<![CDATA[Yes, Your (Maid of) Honor - Not the Bride\'s Blog]]>Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:03:42 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[#TBT: Top FIVE worst movie bridesmaids EVER!]]>Thu, 21 May 2015 22:32:19 GMThttp://www.yesyourmaidofhonor.com/not-the-brides-blog/tbt-top-five-worst-movie-bridesmaids-everIn honor of Throwback Thursday, we're rehashing the most cringe-worthy behavior perpetrated by Movie-Bridesmaids, past.  So take heart, dear Maid of Honor, because even on your worst day, these women take the cake in the Worst Bridesmaid category!
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Hard up for cash? You could always sell your bridesmaid's dress like Rebecca Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic... although, we can't be too hard on her, because she did get it back just in the nick of time.  But seriously, though, you can really sell your bridesmaid's dress, AFTER the wedding! Check out tradesy.com (under their "all things weddings" section) or keep it simple and head to bridesmaidtrade.com to unload your closet and your credit card statement without giving the Bride a heart attack!

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Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic
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Jennifer Lopez as Groom-Stealing Mary Fiore in The Wedding Planner
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OK, so this one wasn't actually a Bridesmaid, per se, but she was the next closest thing... It's a whole new level of terrible when in The Wedding Planner, Mary Fiore, falls for the Groom and the whole thing ends up with the wedding of the century being called off at the very last second! I guess hopping on a plane to a pre-paid honeymoon solo isn't too bad of a consolation prize, but STILL! We feel for you, Fran Donolly, because being left by Matthew McConaughey at the alter (Or, did she leave him? We can't exactly tell...) is no one's idea of a good time.

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Speaking of weddings getting called off... Numbers 3 and 2 go to Emma Allen and Liv Lerner from the movie Bride Wars. These best friends who are initially set to be each others' Maids of Honor end up, instead, in a bridal battle royale when their weddings dates accidentally get set for the same day at the highly coveted Plaza Hotel in New York City. And sabotage to the EXTREME ensues... we're talking bright orange spray tans, swapping out shampoo for blue hair dye, secret fake registries at Babies-R-Us, and even swapping out the wedding dvd for a Spring Break montage! 

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Emma (Anne Hathaway-right) tackles Bridal Bestie Liv (Kate Hudson) in front of her entire family at her own wedding, just across the hall in the movie Bride Wars
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Lucky for these two frenemies, though, the story still ends in wedded bliss, AND the same due date for their first babies! But not until after the Spring Breaker leaves her groom at the alter for the amateur editor's brother! I guess thank God for body shots, right?!

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Julianne (Julie Roberts, right) tries to humiliate Bride Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) while clueless Michael (Dermot Mulrooney) looks on in My Best Friend's Wedding.
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And finally, the Number One worst movie Bridesmaid of all time has GOT to be Julianne Potter from the movie My Best Friend's Wedding. Julianne thinks she is just about to make good on a wedding-by-28 pact with her best friend, Michael, when he drops the bomb that he's getting married in FOUR days! Julianne immediately rushes to Chicago to proclaim her love to Michael, only to be crowned Maid of Honor by the Bride-to-Be, Kimmy! Julianne takes advantage of the situation and does everything she can from the inside to try and sabotage the wedding, plays up all of their differences, causes a huge fight between Michael and Kimmy, acts as a twisted mediator when they're not

speaking on the wedding day, and even plants a juicy kiss on Michael, right in front of Kimmy, the morning of the wedding. Bad form, Julianne, bad form. Alas, none of her shenanigans work in her favor, and Michael really does love Kimmy. The wedding goes on, and ends with Julianne lending "their" song to the Bride and Groom for the first dance. (Yuck.) Gotta give it to the bride, though, for keeping her enemies close! But I'm pretty sure Julianne is off the Christmas Card list for good.
So there you have it, our picks for Top 5 Worst Movie Bridesmaids EVER! And while we can definitely thank these ladies for making us all look THAT much better, even when we're less than perfect,  Rebecca, Mary, Emma, Liv and Julianne definitely don't hold the franchise on Bad Bridesmaid Behavior. With SO many cautionary tales to choose from, we couldn't possibly include ALL of the over-the-top terrible movie Bridesmaids in this post, so we settled on five that we felt covered the bases pretty well. We do love a good laugh, though, so post your faves that we might have missed, or let us laugh with you at your real-life horror stories, in the comments below! And then pat yourself on the back for all the good work you do for your Bestie in her time of need, because while we might not all be Helen from Bridesmaids, we're no Julianne Potter, either! 
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<![CDATA[Your Get it Done Guide]]>Thu, 14 May 2015 06:21:42 GMThttp://www.yesyourmaidofhonor.com/not-the-brides-blog/your-get-it-done-guideMy hometown (Canton, Ohio, for anyone who hasn't read the 'about the Founder' page) used to have the most A-MAY-Zing Happy Hour event at the local hot spot called Working Women's Wednesdays. 2 for 1 cocktails, half-price appetizers, FREE hors devours on the back bar, and I can't fail to mention the super cute and excessively flirty bartenders... Definitely some fabulous reasons to hustle it up and get your stuff DONE, am I right, ladies? But sometimes, it is just HARD to get everything in. I feel ya! In the spirit of cheap spirits, let me share with you my top tips for getting it all done, and getting your booty into that barstool before 7 pm (and before everyone else snatches up the free nosh)!
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Write it Down and Plan Ahead. Ladies, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It is just TRUE! You definitely know it's half-off all wine bottles on Tuesdays at Upper West, but you always forget to start your day camera-ready after sweating it out to Rhianna in Monday night spin class... You want to maximize your time catching up with your girlfriends, so set yourself a "day before" reminder so you won't forget to blow out your hair before you go to bed Monday night, and Voila! 45 more minutes for blissful glass swirling and light-hearted gossip just freed up in your schedule for Tuesday!  Utilize that calendar in your expensive smart phone, lady! It's already broken down by hour and the added perk is it guarantees you don't double-book yourself, because while I'm a huge advocate of doing two things at once (See #3), I have yet to master the trick of being in two places at once. (If any of you have the inside scoop on that, though, I'm coming to work for you!) Bottom line: with a million and one things going on, knowing what's happening and when is half the battle. Write. It. Down.

