Beautiful Beach Wedding Dresses for Guests

Beach weddings are like a mini vacation… who doesn’t want to watch a friend or a loved one tie the knot in front of a beautiful seascape? While this pending beach ceremony might be exciting, there’s always the question of what to wear? After all, your stiletto heels will inevitably sink right into the sand, and there’s nothing worse than a thick fabric in 90-degree sun! If you’re headed to a beach wedding this summer, here are a few simple rules to follow:

1. Be sure to check on the dress code

Beach weddings can range anywhere from uber casual where a simple sundress or a cotton maxi dress will do, to a formal ceremony where a long, elegant gown is called for. Knowing what kind of dress you’ll need to wear will take most of the stress out of planning your outfit.

2. How casual is casual?

If you’re headed to a casual beach wedding, make sure to dress light and easy. Most times a cute cotton or chiffon sundress in a pretty print or bright color is your best bet. Light fabrics that aren’t clingy like linen, chiffon, cotton, or thin lace are your best friend. When in doubt, just think of what you would wear to a summer get-together and pair with a cute pair of sandals or wedges and you’re set!

3. When it’s a formal affair

If you’re headed to a formal or semi-formal beach wedding a tea length dress or a ankle length gown are your go-tos. You’ll want to make sure if you do wear a long dress that it isn’t dragging in the sand.

4. Color is everything

While it may be tempting to opt for your go-to LBD (little black dress), remember darker colors conduct heat. For a beach wedding lighter colors like pinks, nudes, and light blues are best to keep you cool. Of course if it’s a formal affair that starts later, black is always a safe and sophisticated option.

5. Don’t forget to pack the essentials

This might go without saying, but make sure you pack some beach essentials with you. If the wedding is during the day you’ll want to put on some sunscreen and bring extra deodorant. You’ll also want to pack some sunglasses and a hair tie (unless you’re going for that wind-swept hair look)! Lastly, bring a shawl or light cardigan for when the sun goes down. It’s always a little chillier by the water at night, and you’ll be happy you brought an extra layer.

Our Picks for Beautiful Beach Wedding Dresses for Guests:

Anthropologie Sienna Dress

J Crew Ruffle Shoulder Sheath


J Crew Double Strap Mini Dress in Eyelet

Eliza J Floral Print Dress

Asos Closet Tie-Front Dress

Ali Jay Flower Frolicking Midi Dress

 

Betsey Johnson Fit & Flare Dress

Lastly, for a formal affair:

Asilio Exclusive Cross the Fader Dress

Monogram Etiquette: What Newlyweds Need to Know

Whether you’re looking to personalize something with your new last name (ek!) or are looking to give an extra special gift to the bride and groom, there are a few monogramming “rules” to follow. So before you go adding a monogram to a set of towels or go gifting the bride with a monogrammed robe for her wedding day, be sure to read on!

Chances are you’re familiar with monogramming from back in your elementary school days when you had a backpack emblazoned with your initials on it. Now that you (or a friend) are getting married you have to take into account whether they’ll be changing their name.

Couple Monogramming:

 

Traditionally women either take their husband’s last name, only changing their last initial, or shift their maiden name to the middle name slot, taking their husband’s last name in place of their own. Many women also keep their maiden name professionally and take their husband’s last name socially. Men on the other hand don’t usually change their initials unless he and his spouse opt for a hyphenated last name. When it comes to couple monogramming, we outlined a few options above. If the bride and groom decide to share a hyphenated last name, a hyphen is also used in the monogram.

If the bride keeps her maiden name, the couple’s monogram would be dual initials, having the two last name initials separated by a dot, asterisk, etc. This will help to differentiate the monogram from a hyphenated last name monogram. In the example above, Elizabeth Grace Brown and Charles William Smith would use B*S as their combined monogram.

Types:

Most monograms can be divided into two main categories: monograms where letters are all the same size (block) and monograms where the center initial is larger. The larger center initial style is mostly used for couple monograms.

Style:

When it comes to the actual typography, the sky is the limit! If you’re gifting a monogrammed item, it’s best to stick with basic block lettering. If you’re personalizing something for yourself, you can go as intricate or as simple as you would like. Some people even have a custom illustration or crest drawn for them. This is your chance to really let your own or your couple personality show.

What to Monogram:

If you’re trying to decide what exactly to mongoram, the options are endless. The most commonly monogrammed items are linens, towels, china, and stationery. A lot of couples will already have these items picked out on their wedding registry with their chosen monogram, so you won’t have to worry about which to chose. 

*All photos via The Knot

7 Wedding Day Mishaps Mojuba Can Handle

Don’t even think about it, Bud. Image via Pinterest (If you know the original source please let us know!)

