Category: Wedding Planning Advice/Tips

Wedding Party Gifts for your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Finding the perfect gift for your bridesmaids and groomsmen (as well as your brides men and grooms gals) doesn’t have to be a chore. We know the options can be overwhelming, so we’ve assembled a quick reference list to spark your imagination.

Many couples forget to budget for this expense, so we’ll give you a tip now! We recommend that a bridesmaids/groomsmen gift be in the range of $50-$150. It is a big investment in time and money to be a member of a bridal party. And of course, your friends/family are more than happy to be a participant on such a major moment in your life. But, showing your appreciation with thanks and a token is not just good etiquette, but what you should do for these wonderful people in your life (you know they would do the same).

In our experience, there are two gifting categories that are always a hit.

  • Wearables
  • Consumables

When it comes to wearables, think along the lines of something thoughtful/sentimental,  useful and/or personalized. Some items can check off all the boxes, which makes it a sure fire hit for your crew/tribe/posse.

When it comes to consumables, we don’t necessarily mean food or beverage, but those are a great place to start! We’re speaking more of a generalization for something that should be used quickly.

 

 

Groomsmen/Best Man

Bar Items

One of our all time favorite groomsmen gifts is this decanter by Groovy Guy Gifts.  This beauty is refined and dignified. It looks amazing on the kitchen counter, on a bar cart or as a display piece on a bookshelf.  We’re actually pretty obsessed with ours and use it often! It’s a classic item with lots of personality.

To really elevate this gift, consider also including a favorite adult beverage to be used with said decanter.

 

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Accessories 

Perhaps you have a crew of dudes that like to dress in stylish, dapper perfection. From cufflinks to money clips, a gentleman can appreciate a solid piece of metal. Ha!  This trio is a fantastic choice. The items are versatile, customizable and work great for both everyday use + wedding festivities.

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If you’re a “shop local” supporter and prefer to browse for something in person, one of our favorite local shops is Woodchuck USA  – they have awesome bottle openers!

We’re partial to businesses that offer a stellar product and phenomenal service- so, of course, considering the team at Groovy Guy Gifts is amazing, we’re pretty sure you don’t need to look any further! 😉

 

Bridesmaid/Maid of Honor 

Robe, Shirt, Tank or Romper

As we’ve mentioned,  a wearable item is always a hit and of course, makes for adorable photos. We adore Show Me Your MuMu robes. They’re SO pretty and romantic. And come in a ton of great patterns and colors.
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To give these gifts a little extra “oompf”,  personalize it! Just keep this in mind-the downside to something monogrammed or personalized with a role versus a name, is that it may not be worn again.  Your bestie loves you, but she’s likely not going to wear her adorable “maid of honor” tank out to run errands. However, one that says “Sarah” or “Bestie” is much more usable in the long run.

 

Jewelry

Just about every lady we know can appreciate a tasteful accessory. Be it a bracelet, pair of earrings, necklace or hair piece, it’s hard to go wrong with a piece that coordinates with your ensemble.  We could spend hours on Etsy looking for the perfect fit. We also adore BHLDN.  The sweet, dainty piece below is a crowd pleaser!

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We’re suckers for a thoughtful goodie bag or box too. White Spruce Market here in Minneapolis has the cutest boxed gifts. And they always have great suggestions too.  Stop on by to see and tell ’em we sent you!

 

Experience

You can’t put a price tag on the gift of time with your closest friends. So, don’t be afraid to gift them with a trip to the spa, a weekend getaway or an exciting excursion. Be it one-on-one with each of the members of your bridal party or as a group, gifting an experience will be remembered for years to come!

 

 

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Rosetree Wedding Tips & Advice: A Modern Twist on the Bouquet Toss Wedding Tradition

For this segment of our new Modern Twist series, let’s talk about the bouquet toss!

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You may already know that it is “tradition” for single women to gather around the bride during the reception in hopes to catch the bouquet … signifying she will be the next lucky lady to tie to knot. This goes hand and hand with the /garter toss, as the single men gather to catch the garter, and then the two lucky individuals have a bit of rendezvous while he places the garter on the bouquet recipient’s leg. It’s not uncommon or unusual for couples to do away with this game during the reception (we’ve actually seen a rise in the number of couples who do away with this and the $1 dance).

If you’re worried about being tight for time, or are opting for a four hour reception (instead of five), the bouquet and garter toss, as well as the dollar dances, shoe game, etc can sometimes feel like an “interruption” if you have a guest list that really wants to mingle & party. If you’re searching for validation to switch things up- here it is. It’s A-OK with us!

However, some couples like the idea of tossing, but either feel it isn’t appropriate for their guest list or feel like it’s an outdated tradition. Hey, it’s your day, we’ll support your choice either way. But say you DO want to toss the bouquet, but need to mix it up a bit to make it feel right to you. Here are a couple of fantastic alternatives (especially if you don’t have many single friends).

