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Monthly Archives: August 2014
It’s no secret that most guys aren’t great at shopping for gifts. But you’ll want to get something to say thank you to your groomsman—and it should be something they won’t forget. Here are four unique groomsmen gift ideas your friends will love:
1. Engraved money clip
Most of us don’t like carrying big, heavy wallets stuffed full of things we don’t use. That’s why so many men who first try out an old fashioned money clip never go back. A money clip is a traditional, lightweight method for carrying cash and a few cards. Not only will it make your groomsmen stand out, it will get use every single day unlike many other gifts. For extra points, get them personalized with their initials.
2. A pocket watch
In the age of the iPhone, wrist watches are becoming less and less common. However, there’s still something undeniably classic and tasteful about a pocket watch. Many guys will never think of going out and buying a pocket watch for themselves, and yet it makes a great, useful gift for special occasions or even everyday use.
3. Personalized flask
Your party doesn’t have to stop after your reception – gift your groomsmen with their very own personalized flasks. Whether you inscribe them with their names, the wedding theme, or a motto you all believe in, a flask is the kind of thing your buddies will find comes in handy for years—on a fishing trip, at a sporting event, or a summer cookout. Just make sure they know not to crack it open until after the ceremony.
4. A classy travel kit
How about focusing your groomsmen gift ideas on something thoroughly practical? Most guys have to travel for business and we’re not always great at packing. A travel kit makes it easier by providing an all-in-one space for your morning essentials, including a razor, shower products, toothbrush, etc. Of course, you don’t want just any travel kit—look for one in a classic style like canvas or leather. Of course, monogram it with your buddy’s initial for the best groomsman gift ever.
What are your most unique groomsmen gift ideas?August 8, 2014
Many brides don’t think about their bridal jewelry until long after other wedding details are tackled—but proper bridal jewelry is just as important as the wedding dress itself! Here are four bridal jewelry ideas to consider for your big day.
The best styles for bridal jewelry are those that are both elegant and feminine and drop earrings provide both. Oftentimes, brides feel constrained to choosing jewelry for their big day by the same practical considerations as they would for everyday jewelry. But remember, you won’t be going to work in these jewels; you’ll be walking down the aisle! That means that styles that might not be practical for other occasions are back on the menu. Drop earrings are also a good choice because they work well with having your hair up or pulled back, which is a popular style, and they’ll be visible to everyone even at a large ceremony.
Pearls are a classic bridal jewelry choice and for a good reason. With their white sheen, they fit naturally with any wedding style you can dream up, and they have a long history as one of the most feminine gems you can choose. Pearls have an added advantage for the savvy bride however—they deliver the beauty of real jewels without the higher cost of sapphires or other precious gems. For a truly stunning look, consider multi-strand pearl bracelets and clusters of pearls on accessories.
When people think of bridal jewelry, they all too often forget about the brooch. A brooch is a versatile piece which should be the cornerstone of any bridal party. If you’re choosing not to have a full ensemble of matching bridal jewelry for all the bride’s attendants, having a simple brooch is an easy way to mark out the bridesmaids and give them something special to remember your day by. Unlike a necklace, brooches work with virtually any dress, hairstyle, and body shape. And no matter what your plans for the bridesmaids, a special brooch is an elegant choice for the mother of the bride.
No matter what your choice of gems for your bridal jewelry, cubic zirconia gives you the twinkle of diamonds without the price tags. Many fantastic bridal jewelry sets include zirconia set against pearl, sapphire, or amethyst.
What’s on your bridal jewelry wish list?August 7, 2014
Between going to work, getting to the gym, and driving the kids to school, every woman needs quite a few bags to accommodate her busy life. Fortunately, the Fitness Fun Tote provides enough room and style to keep up with her on a daily basis. It is also a great vacation bag.
Why not personalize it with items she loves. If she is a coffee drinker, why not put her favorite brand of coffee with a nice mug and some cookies. Or you can put a scrape book of you and her in it. Whatever you choose to fill it with, she will love walking around town with it. Don't forget to have her name embroidered on it in her favorite color. With 15 thread colors to choose from you are sure to find the perfect one for her.
Wrapping the tote bag is very simple. You can either put a pretty bow on the handle, or you can wrap it in clear wrap. Don't forget to add tissue paper inside the tote for a full effect.August 4, 2014
The end of summer means that fall is just around the corner. While the cooler weather is impending, there is still plenty to look forward to this fall including autumn weddings. Did you know that October is one of the most popular months for weddings? From crisp autumn leaves to pumpkin decorations and more fall favorites, what’s there not to love about a fall wedding? Here are the top five fall wedding trends you need to look out for in 2014.
Metallic Colors. As the summer wedding season ends and enters into the fall, you’ll be seeing less pinks, yellows, and bright colors and more metallic hues. Gold and copper are expected to be especially popular this season. Expect to see many bridesmaids in gold and copper gowns with silver jewelry. You’ll also see metallic colors in decorations – silver spray-painted pumpkins lined with gold candles and autumn leaves will be among the most common center piece items.
Blinged-Out Veils. Brides are beginning to move away from fancy wedding dresses in order to focus more on making a statement with their veils. Many brides are choosing to bling out their wedding vials with rhinestones and pearls. Long Cathedral wedding veils are also beginning to make a comeback, which are commonly lines with lace flowers and other unique designs.
Peacock Feathers. Bridesmaids will also be turning heads with unique and interesting hair accessories, such as peacock feathers. You can also expect to see them tied into flower bouquets and in center pieces, along with pumpkins or even as decoration on the wedding cake. Some couples will opt to feature them more subtly with their wedding invention designs.
Statement Necklaces. Many wives-to-be will choose to stick to the tradition of wearing a strand of pearls around their neck when it comes to bridal jewelry. However, these pearls will be upgraded to make a bigger statement than your grandmother’s pearls ever would have made. Statement necklaces featuring a combination of pearls and rhinestones will be another popular option.
Burlap. You rarely hear people talk about the ring pillow or wedding basket at a wedding. However, that’s all about to change as burlap becomes popular as a rustic decoration with both ring pillows and wedding baskets. Burlap helps to bring the feel of fall to any wedding. You’ll likely see these pillows and baskets lined with lace to give them more of a feminine touch.
This fall it will be less about the dresses and more about the smaller details when it comes to weddings. Brides are becoming bolder than ever when it comes to their choice in accessories and decorations. Whether you’re part of the wedding party or attending as a guest, you’ll be guaranteed to see some of these hottest wedding trends this upcoming season.August 1, 2014