Homemade Bride – Wedding Day Survival Kit – Bride and Bridesmaids

It’s finally Friday and you know what that means – Flashy Friday!

Today I’m going to give you a quick post on a wedding day survival kit for your maids. These are all the rage now and are going for as much as $15 in some of the stores. I guarantee you have everything you need for this at home already and if you don’t it can easily be found at the dollar store.

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I will admit, I did find this irresistible Bridesmaid bag at Francesca’s but while this is not a necessity, it’s too cute and could really double as a “thank you” gift for your maids. Perfect for this project AND to hold make up.

Now what do you fill this pretty little number with? I am a perpetual “over-packer” so I really tried to think of things that I’ve needed in the past as a bridesmaid. Ironically it wasn’t much at all!

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Baby wipes: These are great to help with any make up flaws, for a quick hand wash, or even to remove the sweat that will inevitibly happen.

Tampons: Because that’s all anyone needs on the wedding day – a surprise from Aunt Flow.

DeodorantI got this mini sized one from the travel section in Walmart. We tend to forget to put deodorant on sometimes, no shame, just always keep a backup handy. You know your going to dance, and that means sweat.

Granola Bar & Mints: I always keep something sweet on hand because sometimes my sugar level will drop. If this doesn’t happen to you a granola bar or mints are still great to have incase you want to freshen your breath, or need a quick energy boost.

Tissues: You will cry – and if you don’t someone near by will be so I think we all know why these are a must have.

Oil Absorbing Sheets: I never leave the house without these! You just dab one sheet all over your face and it removes all the oil without taking your makeup off!

Hair Ties: Let’s be honest, every girl is always searching for a hair tie, expecially after letting lose on the dance floor!

Bobbi Pins: Up-dos or straight hair, these little things are great for fixing a falling curl or getting your hair our of your face.

Advil: God-forbid you get a headache and then have to survive a whole wedding. I’m pretty sure we ladies keep some form of meds in our purse any way.

Sewing Kit: It’s very easy to get your dress caught on something. What if the loop that is holding the sash breaks or the zipper snags or maybe you need a safety pin for something! This tiny kit will be your lifesaver.

Band-Aids: Again, just better to be safe than sorry.

I think it would be adorable for the maids to walk into the bridal suite and see the day-of kits that you’ve prepared for them all lined up and waiting. You could even add some nail polish or your gift into the bags too!

One more wedding day survival tip: Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Make sure the bridal suite has lots of WATER (mimosas will not hydrate you the way you need to be).

xoxo

– HMB

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Homemade Bride – The First Look – Yay or Nay

By: Jamie

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I will start off by saying I absolutely love viewing a couples first look photos. That intimate moment when they first see each other and can express their emotions is incredibly beautiful and you can almost feel their love. Being able to spend a few moments alone with your groom before the biggest moment of your lives, and having those pictures to look back on is priceless.

However, I’m not sure if it’s my superstition or tradition, but I want to leave my first look for when I am walking down the aisle. It could even be chalked up to a bit of vanity -which is perfectly healthy in small doses. I want the anticipation to build, I want good luck and I want to wow my husband-to-be with the dramatic opening of the church doors coupled by everyone’s gasps and awes as I make my way down the aisle. Sometimes I think the first look photo shoot can even diminish the moment you walk down the aisle because well, you’ve already seen each other.

You certainly can still have beautiful first look photos if you choose to wait until you walk down the aisle. The key is having a great photographer who is able to focus on you and your groom in that moment.

 I have such a soft spot for seeing a big burly man get all choked up at the sight of a pretty girl so I have picked some of my favorite tear-jerking moments where the groom, in front of family and friends, gets emotional seeing his bride for the first time. Oh the feels!

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Tell us your opinion on the first look!

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