Essential Rules for Bridesmaid Gift Giving

dreamstime_m_74858725.jpgGiving a bridesmaid gift is a way to say thank you for being a part of your wedding. Your bridesmaids give a lot of time, attention, and money to make the wedding perfect for the you, the bride. This can include helping with the shower, planning the bachelorette party, answering a million questions, and spending money on things like a bridesmaid dress, hair, makeup, shoes, and gifts for the shower, bachelorette, and wedding. That’s a lot of work! Give your bridesmaid (or Maid of Honor) a great gift that is both thoughtful and sincere – she’ll appreciate it!

Select a unique gift for each bridesmaid

While it is okay to give each bridesmaid the same gift, say, a robe or a blanket or shawl, make sure that your personalize it by choosing each’s favorite color. But it might be more special to choose a gift that fits each of the ladies’ personal tastes or interests. For example how about an embroidered Trendz workout tote for the exercise enthusiast or a wine carrier for the wine lover?


The Trendz fitness tote makes going to the gym easy.

Personalized Wine Carrier Kit

This wine carrier kit is a great gift for the wine lover.



Or, for the avid reader, how about a cool e-reader cover or an engraved bookmark?

Kindle Fire Case

Protect your Kindle Fire with this PU leather case!

Engraved Bookmark

For the avid reader in your wedding party, this engraved bookmark is the perfect gift.

Most ladies like a great “on the go” tote like the ones shown below that are attractive but that can hold a lot of items for a busy lifestyle.

Personalized Classic Cotton Tote

This practical and modern classic cotton tote is a great gift for the ladies in your wedding party.


Make sure that the gift is something that she can use again

If you are getting all of the ladies matching robes or wraps, make sure it is something that she will want to wear long after the wedding. A comfy robe  with her initial or name embroidered on it is perfect. Or a warm embroidered blanket that she will use for years to come.

What not to give your bridesmaids

Do not give them something with “bridesmaid” written on it like the shirt that your bridesmaids wear to the girls’ night out party as their gift. That should be given in addition to the special gift. Also, don’t give them anything with your wedding monogram on it … that is okay for favors, but not as a personal gift.

The best time to give your bridesmaid gift

The best time to give your bridesmaid gift is the morning of the wedding, either while getting ready or sometime before the ceremony especially if the gift is for getting ready (a robe), carried (a clutch), or worn (jewelry). If the gift is for the home or hobby-related, give the gift at the rehearsal dinner so she doesn’t have to carry it around or find a place to store it at the wedding.

Always include a personal note with the gift

Let her know how much you appreciate everything that she did for the wedding and her friendship. Be specific and make sure the note is handwritten. It means so much more.



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Sunny Summer Wedding Ideas

2015 was the year of baby pinks and nudes, from table settings to bridesmaids dresses. In 2016, we’re ditching the neutrals in favor of something a little more “sunny.” This summer, make your wedding truly shine with bright punches of color against fresh white backdrops.


For invitations, we’re loving looks like this festive yellow pineapple ikat print. Many people shy away from color in their invitations because they fear that it will look outdated or juvenile. This invitation suite pairs a pop of color with a more natural material and uses a simple modern font to keep the look mature (as opposed to saying “crayon box”).




Table Setting

We love the way this table setting inspiration from Style Me Pretty pairs crisp white linens with colorful accents. The use of a warm color palette also keeps the variety of colors looking coordinated and effortless rather than mismatched.

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source: Style Me Pretty


Reception Details

Your reception is the time to truly showcase your style and attention to detail. We love the idea of ordering personalized sunglasses (with your new last name & wedding date) for guests. This inexpensive treat is perfect for an outdoor daytime ceremony and/or reception when the Texas sun is in full force.




We’re also loving this self- serve beverage station idea. Instead of doing the usual signature wedding cocktails, this twist allows guests to more easily sample the drink options and makes for a beautiful sunny reception detail that works perfectly with your color scheme

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Invitation Trends for 2016

Happy 2016! A lot of couples got engaged over the holidays and now are starting to plan their weddings.  After deciding the date and venue, now it is time to start thinking about your wedding colors, style and invitations. According to the wedding gurus, there are a number of exciting trends when it comes to invitations in 2016. Here are just a few to think about.

Color, color, color …

Forget about the traditional black ink on white or ecru paper, 2016 is the year of color. Whether it is bright splashes of color or a dark and moody color, such as navy, plum, even black, couples are moving to the non-traditional when it comes to color.


