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Bridal Shower Game [18 Sep 2006|09:36pm]

The most hilarious stupid game I have ever played at a bridal shower. =D
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Idea's [25 Aug 2006|01:35pm]

I am the maid of honor at a close friends wedding and was just given this a week ago. I have no idea what i am doing and her wedding is in 9 weeks. I am expected to throw a bridal shower and her hen night. Most of the wedding party is under age and the bride is pregnant so that pretty much killed any of my ideas. We live in a pretty small town where there is nothing to do for anyone under 21. I was thinking about just throwing the party at either her apartment or one of the other bridesmaids house. When is the proper time to throw a bridal shower and how much notice should i give people. Also what type of people should I invite to the bridal shower?

Thank you for any advice anyone could give. I honestly have no clue what all needs to be done.  
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Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Party Ideas? [04 Aug 2006|11:42am]

Hello Everyone. My name is Jessica and I'm going to be the MOH for my big sister's wedding on September 9, 2006.

I'm actually joining because I wanted to ask a question about the bridal shower. Originally, I was just going to do a spa day with my sister and 5 or so of her friend in Los Angeles (that's where we live). My sister was told that, near the wedding, all the female relatives and out-of-town friends would want to throw a party too, so she told me to just combine them. Now, instead of the resources of Los Angeles, I've got a small town in Northern California to work with. The wedding is taking place on her fiance's uncle's ranch in Paskenta, CA. The nearest 'big' town (where all the hotels people are staying at) is Corning, CA.

I looked, and they don't have any spas. So that's out. I was thinking....maybe a nice restaurant that I can reserve a party section for.....It looks like they have fast food (Burger King, Jack in the Box) and a place called The Olive Pit (which is apparently not a restaurant but is a place that just sells olives).

I'm hoping that a super bridesmaid here might have some ideas. The wedding is sneaking up on me (only about a month left!) and I need time to send out invitations. I found an idea for a "day of beauty" theme where I tell the guests to bring something that will make the bride feel beautiful (i.e. her favorite makeup, skin care, etc) and my sister really seemed to like that idea. I'm just not sure where to have the party or what specifically to do beyond sending out invitations. If you guys have any ideas, I'd really appreciate them. I want this to be as special and nice for my sister as possible.

Thanks for any and all help!
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more help/ideas requested [26 Jul 2006|09:33am]

[ mood | confused ]

Thank you all so much for the bridal shower game ideas. They were a great help. Now my next request is this: what are people doing for favors? Because most bridal shower games involve writing things down, I'm going to order "I stole this pen from Holly & Andy's Bridal Shower" pens, but I think I need more than just that. At first I thought edible, but another bridesmaid prefers memorabilia type things. The bride suggested candles or the like. I also need to get some prize style gifts. Luckily I'm an AVON lady, so I should be able to throw something together. Any ideas are welcomed. In the past, I've received a decorated sugar cookie shaped & frosted like a wedding cake, a plant, and I can't remember what else for the other one. Thanks so much in advance! You girls are wonderful (and I even get responses!)! If only the other bridesmaids in this wedding party were so helpful, sigh.

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party games [29 Jun 2006|01:58pm]

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What games are you planning to use or have used in the past successfully at showers? What are some crowd favorites? I've only been to three bridal showers myself, and I just want to know what some of my options are. Right now I've got the typical how well do you know your future spouse, dressing the bride in a tissue paper gown, and some guessing/estimation games, but I'd love to hear other ideas. Thanks everyone in advance!

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[11 Jun 2006|11:24pm]

Hi =)

My mother is getting re-married to a wonderful man (yay!) and while I am not a bridesmaid (she is having a very small wedding, no wedding party), I am in charge of planning the bridal shower.

I want to do a themed shower, and she suggested a room theme, like Bedroom, living room, or bathroom. I am not sure where to go with that, so I could use any advice at all in planning it! The shower will be in mid-october, after thanksgiving.

Feel free to give me other ideas for themes that branch a little bit out from the main themes.

Thanks so much!!!
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[29 May 2006|08:15pm]

First, a quick tip: The Target in my area was having a "4 for a dollar" sale on all of their wedding and bridal shower dollar days items. I cleaned up the place. :)

Second, thanks so much papertiger05, kentukybourbon, and sad_frog for the advice. I really appreciate it. I talked with the bridesmaid that I know and we are kinda coming up with party ideas. She suggested a day spa thing, but that's going to leave me in debt. I think we are going to have a little party. I got most of my party stuff at Target. I think I'm going to split the cost with the bridesmaid I know. I feel weird asking the one I don't know, and my friend offered.

