Perhaps you saw Part One of this week’s mini series on some pretty unique bridesmaid gifts? Today, it’s time for Part Two where we show you the real life behind-the scenes of Dana of Dane Rose Lee Photography gifting her girls these very special bridal party gifts. You may want to have some tissues close by for this one…
The custom gift crates feature original art by her mother, a well-known equestrian artist. Sadly, Dana’s mother passed away from cancer several years ago and the gifts were a way of honoring both her mother AND her best girl friends on her wedding day. Thankfully, Dana’s wedding photographer Layce Bauman was on-hand immediately following the rehearsal dinner to capture these moments, as Dana invited her best friends back to her hotel room to surprise them with the gifts.
We always have fun designing custom bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts but it’s awfully rare that we get a behind-the scenes glimpse into everyone receiving the gifts. Thank you Dana for sharing! It means the world to see our gift designs bringing such joy to others.
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We love creating custom bridesmaid gifts so much that I’ve decided to do a bridal party mini-series starting….today! Part One features a recent custom gift design of ours and when you come back for Part Two, you’ll get to see the bride (a DC-area family portrait photographer) actually presenting her bridal party with the gifts on her wedding weekend. The girls’ reactions are priceless! Not to be a spoiler, but happy tears are definitely involved.
When Dana of Dana Rose Lee Photography contacted me to outsource her custom bridal party gifts, she wanted gifts that complimented her elegant fall aesthetic while also highlighting some very special pieces of original art. Dana’s mom, prior to passing away from cancer a number of years ago, was a well-known equestrian artist. Dana wanted to gift each of her bridesmaids an original piece of framed art of her mom’s as a way of honoring both her bridesmaids and her Mom on her wedding weekend. As luck would have it, while searching through storage in the months leading up to her wedding, Dana ended up finding the exact number of original pieces in the exact same design allowing each friend to receive the same gift! It was meant to be.
Dana’s color palette was navy and merlot so we kept everything very soft and neutral with pops of blue and red to allow the art to take center stage. We opted for natural open-top pine crates, lilac artisan candles, Rosebud Salve in vintage-inspired tins, a deep red pashmina, and an ivory Plum Pretty Sugar robe featuring the prettiest, most delicate lace trim on the bottom of each. The entire bridal party, including Dana, wore the robes while getting ready on wedding day. The bridal party also wore the red pashminas for portraits while we included an extra ivory one for the bride to wear as well!
In addition to custom gift tags in the same pattern as her invitation suite, we also included a small welcome note in each gift crate featuring the same organic motif. The gift tags were personalized with each bridesmaid’s name to make the gift even that much more special. Silk merlot ribbon finished everything off.
When Dana came to our gift studio to pick up the crates prior to driving up to New York for her wedding weekend, she was beaming with excitement. It was truly gratifying seeing her reaction as she studied each and every element of the finished gift crates, realizing that her vision had truly come to life. Stay tuned for Part Two later this week where we’ll reveal the bridesmaids’ reactions as they see the gifts for the very first time. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!
The bond between the bride and her bridesmaids is a special one which is why we love creating unique bridal party gifts for our wedding clients. While we do a lot of “will you be my bridesmaid” gifts, we also love to design gifts for bridesmaid luncheons and bridal party appreciation gifts to be presented on the wedding day. So many possibilities! Today we’re sharing our top seven things to consider when designing gifts for your bride tribe…
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Packaging They Can Use Again & Again:
Whether we’re designing a custom gift or putting together a piece from our Pre-Designed Collection, we always think of packaging first! We frequently turn to our tried and true seagrass baskets, crates, totes, and hatboxes because each will undoubtedly be used again and again by your bridal party long after your wedding is over. They key is wrapping up the contents in a piece the recipient can’t imagine tossing aside!
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Mirror the Wedding’s Color Palette:
Mirroring the color palette of the wedding is key when designing any wedding gift, and it’s especially important when gifting your bridesmaids. This theory is perfect to use when asking your bridesmaids to be in your wedding because it acts as a sneak peek into what they can expect. Not to mention, if you’re presenting your gifts just before your wedding day, your girlfriends will love that each piece coordinates with their bridesmaid dresses!
Your getting-ready photos are some of the ones you will all treasure for years to come. With this in mind, it’s always so fun when everyone is wearing a coordinating piece they can also wear at home post-fete. Plum Pretty Sugar robes are on of our go-to pieces because the colors and patterns are timeless and lovely.
Although many of the pieces your squad will receive in their custom bridesmaid gifts can be reused, there’s something so special about a lasting keepsake. We love including beautiful Turkish-T towels! These are perfect as a new luxury item in your bathroom, but we also love bringing them along to picnics and the beach year round.
