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“Father of the Bride Gift Ideas?” – Ask Emmaline

Hi, lovelies! Happy Friday! We love all of your wonderful Ask Emmaline questions that keep rolling in! Today we’re sharing the latest question from bride-to-be, Veronica. She asks,

I’m getting married in January and I’m looking for wedding party gifts. I am planning to get my parents gifts, too, but I have no idea what to get for my dad. Do you have any ideas for father of the bride gifts he might like? Thank you!Veronica

Gifts for Father of the Bride

Hi, Veronica! Wonderful question! A gift for the father of the bride is a wonderful way to show your appreciation and honor your dad on your wedding day. If you asked him, your dad would probably tell you that walking you down the aisle or sharing your Father / Daughter dance together is a gift enough, but we also found a few cute gift ideas that will make him smile (and cry a few happy tears). Read on to see our handpicked father of the bride gift ideas!

1. Cuff Links

A pair of cuff links is a beautiful gift idea for dad because he can wear them the day of your wedding. He’ll always have a special pair of cuff links to wear when he gets dressed up and they’ll remind him of you. Plus, with cute phrases like, “Of all the walks we’ve ever taken, his one is my favorite” or “I’ll always be your little girl”, you can’t help but love them! By Over the Moon Bridal.

father of the bride cuff links

by over the moon bridal

21 Beautiful Gemstone Jewelry Gifts for Bridesmaids

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. Presumably you’ve seen jewelry made of gemstones or birthstones, all shiny and smooth. But have you ever seen raw gemstone jewelry like herkimer diamonds, druzy, or rough-edged gemstones? We’re finding these rough-around-the-edges pieces can really shine with natural beauty! Today we’ve rounded up twenty-one gorgeous pieces all in one place. Raw gemstone jewelry makes beautiful gifts for bridesmaids, the Maid of Honor, mothers, or the bride because no two are the same. Each piece has been naturally shaped, cut, and designed to become a one-of-a-kind gift she will love. In today’s post, we’ve found handmade raw gemstone rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more — even a very specific bridal necklace we know you’ll love (#1, below). Read on to see all 21 gift-worthy finds…

Raw Gemstone Jewelry: Rings, Necklaces & More

This first find is perfect for the bride! The pearls. The ‘something blue’ gemstone. The druzy! Ahhh, so much to love. By OhKuol Jewelry.

1. Bridal necklace

This is our #HANDMADEADAY pick of the day, too!

raw druzy layering necklace bridal

by oh kuol jewelry

9 Amazing Gifts for Bridesmaids Who Travel

Do you have a bridesmaid who either travels for work, for adventure, or is simply always on-the-go? Most likely at least one of your bridesmaids fits into a category above. So, to help you pick a perfect gift for your favorite adventurous bridesmaid we’ve rounded up some lovely handmade finds! Pick a few of your favorite gifts below and package them together in a tote (like this cute one), which also makes a handy carry-on and doubles as a convenient tote for getting-ready essentials the morning of the wedding.

Which of these travel-inspired gifts is your favorite?

Gifts for Bridesmaids Who Travel

1. These makeup brush rolls are a must

They’ll keep your makeup brushes protected and all-in-one place. By Forshee Designs.

by forshee designs

Photo Frames for Parents of the Bride – #HANDMADEADAY

It’s Monday — let’s be proactive and cross a to-do off of your (seemingly never-ending) wedding list! We’re tackling gifts for parents of the bride today with this new #HANDMADEADAY find. These photo frames are perfect gifts because they’re sentimental and handmade. They can be personalized with your wording, your wedding date — even customized to include a beautiful image of your wedding gown style! Gift a photo frame to your mom and dad on your wedding day; after the wedding, have a special wedding day photo printed and inserted in the frame. By Prince Whitaker. (P.S. The price is so amazing, too!)

Photo Frames for Parents of the Bride

These photo frames have cute wording like, “Always your little girl”, along with a heart carved out for the photo to be inserted.