Okay, how bad is it to invite people to the bridal shower who aren't invited to the wedding? The wedding is around 50 people right now, and I think I know about 20 people right off the bat that I could invite to the party that know her and would actually like to go. I don't want anyone to feel offended that they didn't get invited to the wedding. Honestly, other than the bridesmaids, I can't think of any girls that the bride is inviting to the wedding.
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I think I'm a Party Pooper [24 May 2006|12:49pm]

I'm a 19 year old college student who has been asked to be the maid of honor for a friend that I have known for over a decade.
I let her know right away that I was just coming out of my first year of college and my financial resources were drained. I thought she would be really understanding about it at first. We were going over dresses and most of the ones she picked out were rather cheap (under $150, still breaking my budget but it could be so much worse).
Um, that's sort of where the worrying about money ended for her. She proceeds to tell me about the rehersal dinner, the wedding reception, and the party out of town for all the people that can't come to the regular wedding. Apparently, that's not enough. She throws it to me that she wants a bachelorette party. Not a bridal shower mind you. A stripper-drinking-barhopping bachelorette party.
I understand why she wants this. She's been living at home with her fiance for the last year and now she's going to get married to him. She's totally skipped the single lifestyle and going out and just having fun with people other than him.
I'm just not comfortable doing a party like this, especially with her. Not to mention that I don't have the money to do it, and the two bridesmaids would expect me to fork over the money before them. We can't even legally drink, why go to bars and clubs? She's not the dancing type.
I don't know how to approach this. Should I just tell her no or let it roll off my back? She doesn't want a nice bridal shower because she dissed that idea with her mom.
Thanks to all.
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[02 May 2006|07:22pm]


My best friend since childhood is getting married this fall and I've always provided music at all the weddings I've gone to (including her older brother's). My friend wants me as the maid-of-honor (or "best lady" as she put it) but she also wants me to play or sing music. Is it at all possible to do both? Does anyone have any ideas how to manage this?

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Guests who wear white? [28 Apr 2006|01:16am]

So I noticed that in this month's InStyle magazine, there's a spread with a couple suggestions of appropriate outfits for wedding guests. And one of the dresses they suggest is white! I always thought that it was a sort of traditional etiquette thing that nobody except the bride could wear white, but perhaps I'm mistaken? What's the consensus?

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Hello, anyone here? [24 Apr 2006|08:33am]

Hi ladies! I know this community is a little dead, but hopefully someone will respond because I've got some questions.

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hen parties? [16 Feb 2006|12:45pm]

i got married last year and have since been thinking about starting up my own business in the wedding industry. i enjoyed the planning so much and i really miss it so i thought a perfect opportunity would be to work in the industry.

At the minute i am gathering some basic information and doing some brainstorming. In particular i am thinking about creating a hen party/bridal shower consultancy. i would be really interested if you wouldnt mind sharing with me your ideas for planning the perfect hen party and how much you would like to spend.

For my wedding i had four bridesmaids and we all organised a simple hen party for my very close friends and family but i am aware that this celebration can be exceptionally varied with more peole rganising different events for different groups of people. Any advice would be greatfully recieved.
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Bachelorette party gift bags? [13 Jan 2006|02:26pm]

Hello. I just joined the community, as I'm new to this bridesmaid stuff and could use some input. One of my best friends is getting married this spring, and we're having her bachelorette party in March. Planning has been a bit difficult, because there are four maids, and we're all in different states. However, I'd like to do some sort of gift bags for the bachelorette party (which is a weekend in Atlantic City)... Any ideas for contents? There won't be that many of us, so price isn't too important... and I was thinking that some casino-themed stuff would be fun (but not necessary). And the ladies will be a mix of the bride's friends and sisters/friends of the family. I don't know the latter very well, so am hoping to stay on the tasteful side :)

Thanks in advance for any help!!
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Help [12 Jan 2006|06:12pm]

Hello! This year is going to be a big year for the single girls with friends............everyone I know is getting married AND by June, I will have been in 18 weddings as a bridesmaid or maid of honor, in my life.

The reason Im on here is because im looking for reject bridesmaid dresses. I think all 18 weddings ive been in have been different colors. So with the upcoming 4 weddings I plan to be in, I need to find 2 more dresses. The colors? Apple red and Coral orange.

Can anyone help? Is there a 'used dress' site I can go to? Im tired of spending $200- a dress for these Bridzilla friends of mine.

