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 – Southern Cake Pull

Being from the old line state, Maryland, we don’t have cake pulls or other fun southern traditions for, well… anything haha. But that doesn’t mean you all down in North Carolina, or whatever state you are reading this in, can’t incorporate some fun traditions into your wedding.

The tradition of the cake pull is a simple yet meaningful one. Silver charms with ribbon attached are placed just inside the bottom layer of the cake. Before the Bride & Groom cut the cake, bridesmaids gather around and each pull a charm from the cake. Each charm has a different meaning and the charms can be added to a charm bracelet.

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Some traditional charms and their meanings are:
• Ring: Upcoming marriage
• Heart: New love
• Kite: Fun and leisurely life
• Fleur-de-Lis: Love will blossom, prosperity
• Four Leaf Clover: Lucky in life
• Anchor: Adventure awaits
• Red Bean: Good luck
• Star: Wish comes true
• Thimble: Spinsterhood
• Hot Air Balloon: A life of travel and adventure
• Butterfly: Eternal beauty
• Wreath: Contented life

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You can easily find these charms on Etsy, Amazon, EBay, or more tradition sites such as MyCharmedLife.

I think this is a super fun tradition to incorporate into your wedding. Usually the only tradition for the bridesmaids is catching the bouquet and while that is fun there is usually someone who is super competitive and as we know, not everyone walks away a winner- I’m two for two out of the last weddings I’ve attended ;).

The cake pull also kills two birds with one stone, if the bride gifts each maid with a charm bracelet as a thank you gift, the bridesmaids will be able to add their charms to it. Now that I’m thinking about it, you could easily attach ribbon to any Pandora charm and slip that into the cake. I know many women have Pandora bracelets in place of tradition charm bracelets.

Perhaps you love cupcakes or would like to do the cake pull during your bridal shower or morning of the big day! Make a Southern Cake Pull your own! Pick charms that you enjoy, buy different Pandora charms, and most importantly have fun and enjoy bringing some traditional aspects into your big day.

Until next time!

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