wedding wednesday: a special MOH guest post!

April 13, 2011

Hi everyone! This is Lizzie, Mara's BFF and MOH (maid of honor). I am writing this week's Wedding Wednesday post to shed some light on the wild and crazy world of a maid of honor. Seriously, people really do think I am crazy now! I take my role very seriously, seeing as Mara and I have been planning our weddings together since the first grade. One thing you should know - Mara is the furthest thing in the world away from a Bridezilla. However, I think we have all realized that I'm a little bit of a MOHzilla (I apologize once again to my fellow bridesmaids, Hanna and Pauline).
This past weekend, we had the honor of throwing Mara a bridal shower. Matthew called me back in September to get my blessing before proposing to Mara, and since that phone call, I have been thinking, planning, making lists, etc. So I really was planning this before they were even engaged! One thing I have always known is that I wanted Mara to have the most beautiful and love-filled shower. I knew right away that I wanted the shower to be a tea party. When we were little, our mothers took us up to Santa Barbara for an American Girl doll tea party and fashion show. I remember eating cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches with Mara and our dolls, Felicity and Samantha. It is one of my favorite memories of our friendship. Also, when Mara would come over for playdates, we would set out a miniature tea set in the living room, fill it up with marshmallows, hot chocolate, and other treats and watch episodes of I Love Lucy. So I knew it was time to have a real, grown-up tea party.
 
I decided the inspiration for the tea party was "Jane Austen meets Alice in Wonderland." Hanna, Pauline, and Barbara (mother-of-the-bride) came on board and were so patient and helpful through the entire process. We knew we wanted everything to be as homemade and DIY as possible, because we thought it would be more special for Mara. You can see some of the pictures I pulled inspiration from here. Let's just say, I have become very well acquainted with all the thrift stores and flea markets in San Diego collecting vintage teacups, teapots, and china and my eBay iPhone app is my new second best friend (beside M of course).
I can't wait for you all to see the pictures from the shower next week. I really had soooo much fun planning, decorating, and executing. It really turned out exactly as I had imagined it and I am so happy I could do this for my best friend. If there are any other MOHs out there, I have three keys to success: organization, a great bridal party that doesn't mind you barking orders at them, and a lot of love for the bride. Mara, I love you soooo much and I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together (Matthew, you did know when you proposed to Mara that you really are marrying both of us, right?)
 
xoxo Lizzie
inspiration photos from here and here

28 comments:

  1. Awh, I loved this post! You sound like an amazing friend and MOH, Lizzie! Mara is a lucky lady! I cannot wait to see the pictures!!

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  2. Oh my! These pics are amazing! Will you be my MOH? haha. Love this post.

    xoxo
    Stephanie&Such

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  3. What a sweet post Lizzie! Mara is such a lucky girl having you as her MOH, and best friend of course.

    xoxo

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  4. What a fantastic post! You guys are so lucky to have each other!

    x Jasmine

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  5. This is so cute!!! Even before you said it I saw alice in wonderland and Jane Austen in it.. Hope it was superb!

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  6. Really sweet! You're the BEST bestfriend a girl can ever have! ;)

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  7. so cute, Lizzie, you really sound like an amazing friend! I want to see those photos of Mara's bridal party!!

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  8. Lizzie, you are the greatest Maid of Honor EVER. What a gorgeous shower! And I love your inspiration; it's so romantic and sweet.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  9. Aww that's so sweet! You must be the greatest MOH ever :) xo

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  10. Mara is a lucky girl to have such wonderful friends! :D Cant wait to see the pics on how it went down! :D
    xxx

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  11. it looks so gorgeous! and macaroons?? you didnt forget even a tiny detail!


    <3 steffy
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  12. you sound like the sweetest MOH, wanna be friends so you can help me plan my wedding? oh wait, I'm not even engaged but you know my thoughts if I were. ok, let me stop...xo

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  13. okay, this was the sweetest thing ever! how lucky to have such a loving bff! so great!

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  14. I want a tea party!!!! So original and sweet of you... can't wait to see the photos!

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  15. This is just BEAUTIFUL! It looks like Mara's bridal shower was perfect :)

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  16. these are "heavenly" pictures. If i were there.. I would have felt like it was a thin slice of heaven... and of coarse I am sure that your friend sure did!!! I am also a MOH for my sister this summer/fall. soooo excited. I will keep your tips in mind. and the way you have done things sooooo beautifullly. thank you!

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  17. aww what a SWEET POST! you are so lucky to have such a sweet MOH :) xoxo jcd

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  18. This is SO sweet! You sound like a great friend and an awesome made-of-honor! My MOH was fantastic and made sure to bring Brazilian traditions (where I'm from) to my bridal shower! We decided that she'd be my MOH after 3 dates with my husband haha I can't wait to be hers! I'm sure I'll be a MOHzilla too!

    Have a great one, GORGEOUS pics!!!!

    xoxo, Ana
    My (Newly)Wed Life

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  19. This is a perfect post for any future MOH's. Your friendship is such a testament to what wonderful people you are. If I were to get married again I definitely want you to be my MOH. I can't believe how much thought has gone into it! So touching and wonderful.

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  20. This is absolutely beautiful! You did a wonderful job :) How lucky is she to have such great friends?! Love it!

    Katelyn

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  21. I'm so excited to see the pictures of the shower now! I didn't get to plan any showers for the two times that I was maid of honor. I did get to plan bachelorette parties, but this sounds so much more amazing than anything I've planned. You should be everyone's MOHs just to help it be magical.

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  22. Great post!! Looking forward to seeing the pictures. Love the inspiration shots!

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  23. Aww what a sweet post! Mara you have a great friend here. Can't wait to see photos!!

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  24. can't wait to see more of the shower! And I do hope you share your shopping list/where you got those darling paper poof balls!

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  25. this is really sweet. I love the inspiration so obviously I can't wait to see pictures from the real thing! I think having an involved moh is really important. When I talk about what I think the wedding morning will be like and wondering what I'll ahve to deal with, my MOH goes "Kirby, you will not be dealing with anything! Me and your BM's will handle it" I have 2 MOH's(one in MN where the wedding is and one in NYC where I live) and I can't wait for the bachelorette party they are throwing! I hope they put as much love into it as you put into mara's shower! xo

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  26. Awww this was cute to read and get to know more about you M! Can't wait to see pics:-)

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