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bridesmaid bags [22 Dec 2005|01:10pm]

[ mood | okay ]

This past June I was asked to be in a friend's wedding, and she presented each of her potential bridemaids with an awesome "asking gift". She made us tote bags, considering favorite colors/personalities when choosing the outer & inner fabric, bought us the "Everything Bridesmaid" book & made ribbon bookmarks for each of us, had a candle set in the wedding colors, homemade cookies & soap, a notepad & a flower pen. Also, she made us a cd rom called "Meet the Maids" for everyone to know each other better, which included a photo collage. She also printed off cards with a poem.
Now, I know that I in no way can rival this. I'm trying to be realistic. I kind of have a theme for my September 2007 wedding, apples. However, I'm not sure how totally I want to incorporate that yet. I think my color will be claret, but still, nothing is known yet.
I bought medium/small sized gift bags that are wedding themed, blank notecards that are pearly & purple-pink-green, and Tinkerbell wands from the little kid party favor section(I <3 Tink). I also bought some sets of wedding stickers. I also found the Wilton glass "love potion" place card holder bottles. These are the things that I want to use, so far. But I definitely need more ideas, as the items I have would fit into a large organza favor bag.
So, does anyone have any great ideas as to what else I should include? Has anyone else made or received anything when asking bridesmaids? My main problem is that I need to have everything put together by December 26th, as one of my bridesmaids will be moving two time zones away on the 27th. Two more go back to grad school and work at a college early in January, and I start my new semester of grad school in January so I'll have no time myself.
Thanks lots to anyone who responds.
<3 Miriam

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hello, hello [12 Dec 2005|02:29pm]

[ mood | happy ]

I'm a bridesmaid, technically her "maid of mirth and merriment", for my friend Holly in her October, 21, 2006 wedding. Because I'm her only local maid I get to be in charge of a lot, even though I'm not her MOH. I'll have to remind her MOH of her duties when the time comes. When my bride asked all her girls, informally she asked 2 of us in a chatroom, & then back in June she asked us officially with fabulous homemade bridesmaid bags chock full of goodies. There were homemade cookies & soaps, a pen(crafted) & notepad, candles, book, & bookmark(crafted), & a cd with photo collages & information about all her 'maids. Holly and I became friends in middle school when we were both assigned to the same team in seventh grade. We've shared some interests through the years & even went to college together (I transferred to her school in my junior year). Now that we're all grown up it's time to plan for our own weddings (I got engaged on Saturday, 12-10-05). Successfully, so far, we've had 2 engagement parties for Hols (she sponsored one & her parents sponsored the other) and I was in charge of getting quilt squares made by guests for another 'maid to piece together because she lives so far away. Now we get to do bridal planning together. So far we've had a couple of dress searching apointments for her, and I work(ed) in a bridal store so I can help out with tuxedo stuff. Well, I think that should do it for my introductory post. Good luck to all the 'maids out there!

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^_^ [25 Nov 2005|11:11am]

Hi guys... my name is Sharon and I am getting married on April 29th 2006. I just thought it would be good to join up here and get more wedding info. :)

So umm yeah.. hi!! *waves*
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Maid of Honor reading [12 Oct 2005|12:34pm]

Hi ladies.

I recently joined this group and thought I would introduce myself *waves hi.* My sister is getting married on Labor Day weekend of 2006 and I'm her Maid of Honor! I'm very excited however I'm sort of unsure as to what my duties as Maid of Honor are. I want to do everything right.

Can any of you recommend some good guide books for Maids of Honor/bridesmaids to pick up? I'm looking for guide books that aren't boring and traditional. I'd like to buy some that are hip, modern, and unconventional but still tasteful.

Thank you!
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[11 Oct 2005|07:27pm]
Come and join overboardbrides and mock the bridezillas with us!!
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an article for bridesmaids [28 Jul 2005|10:20am]

found posted in weddingplans:

Bridesmaids pay a price (beyond buying gowns)
By Tara Weiss
The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News

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This part was a sidebar:
If you can't afford such an honor . . .

• If you're asked to be a bridesmaid or a maid of honor, experts say you should expect to pay around $1,400. Groomsmen spend a lot less -- about $700. If that's not a financial option, there are ways to keep costs down without causing hurt feelings.

• Be direct. If money is an issue, first express how much you care about the couple and how honored you are to be asked to be in the wedding. Then explain the financial constraints you have.

• Instead of staying at a costly hotel or bed and breakfast, tell the couple that you're going to stay at a less expensive hotel nearby, but you'll come to their hotel whenever they need you.

• Instead of contributing money to the bridal shower, offer to address invitations, clean up after the party and think up party games.
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