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    5 Things Every Bride Needs (+ Giveaway!)

    July 24, 2014  25 Comments

    Hi, loves! Today we’re talking about what the bride needs for her wedding. More importantly, though, six things every bride needs for the morning of the wedding. Things for those endearing getting-ready photos. The hair and makeup. The excited, holy-cow-this-is-happening-today part of your big day. The Best Morning Ever. After all, it only comes around once! Read on to find out what made the list of must-haves for every bride. And, might I add, there’s a special giveaway hidden inside this post just to make it extra sweet. :) Enjoy!

    5 Things Every Bride Needs: Morning of the Wedding

    So, what does the bride really need? In short, these five things:

    1. A Beverage

    Whether she’s a coffee drinker, prefers tea, or wants mimosas on her big day, make sure they’re readily available. Some people swear by no coffee on the bride’s wedding day (making one jittery), but I have to disagree. Well, sort-of. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, you’ll want to drink the same amount as usual; otherwise, you’ll get one of those terrible caffeine headaches. If you don’t usually drink coffee because it makes you jittery, then obviously pass. And, as it goes with beverages, moderation is key: you won’t want to slam mimosas (for obvious reasons) just as you won’t want to drink too many caffeinated beverages without incorporating water to stay hydrated. And, don’t drink too many beverages right before that gown goes on. Once that is on, it’s pretty much on… and bathroom breaks in a gown are a pain in the you-know-what.

    things every bride needs morning of the wedding

    photo via something turquoise

    Don’t forget these! They’ll prevent your lipstick from coming off AND will keep those tea + coffee stains at bay.

    2. Food

    It’s easy for brides to forget about, you know, EATING, while busy getting dolled up. It’s so important to eat a well-balanced meal to keep energized and happy. Make sure you have food on hand and eat a good breakfast. You don’t want to get hangry, not on your wedding day. (MOHs: pack a granola bar in her purse as an extra snack just in case!)

    3. A Robe

    Getting ready for your wedding means you should lounge in total comfort. What it doesn’t mean, though, is lounging in an old tee shirt from college and a pair of frayed shorts. If your getting ready outfit doesn’t make you feel totally gorgeous, it’s not the right one for your wedding day. Enter: the bridal robe, probably one of my favorite things every bride needs. A robe will tie at your waist which means it’s easy to get on and off; when you’re getting hair and makeup done, it won’t rub off onto your shirt when you need to change into your gown. It’s okay to splurge on something totally gorgeous that you’ll love to wear on the wedding day and beyond. Plus, your new hubby will be all, damn, girl, lookin’ good when you’re at home on the couch, even when it feels like you’re just lounging. A bridal robe is like the yoga pants of the pajama world.

    Here an example of a robe that’s so luxuriously soft you won’t want to take it off (by Doie):

    willa bridal robe

    It’s made with jersey material and has a 100% silk trim.

    back of bridal robe

    4. A Tote Bag

    best day ever tote

    dream state

    5. An Awesome Playlist

    A favorite music playlist is the perfect way to set the mood while getting ready. Include some throwback jams to dance with your girls, as well as some of your favorite tunes that make you happy (+ stress-free).

    Giveaway! Giveaway!

    The lovely Doie wants to give away a beautiful bridal robe to one lucky Emmaline Bride reader! Get the full scoop below.

    win a bridal robe

    o Enter between 7/24/14-7/30/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
    o Prize: One (1) Doie Lounge Willa Robe, as seen above (if the size that the winner needs is not available then she can pick another option)


    – Fits most: comes in sizes XS-XL and looks stunning on both short and tall frames
    – Modern cut: kimono-style sleeves, hits at the knee
    – Functional and stylish: incredibly soft modal jersey with patterned silk for fun pops of color
    – Stays put: between the permanently-attached outer silk tie and an interior tie, it won’t come off unexpectedly

    These super-soft robes make beautiful and practical gifts for the bridal party, while infusing an often-ignored moment (getting ready the morning of), with elegant detail. This primping time produces some of the most touching photo moments. And by purchasing a robe for herself, too (perhaps in white), the bride will have a reminder of her wedding that she’ll actually be able to wear again. Check out our “real weddings” section. – Doie

    o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/31; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
    o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
    o No purchase necessary
    o Winner has 6 months to use prize
    o Prize value: $136; no cash value
    o Free shipping included to U.S. only
    o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
    o Use entry form below to enter

    Good Luck!

    So, what are some other things every bride needs while getting ready? Add to our list by leaving your comment below!



    Emma Arendoski

    CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
    Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (Oct. 2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (Sep. 2014).

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    • Kelly H.

      The Gemma is my favorite!

    • Bianca

      I love these!!

    • Laura Convery

      Hope to win the Elena robe :)

    • Em Mahr

      The Gemma and the Lillian are two of my favorite designs

    • Kellie Williams


    • Laura Convery

      Hope to win the Elena robe :)

    • Em Mahr

      I really like the sapa pant and top

    • Taylor

      All of the robes are fabulous but I adore the Trixie! Green is my favorite color.

    • corinne

      love the bag!!!!!

    • Nicoletta

      I’ve been looking into getting robes for my wedding party! This is perfect!

    • Kellie W

      So cute! Love robes!

    • Laura Convery

      The Elena robe is my favourite!

    • Em Mahr

      The Gemma is one of my favorites – so many cute designs!

    • Sarah

      The Luella is my favorite! So pretty

    • Kelly H.

      The Gemma is my favorite!

    • Natalie G

      The sadie, love the colors

    • Kelly H.

      The Gemma is my favorite!

    • Kelly H.

      The Gemma is mu favorite!

    • Laura Convery

      The Elena robe is simply gorgeous, and it perfectly ties in with my wedding colors. :)

    • Tracy

      I really like the Willa (shown above – I have always had a thing for butterflies), as well as the Bettina. All of the robes are gorgeous and I love that they are made from earth friendly materials :)

    • Korie

      Love Love Love all the robe options! So many good ones to chose from!

    • Em Mahr

      One of my favorite items is the gemma robe

    • Bianca

      I actually think that the Willa is my favorite, I love the colors!

    • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

      I love the Lilian robe!

    • Amanda

      Love the Lilian, I hope i win!

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