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Planning Your Wedding Means Planning Their Gifts

The wedding planning process can seem to go on forever; especially for the bride and groom to be. After all, you are planning a day for not only yourselves, but all of your closest friends and family to enjoy. This is why we enlist the help of our dearest friends to aid in wedding preparation. From giving their opinion on the perfect dress, visiting potential venues, searching for vendors, test cake flavors, the list goes on!

When all is said and done, it’s important to take a step back and think about the people who helped pull your day together. When you asked your closest friends and family to be in your wedding, you were asking for a large commitment both in time and finances. It’s one of the most selfless things a person can agree to. So how do you let them know how much you appreciate them? Add gifts for your wedding party to the list of things to do before the big day! It can be a little overwhelming to think about, so here are a few ideas we’d like to share:

For Your Mother (and new Mother In Law)

Your wedding day is sure to be filled with lots of emotions. While it’s a joyous day filled with love, it can sometimes lead to tears of joy as the bride and groom say I do. No one wants to carry a pack of tissues around. A great, and maybe a little uncommon, gift to give is a handkerchief! Gift your mother and mother in law a personalized handkerchief with a message of your choice.  Armed with their own personal messages, giving the same gift to the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom is great symbolism for the unity your marriage is creating! It’s also a great way to express your thanks, and share a gift that is likely to come in handy.

wedding gift for mom

For Your Father (and Father In Law)

To the same sentiment, get your fathers matching yet personalized presents. One idea is to gift a nice set of cufflinks to wear as they walk down the aisle. Take it a step further than a standard inscription, and find your favorite picture of you and your dad together. If you really want to tug at the heart strings, find pictures from your childhood to include. Nothing says sentimental like taking a trip down memory lane before you set down the aisle on one of the biggest days of your lives.

cuff links for groom

For Your Wedding Party

Getting presents for the entire bridal party is tricky. Getting matching presents for the bridesmaids and groomsmen is an entirely different story. Your best bet is to get them a gif that they will likely use again. Giving your guys and girls fashionable sunglasses is sure to be a hit. Not only can it further distinguish them as a part of the wedding party, but it is a gift that can be used beyond your wedding day. If you’re going to spend money on a present, you might as well ensure that it’s relevant for use for more than just one day!

colorful sunglasses

For Your Bridesmaids

It can be argued that the job of a bridesmaid is one of the most stressful. Thank your girls by putting together a care package of their favorite things. After months (sometimes years) of planning, a great gift option could be a certificate to a day spa! What better way to say thank you than treating your girls to a day of pampering and relaxation. Want to do more than hand them an envelope? Go the extra step and put together a basket of spa day essentials! Equipped with a robe, slippers, a makeup bag, and a cute tote to pull it all together! If you do want to customize and item, the makeup bag may be the way to go. It’s something that is sure to get a lot of use, and something that will likely get a lot of compliments!

bride and bridesmaids with bouquet of flowers

For Your Groomsmen

While not all groomsmen may appreciate a spa day, the idea of treating them to something they can do for themselves isn’t a bad idea. One option to consider is putting together a gift of favorites. It can be anything from a giftcard to their favorite restaurant, a bottle of their favorite drink or even just an assortment of their favorite snacks! Nothing says thank you like a gift of all of your favorite things. Make it easy on yourself and buy a variety of gift cards online!

groom and groomsmen in tuxedos

Vibrant Violet

This violet hue is vibrant and full of life. We love pairing sharp and bold colors with a subtle color, like a pale lilac or blush pink. It allows the color to pop without a sharp contrast.

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Quiet Romance

 There is something elegant and radiant about a sophisticated palette like this. The muted purples and pinks blended with greens, ivory and hint of grey-blue creates a romantic scene. We love this palette for late winter or fall. Images from left to right, top to bottom: oncewed, josevilla, oncewed, stylemepretty, oncewed, anthropologie, ruffledblog, ruffledblog

Real Wedding: Lauren + Matthew

We are thrilled to share the wedding of Lauren and Matthew with you, all captured flawlessly by Andrey Mikityuk Photographer. This wedding is the perfect blend of classic and modern, with stunning style and grace. We felt like we were there in every moment and we know you will be pouring over these images all day. The effortless style Lauren carries (and that amazing fur jacket!) and the ear-to-ear grin Matthew shares all day had us beaming behind the screen. What a beautiful and amazing day they had!

From the Bride, “Matthew and I were blessed with a beautiful fall wedding day, which we spent with our family and friends at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha. Their gorgeous Winter Garden courtyard provided the most ideal setting for our ceremony and our reception was held in the Magnolia Ball Room. The special touches, however, are the things I will always remember most. Matthew gifted himself and each of his groomsmen a pair of white Sperry Topsliders to wear on the big day. I wore a pair as well, only mine were covered in white sequins. Because it was a little chilly, and our wedding was outside, I wore my grandmother, Marguerite’s vintage mink that is lined with teal blue silk during the ceremony. We had a table that displayed the wedding day photos of many of our friends and family members. I handmade my flower girl’s dress, my guest book, our wedding party favors, and my garter. My something old was my late grandmother, Dot’s earrings and a broach of hers that I wore in my hair. My something new was my dress, something borrowed was my cousin’s bird cage veil that also gave my look a vintage feel and my something blue was my mother’s blue star sapphire ring. Our vendors couldn’t have been more perfect or appreciated.

My husband’s family is Dutch as are many of his family’s friends. Orange City, where my husband and many of our guests are from, is a small Dutch community that holds the tulip festival every summer. Our ice sculpture was a large vase and we filled it with a large arrangement of white tulips to honor our Dutch guests.

Our photographer, Andrey Mikityuk, captured our day in the most beautiful way! Our cake lady, Donna Hultman, our musician Jason Birnstahl, and our florist, Dennis from HyVee, helped to make our day go so smoothly and flawlessly. And finally, Ron, the event coordinator at The Magnolia was so professional, and couldn’t be better at his job. Aside from marrying my best friend, I feel it was our wedding vendors and own special touches that made our day as wonderful as it was!”

Photography: Andrey Mikityuk Photographer, Venue: The Magnolia Hotel, Hair and Makeup: Siren’s Salon, Floral Design: HyVee Floral (90th and Center), Bridesmaid Gowns: Azurite Bridal, Tuxes: Tip Top Tux, Cake: Donna Hultman, Music: Jason Birnstihl,  DJ: Andrew Ortmeier

Garden Splendor

 Match your paper goods to your lush and garden-like blooms. We love this color palette and mix of vintage and new.

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