If you’re a bride, you’ve probably had that dream. The one where you’re walking down the aisle, and everybody is starting at you, ooh-ing and aah-ing in delight, when suddenly, a snap-happy guest steps into the aisle and right on top of your train, ripping your dress. 

Or some variation of it, at least. 

The fact is, your wedding day is one of the biggest of your whole life, so it’s no wonder you’re a little worried (even when you’re sleeping!) that something is going to go wrong and derail the entire event. 

The only way we know to ease your fears of wedding day mishaps is to be prepared. Our founder, Jackie James, is a long-time wedding planner that’s literally seen–and fixed–it all on a wedding day. It’s how she decided what to put into our wedding day emergency kits! Here are just a few of the wedding day blunders Mojuba is equipped to handle.

The ripped dress.

You’ll probably be walking around in a long white dress for at least eight hours on your wedding day. That might include time spent traipsing through the woods or climbing out onto a jetty to pose for the perfect photo, AKA plenty of opportunity for rips and tears. Our bags have professional sewing kits from Gilchrist and Soames® with pre-threaded needles to make it a cinch to fix a snag and move on with your big day. 

The stained dress.

Ditto to stains, because you have to eat (really, you do!) at some point on your wedding day. If you happen to spill pizza on your gown mid-day (we’re not judging!) you’ll have a Madame Paulette™ couture stain removal kits in the bag. 

The sweats. 

Even the driest, daintiest woman in the world can break a shvitz on her wedding day. If you start to sweat, we’ve got you covered with deodorant, plus oil-blotting papers to keep your makeup intact. 

The blister.

The only thing that can take away from the magic of your first dance with your new hubby is a mega-blister from your just-as-new shoes. Not to worry! You’ll be light as air with Dancin’ Feet® cushions and a box of band-aids at your disposal. 

The hangover. 

No one means to be hungover on their wedding day, but with all of the rehearsal dinner festivities and toasts the night before, headaches can happen. Get your bliss back (or your bridesmaids back) with Advil. 

The Aunt Flo.

Who invited HER?! Sometimes, unexpected guests show up, and you can’t have that ol’ B wrecking your moment. Mojuba kits are packed with Advil and the girly-products you need to show her the door (or at least hide her out sight for the remainder of the evening). 

The limp hair-do.

Like we said, your wedding day is a long eight, ten or twelve (even longer, sometimes!) hours, and no matter who did your hair, any combination of sun, humidity, wind, your veil, and plenty of dancing and smooching can mean that come time for introductions at your reception, your hair looks like it was styled by your flower girl. No worries, wifey, we’ve got you covered with bobby pins, a comb, and hairspray (now here’s hoping one of your bridesmaids spends a lot of time watching beauty tutorials on YouTube). 

For a full list of how Mojuba can save your big day, check out our Bride Bag page here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unique Bridal Shower Gift Ideas the Bride Will Actually Use

Technically, there are few events in life when it is easier to give a gift than for a bridal shower. If the bride is traditional, then you probably have an entire list of very specific gift ideas to choose from in the form of a wedding registry. But sometimes, giving a couple a pair of salad tongs can just feel impersonal, especially if the bride is someone close to you. If you’re considering “going off registry,” you’re also probably wanting to be certain you get something the bride and groom will love. Here are a few of our favorite ideas. 

bridal shower gift ideas

Think outside the Le Creuset.

A luxe throw blanket. Encourage the newlyweds to cuddle up during movie night with a super-soft throw blanket in a luxurious material like cashmere or rich wool. Bonus if it’s stylish enough to leave out on the sofa when it’s not in use. 

A night on the town, on you. The months leading up to a wedding can be incredibly stressful as the couple finalizes dozens of details and pays the outstanding balance on all of their vendors. Give them a chance to unwind on you with a gift card to a favorite restaurant, or two tickets to a sporting event, theater performance, or museum.

A pretty silk robe to get ready in. Give the bride something special to wear on the morning of her wedding while she gets glam for the day. Not only will it make her feel special from the moment she wakes up, but it will look great in photos, too. 

A ring holder. Get the bride a beautiful spot to store her bling with a ring holder she can keep a alongside her bed. Kate Spade, Waterford, and Lenox all make beautiful versions. 

Something monogrammed. To add a personal touch to something already on their registry, get it monogrammed with the couple’s new initials. Wine glasses, cutting boards, serving pieces and towels are all easy contenders for monogramming. 