Cute photo frames for parents of the bride! | by Prince Whitaker |

photo frame: prince whitaker

These Ring Dishes in Gold are Absolutely Beautiful

Happy Saturday! Emma here and I’m popping in today to share my latest obsession: gold ring dishes. The more gold leafing the better, I say! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ring dishes to share with you, all of which are handmade, gold inspired, and perfect for gifting. They’re also functional, too: ring dishes are designed to hold your rings when washing your hands or doing housework, as a safe spot for keys, or just to temporarily hold your favorite jewelry pieces.

Read on to see what I’ve discovered in this latest gold rush! And tell me: which one is your favorite?

Gold Ring Dishes

hammered gold ring dish

dish: modern mud

Help! Jewelry for Sister-in-Law Bridesmaid Gift? – Ask Emmaline

P.S. There’s a delightful giveaway inside this post! So make sure you read it + enter! #justsayin

Yesterday’s Ask Emmaline question was such a hit that our inbox got absolutely flooded with your questions! (Thanks — keep ’em coming, we love hearing from you!) Elisa wrote us with a question about picking out the perfect bridesmaid gift for her soon-to-be sister-in-law. She says,

“Dear Emmaline, I’m picking out bridesmaid gifts and I am completely stumped on one of my girls, Carrie… she’s my future sister-in-law and we’re not very close yet. We get along great, but we just haven’t really had that much time to get to know each other as much as my other bridesmaids. I want to get her a gift she will like but I don’t want to mess up on style. Do you have any suggestions for jewelry that is great for everyday wear she might like? She wears jewelry a lot so I know she likes it and mostly in silver tones (but she also wears gold sometimes). Any help for a sister-in-law gift she will love?”Elisa

Elisa, jewelry is a great gift idea! I love that you included her jewelry preference (mostly silver tones versus gold), as it makes picking out the style a lot easier — silver vs. gold is half the battle! Your email included such a sincere question and I think many brides find themselves in a similar situation. You’re picking out gifts for members of your wedding party, many of whom include family members of your spouse that will soon be a part of your family, too. But it’s not always easy to pick a gift when you aren’t as close (yet!) as you may be with other members of your wedding party. And I wholeheartedly love that you care so much about picking a gift she’ll love, which shows just how lucky she is to be gaining a new sister like you!

To help you pick the perfect versatile bridesmaid gift, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tried-and-true jewelry pieces. If you see one that looks like her style, just click on the photo and you can find out more from the artist directly on their shop (or other similar styles by the artist who designed it). And hopefully one of these finds will be the perfect gift for Carrie. Fingers crossed we have a home-run today with one of these!

P.S. There’s a wedding giveaway in this post, too!

Bridesmaid Gifts for Sister in Law

1. This sweet bangle bracelet

It’s sure to bring happy tears to her eyes. It also covers the three S’s: 1) silver-toned, 2) sentimental, 3) sister-in-law geared. handmade by Honey Thorns.

i gained a sister when i married your brother

bracelet: honey thorns

This Anniversary Book Makes a Perfect Gift for Weddings

Planning your wedding is an adventure to be remembered forever. The decisions you make together as a couple become instant memories. Some of my favorites? The first time you visit your venue, how you asked your wedding party, when you said yes to the dress, the fittings, the cake tastings… the list goes on. You should keep a record of these things in a journal from engagement to wedding day because it goes by so fast. But what about after the big day? That’s where the Wedding Anniversary Book by Sylvia Stremming Designs comes in!

Your first day married begins a brand new adventure. Each year goes by so fast — it’s true! — and keeping everything from photos and jotted down notes to ticket stubs and vacation plans is a must! From year one to twenty-five (and twenty-five through fifty, though you’ll need a second book to hold it all!), you can keep a beautiful account of your most cherished memories in this unique book. You’ll enjoy flipping through it as you celebrate each anniversary and reflect on the year. It also makes a beautiful keepsake to show to future generations. This book makes an awesome gift for soon-to-be weds, newlyweds, or as a first year anniversary gift. After all, year one’s traditional anniversary gift is paper — so this is perfect! Read on to see more…

Anniversary Book for Weddings

the wedding anniversary book