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How To Choose Your Maid of Honor!

The Maid of Honor is your Right Hand GalWho your maid of honor is, is a pretty important decision because the maid of honor can end up playing a big role in how smoothly your wedding goes. Most women simply look at who their BFF is at the time of the wedding, but you might want to be a little more particular when choosing who will play that role.

First stop: How involved do you need the maid of honor to be?

This is the first stop because it is probably the most important factor to consider. If your maid of honor will need to take on responsibilities like planning a shower, bachelorette party, attending any and all dress fittings for yourself and your bridesmaids, coordinating the flowers, picking up GiGi from the airport (we could go on and on), then it is really going to narrow down who you should choose as your maid of honor. Once you have determined what you need, consider the following:
  1. Age:
    • It may not be a good fit if who you want is not yet an adult. One bride said she regretted asking her 16 year old sister to serve as maid of honor. They were close and she didn't think she needed too much help with the wedding, but she ended up needing more than the sister could handle. Turned out that even the smallest tasks were too much for her. The bride either had to do it completely by herself or be dissapointed.
  2. Location:
    • This one can be hard because the person that you want to be your maid of honor may just live too far away to help. If you choose to have a maid of honor that lives more than 30 minutes away, just be sure that your expectations are consistent with how hard it will be for her to step up. Some brides will even choose to have co-maids of honor to balance it out.

Second Stop: What emotions are going to be involved?

What we mean by this is that choosing a maid of honor may involve a bit of drama. For example, we had a bride tell us that she really wanted her best friend to be her maid of honor. However she had a childhood friend who wanted to be it too. So when it came to decide, she chose her current best friend and her other friend refused to attend the wedding. This doesn't mean that you should make your decision around other people's feelings. It is your wedding. However, it may be a good idea to make sure your aware of any complicated reactions to your choice. If you are particularly nervous about this possibility, try reading our blog "How to Tell Someone They Won't be a Bridesmaid" to get some guidance.
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Bachelorette Party Ideas - Must Have Items

Bachelorette Party Ideas

There are so many ways to make your final fling unique, and we have tons of bachelorette party ideas to get you started! From outfits and decor to favors and gifts, everything you need to have a good time is available. Check out our list of top ideas and must have items before you finish your planning!

No bachelorette party is complete without the bride standing out! This veil and sash set is the perfect way to keep the attention on the bride to be. Available in crisp white, satin and trimmed in black, this sash can be accented with free personalization in one of today’s hottest weeding colors, as well as your choice of text.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Give your bridesmaids a gift to remember with these hot pink bachelorette koozies to keep their drinks cold! Not only are they perfect for partying on the town, but the girls can keep them as a party favor.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Spice up your evening with this fab figurine shot glass! Add a mix of fun with the gorgeous bride figurine dressed up in her party dress and ready to go out with glitz and striking details. Grab one for all of your bridesmaids and don’t forget one for yourself!

Bachelorette Party Ideas

If your girl’s aren’t beer drinkers, these custom martini glasses will be a much better fit. A decal on the front of the glass reads “CAUTION Bachelorette Party in Progress” with a series of hot pink warning triangles decorate the glass and the base. Also available in a version for the bride!streaming Power Rangers 2017 film

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Whether you have a group of girls you’ve known forever or a mixture of ladies from all walks of life, these bachelorette party coasters are a great way to get to know each other better. Each 4″ x 4″ coaster has a unique conversation-starting question that will give everyone something to talk about for hours.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Maybe your girls are more into wine? These adorable wine charms add flare to any wine glass for an evening of fun! The charms have a metal loop with pink and black beads that unhooks and wraps around the stem of a wine glass. The six different charm sayings included are: “Approach With Caution,” “CAUTION Bachelorette Party in Progress,” “Fling Before the Ring,” “Kiss the Bride” and two versions of “Girls Night Out.”

Bachelorette Party Ideas

As you can see there are many bachelorette party ideas that can be incorporated into your final fling bash. Choose the ones that are best for you and let’s get the party started!