A wedding emergency kit from Mojuba! Of course, we couldn’t forget the ultimate bridal shower gift (ahem!)…one of our wedding day emergency kits for the bride! Consider it doing your part to ensure that the biggest day of her life goes off without a hitch (and if there does happen to be a hitch, that it’ll be handled, pronto).  Check out our bride bags here

What are your favorite unique shower gifts for the bride? 

A Wedding Emergency Kit for the Groom

Why does a groom need an emergency kit?

Well, let’s be honest for a minute: Even though weddings are about a couple being joined together in holy matrimony for the rest of their lives, a lot of the Big Day is focused around the bride. It takes longer for her to get ready, she’s the one everyone oohs and ahhs over when she walks down the aisle, and she probably chose most elements of the reception. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; we’ve found that most grooms are happy to let their leading lady take the spotlight, but at the same time, the groom shouldn’t be relegated to second fiddle, either!

Not only is gifting him with a groom’s emergency kit a great way to ensure that he feels thought of on the wedding day … it’s also a small insurance policy to guarantee the groom has everything he needs on a day when everyone is paying attention to her. It’ll give him peace of mind and the ability to handle anything that comes his way. 

So what’s in the Groom’s Emergency Kit?

It’s basically a selection of everything our founder, Jackier James, most commonly needed during her days as a wedding planner. It covers everything from rehearsal-dinner hangover curing Advil, to a sewing kit, a shoe horn, and more….

Tux-saving Shout® Wipes (2)
Shave Kit with Gilette® Shave Cream
Styptic Pencil for shaving nicks
Hair Comb

Right Guard® deodorant so you never let em see you sweat
Listerine PocketMist® for close encounters

Cavallini & Co. ® file folders
Advil® for splitting headaches (2)

Kodak® camera for photos with your buddies
Mojuba® pen & notepad
Mojuba® pocket-size playing cards for fun

Colgate® toothbrush & toothpaste
Scope® mouthwash

Shoe horn to slip into your new shoes

Shoe shine wipes (2)

La Fresh® hand sanitizer (2)

Carmex® lip balm for kissing
Lint brush
Gilchrist & Sommes® sewing kit

Band-aids® for your aching feet (8)
Sniff® tissues (10)
Pepcid Complete® for a nervous stomach (2)
Eye drops

Of course, we truly hope the groom doesn’t need everything in this kit on his wedding day, and the good news is that what’s left over makes an ideal travel kit for the honeymoon afterwards! 

To shop the groom wedding kit, click here

12 Stylish Bridal Shower Invitations You Can Order Online

Hosting a bridal shower? Once you pick a date and lock down a venue, it’s time to send out the invitations. The invites may seem like a minor detail in the planning process, but don’t give in to the temptation to overlook them. Invitations are the first impression guests will have of the event before the date of the shower. The version you choose will send subtle clues about the formality and style of the affair. 

Luckily, there are plenty of options (you could argue maybe too many) for stylish bridal shower invitations these days, all of which can be ordered online through sites like Minted, Etsy, and TinyPrints. Here are a few of our favorites:

For a Bridal Brunch

Minted Blushing Brunch

TinyPrints: Bridal Florals Linen

Etsy, Bridal Shower Invitation by Design on Paper

For a Co-Ed Couples Shower

Minted, I Do Brew

Clean Cut, Minted

For an Evening Affair

TinyPrints Bridal Lights in Slate

TinyPrints Simply Mrs. in Slate

Minted, Engraved floral invitation

For a Casual Gathering

Minted, Summer Sippin’

Etsy, Bridal Shower Invitation by Paper Heart Company 

For a Vineyard Party

Minted, Winery

Etsy, Bridal Shower Invitation by Noted Occasions 

Happy hostessing, and don’t forget to surprise the bride with a Mojuba Emergency Kit for the big day!

Modern Wedding Registry Ideas We Love

In the beginning, the wedding registry was a way for new couples to start their married (and cohabitating) lives together on a well-stocked foot. After their bridal shower, they’d have all of the crystal and china they’d need to host years of family holidays, brand new linens for the bed they’d start sharing, and lots of bakeware and gadgets for the wife to put to good use in the kitchen.

It’s not hard to see why the traditional registry concept is now a bit outdated. More couples are living together before marriage (and thus have all the plates and serving bowls they need already), and gender roles are changing, meaning there are plenty of women out there that have absolutely zero use or desire for a KitchenAid mixer. 

