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Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

Being invited to join a bride and groom on their wedding day is a special privilege. It is important to show your support for the new couple on their special day, not only by attending, but also by giving a gift.  You may decide to give a gift designed for both the bride and groom, or to the bride and groom individually, depending on your relationship with each.  So what gifts can you give? Here are a few ideas: For the Bride: Something Sweet and Sentimental A Bride's Tradition (From Friend or Family to the Bride) Wedding Handkerchief

One traditional gift for the bride is the wedding handkerchief. This is a gift that is appropriate from a family member or a friend who is extremely close to the family and more particularly the bride. This can be a particularly sweet gift from the father of the bride. The handkerchief in the image above comes with a sweet poem card, a lucky penny, and a blue ribbon; All of which are meant to help tell the bride just how happy you are for her and to wish the happy couple the best. Other handkerchiefs can be embroidered with sweet sentiments or customized with the names of the bride and groom, the date of the wedding, or perhaps their favorite scripture. 

Help the Couple Make their House(or apartment) a Home Home State Throw Pillow

A sweet, and less intimate gift, is customized home decor. Be it a painting, print, or embroidered pillow, a bride always appreciates something nice for her home that represents her love with her groom. A popular trend is home-state decor. These come in a variety of shapes, but are designed to have the home state of the bride and the groom brought together or the state they are beginning their home in printed on the canvas, blanket, or pillow.  Linen Hemstitch Napkins

Every newlywed appreciates kitchenware items to build their home, but if you are going the kitchenware route, take it one step farther and make it unique for your blushing bride. Monogramming everything you own may be a trend of the past, but monogramming wedding gifts to symbolize the union of two families, is a trend happening right now. If you know the bride and groom have a taste for whine, then why not give the gift of a personalized whine decanter or whine glasses? Or if your Bride is often a hostess or you know she has a particularly sweet sweet-tooth then a personalized dessert bowl would be a perfect gift. 

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A Subtle and Classy Bridal Bracelet for the Big Day

A Bridal Bracelet for Posterity

Bridal Bracelet

Though many brides spend months compiling their outfits and accessories for their big day, the entity that is the bridal bracelet is often ignored. A bridal bracelet makes a wonderful addition to any bride’s wedding attire, and they’re often striking and inexpensive while still maintaining the classy composure that a bride expects of her wedding jewelry. The right bridal bracelet will add to your outfit without distracting from it, and it makes a wonderful keepsake after the fact that you can pass down for generations to come. While styles in dresses, earrings, and even necklaces may come and go, a simple and beautiful bridal bracelet will likely stay in style for years to come. Finding this magical bridal bracelet is easier than you think, and finding pieces to compliment your color scheme is even easier. The most common color and material combos for the right bridal bracelet are white and silver, be it in pearls, rhinestones, or clasps, and combinations of these things will always produce a memorable but subtle bridal bracelet. Consider a bridal bracelet that will stick with your throughout the day, but will be easy to remove if you need to. A Tiffany’s-style clasp is ideal for this, and most conformers to the typical bridal bracelet style are equipped with it.
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Simple Wedding Garter: Elegance without Frills

Finding a Simple Wedding Garter

Simple Wedding Garter

The garter toss at a wedding is an expected and jovial ritual that many brides look forward to. For some of us, however, we don’t want an ornate garter outshining us as it flies across the ballroom floor. A simple wedding garter, though simple enough in theory, can be surprisingly hard to find for the bride uninteresting in thigh-high showboating. A simple wedding garter is still elegant and beautiful, but might not go overboard with frills and sparkles. A simple wedding garter is also a good choice for a bride hosting a low-key wedding. Hot pink and rhinestones don’t really match tea-length simple ivory dresses.  
When you’re searching for a simple wedding garter, don’t confuse “simple” with “cheap” or “manufactured.” A quality simple wedding garter might not be dripping in accessories, but it should still maintain a simple elegance that outshines its peers. A simple wedding garter doesn’t eschew decorations completely: a dangling charm or simple lace edging is a classy edition to an otherwise bare elastic band. Your simple wedding garter will be timeless in its efforts to refuse to bend to trends in the garter world. Your simple wedding garter’s longevity is guaranteed.
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Stay True with a Simple Bridal Necklace

A Simple Bridal Necklace for your Wedding

Simple Bridal Necklace

When you’re preparing just the right accessories for your wedding day look, it’s important to find little things that won’t distract from one another. If you’re wearing an ornate wedding gown, pairing it with a bridal necklace that has too much going on will make your whole look feel a little busy. A simple bridal necklace will make you sparkle without overdoing it. Also, try not to layer too many pieces; a simple bridal necklace and a pair of matching or complimentary earrings should do just fine. Don’t think that more accessories equal more impressive and beautiful. True style is knowing when to quit (the same goes for makeup!) Your simple bridal necklace should reflect your personal style. Don’t think that you have to change everything about the way you dress just for your wedding day. If you’re an easy-to-please laid-back bride, don’t feel that you HAVE to go for the layered cupcake princess look just for your wedding day. You should be comfortable in your own skin as you walk down the aisle – which is why a simple bridal necklace is perfect for every bride. Even brides who normally wear a lot of bling can appreciate the subtle sparkle of a simple bridal necklace. When selecting your accessories for the big day (including your simple bridal necklace), remember to be true to your style. After all, don’t you want to be able to recognize yourself in wedding photos?
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Ideas for Wedding Shadowboxes

