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Maid of Honor: 15+ Duties You Absolutely Need to Do (Please!)

Brides: this post is for your Maid of Honor! Share this post so she knows what is expected in her role!

Hey, beautiful Maid of Honor! This is your BFF (The Bride) and I wanted to let you know something: you’re really awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I chose you as my leading lady on my wedding day. And with that comes a few duties, but I have total confidence you’ll be great at it. Here’s the low-down on the Maid of Honor duties I’d really, really appreciate if you could tackle for me.

The Bride and Her Bridesmaids | Photo: Erich McVey

photo: erich mcvey

Maid of Honor Duties

Dear Maid of Honor,

Bridesmaid Photo Frames with YOUR Bridesmaid Dress

Get ready to WOW your bridesmaids with a cute gift idea! We spotted these wooden bridesmaid photo frames over at Prince Whitaker and we love them. They feature custom engraving with ‘Bridesmaid’ or ‘Maid of Honor’ at the top AND each frame has a custom engraved dress on the side, designed to look like the one she wears on your wedding day! Take a look and find out how you can win a set of six custom-made bridesmaid photo frames! Enjoy! ♥

Bridesmaid Photo Frames

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bridesmaid photo frame engraved with YOUR dress
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12 Maid of Honor Mistakes to Avoid

Maid 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…

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Maid of Honor Mistakes to Avoid — Top 12 List

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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?


50 Alternative (+ Fun!) Bachelorette Party Ideas

Bar hopping and dancing at the club not your thing? No problem! We’ve rounded up the ultimate list including 50 alternative (+ fun!) bachelorette party ideas. And, this list proves that you don’t always have to pick between drinking, bar hopping, or clubbing. :) These handpicked party ideas are bound to be fun; plus, you can mix + match (choose two activities or pair something with a chic dinner out). For super awesome deals, be sure to check out this where you can find ideas for almost anything in your town.

Let’s get the party started!

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Bachelorette Party Ideas: The Ultimate List

Here are fifty of the most amazing (+ fun) bachelorette party ideas. See? This list proves that you don’t always have to pick between bar hopping or clubbing. AND… keep in mind that the best bachelorette parties are the ones where you do activities the BRIDE loves. :)

1. Paint Class

Some places have these paint + sip classes where you can bring wine or cocktails. The instructor shows you how to paint and you learn while hanging with your girlfriends. Tons of fun.

2. Comedy Club

Laugh your you-know-whats off.

3. Amusement Park

And ride the bumper cars. They’re the best.

bachelorette bumper cars

4. Makeovers by a favorite makeup artist + night on the town

5. Dueling Pianos

If you’ve never been, GO. It’s so much fun.



6. Karaoke

7. Casino

8. Shopping + Dinner Out

9. See a musical

10. Go-Karting

bachelorette go karting

11. Trampoline Park

12. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Looks absolutely terrifying to me. But, to each her own!

hot air balloon ride


13. Baseball / Football / Basketball Game

14. Concert

15. Wine Tour

16. Have a mixologist teach you how to make cocktails

17. VEGAS.

las vegas bachelorette party

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18. Vacation rental in the mountains

19. Spa Party

spa bachelorette party

via, photo: studio carre

20. Rafting

21. Canoe Trip

22. Camping Weekend (or Glamping)



23. Music Festival

24. Bar hopping and/or clubbing

I still wanted to include it since it is the #1 type of bachelorette party.

25. Backpacking

26. Scavenger Hunt

27. Board Games + Movie Rentals + Popcorn + Wine

28. Beach weekend + hotel/condo rental

beach bachelorette party

via, photo by justin demutiis

29. Exotic Vacation

30. Cooking Class

31. Dance Lessons

32. Paintball

These bridesmaids picked ugly bridesmaid dresses from a thrift store and wore them to paintball. Love this! But, seriously, OUCH. I’ve played before and it would HURT 10x worse to get hit in a dress.

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paintball bridesmaids

33. Boating

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34. Bowling

35. Fancy Dinner

36. Rooftop Hotel Pool Party

pool bachelorette party

via, photo by justin demutiis

37. Road Trip

38. Slumber Party

39. Cruise

40. Weekend in a big city

Los Angeles, Chicago or New York (just to name a few)

41. Rock-climbing

42. Museum

43. Ballet or Opera

44. Murder Mystery Dinner Show

As I mentioned before, you can always find deals on these here.

45. Water Park

46. Laser Tag

47. Haunted Walking Tour

48. Drive In

49. Safari Park

50. Miniature Golf

Stock Up on Sashes


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bachelorette party sashes

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Don’t Forget This Kit

We spotted it at BeCollective.

hungover bachelorette party kit


And this banner!

We’re in love with this one! From Hawthorne Ave.

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Which of these bachelorette party ideas do you l o v e?

Tell us below. We’d love to add ’em to our list!


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Spring Clutch Purses from Eclu

Hi, loves! Have you seen / fallen in love with the spring clutch purses at Eclu yet? I know I have. I swear, every time I pop into the shop I find something new to love, whether it’s the clutches, the sashes, or the gorgeous hair blooms. Today, though, let’s just spend a few moments taking in the loveliness of the clutches, shall we?

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Spring Clutch Purses at Eclu

There’s loveliness blooming at Eclu… and it’s in the form of pretty spring clutches with pastel-inspired floral blooms and bows! A clutch purse would make a great gift for your MOH, bridesmaids, or yourself. You can even customize the colors and add an inscription inside for a pinch of personalization.

