Jul 27 2016

Wedding Series: How to Do The Mix and Match Bridesmaids Look

First let me start by warning all you sweet and thoughtful brides that this is not the easy route! You’re bridesmaids will love you, but for the bride it definitely adds some additional issues to think about. I went this route because I wanted my ‘maids to choose a style they were comfortable in, a price point that worked for them and I loved the idea of having a perfectly mismatched look that showed off each of my very different bridesmaids’ personalities. I absolutely loved how to it turned out, but like I said, not a total cinch. I’ll walk you through some tips on how to achieve the look with as little stress as possible along.

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#1: Tell Them and Show Them Exactly The Look You Are Going For

I made an inspiration board for my girls to show the general look I was hoping to achieve. I also gave them general guidelines, “Dresses should be: Long, tasteful and blush (very light pink), the more different textures the better (beaded, lace, etc). You can borrow, rent or buy off the rack, doesn’t have to be a bridesmaid dress line” I also gave them links to dresses in a range of price points that I thought could work. Everyone and every dress designer has different version of what neutrals like champagne, blush or taupe looks like, so pictures or swatches are key.

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#2: It’s All About the Texture

 If you’ve seen this look done more than a few times these past few wedding seasons, you probably know it can easily go wrong. In my opinion, no matter what the color palate is, the key is to make sure you have dresses with different textures, some beaded, some lace, some chiffon (but definitely not all chiffon). If you are doing different brands and different shades of a similar color, texture is key.

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#3: Get Final Bride Approval & Be Honest

 You are most likely doing this because you are trying to be a considerate bride, so don’t feel bad asking to see the dresses before they purchase them and be honest when they show you. If you don’t like the style, it’s too revealing, too similar to your dress, too similar to some of the others girls’  dresses — just ask them for a few more options. They will totally understand and in the end you’ll be happier than if you kept your mouth shut and hated all those pricey photos.

Few more shots of how ours turned out:

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Final Tip: A Way to Make it More Foolproof

While I loved how mine turned out, it wasn’t a cinch. If you are nervous about it, try choosing different shades or colors from the same bridesmaid dress line, that way you can see how all of the colors look together but your ‘maids can still choose what style looks best on them. Though pricey, our favorite for this look is the Amsale line.

We’d love to see photos and hear tips on how you pulled off a similar look at your wedding. Tell us in the comments below!

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Jul 20 2016

Handmade and Custom Gift Ideas We Love

There is so something special about the feeling you get when you give or get a custom or handmade present. Whether it’s the story behind the maker, how you found it or how it was made completely just for them, it’s our favorite way to gift. We rounded up some TGI faves to get you thinking about great custom or handmade gift ideas. ‘Tis always the season to be gifting!

1.    The Crafted Cup Company: Stout Tankard

We love these pewter tankards made by hand in England. Not only are these mugs completely safe to drink from (thanks to the lead-free pewter used), they will not tarnish. Safe to drink from, cool looking, and long lasting? Um, yes please!

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Via: Crafted Cup Company (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

2.    All Pop Art: Comic Portrait

These comic portraits are giving us all the feels! Perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or just a plain surprise, these portraits will brighten up any home. Send in any photo to All Pop Art and they will turn it into a cool Lichtenstein-style Pop Art Photo.

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Via: AllPopArt 

3.    C & T Custom Lures: Fishing Lure

Surprise someone with a custom fishing lure to make sure they’re the coolest one on the water. TGI especially loves this custom lure that acted as a new dad present! These hit the trifecta- sentimental, practical and custom made.

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Via: C&T Custom Lures (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

4.    Inner Vision Studio: Handmade Placemats

We cannot get enough of these handmade art print placemats painted in soothing colors. They are perfect to make any home or outdoor space truly unique. These are perfect for housewarming, wedding, or birthday gifts.

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Via: Inner Vision Studios (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

5.    Minted- Birthstone Art Print

The perfect gift for the zodiac lover! These handmade birthstone canvases are classy and personal. Great for birthday, mother’s day or just a simple “treat yo-self” gift.

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Via: Minted

6.    Bees Gift Ideas: Butt Key Ring

We absolutely love these hysterical key chains. Brighten up your significant others’ day by attaching one of Bees handmade keychain gifts. And PS- we hope everyday is as nice as your butt.

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Via: Bee’s Gift Ideas (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

We want to hear from you! What is the best custom or handmade gift you’ve ever given?

*We handpick our favorite gifts and all opinions are honest and our own. Some products we have affiliate relationships with and some we some list monthly on our site.

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Jul 18 2016

Wedding Series: 1 Year Later, A Look Back at Our Wedding Day

It’s been 365 days since Jon and I tied the knot. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Throughout the year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding, What We Put In Our Welcome Bags, What We Registered For and plenty of other fun details about the wedding planning process. Today we are just sharing a few of our favorite professionally captured photos of the day as we reminisce on some of our happiest moments.

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Photo credit: Laurie Tennent Studios

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Jul 13 2016

Wedding Series: Gifts We Gave The Day of Our Wedding

It’s been almost a year since our wedding. WOW! This past year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our WeddingWhat We Put in Our Welcome BagsWhat We Gave Our Bridesmaids and How We Chose Our Wedding Invitations. This post is all about the other gifts we gave the day of our wedding — the gifts for my handsome groom, my wonderful in-laws and my I-Can’t-Thank-Them-Enough parents. Browse below for tips and links to #whatthegiftinsidergave.

Hankie for Mom

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The quote I used for my Mom’s hankie was from one of our favorite books growing up (and I’m sure a lot of yours too!), I loved the idea of using that quote on a hankie. I found the custom floral hankie on Etsy, personalized it with our date and names and chose a style that complimented the robes we gave our bridesmaids and the floral liner of our invitation.

Hankie for Dad 

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This hankie I found on Etsy had the perfect, sweet sentiment for my Dad. My Dad tends to be a bit of a happy crier (he’s the sweetest.) So loved the hankie idea for him. All black and white and simple. Something he’ll hold onto forever.

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I wanted to give my future in-laws something little yet sentimental. It’s your wedding after all, so don’t go too big and pricey with the gifts for your parents/in-laws. I bought two nice bottles of vino, some gold polka dot wine bags, matching gift tags and pasted on this heartfelt, personalized note.

Cold Feet Socks, Cuff Links and Pocket Square for my Groom 

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I had one of my bridesmaids deliver my groom a pair of socks with a label that read “In Case You Get Cold Feet” to his door the day of the wedding. Another cute but little Etsy find.

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As my main gift, I gave him a pair of simple black cufflinks with our wedding date engraved on the back.

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I searched online everywhere for the perfect black and white polka dot pocket square that I had seen on Pinterest. I finally found it 2 days before our wedding at a little shop right down the street from our home! It was perfect.

What were some of the small, sweet and sentimental things you gave the special people the day of your wedding? Tell us below!

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Jul 11 2016

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