Bridal Bouquet Style Guide

Mar 08, 2017 | Comments 0

Like any detail in wedding planning, when it comes to choosing a bouquet style, you have to go with what feels natural to you, and well as what is best suited for the overall scheme and style of your wedding. From formal to flowing, bold to bohemian, here is our quick guide to bridal bouquet styles and what they say about your affair.


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The look: Glamorous and romantic.
Best for: Outdoor weddings, beach weddings.
A cascading bouquet essentially looks like a waterfall of flowers hanging from your hands. They’re a beautiful choice if you want your flowers to be a front-and-center element of your walk down the aisle, or you want to dress up a simple gown. We love the choice primarily for emphasizing the natural feel of an outdoor wedding or the breeziness of a beach ceremony. 


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The look: Tight and traditional
Best for: Church weddings, fancy indoor celebrations
Because of it’s tailored appearance, a round bouquet is considered a classic choice that complements traditional or formal affairs. If you’re going for a vintage or rustic feel, on the other hand, this style may feel too “stuffy” compared with the rest of your decor. 


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The look: Loose and bohemian
Best for: Vintage weddings, unconventional locations, casual celebrations
Hand-tied bouquets have a more natural, spontaneous feel about them, almost like you’re carrying a bouquet you plucked from a vase on a table. Hand-tied bouquets are versatile, but we love them most for vintage-themed weddings, outdoor garden celebrations, or backyard parties. 


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The look: Prim, not too proper
Best for: Religious ceremonies, formal indoor weddings, formal outdoor weddings
A nosegay is what most people think of when they think of wedding bouquet: a tight cluster of flowers with evenly-trimmed stems, usually wrapped in ribbon or fabric. Consider it the happy medium between a perfectly round bouquet and a loose, hand-tied one. 


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The look: Small and subtle
Best for: Complementing short or simple wedding gowns, courthouse ceremonies

A Posy is similarly structured to a Nosegay, but uses fewer flowers. The stems are also trimmed shorter, making for an effect that’s more compact overall. Many brides choose posy-style bouquets for the attendants, but the arrangement is also a beautiful choice for brides who opt for simple or short wedding dresses to ensure the bouquet doesn’t outshine the dress. 

Happy arranging!

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The Hottest Bachelorette Party Destinations of 2017

Feb 13, 2017 | Comments 0

The Hottest Bachelorette Destinations of 2017

Is there anything better than spending a weekend away with your BFF’s? After all of the stress of wedding planning, your bachelorette party is a much-needed time to have fun with your closest friends and celebrate the fact that you’re getting married! While spots like Las Vegas and New York will always be bridal favorites, this year brides are turning on the Southern charm in Charleston or opting for a desert retreat in Palm Springs instead. If you’re planning your bachelorette party this year, here are 5 spots you’ll want to look into:

1. Tulum
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While you usually hear about destination weddings in Tulum, this year the tables are turning and more and more brides are planning their bachelorette parties here. This quaint little beach town is the perfect Mexican party spot. From the stunning beaches, to the historic ruins, to the town’s health conscious vibe, this destination has everything you could want for a bachelorette party. Stay at Zamas, grab dinner at Hartwood Tulum, and drinks at Todotulum, and you’re in for an unforgettable night!

2. Palm Springs
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Palm Springs isn’t just a stop on your way to Coachella anymore; it’s one of this year’s top bachelorette destinations. Instead of fighting through crowded pools in Las Vegas, many brides are opting for this desert retreat instead. Stay at The Ace Hotel and sunbathe during the day, and hit up the bars on Palm Canyon Drive at night, and you’re in for a fun weekend.

3. Charleston
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Spend a weekend like a real Southern belle in Charleston. One great thing about this city is that it’s definitely a walking city, so you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the city’s charm without worrying about getting around! We suggest staying at The Mills House Hotel or use Airbnb for a cute beach house on Sullivan’s Island. For your night out, grab drinks at The Gin Joint or if you’re looking for more of an upbeat dance scene bring your girlfriends to the Republic Garden and Lounge.

4. New Orleans
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A New Orleans bachelorette party is pretty much a right of passage. Either you’ve been to one, or you’re planning on having your own there. Whether you’ve spent one too many nights on Bourbon St. or haven’t partaken in the revelry there quite yet, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a great time in NOLA. For your night out, try The Beach on Bourbon for a true Bourbon street experience or if you want more of a relaxed night sitting back and listening to some seriously talented jazz musicians, we love The Maison on Frenchman Street. If you’re headed down there for the food, don’t forget to try the beignets at Café Du Monde or the gumbo at Dooky Chase’s.