Supplement Frames with Wedding Shadowboxes

Wedding Shadowboxes

So your wedding day is through and now you’re compiling memories for every album, scrapbook, and frame that you’ve collected since your engagement. But now you’re noticing that there are many memories that can’t be flattened between the pages of something two-dimensional: your bouquet, favors, confetti, handkerchiefs… – the list goes on. You should start collecting wedding shadowboxes to display these beautiful and invaluable items. Wedding shadowboxes are beautiful contributions to your home, and in addition to showcasing memorable three-dimensional items from your wedding, wedding shadowboxes make storing these items for posterity much easier. It’s the things your future progeny can see and feel that will connect them to your wedding day; wedding shadowboxes keep the items you love most from being lost in moves and garage sales.   Wedding shadowboxes also make wonderful gifts, especially post-wedding. Think about saving some of the little things from the wedding you attend of a loved one (escort cards, favor labels, rose petals, etc), and put together wedding shadowboxes as future anniversary gifts. The wedding shadowboxes you present to your loved ones will be a welcome surprise and will definitely find a place of honor in their home for years to come. Pair photos of beautiful memories with the items involved with wedding shadowboxes.
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Why Keep your Wedding Linens?

Why You Should Purchase and Store your Wedding Linens

Wedding Linens

If you’re hosting your wedding at a location without available wedding linens, you have a couple of options: either rent them for the evening or buy them outright. Not many brides opt for purchasing their own wedding linens, but if your party is small enough, they can actually save you money in the long run, especially if you entertain a lot. Wedding linens are a special and important part of your wedding décor, why not keep them? Pass them along to your future children? Here are a few reasons why you should opt to purchase wedding linens, even if you’re only getting napkins, placemats, or table runners:   For Entertaining
If you entertain a lot, or even if you plan on entertaining ever again, saving your wedding linens will be worth it. Bust out those wedding linens at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other meal opportunity at your disposal. Bonus points if your wedding linens come with a monogram; it adds a hint of “Man, she really knows what she’s doing” to any holiday party. For Posterity
More than wedding photos, actual wedding artifacts (such as your wedding linens, your preserved bouquet) are going to become family treasures down the line. Give your progeny pieces of your wedding day to carry with them to pass to their own children. Your wedding linens will mean more then than you know. For Sentimental Value
Just like with the sentimental hand-me-downs, the emotional value of keeping your wedding linens is indispensable. You won’t regret keeping them, as your wedding linens will speak to the emotion and magic of your wedding day every time you open the linen cupboard.
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Why you need a Bridal Hankie

A Bridal Hankie for the Big Moment

Bridal Hankie

If you’re getting married, chances are pretty good that you’re going to cry. The marriage ceremony is an intensely emotional experience and crying is part of the day – don’t be caught without a bridal hankie! Your bridal hankie will be your beautiful little companion throughout the day and will probably show up in several pictures – find something pretty! Finding the right bridal hankie isn’t difficult, but make sure it’s more than just a rag or tissue. You want your bridal hankie to last the entire night (hopefully longer!) so find something that’s built to last. If you’re looking for a gift for a bride in your life, think about a bridal hankie. Often, brides won’t think about a bridal hankie as a day-of necessity, but they will be glad when they have it! Brides – keep your bridal hankie tucked away somewhere accessible. Most bridal gowns don’t come with pockets (unfortunately), so you may have to improvise. Think about designating your maid of honor or husband-to-be to carry around your bridal hanky until you need it. Imagine how sweet the moment will be when your new husband hands you your beautiful bridal hankie to dap your tears at the altar.   You might also consider tucking your bridal hankie into your glove or the strap of your dress – just make sure it won’t fall out or shock any guests when you whip it out!
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You and Your Sexy Wedding Garter

A Sexy Wedding Garter for a Party or the Big Day Itself!

Sexy Wedding Garter

The wedding garter toss is a wedding tradition that many brides hold as sacred as the toast or bouquet toss. The right sexy wedding garter can set the tone for this historic event in your young marriage - just make sure you're at the right venue for it! Will grandma suffer a heart attack at the hands of a sexy wedding garter that was just a little TOO sexy? Let's hope not. Here are a few options for your lovely, tastefull, sexy wedding garter: Find a sexy wedding garter that matches your color palette A mismatched garter may look great in your shopping cart, but think about how it will look with your dress or even your decor. Your sexy wedding garter may be provacative and fun, but you also want it to look cohesive and pretty. Remember, you get to keep one of them, so make your sexy wedding garter something you'll be proud of!   Be Comfortable in it Try to find a sexy wedding garter that fits your personal style. Then again, if you aren't a particularly adventurous person, you'll surprise everyone with a slinky sexy wedding garter when they all least expect it! Just make sure you won't be embarrassed or uncomfortable at its unveiling. If it's a possibility, stick with something a little lower on the leg. Having Doubts? Stick to the bachelorette party If you're worried about the effect your sexy wedding garter will have on the blood pressure of your guests, think about wearing your sexy wedding garter to the bachelorette party. No one will be surprised when you show up in a mini skirt and something pink and lacey, so flaunt it! This is the perfect venue for a sexy wedding garter.
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Options for Casual Bridal Hair Accessories

