Category: maid of honor

Giveaway: Wedding Party Cards from Sparkvites!

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Happy Friday, loves! It’s time for a fun new giveaway brought to you by the awesome folks of Sparkvites! We’ve teamed up with them to give away a set of six wedding party cards to one lucky reader. These aren’t just any wedding party cards — wait until you see how fun and colorful they are! You can use these cards to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be in your wedding. Check out the designs below and enter for a chance to win!

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Trend Alert: Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

[Y]ou’ve heard of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, but have you heard of the maid of honor wearing a different dress? It’s a fun new trend that’s happening now and is a way to have her stand out from the bridesmaids. Here are a visuals to show you how it looks!

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

maid of honor wearing a different dress

via oi

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

photo: sarah ashley peters

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

photo: judy pak via style me pretty

This one is especially fun because the MOH gets to wear a gold sequin dress. I want.

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

photo: megan w

So, loves… what do you think of this trend?

is your maid of honor wearing a different dress?

Maid of Honor Duties: 12 Mistakes to Avoid

[M]aid of Honor: this post’s for you! You were selected as the bride’s right-hand lady and there are a handful of maid of honor duties she’ll need you to tackle on the wedding day. The last thing you want to do is forget to do these important tasks, so listen up as we present the twelve maid of honor mistakes to avoid on the wedding day. You are totally going to win at this MOH thing; here are just a few things to keep in mind…

maid of honor and bridesmaids at ceremony // maid of honor duties

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Maid of Honor Duties

12 Mistakes to Avoid

MOH Mistake #1. Forgetting to be her BFF.

She picked you because you’re her bestie. Her rock. Be there for her. In a sea full of craziness and stress, be the anchor. Make her laugh. Tell her how awesome she is and how much she rocks that wedding gown. And remind her to enjoy the day, because it really does go way too fast.

MOH Mistake #2. Forgetting two rules of the dress.

If her dress has a train, make sure it stays fluffed out throughout the ceremony. Also, learn how her dress bustles in the back to help her at the reception. You might also need to hold her dress when she goes to the restroom.

maid of honor duties: bustling gown for bride

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MOH Mistake #3. Not being on lipstick / food-in-teeth / underwear showing / hair flyaways / garlic breath patrol.

Lipstick on the teeth? Food in the teeth? Mint required? Be that spot checker she needs because she’ll be talking to a LOT of people. Spinach looks good in no one’s mouth. Also, if not you, who?

MOH Mistake #4. Not reminding the bride about the marriage license.

For real. You’d be surprised how many people forget to get one three days in advance.

MOH Mistake #5. Falling behind schedule.

Keep the crew on schedule, especially in the morning when getting ready. You don’t want the bride hurrying to get to the ceremony on time, with her hair half-done.

MOH Mistake #6. Not keeping a list of important numbers.

Have important numbers on hand for wedding vendors and anyone else you may need to contact. This is just in case something happens (flowers don’t show, DJ is late, etc.) It helps to be on it before the bride even notices.

MOH Mistake #7. Forgetting to drop off decor or items to the ceremony and/or reception, if needed.

This might include aisle decor setup for the ceremony, the aisle runner, signage, or reception decor like escort cards, place cards, card box, etc. This is typically required if the bride does not have a wedding planner. And, this is really only if the bride asks you to do so.

MOH Mistake #8. Not helping with the dress.

Getting the dress on is not an easy task, especially for a nervous bride. Make sure she has the essentials on hand before you begin (hosiery, accessories, undergarments).

maid of honor helping bride get wedding dress on // maid of honor duties

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MOH Mistake #9. Not being her gatekeeper.

Be true to the bride’s wishes: if she doesn’t want someone to see her before the wedding (like the groom), make sure he sure as heck doesn’t.

MOH Mistake #10. Forgetting to write + rehearse your speech.

During the reception, it’s customary for the Best Man speech and Maid of Honor speech to take place. Make sure you have yours written out on paper (at least jot a few notes if you have it memorized) and don’t wing it.

maid of honor hugging bride at reception // maid of honor duties

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MOH Mistake #11. Not going with the flow.

There are few times in life where you really, really need to keep your you-know-what together and this is one of those times. If the cake falls apart, figure out how to get a sheet cake delivered from the grocery store stat, etc.

MOH Mistake #12. Not dropping it like it’s hot.

Not a good dancer? Turns out today’s the day to prove yourself wrong because she’ll need you out there to help her get her dance on! Hey, the fast songs are easy, just keep moving. That’s what I do.

bride dancing at reception // maid of honor duties: get out there and dance with her

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What maid of honor duties would you add to our list? Have you been a maid of honor in the past? If so, which duties were the most important in your opinion?

xo
-Emma

Ask Emmaline: “What Should I Gift to My MOH?”

