Nov 4 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Finding The Perfect Wedding Invitations

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How to Make Them YOU!

– Choose elements you can carry through the entire wedding – a monogram, colors, fonts you can replicate for other paper goods, liner patterns, ribbon.  Make sure to request a JPG of any design elements you want to carry through when you order.

– The liner and edges of the invite are a fun place to add personality. Bella Figura (where we got ours!) even lets you upload your own images or prints for their envelope liners. We adore the metallic edges trend that everywhere lately. Go for bright pink or rose gold to keep it less formal and more fun!

– Let the invite express the formality of the wedding.  Include casual elements if you want a more laid back vibe.  We added a “Dinner, Dancing and Happily Ever After” to ensure everyone knew this would be a non-stuffy affair.

– It took us a LONG time to find the perfect invites, browse online, browse our Pinterest Board or the inspo mecca of OhSoBeautifulPaper.com and if you find a line you love, search where they sell locally.

Our Black + White Gold Foil Save the Dates

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Save The Dates are the time when no matter how formal your affair, you can add some fun,  creativity or quirkiness into your paper goods.  You can full-on coordinate with your wedding invites, use an engagement photo or go totally unique and send a custom drawn caricature, custom tattoos, a confetti popper or a vintage postcard. This is perfect place to include your wedding website.

Ours are from Minted.com and foil stamps from Zazzle.

Our Letterpress Bella Figura Wedding Invitations

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Ours are by Bella Figura from RSVP Plymouth.

Rehearsal Dinner + Brunch Invites

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Engagement Party Invitation

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If you want to see more details from our wedding check out our post on Wedding Welcome Bags, or 17 Ways We Added Special Touches to Our Wedding.

Also check out our Pinterest board full of Wedding Invite Inspiration.

 

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Oct 29 2015

Etsy Pick We Love: The Heart Map Print

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This Heart Map Print by AGierDesign on Etsy is one of our very popular go-to wedding gifts. Choose any 2 cities or small towns & this artist puts them together in a heart. So sweet for 2 people that come from different places.  Print is unmatted and unframed. (Frame may be added). 3 sizes, 8″x10″ $50 & see

Cuz we love ya! Use GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% Off

Find it here: AGierDesign

 

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Oct 20 2015

Wedding Wednesday: What We Put in Our Wedding Welcome Bags

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We had so much fun creating our wedding welcome bags.  We wanted to make our guests feel extra special and fill it with personalized goodies that had some meaning to us.  We DIY packaged everything to fit our wedding theme using washi tape and at-home printable labels.

The Gift Insider is happy to help you create custom bags of your own or take it completely off your plate. Just shoot us a note at Lindsay@thegiftinsider.com. If you want to tackle on your own…read on!

What We Included:

– His Picks (pretzels)
– Her Picks (chex mix)
– Sweet Treats (swedish fish + starbursts)
– Salty Treats (mixed nuts)
– A mini version of my Grandma’s famous “Nettie Cake”
– 2 Kind Bars
– 2 Waters Bottles – labeled w/ our wedding logo
– Stackable Wine Cups
– Mini Hangover Kit (details below)
– Wedding Timeline from Meyer Market Designs
– Guide to our City (designed by me!)
– Happily Ever After Tote from ParisChicBoutique
– Welcome Gift Tag w/ Guests Name

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The prep process!

50 bags later…

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Hangover Kits

These Hangover Kits were a last-minute addition we added to some of the bags.

What We Put In:

– “In Sickness and in Health”Hangover Bags from BeCollective
– Emergen-C Packet
– Wine Wipes
– Starbucks Via
– DrinkWel Vitamins (a god-send for hangovers)

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Wedding Timelines + City Guide

We had Etsy designer Meyer Market Designs design our Wedding Timelines, we used photoshop to design our “Guides to our Favorite Spots” and Welcome Tags.  We found the perfect color blush paper and ribbon from PaperSource.  We did all of the logos and fonts in gold foil to go with out color scheme.  And our favorite thing to tie it all together, a sparkly clothespin paper clip from Target.

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Final Product!

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Be sure to check out our past articles on Wedding Welcome Bags or our huge Pinterest board on Out-of-Towner Bags!

