Bride-to-be Liz wrote to us with a new Ask Emmaline question about hairstyles for her wedding. She asks…
Bride-to-be Liz wrote to us with a new Ask Emmaline question about hairstyles for her wedding. She asks…
Holy smokes, you guys: you’ve been blowing up our Ask Emmaline inbox! Your wedding questions are awesome, our readers are the best on the planet, and we can’t wait to answer them all. Bride-to-be, Nicky, asks us, “I just bought cosmetic pouches for my bridesmaids, but I have no idea what to put in them. Do you give them as-is or are you supposed to put other gifts inside? Help!” Fantastic question, and an easy one at that! For starters, no, you don’t have to fill bridesmaid bags with any extra gifts, unless you want to (and your budget allows). If you do decide to add gifts, we’ve rounded up ten fun ideas for what to put in bridesmaid bags below. PLUS, we’ve teamed up with Almquist Design Studio to give away a set of bridesmaid bags to one lucky reader. Now you’ll have ideas for what to put in bridesmaid bags (and a set of cute handmade bags to give!) Enjoy!
1. Pretty Nail Polishes
Yesterday’s post about the best monthly boxes was so well-received that I have over two dozen emails about Julep alone! Seems you all love it just as much as I! Therefore, I know for a fact that your bridesmaids would love pretty nail color in pre-packed set or delivered every month straight to her doorstep. There are also some fantastic tried-and-true products from their website (like the Julep Plié Wand™ that I’ve been dying to try). They have such pretty combos, this this one:
2. Favorite Makeup Products
What are your favorite makeup products? A bridesmaid bag is a great place to stow a few of your faves to give as gifts to your girls. For instance, I took to Twitter recently to find out about a new foundation (I needed something with more coverage than a sheer tinted moisturizer, you feel me?) and realized how fun it is to try NEW products, specifically when people recommend their favorites. So, think about your favorite mascara, lip balm or lipstick, blush, and eye shadow. Pick specific ones for each bridesmaid and put ’em in a cute bridesmaid bag. They don’t have to be expensive, either: I love me some drugstore cosmetics, like this new mascara I recently bought after seeing the commercial on TV and settled on this foundation because it was on clearance at Target. LOVE THEM BOTH. Will buy again.
3. A Compact Mirror
A compact mirror is one perfect gift idea she’ll use again and again. Personalize it for an even more memorable gift. These custom compact mirrors by Spotlight Mirrors are cute!
4. An Emergency Kit
Include some wedding-day essentials she won’t want to go without, such as clear nail polish (for hosiery runs), eye makeup remover wipes (to get rid of mascara runs), aspirin, a small can of hairspray, mints or chewing gum… you get the idea. Or, get one that’s already been pre-made.
5. A Gift Card
Who doesn’t love a gift card, the gift of being able to splurge on any thing your little heart desires? Some of my faves: Target (obviously, since it has EVERYTHING), Amazon (again, everything), Groupon, salon, movie theater, or a spa package experiences so she can relax pre or post-wedding. A gift card to her favorite clothing store is always a perfect gift, too.
6. A Piece of Jewelry
This one is a popular option, for good reason: there are so many beautiful jewelry pieces out there! Be sure to check this out for handmade finds. Pick a piece that is personalized with her name, birthstone, or something that’s entirely her style.
Peridot for fellow August birthdays!
Pick something like a classic pearl bracelet with a splash of color…
… or a piece with a charm that’s totally her. This is so much my style.
7. Foldable Flats
Foldable flats are a gift she’ll use again and again. Also, they’re extremely well-received: your bridesmaids feet are likely going to hurt at some point in the evening and these will keep ’em dancing! I would tell everyone to go ahead and get comfortable flats, but then again, I know Tieks are SUPER expensive especially when you have to multiply by the number of bridesmaids + add in the cost of the bags themselves. So, I also recommend these: they’re just as functional and a HUGE fraction of the price. Plenty of colors to choose from, too.
8. A Heartfelt Note
Stick a heartfelt note or card inside the bag. She’ll love the sentiment and it doesn’t cost a thing.
A small bottle of perfume makes a great gift. One surprising place to find inexpensive perfume? Kohls, especially when you use their 20% or 30% off coupons and you’re in business. :) Or try Amazon, since they always have pretty decent deals… like this adorable bottle.
10. Cell Phone Case
Custom phone cases are 1000x more fun than the boring case that comes with the phone. Plus, now there are so many affordable + custom-designed options, like this…
… and this!
Now that you know what to put in bridesmaid bags, it’s time to win a set!
These beautiful bridesmaid bags are up for grabs by the lovely Almquist Design Studio.
Here’s the full scoop:
o Enter between 8/15/14-8/21/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/22; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Prize: Set of six (6) bridesmaid bags. From Almquist Design Studio: “A unique present for your bridesmaids, to be paired with your favorite jewelry, or given alone as a stylish gift. These zipper pouches come in a modern gray chevron that is accented with a pretty coral bow. Set of six bags with a choice of bow style.”
