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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

May 8, 2015

 

 

 

I’ve been racking my brain for months thinking about the perfect gifts for the lovely ladies I’ll have by my side on my wedding day. They are all so special and unique, and I really want to find something that they will all appreciate and use while finding it personal and sentimental. In my search, I’ve considered so many different items and read so many different “gift guides”. I wanted to share some of the ideas I’ve collected with any future brides that may be reading in the hopes it will make their search a little easier.

Beachwedding

 

For your beach wedding babes:

1. Coordinated Nail Polish – A simple and affordable option that’s very functional. Gift your girls the nail color you’d like them to wear on your wedding day.

2. Personalized Luggage Tag – I love this idea for a destination wedding! Personalized is always a great choice because it shows that you really took the time to make the gift special. Plus, the luggage tag is simple enough to please even the pickiest person.

3. Beach Tote – a must have for every beach trip, and it is great wrapping for additional goodies. It would be so cute to fill it with beach or travel essentials.

4. Scented Body Products – Smooth skin and coconut scents are a necessity for the beach and your ceremony. Why not give your bridesmaids some luxurious products to make it easy.

5. Nautical Phone Case – A fun way to incorporate your theme into the gift while giving something super functional.

 

Rusticwedding

 

For your rustic wedding roses:

1. Coordinated Nail Polish

2. A Framed Picture – Such a sentimental gift that can be unique for each of your bridesmaids.

3. A Locket – Another gift that can be very sentimental and special for each girl. You can find these in so many colors, shapes and sizes that you are sure to find something simple enough to fit everyone, or something unique enough to fit each person’s taste.

4. Initialed Mug – Perfect for any avid coffee or tea drinkers!

5. Floral Wrap – A popular gift for the bridesmaids to wear on the morning of the ceremony. Plus, they can wear it again and again.

 

Blacktiewedding

 

For your black-tie wedding bombshells:

1. Personalized Champagne Flute and Some Bubbly – Great gifts on their own, and even better when they’re together! Your girls are sure to love and enjoy this option!

2. Photo Album – Fill it up with pictures chronicling your friendship, and make sure to leave room for pictures of you together at the wedding.

3. Glittery Hair Accessories – A fresh alternative to gifting jewelry for the ceremony. Most girls already have more necklaces and earrings than we know what to do with, but hair accessories can please a wider audience while being something they’ll enjoy wearing to other dressy occasions.

4. Mirrored Compact – I received this gift as a bridesmaid and thought it was adorable. Great for touch-ups on the day of, and I still carry it around in my purse and remember the great wedding and friend who gifted it to me every time I use it.

5. Perfume – A beautiful and sophisticated gift that is sure to impress. Opt for something with a subtle, light scent since those work on the majority of people.

 

Hope you enjoyed these and found something you can use for your own wedding! I’d also love to hear any ideas you have, or what you did for your bridesmaids.

-Katie

Decor Wedding

Our Wedding Invitations

April 12, 2015

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I came across Paperless Post during my initial search for online companies from which I could order affordable, custom and modern wedding invitations. I ended up trying them out originally because they had the most extensiveย selection of bridesmaid invitations. After having a wonderful experience with those, my fiance and I chose to use them to send our electronic Save the Dates. We chose to send them electronically because they saved us money and time while offering us more options than a traditional paper Save the Date including instant address input, live tracking, and our own event page.

For our actual wedding invitations we wanted to go the traditional route, so I started looking into PAPER by Paperless Post. They offer many of the same styles as their online options, and have an extensive selection to choose from. I started looking for my invitations keeping in mind the colors and themes of my wedding: blues, grays and whites; provencal, nautical, and delicate. I found the site so easy to search and sort using the endless options and combinations of filters that they offer. So, my fiance and I spent a couple of days looking and starring the templates we liked, and in the end I reluctantly gave into his request that there be no flowers on the invite. We decided on Lyman in Regent Blue by Crane & Co. because it was simple and elegant, and we felt that when we look back in 20 years or more it would still look timeless and sophisticated. I received the invitations last week, and could not be happier with the way they turned out. The paper is 100% cotton and the letterpress and color is flawlessly done.

In short, if you are looking into wedding invitations, or really any occasion you can think of, be sure to check out Paperless Post. I have really found that they have the most beautiful and customize-able selection with an intuitive website that makes finding the perfect card easy.

-Katie

Fashion Style Boards Wedding

Splurge vs Steal: Neutral Wedding Shoes

April 10, 2015

Wedding season is upon us! It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again, but as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer those invitations are sure to start flowing in. Chances are that you’ll be invited to more than one nuptial celebration this season, and many of us will be participating as a bridesmaid at least once. As you start to mark you calendar, you’ll inevitably start to wonder things like how am I going to afford 5 outfits, what does semi-formal mean, and why did she choose that color of dress? While I’ll have to tackle the dress question another day, I’m here to tell you that nude is the way to go for shoes, and one of these versatile styles is all you need! This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard this. Many brides ask their bridesmaids to wear nude shoes because they go with any color, and they know you’ll be able to continue to wear the shoe after. So, I just wanted to give some guidance on what shoes work for which formality and what this seasons trends are.

The Heeled Sandal: A classic. Sophisticated and understated. This minimal style has been in vogue for several seasons now with no sign of fading out and with good reason. It’s great because the barely-there straps don’t distract from the rest of your outfit and make your legs look a mile long. These are the perfect choice for any dress code from dressy-casual to white tie formal, and will continue to be a staple heel in your wardrobe long after this wedding season has passed. Make note, these are not the best choice for a beach or outdoor ceremony. The splurge here is by the one and only Manolo Blanik and is available in a 4″ or 3″ heel. The steal here is Steve Madden and looks almost identical (also comes in a 4″ heel).

The Dressy Wedge: Comfortable and casual. This is the perfect option if you’re uncomfortable in heels, or you’re attending an outdoor or beach wedding but still want added height. I love these two shoes because the neutral ankle strap makes your ankles look thinner while the color doesn’t break the line of your leg. This style fits in at a casual to dressy-casual affair, and will work with your spring/summer wardrobe all season long! The splurge is Paloma Barcelo and is a great mid-height (8.2 cm). The steal is Kenneth Cole Reaction and comes in a little taller at 4″.

The Scalloped Flat: Chic and versatile. This style is the latest twist on the classic ballet flat, and has become a favorite of bloggers and celebrities this season. They’re a perfect, comfortable option for casual to semi-formal occasions and are appropriate for all ages. Expect to see more and more options in this style as the year goes on. The splurge here is the shoe that launched the micro-trend, Chloe. The steal is from the ever sophisticated and classy, Lauren Conrad.

What style would you chooseย to carry you through the entire season?

-Katie