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Your Bridesmaid Will Be So Happy with These Cover Ups

We’re all about helping you navigate the various wedding dilemmas that sneak up on you while you plan. Today, we’re tackling bridesmaid cover ups.

Problem: your bridesmaid dress is sleeveless or strapless and you’re getting married outdoors / taking photos outside where it will be cold –OR– you would prefer bridesmaids to have a little coverage during the ceremony.

Solution: just add a cover up. But make it one that she’ll love!

A pashmina, shawl, bolero, or a wrap are a few options when it comes to bridesmaid cover ups. We love the idea of something feminine and flowy that she’ll love to wear, especially in the late summer or fall when all you need is something lightweight. We spotted these gorgeous bridesmaid cover ups at Coralie Beatrix and they fit the bill perfectly. They’re lightweight, available in a variety of colors, made in your choice of lace or chiffon, and they’re priced right. Plus, these cover ups complement infinity dresses perfectly (especially these signature “Octopus” dresses here). Take a look at the bridesmaid cover ups we found below, today’s handmade-a-day find!

Bridesmaid Cover Ups

Here’s one example in chiffon:

Bridesmaid Cover Ups | by Coralie Beatrix | Photo Tina Chiou |

by coralie beatrix

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.


Personalized Bridesmaid Vases — #HANDMADEADAY

Good morning, gorgeous! We’re kicking off this beautiful Tuesday with today’s handmade-a-day find. These personalized bridesmaid vases we spotted at Maid of Clay are a perfect gift-giving idea for your girls. Each vase is personalized with each bridesmaid’s monogram and becomes a place to hold their bouquet during the reception. What a great idea! Take a look:

Monogrammed Vases

Personalized Bridesmaid Vases

by maid of clay

by maid of clay

Personalized Bridesmaid Vases

Want to get these vases for your girls? Head over to the shop to buy or learn more details.

Happy Planning!


7 Reasons Why Bridesmaid Skirts Will Make You a Happy Bride

Hi, loves! Emma here. I was talking to a bride the other day and she was stressing out over her bridesmaid dresses. One dress is delayed in shipping, so it will need to be fitted a few days before the wedding; another dress isn’t quite the color she was going for, and a third dress is short while the others are mid-length or ankle length. She was so stressed out and explained how she thought letting bridesmaids pick their own dresses in a certain color would be so much easier. Turns out, it was more stress and work than she anticipated. Attire shouldn’t be so complicated.

That’s when I remembered another option: bridesmaid skirts. These skirts will make your bridesmaids happy for even key reasons. Find out why we love skirts and why we think you will, too.

Bridesmaid Skirts

custom bridesmaid skirts

by ashley nef

1. A skirt requires no fittings.

A skirt either fits or it doesn’t, at which case it needs to be exchanged for a larger or smaller size.

custom knee length skirt

by ashley nef

2. A skirt is more affordable than a dress.

You won’t have to worry about bridesmaids bothered over the price of a dress you picked that they’ll (honestly) only wear once.

Bridesmaid Skirts in Mustard Yellow

by ashley nef

3. A skirt can be paired with any top and shoe.

A tank top or a fitted tee shirt in grey or white are just a few options. You can pick a specific tank top or let your girls pick their favorite. And any shoe will match beautifully, which means they will have happy feet, so they’ll dance longer, and your reception will be awesome.

custom knee length skirts

by ashley nef

4. Bridesmaid skirts can be dressed up or down.

Worried a skirt will be too casual for your wedding? All you have to do is accessorize. For instance, for a more casual look, accessorize with a bib necklace, boots or flats, hair accessories, or a sash, just to name a few. For a fancier fete, pair the skirt with a sparkly top like this beauty from Blush Fashion:

black bridesmaid skirt

by blush fashion

Plus, unlike some dress styles, skirts require no additional undergarments to hide your bra or straps. Just a simple strapless or regular bra (depending on your tank top or tee shirt) will do!

5. There are tons of colors available.

Stop hunting down the perfect color dress. With a skirt, there are tons of colors available to match your wedding palette.

6. You order it once. And it’s done.

Just gather up the sizes and order away. The skirts will arrive and everyone will match!

tulle bridesmaid skirts

by blush fashion

7. It is actually something they will wear again.

I’d wear a skirt like any of these all the time. Maybe that’s just me, but wearing a bridesmaid dress again? Unlikely.

In conclusion, how are these bridesmaid skirts winning vs. dresses? It’s easy: less stress = more happiness. And when your girls are happy, you’ll be happy, too.

Shop the Look: You can find the bridesmaid skirts above from Ashley Nef or Blush Fashion.


Giveaway: Win 7 Bridesmaid Clutch Bags!

