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Sugar Roses Still Gorgeous on Wedding Cakes

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Mother of the Bride, if your bride-to-be wants roses as décor on her wedding cake, be sure she considers sugar roses as well as fresh ones.

Even though fresh roses adorn many wedding cakes today, rest assured that handmade sugar roses can look just as gorgeous. Take a look at the examples above and below. What exquisite detail!

The key lies in finding a cake baker/designer who excels in an impeccable finished product. Be sure to ask to see photos of cakes she has made before making a decision about fresh vs. handmade sugar roses. It’s also a good idea to ask other MOBs and brides who have used her services how pleased they were with their own wedding cakes.

If your daughter doesn’t have a strong preference for one type of rose over the other, ask your baker/designer if sugar roses will be more or less expensive to do than fresh ones. You might as well take advantage of a possible opportunity to save a little money if the prices for each will be different, right?

Fresh or sugar—both can be beautiful. But above all, MOB, enjoy indulging in that fabulous cake on Wedding Day!

*You might also like to read Wedding Cake Trend: Ruffles!, Wedding Cake Idea: Beautiful Brooch Accents!, and Wedding Cake Idea: The Drape Effect.

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, will come out in early May. Sign-up is free and to the right!

8055533226_c3de3ea1ea_b*Flickr photos by Whipped Bakeshop, Creative Commons License

Wedding Day: Grab FOB for Impromptu Portrait

-5074Mother of the Bride, if getting the Father of the Bride to pose for a picture seems as impossible to do as catching a unicorn, Wedding Day is the answer to your prayers. Don’t miss your chance. Who knows when such an opportunity will roll around again!

What better time to capture a great photo of the formerly main man in your little girl’s life? After all, he’s all dressed up with nowhere to go while he waits to walk your daughter down the aisle. The silver fox above just happens to be my husband on the day of our younger daughter’s wedding. I”m so glad the photographer thought to take this photo. It’s one of the best ones we have of Don.

So MOB, just ask your photographer to pull the FOB aside at some point before the ceremony and do an impromptu portrait session. A good photographer can snap three or four great shots before the FOB decides he’s had enough. Quick and painless—and you’ll end up with a dynamite photo!

*You might also like to read Wedding Day Photo Idea: The Groom and Minister.

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, will come out in early May. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Photo by Flowers Photography

Recommending This Book Again: Bridal Bargains

untitled*Since the readership of the Mother of the Bride Blog is ever-changing, here is an encore post that I hope will be helpful to those of you who weren’t MOBs when I originally posted it in June of 2013. I’ve updated the info and links. Hope it helps!

Don’t you love it when buying an item ends up saving you money? Bridal Bargains—Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget by Denise and Allan Fields will do just that. And not only will it save you money, it will save you time and potential headaches as well.

Bridal Bargains was the first purchase I made as a mother of the bride. Among lots of other great information, it alerted me to certain bridal shop practices/policies to guard against, and I’m so glad it did. It pays to have a little knowledge tucked up your MOB sleeve when making your foray into shopping for wedding gowns—or any other wedding-related item for that matter.

The Fields are nationally known in the wedding planning world for their efforts as consumer advocates, and Bridal Bargains is in its 11th edition. Every engaged couple—and mother of the bride—needs the help found in this book.

MOB, run out and get your hands on a copy of this book today. You won’t be sorry!

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, will come out in early May. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Amazon.com photo

Turn Rain on Wedding Day Into a Positive

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With spring weddings now upon us, the chance of rain on Wedding Day becomes a real possibility. Mother of the Bride, if the unthinkable rain happens on your sweet girl’s big day, what can you do to somehow turn it into a good memory?

One way to turn Wedding Day rain into a positive is to capitalize on some fun photo opportunities. Just like with snow during winter weddings, ask your photographer to get creative and snap some great photos featuring the rain in some way. If rain is in the forecast, contact him or her earlier in the week and share any ideas you may have. I’m sure an experienced photographer will have several ideas up his photo-snapping sleeve as well.

As in the photos above and below, why not buy umbrellas in one of the colors of the wedding and then feature the bridal couple cozied up under one while the attendants pair up under others. Keep the tags on the umbrellas until the day of the wedding just in case the rain doesn’t materialize. If it doesn’t rain, return the umbrellas and get your money back, MOB. If it does rain, you’ll be prepared. And a good MOB is always prepared, right?

Next time you talk to your daughter, MOB, go ahead and brainstorm other ideas for some great rainy Wedding Day photos. Maybe one of the bridal couple laughing as they seek shelter under an awning or in a doorway? Or the bridal bouquet covered in raindrops?

Whatever you come up with, share your ideas with your photographer—and turn the rain into some fun Wedding Day memories!

6244880589_cea42a37ff_z*You might also like to read Wedding Day Tip: A List for the Photographer.

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, will come out in early May. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photos by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License

Sparkle Up the Bridal Garter

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Mother of the Bride, would you like to add some sparkle to your darling daughter’s bridal garter? The traditional ribbons and lace are, of course, always feminine and pretty, but why not add another special touch? Why not add some jewels?

As you shop for or create a bridal garter for your girl, be on the lookout for a small brooch or earring that will make the garter really shine. If you’re making the garter yourself or having it custom-made, you can get as creative as you’d like in your design. I love the look of the dangly earring used in the photo above. Fun and elegant at the same time.

Go ahead, MOB—sparkle up the garter. I bet your daughter will be glad you did!

*You might also like to read Turning the Ordinary into Keepsakes, Bridal Bouquet Idea: Add Some Sparkle with Gemstones, and Wedding Idea That Sparkles: A Brooch Bouquet!

*Flickr photo by Bellafaye Garden, Creative Commons License