Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

What are you getting your best gal pals for being by your side throughout the wedding planning process to when you walk down the aisle?  We've got some really awesome ideas for you! A few months ago we did a post on unique groomsmen gifts, so now it's your turn ladies!  First is the custom Wine Tumbler from Simple, fun, and what girl doesn’t want to keep her wine nice and chill? 2nd is this Wrap and Write Gift Box.  It has a beautiful wrap in 13 different colors with a custom engraved initialed wooden box and matching notebook.  2nd is a Custom Heart Charm Necklace that is fancy enough to go with your bridesmaid dresses but could also double with jeans and a fun tee! Last but not least is a Leather Clutch that comes in brown, navy, or pink, and personalized with their name or initials.  Thanks to our friends over at Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique for these awesome ideas!  Here’s some tips to think about:

1. It doesn’t have to be expensive, meaningful is the most important! Some of the most special gifts we have seen haven’t been expensive ones but things that a personalized and especially with a hand written card thanking your girls for being by your side.

2. If there is some specific detail that you want your girls to wear give them that as your gift to them. Jewelry, a clutch, shoes, and one of our favorites is a bridal survival kit

3. Give it to your girls while you’re getting ready and make sure that you have your wedding photographer capture that moment of fun and excitement.

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How to Tie a Bow Tie and Advice for Your Groomsmen

We’ve been doing a really fun series called Wine Knot Wednesday on our Facebook Page Live so I’m going to start posting them here too! It’s all the latest buzz in weddings from cool people:-)

This week we had Brent Kraus who owns Ella Bing Haberdashery on to talk all about tips and tricks to have well groomed groom/groomsmen. He also demoed a super easy way to tie a bow tie (starts at about 9:17). Here’s some of our favorite tips he shared and if you tune in below you can see the whole episode!

For a timeless look for a more formal wedding is a fitted black tux with a bow tie (made me think of James Bond:-). A tux black tux should always have suspenders and no belt. For a more casual wedding like on the beach or destination opt out of a jacket and wear a vest and choose a simple lapel flower or carnation.

In choosing an overall look start with your jacket and then pick one detail that is the focal point like a bowtie. Ella Bing custom makes wooden bow ties that are really amazing gifts and art pieces that Brent’s dad actually carves himself. Then add things like cufflinks, socks, and pocket squares. Pocket squares should never match the same material as the actual tie.

When styling your groomsmen, measure their neck sizes. Bow ties come in standard lengths and thicker necks are not standard measurements.

Shoes! Try dress slippers, they’re modern and fit well with tailored pants when your ankle shoes. Remember, no socks!

Protect Your Love

It’s hurricane season here in Florida. Many people don’t realize that it actually runs June 1st - November 30th which is totally during the most popular time for weddings here in Florida. I’ve been in Tampa 11 years now. We generally haven’t had to worry about hurricane’s much, but last year Irma was definitely a threat and made us re-think what we would do if there was a hurricane. A wedding is such a big investment and while it may feel like you have all of the major details of your wedding covered, there are some things you just can’t plan for. Though it may be hard to think about your special day being anything less than perfect, the reality is disaster can strike. Whether it’s a damaged gown or a last minute cancellation, an unexpected setback can put a damper on your wedding day. The good news is there are several things you can do to make sure that your special day goes just as expected! Check out these helpful tips below.

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Protect Your Carat

From the moment your partner gets down on one knee and pops the question, chances are you’ll be rocking a shiny new addition on your ring finger. While it may be the last thing on your mind during such an exciting and happy time, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure that your ring(s) is protected forever. While anything happening to your engagement ring or wedding band is heartbreaking, knowing that it has been properly insured can make the situation less stressful if you happen to lose your ring or it is stolen.

Ring insurance works just like any other type of insurance, but covers engagement rings and other valuables. There are several different ways that you can insure your engagement ring. If you already have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance you can go through your existing policy to cover your jewelry. However, keep in mind that having a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy does not mean that all of your jewelry is covered automatically. In order to make sure that your engagement ring is adequately covered you will need a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance “rider”. This is an optional add-on that will provide higher coverage limits and protection from more kinds of risk.

The other option is to buy jewelry insurance. An engagement ring is a huge investment so it is important to insure your ring as soon as possible. Many jewelers, such as Blue Nile, not only make it easy to purchase an engagement ring online, but also provide you with important information on how to insure your jewelry directly on their website. Many jewelers have relationships with insurance providers, so they can help you start the process of insuring your ring.

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Protect Your Special Day

It’s easy to plan for the things that we know and expect, but what about if the unexpected happens? While it may be difficult to think about, accidents such as a sudden cancelation or accidental damage to your venue, or even a hurricane can happen on your wedding day! Rather than spending your big day worrying about the unexpected happening, you can purchase wedding insurance. Wedding Protector is a great online resource and affordable!

Examples of coverage include:
Cancellation/Postponement can provide coverage for certain deposits listed in the policy in the event of a necessary cancellation or postponement of the wedding.

  • Wedding venue suddenly goes out of business or inaccessible,

  • Sudden illness prevents the honorees, parents, grandparents or children of honorees from attending,

  • Unexpected called to duty.

Additional Expense can provide coverage for certain unexpected expenses you have to incur in order to avoid a cancellation or postponement of your wedding. For example, if a caterer or transportation company suddenly becomes unavailable for your event and you can find a last minute replacement, this coverage can reimburse you for the difference in cost up to 25% of the original contract price.
If catastrophic weather causes you to cancel or postpone the wedding, we can provide reimbursement for non-recoverable expenses.

As equally as important, make sure all your vendors are professional, licensed, and insured. While this may sound a little nerve wracking, it is always better to be over prepared than underprepared!! Marry Me Tampa Bay also published a great article on this exact topic, check it out HERE for more detail!

Groomsmen Gifts Ideas

Happy Friday!  We love sharing fun and unique ideas and these are some great ones for groomsmen gifts.  These custom gifts from Groovy Guy Gifts are some of the coolest that we've seen.  The cufflinks/money clip, and flask also come in a personalized wooden box and the pocket knife has a custom wood panel on it as well.  The very last photo is one I hadn't seen before.  They are custom whiskey rocks that you put in the freezer and then in your whiskey (or wine if I was using them:-) and it keeps it cool but doesn't water it down.  Stop on by to see all their cool custom guy ideas!!!  Here’s some tips for making your guys happy and thanking them for standing by your side:

1. Getting them something they can wear or drink lol seems to be some of the most loved gifts. Custom cufflinks, socks, a money clip, or of course a flask and their favorite liquor are always a favorite.

2. Be sure to have them open them while you guys are getting ready and have your photographer capture that moment when they open them.

3. Meaningful is always the best! It doesn’t need to be expensive or anything crazy but these are your best friends in life there for you in thick or thin so thank them with something cool!