We have a new giveaway to share with you today! If you need the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, look no further than a clutch purse. It’s one of our favorite gift ideas because it’s handmade (truly one of a kind), is functional (she can carry those essentials the day-of and beyond), and it’s customized (pick her favorite pattern or color for a gift she’ll use again and again). This week, we’ve teamed up with Flora Handmade to give away a HUGE set of seven (7) bridesmaid clutch bags to one lucky reader! The bags can be customized in your favorite pattern out of twenty-five varieties! Find out more below…

Bridesmaid Clutch Bags — Giveaway

These are just a few of the patterns from which to choose. See more on their website!

bridesmaid clutch bags by flora handmade

o Giveaway dates: 6/17/15-6/23/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Set of 7 handcrafted bridal/bridesmaid clutch bags with kisslock closure by Flora Handmade. Winner will be able to choose from 25 prints and personalized interior tags are included.
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included to the U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to use prize
o Prize value: $266 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

Bridesmaid Photo Frames with YOUR Bridesmaid Dress

Get ready to WOW your bridesmaids with a cute gift idea! We spotted these wooden bridesmaid photo frames over at Prince Whitaker and we love them. They feature custom engraving with ‘Bridesmaid’ or ‘Maid of Honor’ at the top AND each frame has a custom engraved dress on the side, designed to look like the one she wears on your wedding day! Take a look and find out how you can win a set of six custom-made bridesmaid photo frames! Enjoy! ♥

Bridesmaid Photo Frames

by prince whitaker

bridesmaid photo frame engraved with YOUR dress
by prince whitaker

Giveaway: Wedding Party Cards from Sparkvites!

Wedding party cards are being given away this week! Find out the full scoop below. But first, be sure to subscribe or you’ll miss out on other fun wedding giveaways like this one!

Happy Friday, loves! It’s time for a fun new giveaway brought to you by the awesome folks of Sparkvites! We’ve teamed up with them to give away a set of six wedding party cards to one lucky reader. These aren’t just any wedding party cards — wait until you see how fun and colorful they are! You can use these cards to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be in your wedding. Check out the designs below and enter for a chance to win!

Wedding Party Cards

Which of these designs is your favorite?

Wedding Party Cards

Wedding Party Cards

Wedding Party Cards

Trend Alert → Bridesmaid Skirts with Hi Low Hem

We’ve talked about bridesmaid trends, from mismatched bridesmaid dresses to these amazing convertible dresses. But what about bridesmaid skirts? They’re all the rage right now especially for casual, laid-back weddings (think a wedding in the woods or in the mountains or a western wedding, as a few examples). But it’s not just any skirt that is trending right now: we especially love these hi low hem bridesmaid skirts because they’re absolutely perfect. They feature a hi low hem, a sought-after (+ stylish) style. These skirts can be paired with any style of sandal and tank top, which is pretty much guaranteed to keep your bridesmaids happy. Third, it’s an awesomely affordable price (so bridesmaids will vote you the coolest bride ever). And, finally, there are tons of colors available so you can coordinate with your wedding color palette with ease.

I mean, honestly, this skirt HAS IT ALL.

Take a look — it might just go on your own summer must-have list. I know I want need one.

Bridesmaid Skirts with Hi Low Hem

We spotted these bridesmaid skirts over at Ashley Nef, who is doing a supremely awesome job outfitting bridesmaids in cool, comfy designs. I mean, just look at this perfect mustard yellow skirt:

These bridesmaid skirts feature a hi low hem and are available in a variety of colors.  These mustard yellow ones are my favorite! |

by ashley nef

The hi low hem isn’t just for style: it’s essential for bridesmaids who hate the too-short skirt without having to go all-out floor-length (which can be incredibly hot in the summer). It’s a very happy medium.

These bridesmaid skirts feature a hi low hem and are available in a variety of colors.  These mustard yellow ones are my favorite! |

by ashley nef

Ashley Nef doesn’t just outfit bridesmaids, either…

Giveaway: Win a Rose Lace Clutch Purse

Are you ready for a new wedding giveaway? Us, too! We’ve teamed up with NikiN to offer this hot pink rose lace clutch to one lucky reader! This is an adorable find and features a hot pink bow, pink lining, and a white lace overlay that has a rose pattern. It makes a great gift. Read on to see how you can enter for a chance to win!

Rose Lace Clutch

Here’s a picture of the clutch being given away:

Rose Lace Clutch Purse in Hot Pink |

by nikin


The clutch measures approximately 9in (w) x 5 in (h) by 2 in (d). It features a French lace exterior and a sweet pink pure dipioni silk interior. There is a double layer of interlining and batting for softness. The front flap cover has a silver 8″ metal frame and there is one inner patch pocket. There’s a detachable metal chain included, too. Enter for your chance to win below!

Giveaway Details

o Enter between 4/29/15-5/5/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Rose Lace Clutch Purse by NikiN Designs
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included anywhere!

Note about shipping: NikiN Designs ships using International Standard AirMail via Pos Malaysia (with tracking number). The package will reach the destination approximately 8-20 business days, although customs can occasionally delay packages further. **Shipping comes with parcel tracking number and will require signature upon delivery.

o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $55 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

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Good luck!