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NO is  a Complete Sentence.
Now that is something that took me a WHILE to learn. The first time someone told me "No" with only the reason that they didn't feel like it, my mind. was. BLOWN. That's because I'm a huge people-pleaser and the thought of not doing something for someone else, when I was completely capable even though I just didn't feel like it, was totally foreign to me.  But ever since that truth-bomb was dropped on me, trust me when I say my life is immensely better! And now I am passing this golden nugget on to you: If someone asks you to do something that you don't want to do, you, too, can use that two-letter anthem to clear aaaaallll kinds of space in your day for the things you really love to do and need to get done! And it doesn't require any further explanation than that. I know... shocking, but try it. Say it out loud. Ask yourself a hypothetical question that you would normally say yes to when you really want to say No, and just say No. No. No. No. Feels good, doesn't it? Now practice saying it out loud, because I promise you it's harder to do in real life. But people do it everyday, and now, so can you!

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Multitasking is a Form of Art.    It's Monday. You have to drop off your dry cleaning, get your hair done, find a present for the Bride-to-Be, take your dog to the vet AND put the finishing touches on the table cards all before your best friend's Bridal Shower that you're hosting on Saturday (STOP beating yourself up for not having it on Sunday right this minute because that is NOT helping!). Plus you work full time and volunteer at your church's youth service on Wednesday nights, and you've gained 5 pounds but already had your dress altered so you HAVE to get to Spin Class! Breathe. It can all get done, I promise you, with a little adjustment and a LOT of multitasking.  Your Monday night spin class is going to have to be a solo session on the stationary bike this week, so you can online shop your way through your cardio and grab that salad spinner your bestie MUST have (Express Overnight Shipping only, please). Done. Now you gotta know your network. Check out the back of your weekly grocery store receipt for coupons for nearby dry cleaners, and hit the one that's closest to your commute route on the way to work. Right after that, drop your precious pooch off for his check up and be on your way. Most vets allow daily drop off to accommodate working pet mommies and daddies as long as you pick up by 7 pm or so, so take advantage! Bonus: it's free pet care for the day! You get the idea here.  Basically you can't do multitasking without prior planning, so 1 and 3 go hand in hand. Embrace your inner finesse, and make it work, baby!

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When All Else Fails: Triage. Everything on our To-Do List has a rank. Stop right there, Miss Maid of Honor... do NOT spend time ranking your To-Do list when you're already going nuts-o over everything you can't seem to get wrapped up. What I'm saying is that we all know everything we manage to accomplish in a day has its natural pecking order. Out of toilet paper? HAVE to get that (...or at least "borrow" a roll from the office). Manicure? It can probably wait. Spin class? Debatable. Morning coffee? Another must, we know! But when push comes to shove, you have to trim the fat. Do what is most immediately necessary, and do it well. No one ever died from having a few dirty dishes in the sink overnight, and no one is going to think any differently of you if you hand-write the place cards or outsource those little beauties to Kinko's (Script font, we truly do love you!). And keep in mind, you can always send the entire project over to us at Yes, Your (Maid of) Honor! After all, that is why we're here. Just be sure to remember one cardinal rule: when you do eventually get to everything, because you will, make sure you give that task your best effort, because no one remembers how (or when) you start something, they only remember how you finish it. So finish strong like the fabulous Maid of Honor you are!

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<![CDATA[Kiss and tell: chris soules kisses witney (no h) carson at DWTS Elimination]]>Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:49 GMThttp://www.yesyourmaidofhonor.com/not-the-brides-blog/kiss-and-tell-chris-soules-kisses-witney-no-h-carson-at-dwts-eliminationThe Bachelor's Chris Soules was eliminated from ABC's Dancing with the Stars this week, but the real story was that emotional smooch between him and the other Witney (no h) when the news was delivered! After being announced as the second couple to go home during the Week 8 double elimination, Soules and Carson shared a lingering kiss.
Under some circumstances, when an emotional roller coaster like Dancing with the Stars comes to an end, a little peck among "friends" might seem innocent, but what about when you're engaged to another woman?  Whitney (with an h... and the rock!) Bischoff, the winner of Soules's season of The Bachelor, was noticeably absent from what turned out to be Soules' last performance on Dancing with the Stars, but it was for good reason. Soules' fiancee was with family, observing the anniversary of her mother's death.  She has made no comment about the illicit embrace at this time.
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Soules and Carson share a kiss on live television on Monday night, May 5, 2015.
By the way, I do think it's worth mentioning that it was quite the challenge to find a snapshot of the kiss... This screen capture from the video of the elimination is the best I could do! Could ABC be conspiring to blow it over by not releasing images? Hmmm....

What would you say if you saw your best friend's fiance lock lips with another lady? Would you find that odd, or inappropriate? And if so, would you voice your opinion to the Bride-to-Be? Let us know in the comments below!
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