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One of my favorite parts of the morning of the wedding is having a great get-together over food, bubbles and beauty with friends. When my girl T got married, I jumped at the chance to stick my grubby little paws in the details of the morning-of bridal brunch. Of course, not all brides are into this event, but if you want a good way to ensure you have fun prior to having more fun, get to spend some time with your gals (and/or guys), get some food in you (VERY IMPORTANT) and start the celebratory feel a little early, then I highly recommend scheduling it in before you get ready for the main event. Here are five fun extras to kick off the festive vibe:

Gilt Gold Paper Straws – 25 Pack – $3.95

Guys, drinking out of straws is just fun, mmay? Voga Italia mini sparkling wines

I’m totally in love with the sleek packaging on these bottles. They’d be great to use for guest bathroom toiletries … you know, after all the bubbly is gone!

32665903_030_a Vined Advice Coasters – set of 20 for $12

 Have your crew write their advice on these coasters, then take some time to yourself before getting ready to read through them. The endearing sentiments will make their presence by your side that much more meaningful.

Pop! Photo Props – $14.95

Because, selfies. #duh

Confetti Fountain – set of 3, $41.85

I know I don’t need to tell you that confetti makes everything better. Brunch is no exception.

Are you planning anything fun and special for your crew on the morning of your wedding? Tell us in the comments below!

  • 9/12

    Ask Heather: Where Can I Find Bridesmaid Dresses?

    Image courtesy of Photo Pink

    Dear Heather,

    I have no idea where to start for my bridesmaids’ dress shopping. Help!


    Dear Apanda,

    I have a confession to make: I hate shopping for clothing. Therefore, I am probably not the best person to be answering this. Hopefully, though, some of our readers will chime in and leave some comments!

    I’m not sure if you’re struggling with something like choosing a color or style, or where to actually purchase a dress. If you’re having trouble with the former issues, I’d suggest starting with your bridesmaids’ skin tones and figuring out what will or will not be flattering. For instance, in general, it takes a special someone to pull off yellow. So, if your wedding colors are yellow and grey, I’d go for grey for the dresses. If you’re deliberating over what style, check out some actual weddings and see if you are drawn to any looks. For more casual affairs, I’d avoid full-length gowns. And if any of your bridesmaids have concerns about certain styles (some folks really don’t like strapless dresses), take that into consideration.

    When it comes to shopping for dresses, there are several options. The first option, and the one I chose, is to simply say something to the effect of, “Buy a [color] dress that’s [this material] and [this length].” You can even leave out some of those descriptors. If you’re a bit more particular, feel free to send fabric swatches, or ask that your bridesmaids send you a picture of them in the dress before purchasing it (or make sure the return policy is reasonable). To see what this could potentially end up looking like, just check out the picture at the top of the post. Those are my bridesmaids (and bridesman, who was told “Get a grey suit. We’ll provide your tie.”) The only instructions they received were to purchase a knee-length cool-toned (blue rather than red undertones) purple dress. Bam.

    The second option is to simply choose a store and go for it! This can be a David’s Bridal, Alfred Angelo, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, Gap, Old Navy, or anywhere you shop on a regular basis. If you already shop there, odds are you like what they offer. There’s no reason why a bridesmaid dress has to be purchased at an official bridesmaid dress retailer (whatever that means). If not all of your bridesmaids are local to you, obviously make sure there’s a store available near them, or that the store you choose has an online presence and a good return policy.

    Which leads me into my last option – online. There are some retailers who offer bridesmaid dresses online but not in stores. Target is one such store. J. Crew is another. I’m positive there are more out there, but those are the ones that spring immediately to mind. If you have a favorite store, it’s probably worth looking into whether they fit this bill. I’m also a fan of Dessy and ModCloth for dress needs. You could also simply search for “[color] [length] bridesmaid dress” and see what pops up. (Also, check out BAB’s Resources page and look through the banners on our sidebar for more places to find great bridesmaids dresses. – Eds.)

    Readers, how about you? What did your bridesmaid selection process look like? Where did you end up getting your dresses? Let us know in the comments below!

  • 9/11


    Hey BABs! This week we’re helping a lovely lady get over “Tease” by Jenny Packham. She is one of my absolute FAVORITE designers. Not only does she make some of the most stunning wedding gowns you’ll ever see, she also designs amazing ready-to-wear clothing. You’ll see all of Hollywood royalty

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    Real Bride Tiffany First Comes Love, Then Marriage, Then ...

    There comes a time in a woman’s relationship when others begin to question her desire to reproduce. For some, this comes with the ring. For others, much before that. I don’t remember when my questioning began. All I know is that is pisses me right off.

    In my 20s I was in the …

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    Winning Wednesday Get Your Big Day Set with Elegant Wedding Invites

    We know that invitations are one of the first elements of your wedding that convey the look and feel guests can expect on the big day. We also know that wedding invitations can be super pricey. And holy bananas, are there options! Foil, letterpress, embossed, pocket, flat, square, shapes, laser …

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  • 9/10

    5 steps to making the perfect best man speech

    This is for all the best homies out there (and could easily apply to you maids of awesome or anyone else in a posish of honor / being handed the mic at a wedding). Because giving speeches isn’t always easy, especially if you’re not really sure how to do the …

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    Newly Engaged? Join Team Broke-Ass And Share Your Planning Adventure!

    Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t stop the wedding fun! I know some of you may have gotten engaged this summer, and if you’re at least 6 months away from your wedding day and have a way with words, then we want you to come play …

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    Before I get into our final preparation/countdown phase and begin to lose the rest of my mind, I have a funny little story to tell y’all.

    LONG STORY SHORT: Two of my bridesmaids are knocked up! One was planning to do so and the other temporarily forgot what causes pregnancy …

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  • 9/8

    On Marriage If Your Relationship Is Failing Here

    You know the saying “You can never truly love another until you truly love yourself”? Well, from my experience, it’s pretty true. And guys, that’s a pretty freaking daunting statement. Because loving yourself — truly putting yourself first and ensuring all your needs are met — requires a lot of

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