5. Nashville
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Neon Signs on Lower Broadway Area, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (Photo by: VOA/UIG via Getty Images)

What better way to spend your bachelorette weekend than listening to live music and dancing in the Music City? If you’re a fan of the T.V. show Nashville, you’ll want to check out the Bluebird Cafe. After that, head down Broadway for some Honky Tonk fun, and get ready for some line dancing.

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7 Things to Consider Before Hosting a Barn Wedding

Jan 30, 2017 | Comments 0

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The mason jars, the breathtaking countryside backdrop, the crisp night air…there’s nothing quite like a beautiful barn wedding to make you nostalgic for the country life. But before you start scouring local barns in your area, make sure to do some research. Oftentimes, there’s more that meets the eye when it comes to hosting a wedding at a barn or other rustic venue. To get you started, here are seven things you need to know before selecting your venue.

There might be Porta-Potties.

The appeal of a barn wedding is its rustic charm, but tbe prepared to deal with “rustic” elements in the not-so-charming sense, too. For example, many traditional barns or farm venues don’t come readily equipped with bathrooms. Fear not, you can rent toilet trailers or porta-potties for your guests (and some of them are pretty luxe, seriously)! Just remember to include this in your budget, as they can get quite costly.

You’ll have to deal with the elements

Just like with any outdoor event, the key is to be prepared for anything. While every bride is sure to cross her fingers and her toes that her wedding day will be sunny and 72 degrees, it’s better to have a plan in case of inclement weather. Wind, rain, mud, heat, and cold are just a few things to have a backup plan for. Also, keep in mind that most barns don’t have heating or air conditioning. If you’re planning a mid-August wedding, be ready to deal with the hot temps, or look into renting fans.

Be prepared to pick out every little detail

Like with any wedding venue that isn’t full-service, you’ll be responsible for extras like tables, chairs, silverware, wine glasses, and even a dance floor.

Get dirty

No we’re not talking about the Christina Aguilera song…we’re talking about your dress. Whether you’re walking through the grounds or dancing on the barn floor, your dress will drag. Many brides avoid this by changing into a shorter dress for the reception or having their seamstress adjust it before, but either way, get ready to embrace the dirt.

Have an early curfew

Many outdoor venues make you shut down shop by 10 pm because of noise regulations, so if you’re thinking of partying all night you might want to rethink your venue. Check with the barn before you book it to see what their regulations are.

Don’t forget about bugs

Nothing can quite kill the romantic vibe like a dozen bug bites. If you’re having a summer wedding be prepared with citronella candles around the perimeter of the barn. We also suggest putting small baskets of bug spray in the bathrooms for your guests, just in case the mosquitoes decide to join the party.

Mind your guest count

Most barns fit a maximum of 150-175 people, so if you’re looking at a guest list of 200+, you might want to choose another venue. Despite their open and airy feel, when you add in a DJ booth, tables, and chairs, you’re looking at a smaller space. Be sure to check the barn’s space requirements first.

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11 Beautiful Wedding Photos Taken in the Rain

Jan 24, 2017 | Comments 0

Although Alanis Morissette sang about the irony of rain on your wedding day, according to an old wives it’s actually supposed to symbolize good luck and fertility. While we don’t know if rain really is good luck for your marriage, we do know that it can be good luck for your photos. 

After all, there’s something truly romantic about having a rainy backdrop for your big day. If you need any more convincing, take a look at our favorite rainy day wedding photos below.

1. A good bridesmaid holds your dress…and your umbrella!

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2. How cute is this couple sharing a kiss before they’re whisked away to the reception?

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3. Rain helps make some pretty creative wedding photos.


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4. While you can’t control the weather, you can embrace it with a beautiful photo like this. 


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5. Raindrops created a dreamy backdrop for this country wedding.


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6. The rain coupled with these picturesque city streets made for a wedding photo that looked as if it came straight out of a magazine. 

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7. It’s a tie for which one we love more—this gorgeous photo or her breathtaking wedding gown.

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8. Love is your husband shielding you from the rain!

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9. The best part of a rainy wedding? You can show off your shoes!
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10. What better place to have your first married kiss than in the rain?


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11. Mix and match umbrellas add pops of color to this bohemian wedding.

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Wedding Trends: What’s in for 2017

Jan 17, 2017 | Comments 0

A row of mason jars and a burlap runner no longer a stylish wedding make. This year it’s all about touches of the unexpected—we’re talking unique florals, mixed metallics, and nontraditional venue choices.

