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“Ring Bearer Gift Ideas (Preteen/Teen)?” – Ask Emmaline

It’s time for a new Ask Emmaline question! This question was sent in to us from bride-to-be, Brianna. She asks,

I have asked my god brother to be my ring bearer, which is a little non-traditional because he will be 13 at the time of the wedding. But, he is super excited to participate! I’ve gotten gifts for pretty much everyone in the wedding party already, but I am totally stumped when it comes to him. Any ideas? Thanks!”Brianna

ring bearer gift ideas preteen or teenage | photo: she wanders |

photo: she wanders

First of all, that’s awesome your god brother is so excited to be a part of your day! When it comes to a preteen or teenage ring bearer, the gift-giving rules change quite a bit. The sheriff badges, mini baseball bats, and coloring books or toys don’t exactly apply. You’ll want to give him a gift that makes him feel more grown-up like the groomsmen, but age-appropriate, too. I’ve consulted Andrew on this one because, well, he’s a guy and I am not. I tossed some ideas around with him and then he gave me his take on what he’d like to get if he was in your god brother’s shoes. So, here’s what we decided on together that we know will make him smile!

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Unique Bottle Openers for Groomsmen (+ Bridesmaids, Too!)

Happy Monday, loves! We have a jam-packed week of wedding ideas, handmade finds, Real Weddings, giveaways, and a special holiday announcement ahead of us! (Pssst. Get on the list so you don’t miss it!) To kick things off, we’re sharing a set of unique bottle openers for groomsmen gifts — and now bridesmaids, too! These bottle openers by Bottle Breacher not your average bottle openers. These are handcrafted 50 caliber bottle openers — made by military veterans — and made 100% in the USA. As they say, “open your next cold one in style” — and inspire your wedding party to do the same! Check out their new designs including some new colors and styles for bridesmaids. There’s even a new product called the Wine Breacher which includes a corkscrew so you can open wine or beer/soda bottles. Read on for more…

P.S. Do you see them on Shark Tank? We’ve had the pleasure to work with Eli and Jen — Bottle Breacher founders — for a few years now and they’re the BEST to work with. Highly recommended!

Bottle Openers for Groomsmen Gifts

unique bottle opener

by bottle breacher


by bottle breacher

10 Perfect Gifts for Mother of the Bride (+ Giveaway!)

Happy Friday, loves! Emma here. We’ve talked about gift giving ideas for bridesmaids, rounded up guy-approved groomsmen gifts, shared flower girl gift ideas, and even gifts for the bride for the wedding day. But what about the mother of the bride? That’s where today’s feature comes in! We’re sharing ten handpicked gift ideas your mom will love. Plus, we’re giving one of these gift ideas away thanks to Tracy Tayan Designs to a lucky reader! What’s up for grabs? Read on to find out!

TIP: A handwritten card is the finishing touch! Write a few words from the heart and include it with the gift.

Mother of the Bride Gift Ideas

mother of the bride with the bride

photo: jeff loves jessica

50 Beautiful First Christmas (Engaged/Married) Ornaments on Etsy

Hi, loves! Happy Monday! Emma here and I am *definitely* getting in the holiday spirit. I swore I would wait to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but I lied. I have snuck in a few tracks from my my favorite album and I secretly loved it. Plus, I’ve been getting those mailers to my house chock-full of holiday decorating ideas (I’m looking at you, Bed Bath & Beyond) so naturally I flip through them and sip on my coffee and dream of the holidays. Anyways, we’re kicking off this beautiful Monday with a round-up of first Christmas ornaments — all handmade from Etsy! — that you can add to your gift lists. I’ve attended many weddings this year and I was looking to give ornaments to newlyweds. I did some searching and I was pretty impressed with what I found, so I’m sharing this HUGE round-up with you! So, go ahead and grab some coffee, put on some wool socks (I’ve been rocking ’em exclusively since the temps finally dropped), and get ready to deck the halls! It’s a little early, but it is actually just in time to order and have everything personalized + shipped in time for the holidays. P.S. You might want to Share on Facebook or Pin on Pinterest for later! Enjoy!