Watercolor invitations are also trending in 2016. Here is one of our favorites from our Carlson Craft collection:


Envelope Liners

And, speaking of color, brides are incorporating color not only into the invitation itself, but also into the envelope liners. This inner layer is the first thing guests will see when they excitedly tear open your invite. Liners are a great finishing touch and the perfect place to add fun design elements, like a sketch of the skyline, or a personal detail, like your wedding date. Pair with a colored envelope for really eye-catching mail.

Check out a couple of colorful liners from our Carlson Craft Collection.


Creative Monograms

In 2016 we are entering a whole new world of custom monograms. Forget about the letter-locking designs of the past; couples today are looking for unique monograms that incorporate elements that are special to them. Not only are couples using the monogram on invitations, napkins, and favors, but they are also incorporating the design into the their personal stationery.

Below is a logo that we designed for a Texas couple who wanted an armadillo to be part of their custom logo. We used it on the save the dates, the invitations, the cups, even the program.





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Tis the Season … for Wedding Proposals that is

1-Festive-Marriage-Proposal-Christmas-Tree-RingThe holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year for wedding proposals. And, it makes perfect sense. The holiday season is special. It is a time to be with your family and to see old friends. The holiday music alone sets the stage. Try listening to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” or “White Christmas” and not be in a romantic, sentimental mood.

So, it is not surprising that this season of romance is the perfect time to propose. And, many of these proposals are really creative and romantic. Check out the article below to see some great surprise proposals.

To capitalize on this trend, a resourceful tour operator has created a proposal service, complete with a hidden photographer.

So, if you are expecting your loved one to pop the big question, this holiday season may be the perfect time.





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The Beauty of a Winter Wedding

We love the ethereal beauty of winter weddings. Being in Austin, TX we very rarely get snow but we love seeing the wintery white wedding photos in snow. Even without the beauty of a fresh white snow as your wedding backdrop, there are other things you can do to remind your guests of that feeling. Beautiful lighting, whites or cream colors, intricate beading, they all make us think of a gorgeous winter wedding.

Floating candles and white roses are beautiful together.

roses with floating candles

This beautiful beaded cape would be a nice touch to a classic silk dress.

etsy beaded cape

And for favors you could give treats reminiscent of what you might get at a cozy ski lodge or give out candle holders with snowflakes on them. These could be used on the tables to create great candle lit lighting and then the guests could take them away as a reminder of the great time they had at your wedding.

votive tea light holder

As always, we love to hear how you created your beautiful wedding. And pictures are the best! Now we will just wait and see if we luck out and get some snow in Austin this year…

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Thank You

One of our favorite things about Thanksgiving, other than the food!, is that it is a time when gratitude is on our minds. We want to let you all know how grateful we are for you. Thank you for supporting our small business and for sharing your wedding day memories with us. Now, onto our gratitude for the delicious food and beautiful decorations.

I am very grateful for the beautiful ideas and shop from TomKat Studio. She offers free printable for many holidays. Look at these cute ones for Thanksgiving. You still have time to hang these up before your guests arrive.
We know many of you are working out and eating well to get as healthy and fit as possibly before your wedding day. If you haven’t tried any Paleo recipes yet you should, they are delicious! We thought we would share this pumpkin pie recipe from Wellness Mama with you.
We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Edible Favors

The season of eating has arrived! With Thanksgiving only a week away and lots of holiday parties around the corner, we are thinking about food. One popular type of wedding favor is an edible one. Your guests leave with a tasty treat and you get an opportunity to share your favorites with them whether it is the popcorn you and your fiancé eat during movie nights or cookies from your favorite local bakery.

We love the idea of a beautiful truffle inside a pretty box. You can go to your favorite local chocolatier, order online or make your own!
These are homemade truffles inside a DIY box make from an egg carton and pretty paper and ribbon.
DIY Truffles
These ideas are both from Martha Stewart Weddings and are so pretty whether you are going for more of a personalized feel with the handwritten note or for a more fairytale look with the intricate logo and soft colored ribbon on the box.
Although we’ve already gone a bit overboard with the sweets, here are a few other fun edible favor ideas.
Hot chocolate on a spoon
hot chocolate on spoon
A mason jar fill with hot chocolate ingredients
hot chocolate in mason jar
Fortune cookies customizable in your wedding colors and with a customizable fortune
There is no end to the different edible favor ideas. Let us know what edible favors you have loved.

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