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More Wedding Speech Tips

29 Aug

I posted a bunch of tips earlier this summer for making a maid of honor wedding toast/speech. With my big MOH toast just 5 days away, the nerves are really setting in. The speech is written and I’ve practiced a few times, as practice makes perfect!, but I am now getting nervous for how I am going to be during the toast. Will I cry too much or shake too much?  I know a sip of champagne…or two, or three, or four…will help calm my nerves, but can I really make it through it!?

I found this How to Write a Wedding Toast post on A Practical Wedding, that really helped me write/format my speech.  They suggest splitting the toast into four parts:

Part 1: I love you both so much.
Part 2: A lovely anecdote about the couple’s relationship and how awesome they are. (This should be the bulk of your speech.)
Part 3: I hope you are always as happy, joyous, and in love as that moment. OR This proves how madly in love you two are. May you continue to be an inspiration to us all. Etc.
Part 4. (Actually make the toast.) Everyone drinks!

I am also heeding the advice to keep it short and sweet, not only for the listeners’ sake, but my own!

Wish me luck!

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Wedding Day Essentials

8 Jul

Tomorrow is my friend’s wedding; the day is finally here! See her shower & bachelorette.

While I already have my makeup essentials packed, there are some other items that I simply cannot forget for the big day.

  • Button-up shirt: avoid messing up your makeup and hair by wearing a button-up shirt that can be easily taken off. No fuss!  I love any of these cute ones from J.Crew: chambray, ikat, checkered.

  • Champagne: a little bubbly will ease the bride’s nerves and her bridal party’s too. Sip some champagne minis with straws; so cute for pictures!
  • Dancing “shoes”: bring along a cute pair of flats or sandals to dance the night away. Perhaps even coordinate with the other bridesmaids with matching flip flops, as Old Navy has them in every color for just $3.
  • Bridesmaid’s Survival Kit: pick up one of these at a local boutique (or purchase here) and don’t worry about any wardrobe malfunctions or if you forget something. From a folding hairbrush, hairspray, bobby pins, nail file, clear nail polish, to a deodorant wipe, mending kit and more, this pouch has it all!


What other essentials are needed for the wedding day?  Oh, and don’t forget your dress and shoes! This checklist has it all.

Wedding Day Makeup Essentials

30 Jun

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My friend’s wedding (wedding #1) is just a little over a week away. I am gathering my list of things I must not forget for the wedding day, and among them are makeup essentials!  I am getting my makeup done the day of, but if you are doing your own, or even if you’re getting your makeup done too as party of the bridal party, don’t forget these items.

Waterproof mascara– This is obvious, right?! If you’re on a budget, try Maybelline’s Define-A-Lash or if you can splurge, I love DiorShow.

Blotting papers– Don’t stress and if you become dewy, run to the bathroom to blot. I use Boscia.

Lipstick or lipgloss– Always have a little shimmer/shine/color on your lips. If you like the feel of a chapstick, try Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (personal fave). If you prefer a gloss or “Glossimer”, Chanel makes the best out there. If you are a lipstick maven, Revlon Moon Drops has many colors on the cheap.

Pocket mirror– Stick this in your clutch if you need to sneak some touch-ups. I like this Sephora swivel mirror or this simple black one from Walgreen’s.

Do you have any other makeup essentials for the bridal party to have on the wedding day? What brands/products to you swear by?

Skincare Tips: 30 Days til the Wedding

9 Jun

Today marks the 1 month mark until my first friend’s wedding.  That means 1 month until I have to still fit into the dress and have to make sure my skin is blemish free. The skincare is giving me the most anxiety, in that a pimple could come the day before- or heaven forbid- the morning of the wedding and what will I do!? I too will be in pictures and in front of 200 people like the bride.

 I did some research and need to remember these tips for keeping my skin “clean, clear, and under control”– thank you, Clean & Clear!

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! H2O, you are my new best friend.  Staying clear of alcohol and my much-needed morning cup of coffee is going to be tough, but I will keep drinking water as much as possible throughout the day.
  2. Sunscreen, you are my second best friend. With the big day just a week after the Fourth of July weekend, I need to keep my SPF 45 on me constantly to avoid a quite unattractive burn I got last year.
  3. Keep on using my spot treatments. If a zit does pop up, Clean & Clear’s and Proactiv are the ones I use.
  4. Start weekly exfoliating and keep on until 1 week before the wedding. Cleaning off the dead skin is important to keeping skin healthy.
  5. DO NOT change your skincare routine– It takes your skin a weeks to months to adjust and fully show the results of a new skincare product or regiment. This also includes any new hair products. See this interview and this WebMd article for more.
What other skincare tips do you have for leading up to the “big day”?

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Advice: Maid of Honor speech

3 Jun

This week, Lovely Little Details blog had some great advice on giving a bridal party speech.  I am the maid of honor in one of my friend’s weddings this Labor Day, and I am already nervous! I have not begun writing the speech, and despite having plenty of time (exactly 3 months), I will be printing these tips that I took away from her post to ease my worries as the speech time approaches.

  1. Think of the speech as an outline with a beginning, middle, and end.
  2. Start off by giving “congrats” to the couple and give background on who you are and your relation to the bride.
  3. Add personal touches & antidotes.
  4. For timing: keep the speech 2-3 minutes. When in doubt, short & sweet never fails!
  5. Finish with a cheers and raise your class to the happy couple.
  6. In anticipation, practice makes perfect! Feel comfortable with the speech.
Here are a few tips of my own:
  1. When picking a personal story or 2 to share, don’t keep it too focused on inside jokes that only a select few- or no one else- at the party will understand.
  2. A few sips of champagne will calm your nerves, but you don’t want to be known as the maid of honor who realllly likes her booze. (LLD blog mentions this too).
  3. To keep from shaking, stand semi behind the bride and touch the chair now and then looking down at her. It keeps you from moving around too much and will look sweet.
  4. Laugh, cry, make it your own!
  5. Don’t try to be someone you are not- if you aren’t always a jokester, don’t start throwing out all these jokes that will make you feel out of your comfort zone. Be you.
  6. BREATHE.
That being said, I will let you all know how this goes after my speech on Sept 3, 2011.
Do you have any speech giving advice?

Thanks to Lovely Little Details for these great tips! Be sure to check out the full list of tips.

DIY: Messy side pony

28 Apr

On the wedding day, why not try this messy undone/done look featured on A Cup of Jo?  This modern DIY hair-style saves you time and money on getting your hair done, so more time can be spent hanging with the bride and bridal party.

Instructions: click the image.

Tools needed: day old hair, mirror, your hands, dry shampoo, bobbi pins

Add something extra: sparkly hair comb

For the MOH: wedding day checklist

22 Apr

After months of planning, the day of the wedding comes, and you barely slept the night before, because the bride barely slept the night before.  Your mind is racing, tending to the bride, thinking “I hope I didn’t forget anything!”  Fear not, as I stumbled upon this comprehensive check list for the Maid of Honor. A simple *check* and you know you’ve got it all from your MOH speech, tissues, camera, bobby pins, breath mints, and duh, your bridesmaid dress….but how could you forget that?

Check out their Bridesmaid checklist too.

While you’re at it, might as well get yourself a cute little tote to carry all this stuff in….