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Discussing finances is both the most awkward and important part of being a maid of honor. While there are certainly some expenses that you are expected to cover, it’s up to you to set an overall budget that you’re comfortable spending. Before doing so, you need to be able to answer the question that most are too embarrassed to ask: what does the maid of honor pay for? 1. Wedding Attire The maid of honor, along with the rest of the bridal party, is expected to cover all wedding attire costs. This includes the dress (plus any necessary alterations), shoes, and any jewelry you’ll be wearing the day of. Occasionally, the bride will gift her bridesmaids with whatever accessories she wants them to wear. 2. Bridal Shower When it comes to the bridal shower, it’s the responsibility of the maid of honor to split the expenses with the rest…

I woke up last Tuesday morning to an email that read, I hope you and your family are safe and well in the midst of everything going on right now. I’m not sure if you’re still able to work in the middle of all of this, but if so, I thought I’d put in a request for a post. I could really use some thoughts for how to help my sister and her fiancé, whose wedding was supposed to be April 18. After explaining her situation a bit further, she went on to say, While there isn’t much out there about what to do when a pandemic hits the world and everyone has to maintain distance, I wondered if you had any tips that could apply. Since receiving that email, I’ve gone back and forth on how to even write a post that could adequately address what’s going on in…

When it comes to writing a maid of honor speech, there are a thousand and one questions you probably have. And if we had to guess, we’d say “how long should a maid of honor speech be?” falls somewhere in your top three. Lucky for you, we have a little bit of insight into this puzzle.  Having given not one but two different maid of honor speeches (and having witnessed dozens more), we feel pretty confident that we have the answer you are looking for. Unfortunately, it’s not as straightforward as you may have hoped.  See the thing about being a modern maid of honor is knowing that no two journeys are the same. What may work for one of you, may not work for the next. That’s why when giving our honest advice and personal opinions, it’s important that we make that very clear.  That being said, we will…

Are you in the middle of planning your BFF’s bridal shower? Chances are you probably have a few questions when it comes to deciding on which, if any, games you’ll be playing (we know we did!) The fact of the matter is that no two bridal showers are the same, and the rules that apply to one may not necessarily apply to the other. That being said, there are definitely some best practices in place and to help you make sense of it all, we’ve answered the four most frequently asked questions about bridal shower games.  What kind of games do you play at a bridal shower? Typically there are two kinds of games played at a bridal shower- interactive and noninteractive. In other words, multiplayer and single-player.  Interactive games, also commonly referred to as icebreakers, require guests to mingle among each other in order to play. Examples of…

So you’ve decided to treat your girl gang to some awesome bachelorette party favors, but you don’t know where to start your search. That’s where we come in! We’ve scoured Etsy for the top shops that are currently selling the latest and greatest bachelorette party favors and have narrowed it down to eleven excellent choices. From hair ties to koozies to temporary tattoos, these shops all specialize in bachelorette party swag! 11. HomespunByKate If you’re looking for bright and colorful koozies, this is the shop for you. HomespunByKate has a variety of different choices and is perfect for those looking for theme or location-specific can coolers. Our Favorite Finds: 10. WhenitRainsPaper No bachelorette party is complete without custom drinkware. WhenitRainsPaper features an assortment of colorful cups that you can personalize for your group. As an added bonus, all of their cups can pair up with matching koozies for a…

When it comes to bachelorette party favors, there is only one rule: go big or go home. Whether you consider yourself a bride squad, I do crew, or straight up girl gang, you are equally obligated to strut your stuff in style. To help you decide which bachelorette party favors work best for your group, we’ve hand-selected ten fun options that can fly solo or be mixed and matched.  Slim Can Koozies Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking claws… expect that they must remain cold! Sip your seltzers in style with these ‘Future Mrs x Cheers Bitches’ slim can koozies. ‘Team Bride’ Hair Ties Whether you wear these as an accessory or actually use them to tie back your tail, these ‘Team Bride’ hair ties are the perfect pick for any group. Color Changing Cups For all our girls who are still kids at heart, these custom color changing…

SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve come looking for “Last Fling Before the Ring” or “It’s My Final Fiesta” ideas, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Seriously, that was so last decade ago.  We here at Modern MOH are all about keeping up with the times and that means saying goodbye to those overused and outdated bachelorette party themes. Trust us when we say that new trends are quickly emerging and in order to be the GMOHOAT (greatest maid of honor of all time), you gotta stay ahead of the game. Lucky for you, we’ve done our research and are here to give you all the insider tips to pull off the bachelorette bash of the year. From refreshingly retro to fascinatingly futuristic, we’ve got five fresh bachelorette party themes for every type of girl gang.  1. Girls Gone Green: An Eco-Friendly Bachelorette Party News flash: getting wasted doesn’t mean you…

We here at Modern MOH are super excited to announce that we’ve partnered up with Lulus, our longtime go-to brand for budget-friendly online shopping. As soon as we heard about their recently released bridal collection featuring hundreds of affordable bridesmaids dresses, we knew it was a match made in heaven(ly hues). Aside from the crazy cheap price tags, we love that these dresses are stylish enough to wear again and again (‘cause let’s be real- no one wants to drop hundreds of dollars on clothing that can only be worn once).  Because we see Lulus as the future of affordable bridesmaid dresses (and we know that you’re a busy HBIC who has much to do), we decided to break down their bridal collection into our favorite finds for every season. While these dresses are certainly trendy enough to be worn year round, we thought it would be fun to feature…

If you think writing a maid of honor speech is tough, you’re totally right. For starters, you have to come up with a captivating opener to get the audience hooked from the jump. Then you must keep them hanging onto your every word for the next 3-4 minutes. And just when you think the hardest part is over, here comes the ending (dun, dun, dunnnnn) So, how do you end a maid of honor speech? With one of these 10 simple yet sentimental toasts, of course!   May your love be modern enough to survive the times and old-fashioned enough to last forever. Here’s to the new husband and here’s to the new wife. May they remain lovers for all of life. Love is a friendship that has caught fire, so may your love burn bright for years to come. Here’s to my best friend and her new best friend.…

The key to a successful bridal shower is to sprinkle in enough icebreakers that guests are getting to know one another without all the dreaded awkwardness. These icebreakers come in the form of bridal shower games and trust us when we say there are too many to choose from. Luckily for you, we’ve done our research and have hand-crafted 12 free printable bridal shower games guaranteed to get guests chatting like life-long friends. Simply click through to the printable bridal shower games that interest you most for the details of each and their free downloadable PDF!  1. How Well Do You Know the Bride?  This is our top choice for printable bridal shower games because it’s a great chance for guests to learn more about the bride (or show off how much they already know). Simply have the bride answer all 15 questions and record her responses as your answer…