 

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Sep 30 2015

TGI Wedding Series: Ways to Thank Your Shower Hostesses

Wedding showers are FUN.  You are surrounded by ladies who love you and get showered with beautiful gifts.  One of the tougher parts of wedding showers is figuring out what to give all of your shower hostess’ to thank them.

FIRST SHOWER:  I gave a gift set- cute patterened buckets to hold all the goodies in, a beveled mirror, a mini clipboard notepad that I stamped “Thank You” on the first page w/ a rubber stamp and a Graphic Image Leather Luggage tag w/ each of their initials.

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SECOND SHOWER:  I decided to just do one larger gift and  I gave each lady a leather personalized Graphic Image Passport Cover. I chose a few different covers and tried to pick a color for each lady that I thought suited them. I used the same rubber stamp as I did on the first gift to add a heart gift tag to each gift and wrapped in this beautiful, beautiful paper from TARGET.

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Aug 4 2015

Make a DIY Emergency or Survival Kit For Life’s Big Moments

Mini emergencies can totally throw off someone’s day! These kits are a totally fun way to give them an extra boost.

Bridal Emergency Kit

Even the happiest day of your life can be a stressful one! This pre-wedding gift will be perfect for taking care of last minute mishaps.

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Via Something Turquoise

New Mommy Hospital Survival Kit

Any new mom would smile ear to ear if they received this totally cute hospital kit. It’s sweet and sentimental.

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Via Next On Tiff’s List

Mile-High Care Kit

This is a fun and creative gift for someone studying abroad or anyone who is embarking on their own travel adventure.

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Via The Kitchy Kitchen

Back to School Emergency Kit

What a creative gift idea! Use your imagination and customize it for a teacher or student!

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Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Job Survival Kit

A new job is exciting but can of course be nerve-racking! Give a friend or family member a boost right before they start this new part of their life.

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Via Time 2 Partay

TGI Extra: Toiletry Kits to Donate to Hospitals, Homeless Shelters or Ronald McDonald House

What a great way to give back to your community and those in need! This gift will absolutely make someone’s day!

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Via Livin In SD

Happy gifting!

 

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Jul 30 2015

17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding

Our wedding weekend was everything we ever dreamed of. It was an absolute fairy tale, dream come true, still can’t-believe-it-really-all-happened evening and I have felt like I could explode with happiness since the moment I walked down the aisle. I can’t wait to finally share some of the memories with all of you.  We’ll be posting wedding themed posts with advice, things we’ve learned and tons of photos from our special day throughout the next few months, so make sure to keep checking back.

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Our first post is full of what many of our guests told us they loved most about our wedding, the personal and personalized details that made our wedding “us”.

1. Hand Written Calligraphy Signs

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We found these frames at a local flea market, spray painted them shiny gold and hired a calligraphy artist from RockPaperScissors to design.  Our florist created floral garlands to frame each sign.

2. Indoor Garden Ceremony

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This ceremony backdrop was created and dreamt up by my talented father of Great Oaks Landscape Associates.  The entire ceremony felt like all of us were in the middle of a secret garden.  It was magical.

3. “Pick Your Own” Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

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I wanted each of my bridesmaids to love their dress and be able to express a little of their own personality, so each girl picked their own long blush dress, all different styles and fabrics.  To tie it all together our florist used matching long blush ribbon in all of the bouquets.

4. Gold Foil Coasters & Cocktail Napkins

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We had custom L&J and #ScheyYes gold foil cocktail napkins at the bars and were passed out with our signature drink. The coasters are from Etsy and are meant to be put on top of your drink. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Roberts family event without a top notch selection of single malt scotch.

5. K.S.S. Signature Drink 

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Jon and I always both order Ketel & Soda’s – I like lemon, he likes his with lime. Instead of dreaming up some fancy schmancy signature drink, we offered a “K.S.S.” – Ketel + Soda + a Swizzle Stick (the gold pom pom.)  I designed the gold foil sign on photoshop.