Hello, loves! We receive TONS of emails from brides-to-be (+ grooms, too!) for wedding planning advice, etiquette, and questions on where to find DIY supplies or handmade wedding items. Today, we’re sharing an exclusive “Ask Emmaline” question from bride-to-be, Jessica, who wants to know what she should gift to her fabulous MOH (Maid of Honor). Read on to find out more…

maid of honor gift - pink chalcedony necklace

Jessica asks,

Dear Emmaline, My Maid of Honor has been such a huge help to me while planning my wedding. She emails me with ideas for my upcoming August rustic/chic wedding, she goes shopping with me for DIY projects, and she has a huge bachelorette party planned that is everything I could dream of! She is SO busy with school and work but always finds the time in her schedule to make planning my wedding a priority. I’d like to give her a gift on the wedding day as a token of my appreciation for all of her help but I want to find something unique. Do you have any suggestions?

Jessica, your friend sounds like she’s got this MOH job down pat! When you have a Maid of Honor that is willing to help with every detail along the way, the planning process is more enjoyable (and less stressful). A sweet gift is a great way to say thank you and show her how much you appreciate her help. One of the best Maid of Honor gift ideas is jewelry because it can be custom-made just for her and she can enjoy wearing it for years to come. Plus, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love to add a new piece of jewelry to her collection! To inspire you, here are a few of my (Emma here!) newest personal favorites by the lovely Andrea Bonelli. Her jewelry pieces are handmade and completely custom for a gift your MOH will treasure for years to come!

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maid of honor gift - moon necklace

maid of honor gift - deep red necklace

maid of honor gift - pebble earrings

maid of honor gift - silver or gold necklace

Maid of Honor Gift Idea

If you like what you’ve seen above, you’ll love Andrea’s entire shop! And… Andrea even offers giveaways on her blog. You can enter for a chance to win these earrings (shown below) if you enter by January 31st. I’m even trying to win them! Click here to enter now!

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Andrea Bonelli is a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace.

* Need additional Maid of Honor gift ideas? You can find TONS in The Marketplace! Also, check out 50 Must-Have Bridesmaid Gifts.

Happy Planning!


-E.

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Top 15 Best Friends Necklaces for your MOH

Happy Tuesday! Back in the day, I (Emma here!) would attend roller skating parties with my grade school. They were the place to be. At these roller skating parties, we, fifth and sixth graders, would play arcade games and win tickets to cash in for candy or toys. One of the prized possessions? These dinky, plastic best friend necklaces given to your BFF. Do you remember them? Ah, memories. (And, holy markup: we used to cash in TONS of tickets for these and they only cost the rink a few dollars for hundreds of ’em!) I love the idea of gifting a similar, “grown-up” version to your MOH or best friend this holiday season. So, I went on the hunt to find the most adorable best friends necklaces… and I think you’ll love what I’ve found! Read on to see the top fifteen that made the list…

Best Friends Necklaces

1. Puzzle Pieces

best friends necklaces

by steampunk funk

best friends necklaces

by steampunk funk

2. Classic Heart Best Friends Necklaces in Gold

best friends necklaces

by her silver lining

I also love this “Sisters Forever” heart necklace…

best friends necklaces

3. Best Friend Circle

best friend necklaces

by brooklyn charm

4. Half Heart Locket Necklaces

best friend necklaces

by fancy pop

best friend necklaces
by fancy pop

5. You & Me Heart Necklaces

best friend necklaces

by spiffing jewelry

6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Necklaces

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by a lil bit of cute

7. Best Friend Heart Necklaces with Angel Wings

best friend necklaces

by revelle rose jewelry

8. Circular Necklaces (with Bling)

best friend necklaces

by silvine designs

9. Lucky Horseshoes

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by philanthropic panda

10. Owl Always Be Your Best Friend

best friends necklaces

by friendly gesture

11. Time Passes But Friendship Remains

This necklace is written in French… Le Tems Passe L’Amitie Reste which means Time Passes But Friendship Remains and includes an hourglass and angel wings.

best friends necklaces

by rqp studio

12. I’ll See Ya… Not If I See You First

best friends necklaces

by tabby cat design

13. Besties Necklace

best friends necklaces

by jewelmint

For a Trio of Best Friends:

14. Fork, Spoon, and Knife

best friends necklaces

by jac and elsie

15. Rock, Paper, and Scissors

best friends necklaces

by jac and elsie

Happy Planning!


-E.

Which one is your favorite? Share below!

P.S. Find more great ideas for bridesmaid gifts in The Handcrafted Wedding, in stores now!

