5 New Year’s Resolutions All Brides Should Make

Jan 12, 2017 | Comments 0


I’m sure you’ve uttered the phrase, “new year, new me” at some point in the past few weeks. But have you applied this new philosophy to your wedding planning? For all brides getting married in the next year, we want you to make a few New Years resolutions. Be warned though, these aren’t the kind of resolutions that you can break in the first few days! So grab your planning notebook and take these to heart.

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1. Enjoy the process
Believe us, it will go by SO fast (emphasis on the “SO.”) One thing we hear a lot are brides who wish that they had taken a step back and enjoyed the planning process a little more. Remember, you’re engaged! Bask in your pre-marital bliss for as long as possible, and remember amid all of the prepping and planning, that you’re getting married to the love of your life!

2. Accept your body for what it is
Now that you have your dream dress, it’s easy to get wrapped up in achieving your “dream body” to go along with it. While there’s no shortage of wedding bootcamps and wedding diets out there, don’t go crazy with them! In the chance of sounding like your mother here, it’s not worth it to go on a crazy crash diet just to fit into your wedding dress. Accept your body for what it is, and find a balance between eating healthy and treating yourself every once and awhile. 

3. Keep a journal of your planning process – you forget the details!
One day you’re going to look back on this process through rose colored glasses and you’re going to want to remember how many cakes you tried before choosing the red velvet or how many dresses you tried on before choosing the one. What better way to document all of the details than with a wedding diary? Write down everything, big or little, so that in a year (or ten!) from now you can look back and remember all of the fun you had.

4. Prioritize time with your significant other during the planning craziness
It’s no secret that a lot of significant others aren’t huge fans of the wedding planning process. Instead of taking on everything yourself, make sure you’re including them as well. While some significant others might not want to help you choose the napkins for the head table, they might love to be a part of the cake tasting. If your significant other wants little to do with the wedding, make sure you’re scheduling in date nights where wedding planning is off the agenda, so you two can spend time together.

5. Don’t stress on the big day: Be prepared with a wedding day emergency kit from Mojuba
After all of this planning and prepping, don’t leave anything to chance on your wedding day. With your Mojuba wedding day emergency kit, you’ll have everything you need to get hitched, without a hitch, all conveniently located in one stylish place. Basically it’s your modern day fairy godmother with a strap! From deodorant, to tissues, to scissors for unruly threads, this kit has it all!

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Nail Polish Colors for a Winter Wedding

Dec 28, 2016 | Comments 0


When you’re going over your beauty look for your wedding, don’t forget about your nails. Although a small part of your overall look, they’re a make or break accessory to your bridal bouquet. You’ll want to make sure your nails complement your flower choice, instead of clashing with it. Whether you’re planning on going neutral, metallic, or bold, scroll down for some of our favorite nail polish colors for your winter wedding.

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You can’t go wrong with a traditional nail color. Stick with a variety of whites, neutrals, and pinks.

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Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace
This opaque white is the perfect whimsical color to go with a winter white theme.

OPI Be There in a Prosecco
So you don’t want to go nude, but you want a little color on your nails. Your answer… this nude polish that will give you just the right amount of shine.

Essie Allure
This seductive sheer nail polish with a natural finish is a must-have for brides everywhere. Plus it’s Kate Middleton go-to shade, so rest assured it has the royal seal of approval.

Essie Mademoiselle
This soft pink will look great with your white gown.

OPI Nomad’s Dream
This dreamy shade is the perfect balance of cool and mauve without being too over the top.

Festive
Winter weddings give you an excuse to let your dark side out. So why not go for a pale metallic nail?

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Smith & Cult Subnormal
This pale blue/gray is especially flattering on cool-toned skin. If you’re looking for a color that’s on the lighter end of metallic, this one’s for you.

Essie Cocktail Bling
This precious pale grey jewel tone will look great against a white floral bouquet.

Essie Now and Zen
You can’t go wrong with a timeless sage grey like this Essie color.

Christian Louboutin Miss Mars
For the bold gal, this intense gunmetal grey will give you glossy, envy-inducing nails.

NARS Amarapura
A little bit of grey, a little bit of shimmer, for a look that’s bold and fun.

OPI Glitzerland
This shimmery toned down gold is part neutral, part glam.

Wintry
If you’re taking the plunge and going the winter red route, make sure to keep your nails short and square to balance out the already bold shade.

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Smith & Cult Lover’s Creep
This red is a bit vampy and would look amazing paired with red roses in a bouquet.

OPI Nail Lacquer in We The Female
This dark berry red is part of Kerry Washington’s collection, so you know it has Olivia Pope’s stamp of approval.