6. You Look Gorgeous Ladies Room Mirror 

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This was a huge hit and a total last-minute idea by the creative genius and adorable mother of mine, Mindy (seen in the photo.) We used a flea market mirror and wrote in pink lipstick a note to all the ladies to remind them how gorgeous they looked.

7. Gold Foil Menu with a Little Personality

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We kept our menu humorous, blush, foil stamped and as unstuffy as possible.  The hit! Our “Midnight Snack – Leo’s Chicken Finger Pitas, with Ranch, of Course.”  If you don’t know Leo’s you must not be from Metro Detroit. We designed the Menus and our programs on Minted. We’ll do a separate post on our paper goods soon!

9. Gold Calligraphy Table Numbers  

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We tried to keep the gold calligraphy theme going and keep things simple on the tables.  The numbers were written in script from Etsy company, BetterOffWed.

10. Blush Lighting + Gold Centerpieces

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Our florist, Breath of Spring, created these beautiful centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses and hanging greenery to continue with the indoor elegant garden vibe.  We had gold stands and the most romantic shade of blush lighting.

11. White Dance Floor with Gold Decal

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I had my heart set on a huge white dance floor from the moment I started planning.  While one of our splurges, the WOW factor when you walked into the perfectly lit room made the atmosphere unforgettable. The stage was lined with white Hydrangea bushes.

12. Mr and Mrs Chair Signs

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These Mr and Mrs Gold Calligraphy Chair signs were from the same Etsy site as our chair signs and cake topper, BetterOffWed.

13. 7 Layer Cake Wedding Cake

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This was one of those ideas everyone told us was crazy, but ended up being a huge hit.  Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we did a 3 tiered 7 Layer Cake (a traditional Jewish dessert and my hubby’s favorite!) It was DEVOURED.  Our florist added some blush flowers and we topped it with a Mr and Mrs Schey Calligraphy cake topper from BetterOffWed.

14. LED Light Sticks + Red Heart Sunglasses

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When the dance floor was packed we passed out Red Heart Sunglasses and LED I Heart L+J foam sticks. The sticks were inspired from a night out in Miami on my bachelorette.

15. Glamorous + Fun Open Photo Booth 

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There is nothing more fun than a photo booth filled with props at any party.  For props, we spray painted this gold frame from Ikea, had tons of glittered lips, mustaches and signs and had huge paper flowers from Michaels.

16. Dani Jar Layered Dessert Favors

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Each Dani Jar has different layers of delicious desserts and we personalized the lid with our gold initials and a “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning.” I designed the sign and got the frame at the flea market.

17. Happily Ever After Welcome Totes 

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We went a little crazy w/ our Welcome Totes, these were designed by Etsy artist ParisChicBoutique.  We’ll save the details for a later post!

 

We hope this inspires you to find some unique ways to personalize your wedding! Next we’ll be writing how to make an amazing welcome tote, gifts we gave our wedding party, invites/stationery, decor, bridesmaids dresses, etc  – lots of fun wedding ideas ahead!

Photocredits laurietennentstudio.com and blueracerproductions.com

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May 20 2015

The Gift Insider’s Miami Bachelorette Weekend!

10 of my best friends threw me the most wonderful bachelorette party in Miami this past weekend and I’m so excited to share some of the highlights.  They nailed it. And I loved every second of it.

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Soon-to-Be Mrs. Schey banner w/ champs and vodka sodas!

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The cutest handmade photo props and hangover bags all made by my amazingly talented co-maid of honor, Aly.

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My two Co-MOHS (co-maids of honor) and the wonder women behind the most fun weekend, ever.

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A DIY Cheers Bitches banner made by Aly and a snapshot of our Miami “Apartment.”

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A DIY handmade Mrs. drink cup w/ mini veil and my handmade beautiful, beautiful sash.

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My Mrs. Schey robe for the day of the wedding! Not pictured: the cutest bikini veil.

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Photo props make the party.

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The sweetest game.  The girls asked Jon questions about our relationship, video recorded his answers then asked me and played what he said.  We crushed it.

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All the girls!  A huge thank you to my wonderful friends for being by my side celebrating such a wonderful time in our lives. I love you all to pieces.