First Christmas Ornaments Etsy

1. Rustic wood-burned ornament

By Prince Whitaker.

rustic first christmas engaged ornament

by prince whitaker

2. Vintage spoon ornament

By The Rustic Stamp.

spoon ornament first christmas by the rustic stamp

by the rustic stamp

3. Mason jar ornament

By Our Sweet Home Alabama.

mason jar ornament by OurSweetHomeAlabama

by our sweet home alabama

50 Most Unique Bridesmaid Gift Ideas – 2015 (+ Giveaway!)

It’s here! It’s here! The ultimate (annual) bridesmaid gift guide is right here! Check it out below + show some love to our handmade artisans featured below. Oh, and by the way, are you subscribed yet?

We are so excited to share the best bridesmaid gift ideas for 2015! We love doing this round-up every year and we’ve included some new and incredibly unique finds for 2015. If you’re looking for gifts to say thanks to your bridesmaids, we’ve rounded-up 50 of them right here to give you some ideas. We’ve found a little something for everyone with emphasis on functional, thoughtful, and re-usable gifts they’re sure to love. So, go get a huge cup of coffee and get ready to dive in to the guide below because these wedding finds are pretty amazing. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY — Enter the giveaway at the end of this post! We’re giving away a $100 Etsy Gift Card to one lucky reader!

bridesmaids jumping in air

clutches by eclu

The Sweetest Countdown Calendar for Weddings

We spotted this darling countdown calendar and couldn’t wait to share it with you! It is handmade by the lovely Darah of The First Snow… take a look!

Countdown Calendar for Weddings

This house themed calendar features thirty little windows numbered from day 30 to the big day! Each little window opens to reveal an illustrated quote or idiom to brighten your day. The calendar is personalized at the top with the names of the bride and groom, along with movable clock hands you can “set” to your actual wedding ceremony time. This is such a fun way to count down to your wedding!

Cute house-inspired wedding countdown calendar by The First Snow | countdown calendar weddings
by the first snow

by the first snow

Cute house-inspired wedding countdown calendar by The First Snow | countdown calendar weddings
by the first snow

by the first snow

There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned… or better yet, subscribe so you don’t miss it!


12 Beautiful Birthstone Jewelry Gifts for Bridesmaids

Hi, loves! Emma here and it’s time to answer another wedding advice question. This one comes to us from Ashleigh who wants to know about birthstone jewelry gifts for her bridesmaids. She says,

Hi Emmaline. I am getting married in February and I wanted to give something to my bridesmaids as thank you gifts. My birthday is in February and my birthstone is Amethyst, which is one of my wedding colors. I thought giving each girl a necklace with their unique birthstone would be a fun idea. Do you have any ideas for birthstone jewelry that might work?Ashleigh

Birthstone Jewelry Gifts

I love that idea, Ashleigh! Tying in each bridesmaid’s birthstone and maybe even their initial on a necklace or a bracelet would make an excellent personalized gift idea. Here are a few that might work — all under $50.

This ring is one of my favorite new finds, as it features her name spelled out and her birthstone. She’ll love to wear this piece as part of her everyday jewelry! By Grace Personalized.

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by grace personalized

These Custom Mr and Mrs Coffee Mugs Make an Amazing Gift

It’s been a handmade-packed day! We’re rounding out this beautiful Tuesday afternoon with a set of mugs so sweet they just moved to the top of my personal wish list. These custom Mr and Mrs coffee mugs are designed by Paper Street Press with your new last name, such as “The Mr. Smith” or “The Mrs. Smith”. With a pretty script, metallic shine, wedding date on the back, and amazing price, this makes one stellar gift idea. You might want to keep it mind for newlyweds (or yourself!) this holiday season.

custom coffee mugs for mr and mrs

by paper street press

“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

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