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pastel spring wedding clutch purses

yellow pink purple bow clutches

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yellow green pink orchid spring clutch purses

orchid spring clutch purse

pastel purple pink ivory spring clutch purses

Doesn’t this collection just inspire you for the season? Go ahead and pin your favorite and see more at Eclu.

There’s more coming up next… stay tuned!

Happy Planning!


8 Useful (+ Fun!) Gift Ideas for the Bride

If you’re the Maid of Honor (aka The MOH) or bridesmaid and need gift ideas for the bride, you’ve come to the right place. Rather than giving a gift that have been done over and over again, we’re sharing unique bridal gifts. Thoughtful. Practical. handmade. Hand-picked. Delightfully planned. Gifts she’ll freaking love. High-five to EB reader, Jennie, who wrote us with an Ask Emmaline question + inspired this post. This one’s for you! Read on to see what made the list…

Gift Ideas for the Bride

1. A Bride Tote… + Essential Extras

You’ve seen/heard/thought about giving the bride a ‘Bride’ tote bag. Right? It’s been done several times before, but this time you’re doing it differently. Put things inside the bag she’ll actually use. Need ideas? We’ve got ’em:

bride tote bag - Gift Ideas for the Bride

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Include a few fun things inside the tote:

o a spa gift card (for when she really needs to destress)
o a wedding survival kit
o a few wedding magazines — and an ongoing, pre-paid subscription for the year

wedding magazines - Gift Ideas for the Bride

o a chic portfolio / planner + a pen (for her wedding planning notes)

wedding portfolio blue chevron - Gift Ideas for the Bride

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o a Starbucks gift card (+ stick it inside a re-usable tumbler, which makes it way more fun)

soon to be mrs tumbler - Gift Ideas for the Bride

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o a wedding planning book

2. Attire

Once the ring goes on her finger, it’s like she wants to shout the happy news to the world. She’s already infiltrated her Facebook newsfeed (and everyone else’s) and plastered photos all over Instagram with the big news; now she wants to wear it about town. Sound like the bride-to-be in mind? Here are a few suggestions:

How Will She Wear It?

The Everywhere Tank

Out + About

She can wear this tank out + about or around the house. It’s especially perfect for wearing to dress fittings with the bridesmaids.

soon to be mrs tank top - Gift Ideas for the Bride


The Gym

She can get her sweat on in style with a fun tank top. I spotted this one and loved it right away, as it reads: “I can’t keep calm, I’m getting married!” Cute.

i can't keep calm i'm getting married tank top - Gift Ideas for the Bride

strong girl clothing

At Home

This robe doesn’t have any text or embroidery, which means she can start wearing it immediately. Perfect for wearing while getting ready the morning of the wedding, too! This robe looks so sumptuous; it’s on my own wish list for sure.

bridal robe in white - Gift Ideas for the Bride


3. Dress Up the Device

Is the bride-to-be constantly on her cell phone? She’ll love a personalized cell phone case! These are so cute even I want one (and I’m already married + I’m an Android girl). That tells you just how much I adore ’em.

future mrs cell phone case - Gift Ideas for the Bride

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4. A Personalized Hanger

This is one of those gift items she may want to buy, but would totally love to get as a gift instead. A personalized hanger is one of my favorite gift ideas for the bride because it can be used to display her wedding gown in photos on the wedding day. After she wears the gown, she can then hang it in her closet on her new ‘Mrs’ hanger.

personalized bridal dress hanger - Gift Ideas for the Bride

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5. Wedding Vow Books

This is another idea that you probably haven’t thought of… but she’d really treasure as a gift. A vow book is a place where she and her spouse-to-be can write their vows to recite on the ceremony day (or to treasure as a keepsake). I especially love the vow books over at Made Divine: they’re total works of art.

vow book - Gift Ideas for the Bride

made divine

Here’s a peek at the inside where the vows are written:

vow book inside - Gift Ideas for the Bride

made divine

6. Something Blue Necklace / Pin

When you need something blue, you want something pretty, too — and that’s where this necklace and pin combination comes in. Whether or not she’d like to admit it, the adage of ‘Something Old, Something New’ is still used today and she probably wants to take part in it. Take the guesswork out of her ‘something blue’ with this pin, which can be attached underneath her gown or to her garter. it comes with a gorgeous necklace, too, to wear the day-of or ever after.

something blue jewelry - Gift Ideas for the Bride

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7. Shoe Gift Card + Sixpence

This is a unique idea she’ll love that we affectionately refer to as a “Shoegram”. One of the things The Bride will have on her shopping list is a pair of wedding shoes. Since she will know best what type of shoes she’d love to buy, don’t buy the shoes — get the gift card so she can purchase them instead. Include a sixpence (to correlate with the “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Sixpence in her Shoe” adage.) And, the beauty of this is she can use the card any way she chooses: for wedding shoes, new shoes for her bridal shower, or a pair of comfy flats for dancing at the reception.

shoegram - Gift Ideas for the Bride

8. Hand-Picked Piece of Jewelry

Every girl, bride-to-be or otherwise, loves jewelry. I recommend that you don’t buy a piece of jewelry to be worn on the wedding day (since wedding day jewelry is personal + she ought to pick it out herself). There is, however, always room for a piece of jewelry she can wear now… or when she officially becomes a Mrs.! Here are a few suggestions:

o Initial Necklace (you can even win one of these right now!)

initial necklace with heart

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o Monogram Necklace to wear when her name is officially changed

silver monogram necklace

monogram necklace

o a Mrs Necklace

gold mrs necklace

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What would you add to the list? For more ideas, see also 12 Gift Ideas for Newly Engaged and Top 10 Engagement Gift Ideas.

Happy Planning!


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

Happy Planning!


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