Pretty and Posh

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J + bridesmaids in Doie Lounge Robes

{ Photo: Rebecca Yale }

My wedding was up in Hudson NY in a big barn this past summer. Like many other brides, I had been searching for the perfect gift and really liked the idea of a robe—but many of them were poorly made. I reached out to Sara at Doie Lounge and she was fantastic to work with—helping me pick styles and spoke with me about the fabrics used. When the robes arrived I packaged them in gold boxes and put them on the bed of each recipient at the bed and breakfast we were staying at. My bridesmaids, mom, and mother in law were all so excited to receive them and kept complimenting the soft fabric quality.

We all felt so pampered and posh in our robes and it was so much fun to get ready wearing them. Obviously, at the actual wedding, everyone loves to comment on the dress, but I am so incredibly lucky because some of my most special moments happened before I even had my wedding dress on, and instead happened in my Doie Lounge robe! Getting ready with my mom, bridesmaids and friends, exchanging notes with my soon-to-be-husband, and reading his words to me—were all moments that happened in my robe. We even had some (looking back on it) funny moments happen while wearing them—like when my fiancé announced that he had lost his tux—and everyone was frantically running around in our robes looking for his outfit! Then my mom started screaming she found it—and the photographer perfectly captured that moment—tux and robe—together.

I know as my friends and family members start to get married I will be highly recommending these robes as gift ideas—or just gift ideas in general! They were a great find and spectacular quality!

~Jillian M, married 8.8.15, in Hudson, NY

Primping and Pampering

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Paige A in Doie Lounge

{ Photo: Your Still Life Photography }

Steven and I were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, NC, on July 18, 2015, and our reception was at The State Club.  Everything was just beautiful and I felt like a princess all day, starting early with mimosas and plenty of primping and pampering along with my bridesmaids.  I made a great playlist of wedding themed songs, and we sang, danced, and had our hair and makeup done by Makeup For Your Day.

Way before the big day I began the search for the perfect robes to wear while we got ready.  I think I searched every website out there and looked in every lingerie department, but everything looked too short, too cheap, and nothing offered the color combinations I was looking for.  Then I came across Doie Lounge, and they were perfect!  They had tons of color combinations, they were just long enough, and the belts are sewn on so the robes actually stayed closed (and as I said, we did a lot of moving and shaking :).  Ordering was so easy and Sara stayed in touch with us through the whole process making sure we had ordered the right sizes and that we had plenty of time to receive them. She even followed up after the delivery to make sure we were happy.  And we were EXTREMELY HAPPY!  The robes are so soft and luxurious and worth every penny.  I gave the robes to my girls at the bridesmaid lunch—they loved them!  Thank you Sara for such great follow through.  I will be recommending Doie robes to all of my friends!

~ Paige A, married 7.18.15 in Raleigh, NC

DIY Wedding Favors

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When it comes to cutting costs while planning a wedding, one can become easily overwhelmed. There are many non-negotiables: your guests must eat, most would probably enjoy a drink and some music, and of course everyone needs a place to sit. While Pinterest is abound with many DIY favor ideas for how to add creative touches to all of the extra details at a wedding: save-the-dates, place cards, gift bags, table decorations, don’t overlook the party favors as a place to both show your creativity and save a little cash that could be used towards those shoes you’re dying to buy, or some transportation to drive all of those drunk people around safely. Many opt for candles or sweets, for favors, but if you want to try something a little different, consider one of these:

DIY Jam_Love Katie + Sarah

{ Photo: Love Katie and Sarah }

  • Food, Food, Food. So many possibilities, including small bags of M&Ms or jellybeans (color coordinated, of course), rock candy, chocolate-dipped pretzels. Sure, this has become a common trend, but there are endless ways to make this kind of favor unique. Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity bequeathed homemade fudge in small white boxes that she adorned with tissue paper, quotes about love, and letters from a Scrabble game.
  • Think green. Small plants (succulents work well), fresh-cut flower bulbs again in packaging or presentation that are thoughtful and could add to table décor if presented at each table setting. For holiday-themed or fall weddings, pinecones, small wreaths, and holly could also be spruced up and presented as a take-away gift.
  • A personal favorite; make a mix of songs that both reflect your personal music tastes and include some songs from the ceremony or reception. I walked down the aisle to Cat Stevens’s “The Wind” and our first dance was “Moonlight in Vermont” (the Willy Nelson version), so both were included on the CD. The best part, my artist-friend designed a screen print of the round barn and surrounding farm, where we were married, that we duplicated for the cover of the CD. For the more tech-savvy couple, choose a flash drive that can be either color-coordinated to match your wedding theme or even monogrammed. Along with a selection of songs, you can also include relevant photos on the drives. Endless possibilities here…
  • Be original and creative. Think about what makes you unique as a couple. A close friend’s fiancé worked for a glass water bottle company, so for their wedding favors, they printed love quotes on to the bottles for guests to take home at the end of the night. We still keep ours among our favorite glassware. If wine is your thing, do something funky with a bunch of corks. If either one of you is an artist, design something and have it printed. You love to travel? Start collecting postcards, or small souvenirs at open-air markets to turn into favors.

succulent favors

{ Photo: The Favorbox }

So there you have it! While it may feel superfluous to take on this extra assignment during this crazy planning season, keep in mind that a token of your appreciation for the effort, resources, and time it took for your guests to be a part of your wedding weekend, goes a long way.


Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

Brookside Bride

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Molly in Doie Lounge

{ Photo: Corey Ann Photography }

Our wedding was on June 6, 2015 at Brookside Country Club. For months I had been searching for the perfect robes to give my bridesmaids as gifts, and I was so excited when my mom found Doie Lounge! The robes are perfect! They are so soft and comfortable and were perfect to relax in while getting ready for such a big day. My bridesmaids loved them and still tell me how they wear their robes all the time. Sara was very helpful with coordinating colors and patterns, and the robes arrived in a timely manner. These bridesmaid robes are a perfect gift for your girls and a treat for yourself. Thank you, Sara!

~ Molly M., married 6.6.15 in Ohio

Animals at Weddings

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I’ll admit it, I like cats…scratch that (pun intended), I love them! I don’t actually have a cat, but I can imagine that if I did, “Princess Cute Muffin” would be there with some kind of flower crown on. Anyone browsing weddings on Pinterest can see everything from elephants to birds, being incorporated into the big day. I don’t know if animals at weddings is a passing trend, or if it has some major staying power, but dressing up your Westie in a little bow tie does’t seem to be going anywhere soon.

kitten in flower crown

{ Photo: Amanda Keeys Photography }

doggy tux

{ Photo: Jennifer Bullock Photography }

Some people refer to their pets as their “furry kids,” so it kind of makes sense to have your kids at your wedding, don’t you agree? If you find dressing up your animal a little over the top, pets with signage are a great idea… assuming that you can trust that your four-legged friend won’t run off.

doggy signage wedding

{ Photo: Leila Brewster Photography }

small dog with sign wedding

{ Photo via Pinterest }

No pet? A llama or elephant adds an exotic touch to a destination wedding. Goats and horses complete the vision for rustic farm weddings, adding a level of authenticity and of course making for adorable and beautiful photos.

elephant in wedding

{ Photo: Amanda Kopp }

Wedding Goat

{ Photo: EP Love }

If all else fails, maybe you will be lucky enough to have an uninvited “guest” show up at just the right moment…

Deer in Wedding

{ Photo: Thru Kat’s Eye Photography }

Horse in Wedding

{ Photo: Marie Wootton Photography }




Tricky Wedding Situations

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So the venue is booked, the dress has been selected, the menu has been decided, and the cake flavor has just been settled on. It feels like you’re in the homestretch, but be forewarned: there are probably a few unforeseen obstacles you might have to overcome before the big day is ready to go off “without a hitch.” As those who have already gone through birthdays or graduations, for example, may already know all too well, weddings are another opportunity for many potentially tricky family dynamics. There are divorced families, blended families, and estranged families that many will have to negotiate. For those lucky ones whose parents are still married after all these years, you’re not off the hook either. Beware the rogue wedding guests. Yes, you will most likely have at least one of your guests call or email you at some point this year asking if they can bring a date (whom you most likely have not met). Or even worse, you may have a coworker or old friend who assumes (erroneously) that he or she is invited to the wedding. Ideally, everyone gets along, but we know life doesn’t always work that way, right? So what to do? Stay ahead of the game; here are some tips for those tricky wedding situations:

Frustrated_Bride{Photo: Via}

* Be prepared for anything. Even if you don’t write “and Guest” on the invitations, many will assume or still ask if they can bring someone. A co-worker is hanging around your cubicle seeming way too interested in the details? They may be fishing. Have your stock response prepared: “I so wish I had room for more guests but we are at capacity for our budget and/or the space.” It’s rude for them to keep pushing past this point. With that said, you should be mindful of the whole guest list. Are all of your friends either married or engaged with the exception of one or two? Don’t assume they want to come to your wedding and get seated at the singles’ table. They don’t. Again if budget allows, invite them with a guest and let them make the choice. Even if you’ve never met his or her guest, and even if they’re not that serious, you should consider each situation from the guest’s perspective. At our wedding one of my oldest friend brought her Swedish yogi guru boyfriend who lead us all in morning yoga the day of the wedding, and shared his unique moves on the dance floor. He’s no longer in the picture, but I don’t regret having him there; he’s part of our wedding story now.

* But for those people who assume they’re invited and won’t relent, listen, it’s going to be a little awkward. Most people will read the subtext of “it’s a small wedding,” or “the venue just can’t fit everyone.” I suggest thanking them for any well wishes with a big smile and a response like “we are very excited,” or even changing the subject. Yeah, it might be a little obvious what you’re doing, but it’s obvious what they’re doing too. If he or she were truly a close friend, they’d be included, right?

