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Why This is an Awesome Gift for Bridesmaids

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!


Photo of the Day » Groom Fist Pump

We love the many amazing reactions we see from new couples after the ceremony. Once it’s official, you bet you’ll be ready to celebrate. Today we’re sharing one of our favorite moments, selected as today’s Photo of the Day: the groom fist pump.

groom fist pump

photo: emily blake photography


Personalized Be My Bridesmaid Cards from Cardstore

Brides: are you ready to pop the question to your bridesmaid and ask them to stand up in your wedding? There’s no sweeter way to ask “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” than with a personalized card. Today we’re sharing one of the easiest ways to make personalized be my bridesmaid cards with your own photos included. (Because, let’s face it, cards are 100x sweeter with personalized photos!) Read on to find out about the new personalized be my bridesmaid cards from Cardstore and see how easy it is to make your own. PLUS, you can save 30% in the process thanks to a special EB-only offer. Read on to find out more…

Personalized Be My Bridesmaid Cards

With their easy-to-use template, Cardstore makes it simple to create custom collages using your favorite photos. You can include photos of your favorite moments together, like those vacations you took together in college to the time you got dressed up for a girls night out. Here are a few chic card designs from which to choose:

Personalized Be My Bridesmaid Cards / Maid of Honor Card

This next card is my favorite. I love the floral design, the typography, and the emphasis on three of your favorite photos, right on the front.

Personalized Be My Bridesmaid Cards / Maid of Honor Card

Personalized Be My Bridesmaid Cards / Maid of Honor Card

Personalized Be My Bridesmaid Cards / Maid of Honor Card

Personalized Be My Bridesmaid Cards / Maid of Honor Card

Making a card is easy: just pick the card you love and click “make my card”.

Make Your Own Card

Once you’re in the design center, just click the boxes to add photos. You can upload your photographs from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and more.

Once you’ve finished customizing your card, just approve the design, make any edits, and prepare to send. Cardstore will mail cards for you (just include the address and pay for postage) or you can have it shipped to you with a blank envelope to address yourself. This is helpful if you plan to give a gift with your card and you’d like to attach the card to it.

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Must-Have Photo: Bridesmaids with Chalkboards

As you know, one of our favorite things to do is find real, practical (and fun) ideas from Real Weddings to inspire you. After all, anyone can tell you about a good idea, but seeing it put into play is one of the best ways to get inspired. Today we’re talking about bridesmaids with chalkboards, each describing how the bridesmaid met the bride. Simple enough, right? Read on to find out more…

diy bridesmaids with chalkboards describing how they met the bride

Bridesmaids with Chalkboards Photo Op

This idea turns a simple (+ cheap!) decor item into a totally awe-inspiring photo to capture your big day. You buy a chalkboard (and we’re talking cheap… like $3 a piece) for each bridesmaid. Bring plenty of these — they’re less messy than chalk) and ask each bridesmaid to write how she knows the bride. She can write something like, “7th Grade”, “Groom’s Sister”, “College Roommate”, etc. Then, at some point during the wedding (a great time to do this is in the morning while getting ready) line up and have everyone hold up their chalkboard. Your photographer captures the image and you have a perfect photo for your wedding album.

Cute, right? We love it. The added details – like this one! – will make your handcrafted wedding more memorable + unique.

where we spotted it //

spotted via style me pretty | photo by jen philips


Now it’s your turn:

How do you know your bridesmaids? How many do you have? Tell us below!