Category: bridesmaids

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:

personalized photo album via photo albums bridesmaids

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.

Yellow Bridesmaid Clutch with Polka Dots

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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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Hi, loves! Have you popped in to Allisa Jacobs‘ shop lately? It’s making me very impatient for spring, especially because it’s only been winter “officially” for… what, two weeks? Yikes. Regardless, these pretty pops of color–like this yellow polka dot clutch in citron, to be exact–is a refreshing thing to see after waking to find lots of snow on the ground this morning.

Yellow Bridesmaid Clutch with Pretty Polka Dots

This yellow polka dot clutch is perfect for your spring wedding! Summer, too. Ah, summer… what is that like again? I’m starting to forget.

yellow bridesmaid clutch - polka dot clutch purse

yellow bridesmaid clutch - polka dot zipper clutch

To see more of this yellow bridesmaid clutch (or many other fab colors), visit Allisa Jacobs.

xo
-E.

Lillybee Shoes Review + Giveaway!

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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 heard of Lillybee shoes yet? Today we’re sharing an honest Lillybee shoes review and an extra special giveaway! I (Emma here) recently gave them a whirl and I’m sharing my experience with you today. Read on for the review!

Lillybee Shoes Review + Giveaway

This holiday season, I was strutting around in my Lillybee shoes, this pair right here:

black and garnet Lillybee Shoes Review

I received a pair from the lovely team over at Lillybee to try them out. I picked Garnet and Black as my color combo, since I thought they would look great during the holiday season (and I was right). They came in this adorable bag…

black and garnet Lillybee Shoes Review

Cute, right?

So I wore the heck out of them. I wore them Christmas shopping. I wore them to Christmas Eve parties. I wore them all day, all night. And you know what? They were pretty darn comfortable. I paired them with a black dress, cardi, and gray tights. They looked adorable. And unlike the millions of other pairs of ordinary (read: boring) flats I wear on the regular in solid black or brown or red, these pretties got compliments!

My mother, sister, and cousin all said, “Cute shoes!” followed by, “Where did you get them?”

Now you can all enter for a chance to win a pair. Because, loves, I’ve tried these and totally love them, so I know one of you would like to sport a pair, too.

Lillybee Shoes Review: Favorite Colors

Before we get into giveaway mode, I wanted to share a little bit about Lillybee shoes. Lillybee shoes are unique: they’re designed in color combinations to support your favorite sports team, sorority, university, or even your wedding! You can order a pair to coordinate with your bridesmaids dresses or as homage to your alma mater. Plus, you can add shoe clips to them to make the shoes even more adorable. I tried my Lillybee shoes with the clips and without: they look great either way, but I have to say the clips really steal the show. Go with the clips.

Here are some of my favorite color combinations:

Okay, now it’s time to give away a pair!

Lillybee Shoes: Giveaway!

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 12/30/14-1/5/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: One (1) pair of Lillybee shoes (flats) in any color with one pair of bow clips
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $74 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

xo
-E.

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.

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