10 Things to Pack for the Honeymoon (+ Giveaway!)

We’re excited about this post because it’s two-parted: first, it’ll help you with some fun ideas on what to pack for the honeymoon, and second, it is a giveaway from our friends over at StockinGirl! They’re giving away a pair of custom wedding stockings to one reader for her wedding day — and beyond. But first, check out the fun honeymoon accessories we spotted…

10 Things to Pack for the Honeymoon

1. This pair of really fun t-shirts

mr mrs tees

by blackbird tees

2. This lace honeymoon robe

lace wedding robe

by walkin’ on air

3. A huge tote bag for the beach

Fill it with drinks, cups, your favorite book, towel, sunblock, and shades.

best day ever tote

by dreamstate

4. This sunhat, because it’s too cute for words

Plus, it’s packable so it won’t get crushed in your suitcase.

floppy sunhat with bow

by jtc

6. A pair of sunglasses

I mean, with shades like these… wayfarer style, gold, ‘just married’… what more could you want? ;) We couldn’t resist sharing these.

just married sunglasses

by eyepster

7. These flip flops that write ‘Just Married’ in the sand

just married flip flops

by impressive steps

8. This personalized swimsuit to show off your new last name

custom last name bride bathing suit

by made sew cool

Or one of these:

bride bikinis

by the little bridal shop

9. A sparkly mini journal to write down your adventures

It’s surprising how quickly the honeymoon goes! Be sure to remember every step of the way with a journal.

chevron journal

by linen laid felt

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Fun Idea → Beer Tasting Couples Shower

If a traditional bridal shower isn’t your thing, consider a couples shower instead. A couples shower is where men and women are invited together to party and celebrate the happy couple. Today we’re sharing one of our favorite ideas: a beer tasting couples shower. This is a great way to toast the happy couple, mingle, and get acquainted with some fun new craft brews. This is a great shower idea, but works extremely well, too, for a joint bachelor and bachelorette party. Or, it makes a great reason to throw a party for a groomsmen / bridesmaid get together so everyone can get acquainted before the wedding. If there will be non-drinkers, we encourage you to include root beers in the mix — there are a surprisingly large number of different root beers to sample. Just check your local grocery store! Okay, on to the inspiration!

Beer Tasting Couples Shower

Here’s a round-up of our favorite ideas, from beer tasting scorecards to the perfect beer tasting couples shower invites! Enjoy!

Here’s a really cute invitation to kick things off, spotted at Dea + Bean:

couples shower beer tasting invitation | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

by dea and bean

A sign that sort of explains things is always a good idea. Here’s a chalkboard example we found:

beer tasting sign | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/


If you’re lucky enough to have a rooftop party area at your fingertips, here’s some serious inspiration. An outdoor beer tasting party is great for the summer!

beer tasting party inspiration | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

via style me pretty, photo: liz and ryan

via style me pretty, photo: liz and ryan

No beer tasting party is complete without an actual tasting, so you’ll need a kit like this from Big Yellow Dog Designs:

beer tasting kit | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

by big yellow dog designs

And you’ll want flights, like these, which come with the tasting glasses, too:

flight beer paddle | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

by jt woodworks

These state-themed flights are really awesome, too. There are just a few examples in the shop, but any state is available by custom request, I believe.

by rogue made

Add a little cheer to your party space with a bunting banner, like this one we found at Rustic Daisy Designs:

cheers beer tasting banner by rustic daisy designs | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/
by rustic daisy designs

Here’s a chalkboard idea to show what beers are available:

beer chalkboard sign | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

photo: lunabear studios

You can have guests help themselves with big beverage tubs and signs:

left: down emery lane, right: the owlerly printables

And since you can’t have beer on an empty stomach (and this is a party), you’ll want to think of an awesome menu. Have lots of beer snacks on hand (nuts, pretzels, snack mix, popcorn, etc.) along with a regular lunch menu. Burgers are always a great pick, especially if your party is bbq style.

cookies | lonestars and stripes
food spread with large soft pretzels | via chicago now
tiny cheeseburgers | via it’s a bride’s life
snack bar with jars | via decorating obsessed

Serve cupcakes and add these cute toppers to them:

left: the tiny toppery, right: bella grey designs

You’ll want to entertain guests with some games. Indoors, play a few rounds of he said / she said or bridal shower beer-o…

bridal beero

via hitched salon

… and outdoors, there’s always room for a corn toss tournament! These custom corn toss boards are from By Folks.

custom cornhole game | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

via byfolks

… or croquet! Or beer pong on this giant table. Or a GIANT lifesize Jenga game, which is over 6 feet tall during play! Outdoor games are perfect for playing and sipping.