The good news is that the modern wedding registry is changing, and fast. More couples are forgoing lists of housewares and linens and asking for things they need and want more than new towels. If you’re one of these couples, here are a few modern registry ideas we think you’ll love.

modern wedding registry ideas - travel registry

Take the honeymoon of your dreams with a travel registry! Image via TheKnot.com

Zola.com, the registry for anything and everything 

If you and your sweetie have plans to buy your first place and really need a new sofa, but you also would love it if family and friends could chip in for your honeymoon, Zola is the registry for you. The site lets you put literally anything on your registry, from furniture to experiences to money. It also has a group gifting option which makes it easy for guests to go in on one big gift together. One of our favorite ideas? Add a Mojuba wedding emergency kit to your registry to make sure you’re covered on the big day!

Traveler’s Joy, the registry for your honeymoon.

Your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime reason to go anywhere and do anything you want…as long as you can afford it. Traveler’s Joy helps take care of the latter, allowing guests to chip in for almost any and every part of your trip. 

Feather the Nest

Saving up for a house? Renovating your dream home together? Need a new kitchen before you can fill it cooking gadgets? Feather the Nest can help. The sit allows you to set up your real estate goal or project and lets friends and family contribute. 

A Charity Registry

Already have everything you could ever need? Instead of gathering gifts you may or may not use, why not put the generosity of your guests to good use with a charity registry? There are lots to choose from, including The Good Beginning and ZankYou

Heard of any other great modern registry ideas? Tell us about ’em in the comments section!

6 Alternative Bachelorette Party Ideas

Is it us, or do bachelorette parties all seem to blend together after a while in a cloud of tequila shots and shiny plastic beads? Whether you’re feeling burned out by all of the bachelorettes you’ve spent in Vegas or Miami, you want to keep your party local, or you’re just not the going-out type and want something more relaxing, here are six alternate bachelorette party ideas to consider. 
 

1. Gone Glamping.

A rental tipi from Glamping.com

If your girl group is up for an adventure, glamping could be your ultimate bachelorette getaway. The key to making it more relaxing than rustic: book a house or cabin on a lake or in the mountains, or visit a resort that caters to upscale camping with well-appointed yurts and lodges designed to bring the glamour. GlampingHub.com or Glamping.com are great resources for locations around the U.S., including pop-up glamping services, like tricked out Tipis that can be set up almost anywhere. 
 

2. Plan a Spa-Ahhh Day.

The Lake Austin Spa, image via property

If your perfect bachelorette is one that’s completely stress free, consider renting out a local spa for a day with friends. Feel like getting away? Consider a destination spa like Canyon Ranch in Arizona or The Lake Austin Spa in Texas. Either way, start your morning with coffee and an invigorating workout or hike, then move onto massages, a spa lunch, and finish out the day with mani-pedis. Spend the evenings relaxing in the hot tub or visit a town nearby.
 

3. Head for the Hills.

Planning a winter bachelorette? Forget the traditional warm-weather locales and book a ski-vacation. There are few things more rewarding than a glass of wine after a day on the slopes. Don’t ski? Try showshoeing or snowmobiling instead, then head to the apres-ski watering holes anyway! 
 

4. Take a Staycation.

A room at the Langham Hotel Chicago. Image via property.

For those whose bridal parties might not be able to fly for a bachelorette because of the cost, pregnancy, or simple preference, why not take a staycation? Booking a suite at even the nicest hotel in the nearest big city is likely to cost a lot when split among a group than eight plane tickets, and it will still feel special. Stay for the weekend, and make the first night Champagne and room-service-infused slumber party, and plan a night on the town for night two. 
 

5. House-Swap.

Party at your house! Image via Airbnb

Does one member of your bridal party live in a different city than the rest? Ask her if she’d be willing to play hostess for a weekend! You’ll save on lodging costs and have a built-in tour guide than can point your group in the direction of the best nightlife, restaurants, and attractions in the area.
 

6. Take a Wine Tour.

Chateau Ste Michele in Washington State, Image via the winery

Gather your group of winos and head to wine country. Most regions of the country have their own little version of Napa, whether you live in the Midwest (head to Michigan), the Northwest (Washington State has beautiful vineyards), East Coast (check out the Connecticut wine trail), or South (the Georgia Wine Highway and Texas Hill Country are both popular). Hire a tour bus to take you to three or four vineyards, then spend the night at a local B&B. 
 
 
 
 
 

Bridal Bouquet Style Guide

Like any detail in wedding planning, when it comes to choosing a bouquet style, you have to go with what feels natural to you, and well as what is best suited for the overall scheme and style of your wedding. From formal to flowing, bold to bohemian, here is our quick guide to bridal bouquet styles and what they say about your affair.