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Fun Ways to Ask Your Best Gal to be Your Maid of Honor

Fun Ways to Ask Your Best Gal to be Your Maid of Honor Choosing your Maid of Honor is an important decision and one that you will want to make early on because depending on how involved you decide to make her role, she will be your right hand girl to help you through all of your wedding planning and any wedding drama. Now, once you have chosen who you want your maid of honor to be, you have to ask her! It is a big honor and a big responsibility, so ask in a creative way! Ideas on How to Ask 1. Plain and simple: Take her out to lunch or go get your nails done together and just spit it on out! Don't be nervous. It is not a marriage proposal!  2. If you know it is a done deal and your bestie is a social media guru, then why not post a picture of the two of you, or even a collage, and tag her in it with the caption "Me and My Maid of Honor"  Will You Be My Maid of Honor - Bridesmaid Cards - Chalkboard Card - Wedding Calligraphy  Personalized Heart Necklace 3. Make her a card or order a cute "will you be my maid of honor" card on Etsy and pair it with a personalized necklace as a symbol of her role in your wedding and your life. This is one you can give in person, or if she lives long distance you can mail it!!  "maid of honor" Wedding Transfer 4. Using one of our wedding collectibles "maid of honor" transfers, create a maid of honor t-shirt! By using a transfer you can choose any t-shirt in any color. This means you have full control over the cut and fit and can choose a shirt in one of your wedding colors. If you have multiple wedding colors, or just love everything colorful, another option would be to do a tie dye shirt!     
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The Right Maid of Honor Gift for the Perfect Maid of Honor!

A Perfect, Personal Maid of Honor Gift

Maid of Honor Gift

  Your Maid of Honor has been there for you through thick and thin during the ordeal that is wedding planning; how should you thank her in a way that is both meaningful and budget-conscious? A well-picked Maid of Honor gift starts with knowing your Maid of Honor: Is she a foodie? Does she love the outdoors? Is she constantly glued to her phone? Try to select a Maid of Honor gift that suits her personality and her needs. How do you make it personal? The key to a beautiful and personal Maid of Honor gift is personalization by means of names and monograms. Find something that suits her lifestyle, personalize it to show that you thought of her in particular, and voila! A beautiful Maid of Honor gift worthy of the girl who's stuck with you through everything. Having trouble deciding on where to start for a Maid of Honor gift, or not sure what would fit her needs? Consider something that fits in with her needs for the wedding, such as a personalized makeup clutch or wedding tote. These items make a wonderful Maid of Honor gift but can still be used after the big day. Knowing your Maid of Honor is the first step toward a wonderful Maid of Honor gift, but there are some items that are universal! Good luck on your hunt for the right Maid of Honor gift!
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Gifting a Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bag

Ideas for Giving a Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bag

Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bag

If you’re trying to find just the right gift to give to your beloved bridesmaids during the rehearsal dinner, look no further than a cute bridesmaid cosmetic bag. A bridesmaid cosmetic bag is a useful gift that any member of your bridal party will use and enjoy, not just on your wedding day, but well into the future! A bridesmaid cosmetic bag is a small pouch that your maids can use to tote essentials around during the big day. Purses and tote bags are cumbersome, but a matching and/or personalized bridesmaid cosmetic bag will be easy to cart around as the day becomes more and more hectic.   It’s easy to personalize a bridesmaid cosmetic bag for both your wedding and your close group of girlfriends. Many a bridesmaid cosmetic bag can be personalized with the titles or names of your maids, and finding a matching set for everyone will make this handy satchel an essential part of their outfits! Find a bridesmaid cosmetic bag that works with the theme or color scheme of your big day, and you won’t have to worry about the little bags standing out throughout the day!   A bridesmaid cosmetic bag also works as a cute way to ask your friends and family members to become a part of your bridal party. Fill a bridesmaid cosmetic bag with her favorite goodies as a cute and fun way to “propose” to your bridesmaids and maid of honor!
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Wedding Woes that can Wait

Planning a wedding seems to happen all at once - all of the decisions feel equally important and relevant when you're first engaged and you're caught in a flurry of congratulations and furious planning. Before you drive yourself crazy with details and dahlias, what tasks can be delegated down or saved for later? Here's a short list of tasks and tribulations that you can put on the backburner:   Picking the Bridal Party
Many a retrospective and once-overly-enthusiastic bride will tell you this: don't pick your bridal party too early. If you're still more than a year away from the wedding, keep your #1 pick for Maid of Honor and Flower Girl under wraps. Relationships change, people move away or begin doctorate programs. While your bridal party has only one responsibility - showing up and wearing nice, pre-selected clothes - you want to be sure that the men and women in your line are the friends and family you really want behind you on your wedding day. There's no harm in just waiting it out! Snapping Engagement Photos
Even though they're called "engagement photo shoots" they don't have to be planned and finished within the first few weeks of your engagement. The point of an engagement photo shoot is to showcase your relationship in an environment in which you feel comfortable during a particularly happy time in your life. Some couples choose to use these photos in their "save the dates" or wedding invitations, but by no means is that a requirement. If you're already overburdened with other wedding woes, don't feel that you have to squeeze an engagement photo shoot in as well. Then again, if you could really use an afternoon of looking pretty and exploring your favorite museum or tide pool with your puppy and fiancé, go right ahead!   Selecting Wedding Gifts
Gifts are fun, and pre-planning gifts for your wedding can be just as enjoyable, but it can also take a lot out of you. Registering takes way more energy than you might think, and registering too early can spell disaster for your "early bird" wedding planning ideals. If you register more than a few months ahead of when your invitations go out, you run the risk of items being discontinued and matching dish sets being broken up. My advice is to go through retailers' websites, mark items that you're interested in, and put that list aside for later. Save the physical registration process for just a few months before the big day to save an even bigger hassle later.
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Preparing Your Princess Bridal Tiara