Casual Bridal Hair Accessories for a Laid-Back Wedding

Casual Bridal Hair Accessories

  It sometimes seems as if all hair accessories for brides were made for grand churches and formal ballrooms – sometimes a cathedral veil just doesn’t work for a casual garden wedding or a short flirty dress and a destination wedding. Casual bridal hair accessories do exist, however, and you have more options than you may think. So, think about these casual bridal hair accessories as you prepare for your fun, laid-back wedding: Fabric Flowers: Whether you make them yourself or leave them to more capable hands, fabric flowers make great casual bridal hair accessories. They’re fun, flirty, and they give a fun pop of color to your wedding day look. You’ll find that these casual bridal hair accessories will come in a comb, clip, or headband, so any hair length will find what it needs to keep your casual bridal hair accessories from slipping as you walk down the aisle! Feathers:
Just like the fabric flowers, feathers make awesome causal bridal hair accessories either as pre-prepared looks or as a Do-It-Yourself project. Fasten them with bobby pins or clips to make this a cute look for your casual wedding. Birdcage Veils:
These casual bridal hair accessories are a cool throwback to a more vintage feel for your wedding, if that’s what you’re going for. They look fabulous with shorter dresses especially, and they still give you something to pull back at the altar. These casual bridal hair accessories never miss the mark!
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The Many Uses for Wedding Tote Bags

Wedding Tote Bags and your Wedding

Wedding Tote Bags

Wedding tote bags have several uses during the wedding planning process. During planning, it’s good to have wedding tote bags to keep all of your wedding materials in the same place (fabric samples from vendors, wedding magazines, itineraries, etc), so nothing gets lost in the corners of your apartment. Keep your wedding tote bags (you shouldn’t need more than one) in a place where you’ll be able to get a hold of them quickly. Tote your wedding tote bags around with you when you visit vendors so you can pull out brochures and compare prices on the spot!   Wedding tote bags can also be used as a wonderful gift for your bridesmaids – get them embroidered with their names for a special touch!   You can also use wedding tote bags as a nice welcome gift for out-of-town guests. Stuff your wedding tote bags with goodies from your area and maps and brochures that might be helpful for guests who are unfamiliar with the area. Arrange to have them dropped off in hotel rooms before your guests arrive for a nice surprise!   As gifts or tools, wedding tote bags are great companions for your wedding!
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The Right Wedding Necklace

Finding a Wedding Necklace that Suits You

Wedding Necklace

  Whether you’re an eager bride, a mother-of-the bride, a bridesmaid, or just a guest fretting over the perfect piece of wedding-appropriate jewelry, the right wedding necklace can often be hard to locate in your average department store. The bride wants a wedding necklace that’s understated but special, a bridesmaid wants to shine without getting to flashy, and a guest just wants to get through the night without breaking any obvious fashion rules. So what should women look for in the right wedding necklace? The answer is pretty much the same from bride to mother to bridesmaid to guest: you want a wedding necklace with just the right amount of sparkle and simplicity.   The two best materials for a wedding necklace (pearls and diamonds) don’t have to be real and expensive to fit the bill. With the right wedding necklace, it’s more important that they’re small and simple in design – nothing too crazy that might compete with your outfit (especially if you’re the bride!). Popular now are natural vine-like motifs for a wedding necklace – it keeps the necklace from looking too drab while remaining subtle and beautiful.   Don’t go crazy when you’re hunting for the right wedding necklace – remember that it’s what the necklace is complimenting that counts!
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Lovely Personalized Wedding Vases

Wonderful, Whimsical, Personalized Wedding Vases

 

Personalized Wedding Vases

Creating your own centerpieces for you wedding reception can be difficult and frustrating if you're a newbie. The empty space within the vase is often hard to overcome, and something about the blank side of glass just isn't personal enough for you. Never fear, hypothetical flustered bride! Personalized wedding vases are the answer. Personalized wedding vases allow you to fill your reception space with color and sparkle while simultaneously adding touches of personality to your day.
Personalized wedding vases can either be engraved with your names or wrapped with color and text, depending on your preference. The benefit of "wrapped" personalized wedding vases is color uniformity. Your wedding colors can be synched up to your personalized wedding vases to create a more unified look and feel to your guest tables, dessert tables, and any other tables you can cram into your event space. Personalized wedding vases may feature your monogram, names, wedding date, and any theme you might be playing with for your wedding day. Use the colors of your personalized wedding vases to compliment the blooms within for brilliant (and simple!) centerpieces.
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