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $90; no cash value
o Free shipping included to the U.S.
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
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This bride wore a gold statement piece to accessorize her gorgeous thick + curly natural hair. Instead of a veil, this gold accessory steals the show and frames her face beautifully. Take a peek!
You can find hair accessories similar to this one here. Happy browsing!
P.S. What’s your favorite wedding hairstyle so far?
Hi, loves! Happy Monday! We’re kicking off the brand new week with a beautiful hairstyle pick and a how-to video tutorial! This easy five minute fishtail updo is a beautiful look for your wedding, bridal shower, engagement party, or even as an updo for trying on dresses. I know a five minute fishtail updo is a tall order but Hair and Makeup by Steph makes it look oh-so-possible! We’ve included the how-to video with this post so you can see how it’s done. Take a peek!
via Hair and Makeup by StephSo, what do you think of this look? Will you be giving this fishtail updo a try?
Today is Day 20 in our wedding hairstyles series and it’s a beautiful one. This low updo with braid is perfect for pairing with a hair crown. Take a peek:
So, have you found your perfect hairstyle yet? What do you think of this one? You can see more hairstyles here.
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Good morning, loves! It’s Day 17 in our wedding hairstyles series and today we’re sharing one of our favorite hairstylists! Have you heard of Hair & Makeup by Steph? She’s pretty amazing. Not only do we swoon over her gorgeous hairstyle and makeup applications, but she’s also sweet as sugar. In this hairstyle pick — the ponytail flip updo — Steph is modeling the style herself. This is the perfect wedding hairstyle for the bride who wants an elegant, finished look.
This look is ideal for medium-to-long length hair. What do you think of this look?
beautiful photos by ciara richardson
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Hi, lovely readers! You asked for more wedding hairstyle ideas on our blog, and we listened! This month, we’re bringing you thirty-one days of wedding hairstyle ideas. Each day — weekends, too — pop in to see the latest-and-greatest wedding hairstyle idea. In 31 days, you’ll have a collection of gorgeous bridal hairstyles to show your stylist. We’re gathering a bit of everything, so you won’t want to miss it: there will be a perfect style for every bride + every length of hair. It’s day one and we’re showcasing this gorgeous asymmetrical updo. Ah, how lovely is this?
An asymmetrical pinup is perfect for medium-to-long length hair and is an elegant look. It’s a cross between a chignon and a pinup. I especially like how this look is not overly pulled together and allows for some natural hair movement. What do you think?
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I (Emma here!) love sharing hairstyle trends, whether for weddings or just a night on the town. My favorite hairstyle as of late is the low rolled updo, also known as the ‘Gibson Tuck’. This hairstyle is ideal for medium- to long- length hair (and it looks pretty easy to do yourself). While this style is an emerging trend, it’s not anything new: it’s actually a throwback style from the 1890’s. Show it off as-is or add a gorgeous hair accessory, like an embellished headband (like the one shown below). Read on to find out more…
I first oohed and aahed over this style when I saw this shoot featuring an equally gorgeous (handmade!) short wedding dress by Carousel Fashion.
After seeing the style above, I didn’t stop there: I had to find even more low rolled updo styles to share! Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve found:
Want to learn how to do-it-yourself? My favorite low rolled updo (aka Gibson Tuck) DIY spotted so far is from Sara Lynn Paige, as seen below (and in #4 above).
Get to the DIY here!
What do you think of this hairstyle?
This handmade Las Vegas wedding was fantastic! Adrian and Andrew met years ago while working as hotel clerks on the Las Vegas Strip. Little did they know they’d fall in love and one day get married. Their wedding was at the TPC Summerlin Country Club which featured a picturesque landscape and exquisite ballroom. Working with Adrian and Andrew to capture their wedding was Meg from Meg Ruth Photo. See the wonderful photos and all the handmade details…
Meg tells us, “Adrian is so thoughtful and crafty and put in so much time an energy into all the details of her very handmade wedding. From the memorial photos on her bouquet to the hand dyed purple bottles in each centerpiece. That is part of what makes this couple so special, all the little things.”
Vendors + More
Venue: TPC Summerlin Country Club
Photography: Meg Ruth Photo
Coordinator: Kathryn Starrett
Florals: Enchanted Florist
Cake Artist: Las Vegas Custom Cakes
Hair Stylist: Allison Barfield & Mateo Welte
Makeup Artist: Rachelle Roberson & Josephine Skaught Hairdressing
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse
Linins: Jovani Linens
If you’re a Nevada bride planning your wedding, contact Meg Ruth Photo for all of your wedding photography needs.
All images courtesy of Meg Ruth Photo. All Rights Reserved.