Category: gifts

These Bridesmaid Bags Have Sweet Secret Messages Inside

What makes beautiful bridesmaid bags even more special? Just add personalization! When we spotted these bridesmaid bags by the lovely Allisa Jacobs, it was love at first sight. When we looked even closer and saw you could add-on secret personalized messages for your girls, we were hooked! You can add their name to a custom label, include a personalized note, or have her favorite inspirational quote sewn inside. Take a look at some of our favorite patterns newly added to her shop and get inspired for your own custom bridesmaid gifts! Plus, see what we’ve picked as today’s #HANDMADEADAY find. Enjoy!

Bridesmaid bags messages inside | by Allisa Jacobs | Emmaline Bride, The Handmade Wedding Blog

7 Tips to (Easily!) Make a Beautiful DIY Album for Weddings

Hello, Emma here! Right after my wedding, I made one of those hardcover photo albums from a big name print company that shall remain nameless. They did a decent job. But decent doesn’t really cut it when it comes to wedding albums. You want grandiose. You want exceptional. You want a buttery soft leather cover with professionally detailed layflat pages that totally rock out on your coffee table. My album? I loved it — but it was pretty basic. You know the kind, where you upload 400+ photos and it spits them out into collages. I should have known better, but I was on a post–wedding high! “Just get it done!“, I thought. And they mailed me a photo album that sort of left me with much to be desired. But what did I have to complain about? They did what I paid for: photos were inside an album. Case closed.

But in the back of my mind, I always sort of wanted something more. “But why order another album when I already had one?” I thought aloud to myself, and to my husband. Many times. Haha.

And then an opportunity presented itself to make my own DIY album for my wedding and I thought, why not, let’s give it a go. And I am so glad I did. Read to find out more about my experience with Shutterfly (note: not the company I used the first time around), see how my book turned out, and find out how easy it really is to do…

How to Make a DIY Album for Weddings |

32 Custom Cufflinks That Make Awesome Groomsmen Gifts

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What makes a truly awesome groomsmen gift? It’s easy: one that is handpicked for each groomsman based on his hobbies, favorite movies, books, or sports. A personalized gift always works, too! You only get one shot at the perfect groomsman gift: make it one he’ll remember. To inspire you, we’ve handpicked thirty-two custom cufflinks for your groomsmen. We’ve gathered up geeky pop culture finds from A to Z — Avengers to Zelda, respectively. We’ve also included some hobby-based finds like baseball, fishing, and biking. Our goal is to find a little something for everyone and we think you’ll be pleased with what we’ve discovered. Plus, all of these finds are handmade from Etsy, so you will be shopping small for your Big Day. We love that. Read on for the list!

Cufflinks for Groomsmen Gifts

1. Storm Trooper Cufflinks

These storm trooper custom cufflinks are essential for groomsmen who are Star Wars fanatics! By Juniper and Ivy.

storm trooper cufflinks | Custom Cufflinks Groomsmen Gifts | via

cufflinks by juniper and ivy

Thank You for Being My Bridesmaid Gift Box

Hey, love! Happy Friday! Have big plans this weekend? I’m going to a wedding, so pretty much my weekend is going to rule. We’re kicking off a full day of wedding inspiration today, starting with this cute #HANDMADEADAY find. This beautiful gift box is given as a thank you for being my bridesmaid gift. Each gift box includes a card, box, tissue paper, tag, ribbon, and a cute crystal hair clip. We spotted these at The First Snow. Take a look!

Thank You for Being My Bridesmaid – Gift Box

thank you for being my bridesmaid box

by the first snow

thank you for being my bridesmaid gift box

by the first snow

by the first snow

thank you for being my maid of honor

by the first snow

anatomy of box

by the first snow

Bridesmaid Gift Box

To find out more about these cute gift boxes, visit The First Snow.


