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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!

Wedding Registry to Consider: Sur La Table!

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Mother of the Bride, when it comes time to register, your sweet girl might want to consider Sur La Table for one of her registries—especially if she and/or her groom love to cook and spend time in the kitchen. A cooking specialty store like Sur La Table will surely hit the spot for them, right?

The Sur La Table website has all kinds of registry helps: Creating, Finding, and Managing a Registry, Top Registry Gifts, Reasons to Register, Tips and Guides, information on Special Registry Events, and also a Gift Registry Concierge to assist you. You can receive help in the store, by phone, or online.

Sur La Table also offers free gifts for the couple. Some they’ll get just for registering and others they’ll qualify for after items from their registries are purchased. Sounds like a sweet deal to me!

So MOB, if your Mr. & Mrs.-to-be plan to cook up more than passion after they’re married, why not send them over to Sur La Table? They might even thank you by inviting you over for dinner sometime!

*You might also like to read A Fair Trade Wedding Registry: Ten Thousand Villages, A Wedding Registry to Consider: Williams Sonoma!,  Wedding Registry to Consider: Pottery Barn!, and A Wedding Registry to Consider: Best Buy!

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*Flickr photo by Gary Soup, Creative Commons License

Wedding Cake Topper Idea: Entwined Hearts

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One of the myriad of details that your bride-to-be daughter needs to consider, Mother of the Bride, is what kind of cake topper she’d like to have. Lots of brides opt for fresh flowers these days, but a variety of other toppers can provide the crowning touch as well.

One classy and elegant option is pictured above—entwined hearts. This particular example shows jeweled hearts, but I’ve also seen the hearts in a silver or pearl finish. Other colors are probably available, too. And for a rustic-themed wedding, you might be able to find a pair in some kind of wood finish—or maybe even rope or something else equally as rustic!

The entwined hearts topper is a perfect symbol of what’s taking place on wedding day, isn’t it, MOB? Two lives joined together forever. Why not ask your sweet girl what she thinks of this idea? It may be just what she’s looking for!

*You might also like to read Wedding Cake Topper Idea: The Tiffany Blue Box and Groom’s Cake Toppers for the Hunter

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter comes out next week, and author Suzie Eller has graciously offered to give one of my subscribers a copy of Come With Me, her new book coming out in May. If you haven’t subscribed yet, now is a great time to do so. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by Graceful Cake Creations, Creative Commons License

Engagement Photo Idea: Walking Hand in Hand

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Mother of the Bride, why not help make the engagement photo session of your darling daughter and the love of her life the very best it can be by helping them compile a list of possible shots the photographer can take.

When you see engagement photos you love, just be sure to jot down the ideas (or pin them on Pinterest) before the idea flits away never to return again. You’ve got lots on your mind so ideas can indeed be forgotten. You might like to take a look at my Engagement Photo Ideas board on Pinterest to find some great ideas.

I love the photo above which was taken during my daughter’s and son-in-law’s engagement photo shoot. Walking hand in hand, enjoying private conversation—such a simple shot but oh so precious and meaningful. I love how a shot like this can capture the couple looking so relaxed and natural.

Why not show this shot to your sweet couple, MOB, and see if they’d like to incorporate a similar shot into their photo shoot? If you’re like us, you will all love the outcome—and it’s a great one to frame and enjoy for years to come. I guarantee it!

*You might also like to read Engagement Photo Idea: Sweep Her Off Her Feet, Cute Engagement Photo Idea: Include the Dog!, Engagement Photo Idea: Include Heart Balloons!, Engagement Photo Idea: The Eskimo Kiss!, Engagement Photos: Consider a Night Shoot, Engagement Photo Idea: Bike Fun!, Engagement Photo Idea: Playground Fun, and Engagement Photo Idea: Frame That Moment!

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

*Photo by Chris Humphrey Photographer

Wedding Send-Off Option: Flower Petals!

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Mother of the Bride, one of the myriad of details you’ll need to ask the bride and groom is what they want to do for their send-off. Do they want to do it right after the ceremony or would they rather wait until after the reception?

Their send-off decision might be based on which venue will allow them to do what they have in mind, or they might decide based on how many of the guests they want to include. Fewer guests will be on hand when the big party is over, but it might feel more like a real send-off  to do it when they’re heading off to their honeymoon rather than when they leave their ceremony venue.

Whether celebrating the send-off from the ceremony site or from the reception site, one fun and beautiful option is to use flower petals. As pictured above, the flower petals can be put in paper cones, and the shower of colorful petals will not only be a beautiful sight, it will provide a fantastic photo and memory for years to come.

Almost all colors of artificial flower petals are available now, but if you’d like to use fresh, be sure to check with your venue site to see if they’re allowed in the area you want to use them. Some venues might not want fresh flower petals ground into a particular surface as guests walk over them after the petals have been tossed. Always double-check things like this so you’re not surprised by any extra fees later.

So MOB, do you think your sweet couple will like the flower petal send-off idea? Throw it out as an option and see what they say. And if you’re lucky, you can check that detail off your list next!

*You might also like to read Great Send-off For the Bride and Groom: Fireworks! 

*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 photo by Ryan Smith Photography, Creative Commons License

My Mother of the Bride Book Coming Soon!

3D photo with reflectionMothers of the Bride, it’s almost here. Mother of the Bride—Refreshment and Wisdom for Mothers of the Bride releases July 1! Those of you who are on my Life Notes email list (sign-up is free and to the right!) and those of you who follow me on Facebook got your first look at the cover a few days ago, but I wanted to be sure to post it here as well. I absolutely love it!

BroadStreet Publishing has done an amazing job of bringing my vision for the book to life. Last summer when I spoke to them about it, I told them I wanted the book to be beautiful, something that would pamper and minister to MOBs by just holding it in their hands. And I think they hit the ball out of the park. I’m so pleased to be able to offer all of you mothers of the bride a beautiful hardcover book designed especially for you.

Mother of the Bride is at the printer (and is actually available for preorder now), and I am busy with all kinds of marketing preparations. I plan to have a local launch party for the book so if you live anywhere in the vicinity, I’d love to have you join me for that. Closer to time, I’ll create a Facebook event to keep you informed of date, time, and place. Very exciting, huh?!

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to God for the incredible blessing of seeing this book published. My prayer is that it will be a blessing to all who read it and that many, whether mother of the bride or not, will decide to make it their go-to gift for mothers of the bride they know now and in the years to come. Thanks for joining in my joy!

“Come let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving . . .” Psalm 95:1-2a

Here’s a more detailed description of the book:

When women become mothers of the bride, they take on a delightful but demanding new role. While trying to maintain life as they knew it before their daughters’ big announcements, mothers of the bride are also called upon to magically morph into wedding planners, help their daughters navigate the journey to the altar, and establish new and loving relationships with their prospective sons-in-law and their families. With all focus and finances dedicated to the brides and the weddings themselves, the needs of mothers of the bride are often overlooked.

Mother of the Bride helps these special women step away from the hurried pace of daily life complicated by their challenging new role. It offers them the refreshment found in discovering community as they take time for themselves—time to be encouraged, to gain helpful insight and practical tips, and to enjoy the feminine beauty of a book designed just for them.

Through essays featuring relevant quotes or Scriptures, personal stories, nuggets of wisdom, simple suggestions for personal pampering, journaling opportunities, communication aids, and practical tips for wedding planning, Mother of the Bride will nurture the all-important but too often neglected mother of the bride.

*Hope it blesses all of you mothers of the brides!

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