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Apr 9 2015

4 Gift Picks for the Health Conscious Bride and Groom (Seen on NY1 News)

Healthy Wedding Gift Ideas

1. Tower Garden by Juice Plus+
Grow fruits & vegetables on this super easy 5′ Tower Garden-a vertical aeroponic growing system that allows you to grow up to 20 plants.  It’s way easier than growing a large garden and healthier and cheaper than buying from the market. Perfect for patios, balconies—any relatively sunny place outside. No dirt needed. Includes everything you need to grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, basil & cucumber in just 4 weeks. An environmentally & economically smart choice. $45 a month (or a one-time payment of $525)
Available at towergarden.com

2. Cooking Guidelines Apron 
This Cooking Guidelines Apron is a cheeky but pretty practical all at the same time.  The apron functions as a regular apron but when you have a culinary questions like cooking times, measurement conversions, it’s all printed right on the apron. Give 2 so the couple can cook together. $25
Find it at UncommonGoods

3. Personalized Cutting Boards by Straga Products 
Handmade custom engraved cutting board is personal, functional & food grade ready. It’s the perfect off-the registry Bridal Shower or Wedding Gift for a couple that loves to cook. 4 natural wood choices & comes gift wrapped. 50+ designs to go w/free personalization. $39-$79, depending on size.
Available at stragaproducts.com
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4. Red Omega Juicer 
Chances are your bride and grooms have taken a stab at the juice cleanses pre-wedding.  Now let them save a little dough and create their own favorite blends at home with Omega’s VSJ843QR.  The new auger strains more juice & breaks down fiber to a smooth nutrient-dense juice for a huge cost & time savings. $459.95, Available at omegajuicers.com
20% Off Code Here

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Apr 9 2015

Round Up: Photo Books We Love

Photo books are great personalized gifts that will last forever! Whether it be for family, friends, newly weds, or soon-to-be moms, photo books will be a hit!

Artifact Uprising

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Artifact Uprising rocks with its Instagram Friendly Books! This is such an awesome idea and is great for anyone who loves artsy photos or just for fun times with friends that you don’t want them to forget!

Shutterfly

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Shutterfly is perfect for the family photo shoot, pictures of the kids, and so many special memories! This is a great gift for parents and grandparents who adore pictures of the people they love the most! The quality of the books are amazing, and the pictures are always vibrant!

Blurb

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Photo books from Blurb are unique and always awesome! We love how you can get totally creative and do anything from family photos to cook books! Any chef will be totally impressed!

Mosaic

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This is so cool and is perfect for photo books on the go! You can make them from your phone or tablet! Quick and easy! Nothing better than a personalized last-minute gift!

Milk Books

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The Milk photo books are gorgeous and totally classy! The matte art paper and hard cover look great around the house! Awesome wedding and housewarming gifts! A personal touch to a new home or new chapter of life is always so special!

Happy Gifting!

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Feb 16 2015

The Gift Insider Weds: Some of Our Favorite Engagement Gifts

We totally acknowledge how hard it must be to shop for a gift-giving expert, that’s why we were so touched by all the sweet and thoughtful engagement gifts we got this year.  Here’s a roundup of just a few of our favorites.

A Mini Painted Canvas and an Initial Ring Dish  

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Feyonce Tank 

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Mr and Mrs Luggage Tags, Wedding Planning Books and a Framed Photo of our Engagement Picture

Mr and Mrs Engagement Gift Ideas

A DIY Box of Bottles for Every”First” 

DIY Engagement Gift Ideas

Year Established Schey Family Plaque

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Mr and Mrs Schey Stemless Wine Glasses

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Days Until We Become Mr and Mrs Schey Door Hanger

Creative Engagement Gift Ideas

L+J Wooden Cheese Board

Personalized Engagement Gift Idea

LoveBirds Handmade by Grandma Gift Insider <3

Handmade Engagement Gift Idea

Yes, Dear Pillow + Kate Spade Mr and Mrs Frame

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Kate Spade Polka Dot Vase

Mr and Mrs Frame Engagement Gift

These are just a few of our favorites.  Browse our engagement gift section for other ideas and deals on engagement gifts.

What were some of your favorite gifts you’ve given or received for engagement gifts?

 

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