Preliminary Packing –The Mother-of-the-Bride Chronicles

Almost a year to the date, Sam proposed to Oona in NY’s Central Park.  Bonaparte and I were spending the weekend in New York and we were able to celebrate with them moments after she said yes!

She said yes!  And the big day is almost here!

And now we are in the throws of that last  week and a half before the big day.

So, what did I do this morning?

I did the eyes a bit today and added magnetic lashes. It took me a f(^(*&(& ing half hour to get them on! I’m wearing Hunter by Estetica Designs today!  I needed a shorter wig due to the humidity and heat!

I started my “Preliminary Packing”.  It’s the packing before the packing.

Since it’s summer and the weather is very hot, especially in Cincinnati because it’s a landlocked area, I’m packing light clothing.  I’m not even packing shorts except the loose ones I’ll be wearing around the house.

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Yeah. It’s sizzling!  I mean the weather. It’s spicy hot!

I’ll be sundresses for me.

And I’m hoping to put everything—even my mother-of-the-bride gown into my carryon.  Oona has a steamer so whatever wrinkles are made in the dress—they’ll be steamed out!

So, come along with me on a little tour of what I’m packing so far.

I have my Longchamp Weekender on the floor to the left of my vanity.  My “Makeup” room is a bit unorganized today because of the packing and figuring out what I’ll be bringing and wearing since I’ll be sticking around for five days!

I love a good packing challenge and by God, I’ll get EVERYTHING into that bag on the floor!  

In order to ensure a structured bottom of the bag, I’m placing my Mother-of-the-Bride hair, at the bottom of the bag.

My besties at Estetica are too good to me.  They gifted me with a Wedding Alden and a card!

Caramel Kiss RT 4! OMG. I’ll have Julia Roberts hair for Oona’s wedding!

Now, I’ll be bringing more hair with me but I’m unsure which wig. I feel like Jamison will be upset if I don’t bring her but I think I’ll be bringing Avalon instead! (Shhhh. Don’t tell.)

I’m on a longer, wavier kick this summer.  It’s a difficult decision between Avalon and Jamison. But..this is why I preliminary pack!

And this wig comb by Jon Renau is the bomb!  I ordered three more to keep in my purses.  At three bucks a piece, these are wigsavers! Into the bag with ya!

Now for the prelim clothes..

My designated “slob” outfit/PJ’s . I was drinking coffee when I did the prelim pack and spilled some on the shorts.  The cami isn’t working!

Stuffed into a little plastic pouch and into the bag.

TRAVEL TIP: Keep plastic pouches  the clothing comes in. The pouch above?  A bathing suit came in it and now it’s used as a travel pouch!

The Rehearsal Dinner Ensemble. I went with the dress from Guess. I tried it on at Lord and Taylor when I searched for the MOTB dress and went back for this one. It’ll suffice well because there’s some stretch!

I love this dress so much!  It’s comfortable and has a bit of stretch!…

And the shoes…they’ll also be worn at the wedding and will be off my feet as soon as I hit the dance floor!

Because I don’t want the lace to get messed up, I turned the dress inside out…

And rolled her up…

And for added protection, placed her into a small white trash bag. Into the weekender you go!

I’m big on placing practically everything in bags. Those black heels for the rehearsal dinner? They’ll be going into a shoe bag that came with Rondini sandals. I have six of these bags and they are the greatest travel asset for shoes!

In the bag and in the bag!

This won’t be the time to bring a ton of footwear. For everyday, I’ll bring my favorite Rondini sandals–my Bikini sandals.  They look great with easy summer dresses!

Set aside but NOT  yet packed because I wear these a lot. I’ll be wearing them to work this week!

One of my ten-dollar Old Navy dresses. I’ll wear this to get spray-tanned.  On Thursday before the wedding, Oona and I are getting sprayed! This is the perfect dress because it’s loose and comfortable.  Into the bag you go!

The one undergarment I can’t do without for the wedding!

The sticky-boobs I ordered from Amazon. Holy Smokes, these are great! They push up and stay put.  You are in the bag!  Plus, the packaging adds structure to the weekender!

The Hanky!  Oona’s Maid of Honor, Lauren, gifted this hanky to me and had one made for Sam’s mom too. I’ll be wiping tears of happiness and melancholy from my eyes. Isn’t it gorgeous?

It’s rolled up and………

Placed in this metallic clutch.

The wedding purse is a nice-sized metallic clutch with a chain strap that I picked up at Nordstrom back when I worked there.  It was a huge seller for special occasions.  The hanky, a phone and a lipstick will fit perfectly!

The strap hidden…..