1. Unique Venues

Vintage glamour is the theme this year and it’s all about mixing old and new. More and more brides are opting out of a traditional banquet hall setting and are taking their ceremonies to industrial warehouses or rustic barns. With the right décor, these venues can be the perfect setting for your big day.

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2. Unexpected Florals

Florists have seen an increasing number of brides asking for locally grown, garden-inspired, seasonal blooms. Think cascading bouquets with a sophisticated twist. Following along on the natural route, branches, leaves, and vines are also making their way into weddings in the form of wreaths and garlands.

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3. Mixed Metallics

From metal-rimmed glassware, to brass candleholders, to foil stamping on the invitations, mixed metals are key to lending a casual feel to even the most formal weddings this year. Copper, rose gold, and pewter are wedding favorites because of their versatility. If you really love this trend, most bridesmaid dresses are now available in metallic colors, so you can base your color scheme around this trend!

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4. Mix and Match Bridesmaids Dresses

Mix and match bridesmaid dresses have gained momentum in the past few years, and are a stylish and modern way to add color and depth to your wedding palette. Each member of your bridal party is sure to have a different personality and a different sense of style, so why not let them show it off with their dress. This is also a great option if your bridal party is spread out across the country, as it is easier for them to pick a dress in the same hue than it is to make a separate trip out for a group shopping trip.

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5. Destination Weddings

While there’s always something to be said about a tropical destination wedding in Mexico or Hawaii, this year destination weddings are said to take a turn to unexpected destinations. Places like Iceland, Canada, and Italy are key locations for couples looking for a bit of adventure.

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6. Tiered Cakes

If you’ve been to a wedding in the past few years, no doubt you’ve seen a shift in the desert options. Doughnuts and cupcakes have replaced your traditional tiered cakes, as brides embraced these bakery options. But if you’re a fan of keeping with tradition, fear not! This year tiered cakes are back in style, as brides are making this classic cake option in vogue again.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions All Brides Should Make

Jan 12, 2017 | Comments 0

I’m sure you’ve uttered the phrase, “new year, new me” at some point in the past few weeks. But have you applied this new philosophy to your wedding planning? For all brides getting married in the next year, we want you to make a few New Years resolutions. Be warned though, these aren’t the kind of resolutions that you can break in the first few days! So grab your planning notebook and take these to heart.

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1. Enjoy the process
Believe us, it will go by SO fast (emphasis on the “SO.”) One thing we hear a lot are brides who wish that they had taken a step back and enjoyed the planning process a little more. Remember, you’re engaged! Bask in your pre-marital bliss for as long as possible, and remember amid all of the prepping and planning, that you’re getting married to the love of your life!

2. Accept your body for what it is
Now that you have your dream dress, it’s easy to get wrapped up in achieving your “dream body” to go along with it. While there’s no shortage of wedding bootcamps and wedding diets out there, don’t go crazy with them! In the chance of sounding like your mother here, it’s not worth it to go on a crazy crash diet just to fit into your wedding dress. Accept your body for what it is, and find a balance between eating healthy and treating yourself every once and awhile. 

3. Keep a journal of your planning process – you forget the details!
One day you’re going to look back on this process through rose colored glasses and you’re going to want to remember how many cakes you tried before choosing the red velvet or how many dresses you tried on before choosing the one. What better way to document all of the details than with a wedding diary? Write down everything, big or little, so that in a year (or ten!) from now you can look back and remember all of the fun you had.

4. Prioritize time with your significant other during the planning craziness
It’s no secret that a lot of significant others aren’t huge fans of the wedding planning process. Instead of taking on everything yourself, make sure you’re including them as well. While some significant others might not want to help you choose the napkins for the head table, they might love to be a part of the cake tasting. If your significant other wants little to do with the wedding, make sure you’re scheduling in date nights where wedding planning is off the agenda, so you two can spend time together.

5. Don’t stress on the big day: Be prepared with a wedding day emergency kit from Mojuba
After all of this planning and prepping, don’t leave anything to chance on your wedding day. With your Mojuba wedding day emergency kit, you’ll have everything you need to get hitched, without a hitch, all conveniently located in one stylish place. Basically it’s your modern day fairy godmother with a strap! From deodorant, to tissues, to scissors for unruly threads, this kit has it all!

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Nail Polish Colors for a Winter Wedding

Dec 28, 2016 | Comments 0

When you’re going over your beauty look for your wedding, don’t forget about your nails. Although a small part of your overall look, they’re a make or break accessory to your bridal bouquet. You’ll want to make sure your nails complement your flower choice, instead of clashing with it. Whether you’re planning on going neutral, metallic, or bold, scroll down for some of our favorite nail polish colors for your winter wedding.

