You have been chosen to stand next to the bride on her most special day. What an honor and so exciting! However, if we’re going to be totally real with each other, we both know there are many more hats to wear aside from the “ride or die”. You’re going to do an amazing job!! Here are some of our favorite picks to keep the day, and your job, running flawlessly.
#1- Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder – B&B make exceptional hair products. End of story. This dry shampoo/style holder/volumizer was recommended to me by a good friend, and I am thanking god she forgot it at my house! Keeping yesterdays style, while providing a fresh new bounce will be perfect for any bridesmaid (or bride), that love more calm, slept in hair.
#2- Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Crème- Maybe you’re jet lagged, maybe you went out with the ladies last night, whatever the case may be, this incredibly smooth eye cream brightens and de-puffs your eyes. Don’t hide from the wedding pictures this time; your dark circles can do that.
#3- Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes- These are a personal favorite of mine, and I feel a complete necessity when traveling; (also to keep in your bedside table when you are too exhausted to make it to the sink). They smell like magic, take off all dirt and makeup, and aren’t filled with drying chemicals! With all the curling irons and blow dryers, the bridal suite can get sticky. Bring these along to freshen up before makeup!
Want some serious Maid of Honor points?? Pack a bag for the bride with some comfies so she feels right at home.
#4- Honey Bunny’s old T-shirt- We all love sleeping in a guy’s shirt, calm any nerves or re-instate their excitement to be together by bringing along her favorite for the night before, or hair and makeup.
#5- J. Crew Women’s Vintage Sleep Set- I have an infatuation with sleep sets, and J. Crew. These are made from their “Men’s” cotton (to give the feel of vintage men’s starchy sleep sets) and are AMAZING. Guarantee relaxation for her.
#6- Ugg Slippers- Guarantee the MOST comfort for her.
#7 & #8- J. Crew India Lace Bralette and Boy Thong- Whether the bride wants to feel sexy all day (who doesn’t), or her and her new husband are running away together immediately proceeding the wedding; pack her some lingerie! We love this elegant romantic combo from J. Crew.
#9- Anthroplogie Rolling Leather Weekender- You need a killer bag to put this all in! Anthropolgie is on the top of our list for anything from décor, to clothes, to scents. With amazing style and craftsmanship this bag could be an amazing Maid of Honor gift that will remain classic and strong for years to come.
#10- Rhoto Cool Eye Drops- Again, maybe you went out last night, maybe you didn’t. These eye drops will brighten and soothe even the most red and tired eyes. You put these on your “must have” list, and we won’t tell the bride what time you got back to the room.
#11- Sweetriot Dark Chocolate Bar- What’s the one thing you give to a stressed woman, or a thrilled woman, and get the same reaction? Chocolate of course! Or vodka, but this is the next best thing. And the very best of its kind! With all organic ingredients, vegan, dairy, GMO, and gluten free, you can feel good about indulging! As if that isn’t enough? Sweetriot supports fair trade sourcing cacao exclusively in Latin America. Delish!
#12- Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Candle- With scents of Eucalyptus and spearmint, this will fill a jittery room with the perfect calming scents to set the tone.
These are our top picks to keep everyone, (Including yourself!) happy and excited! Other things to consider, asking the planner for a copy of the timeline and protocol, bride and groom’s parent’s cell numbers, umbrellas (for rain or heat), and of course bobby pins!
We know this is a lot to take in, and you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed. If there is one thing we can suggest, stay calm, and remember what an amazing day this is, and what an amazing compliment to you for being chosen.
Welcoming your friends, family, and even co-workers to an event is one of the most enjoyable experiences we can think of. Typically it is a time for celebration, happiness, relaxation (sometimes), and experience. The art of the "welcome wagon" is growing to be just that, an absolute art form.