Nars Jungle Red
Talk about a knockout color…this high-gloss shade is one of our winter favorites.

Essie Shearling Darling
This plush mahogany red nail lacquer with a dark undertone is the perfect color to bring out winter’s sultriness.

Which palette is your favorite? 

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7 Essential Wedding Planning Apps for Brides

Dec 19, 2016 | Comments 0


It’s almost 2017, so put down your notebooks and checklists and take your wedding planning to your phone. With all of the technology out there, you better believe that wedding experts have created some pretty amazing apps to help you through your planning process. From hiring a wedding planner, to digital checklists, to booking your hair and beauty services, here are a few of our best-kept secrets (aka favorite digital tools) to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

 

  1. Wedding Planner by The Knot
    Think of The Knot’s apps as a mini-wedding planner in your purse! Keep yourself sane with their wedding checklist, find a vendor from their list of over 250,000 merchants, schedule a venue tour directly from their app, and browse endless inspiration photos to help inspire your perfect day.
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  2. Zola
    Why limit your wedding registry to two or three stores when you can fill it with literally anything that catches your eye? With Zola you can create your registry on your iPhone or iPad and customize it to your liking. If you’re out shopping and see something you like, just scan its barcode to add it. You can also add “experiences” so your guests can choose a service like Blue Apron or a wine membership instead of purchasing a household item.
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  3. Wedding Wire
    This app will keep you on track for your wedding. It’s basically your mom and dream personal assistant in app form (minus all the nagging). It has built in tasks like “find your wedding cake maker” and “book your invitations vendor” to help remind you as each deadline is approaching. It also allows you to sync events and contacts with your phone’s calendar and address book.
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  4. Joy
    Joy is one of the top-rated apps out there. You can start from the very beginning by creating your wedding website on Joy. Next, you can manage your RSVP’s directly from the app, so no need to worry about whether cousin Jim said yes or no. Joy also acts as a social network allowing your wedding party to e-meet beforehand, which is great for out-of-towners. Lastly, guests can upload photos directly to the app, so no more combing through your wedding hashtag for the best pics!
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  5. Loverly Virtual Wedding Planner
    It’s no secret that sometimes you need a little help from the professionals, especially when it comes to wedding planning. Although we love all of the advice we get from our friends and relatives, some things are best left to the experts, which is where Loverly comes in. You can chat for free with a wedding expert or choose a wedding planning package. You can also browse through advice on budget planning, registry set up, and tailor recommendations from their wedding concierge.
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  6. Stylisted 
    Instead of stressing about your hair, makeup, or nails for your wedding, download Stylisted. You can browse through hundreds of stylists’ profiles for photos of their work, prices, and recommendations from other users. And the best part is that they come to you, so no need to worry about getting ready at a salon. You can also book waxing and spray tans through the app, but we suggest doing this before your wedding day…just in case.
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  1. Honeyfund
    Creating a honeymoon registry is more popular than ever. What better way to share the love than by having your guests contribute to the honeymoon of your dreams instead of taking part in a typical registry? They will be able to give you experiences and memories instead of trinkets or housewares.
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Happy Planning!!

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7 Winter Wedding Schemes We Love

Dec 15, 2016 | Comments 0


Winter weddings often take a backseat to their warmer relative—the ever-popular summer wedding. But a snowy winter landscape can be just as captivating as a sunny beach backdrop. With the stark white contrast of the snow and bare trees against your wedding color scheme, you’re sure to make a statement. For a look at some of our favorite winter weddings schemes, check out our list below.

Winter White

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If this wedding isn’t straight out of a fairytale, we don’t know what is. If you’re thinking of trying out a monotone palette, use this snowy Cinderella wedding as your inspiration.

Rich & Glamorous

The gorgeous Boettcher Mansion in Colorado is the backdrop for this ultra-glam winter wedding. With neutral and gold tones as the color scheme, this wedding screams classic and sophisticated.

Rustic & Rosy

This romantic Valentine’s themed wedding set in rustic, rural Maine is what romantic Pinterest wedding boards are made of. From the bride’s deep red bouquet to the groom’s red plaid shirt and bowtie, the rosy red color scheme was ever-present. If you’re thinking of tying the knot on V-Day, this rustic wedding should be #1 on your inspiration list

Something Blue


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This wedding was themed around the saying—something borrowed, something blue. You better believe we would we like to “borrow” this beautiful bride’s sapphire wedding gown.  Set in the snowy mountains of Austria, this fantasy-like wedding is truly straight out of a storybook.

