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How To Choose Your Maid of Honor

How To Choose Your Maid of Honor

Co-written by: Jenny Umali Mendoza (My Wedding Philippines 2015)

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Why is it important to choose the right maid of honor?

Behind every successful wedding is a strong support system. The right maid-of-honor will support you all the way and help you throughout the wedding planning process and on the day itself. You can count on your soul sister to take the very important role of maid of honor.  A soul sister is someone who has been with you through the good and the bad. Soul sisters intuitively know each other’s hearts and minds. If you have a soul sister, consider yourself blessed.

How should you choose your maid of honor?

Give the role to a person close to your heart. Is she trustworthy and supportive? Is she responsible and fit to fulfill her duties as your maid of honor? She should be willing to do what she can to support you on your wedding day. The right maid of honor will stand by you on your most special day, and the years to follow.

  1. Your maid of honor can be your best friend.

    “Kitty has been my best friend since Grade Six. I honor and cherish our friendship up to this day! When we were only twelve years old, she said that she will design my wedding gown. And she did! She also designed my bridesmaids’ dresses! She’s that amazing.” –Mamma Carmela

     

“Dianne is one of my closest friends. I actually consider her as my sister since I don’t have one. She is an amazing person with a very beautiful heart. We have been friends since 2002. I don’t need to tell her things. She knows me too well. With her, I can be me. We make sure we see each other at least once a year.” 😍- Daisy

“I am so blessed that Jannike was my maid of honor. From SFDM in the Philippines to New Jersey and Los Angeles. Distance was never an issue, we make sure to have time for each other.”- Karla

 

2. Your maid of honor can be the person who introduced you to your future husband.

 

“Ate Amber and me: Flew all the way from Boston to be my maid of honor!  She was the one who suggested to consider Fegie 😁”- Janice

 

3. You can also have a matron of honor.

“Sheryl my maid of honor has been a witness to my teleserye-ish love story for 10 years before Mikki and I said “I do”, while my cousin Mariel, my matron of honor has been my frenemy since toddler days. 🙂

These beautiful ladies also stood as my bible bearer and coin bearer and continue to pray for my marriage up to this day. 🙂” -Nikki

 

4. Can’t choose just one? Then all your girlfriends can be your maids of honor!

 

“Me and my maids of honor who also doubled as our ring bearers and flower girls (since we had a relatively small entourage): these three girls have been my best friends since high school (UPIS 96!).”- Nikki

Nikki, blogger at travelfoodiemom.com, went to “the best trip to Vegas ever with the best group of people”!

5. Your own sister can be your maid of honor.

“My sister, Ionna was my maid of honor. She flew from Qatar for my wedding and did a good job taking care of me. We had no other relatives during my wedding because it was our (me and hubby’s) wish to be the only ones present in front of the priest during the ceremony ”  – Isbel

“My sister Manilyn. There is always that sibling rivalry on being the youngest – we are 5 years apart and I pretty much enjoyed being the youngest until she came along. I chose her to be my maid of honor as I know that she’d really make an effort in helping us make decisionsFrancis is very much comfortable with her. She now takes care of my daughter whenever our work permits. 😊”- Annalyn

6. If you have more than one sister, then your sisters can be your maid of honor.

“One of my most cherished blessings is the relationship that I have with my sisters. They were my best friends growing up, and continue to be even now that we are all adults and live far apart (they’re in Toronto, I currently live in Hawaii).”- Hannah

7. Your own daughter can be your maiden of honor.

Erin, blogger at headcasechristian.wordpress.com, and her daughter as the maiden of honor.

 

Do you have other suggestions on choosing the right maid of honor? Share your comments below!

Featured Image: Classical Rina and her wedding entourage


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9 Inspiring Mommy Blogs in 2018

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Disclaimer: I do not own any of these photos, the owners shared their photos voluntarily. No copyright infringement intended, and I acknowledged all professional photos.

Why I Started A Blog

I started my blogging journey in 2017, a couple of months after giving birth to my second son. At that time, I felt the need to have an outlet for my thoughts and feelings as I struggled to cope with the pressure and stress of motherhood. I blogged without expecting anyone to read any of my posts. As a matter of fact, I did not want anyone to know that I had a blog because I was not sure if what I was writing was “good enough”.

To my surprise, people were actually reading my blog! A few of my friends even encouraged me to go all the way and make it a career. After my family moved to Italy, I realized that it would be fun to write about our family’s expat adventures! That was when I decided to get my own domain via Siteground. I also joined the Influential Mamas Promo and Community Facebook Group and discovered mommy bloggers such as myself who share the same passion for writing and influencing.

As my way of celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, I would like to share a list of mom blogs with inspiring stories and helpful resources. To make this more fun, these mommy bloggers also shared their wedding photos!

 

9 Inspiring Mommy Blogs in 2018

1. Stacey of Just Mommin Around

Stacey lives in Cape Cod and is a mother to two “wonderfully crazy little children”. She writes articles on motherhood, organization, parenting as well as product reviews of things her family uses.