Wedding Registry Must-Haves: #12 – Tried and True

Our registry series in collaboration with Target finishes up this week with feature number twelve! This week, we’re concluding the series by focusing on “Tried and True” — registry finds that are always a classic addition to everyone’s gift list. Check out some of my favorite classic registry gift ideas below that are “tried and true”, meaning you’ll use them and enjoy them for years to come. Enjoy!

Tried and True Wedding Registry

Tried and True

Where to Find

1 – Fieldcrest™ Luxury Striped Comforter
2 – Threshold™ Cooling Pillow – Standard/Queen
3 – Threshold™ Oil Can Bath Coordinates
4 – Fieldcrest™ Luxury Solid Towels
5 – Threshold™ Brushed Metal Wastebasket – Silver
6 – Corelle Bella Faenza 18pc Dinnerware Set – White
7 – Henckels Premio 14-pc. Metal Cap Knife Set
8 – Riedel Vivant Red Wine Glasses Set of 4
9 – Vinturi Red Wine Aerator
10 – Room Essentials™ Grid Kitchen Towel Set of 4 – Turquoise

This concludes our fun collaboration with Target! You can see our past registry finds in our full series here.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Target.

21 New Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids That Will Make Them Smile

Stumped on bridesmaid gift ideas? We’ve honed in on the best gifts that always make them happy! See our guide below to the seven best gift ideas that your bridesmaids will be glad to receive. And be sure to subscribe for more fun posts like this! P.S. On Thursday, we’re doing a Groomsmen Gift feature to mirror this, so don’t miss it!

Your bridesmaids are your BFFs. Side-kicks. Sisters.

Bridesmaids and Bride photo by Wild Whim |

photo: wild whim photography

Today we’re helping you pick out a perfect gift to give them on your wedding day they’ll absolutely love.

bride tribe tattoos by daydream prints | bridesmaid gift ideas

bride tribe tattoos by daydream prints

How do you pick between the dozens of bridesmaid gift ideas to find that one thing that will make them absolutely happy? That’s where we come in! You only get one shot at giving the perfect bridesmaid gift — and we’re helping you make it A M A Z I N G and totally fun. Read on to see which seven types of bridesmaid gift ideas made the list, see over twenty hand-picked finds, and learn why these are ALWAYS a perfect idea. Enjoy!

Why These Bridesmaid Gift Ideas Always Work

So, why did we pick these seven ideas specifically? Two reasons:

1) they are unique, so she won’t have it already
2) these handpicked ideas are versatile to enjoy forever

Handmade Bridesmaid Gifts and Ideas

1. A clutch / tote / or purse of some kind

One of the go-to bridesmaid gift ideas is a clutch purse, tote bag, or a purse of some kind. This doesn’t mean just any bag: for gift giving points, look for something that’s a) definitely her style, b) features her name or initial, and c) is designed for either formal or casual everyday use.

Try something personalized…

personalized bridesmaid clutches | bridesmaid gift ideas

by allisa jacobs

… something colorful + fun…

by allisa jacobs

… a little rustic…

rustic bridesmaid clutch | bridesmaid gift ideas

by good marvin

… or something fancy…

sequined bridesmaid clutch | bridesmaid gift ideas

by razolly

… or something with her name right on it!

personalized bridesmaid clutch purse | bridesmaid gift ideas

by mama bleu designs

There are hundreds of styles and patterns to choose from, but we’ve made it easy on you by pulling together the best in The Marketplace.

2. A personalized dress hanger

A dress hanger is a hot trend right now, but we’re also digging it long-term! Here’s why: it is a place for her bridesmaid dress to hang on the wedding day (and make for some super-cute photos for you). And, it goes right into her closet to display her favorite piece of clothing. She’ll look back on it every time she goes to her closet and she’ll love that it has her name beautifully scrolled across it.