You can’t go wrong with a traditional nail color. Stick with a variety of whites, neutrals, and pinks.

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Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace
This opaque white is the perfect whimsical color to go with a winter white theme.

OPI Be There in a Prosecco
So you don’t want to go nude, but you want a little color on your nails. Your answer… this nude polish that will give you just the right amount of shine.

Essie Allure
This seductive sheer nail polish with a natural finish is a must-have for brides everywhere. Plus it’s Kate Middleton go-to shade, so rest assured it has the royal seal of approval.

Essie Mademoiselle
This soft pink will look great with your white gown.

OPI Nomad’s Dream
This dreamy shade is the perfect balance of cool and mauve without being too over the top.

Winter weddings give you an excuse to let your dark side out. So why not go for a pale metallic nail?


Smith & Cult Subnormal
This pale blue/gray is especially flattering on cool-toned skin. If you’re looking for a color that’s on the lighter end of metallic, this one’s for you.

Essie Cocktail Bling
This precious pale grey jewel tone will look great against a white floral bouquet.

Essie Now and Zen
You can’t go wrong with a timeless sage grey like this Essie color.

Christian Louboutin Miss Mars
For the bold gal, this intense gunmetal grey will give you glossy, envy-inducing nails.

NARS Amarapura
A little bit of grey, a little bit of shimmer, for a look that’s bold and fun.

OPI Glitzerland
This shimmery toned down gold is part neutral, part glam.

If you’re taking the plunge and going the winter red route, make sure to keep your nails short and square to balance out the already bold shade.


Smith & Cult Lover’s Creep
This red is a bit vampy and would look amazing paired with red roses in a bouquet.

OPI Nail Lacquer in We The Female
This dark berry red is part of Kerry Washington’s collection, so you know it has Olivia Pope’s stamp of approval.

Nars Jungle Red
Talk about a knockout color…this high-gloss shade is one of our winter favorites.

Essie Shearling Darling
This plush mahogany red nail lacquer with a dark undertone is the perfect color to bring out winter’s sultriness.

Which palette is your favorite? 

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7 Essential Wedding Planning Apps for Brides

Dec 19, 2016 | Comments 0

It’s almost 2017, so put down your notebooks and checklists and take your wedding planning to your phone. With all of the technology out there, you better believe that wedding experts have created some pretty amazing apps to help you through your planning process. From hiring a wedding planner, to digital checklists, to booking your hair and beauty services, here are a few of our best-kept secrets (aka favorite digital tools) to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.


  1. Wedding Planner by The Knot
    Think of The Knot’s apps as a mini-wedding planner in your purse! Keep yourself sane with their wedding checklist, find a vendor from their list of over 250,000 merchants, schedule a venue tour directly from their app, and browse endless inspiration photos to help inspire your perfect day.
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  2. Zola
    Why limit your wedding registry to two or three stores when you can fill it with literally anything that catches your eye? With Zola you can create your registry on your iPhone or iPad and customize it to your liking. If you’re out shopping and see something you like, just scan its barcode to add it. You can also add “experiences” so your guests can choose a service like Blue Apron or a wine membership instead of purchasing a household item.
  3. Wedding Wire
    This app will keep you on track for your wedding. It’s basically your mom and dream personal assistant in app form (minus all the nagging). It has built in tasks like “find your wedding cake maker” and “book your invitations vendor” to help remind you as each deadline is approaching. It also allows you to sync events and contacts with your phone’s calendar and address book.
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  4. Joy
    Joy is one of the top-rated apps out there. You can start from the very beginning by creating your wedding website on Joy. Next, you can manage your RSVP’s directly from the app, so no need to worry about whether cousin Jim said yes or no. Joy also acts as a social network allowing your wedding party to e-meet beforehand, which is great for out-of-towners. Lastly, guests can upload photos directly to the app, so no more combing through your wedding hashtag for the best pics!
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  5. Loverly Virtual Wedding Planner
    It’s no secret that sometimes you need a little help from the professionals, especially when it comes to wedding planning. Although we love all of the advice we get from our friends and relatives, some things are best left to the experts, which is where Loverly comes in. You can chat for free with a wedding expert or choose a wedding planning package. You can also browse through advice on budget planning, registry set up, and tailor recommendations from their wedding concierge.
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  6. Stylisted 
    Instead of stressing about your hair, makeup, or nails for your wedding, download Stylisted. You can browse through hundreds of stylists’ profiles for photos of their work, prices, and recommendations from other users. And the best part is that they come to you, so no need to worry about getting ready at a salon. You can also book waxing and spray tans through the app, but we suggest doing this before your wedding day…just in case.
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  1. Honeyfund
    Creating a honeymoon registry is more popular than ever. What better way to share the love than by having your guests contribute to the honeymoon of your dreams instead of taking part in a typical registry? They will be able to give you experiences and memories instead of trinkets or housewares.
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Happy Planning!!

