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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

Gardeners, Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers!

3370451864_6fff8307b4_zMother of the Bride, do you or your daughter love to garden? If so you might like to grow your own flowers for her wedding. Not only would it add a unique personal touch to your celebration, but it could save money and create a great memory as well.

I know it might sound a bit far-fetched at first, but why not enjoy your passion while accomplishing a task for the wedding? Some moms and brides love to sew and fashion their own dresses for the big day. Others love to cook and provide much of their own food for the reception. If you love to garden, why not plant and nurture your own flowers and then take joy in displaying them on Wedding Day?

I admit I’m not a gardener and don’t have first-hand experience with this. But I do know that people craft wedding flowers and table décor from silk flowers as well as from paper. So if they can do that, why not put your gardening skills to work for you and have some fun, too?

Maybe you feel confident in your gardening abilities but not so much when it comes to designing the arrangements or bouquets. If so, you could do the growing and find a floral designer to finish the job. You’d still be giving the wedding your personal touch.

If you’re interested in giving it a shot, here are a few resources to help get you started:

Better Homes and Gardens—Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers 

Gardenista—DIY: Secrets of Growing Your Own Wedding Flowers

Bridal Guide–How to Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers

*You might also like to read Wedding Decor: Craft It with Paper, Wedding Idea that Sparkles: A Brooch Bouquet, and Knitted Bridal Bouquet and More.

*Since the readership of the Mother of the Bride Blog is ever-changing, I hope this encore post has been helpful to those of you who weren’t MOBs when I originally posted it in September 2013.

*The new 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 Robert S. Donovan, Creative Commons License

Rustic Wedding Idea: Boot Bouquets

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Mother of the Bride, are you and your sweet daughter looking for great rustic wedding ideas? Well, you’ve come to the right place today. I adore the idea pictured above, and I bet your soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs. will, too!

Using boots to hold bouquets and other floral arrangements at a rustic wedding adds a special touch that takes your wedding décor up to a whole new level of awesome. So creative, appealing, and memorable! And I love the pop of color when a bandana is added—but you certainly don’t have to do that. These floral displays will look great either way.

Boot bouquets could be used as guest table centerpieces or at other locations in your venue where you want to decorate with flowers. Boots could even be placed in strategic places to display the bridesmaids bouquets during the reception. Can’t beat using the bridesmaids bouquets a second time, right? Just tell each maid which boot you want her to place her bouquet in after the ceremony and photos.

Feel like kicking up your heels over this idea, MOB? Go ahead—and be sure to yell yee-haw while you do it!

*You might also like to read Rustic Wedding Resource, Cake Idea for the Rustic Wedding, Table Décor for Rustic Weddings, and Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow and Flower Girl Basket.

The new 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 Mr. Tono, Creative Commons License

Mother of the Bride Memory Boosters for Shopping

silly MOBMother of the Bride, I hope you like to shop because you will be doing a lot of it while you’re helping your daughter get ready for her big day. You may even find that all those dresses and décor are starting to run together. The details you thought you’d remember from one store turn to a haze by the time you’ve shopped around at others.

Why not go ahead and give your overworked brain a break and plan to boost your memory with two of the best friends an MOB-shopping-machine can have—a notebook and a camera. Pull out your cute little MOB journal/planner and jot down the name of the store along with the colors, prices, and other details you may need to remember. And if it’s not against store policy, snap a photo of each item. You’ll be glad you  did. (Notice I have my journal in hand in the photo above!)

My wedding planning notes and photos saved my MOB skin more than once. Even after my girls’ weddings, I referred back to my notes for certain information, and during our months of planning, the photos provided the perfect memory jog.

So next time you head out on one of your wedding shopping expeditions, MOB, arm yourself with a memory booster or two. Your weary brain—and your bride-to-be daughter—will thank you!

*You might also like to read A Planning Journal for Your Mother of the Bride Notes.

*Photo by my daughter Kristin; the dress is not the one my daughter Kelli eventually chose, but she still looked good in it! :)

*Since the readership of the Mother of the Bride Blog is ever-changing, I hope this encore post has been helpful to those of you who weren’t MOBs when I originally posted it in August 2013.

*The current 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!