a picture of Shawn walking into a new life. A photo full of meaning.

Add this shot to your list for the photographer, MOB. Everyone will be glad you did!

*You might also like to read Wedding Day Tip: A List for the Photographer, Wedding Photo Idea: Groom Admires His Bride, Photo Idea: Bridesmaids Blow the Groom a Kiss!, and Wedding Tasks Perfect for the Groom.

*Photo by Chris Humphrey Photography

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Wedding Favors That Grow: Tree Seedlings!

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Mother of the Bride, has your daughter considered tree seedlings as a wedding favor? If she would like to gift your guests with something that will last long beyond the wedding party, tree seedlings could be the perfect choice.

Here are three great reasons tree seedlings are great options as favors:

1) They are not only gifts for the guests but also gifts to the environment. You will feel good about providing them, and the guests will feel good when planting them.

2) A tree seedling can be incorporated into the wedding ceremony with a little creative thought. They can be quite symbolic and meaningful.

3) They can be planted in honor of the couple’s marriage and become a living reminder of their new family and the beautiful day they were united in marriage.

For more reasons to offer tree seedlings and for ideas and instruction on presentation, check out “Wedding Trees for Weddings and Corporate Events” on nurserymen.com . You’ll find lots of helpful information in the article.

And one more thing, MOB—tree seedlings can fit in especially well décor-wise with winter weddings, but they can be used year round. The article on nurserymen.com will explain what types of trees work best at which time of year.

So why not give a favor that grows? Everyone will enjoying going green!

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

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*Flickr photo by Midwest Family Life, Creative Commons License

Green Wedding Trend: Rent and Borrow More Items

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Mother of the Bride, is your daughter earth friendly and hoping to incorporate some green strategies into her wedding celebration? If so, along with some of her other ideas, I’ve got a super simple and economic idea to add to the list. Simple plus economic—can’t be that, huh?

According to a recent Bridal Guide blog post, one of the top eco-friendly wedding trends for next year is renting and borrowing more items. They say brides will be renting everything from gowns to jewelry to vases. They also point out that more vendors are offering rentals now as they respond to the economy and to customers’ buying habits.

Last spring I wrote a post about borrowing wedding items so I’m glad to hear that the idea is becoming more widespread. So many items can be borrowed—or rented—when you stop to think about. Be sure to read my “borrowing” post for lots of ideas.

MOB, go ahead and make a list of things to borrow or rent and then also ask your vendors for any rentals they offer. They may offer something you hadn’t yet put on your list. And then after the wedding, be ready and willing to loan the items you actually bought. Other budget-strapped MOBs will thank you!

*You might also like to read Wedding Savings Tip: Borrow! and Post-Wedding Inventory.

*Flickr photo by FestivitiesMN, Creative Commons License

*The Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway is underway. Details are in my Oct. 16 post on my home page and sign-up is to the right under “Free For You.” Deadline is 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Don’t miss out on the chance to win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

Wedding Day Checklist: Containers for Leftover Cake

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Mother of the Bride, here’s a short and sweet Wedding Day reminder: Don’t forget containers for the leftover cake!

Yes, it’s hard to imagine that your guests might leave some of that wedding cake yumminess uneaten, but they sure do. Chances are you planned for more than enough cake because cake is one thing you don’t want to have in short supply at the reception. Also, not everyone will eat cake. Hard to believe, but true!

Check with your wedding cake baker to see if he or she provides boxes for the leftovers, and if not, be sure to bring your own containers. Something like the inexpensive food storage containers above works perfectly. These are even better than boxes because they’re air tight.

So, MOB, add containers to your wedding day checklist. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to indulge in extra bites as you pack the leftovers away! :)

*You might also like to read Comfy Shoes—Add This to Your Wedding Day List and Wedding Day Tip: A List for the Photographer.

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