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Married in 2011

Photo by A Perfect Picture

 

2. Jhilmil of Mommy In Me

Jhilmil writes about parenting and lifestyle. She calls herself a travel maniac, marketing professional and contented human. She writes articles on traveling with children, play ideas, inspiring women, positive parenting and more.

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Married in 2010

 

3. Caitlin of Real Mom Recs

Caitlin describes herself as an adoptive mom, biological mom, slacker mom, Disney mom, and above all things, a real mom. She writes articles on motherhood, breastfeeding, and Disney World.

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“This is from my wedding in 2009. I still love my dress (and my husband )!”

 

4. Kate of Homebound but Hopeful

Kate describes her blog as “one busy mom’s journey finding ways to feel fulfilled, productive, and connected, when stay-at-home motherhood was never part of the plan. Happily blogging from the intersection where children’s literature and design meet.” Read her article on celebrating family diversity.

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Married in 2012

Photo: sarahophoto.com

5. Rebecca of Mommy Takes 5

Rebecca says that you can lose yourself in motherhood. Her blog will help you “connect with the real you again”. Her blog has free resources on self-care. Furthermore, check out her article on 6 Day Clear the Clutter Challenge.

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Married in 2016, Flowers by Bride & Bloom 

“One of my favorite wedding pictures, my dad tying the bow on my dress. It was a very special moment that we shared, he had tied all the bows on my dresses growing up, so I surprised him and asked him to tie the bow on my wedding dress.”

 

6. Yamy of Go Fam Go

Yamy got married on a very special date: 11/11/11. Go Fam Go is a multi-generation family travel blog. Join them on their adventure as they explore with a toddler and an elderly grandparent on dialysis. Search their blog for articles, reviews, and guides on different family vacation spots.

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7. Ashley of Parenting the Principal

Ashely says, “I got married in June of 2011. We started the blog together originally but it’s become my baby. It’s about Parenting with an educational twist but we keep it real…as we are trying to navigate the crazy life of 3 girls under the age of 5. ” Read Why Children Need Routine and Consistency.


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8. Ro of Travel Tiddlers

Travel Tiddlers is a Facebook Page for traveling with little ones. Ro says, “We have an 18-month-old son. We got married in Spain in 2015 as part of our family lives there and we love going there! (We live in the U.K.) Our venue was in a Vineyard and it was a perfect day!” 

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9. Dawnmarie of Enjoying the Days

Dawnmarie’s blog is about her family’s travels and adventures together…and Disney World. She says, “July 19th, 1997 is when we got married, yet this picture is from July 19th, 2004. In 1997, we were away for the weekend and wound up getting married. We did not plan to elope. In 2004, we had a full wedding and a Covenant Ceremony. The theme was Seven Year Itch? Here is a switch. We are getting rehitched! We now renew our vows every seven years, and this summer will be twenty-one years!” Check out Disney Date Night Restaurants.

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Dress by Christina Wu

 

More From Bellissimamma: My Blogging Journey (Bellissimamma)

Aside from being a mommy blogger, I am also a Dolce Vita Blogger! Are you a lover of Italy? Check out this link to find out how you can join the monthly linky.

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How To Choose Your Wedding Gown

*A Guest Post by Jenny Umali Mendoza

How Do You Choose Your Wedding Gown?

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Is it your dream to walk down the aisle to “the one” you will spend the rest of your life with? Your wedding day is perhaps the most beautiful and most magical day in your life as a couple. It is the beginning of the road to forever. Of course, choosing the perfect wedding gown for the bride-to-be is one of the most exciting highlights of the wedding journey. Many women look forward to the moment when she walks down the aisle and all eyes are on her. Wearing the right dress is key to making the bride glow with confidence.

Things to consider when choosing your wedding gown:

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  1. Does it reflect my personality and style?
  2. Can I move comfortably in it?
  3. Does it fit our budget?
  4. Is the material of good quality?
  5. Does wearing it make me happy?

Are you looking for some wedding gown inspiration?

These mommy bloggers from the Influential Mamas Community shared their wedding photos and links to their blogs. Disclaimer: I do not own any of these photos, they were shared with me by the owners. No copyright infringement intended, and professional photos were acknowledged.

  1. Brittney 

2. Jennifer

Married in 2010

Photography by Josie Martin

 

3. Judy

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4. Tiffany

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Married in 2016
Erika Grace photography (www.erikagracephoto.com)

5. Nicole

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Married in 2014

6. Amber

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Married in 2015

7. Aja

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Married in 2015 (20 weeks pregnant with twins in this picture)

8. Denisha

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Married 2011

(c) Photography by Gema

9. Bhushavali

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10. Diana

 

11. Bridgid-Ryan

12. Pooja

 

13. Nancy

 

Good luck in choosing your perfect wedding dress! I hope that you will enjoy your Big Day with the love of your life and with the people closest to your heart.

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