Find Unique Gifts for Your Bridesmaids with These Sites!

Finding the perfect gift for anyone can be a challenging task, let alone finding gifts for the first loves of your life!  Your bridesmaids are your best friends.  They are the women who love you unconditionally and have supported you in becoming the beautiful women that your groom fell in love with.

Bridesmaid’s gifts are a great way to show the amazing women in your life just how much you are thankful for knowing them.  I like to think of gifts as a reflection of what that person means to you.  Monetary value means absolutely nothing; it’s all about the meaning behind the gift.

With all of the fun little details that come with planning a wedding, it can seem like there’s always one more thing to have to worry about.  Worry not!  Here is a list of websites where you can quickly find beautiful, unique, and truly meaningful bridesmaids gifts.

Etsy.com is an amazing website that is almost like an electronic store.  All of the products are vintage or handmade and are sold by private vendors through the site.  I have ordered from Etsy.com many times and have always been happy with my purchases!  There is a way to contact the private vendors as well, so you can customize your order and make special requests.  Shipping is relatively inexpensive as well, which is a major plus!  There is even an entire Wedding section too!

Pinterest.com … I absolutely love it!  Browse the Wedding section on Pinterest to find gift ideas from all over the web.  Then, organize the possibilities on a private board so you can look at them later.  Read this article for a tutorial on how to use Pinterest.

 Exclusively Weddings has a ton of monogrammed options from necklaces to beach bags!

Here is an amazing slide show from Brides.com that gives some great, affordable ideas.  If you have time, consider making gifts for your girls.  Here is a blog article that has some cute ideas!  You can also find tons of diy ideas on Pinterest.  Consider giving the girls a gift you can all use, like a trip somewhere or concert tickets.  Great memories are some of the best gifts to give!

Do you know of any other great websites or ideas?  Please feel free to comment below!

Pinterest as a Tool for Wedding Planning

Planning a wedding, or any event for that matter is so visual.  I love tools like Pinterest because we can use them to organize our ideas on a virtual pin board.  The bulletin board above my desk at home is covered with post-it notes, magazine cutouts, and photos that inspire me.  But only I can see those.  One of the other things that I love so much about Pinterest is the ability it gives us to share our inspirations with our friends.

For anyone planning a wedding, I would highly recommend using Pinterest as a tool to visually organize your ideas.  Sometimes, it’s hard to explain exactly what we want.  So many times have I gone to a salon to have my hair styled and walked out with something totally different, not what I wanted!  Using Pinterest, you can show your wedding planner, your florist, and your hair stylist exactly what you want.

If you are in the early stages of planning your wedding, Pinterest is a great tool for inspirational research.  Keep up on all of the latest trends in bridal fashion, centerpiece ideas, and venue suggestions.  Pinterest has something for every facet of your wedding.

If you don’t want to share the ideas you have pinned with anyone, you can use Pinterest’s new Secret Board feature.  This will keep all of the images you have pinned on this board private, so only you can see them.

How Pinterest works: Create an account on Pinterest.com.  Then, click on your username located on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  Click on “Boards” from the dropdown menu and click on the “Create Board” button.  Fill out the menu by choosing a name and a category for your board.  Here, you can also decide whether or not you want the board to be secret by turning the “Secret” option on or off.  Then, click on the red Pinterest logo on the top center of your screen.  This brings you back to the Pinterest home page.  Now you can begin searching for images!  Use the search bar in the upper left hand corner of the screen or select a category from the “Category” drop-down menu located beneath the Pinterest logo on the top of the screen.  “Weddings” is a category!  (So perfect!)

Once you find an image you like, pin it by dragging your cursor over the image and selecting “Re-pin.”  Select which board you want to put the image on write a comment about it if you wish.  (This is great for making notes about where you want to use the idea in your wedding!)  Then, click on the red “Pin It” button, and you’re done!  Happy planning!

Love; Isn’t That What It’s Really About?

Now more than ever, price is a major factor when it comes to planning parties.  But your wedding is probably one of the biggest and most meaningful parties you will ever plan.  One of the biggest issues for couples when it comes to planning a wedding is cost.  At some point or another, every couple must ask themselves, is the high cost really worth it?  After all, isn’t this love we are celebrating here?

I love outdoor weddings so much because you can do a lot of the work on your own. Having an outdoor wedding means that you have the creative freedom to plan an event that is both beautiful and cost efficient.  This means, keeping the focus on you and your love, because that’s what the day is really about!  Flowers, decorations, food, entertainment, and venue should all be a reflection of that love.  Here are some things to consider while planning your wedding to make sure that you are staying true to you and your budget.

Where is your wedding going to be?  Finding the perfect venue is the first step before everything else falls into place.  Generally, an outdoor venue is going to be less expensive than a wedding reception held in a hotel or a ballroom.  While outdoor venues are less costly, they do take a lot of planning.  Everything from food to decor is up to you to coordinate.

Who will be attending?  There is a big difference between one hundred guests and one hundred and fifty guests.  Of course, there are always those people you have to invite.  Consult with your families to make sure you haven’t left anyone out.  Even though it’s hard to narrow down the guest list, try to think, will I regret not having invited this guest?

What is your creative direction?  Do you want a more relaxed and casual feel or are you all about formal and elegant?  Keeping this in mind, decide whether you want a daytime event, or evening event.  Evening weddings are more costly.

Most importantly, never let other people influence your decisions.  Planning the wedding, you will come into contact with so many different people, all with their own opinions and ideas of what you want.  From wedding planners to family members, never let anyone sway your decisions and pick what you want, for you.  Before you contact anyone, take the time to read bridal magazines, research wedding blogs, and develop a clear vision.  Pinterest is the perfect tool for this!  You can create a virtual pin board to organize all of your wedding inspiration.

For more information on budgeting and cost considerations, read this helpful article from The Knot!