Groom’s Emergency Kit

Ah…the Groom’s Emergency Kit …  Do you have one?  I must admit…I had THE BEST BRIDAL EMERGENCY KIT for my two daughters when they married…but I didn’t think of my soon to be sons-in-law!  I now carry a groom’s kit in my role of wedding planner.  When my next two daughters marry, no one will have a better emergency kit for the groom than I!


When one stops to thing about it, your groom probably needs an emergency kit more than you, the bride, does!  You will be surrounded by women.  Someone always has an advil, a tampon, (hope he doesn’t need THOSE) 😳 , a bandaid.  But do men carry those items?  NO.  But they may need one.


Above is a nice list.  I have to admit…I am a little shocked to see that every single “Groom’s Emergency Kit” that I come across has some sort of alcohol included.  Really?  Do our men need to be sedated in order to marry us?  Really?!?


Get creative.  Anyone can find a list on pinterest and follow it.  It takes real love and a creative spirt to design something like the tie above.  If that’s not a care package/emergency kit, I don’t know what is!  Much better at calming shaky nerves, or warming cold feet, than any alcoholic beverage.


No need to get everything on a pinterest list.  But some must haves are: mints, pain reliever, bandaid, mini sewing kit, safety pin, snack, bottle of water, deodorant and ‘tide to go’ stick. Everything else is just fluff.


The above shoe shine kit is adorable.  It has some great amenities I didn’t list on my minimalist package: shoe horn, nail clippers, collar stays, shoe shine kit.  And the nice thing about this is…it can be reused for years to come.

Your Wedding Dress Neckline

Your bridal gown. So much to think about — not the least of which is your wedding dress neckline.  Think it really doesn’t matter?  Think again… It matters…a lot.



When choosing your dress, AND your neckline, the number one thing to consider is your figure.  Your wedding day is not the time to experiment.  Pick the style that most flatters you.  I think the gown below is exquisite.  The bride has a great combination of a sweetheart and scoop style.  She is slightly daring with the cut, but still presents a modest sillouette.  That’s the second point to consider.  A bride, in MHO, should not present a daring style, at least at the ceremony.


The bride below chose a combo style as well – a sweetheart neckline with sheer gauze to her collar bone.  Quite the ingenue – which is what a bride should strive for.



The dress below — could this dress be more beautiful? I don’t think so.  But is it appropriate, especially for a church wedding?  No.  Would it make just the perfect “Reception Dress”?  Yes.  it does have a place at a wedding.  But remember, this is just my opinion. That’s the thing about weddings.  There really is no right or wrong, just what you like, or don’t.


Wedding Inspirasi

I think of all the dresses on this post, the one below is my favorite.  The illusion neckline is perfection.  The tiny rhinestones on the bodice give just the right amount of coverage so the dress achieves a little more decorum.


The final thing to consider when choosing your wedding dress AND it’s neckline, is how your guests will respond.  You really shouldn’t have to, but your do. The last thing you want to do is offend your grandmother, or your groom’s…

Vintage Wedding

What about a vintage wedding?   I’ve always been of the mind that when a wedding has a theme, it is more cohesive.  It just flows better.  A vintage wedding is simple to achieve, creates a sense of nostalgia that all can relate to, and DIY projects are available galore.  Look at these cuties below.  They set the theme right away in their darling togs, and relatively easily.


Another no brainer start to set the tone?  Your hair!  If you’re blessed with long hair, consider one of the iconic styles below. These put one in mind of old movie legends.



Easy decorating items to set the stage?  Your china.  You can rent individual place settings like the plates below, or search tag sales, (tag sales on the right coast, garage sales on the left 🙂  ), for mismatched plates to use as props.



I love the accent candles set in antique teacups below.  While probably not cheap to make, given the cost of the cups and wax, the look is exquisite.  Flowers wouldn’t be necessary, so you could save there.


And you can’t go wrong with the 20’s feel of the pearl and beaded draped chairs below.  Makes me thing of ‘The Great Gatsby’!


Looking for a cute way to collect your wedding cards?  Look no further.  Love this DIY mailbox with the vintage, rustic flair.  Keep in mind…if your reception is in a public venue, consider a way to secure your vessel to a table or make it stationary in some manner.  While you do not need to fear your guests, others walking through your reception may not be so honest…


And don’t forget those escort cards.  LOVE these below.  The darling key’s could double as a favor!



How Well Do You Know Your Wedding Cake?


Ah…the wedding cake…how well do you know all the ins and outs of this time honored confection?

It’s history is rich.  According to wikipedia,

“The contemporary wedding cake has grown out of several different ethnic traditions. One of the first traditions began in Ancient Romewhere bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple.[3] In Medieval England cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over. A successful kiss meant they were guaranteed a prosperous life together.[3] From this the Croquembouche was created. The myth behind this cake tells of a Pastry chef, visiting Medieval England who witnessed their tradition of piling sweet rolls between the bride and groom, which they attempted to kiss over without knocking them all down. The pastry chef then went back to France and piled sweet rolls up into a tower to make the first Croquembouche. The modern croquembouche is still very popular in France, where it is now common to place the croquembouche tower on a bed of cake and make it a top tier. This traditional French wedding cake is built from Profiteroles and given a halo of spun sugar.[4]

In 1703, Thomas Rich, a baker’s apprentice from Ludgate Hill, fell in love with his employer’s daughter and asked her to marry him. He wanted to make an extravagant cake, so he drew on St Bride’s Church, on Fleet Street in London for inspiration.[5]



Be advised, wedding cake serving sizes are about a quarter of what you would receive as a piece of cake in a restaurant.  Wedding cake is for show, for tradition.  And one, frankly, I would not do away with.  But many brides are.


If you want to keep the cake current and fun, maybe you could employ a topper like one of the choices above, or order a novelty cake like the treat below.


I think today, guests expect an additional dessert along with the wedding cake, and most brides are stepping up to offer it.  A perfect way to meet that need and add a little pizzaz, is something like the adorable “mini” cakes below.  Love, LOVE this…


Uncertain how to cut a wedding cake?  Click on the link and read my post on how to do it!  How to Cut a Wedding Cake.  You may never need to know, but if you do…