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Help! Jewelry for Sister-in-Law Bridesmaid Gift? – Ask Emmaline

P.S. There’s a delightful giveaway inside this post! So make sure you read it + enter! #justsayin

Yesterday’s Ask Emmaline question was such a hit that our inbox got absolutely flooded with your questions! (Thanks — keep ’em coming, we love hearing from you!) Elisa wrote us with a question about picking out the perfect bridesmaid gift for her soon-to-be sister-in-law. She says,

“Dear Emmaline, I’m picking out bridesmaid gifts and I am completely stumped on one of my girls, Carrie… she’s my future sister-in-law and we’re not very close yet. We get along great, but we just haven’t really had that much time to get to know each other as much as my other bridesmaids. I want to get her a gift she will like but I don’t want to mess up on style. Do you have any suggestions for jewelry that is great for everyday wear she might like? She wears jewelry a lot so I know she likes it and mostly in silver tones (but she also wears gold sometimes). Any help for a sister-in-law gift she will love?”Elisa

Elisa, jewelry is a great gift idea! I love that you included her jewelry preference (mostly silver tones versus gold), as it makes picking out the style a lot easier — silver vs. gold is half the battle! Your email included such a sincere question and I think many brides find themselves in a similar situation. You’re picking out gifts for members of your wedding party, many of whom include family members of your spouse that will soon be a part of your family, too. But it’s not always easy to pick a gift when you aren’t as close (yet!) as you may be with other members of your wedding party. And I wholeheartedly love that you care so much about picking a gift she’ll love, which shows just how lucky she is to be gaining a new sister like you!

To help you pick the perfect versatile bridesmaid gift, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tried-and-true jewelry pieces. If you see one that looks like her style, just click on the photo and you can find out more from the artist directly on their shop (or other similar styles by the artist who designed it). And hopefully one of these finds will be the perfect gift for Carrie. Fingers crossed we have a home-run today with one of these!

P.S. There’s a wedding giveaway in this post, too!

Bridesmaid Gifts for Sister in Law

1. This sweet bangle bracelet

It’s sure to bring happy tears to her eyes. It also covers the three S’s: 1) silver-toned, 2) sentimental, 3) sister-in-law geared. handmade by Honey Thorns.

i gained a sister when i married your brother

bracelet: honey thorns

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