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Why This is an Awesome Gift for Bridesmaids

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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When we receive questions to our Ask Emmaline inbox, we take them pretty seriously. I mean, who else would listen to your questions about anything and everything under the sun, anytime of day, any day of the year? WE DO. We love to hear your questions, so don’t be shy… keep sending them in!) Today we are sharing a question that came in a few weeks ago from Marisol, and while we could give her a myriad of answers, it seemed to fit in nicely with the post we had planned for today. She asks,

I want to give a unique gift to my bridesmaids, but I’m not sure where to start. My sister is my Maid of Honor and my three bridesmaids are friends from high school and college. We each have a long history together, so something that is sentimental would be nice. Any ideas?

Photo Albums for Bridesmaids

Fantastic question, Marisol! We’ve shared so many amazing bridesmaid gift ideas in the past (even A to Z), but one of my favorite new trends is a scrapbook or photo album customized by you.

beautiful photo albums bridesmaids

It seems like everyone takes THOUSANDS of photos (every, month, really, and since becoming a mom, I’ve had to transfer my photos over every few days because I take so many of Baby Andrew!) and they stay locked up as digital files forever. Isn’t that sad? Photos shouldn’t be kept on a computer; they should be turned into keepsakes to be flipped through and enjoyed for years to come. So, let this be your inspiration: get out there and print those photos, darnnit! And if you gather up all of those photos from through the years with your besties and compile them into photo albums for bridesmaids, they’ll LOVE you for it.

To start, you’ll want a blank photo album, one that has high-quality pages and leaves plenty of room for your own customization. Visit a scrapbooking store (do you have an Archivers or Michaels near you? Both have TONS of scrapbooking supplies) and grab some embellishments to add to your book. Then, get working on your digital photos: find photos you love throughout the years and send them over to a place like Snapfish to have them printed (or print them at home).

Next, you’ll need photo albums. One of our Featured Artists in The Marketplace is Watermark Bindery, which offers handmade photo albums for bridesmaids, weddings, showers, etc. The owner, Diane, also offers a selection of guest books (with lined pages) and smaller photo album books, too. What really makes them unique, though, is the way they personalize their photo albums and books. Diane tells us, “We hand sew our book blocks which gives us the flexibility to personalize the inside of an album or book. Names, dates, photos or a special thought can be added to the first page before its sewn and glued into the book case. The personalization is done with an Epson commercial printer using archival inks and will last for years and years. It makes your book truly memorable!” So if you want that extra special touch on your bridesmaid gift or wedding accessory, this is one place to go!

Here are some beautiful examples from their shop:

I had the pleasure of receiving a sample album to see the quality in person. This company makes amazing high quality books — I was able to feel the pages, see the cover, and it’s top-notch through-and-through. You won’t be disappointed, loves. Here’s what mine looked like:

These books obviously make great wedding photo albums, too! Here’s an example of how they can put their signature personalization on your wedding album:

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Okay, enough hearing about it from me: go see them for yourself! And, P.S. Diane is great to work with, so you’re in good hands!

xo
-E.

Bride and Groom Hangers for Photos

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Have you seen wedding dress hangers for the bride? You know the kind, it has a wire bottom with ‘BRIDE’ spelled out or maybe even your new last name? Well, we love those hangers because they make fantastic props for your wedding photos! And they make a wonderful gift for the bride-to-be.

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And, come to think of it, we always felt like the groom was sort of left out, you know? Until now!

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Now you can get a set together!

bride groom hangers

You can even have your names spelled out.

bride groom hangers

Or even your wedding date!

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Bride and Groom Hangers

You can get these bride and groom hangers at Deighan Design, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.

xo
-E.

Surprisingly Easy Way to Make a Photo Book Online

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Are you like me, always snapping photo after photo, only to leave the memories on a flash drive? Or worse, saved on your phone? Stop living a digital life and turn those photos into lasting keepsake books already! You’ve probably thought about making photo books from your digital files, but maybe you’ve been putting it off. Enough is enough! We’ve found a solution called Montage that can help you make a photo book online… and it’s so easy!

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Meet Montage

A Montage photo book is easy to make in no time flat. And it’s not expensive, either. We could all use a little more a) time and b) money, not to mention c) memories. With Montage, you can create a photo book for a loved one or to commemorate your wedding photos without burning through your budget or wasting time.

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It’s high-quality, too, not one of those cheap-y style books. This is an eco-friendly premium quality leather binding.

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And best of all, your book will have lay-flat pages. I love that.

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Is it Easy?

It’s SO easy: Montage is pretty much magic. Auto-magical, to be exact. A book takes only 15 minutes or less to make; your photos are auto-magically placed into the best layout.

Pick a Size, Any Size

At Montage, you pay a flat rate based on size. For instance, you can make a small 6-inch book for $39, a medium 8.5-inch book for $59, or a large 12-inch book for $119.

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Plus shipping, right?

If you’re an Emmaline Bride reader, you can forget about shipping–it’s FREE! Just use this link at checkout.

How Long Will I Wait?

Fear not: shipping is super-fast. According to their website, you’ll receive your photo book in four little days — so it’s great for last-minute holiday shoppers (like me).

Your photos + custom photo book = delivered fast. That’s Montage.

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Get Started

Don’t just take my word for it: go + give it a try for yourself to see how easy it is!

xo
-E.

This is a sponsored post by Montage.

5 Under $25 Jewelry Gifts by Laura Stark

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Do you need beautiful bridesmaid gifts that won’t break the bank? Want a few stocking stuffers or gift ideas for your friends? We’ve found five gorgeous jewelry gifts from Laura Stark to share with you today! Which one is your favorite?

5 Under 25 Jewelry Gifts

1. Green Glass Drop Earrings

green glass drop earrings via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

2. Silk Thread Necklace

silk thread necklace via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

3. Mint Hoop Earrings

mint hoop earrings stocking stuffer via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

4. Pink Pearl Necklace

jewelry via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

5. Blue Pearl Necklace

blue pearl necklace

Go + Get ‘Em

You can find these at Laura Stark, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.

xo
-E.