A Princess Bridal Tiara for the Royal Within

Princess Bridal Tiara

Many little girls grow up wishing to one day wear a real princess bridal tiara. Lucky for us, there’s an industry for that. It’s so easy to find a princess bridal tiara that not only fits your head and style, but your budget as well. A princess bridal tiara is characterized by its prevalence of bling, it’s distinct crown shape, and the attitude worn beneath it. Any tiara becomes a princess bridal tiara if you wear the pride and confidence of a true royal on your wedding day. A princess bridal tiara doesn’t have to be big and flashy, either. A simple crown of beads or gems can really help you stand out on your wedding day.   Make sure to bring your princess bridal tiara to all of your hair appointments and consultations. Have your stylist show you how to arrange or fix your princess bridal tiara throughout the night if it comes askew or loose. As your veil is likely to attach to your princess bridal tiara, make sure your maid of honor knows how to detach and keep it safe throughout the reception.   Don’t be shy about asking for and finding the perfect princess bridal tiara. Every girl deserves to wear one if she wants to, and your wedding is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Who knows, if you like your princess bridal tiara enough, it might be difficult to get you to take it off.
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Brevity is the Soul of the Reception: The Maid of Honor Speech

Public speaking scares the pants off of most people, and as much as you don’t want to think about it, you know that you’re going to have to do it if you’ve accepted the brave and noble post of “Maid of Honor.” It really isn’t a big deal, as much as you might be freaking out over it. Honestly, most of us just want to skip listening to speeches and eat dinner, but that probably doesn’t make you feel better. The best thing you can do is sit down and write it (and skip the bar before you step into the spotlight). Here are some quick tips to make your speech writing a lot less painful:   Everyone Loves an Anecdote
If you don’t want to glue your nose to an index card throughout the duration of your speech, tell a story. Stories are also more interesting and tend to express your feelings for the couple without the repetition that drags so many other speeches down. There are a million ways to say that you love the couple, but you should chose the one that is unique to the relationship you share with them; hence story. A story shows us (instead of telling us) what your relationship is like.   But not THAT Anecdote
Leave the embarrassing and inappropriate stories for the rehearsal dinner. I thought this was pretty common knowledge until a wedding I attended recently, where the best man spent ten minutes rambling about the first time he and the groom went to a nude steakhouse together. Though the story was pretty funny, it wasn’t really the right time and place for its recounting. In short, remember your audience. You don’t want your great aunt to take the dinnerware back out of shame.   Short and Sweet
Nothing is worse than a speech that rambles on forever when the guests can see the cupcakes calling their names at the front of the room. Your speech is your time to express well wishes for the happy couple, but do so briefly. If you analyze all of the boring speeches you’ve ever heard at weddings, you’ll find that most of them are expressing the same thought over and over again. This can make for some lengthy speeches and some pretty bored audiences. A short speech will also be easier to remember, which is always a plus for the nervous MOH.
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Bridal Shower Bingo: A Rowdy Afternoon of Frolic

Fun Times with Bridal Shower Bingo

Bridal Shower Bingo

Bridal shower games are probably my favorite part of the wedding marathon that brides subject themselves to in the months leading up to their big day. They’re inexpensive, fun, and provide a great bonding opportunity for the women closest to you. You don’t really know your Great Aunt Sally until you’ve seen her viciously plotting against your Maid of Honor in a lively round of bridal shower bingo. Bridal shower bingo really brings out the competitive side in many women you wouldn’t expect it from – even a poised afternoon tea can get a little rowdy with the addition of a few cutesy prizes. The competition inspired by bridal shower bingo isn’t negative, however: quite the contrary. Bridal shower bingo is fun, and it breathes life into an ordinary celebratory bridal get-together. The multiple winners and excitable participants keep any hard feelings at bay (unlike strategic and cutthroat gaming scenarios like family “Risk” or “Monopoly” night). Finding great bridal shower bingo games isn’t too difficult, but you might want to skip trying to make them yourself. A few hours struggling with clip art and Microsoft word functions will leave you frustrated (and sporting an inferior product). Bridal shower bingo is just what your shower needs for an unforgettable afternoon.
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Things to Consider for your Canine Ring Pillow

