Wedding gift guide: modern bridesmaid gift ideas

modern bridesmaid gift

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Calling all you brides-to-be – this post is for you! Now that you’ve asked your sister, cousins and/or closest friends to be your bridesmaids and they all said yes, you might be wondering what you can get them to thank them for all of their help leading up to your wedding and for standing by you on your big day. Because I know how busy and stressful the wedding process can be, I want to help you out by taking the bridesmaid gift brainstorming off of your plates so you have one less thing to worry about! I’ve created a modern bridesmaid gift guide with some affordable and thoughtful options that are sure to suit all of your closest girlfriends!

1. Kate Spade New York ‘Bridesmaid’ and ‘Maid of Honor’ idiom bangles – $58 each.

modern bridesmaid gift

From far away they look like simple gold, silver or rose gold bangles, but these pretty bracelets are inscribed with fun phrases like “perfect pair”, “two of a kind”, “birds of a feather”, “peas in a pod”, “partners in crime”, “the hocus to my pocus” and “the riff to my raff.” They also have hidden messages on the inside – “best friend forever” for the bridesmaids and “you and me” for the maid of honor. Because they’re so versatile, your girlfriends can wear them with their bridesmaid dresses to your wedding and beyond!

2. Dogeared ‘One in a Million’ necklace – $48 each

modern bridesmaid gift

Remind the girls you love why you chose them to stand beside you on the biggest day of your life with this pretty pearl necklace. I love the message on the card, don’t you?

3. GiGi New York monogrammed ‘All in One’ clutch – $120 each

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A Stylish and Contemporary Wedding by Adam Lowe Photography


It’s a beautiful thing when two people decide to commit to one another for life with a marriage; but it’s even MORE beautiful when those two people have an impeccable sense of taste! Today’s happy couple, Dan and Michael, were married in one of the most stylish and contemporary wedding days we’ve seen… possibly ever! From their couture tuxes to the breathtaking ceremony and reception museum venue at the Columbus Museum of Art, they sure did know how to throw a perfect and personal wedding day.

Take notes, brides and grooms — you’re about to have a lovely visual lesson in style, design, and most of all, true love! Scroll on to see more gorgeous photos take by Adam Lowe Photography!






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Jewel toned bridesmaid dresses: fall’s must-have wedding look


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As we move into the fall season, the weddings aren’t going to be slowing down (did you think your mailbox would stop receiving wedding invites? Ha!). But, they are going to start having completely different looks and themes. Where the summer months are all about bright colors, flowers, and beachy pastels, fall weddings are all about drama. We’re talking rich colors, long sleeves, and stately outdoor and indoor venues.

If you’re looking for the perfect bridesmaid look to complement your autumn wedding, consider jewel toned bridesmaid dresses. These deep hues are perfect for the colors of the season, and look stunning on longer dress lengths. Our four favorite jewel toned bridesmaid dress colors are below — which is your favorite?

Elegant Emerald


Woodnote Photography via Green Wedding Shoes


Megan W Photography via Style Me Pretty


Robyn Van Dyke via Southern Weddings



Ruby Red


Troy Grover Photographers via Green Wedding Shoes

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Modern Options for Mother and Son Dance Songs

Mother and Son Dance Songs

Octavia Hunter Photography

Let’s all level set for a moment. Finding a song for the mother/son dance is actually pretty hard. Sure, there are the lovely and always classic options of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” or “God Only Knows”, but most love songs strongly veer toward the romantic variety, particularly when looking at modern day options.

But fear not, grooms to be. You’ve come to the right place to find inspiration for your mother/son first dance choice. You see, there are actually a lot of options if you listen hard enough. Many love songs can serve a dual purpose. From teachings about love itself, to a reminder that your mom will always be there for you, below are some mother and son dance songs that would work perfectly. We’ve even added in accompanying “notable lyrics” to help paint the picture further.


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