Consider tossing the bouquet to married friends. Gather all of the ladies in your life that have already tied the knot and give them the chance to remember what it was like to hold a bouquet. Omit the garter toss all together. Allow the winning couple to share a dance (bonus points if they can pick the song.)

Song suggestions:

  • “Better Together”  -Jack Johnson
  • “You & Me” – Dave Matthews Band
  • “How Sweet it Is (to be loved by you)”

Consider tossing the bouquet to the children at your wedding. All attendees under, say, 15, gather on the dance floor to catch the flowers. They’ll feel like a princess!

Song suggestions:

  • “Happy” – Pharell
  • “ABC” – The Jackson 5
  • “Kids” – MGMT

Consider gathering ALL of the ladies and tossing in honor of love.  Everyone loves fresh blooms, so this is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Why exclude anyone? From your mom to your niece to your high school best friend, get them ALL on the dance floor and toss with abandon.

Song suggestions:

  • “Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
  • “Shake it Off“ – Taylor Swift
  • “Just Another Day in Paradise” – Phil Vassar
  • “Everything She Does in Magic” –  The Police

Consider carefully choosing a member of your guest list to dedicate your bouquet too. Perhaps your mom never had the wedding she dreamed of. Or your Aunt is like a second mother to you. Or your grandmother who has been a shining example of resilience & dedication. Whatever the sentiment is, it will be thoughtful, memorable and unexpected.

Select a song that has special sentiment to the recipient. Have it play for a few moments before taking over the mic and announcing who gets the bouquet and why.

For the garter toss, you can apply these same ideas. Or just omit it all together!

As always, we’re happy to talk through ideas with you on this (and all of the other pressing wedding details that keep you up at night) and your DJ/Band may have some thoughts as well.

 Photo by Marc Andreo Photography
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Wedding Planning Tips for the Newly Engaged

You may have heard the phrase “engagement season” a time of two. And you may or may not know what that means. In the wedding industry, the holiday season (from late November to early February) means a slew of newly engaged couples eager to get their forever started! January may be our busiest month for new inquiries, but if you’re reading this, it may be YOUR most overwhelming and exciting time in your engagement.

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You’re likely spending hours on the various wedding websites/blog out there, browsing Instagram and Pinterest for ideas, checking reviews on Facebook for the vendor’s you’re interested in and perhaps even feeling a little overloaded.  You may have a clear picture of what’s ahead, or you may be swimming in ideas and feel so lost that you just want to wait a few more days or weeks to dive back in. We get it.  We have a few tips for you to keep the wedding planning manageable and on track…

First-CONGRATULATIONS!

Second– Relax, enjoy and have fun during this brief period. It is short lived. Whether you’re engaged for six months or 3 years, this time in your life with your fiance is fleeting. You should take the opportunity to soak it all in.

Third– Determine if you’re a DIY type couple or a too busy (but still excited) for this couple- knowing your expectations, aspirations, and limitations during this time are so important in this process. The experience should be enjoyed. So understanding what you do and don’t want from the process is important for a myriad of reasons- including selecting your vendors, setting a budget, determining a guest list, deciding who to include in your bridal party, etc.

Fourth– Make a guest list. This is SO important. Your guest list dictates where you can get married, and in many ways, helps you set a realistic budget. The two are intertwined.

Fifth– Set a budget. Make a list of the elements of the day that are important to you- decor, music, food, dress, etc..

Sixth– Contact a wedding planner (you’re reading this, so high-five to you for being ahead of the game). Although your venue and dress are usually a couple’s first major commitments, speaking with a planner will help you gain clarity. Even if you don’t think you NEED a planner, someone who has worked with a variety of couples can give you insight that you may not have considered. Yes, your friends and family are an integral part of your decisions and planning, but you and your fiance are the ones getting married. And someone with an unbiased opinion is just what you need. Most planners, us included, have several package levels. From selecting your vendors (based on your budget) to full-service planning, there is an option for everyone.  We promise it will relieve a tremendous amount of stress for you.

Seventh– Take your time selecting the perfect venue, dress, florist, Dj, etc. But not too much (after all, this is the season when vendors get booked quickly). When it FEELS right, commit. It’s natural to want to shop around. But remember the feeling you had when you knew your other half was the one. You’ll likely feel something similar when you find the perfect vendor for the two of you. PS- make sure they’re licensed and insured. Trust us.

All this said, every couple is unique, and we encourage you to do what is right for you.  For all the weddings we’ve done over the years, the most important advice we can give is to be true to your relationship. Remember that this is the start of a lifetime together.  Despite any stress or worry, this occasion is a day to celebrate the most incredible gift anyone can experience. LOVE.