How to be the Best Maid of Honor or Best Man

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Lauren Louise Photography

Well looks like that moment has come. You are the chosen one. Your best friend, sister, cousin, roommate from college turned to you and said “Will you be my maid of honor/best man?”

You of course said, “Yes!!”, as baby tears welled in your eyes and you bro hugged it out.

Once the excitement and clinking of glasses  subsides you may begin to think to yourself – holy cow I have no idea what I’m supposed to do now. Follow these general rules and you will be the best best man or maid of honor this wedding party has ever seen!

1. Planning the Pre-Parties

One of the most important people in your life is tying the knot. This means it is time to party! Talk to the bride/groom and ask them how they imagine partying.

Vegas may be a cringe worthy experience they hope to avoid,  and a joint wedding shower may be what they have in mind. The pre-parties can include everything from the engagement party to the bridal shower, and of course the bachelor/bachelorette parties. You may discover that the parents are taking care of the engagement party, leaving you to plan the bachelorette extravaganza. Talk it out. Live it up. This is (hopefully) the first and last time your best friend ties the knot.

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Maison Pestea Photography

2. Keep Your Cool

A bride and groom will normally have a checklist about a mile long they are trying to tackle on a daily basis. Literally everyone and their mom asks about the wedding from the time of engagement right up to the day of the ceremony. It can become exhausting and frustrating.

As MOH or BM your job is to be a sounding board, a person who offers a hand, someone who will take on the booking of hotel rooms for the wedding party, while the bride and groom negotiate for 2 months with the caterer.

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How to be effortlessly bridal: 30 pretty wedding dresses with trains

pretty wedding dresses with trains

Is it just us, or are wedding dresses with trains are having a MAJOR moment? There’s not a single wedding dress detail that’s more bridal and elevates your wedding day style from “girl in a pretty white dress” to “OMG THAT’S THE BRIDE”. Our favorite newlywed, Lauren Conrad (sorry Amal — you’re a close second), just rocked this timeless look with an ethereal lace confection at her September wedding. It’s no surprise that the queen of classy style opted for a wedding dress with a gorgeous train, and brides who are looking to emulate her timeless bridal look definitely need to consider a train for their wedding day look!

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up oodles and oodles of pretty wedding dresses with trains for your viewing pleasure. From subtle, simple trains to full-on ruffled masterpieces, these wedding trains are sure to inspire your wedding look and get you looking twice at those more classic gowns in the bridal boutique. And if you’re a fall or winter bride, we can’t emphasize enough how great a wedding dress with a train will look on your special day — with the weather taking a turn for the dramatic, a dress with a train can add some major romance to your wedding day. The extra fabric doesn’t hurt either, and is definitely something that is easier for a cool weather bride to pull off!

Read on to see our 30 favorite pretty wedding dresses with trains!

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Jasmine Lee Photography

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Michael Segal Photography

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Kytography

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Blush Wedding Photography

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A Playful Fall Estate Wedding by Rachel May Photography

Rachel May Photography

There’s something to be said for a couple that makes their wedding day uniquely them. From the getting ready details to the first dance, when a couple’s personality shines through in the celebration, we can’t help but jump for joy. Why? Because they’ve truly pulled off what a wedding is all about — a celebration of their relationship!

Jessica and Beau are a couple that really made their wedding day about their relationship together. You can see it in the details: the heartfelt cards, the goofy dancing and secret handshake during the ceremony all showcase their relationship and why their marriage is special to them. Married in a private cottage estate during the autumn, they got married and giggled among the autumn leaves. The whole day was captured beautifully by Rachel May Photography. Read on to see more of Jessica and Beau’s special day!

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Rachel May Photography

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Rachel May Photography

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5 unique must-have essentials for the newly engaged bride

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 Alicia Swedenborg

He popped the question, gave you a diamond, and all of a sudden…you were engaged! If you just got engaged then this can be an exciting and whirlwind time, and while you’ve got a lot to look forward to, it’s also important to slow down and enjoy the moment. You’ll have the rest of the upcoming year to plan, so take some time first to really enjoy being newly engaged!

You’ll obviously be showing off the ring a lot, but here are a few key essentials for the newly engaged bride that you’ll need to help you enjoy this awesome time even more!

1. Wifey t-shirt

Because you’ll DEFINITELY need this in the coming months. And how adorable and comfy does this tee look?!

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ILY Couture

2. Dazzle Stik

With all the oohing and aahing over your ring, you might start to find your ring loses a bit of its sparkle and shine. Making sure it stays clean and shimmery is easy if you have an on-the-go jewelry cleaner! We love the Dazzle Stik — shaped like a pen, you just rub it over your ring, rinse, and it’s clean again. You’ll be out $8 on Amazon, but to keep your ring in tip-top shape, we say it’s worth it!

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Rebecca Yale

3. Hand-stamped necklace

Commemorate your engagement day or upcoming wedding date (if you’ve gotten that far!) in a chic way. These handstamped necklaces from Junghwa are adorable, and will be a sweet and subtle way to remember the special day.

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Junghwa

4. A new workout regimen (try these free fitness videos!)

Okay, so this may be a bit ambitious. But, if you’re excited and feeling positive, why not put that energy to good use? You’ll need to get started on a new workout regimen in the near future anyways! We love these free fitness videos from POPSUGAR, which have a few great 10-minute bridal workouts sure to kick your booty!

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5. Wedding Party

You’re going to want a quick way to share all the news with your family members, bridal party and guests once you start nailing down dates. You’ll also need a place to share all your photos throughout your engagement period. Wedding Party can help with both! It’s free to set up, and available on smartphones and computers. And as you start to plan, it’ll become a must-have planning tool. Win-win, right? Try it now →

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Well, what do you think, newly engaged ladies? Which of these essentials are MUSTS for your newly engaged agenda? Let us know in the comments!

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