And finally, a few party favors or gifts for your wedding party are essential. Another idea: One of our favorite ideas? Beer koozies! These are from Rook Design Co.:

wedding day ipa koozie | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

by rook design co

What else would we add? Oh, these awesome button bottle openers, of course! We found them at Big Yellow Dog Designs:

rustic antler beer bottle openers | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

by big yellow dog designs

And these beer holsters for your groomsmen so they don’t, you know, have to carry their beer around. Just place in their holster and have two free hands for the corn toss tournament. By Rocky Mountain Holster.

leather beer holsters for groomsmen | via Beer Tasting Couples Shower http://emmalinebride.com/shower/beer-tasting-couples-shower/

by rocky mountain holster

by rocky mountain holster

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7 Reasons to Get Married in The Outer Banks

If you’ve ever considered a beach or destination wedding, I (Emma here!) recommend The Outer Banks for your destination. I can say that whole-heartedly because I’ve been there — multiple times! — on family vacations in the past, so I have seen first-hand what it has to offer. While vacationing, I’ve seen actual weddings taking place on the beach. I’ve also seen hundreds of wedding photographs of couples who got married in The Outer Banks. It is truly a gorgeous place to wed. The Outer Banks has some of the most beautiful beaches, stunning landscape, and some of the coolest beach houses I’ve ever seen. OBX, as it’s often referred to, boasts dozens of amenities for couples choosing to wed here. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why a beach wedding in The Outer Banks is a match made in heaven. Read on to find out more…



The Outer Banks Weddings

1. It’s a destination wedding spot — without the passport.

If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, here’s your chance — and guests don’t even have to travel out of the country! No passport needed here, and yet you still get to enjoy total beach wedding heaven.

2. It’s family-friendly.

The Outer Banks offers anything you could need while at your wedding nearby for guests of all ages. Families with children will find restaurants that are kid-friendly, along with convenience stores for anything they could need (and beach stores with all of those extras they maybe forgot to bring). There are also tons of kid-friendly activities nearby that children will enjoy, like learning about the history of flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, or learn about The Lost Colony. This means while guests arrive and get settled in, you can rest assured that everyone is having fun and staying busy before the wedding day arrives.

3. The beach houses are amazing.

The beach houses you can rent for lodging are incredible! Many of the houses are very large with multiple bedrooms (with sleeping for 10+ people) so a whole crew can stay in one house. There are also small houses for smaller groups or individual families. The beach houses and resorts are also ideal for a beach reception (provided this is outlined in your rental agreement). You can see some of the beautiful houses and resorts here… and many of them are a short walk from the beach. Which also means (#4)…

4. You can have a ceremony and reception at one location.

Save yourself the hassle of travel between venues! You can have a ceremony on the beach and a reception at a beach house, just a short walk away.

5. It offers some of the most amazing oceanic views.

Every location offers a stunning, picturesque view. And at night, the sunset over the ocean is incredible!

6. There are activities for you and guests to enjoy.

There are endless things to do right there for you and guests to enjoy all throughout Dare County, from Jockey’s Ridge for sand dune climbing or kite flying, to climbing the tallest lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras, to paddle-boarding or sailing or golfing on some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses. Or, you can just relax on the beach. There are amazing restaurants, historical landmarks, places to bike and run, fish, and one of my most favorite places in the world is just a drive away: The Elizabethan Gardens. This place is purely magical. If you go to The Outer Banks, you must go here.

7. You can honeymoon right there.

After the wedding, you won’t want to leave… and who says you have to? You can honeymoon right there on The Outer Banks and save yourself the extra time and hassle of more travel.

Don’t just take our word for it: check out some more reasons why The Outer Banks weddings are amazing! You can also get up-to-date information with their e-newsletter and their travel guide. You can also check out more on the official OBX website.

Here are some photos taken from Real Outer Banks Weddings:

It’s a really beautiful place! If I was planning a beach wedding for a friend, this would be the first place I’d recommend!

This is a sponsored post by The Outer Banks.

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Custom Wedding Fishing Lure — Father of the Bride

We found the perfect Father of the Bride gift for the fisherman! This cute custom wedding fishing lure was spotted at C and T Custom Lures, where you’ll find hundreds of custom hand-stamped fishing lures to choose from. We love this one because it’s ideal for the bride’s father on her wedding day. It is stamped to read, “First Man That Caught My Heart”. Take a look:

Custom Wedding Fishing Lure

first man that caught my heart fishing lure gift idea | Custom Wedding Fishing Lure

by c and t custom lures

If you like this one, find out more details and see others right here.


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