We are featuring, and frankly giving a huge high five to some of our favorite companies around making custom welcome boxes. If you aren't familiar, custom welcome/gift boxes are a beautiful way to welcome your guests to your event. For example: A wedding hosted here in Colorado, guests may expect welcome boxes with a bottle opener to represent (and help consume :)) craft beer, which Colorado is becoming more heavily known for. They may also expect to find, locally sourced beef jerky, or a travel size sunscreen to protect those cheeks from the high altitude sun. So on and so forth, you get the picture. Either way, companies are doing an exceptional job welcoming guests from around the globe. Without further adieu,
Our local Go-To: Bundles Gift Co.
Beautifully and expertly crafted, Bundles keeps it elegant, simple, fun, and valuable. They feature gifts only found in Colorado and exceptional custom calligraphy.
We just discovered this team while attending the Bliss and Bespoke retreat (blog up soon) in Charleston, South Carolina. Absolutely stunning work.
Based out of Vancouver, BC, we love By Broken Arrow for using local products, ready to display floral arrangements, and re-usable items.
Alright folks, with these suggestions you have no excuses! I love wine and chocolate, I will be checking my door step frequently!
A destination wedding is such a treat as you get to be in one of your favorite places, with your favorite people. They can however, be that much more stressful as well. We have listed our top 5 categories to run through as you pack for the big trip! Get out your suitcase, pour some tea (or wine), and start getting excited! (Norah Jones radio always help ease any jitters. We promise).
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Typically we like to keep carry on's short and sweet, a few magazines, snacks, and our wallets. Your destination wedding trip is another story. You will ABSOLUTELY need to be checking your wedding dress, rings/wedding day jewelry, and vows. Too many times are we wearing clothes from high school out of our old bedrooms waiting for our bags to arrive. Somewhat acceptable visiting home, NOT acceptable when your'e saying I-do. Be sure to pass this on to members of your wedding party, Mothers, and Mr. Future Hubby. Dad's always seem to figure it out (thanks to said Mothers..). Be sure to tell the gate attendant so she can give you special attendance.
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These days it seems as though we can't successfully go anywhere without or gadgets fixated to our hands, but with everything on your mind, it doesn't hurt to be extra prepared. Chargers, batteries, cases, etc. It is also recommended to label your items with your name and email address. Many busy brides accidentally leave these leaping from one spot to the next, and who doesn't love a label maker? One hot tip-if you're leaving the country, be sure to bring the necessary outlet converter and remind your guests as well. It's also easy to be TOO prepared, you probably won't need 2 EXTRA "in-case" chargers since chances are 80% of your guests have the same gadgets as you. Over packing can in fact cause more stress. We have proven it.
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This is REALLY where over packing becomes an issue. Really try and be realistic in what you plan to wear. We suggest laying out your outfits a week or two beforehand. Seeing them everyday will make it easier and more natural to add, subtract, and swap as needed. As much as you will want to wear that gorgeous new maxi you bought before you even lift off, aim for having your bag packed and zipped 4 days prior. Hot tip-if you feel good in them, pack strapless bathing suits to avoid tan lines.
This is important and can get over-looked. Any and all necessary prescriptions, ibuprofen for any stubborn headaches, allergy medicine if you are traveling during allergy season, Cortisone cream for rashes/skeeter bites (or any bad waxes; again, proven), extra contacts, and potentially a mild non-addictive sleep aid. When we have a big day it is almost impossible to get shut eye, and that never leaves us at our best. Remind guests that if you are traveling to a popular or secluded destination, chances are these items will be pricier to buy there, so bring whatever you can.
Oh yea![caption id="attachment_2307" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Breathe in, breathe out.[/caption]
Our miscellaneous pile, also easy to over pack (ie. everyone's junk drawer in the kitchen). Keep a running list a few weeks before you leave, either on your phone or a notepad that is always within reach. Things will pop in your head while running on the treadmill, waiting in line at the post office, and most likely in the middle of the night. A few days before, sort out the necessities and the "I-could-live-without"s, and pack into corresponding categories. We always have an organized miscellaneous bag with us. Our #1 don't forget- your serenity. Keep in mind this is a special time, and reward yourself with a one-on-one dinner with Mr. Future Hubby, some yoga, or a mani-pedi. We suggest all three.