Canine Ring Pillow Tricks and Considerations

Canine Ring Pillow

Though most couples tend to designate cute human relatives to fill the role of “ring bearer”, some believe that the only young face they need in the wedding party is covered in fur. A canine ring pillow allows you to designate that most honorable of wedding party tasks to the friend you can always count on – your dog. The difference between a normal ring box or pillow and a canine ring pillow is the fastening mechanism. While young children have to hold a normal ring pillow, a canine ring pillow either fastens to a dog’s collar or has a long enough ribbon that your dog won’t have to hold on to anything.   Pooches of any size can enjoy the convenience of a canine ring pillow; just make sure they’re sized correctly. Take the measurements of a canine ring pillow and try to visualize how it will look attached to your dog on your wedding day. Smaller dogs may be dwarfed by a canine ring pillow that is too large, and sliding may be hard to avoid if it’s heavy around your dog’s neck.   Be sure to designate a bridesmaid or groomsman to be the dog’s handler for the day. You may think that you can keep track of your dog before and after he walks down the aisle, but the last thing you want is your canine ring pillow wrecking havoc through the pews!
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Why a Restaurant Wedding?

Selecting a venue for your ceremony and/or reception is usually the first step for a couple looking to piece together their wedding day. The venue will dictate the style and the details of the wedding – so where should you start? I suggest finding a restaurant for one or both of your venue needs, and here’s why:   No Vendor Hassle
Shuffling 200 different contacts and vendors in the weeks leading up to your wedding is enough to set anyone over the edge when they’re trying to plan a wedding. When you choose a restaurant as your ceremony/reception venue, however, you’re guaranteed that at least the food will be there on time. Restaurants also often come with lists of vendors that they work with frequently, so you’re close to guaranteed to be working with someone familiar with the conditions of the venue.

No Décor Worries
Restaurant come with décor (hopefully), and if you pick the right restaurant, you may not even need to add anything of your own at all. Most venues that are familiar with the wedding scene will often have selections of linens, simple centerpieces (like candles or paper goods), and will know how to arrange seating for optimal visibility and aesthetic joy. The lighting will also already be arranged in a way that suits an event. Easy as pie! No Wait Staff Hunting
For weddings hosted in blank or unfinished spaces, many couples forget that someone really should be running around putting things together before everyone gets there. Hiring a whole private wait staff can get expensive, and you really don’t want another thing you have to add to your list of “things to worry about” on your wedding day. Restaurant package deals usually come with a trained and capable wait staff who are more than familiar with the flow of a wedding.

No Difficult Parking
It may sound silly to worry about parking convenience in the midst of bigger considerations, but this really is something you should consider. Many non-restaurant venues (such as state parks) will actually charge for parking, and you don’t want your guests climbing steep unpaved lots to get to your out-of-the-way venue. The logistics of paying for guest parking ahead of time can be frustrating, and you really don’t need the added stress. Restaurants are usually good about ample, easy parking – check it out ahead of time! No Clean-Up
I have a good friend who was a maid of honor in a wedding recently, and the bride confided this to her about her proposed post-wedding clean-up: “People who love me will stay and clean.”
Please don’t expect your guests and/or bridal party to do this, especially if you’re taking off right after the reception concludes. Restaurants will take care of the cleaning for you, and you don’t have to saddle grandpa with a broom and dustpan at 2am.

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Why you need a Bridal Hankie

A Bridal Hankie for the Big Moment

Bridal Hankie

If you’re getting married, chances are pretty good that you’re going to cry. The marriage ceremony is an intensely emotional experience and crying is part of the day – don’t be caught without a bridal hankie! Your bridal hankie will be your beautiful little companion throughout the day and will probably show up in several pictures – find something pretty! Finding the right bridal hankie isn’t difficult, but make sure it’s more than just a rag or tissue. You want your bridal hankie to last the entire night (hopefully longer!) so find something that’s built to last. If you’re looking for a gift for a bride in your life, think about a bridal hankie. Often, brides won’t think about a bridal hankie as a day-of necessity, but they will be glad when they have it! Brides – keep your bridal hankie tucked away somewhere accessible. Most bridal gowns don’t come with pockets (unfortunately), so you may have to improvise. Think about designating your maid of honor or husband-to-be to carry around your bridal hanky until you need it. Imagine how sweet the moment will be when your new husband hands you your beautiful bridal hankie to dap your tears at the altar.   You might also consider tucking your bridal hankie into your glove or the strap of your dress – just make sure it won’t fall out or shock any guests when you whip it out!
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