* What if someone invites you to their wedding but you choose not to reciprocate? You should probably have a good reason for this one. If the weddings fall within the same year, it might be awkward to attend the other one if you’re not planning on inviting them to yours. On the other hand, if you attended their wedding five or

more years ago, and only seen each other a few times since then, it is probably more understandable if you don’t return the invite.

* The divorced parents dilemma. Nowadays weddings can be hosted by anyone, but consider a neutral location especially if either parent is sensitive about a location because it reminds him or her of the past. If budget allows, make sure each side has a few of their favorite family or friends, ideally enough to make a table. It’ll make it easier for both to have their own posse. A close friend even shared that her father always got along very well with his ex-wife’s cousin and they remained close, so she invited the cousin and sat them together, which made him very happy because it showed him that her side of the family still cared about him. It is a good idea, though, to place their tables on equal and opposite sides of the room. Some divorced parents get along, some are cordial, but it’s best to place them at a distance so they don’t stress out.

* Regarding “the steps” as one friend call them – those newly minted step-siblings, in many case adults you’ve been thrown together with later in life, if you are having a large wedding (I’d say anything over 100 guests), you really have no choice but to invite them. Yes, all of them, even if you’ve gained five new siblings all of whom are married, possibly with high-school aged children. If it feels like this would distract too much from how you imagined your big day, I’d encourage a smaller wedding.

A few final thoughts: Be wary of “credit for the invite” if there’s a guest who you think has plans, so you send them an invite anyway, they very well may change their plans. Also there will almost definitely be someone who calls the week of the wedding to share excitedly that they will be able to make it after all! As the saying goes, family is family and they’re most likely not going anywhere, so handle those choices more thoughtfully. There’s simply no avoiding some wedding-guest drama, so hopefully these possible scenarios will help you to stay ahead a few steps. On the other hand, if what I’ve outlined above has sent you into a spiral, there’s always elopement; it’s highly underrated.


Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

Everyday Kimono

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Who wishes that they could wear a robe all day, everyday? I do! Enter the “everyday kimono,” for when you can’t wear your robe out in public…. Coming soon!

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Photos: Valorie Darling Photography, Hair: Trace Henningsen Make-up: Artistry by Danika






Wedding in the Woods

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When most people think of summer, the beach often comes to mind, but most of my favorite summer memories contain the common theme of being in the woods– camping, hiking, picnicking… there is something so magical about being surrounded by trees. Trees also provide some much needed shade, from the summer sun, and they create a natural backdrop that is hard to beat. With this in mind, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite wedding woodland inspiration, from around the web.


{ Photo: Emmaline Bride }

Place Setting_Woodland

{ Photo: Elizabeth Ann Designs }


{ Photo: Style Me Pretty }

Wooded Dinner Party

{ Photo: Laura Gordon Photography }

Wedding couple on bridge

{ Photo: Lovely Cluster }

Wooded Arch

{ Photo: Style Me Pretty }

Wooden Tee Pee Ceramony

{ Photo: Brooke Courtney Photography }

Outdoor Dinner in the Woods

{ Photo: Heather Waraksa }

Bohemian Big Sur

{ Photo: Evynn Le Valley }

The perfect way to end the night is when no one has to leave! Companies like Shelter Co can set up glamping tents for you and your guests.


{ Photo: Lovebird Photography }

I hope these photos give you the inspiration needed to start planning your wedding in the woods!



Beautiful Bridesmaid Robes

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{ Photographer:  Katie Hall }

I am SO happy I purchased these beautiful bridesmaid robes – they were the perfect gift for my bridesmaids!  Sara was so incredible easy to work with and was so flexible. Everyone was in a panic about what to wear the morning of – tank top, short, yoga pants – but they were so happy to open these gifts the night before! I chose white for myself, and wanted a matching look for all my maids. I was so happy to find an almost identical, but slightly different robe for my maid of honor to wear – it helped her stand out!

The bridesmaid robes looked stunning in our photos, and were so unbelievably comfortable to wear all day. Not only were they super comfy, but they felt so luxurious! People have already begun asking where I bought them – I will be recommending these to brides left and right! Thank you Sara, for giving us the most beautiful, perfect bridesmaid robes!

~Lani T.,  married September 2nd in Massachusetts

Happy New Year

Sophie & Bridesmaids in Doie Lounge Robes

{Photo: Keepsake Photography}

After Googling beautiful robes for days I came across someone claiming Doie Lounge robes were amazing. I checked out the website and sure enough, fell in love with these robes. Unfortunately, at the time shipping to Australia was a little tricky. Sara was extremely helpful and made sure we got our robes for our New Year’s Eve wedding.

I have not had a better experience in dealing with a company direct about their products, than this. The robes are so soft and comfy. We loved getting ready in these and lounging around relaxing on the day. A huge “thank you” to Sara who made it possible for us to have these in Australia for our wedding day.

~ Sophie B. married 12.31.14 in Australia

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