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!

Bridal Shows—Both Fun and Practical!

8537421103_483d9868b5_z

Mother of the Bride, want to have a fun day out with your daughter but also gather helpful ideas and maybe even discover the perfect vendor for one of your wedding needs? Attend a bridal show or wedding expo together!

Bridal shows are all part of the fun so enjoy one or two to the utmost. Remember, your role as mother of the bride (and your daughter’s as bride-to-be) will pass all too quickly so don’t miss out on a chance to fully live the experience.

Here are some fun and/or helpful things you will encounter at a bridal show:

*freebies for all the brides are offered by most exhibitors

*chances to win major prizes for those who register

*yummy samples of wedding cake and other menu items for the reception

*beautiful displays and informational handouts

*fashion show

*opportunity to meet florists, photographers, caterers, pastry chefs, etc.

*ideas for everything from flowers to invitations to make-up

*discounts for certain items or services

 So what are you waiting for? Check The Knot’s list of bridal shows or Google bridal shows in your area and then grab your little bride-to-be and take off for a day of fun and wedding planning. Who knows—maybe your daughter will win one of the prizes! Woohoo!!

*You might also like to read Wedding Planning Ideas on My Pinterest Page and Preparing to Decorate: Reception Venue Visit.

(Hope you found this encore post from June 2013 helpful!)

*Don’t miss out on the One-More-Chance Starbucks Giveaway over on my home page. Deadline to enter is Feb. 10th!

*The latest issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out last week. It’s not too late to receive it. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by Watershed Post, Creative Commons License

Wedding Day Photo: A New Life Together Ahead

6244874629_4436625beb_b

Mother of the Bride, here’s a dreamy and romantic wedding day photo to add to the list for the photographer. One that hints at the new couple’s future, one that makes us ask what must they be talking about, what must they be thinking?

This walking-away-into-their-future-together shot should be fairly easy to pull off regardless of the wedding or reception venues. If you’re lucky enough to have something picturesque like a bridge at or near your location, that could be perfect, but in all honesty, a good photographer can capture the couple’s stroll into the future on about any walkway or sidewalk at its most beautiful spot. If the new Mr. and Mrs. are holding hands and talking or looking at one another as they walk away, that’s what will make the photo anyway.

So why not show this idea to your daughter, MOB? Bet she will want a shot like this that will help capture her and her sweet guy’s dream for the future. So much possibility, so much emotion!

*You might also like to read Wedding Photo Idea: Hideaway Moment, Gift Idea: The Newlywed’s Instruction Manual, and A Prayer for the Newlyweds.

*The latest issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out this week. It’s not too late to receive it. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Don’t miss out on the One-More-Chance Starbucks Giveaway over on my home page. Deadline to enter is Feb. 10th!

*Flickr photo by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License

Wedding Reminder: It’s All About Love

4351548677_6994c57756_z

February—the month of love—is upon us, Mother of the Bride. Why not let it remind us that a wedding is all about love. People who love one another—family and friends—join together to celebrate the love of a very special couple becoming one, becoming man and wife.

In the midst of managing a multitude of details and troubleshooting one situation after another, MOB, it’s easy to lose sight of love. I encourage you to take a few minutes for quiet reflection. Set aside thoughts of attire and décor, of lists and menus, and focus on love—the love your daughter and her groom have for one another, the love you have for your sweet girl, and the love you all share for the family and friends invited to be a part of the celebration of a lifetime. Nothing else matters if love is trampled on.

So let love carry you, MOB, as you labor to give your daughter and her beloved a wonderful wedding celebration. Let it inspire you to do your very best, but also let it free you to focus on what’s truly important—people, relationships, love, memories.

Mother of the Bride, you will set the tone for wedding planning with your daughter. And you will play a huge part in setting the tone for the big day itself. Here is where you need to shine, MOB. Let the tone you set be love!

*You might also like to read Spirit and Soul Refreshment for the Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Bride – Needed and Loved, and Mother of the Bride, You Are Appreciated!

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out tomorrow. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Don’t miss out on the One-More-Chance Starbucks Giveaway over on my home page. Deadline to enter is Feb. 10th!

*Flickr photo by Pink Sherbet Photography, Creative Commons License

Wedding Day First Dance Photo—Show Off Her Rings!

6245402974_70208378af_z

How about a twist on the more common Wedding Day first dance photos, Mother of the Bride? How about one that shows off the bride’s rings? That’s right, why not highlight the fact that she’s a married woman now. Let the glory of it be recorded for all time!

As the bride slips her arms around her groom’s neck, the photographer can capture the perfect shot—and not only of the rings, but of their love and of the elegance and beauty of their fairy tale day. Her freshly manicured nails and the sparkle of her rings shows up perfectly against his black tux, creating such a rich shot. But more than that, the love shines through without a word in this simple and tender pose.

MOB, why not share this post with the photographer so he or she can be looking for the perfect opportunity to capture a similar shot with your daughter and her beloved? What a sweet surprise it will be for them when they see the photos from their special day!

*You might also like to read Engagement Photo Idea: Show Off the Ring and A Keepsake Photo of the Wedding Invitation.

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out next week. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Don’t miss out on the One-More-Chance Starbucks Giveaway on my home page. Deadline to enter is Feb. 10th!

*Flickr Photo by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License

Wedding Cake Topper Idea: The Tiffany Blue Box

7317426190_555be44065_z

Mother of the Bride, is your daughter making decisions about the wedding cake yet? So much to think about. Along with flavor, type of frosting, and style, decisions will need to be made about the specific design.

One of those design decisions will be what kind of cake topper she would like or what would best complement the design she chooses. Would fresh flowers look best? Would some sort of fun topper work with her cake and match her and her guy’s personality? Or would a classic and elegant topper like a silver monogram or entwined hearts be the perfect choice?

Be sure to add today’s idea—a Tiffany gift box—to the list of possibilities. The world-famous Tiffany jeweler is known for their Tiffany Blue Box so wouldn’t this age-old coveted gift box be a beautiful yet fun topper for a wedding cake?

The example above shows the box propped open with a strand of pearls displayed, but if your daughter has a different idea on how to feature a Tiffany Blue Box as the topper, just have her talk to her baker/designer. Chances are the baker will be able to do whatever she requests.

So MOB, show this idea to your daughter—and maybe even the Father of the Bride. Drop a hint or two and you might just end up with a Tiffany Blue Box yourself!

*You might also like to read Groom’s Cake Toppers for the Hunter.

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out next week. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by Graceful Cake Creations, Creative Commons License