Burgundy & White


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A snowy winter wonderland makes the perfect contrast for this rich burgundy wedding. Marsala roses and lilies mixed with white roses made up the bride’s breath-taking bouquet, giving the look a vibrant feel. If the color scheme wasn’t enough to make you fall in love, how amazing is her fur caplet? If you’re going to get married in the winter, you have to keep warm somehow! 

Dark & Moody


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Head over to the dark side with this moody, ocean inspired wedding on the coast. It certainly breaks every “beach wedding” stereotype we’ve ever seen (in a really, really good way).

Icy Blue


If an all white wedding isn’t your thing, why not be swept away by the beautiful simplicity of an icy blue wedding? By adding pops of color like pale blue, you’re able to offset the white and create a unique look that’s truly yours.

Which is your favorite?

 

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5 Monogrammed Gifts the Couple Will Love 

Dec 08, 2016 | Comments 0


We’ll admit it: we’ve been obsessed with monogramming ever since our school days when our initials were proudly emblazoned on our backpacks. Even now, who can resist a mug with their initials or a personalized tote bag?  

With the New Year coming up the Save the Dates have surely started rolling in for next wedding season. But why wait until then to celebrate? The perfect holiday gift for a couple getting married next year is something with their new monogram! Trust us, they’ll love displaying their new initials. For some ideas to jump start your shopping, here are a few of our favorite monogrammed items for married-couples-to-be.

(Tip: Not sure what font or color to buy? Take a cue from their Save the Date! It’s usually a good reflection of the couple’s overall aesthetic.)

Waterford Wedding Flutes

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What better wedding gift to give to newlyweds than a pair of monogrammed wedding flutes they can use for their first toast and for years to come to remind them of their special day. Waterford’s elegant and stylish crystal designs make their flutes the perfect gift for any type of wedding.

L.L. Bean Tote Bag

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I think we can all agree that tote bags are one of life’s greatest inventions. Who needs a small purse when you can fit just about anything in your versatile tote bag? Fill it with honeymoon essentials and it’s the perfect present for an engaged couple. L.L. Bean makes the best (and most classic) version on the market, and guarantees their products for life, so you’re gifting them with an ever-lasting present (how’s that for a selling point!)

Plush Bath Towels

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Chances are bath towels are already a wedding registry item, but if you want to make your gift that much more special, opt for these Annie Selke Stella bath towels. They’re made of Egyptian cotton (fancy, huh?), and are basically like heaven in a towel.

Cute Coffee Mugs

Whether it’s a quirky saying or a pretty pattern, we all have a favorite decorated mug to fill up our coffee or tea in. So before you buy a simple ceramic mug from the wedding registry, think about choosing a handmade personalized mug for the bride and groom. Etsy has a ton to choose from.

A Swanky Serving Tray

No one loves to entertain more than newlyweds, so give your favorite couple a gift that’ll impress their guests AND remind them of their wedding every time they host a dinner party.

What are your favorite monogrammed gifts for couples? 

 

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So. Many. Colors.

Sep 27, 2016 | Comments 0


Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV hit show, Fixer Upper, have their own paint collection that they introduced to the world a few months ago.  (And thank you Chip + Joanna!)

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The new paint collection, Magnolia Home is a premium paint collection for interior and they even have furniture and cabinetry paint. (Say what?!)

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Now Chip + Joanna Gaines announced that they have 125 NEW SHADES!

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Check out some of their new paint colors…

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Shop their new shades. 

You won’t be disappointed, they have.. So. Many. Colors.

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We GOT Your Wedding Theme

Jul 26, 2016 | Comments 0


It’s wedding season! But it’s also the saddest time of the year right now. Why, you ask? Game of Thrones is over for the season has officially begun. We feel your heartbreak. No more of the beautiful Jon Snow or the even more beautiful clothes that Daenerys garbs (can that please be the next big fashion trend?!) until next year. Maybe rewatching the seasons or finally reading the books can fill your time until April (can it be April already) but we have the best solution to curb your GOT hunger. A GOT themed wedding. Now before you think we are crazy, imagine the gold details, the Khaleesi hairstyles and romantic wedding pictures in the snow. This can be done so tastefully that your guests might not even know that your wedding was anything but gorgeous themed! So let wedding planning fill the void of our closest friends who we miss on this side of the wall. And here’s to hoping the groom looks a little like Jon Snow.

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Fourth Of July Facts

Jul 01, 2016 | Comments 0


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As we get ready to celebrate our nation’s birth, we thought this would be a perfect time to share a little trivia about Independence Day and the early history of our country.  Some of it might come as a surprise to you and it just might come in handy during your Fourth of July cookout or get-together.  How well do you know your American history? Read more to find out!

