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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

Wreath Invitation for Boho Themed Weddings

It’s time for another fun #HANDMADEADAY find! This one comes from Splash of Silver, whom we adore for wedding invitations and paper goods of all kinds. This wreath style wedding invitation is a perfect choice for fall and winter weddings with its deep color palette and bohemian floral wreath design. I especially like the RSVP card, which is a postcard (double like — it saves on postage and requires no additional envelope!) — and includes cute phrases for replying. Take a look!

Wreath Invitation – Boho Theme

wreath wedding invitation

by splash of silver

How to Tell Guests Children are Not Invited to Wedding

Here’s a great question we received from Nicole who asks,

Help! How do we inform our guests that our wedding is a no children event?Nicole

Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is a hotly debated issue but here’s some good news: there is no right or wrong answer. Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is completely up to you. Some couples decide to invite adults only so they can have a night out and stay late, or as a way to cut costs and stay on budget. Others choose to invite children so everyone is invited and adults do not need to worry about finding a babysitter. Either way is great! I’ve been to many weddings with children in attendance and many weddings without; either way, it’s always a fun time. However, if you choose to have an adult-only event, it is important to make your intentions clear on your invitation — and to say it with grace. Instead of stating, “No children”, let’s say it with a little more grace.

cute kids photo wedding (photo: jennifer bagwell)

photo: jennifer bagwell

Are Wedding Programs Required? – Ask Emmaline

Hello, loves! If you’re planning your wedding ceremony, this is a must-read post. And, if you’re not planning your ceremony yet, this is a must-bookmark post. (Hit Ctrl + D to save it for later or Pin on Pinterest!) We’re answering one of the most commonly asked ceremony questions: are wedding programs required and are they a good idea? That’s what bride-to-be, Lindsay, wanted to know when she asked us:

“Dear Emmaline, My wedding is in February and I’m planning my ceremony. Do I really need ceremony programs? Will guests even notice if I skip them altogether? I’m on a budget, so I want to make sure I’m spending money wisely. Thanks for your help!”

Great question, Lindsay! The answer to this question depends on what’s right for your specific event, but we’re here to help! Read on for the answer to Lindsay’s question, see our list of pros and cons, and get inspired with handmade wedding programs (plus one clever alternative)…

Are Wedding Programs Required? via EmmalineBride.com (modern wedding program fans by Hoopla Love)

by hoopla love

Sunglasses Favors: Easy (& Affordable!) to Make for Weddings

Are you looking for a favor guests will actually use (and one they don’t always see)? We’ve found just the thing, especially for spring and summer weddings! These fun sunglasses favors — paired with these personalized tags from Tickled Pink Paper & Ink — can be used during your outdoor ceremony so guests aren’t squinting in the sun, worn in your photo booth as props, and worn after the wedding all season long. We’ve tracked down the perfect bulk sunglasses here (even the reviews are awesome). We love the even more because you can pick from hot pink, green, blue, orange, yellow, or classic white or black.

Sunglasses Favors

All you need to do is get a personalized stamp (go here), tags of your choice, twine or string, and sunglasses (you can find them here).

sunglasses favors

by tickled pink paper and ink

Raleigh Weddings in October: One Couple’s Best Day Ever!

Kate and Bryan’s wedding was this past October in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their wedding day was a magnificent event with plenty of details you’ll love to see! But first, more about their day. The wedding ceremony was at White Memorial Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at 214 Martin Street. See all the photos captured by Amy from Simple Moments Photography and all those details next…


Kate + Bryan’s October Raleigh Wedding

The bride Kate tells us, “We made our place cards and painted the mini gold pumpkins which turned out fantastic. In addition, we made the table numbers and ordered the personalized ‘Best Day Ever’ koozies that included our wedding date. They came out great! Our wedding had a photo booth with a logo we designed saying ‘house divided’. Bryan’s mother made the chevron table runner in our colors, navy and gold. I wore my grandmother’s necklace and my engagement ring’s diamond has been in our family for 80 plus years.”

Beautiful New Engagement Rings & Bands from LilyEmme Jewelry

Are you hoping for an engagement ring this holiday season? Or maybe you’re picking our wedding bands for your upcoming nuptials? Either way, LilyEmme Jewelry has you covered! Valerie, the designer behind LilyEmme Jewelry, offers a stunning handmade collection of beautiful engagement rings, bands, and jewelry pieces for your wedding day (and beyond). Today we’re sharing a few of our handpicked favorites from her collection, along with an exclusive look into her beautiful new Look Book to inspire you with photos from Michelle Moore, makeup by Ryann Brady, a stunning low-back wedding dress from Katie May / The Dress Theory, and beautiful model, Idalina. Enjoy!

P.S. Be sure to Pin on Pinterest and Share on Facebook to save for later!

Engagement Rings by LilyEmme Jewelry

Here are some of our favorite engagement rings and wedding bands from LilyEmme Jewelry. Please note: many of these rings are available in your choice of yellow, white, or rose gold. Scroll down the post to see the Look Book!

by lilyemme jewelry

by lilyemme jewelry

How to Get Married in Beautiful Aspen — Weddings & Venues

If you want to plan a destination wedding that isn’t too far for guests to travel, plan your dream wedding in Aspen, Colorado! Modern day elegance combined with Aspen’s history and majestic venues make Aspen a natural choice for your destination wedding. Get inspired with some tips on planning an Aspen wedding from the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.


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

Unique Laser Cut Invitations for Weddings

If you want your invitations to really make an impression, consider laser cut invites for your big day! We recently spotted these unique creations over at Classic Wedding Invitation and couldn’t wait to share them with you. Handmade in Australia, these invites offer unique designs from cut out names to skylines — even deer-inspired rustic invites. Check out what we’ve hand-picked in our favorites below!

Laser Cut Invitations

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