12 Secret Rules Every MOH Ought to Know

Hello, loves! Today’s post is for your nearest and dearest, your MOH, abbreviated for Maid (or Matron) of Honor. The MOH is a key VIP of the bridal party, hand-picked by the couple from their closest crew and selected to represent the leader of the bridesmaids. The MOH and the Best Man are responsible for keeping the party going, keeping the wedding on schedule, and fixing anything that may go amiss along the way. There are a few key responsibilities of the MOH that you may already know, like being supportive, planning the bachelorette party, and giving a toast… but there’s so much more to it than that. Today, we’re revealing 12 secret MOH duties you may not know to ensure you’re prepared for anything that should come your way. So, get ready to roll with the punches and read on to learn the full scoop!

moh duties

by brad ross via aphrodite’s wedding blog

12 Secret MOH Duties

1. Own The Dress.

You know that unflattering, possibly horrifying dress may not look good on you, but who cares? Own it.

2. ABRTKSSYKW: Always Be Ready To Kick Some Serious You-Know-What

This one is self-explanatory. Be the wedding ninja that strikes without warning, whenever and wherever needed. Mistakes happen, so always be kind and courteous if something’s amiss – but do your best to fix the problem without the bride ever having to know.

3. Throw an amazing, no-one-could-have-done-it-better Bachelorette Bash.

Don’t just throw a party, throw a complete bachelorette bash, tailored to her specific tastes. Make a note of her favorite hot spot, arrange for a surprise along the way (a favorite drink, a limo, or a spa day), grab her favorite gals, and spoil her rotten. You know she’d do the same for you!

4. Take initiative.

“Oh, you know those peonies you’ve been eyeing for the reception? Here’s a quick Pinterest board I compiled to give you some inspiration.” (MOH of the Year.) Take a little initiative and she’ll definitely appreciate it. She may feel like her to-do list is never-ending, and every little bit helps. Plus, it shows you care (even if weddings isn’t your forte).

5. Keep the bridesmaids on schedule with dresses, which also means…

This one is a two-parter. The Maid of Honor usually has the task of making sure bridesmaid dresses are ordered on time, that bridesmaids make it to fittings, and that dresses are picked up well in advance. This also means if a bridesmaid is running a little behind of schedule, work it out with her, not the bride. This will give the bride one less thing to worry about – in other words, mission complete.

moh duties

photo by half orange photography via style me pretty

6. Keep essentials on hand at all times.

The bride could need a number of things on her wedding day, so keep a bag of essentials close by just in case. You’ll be her total lifesaver. She could spill (Tide pen!), her ‘do could start to fall mid-day (pins), encounters close talkers (mints), forgets her vows (keep a copy), cries (extra kleenex), cries more tears of joy (eye makeup remover + travel mascara), gets a headache (aspirin)… the list goes on. You know her best, so plan ahead for anything she’s likely to require on the big day. She’ll love you for it.

7. Have contact information for all vendors.

It’s unlikely that it will happen, but vendor scheduling mistakes or other issues can arise on the big day. Be prepared for anything by having contact information for vendors on your cell phone. If the flowers mysteriously never show, the cake is wrong, or the limo is running behind of schedule, you won’t have to ask the bride and freak her out. Just sneak away for a quick minute and give ‘em a ring. Likely they’re just running a little behind, no big deal.

8. When the music is good, you dance.

And, when the music is not so good, you also dance. Either way, you get out there and shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah yeah. Show them how to do it now.

9. Make sure the couple has plenty of one-on-one time.

The wedding day goes by in an INSTANT. I’ve heard some couples don’t even get to enjoy a full piece of cake because they were too busy taking photos. Make sure the couple has plenty of time to dance, to eat, and to take a mini chat break – just the two of them.

10. Make her laugh.

If she’s stressed out, make her laugh. Break out your best impression, your favorite hilarious moment, or scramble for the hilarious You Tube video she loves on your cell phone. If it’s raining, point out that rain actually means good luck. You get the idea: be the silver lining of the day. She probably won’t need a good laugh, but be ready with one just in case.

moh duties

photo by hendrickson photography via oh lovely day

11. Be the Clean-Up Crew.

Let the couple run away at the end of the night and take care of those last-minute tasks, like cleaning up, returning rental tablecloths, and making sure the venue’s end-of-night tasks have been completed.

12. HAVE FUN.

This one can’t be stressed enough: enjoy the day! It’s a great moment you’ll always remember together and she’ll appreciate all you did to make her wedding the very best. The hard work is done: have fun!


Have any to add to the list? Comment below!

Happy Planning!


-E.