-John Adams think we celebrate Independence Day on the wrong date:

Adams thought July 2, the day the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, would be the day patriots celebrated. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.  John Adams refused to acknowledge the Fourth of July as the nation’s Independence Day, firmly believing that July 2nd was the birth of our nation, and rejected all invitations to celebrate the Fourth of July.

-Three presidents died on the Fourth of July:

It was three of the first five presidents, Adams, Jefferson and Monroe. John Adams the second president and Thomas Jefferson the third president both died in 1860 on the 50th Anniversary.

-One president as born on the Fourth of July:

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president in 1872.

-When did the Fourth of July become a legal federal holiday?

1870. Then in 1938, Congress reaffirmed the holiday to make sure all workers received full pay.

-When were fireworks first used to celebrate July Fourth?

1777. Congress chose fireworks as a way to celebrate the first anniversary. They were ignited over Philadelphia and the celebration also included bonfires and bells.

-Did you know that roughly 2.5 million people lived in the United States when the Declaration was signed?!

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-“Yankee Doodle” is often thought of as a patriotic song.  It’s even the state anthem of Connecticut.  However, it was originally sung by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.  The Macaroni wig was an extreme fashion in the 1770s and became contemporary slang for foppishness.  The implication of the verse was that the Yankees were so unsophisticated that they thought simply sticking a feather in a cap would make them the height of fashion.  After the tide began to turn during the War of Independence, Americans embraced the song and made it their own, turning it back on those who had used it to mock them.

 

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 –The national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) is actually set to the tune of an old British drinking song called “To Anacreon in HeavenThe lyrics come from the poem, “Defense of Fort McHenry” written in 1814 by a lawyer named Francis Scott Key.  The song didn’t become the national anthem until March 3rd, 1931.

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-What were the greatest numbers of stripes displayed on an official American flag?

15. The flag, adopted by congress in 1795, when there were 15 states, had 15 stars and 15 stripes. It was replaced in 1818 by a flag with 20 stars, representing the 20 states then in the Union and 13 stripes, representing the 13 original states. Ever since then, the U.S. flag has had a star added for each new state, with the number of stripes fixed at 13.

 

Happy Independence Day!

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Have Your Dessert and Eat it Too!

Jun 27, 2016 | Comments 0


Wedding Cakes. We love them, all the flavors. But let’s be real, we simply love dessert. And as you know, when it comes to weddings we can sometimes be quite the rule/tradition breaker.

The cutting of the cake is a fav wedding reception moment. But is it because it’s romantic or because guests want some sugar?! What makes this moment special is this is the first married task the newlyweds will execute together. Funny how their first marriage duty is cutting and eating cake. This tradition actually started as a must, since wedding cakes were extravagant and required two sets of hands to cut! Wedding cakes have become much easier to cut (thankfully), but the bride and groom still cut the cake because everyone loves traditions (and sweets). But just like the cakes becoming less complicated, the cakes can be switched out all together.

We love cake. We are first in line when it comes to wedding cake. But we also believe in letting others have the spotlight. Did you and your fiance meet at a local donut shop? Do you share a love for pie? Maybe you don’t like cake (do people really not like cake)? Switch it up and switch it out with these amazing cake alternatives.

Get hungry. Get inspired.

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

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Queue Up Some Wedding Inspo

Jun 14, 2016 | Comments 0


It’s summer. Nights are longer, the days are hotter and all your fav shows have ended for the season. What to do when it’s to hot outside and you have nothing to watch? Netflix and chill wedding plan. No we aren’t saying pull up your latest pins or the new wedding mag… look at your Netflix queue for some wedding inspo!

Have a fav show you two watch every week and you swear that you won’t watch an episode while they are away on a trip (we won’t tell if you did)? Did you meet at a themed trivia night for that cult comedy show (Dunder-Mifflin A Team)?

Your wedding theme should showcase you and your fiance, and if “Treat Yo Self” is how you choose to live your life, then “Treat Yo Self” on your wedding day! Now before you think that tv shows have no place at a wedding, think again. Has any relationship in history been as relationship goal worthy as Jim & Pam or Andy & April?

So next time you binge watch 10 episodes, just remember…research/wedding planning/time not wasted.

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Park & Rec– “Treat Yo Self banner above the dessert table

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The Office– Business cards act as the guest book

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Breaking Bad– Rock Cake

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Doctor Who– Tardis Centerpiece

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Game Of Thrones– Seating Chart

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