My new obsession. I have heard the buzz about Pinterest for the last few weeks and was hesitant about joining yet another social media group! I am so glad I got over that because Pinterest is great!! I have already created a couple of story boards that are completely wedding related :) I can see these boards being very helpful to all of you Brides, Bridesmaids, and MOBs out there :) Check me out! http://pinterest.com/carrielove49/
Christmas Weddings September 27, 2011
Christmas Weddings. If you are planning or have ever dreamed of having a Christmas wedding, you must read this blog! Let me know what you think :)
Mother of the Bride Duties September 20, 2011
Here are some typical MOB (Mother of the Bride) duties according to The Knot. I find this to be quite helpful for all of you new MOBs out there :)
- Help bride and groom scout out ceremony and wedding reception sites and ask friends/family for vendor recommendations.
- Serve as the main contact for wedding pros (especially if the wedding is taking place in your town and the bride lives elsewhere).
- Help bride choose her wedding dress, trousseau, and wedding-night peignoir.
- Compile and submit names and addresses of your family and friends to be included on the master guest list.
- Talk to the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list and manage the difficult task of limiting the number of guests, if necessary.
- Help research family or ethnic traditions and heirlooms to incorporate into the ceremony or reception.
- Determine what the bride wants you to wear on the big day and find a gorgeous mother of the bride dress. Then, consult with the groom’s mom on what you two will be wearing. You’ll both feel more comfortable if your elegance is in sync. Start looking for the perfect dress.
- Attend (and possibly help organize) the bridal shower and the rehearsal dinner.
- Escort the bride down the aisle if the bride’s father isn’t planning on it. (In a Jewish wedding both parents accompany the bride.)
- In a Christian wedding, be seated in the first pew directly before the ceremony and leave the chapel first afterward.
- Stand in the receiving line to greet guests; traditionally, as reception hostess, the mother of the bride heads up the line.
- Sit at the parents’ table (if there is one).
- Dance with the father of the bride (or other escort) and the groom during the formal first-dance sequence.
- Remind the bride often how special she is and that she’ll be the most beautiful bride in history.
- Let the bride cry on your shoulder anytime, day or night (you know, be a mom).
Pamper Yourself September 15, 2011
There are a lot of things I recommend on my website (and I believe in them all of course :) ), but pampering yourself before your wedding day is an absolute MUST!! You will be stressed, in good ways and bad, in ways you could have never imagined and having a nice relaxing massage is exactly what every Bride needs before her wedding day – or a few times for that matter!
The other option that would be lovely is to arrange for a massage therapist to come to your home, hotel room, or wherever you and your bridesmaids will be the day before the wedding and have everyone pampered!
I highly recommend Donna Scott who is a licensed Massage Therapist. She will help your stress simply melt away. Donna works out of a salon as well as will come on-site to you – which is SO nice :)
Treat yourself and check out Donna at http://www.amtamembers.com/donnascott
Make sure to mention that you found her through RelaxedBride!
Ranunculus September 14, 2011
Silly name but BEAUTIFUL flower! This is my new favorite flower because of its beautiful layers of petals. It is a Spring flower mainly found in March and April so great for you early Spring Brides!
Favorite Fall Wedding Colors: Burnt Orange & Deep Red September 13, 2011
2 Weeks To Go! September 8, 2011
My post today is going to be a mix of personal reflection and advice :) My sister is getting married 2 weeks from this coming Saturday! It is such a crazy feeling – I feel like it was just yesterday when she called to tell me she was engaged. I am her Matron of Honor – and any of you that have had that role in the past, you can imagine how I am feeling at this point :) Anxious, excited, nervous, overwhelmed, READY for the day to get here! These last 2 weeks are critical for the MOH – you must keep the Bride calm, the MOB calm, and relay pertinent information to the Bridesmaids – among a list of other things of course. My biggest piece of advice to all of you MOH’s out there would be to be as proactive as possible and ASK the Bride how you can help – don’t wait for her to come to you. This is not only good for the Bride, but very good for you because hopefully you will avoid any last-minute melt downs ;)
Now for the Brides – your last 2 weeks’ checklist is below :)
- Get your marriage license – most important!
- Pick up your wedding rings
- Wrap gifts for wedding party, parents, and any others
- Follow up with all vendors and ceremony officiant – confirm arrival times
- Email wedding party a schedule for the wedding weekend
- Call guests who havent RSVPed yet – or ask your MOH to do this
- Give final headcount to all necessary vendors
- Bride & Groom both get final haircuts
- Confirm transportation and lodging for honeymoon and PACK
- Plan something fun for the night/day before – not including the rehearsal dinner
- Pamper yourself and get ALOT of sleep
- Have at least one date night with your hubby-to-be in the last 2 weeks :)
There are quite a few other things that need to be done in the last 2 weeks, but these are my top priorities :)
Wedding over Holiday Weekend September 5, 2011
There are many mixed reviews on whether it is appropriate to have your wedding over a holiday weekend – I am one of the ones who gives it a big thumbs up :) The main concern is that you are automatically excluding people who are not family or close friends because they may have plans with their families already. My belief is that the only people you should be inviting to your wedding are family members and close friends of either the bride & groom or close friends of each family. Hard to do, but will cause much less stress on everyone involved. There will always be people who cannot come to your wedding – whether it is on a holiday weekend or not :) Now for the obvious plus of having your wedding on a holiday weekend, an extra day for either more wedding festivities or a day to RELAX!
Bottom line: There should only be a few key people who help determine when your wedding date will be – figure out who those people are, ask them, then pick the date. Everyone else will get on board :)