Here is an example of some pretty hangers, custom-made by Get Hung Up:

bridesmaid hangers | bridesmaid gift ideas

by get hung up

3. A customized art print she can hang in her bedroom or office

Like this sweet one which says, “There were never such devoted sisters” by Little Leaf Prints

there were never such devoted sisters by little leaf prints | bridesmaid gift ideas

by little leaf prints

Or a pretty monogram artwork from Golden Paisley

gold monogram wall art by golden paisley | bridesmaid gift ideas

by golden paisley

Or something with added whimsy, like a personalized embroidery hoop art THAT LOOKS LIKE HER. I mean, she doesn’t have one of those, that’s for sure. By Stitch Folks:

by stitch folks

Even a simple initial will do!

hoop initial art by love maude | bridesmaid gift ideas

by love maude

These are just some examples; you can see a ton of other inspiring wall art finds right here.

4. A piece of personalized jewelry

Select a bracelet or necklace she’ll love to wear again and again. One of my favorites? This gem from Ava Hope Designs.

gold necklace with initial pendant | bridesmaid gift ideas

by ava hope designs

A gold bar necklace is always a classic choice. This one is from Vintage Stamp Jewels:

gold bar necklace | bridesmaid gift ideas

by vintage stamp jewels

7 Custom Doormats on Etsy That Make Absolutely Great Gifts

Hi, loves! Emma here. Have you seen the new doormat collection over at LoRustique? It’s amazing. And by amazing, I mean that I want all of them. These custom doormat finds from Etsy are perfect gift ideas for the newlyweds. Take a look at a few of our favorites, with this first one handpicked as today’s handmade find! Enjoy!

Custom Doormats Etsy Find

This first doormat is my favorite. It says, “Love is wherever I’m with you”.

home is wherever im with you - custom doormats etsy collection from LoRustique |

by lorustique

Pssst. It can say ANYTHING! Get creative! I saw one at Clubhouse BFD that said, Holla. I want one just like that. So simple.

custom welcome mat | custom doormats etsy find from lorustique

by lorustique

This “Just Married” doormat is cute, too. If you know a couple returning home from their honeymoon, surprise them by leaving this at their front door. (Or pin it and maybe your mom or sister will do it for you!)

just married - custom doormats etsy collection from LoRustique |

by lorustique

Or one of these…

by lorustique

This one would look lovely at my own front door.

hello love doormat - custom doormats etsy collection from LoRustique |

by lorustique

I’d probably put this one in front of my garage door: “Bless This Mess”. Ha. Oh, so true. We should really get to cleaning that out one of these days.

bless this mess doormat - custom doormats etsy collection from LoRustique |

by lorustique

And for our southern brides, this one’s for y’all for front porches with rockers and mason jars full of lemonade. Ah, summertime. :)

welcome y'all doormat - cute! - custom doormats etsy collection from LoRustique |

by lorustique

You can see the entire custom doormat collection right here!


Wedding Registry Must-Haves – Target: #11 – Supper Club

Our registry series in collaboration with Target continues with week number eleven! This week, we’re focusing on a collection called Supper Club. I’ll admit that cooking wasn’t my favorite thing to do pre-wedding. But post wedding? I enjoy it so much more! I think it has to do with having the right tools for the job and beautiful dinnerware to display food on. Check out some of my favorite finds for your own “supper club” in today’s post, below. The colorful plates in #1 are my favorite!

Supper Club Wedding Registry

Supper Club Wedding Registry Finds

Where to Find

1 – Boho Boutique Floral Ceramic Salad Plate Set of 4
2 – Corelle Winter Frost White 20 piece Dinnerware Set
3 – Hasbro Classic Jenga Game
4 – Oneida Camlynn 45 Piece Flatware Set
5 – Anchor Hocking Glass Cake Stand with Cover
6 – Threshold Telford Tumbler Set of 12
7 – Threshold Windsor Dining Chair – Aqua (Set of 2)

Stay tuned for next week’s FINAL registry feature! Follow our RSS feed so you don’t miss it!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Target.