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7 Winter Wedding Schemes We Love

Dec 15, 2016 | Comments 0

Winter weddings often take a backseat to their warmer relative—the ever-popular summer wedding. But a snowy winter landscape can be just as captivating as a sunny beach backdrop. With the stark white contrast of the snow and bare trees against your wedding color scheme, you’re sure to make a statement. For a look at some of our favorite winter weddings schemes, check out our list below.

Winter White

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If this wedding isn’t straight out of a fairytale, we don’t know what is. If you’re thinking of trying out a monotone palette, use this snowy Cinderella wedding as your inspiration.

Rich & Glamorous

The gorgeous Boettcher Mansion in Colorado is the backdrop for this ultra-glam winter wedding. With neutral and gold tones as the color scheme, this wedding screams classic and sophisticated.

Rustic & Rosy

This romantic Valentine’s themed wedding set in rustic, rural Maine is what romantic Pinterest wedding boards are made of. From the bride’s deep red bouquet to the groom’s red plaid shirt and bowtie, the rosy red color scheme was ever-present. If you’re thinking of tying the knot on V-Day, this rustic wedding should be #1 on your inspiration list

Something Blue

This wedding was themed around the saying—something borrowed, something blue. You better believe we would we like to “borrow” this beautiful bride’s sapphire wedding gown.  Set in the snowy mountains of Austria, this fantasy-like wedding is truly straight out of a storybook.

Burgundy & White

A snowy winter wonderland makes the perfect contrast for this rich burgundy wedding. Marsala roses and lilies mixed with white roses made up the bride’s breath-taking bouquet, giving the look a vibrant feel. If the color scheme wasn’t enough to make you fall in love, how amazing is her fur caplet? If you’re going to get married in the winter, you have to keep warm somehow! 

Dark & Moody

Head over to the dark side with this moody, ocean inspired wedding on the coast. It certainly breaks every “beach wedding” stereotype we’ve ever seen (in a really, really good way).

Icy Blue

If an all white wedding isn’t your thing, why not be swept away by the beautiful simplicity of an icy blue wedding? By adding pops of color like pale blue, you’re able to offset the white and create a unique look that’s truly yours.

Which is your favorite?


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5 Monogrammed Gifts the Couple Will Love 

Dec 08, 2016 | Comments 0

We’ll admit it: we’ve been obsessed with monogramming ever since our school days when our initials were proudly emblazoned on our backpacks. Even now, who can resist a mug with their initials or a personalized tote bag?  

With the New Year coming up the Save the Dates have surely started rolling in for next wedding season. But why wait until then to celebrate? The perfect holiday gift for a couple getting married next year is something with their new monogram! Trust us, they’ll love displaying their new initials. For some ideas to jump start your shopping, here are a few of our favorite monogrammed items for married-couples-to-be.

(Tip: Not sure what font or color to buy? Take a cue from their Save the Date! It’s usually a good reflection of the couple’s overall aesthetic.)

Waterford Wedding Flutes

What better wedding gift to give to newlyweds than a pair of monogrammed wedding flutes they can use for their first toast and for years to come to remind them of their special day. Waterford’s elegant and stylish crystal designs make their flutes the perfect gift for any type of wedding.

L.L. Bean Tote Bag


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I think we can all agree that tote bags are one of life’s greatest inventions. Who needs a small purse when you can fit just about anything in your versatile tote bag? Fill it with honeymoon essentials and it’s the perfect present for an engaged couple. L.L. Bean makes the best (and most classic) version on the market, and guarantees their products for life, so you’re gifting them with an ever-lasting present (how’s that for a selling point!)

Plush Bath Towels

Chances are bath towels are already a wedding registry item, but if you want to make your gift that much more special, opt for these Annie Selke Stella bath towels. They’re made of Egyptian cotton (fancy, huh?), and are basically like heaven in a towel.

Cute Coffee Mugs

Whether it’s a quirky saying or a pretty pattern, we all have a favorite decorated mug to fill up our coffee or tea in. So before you buy a simple ceramic mug from the wedding registry, think about choosing a handmade personalized mug for the bride and groom. Etsy has a ton to choose from.

A Swanky Serving Tray

No one loves to entertain more than newlyweds, so give your favorite couple a gift that’ll impress their guests AND remind them of their wedding every time they host a dinner party.

What are your favorite monogrammed gifts for couples? 


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