Rustic Wedding: Ring Bearer Pillow and Flower Girl Basket

Mother of the Bride, if you’re helping your daughter plan a rustic wedding, why not add an extra touch of rustic by using burlap for the ring bearer pillow and flower girl basket?

Chances are you’re already using burlap in some of your décor so a burlap pillow and basket will fit right in. They’ll add the perfect complementing touch, in fact. Like with any color or décor decision, featuring burlap in a variety of places will really help pull the look together.

The photos above and below show how accenting the burlap with lace adds such a pretty and feminine effect. For someone who can sew, the pillow and basket could be fairly easy to make, and if you’re designing and making your own, the possibilities are wide open as to the detail you could use.

So MOB, suggest to your daughter to take rustic a step further and go with burlap on these important ceremony accessories!

*You might also like to read Rustic Wedding Resource, Cake Idea for the Rustic Wedding, Table Décor for Rustic Weddings, Rustic Wedding Bridal Shoes: Boots—What Else?, Wedding Centerpiece With a Rustic Flair, and Rustic Wedding Idea: Boot Bouquets.

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*Flickr photo at top by Mannia&TittaCreative Commons License, Flickr photo at bottom by Lori Hartman DesignsCreative Commons License

Double the Cute with Double Ring Bearers and Flower Girls

Mother of the Bride, if the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs. in your life would like to have a ring bearer and flower girl in their wedding party, why not double the cute factor and have two ring bearers and/or two flower girls? This may not be possible given the members of yours and the groom’s families or friends, but if it is, having two of each serve in these roles is definitely guaranteed to up the cuteness factor during the wedding and also add to the precious memories of the day.

The ring bearers featured here today just happen to be my first set of twin grandsons. They served as ring bearers at my nephew’s wedding this summer. How could I not share this idea and these photos with you? No self-respecting grandma in the world would miss such an opportunity, right?

Isaiah and James were just 2 ½ years old at the time of the wedding, but they did great. Mommy and Daddy made sure they got scooted off down the aisle at the appropriate time, and I was stationed up near the front with fruit snacks—the promised treat they would get if they took the pillows down the aisle and gave them to their cousin Cody. As soon as they accomplished their task, they came and sat with me. No need to have them at the front any longer than necessary, getting squirmy and doing who knows what. Ha! (And yes, two flower girls also added to the festivities.)

Precious memories were made and adorable photos captured. Why not ask your sweet girl and her guy if they’d like to double the cute factor at their wedding? Just make sure Grandma has fruit snacks at the ready!

*You might also like to read Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Serve as Sign Bearer, and Man’s Best Friend as Ring Bearer. 

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*Photos by Stephtphotography

Wedding Photo Idea: Rings on a Starfish!

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Mother of the Bride, is your happy couple planning a beach wedding—or one involving the ocean in any way? Maybe boating, sailing, or just ocean life in general? If so, here’s a creative idea for a wedding day photo of the rings.

Why not use a starfish to display the rings? Not only will it make a super-fun and memorable photo of the biggest day in your little girl’s life, but it will be a great photo in and of itself. Just look how it captures the intricacies of the starfish. Amazing, huh?

If your daughter and her hubby-to-be like this idea, you might be able to think of some other ways to incorporate starfish into the celebration, too. It’s always neat to see a common thread recurring in various places, and it could be a great way to feature some of the wedding décor in the wedding photos as well.

So MOB, why not see if your sweet girl would like this idea? Might as well make a splash with the rings, too, right?!

*You might also like to read Wedding Day Photo Idea: Bridesmaids Hold the Groom! and Honeymoon “Just Married” Photo Idea.

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*Flickr photo by Ryan Smith Photography, Creative Commons License

Blogging Break Features My Favorite Wedding Pinners

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Hey Mothers of the Bride, I’m taking an extended Spring Break blogging break but will be back two weeks from today on March 28th. Sometimes I’m so busy over spring break that it’s much like that age old dilemma of needing a vacation to recover from vacation. So doggone it, I’m going to do it. I’m going to extend my blogging break to two weeks. Makes sense to me—and I’m sure it makes sense to you, too. MOBs know all about busy times!

In the meantime, I am going to leave you with some great help—links to my favorite Pinterest pinners of all things wedding (see links below.) I follow some of the wedding related boards of these folks myself on Pinterest, and I guarantee if you give them a look, you’ll find some amazing ideas. Why not give them a look?

And of course, if you haven’t checked out my wedding-related Pinterest boards, be sure to do that, too. I currently have eighteen boards pertaining to weddings as well as several personal interest boards. You might even find a few of those that interest you!

So MOB, Happy Spring Break to me and Happy Pinning to you! See you back here on March 28th!

Colin Cowie Weddings
Bridal Guide Magazine
Strictly Weddings
Wedding Wire
Loverly Weddings
Silk and Ivory
Alfred Angelo Bridal
Raspberry Wedding
BRIDES
Brides Magazine
Martha Stewart Weddings
Southern Weddings Magazine
wedding chicks
Bridal Garden
Mother of the Bride
Emmy London
Bride’s Book
The Overwhelmed Bride
Chatfield’s Modest Bridal Boutique

*You might also like to read A Break for Me, Great Links for You and Holiday Break for Me, Gift of Help for You.

*Flickr photo by thelampnyc, Creative Commons License

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Serve as Sign Bearer

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Mother of the Bride, today I have a super cute idea for your darling daughter’s wedding ceremony. Don’t waste a minute suggesting this idea and showing her the above photo. Cuteness this sweet deserves immediate attention, right?

Just before the bride comes down the aisle, why not have the flower girl and ring bearer help announce her entry? They won’t have to say a word. They can simply walk in together while the ring bearer wears a sign proclaiming “Here Comes the Bride”.

The ring bearer is the best choice as the actual sign bearer. The sign will stand out better against his black tux or suit than it would in front of a flower girl’s dress. Plus, the flower girl will want to show off her dress and be as feminine as possible. The ring bearer on the other hand will be happy to have a more macho duty to carry out than carrying a little pillow down the aisle. A ring bearer never carries the real rings anyway so why not let him do something fun like this?

Letting the flower girl and ring bearer serve as a sign bearer will also provide an adorable wedding day photo. Give your photographer a heads up about your plans for the sign, and he or she will be ready to capture some sweeter than sweet shots.

So MOB, suggest away—and be ready to tuck this precious memory away with all the others you’ll make on Wedding Weekend. Enjoy each moment to the fullest!

*You might also like to read Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow and Flower Girl Basket and Man’s Best Friend as Ring Bearer.

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*Flickr photo by outreachr.com, Creative Commons License