And now for my second vendor…
B.poetic, (www.etsy.com/shop/bpoetic) an Etsy-based company, is also comprised of hand-constructed and hand-stitched goodies. Made with vintage fabrics, the company is best known for its fashion-forward shoe clips. They’re made to match any color palette and make a to-die-for and reasonable bridesmaid gift. Take a look at these cuties.
The company also sells/customizes super cute flower corsages that could accompany any wedding wardrobe.
And to wrap up, I’ll leave you with an undoubtedly fabulous “Just Married” banner (also by b.poetic).
If you’re looking for casual/chic/adorable ways to personalize and glamorize your big day, look no further than these two vendors.
EmersonMade (www.emersonmade.com) specializes in hand-dyed and hand-stitched accessories that are a 45 on a 1 to 10 scale of wonderful. Known for fabric flower corsages and vibrant clutches, EmersonMade is the perfect one-stop-shop for bridesmaids gifts and wedding favors. Take a look at these ridiculously cute flower favors. Leave them in the middle of tables or in a cute pail for guests to grab. Easy and stunning… score!
And what about this “something blue” ring pillow? A-amazing.
And lastly, some potential bridesmaids gift ideas:
So you’ve been asked to be in a wedding. And if you’re as unexperienced as I am, you may be a little unsure about what’s expected of you. You’ve read some blogs, poked around a few Internet sites and maybe even browsed through a bridesmaid etiquette book.
I’m here to fill you in on my research. And as far as I’m concerned, bridesmaids are in charge of three things.
Putting on the bridal shower. Collectively, the bridesmaids are to come up with a theme (if one is desired), a budget and a guest list. You don’t have to invite the entire world. Most brides have more than one shower and depending on who puts it on, entirely different groups of people are invited to each. Your job as a bridesmaid is to put on one… not three. One definite must: both mothers are to be invited.
Planning the bachelorette party. This is the perfect opportunity for the bride to get a little crazy and let off some wedding steam. It’s your job as a bridesmaid to make sure she has a great time. This means helping her complete her dares and making sure everything is photographed. She’ll definitely want to see (and maybe delete) the evidence the next morning.
All sorts of support. Above anything else, your job as a bridesmaid is to be the best friend you can be to the bride. If that means wearing a dress you hate, suck it up and wear it. If you have to reduce her stress level by running some errands the morning of the wedding, by all means do it. You’ll want the same support on your wedding day, so make sure everything runs as smooth as possible on hers.
After deciding who your bridesmaids are comes the actual asking part. It can be as formal or as casual as you’d like to make it but how you ask sets the tone for your big day. It gives everyone a little insight into what sort of bride you’ll be.
Here are some different ways to go about asking:
Host a happy hour at your place for your potential bridesmaids. Some hors d’oeuvres and wine is the perfect way to go. Your guests will feel relaxed and will be thrilled when you ask them to be a part of your wedding. If you want to do a little something extra, give a little gift at your gathering. Anything from a handmade bracelet to a personalized card for each of them will be totally appreciated.
If your bridal party is fairly small or if you have some extra time, do something special and sentimental with each of your girls while you ask them. If the two of you grew up in the same neighborhood, take a walk around it together and ask her then. If two of you share the same favorite restaurant, take her to lunch and ask her over a chicken panini. Whatever the activity, seize the opportunity to rekindle an old memory with her.
Have a good ol’ fashioned sleepover where you talk drama and gossip in your pajamas. This is a sure way to bring all your ladies together and have a Friday evening full of food and fun. You can even supply party favors with little notes inside that say, “Will you be my bridesmaid!?” (or something a little more creative). Your guests will love it, especially if the bag contains sweets!
Put on a picnic. Everyone loves finger food and picnics are super easy, super relaxed and super cheap. A simple basket containing cheese, crackers and some fruit is a surefire way to please everyone on any sunny afternoon. You can even kick it up a notch and play some games if you and the girls are in the mood. Volleyball anyone?
Whatever way you choose to ask your bridesmaids, make sure it showcases your personality. Your wedding day is about you, but what would it really be without your closest friends and family?