Cascading 

Image via Belle the Magazine

Image via Brides.com

The look: Glamorous and romantic.
Best for: Outdoor weddings, beach weddings.
A cascading bouquet essentially looks like a waterfall of flowers hanging from your hands. They’re a beautiful choice if you want your flowers to be a front-and-center element of your walk down the aisle, or you want to dress up a simple gown. We love the choice primarily for emphasizing the natural feel of an outdoor wedding or the breeziness of a beach ceremony. 

Round

Image via Abby Mitchell Events

The look: Tight and traditional
Best for: Church weddings, fancy indoor celebrations
Because of it’s tailored appearance, a round bouquet is considered a classic choice that complements traditional or formal affairs. If you’re going for a vintage or rustic feel, on the other hand, this style may feel too “stuffy” compared with the rest of your decor. 

Hand-tied 

Image via Ruffled Blog

The look: Loose and bohemian
Best for: Vintage weddings, unconventional locations, casual celebrations
Hand-tied bouquets have a more natural, spontaneous feel about them, almost like you’re carrying a bouquet you plucked from a vase on a table. Hand-tied bouquets are versatile, but we love them most for vintage-themed weddings, outdoor garden celebrations, or backyard parties. 

Nosegay

Image via mydomaine.com

Image via Hey Wedding Lady

The look: Prim, not too proper
Best for: Religious ceremonies, formal indoor weddings, formal outdoor weddings
A nosegay is what most people think of when they think of wedding bouquet: a tight cluster of flowers with evenly-trimmed stems, usually wrapped in ribbon or fabric. Consider it the happy medium between a perfectly round bouquet and a loose, hand-tied one. 

Posy

Image via Wedding Wire

The look: Small and subtle
Best for: Complementing short or simple wedding gowns, courthouse ceremonies

A Posy is similarly structured to a Nosegay, but uses fewer flowers. The stems are also trimmed shorter, making for an effect that’s more compact overall. Many brides choose posy-style bouquets for the attendants, but the arrangement is also a beautiful choice for brides who opt for simple or short wedding dresses to ensure the bouquet doesn’t outshine the dress. 

Happy arranging!

The Hottest Bachelorette Party Destinations of 2017

The Hottest Bachelorette Destinations of 2017

Is there anything better than spending a weekend away with your BFF’s? After all of the stress of wedding planning, your bachelorette party is a much-needed time to have fun with your closest friends and celebrate the fact that you’re getting married! While spots like Las Vegas and New York will always be bridal favorites, this year brides are turning on the Southern charm in Charleston or opting for a desert retreat in Palm Springs instead. If you’re planning your bachelorette party this year, here are 5 spots you’ll want to look into:

1. Tulum
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While you usually hear about destination weddings in Tulum, this year the tables are turning and more and more brides are planning their bachelorette parties here. This quaint little beach town is the perfect Mexican party spot. From the stunning beaches, to the historic ruins, to the town’s health conscious vibe, this destination has everything you could want for a bachelorette party. Stay at Zamas, grab dinner at Hartwood Tulum, and drinks at Todotulum, and you’re in for an unforgettable night!

2. Palm Springs
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Palm Springs isn’t just a stop on your way to Coachella anymore; it’s one of this year’s top bachelorette destinations. Instead of fighting through crowded pools in Las Vegas, many brides are opting for this desert retreat instead. Stay at The Ace Hotel and sunbathe during the day, and hit up the bars on Palm Canyon Drive at night, and you’re in for a fun weekend.

3. Charleston
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Spend a weekend like a real Southern belle in Charleston. One great thing about this city is that it’s definitely a walking city, so you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the city’s charm without worrying about getting around! We suggest staying at The Mills House Hotel or use Airbnb for a cute beach house on Sullivan’s Island. For your night out, grab drinks at The Gin Joint or if you’re looking for more of an upbeat dance scene bring your girlfriends to the Republic Garden and Lounge.

4. New Orleans
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A New Orleans bachelorette party is pretty much a right of passage. Either you’ve been to one, or you’re planning on having your own there. Whether you’ve spent one too many nights on Bourbon St. or haven’t partaken in the revelry there quite yet, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a great time in NOLA. For your night out, try The Beach on Bourbon for a true Bourbon street experience or if you want more of a relaxed night sitting back and listening to some seriously talented jazz musicians, we love The Maison on Frenchman Street. If you’re headed down there for the food, don’t forget to try the beignets at Café Du Monde or the gumbo at Dooky Chase’s.

5. Nashville
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Neon Signs on Lower Broadway Area, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (Photo by: VOA/UIG via Getty Images)

What better way to spend your bachelorette weekend than listening to live music and dancing in the Music City? If you’re a fan of the T.V. show Nashville, you’ll want to check out the Bluebird Cafe. After that, head down Broadway for some Honky Tonk fun, and get ready for some line dancing.