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!

Wedding Photo Idea: Groom Admires His Bride

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Mother of the Bride, here’s a wedding day photo idea that oozes love—the groom admiring his bride from afar. This is one of those times when one simple photo can speak volumes. When one second in time holds the promise of an entire future.

Want to immortalize all that love your daughter’s beloved has for her? Show your daughter this photo and suggest a similar one for her dream-come-true day. I think she’ll give an enthusiastic thumbs up to add it to the list of photos you’ll ask the photographer to take.

And on the big day, MOB, don’t forget to keep some tissues handy. You’ll need them as you watch photos like this being captured!

*You might also like to read Wedding Day Photo Idea: Bouquets in a Bunch, Photo Idea: Bridesmaids Blow the Groom a Kiss!, Wedding Photo Idea: A Shared Faith, and Wedding Photo Idea: The Corner Shot.

*Flickr photo by Katsu Nojiri, Creative Commons License

Mother of the Bride (or Groom) Dresses for You!

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Mother of the Bride (or Groom), finding your dress for the big day can be slightly overwhelming, can’t it? Finding one that will flatter you that comes in the right color, the right style, and at a price you can find afford is no small feat. Plus, it’s a feat that needs to be accomplished amid a plethora of other tasks. Whew!

Maybe Pinterest and I can help make your dress-shopping job a little easier. How about shopping for your dress via my Mother of the Bride Dresses Pinterest board?

I currently have 133 dresses pinned so that should provide a good start to your search, huh? If you see one you like, just click on the dress, and it will take you to a page that has a “Visit Site” button. Click on that button and it will take you to the original site where you’ll find all the details about the dress you’re interested in.

Even if you don’t want to do your actual purchasing online, looking through options on my Pinterest board might help you discover the style that most strikes your fancy. In just a few minutes, you’ll be able to see many of the choices that are out there. Just take note of the features and the designers that you most like and go armed with that info when you hit the stores.

Good luck, MOB, as you hunt for your dress. I hope my Pinterest board helps!

*You might also like to read MOB Dress Shopping Idea: An In-the-Meantime Dress.

*My photo

Fall Wedding Favor Idea: Caramel Apples!

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Mother of the Bride, are you and your daughter still looking for a favor idea for a fall wedding? If so, you came to the right place today—and just in time, too, since there’s no time to spare at this point, right?

Caramel apples can provide the perfect fun and yummy treat for your guests to take home—or eat right there at the party if they’re so inclined. As long as they’re wrapped in cellophane (as pictured above), they’ll stay mess-free until your happy apple-eaters decide to dig in.

Lots of fun options are possible with caramel apples, too.  Add a little pizzazz by rolling the apples in variety of toppings after they are dipped. Sprinkles, nuts, candy-pieces, coconut—whatever strikes the fancy of your bride-to-be and her sweetheart. They’ll be easier to wrap, too, if they’re dipped in something other than just caramel. I’ve even seen plain apples sitting atop a container of caramel and then wrapped together in cellophane. Tie the bags off with pretty color-appropriate ribbon and you’re set!

Nothing says a fall party like caramel apples, MOB, so why not suggest it to your daughter? Have fun at your fall wedding!

*You might also like to read Edible Favors—Yes, Please!

*Flickr photo by moralesmegan25, Creative Commons License

Wedding Planning Tip: Ask for Price Breaks

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Mother of the Bride, did you know that savvy MOBs ask for price breaks?

You may be familiar with the verse of scripture that says “. . . ye have not because ye ask not.” (James 4:2 KJV) Yes, this verse is about asking things of God, but I think the principle holds true in other situations as well—wedding planning included. If we don’t ask for price breaks, we may not get them.

Every little bit saved helps when putting on the event of a lifetime so be bold when asking for discounts, MOB. Mention to whatever vendors or shop owners/managers you’re speaking with that you’re trying to keep expenses down and are looking for the best deals you can find. Ask them what kind of discounts or price breaks they offer. If they don’t have any standard discounts, you can suggest one that might be appropriate to the situation.

Here are some examples of price breaks that might be offered or that you might be able to negotiate:

1) A percentage discount if paying in full or paying early.

2) Matching their price to a competitor’s price.

3) Discount if giving a vendor business in two or more areas—renting tuxes from the shop where you buy the bridal gown or bridesmaids dresses, ordering the wedding cakes from the caterer in addition to the food for the reception, ordering bridesmaids dresses from the same shop where you buy the bridal gown, etc.

4) Discount for floor model or last item in stock.

5) Discount if wedding is being held in off-season.

6) Ask what they can do for the price you have in mind. They might give you a better deal to get your business.

7) If an item is not currently on sale, ask when it will go on sale—then grab it as soon as it goes on sale.

Good luck, MOB, as you ask for these and other price breaks. Remember, we have not because we ask not. So go out there and ask away!

*Flickr photo by 401(K) 2012, Creative Commons License

*You might also like to read A Simple Wedding Expense Tip, Quick Tip: Getting the Most Bang for Your MOB Buck, and Wedding Savings Tip: Borrow!

Cake-Cutting Wedding Day Tip

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Mother of the Bride, here’s an important cake-cutting tip for Wedding Day: After the bride and groom have cut the traditional first slice of cake, make sure that both the main cake and the groom’s cake are then cut and made available to the guests at the same time.

It’s a fact of wedding life that almost every wedding guest in the world looks forward to indulging in a piece of cake at the party. If someone wants a piece of the groom’s cake, don’t keep them waiting while the wedding cake is sliced for those who want a piece of the star-of-the-show cake. At most weddings, the guests have already been in waiting mode for the cake-cutting, so the last thing we want to do is keep them waiting longer than necessary.

Make arrangements ahead of time with your caterer for simultaneous cake-cutting. I didn’t realize I should have done this until we ran into a problem at one of our daughters’ weddings.

The on-site caterer for that wedding was busy cutting the main cake herself and had not assigned any of the servers to cut the groom’s cake. When I asked her to have someone start cutting the groom’s cake, she responded in a negative way. As a result, both cakes weren’t available to our guests until later. I’m sure some guests even had to leave before the groom’s cake was cut. On top of that, it was an unhappy Wedding Day experience for me as I was rebuffed by someone we were paying to serve us.

So learn from my bad experience, MOB, and arrange for simultaneous cake-cutting ahead of time. Your guests will be happy—and you will be happy as everyone joyfully savors the cake of their choice on your daughter’s big day. Now, “let them eat cake!”

*If you and your friends and family are taking care of the catering by yourselves, just be sure to assign helpers to cut both cakes at the same time.

*Flickr photo by Lars Plougmann, Creative Commons License

*You might also like to read Three Tips for Working with Your Wedding DJ, Wedding Day Tip: A List for the Photographer, and Day Before Wedding Tip: Preview Flowers.