…and the strap exposed to put over my shoulder when I’m enjoying a beverage at the cocktail hour.

You know, the clothing isn’t the challenge.  It’s the little things.  I’m planning to pack my two Lilly Pulitzer Margot Dresses and the bright colors call for bright earrings. Or do they?  Do I bring the tassel earrings or only hoops?  I’ll be wearing the good pearls and good pearl earrings for the wedding.  They are on display but not in the bag yet!

I’m undecided on the tassel earrings.  That’s why I preliminary pack!

Same with makeup. It’s a challenge because a makeup artist will be doing my makeup for the wedding. And I’ve really lightened up on the face makeup for the summer.  I put some stuff into a basket to mull it over.  The Morphe lip gloss is definitely going as is the MAC eyeshadow quad and the Benefit Gimme Brow.  I gotta think about this……….

And there we have it.  For a while.  What else needs to be packed?  The two Margot dresses which I can roll up, and my MOTB Dress which I may carry separately and have the flight attendant hang it up.    Underwear needs to be packed and a second wig.

Overall, it looks pretty good! This Longchamp bag that I picked up years ago for 43 euros at Charles de Gaulle airport is the greatest purchase ever.  I still have a ton of room for the rest of my packing!

This bag expands just like my waistline!

So let’s see how many times I’ll be changing my mind on the packing!!!

Presently, I’m stressing my daughter out so I’ll leave her alone for a few days.  I guess this is the norm for the Mother-of-the Bride!

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Oh well!  I’m going to relax with a glass of whine and wine now!!!  XXOXOXO

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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14 Responses to Preliminary Packing –The Mother-of-the-Bride Chronicles

  1. debwlv says:

    I LOVE hearing about all things wedding related in your posts! I have to live vicariously through those going through this as there is NO glimmer of weddings in the foreseeable future for either of my grown kids!!!!!! Add to that, packing videos and how-tos are like porn to my sister and I—if WE can’t be packing a carry-on to go someplace at least we can watch!!!! I can’t wait to see pics of the wedding weekend and the big day—-thanks so much for sharing all this, I really appreciate it! I LOVE the dress for the rehearsal dinner—and with your gorgeous hair you will look stunning. Congrats to Oona, her soon-to-be hubby and you and the Frenchman! Have fun!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Deb! Packing is one of my odd obsessions. Everyone in the family thinks I’m crazed but it works for me. I have to get all my stuff into that carryon! And I will. It’s getting exciting now!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO

  2. Looking great and well prepared. Enjoy the big day!

  3. Toni Soucie says:

    I marvel at how organized your packing is. I would have to check a piece of luggage because I always find it difficult to choose what to take on vacation so I always overpack. This drives my hubby crazy. Enjoy every moment of your daughter’s wedding because it goes by so quickly. Strangely enough, I didn’t cry the day of my daughter’s wedding but cried like hell the next day. I can’t wait to see the pictures you post.

    • Catherine says:

      Toni. My utter distain for the way airlines treat people is why I load my carryon. Charging for checked luggage that’ll get tossed around and possibly lost? Like my enemies, I keep my bag close to me! LOL! The GOOD thing is that it’s hard to overpack when you are using a smaller bag! I have a feeling that I may be doing what you did and not cry the day of but when I wake up the next day it’ll hit me!!! XOXOXOXOX

  4. bone&silver says:

    You are SO organized I can’t believe it!

  5. Helen says:

    I love this post. Witty and upbeat its why I follow your blog.

  6. Denise says:

    I learn so much from you. Love the idea about saving the packaging and reusing them. I travel a bit and try real hard to stick to one carry on. You gave me some great tips! Enjoy your planning and don’t stress to much. The day goes by so fast. Enjoy every moment!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Denise! Oh yeah. I always save a good plastic article of packaging because they always come handy for packing for trips! Trying not to stresss!!!! XOXOXOXO

  7. Maryellen Reardon says:

    I am so excited for you. congratulations, and remember that we will want lots and lots of pics!!

  8. doodletllc says:

    Love the “Marie Kondo” packing…fits tons of stuff in the carry on and no wrinkles. Packing early is also the best way to stay sane, organized, cool, calm and collected. We traveled to China with just carry on and it worked great. Enough with lugging heavy luggage. A little tip…it seems the airlines are now pushing to check bags once you’re at the gate…no room in the overheads on full flights they say …with no charge for at-the-gate checking. I was thankful that our bags were all properly tagged and didn’t contain anything fragile. We do carry on with a backpack for each…the fragile stuff and bulky items are in the pack. Wedding Weekend ahead for you…Sending all good thoughts and lots of love. 🙂

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