How to Give a Wedding Toast: 7 Surefire Secrets That Work

Wondering how to give a wedding toast guests will remember long after the wedding day? Want a cheat sheet featuring seven surefire secrets that work? You’re in luck because today we’re showing you how to give a wedding toast with secrets to make your speech memorable. If you’re the Maid / Matron of Honor or Best Man in an upcoming wedding, chances are you’ve already heard the news: you’re responsible for writing and delivering a toast to the bride and groom at the wedding reception. Now, before you head for the hills and ditch the dutiful badge of honor, relax; the key to giving a memorable wedding toast is proper preparation. Read on to find out our seven favorite surefire, tried-and-true secrets to giving a wedding toast whether you’re a public speaking expert or true beginner. And, in keeping with the true Emmaline Bride handmade wedding spirit, we’re also sharing some amazing hand-painted toasting flutes and wine glasses by Judi Painted It, featured artisan in The Marketplace, to get you in the toasting spirit. Cheers!

how to give a wedding toast

photo credit: andy stenz via this Real Wedding

How to Give a Wedding Toast

how to give a wedding toast

by judi painted it

1. Keep it short, sweet, and sincere.

The KISS method (keep it simple, stupid) can be applied to nearly every aspect of life for words of wisdom. For wedding speech tips, we think simple (short), sweet, and sincere are also applicable. By tying in all three, you can be assured your words will be heartfelt, honest, and guests will understand every word you say. Make the bride and groom remember why you were selected in the role you were given and make them proud of the speech you have prepared.

2. Be nice.

“One time, in band camp…” might sound like a hilarious start to a speech filled with raucous laughter, but nine times out of ten it is more appropriate for a bachelor or bachelorette party. The bride and groom ought not be embarrassed in front of friends, family, parents, grandparents, children, clergy, co-workers… the list goes on. Even though your story may be hilarious, it’s best to avoid embarrassing the bride or groom with a story certain to turn either of them a bright shade of pink. Also, don’t bring up any exes – ever. They’re an “ex” for a reason. And, a funny story is always welcome in a speech as long as it doesn’t embarrass anyone. If in doubt, run it by the groom or the bride several weeks in advance, just in case. There may be topics that are “off limits” – it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Also, try to tie in a word or two about the bride and/or groom, how they met, or how you met him or her. Personalization, as we discussed yesterday, is a key element to every wedding.

3. Avoid alcohol.

For obvious reasons, avoid any alcohol before giving your wedding toast. If you need one drink to calm the nerves, make it a small one.

4. Rehearse until you feel comfortable with the speech.

Write out the speech on note cards, rehearse it in front of a friend, and read it to yourself a few days before the wedding until it is almost memorized. If you can recite it from memory, even better; keep the note cards in your pocket just in case.

5. Keep it fresh, funny, and down to earth.

Don’t use the same one liners overused in weddings of the past or quotes from ‘Wedding Crashers’ to get you through your three to five minute toast. Keep the content fresh, funny, and interesting and you’ll peak the interest of guests and make it more memorable. Include a funny story about how you met the groom, the bride, or tie in how you know they’ll be together forever. For example, “I knew Amy was perfect for Rick when she let his buddies kidnap him for our annual cabin weekend without complaint. Rick, she’s a keeper.” Or, “I knew Rick was the guy for Amy when she came home from her first date and couldn’t stop smiling. Come to think of it, she hasn’t stopped smiling since.”

If you memorize your speech, this one will be a breeze! Be sure to give guests plenty of eye contact while reading your speech and refer to the bride and groom. Eye contact and successful speeches go hand in hand.

6. Fake out your fears.

Not many people like to give a speech, but don’t let your fear of public speaking equate to ducking out of your speech-giving duties. Even the least experienced public speaker can fake a feared speech with confidence. If you’ve rehearsed, practiced in front of a friend, and prepared the speech on note cards just in case, you’ll rock that mic. Speak slowly, loudly, clearly, and don’t forget to smile! It’s quite an honor to give a speech; be sure to enjoy every minute of it.

7. Tie in a toasting gift for the bride and groom.

Want your speech to be even more memorable? Gift the bride and groom with toasting glasses handmade just for them. When you ask everyone to raise a glass, they’ll have custom glasses just for the occasion and can re-use them after the wedding day. What a sweet idea! Handmade toasting flutes or wine glasses are even more memorable, like these hand-picked favorites by Judi Painted It! These glasses are custom made just for you (or your favorite bride and groom) and are even dishwasher safe. Any of these would be perfect for gifting to the happy couple (or as a bridal party gift from the bride and groom):

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by judi painted it

how to give a wedding toast

by judi painted it

how to give a wedding toast

by judi painted it

how to give a wedding toast

by judi painted it

how to give a wedding toast

by judi painted it

These are lovely! I adore the brilliant floral prints just in time for the summer wedding season! To view more from this beautiful collection or to place your order, please visit Judi Painted It and let her know Emmaline Bride sent you!

We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to give a wedding toast. If you have other pointers, be sure to include them below; we’re love to hear from you!

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Happy Planning Toasting!


-E.

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