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Spa Ready Item:
Getting ready for your wedding should feel like a day at the spa for everyone! Hair and makeup with your best friends – what could be better? Luxurious creams always provide a wonderful hint at what to expect, and we also adore Plum Pretty Sugar’s sleep masks. There are few things more important before an exciting day than a great night’s rest.
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Every bridesmaid loves seeing her name in print so make sure to include a personalized piece! We love turning to calligraphers to carefully write each bridesmaids’ name on gift tags and hangers. Perfect to use for wedding dress photos and for her favorite piece at home.
With each gift we design, we always recommend including a salty snack or something sweet that can only be found in the area surrounding your wedding venue. Locals will think it’s fun to discover something they know and love well, and visitors will get to try something you adore. Another fun piece to use to honor your wedding’s location is a custom sketch of your venue!
Not long after we launched our brand new line of pre-designed bridal party gifts, we began receiving requests for custom bridesmaid gifts. Needless to say, I was definitely up for the design challenge. Custom bridesmaids gifts?! I’m in heaven!
The design I want to highlight today is for a super sweet Midwest bride named Erin who was excited to thank her girls for being by her side throughout her entire wedding planning process and leading up to the big day. Erin gave me some information about her color palette and wedding style and I got to work on the gift design right away.
Using a foundation of navy, white and gold, I chose a soft palette, keeping things as feminine as possible. Spa robes with each bridesmaid’s initials monogrammed in gold, along with a soy candle helped to create the light, airy aesthetic I was going for.
I also included luxe Turkish-T towels with muted navy stripes along with Rosebud Salve, Sugarfina candy and white Essie nail polish. For an additional pop of gold, I opted for handcrafted zipper pouches in a modern gold and white print. It pained me to send these off, by the way. I secretly wanted one for myself!
Each bridesmaid’s name was hand-lettered in modern calligraphy by Poppy & Scooter and tied on the outside with coordinating satin ribbon. So pretty and personal.
We loved the thought and effort Erin put into thanking those who are important to her even in the midst of her own wedding planning. Congratulations to Erin and hoping her September wedding was all she could’ve ever hoped for!
Last week, we announced the winner of our Bride-to-Be Gift Giveaway over on our Instagram page! After notifying Kaitlin Roach that she was the winner, we couldn’t stop there. We just HAD to get to know her a little better since we all love hearing a good love story, right?
She and her fiancé, Dylan, are long-time sweethearts and both from Eldersburg, Maryland. Kaitlin is currently a first grade teacher in Montgomery County and has had a busy summer planning for both the upcoming school year, as well as her wedding! They’re planning a July 2016 wedding in Pennsylvania.
A: Dylan told me he wanted to go on a sunset hike to the Shenandoah mountains in Virginia after I got done student teaching one day (hiking is nothing out of the ordinary for us). On the way to Shenandoah National Park, we got stuck in a ton of traffic and didn’t make it to Shanendoah until 6:45 and the sun was supposed to set at 7:30! We climbed up to the top of Mary’s Rock and made it just it time to watch the sun go down. It was a breathtaking and gorgeous sunset on top of the mountain. As the sun was setting Dylan pulled out a pair of binoculars and was looking around. He told me to look over there by the entrance to the park, which was about 3000 ft away. I was looking through the binoculars for awhile because I honestly did not see what he was referring to, until I came across a white sign. I had to refocus the binoculars, and then I saw a sign that said ‘Will you Marry Me’?
Q: Were you surprised?
A: I was in complete shock that I stood there looking at the sign to make sure I read it correctly. When I turned around Dylan was down on one knee. He then said beautiful words about the two of us and our relationship, and then asked me to marry him. I later found out that some of our best friends were down at the bottom of the mountain holding the ‘Will you Marry Me’ sign. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and fitting proposal for us.
Q: Okay, let’s back up (I got ahead of myself!)…How did you two meet?
A: Dylan and I are high school sweethearts. We met and began dating when he was a freshman in high school, and I was a sophomore. We actually met through our high schools ski club and have been together since April 11th, 2009. After high school, we both attended University of Maryland, College Park together.
Q: When and where is the wedding?
A: We’re getting married at the Farm at Eagles Ridge in Lancaster PA next July 16, 2016.
Q: What is the color scheme for your wedding? (I must say I love Kaitlin’s color choice!)
I can barely contain my excitement as I count down to the official launch of our new bridal gift designs on 7/22! I’m even more excited to announce our Bride-to-Be Gift Giveaway that kicked off last night!
Deadline to enter is 9 pm EST on July 20th. Winner will be chosen at random and announced at 9 pm EST on Weds, July 22nd. (The same day the gifts go live on MarigoldGrey.com!)
We will announce the winner on Instagram as well as on the blog later that week. Good luck!!!