Inspiration for Your Newlywed Holiday Card

Planning your first holiday card as a married couple is an exciting endeavor. Do you choose an engagement photo or a wedding photo for your card? Do you forgo the photo altogether and go the illustrated route? Whichever option you choose, we’ve pulled together some inspiration to guide you through the process.


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1. Use a photo from your wedding

If you recently got married, it’s a no-brainer to use one of your wedding photos for your holiday card. After all, a lot of planning and money went into those photos, so why not get the most use out of them? Now the only tough decision is which wedding photo to use!

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2. Use an engagement photo

If you don’t want to use a wedding photo, or your wedding photos haven’t arrived in time, you can always use one of your engagement photos. Not only is this a great way to reuse those beautiful photos you had done, but it’s also a cute way to spread the love to your family and friends. After all, how many times do you hear your grandmother or aunt beg you for cute photos of you and your new hubby? This way they’ll have a photo reminder ever time they look at your holiday card on their fridge!

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3. Skip the photo and go with an illustrated card

How adorable is this card from Minted.com? A cute illustrated graphic is a great way to celebrate the holidays in style. The best part… there are a ton of different routes you can go with an illustrated card, so you and your spouse can choose something that represents your couple style (don’t worry, that’s a thing!) If you guys are the class clowns of your friend group, you can even find a comical card that will give everyone a much-needed laugh during the holidays.


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4. Use your new monogram

Your holiday card is the perfect chance to show off your brand new last name! Whether you choose a simple one like the above card from Pinterest, or you use your combined initials, you can’t go wrong with this simple, yet sophisticated concept.

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5. Plan a holiday photo shoot

It’s no secret that in today’s day and age, everyone loves an excuse for a photo shoot. Whether it’s an engagement shoot or a full on photo shoot for your dog’s first birthday, people love a good photo op. With holiday photos in particular, there’s such a big opportunity to have fun and get creative with your theme. Grab that mistletoe, break out your favorite red sweater and get ready to do some Pinterest stalking for inspiration.

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6. Keep your messaging simple

If you are newly married, chances are you’ve already had to send out quite a few invitations, save the dates and thank you notes this year. So when it comes to your holiday card, it’s time to keep it simple. Cute, straightforward messaging like “our first Christmas together as Mr. + Mrs.” is a great way to spread the love and cheer without being over the top. You can even include a letter to your close family and friends talking about any new career or life developments you and your new husband have had. Whether it’s talking about your honeymoon travels or finding a new house, it’s always nice to include a little note.

Our Favorite Dresses from New York Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2018

Every bridal season we continue to be blow away by each designer’s take on wedding gowns.  Just when we start to think that they couldn’t possibly outdo themselves, they amaze us with new, innovate creations! This season was all about the return to classic silhouettes with full, lightweight skirts owning the runway. Gone were last season’s revealing dresses, and in its place designers chose to show some skin in subtle ways with plunging v-necklines, off-the-shoulder cuts, and thigh-high slits. 

While we could go on and on about the beadwork and silhouettes, we know you’re here to gape at the beautiful dresses. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the Bridal Fall 2018 collections:

Badgley Mischka
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From the curve-hugging silhouette to the breathtaking train, this Badgley Mischka number is a total win in our book.

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How gorgeous is the beaded bodice on this gown? When asked to describe this collection, Badgley said, “we don’t believe in harsh lines in bridal. Everything is glamorous and soft and beaded and sensual.”

This gown just might have you rethinking your white wedding dress plans. If you took one look at this dress and thought it belonged on the red carpet, you’re not wrong! The designers named all of the dresses in this collection after their Hollywood clientele. This gown, called the Bianca, is the perfect red-carpet number… don’t be surprised if you see it on a Hollywood starlet this upcoming award season!

BHLDN

This floral-printed gown is the perfect mix of playful and elegant. If you’re planning a garden wedding, this dress hits all the right marks!

New BHLDN bridal gowns

These vintage-inspired gowns are great for any brides looking to put a modern spin on a retro look.

Marchesa

It’s no secret that Marchesa gowns have a special place in our hearts, and this collection was no exception. It’s been days and our jaws are still on the floor over this dress! With its plunging neckline, thigh-high slit, sheer design and beautiful bow detail, to say we’re in love is an understatement!


If you’re planning on going off-the-shoulder, this is a great way to do it!

Leave it to Marchesa to perfect the boho, romantic vibe. With the plunging neckline and bowed sleeves, this dresses is one of our favorites to date. 

Reem Acra


The tight bodice and flowy skirt make for the perfect princess gown. All you need is a crown (or a floral headpiece) and you’ll be giving Kate Middleton a run for her money. 

Acra is known for her signature embroideries, and this dress with its beautifully crafted threadwork is a perfect example.

Lela Rose


You really can’t go wrong with a simple, sophisticated gown. With this collection, Lela Rose took some of her favorite old world gowns and re-imagined how they would be on modern-day brides. 

Lela Rose Bridal Fall 2018

Artful simplicity and structured silhouettes are key in Rose’s collection.

Vera Wang


We couldn’t have a bridal roundup without including Vera Wang! Wang described this season’s 13-piece collection as having “a volume that’s quite theatrical, in a strange way.” With a mix of lace, embroidery, and unique silhouettes, this assortment is all about “a new way of looking at grandeur.”

Images via Brides.com and Vogue.com

9 Wedding Instagram Accounts to Follow for Inspiration

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s no such thing as too much inspiration. It used to be that when you started to wear your sparkly new engagement ring, you would start picking up a few bridal magazines to help start the planning. Now, inspiration is (literally) at your fingertips. You can endlessly scroll through the ‘gram for inspiration on everything from your dress to your table centerpieces. To feed into your guilty pleasure scrolling, here are our top wedding Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration:

1. @stylemepretty
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Coined as “your wedding BFF” this account shares everything from beautiful engagement photos to floral inspiration. …The best part? They tag all of the vendors in the photos, so you won’t have to do any digging to find their information.

2. @bhldn

BHLDN (which is actually Anthropologie’s sister company) is your source for vintage-inspired, beautifully crafted attire and decorations. Beware: their dresses are to-die-for and once you take a look, you might just fall in love with your dream dress.

3. @weddingdream

This is your ultimate source for all things wedding related. From bridal hair to honeymoon destinations, this account has got you covered!

4. @aislesociety

If you could put all of the wedding blogs you follow into one place, this would be it.

5. @poppiesandposies

Who doesn’t want to open up their Instagram app to photos of beautifully curated floral arrangements? This account has been featured on top wedding sites like The Knot and Brides, so you know they have to be doing something right. Our favorite part about this account is that they give you a behind-the-scenes look at their work, and you know we’re suckers for a good #BTS pic!

6. @stonefoxbride

This is a must-follow for all the boho brides out there. The founder of Stone Fox bride, Molly Guy, started this anti-bridezilla showroom in NYC and it morphed into a site for girls that are tired of seeing princess gowns and mermaid silhouettes. With a motto of “f*ck weddings,” their site and their Instagram is dedicated to those who like their wedding inspiration photos with a side of sass. If boho-bridal isn’t your style, the engagement stories they post will either have you laughing or in tears (or both)!

7. @ericaobriencake

We couldn’t create this list without adding in a wedding cake account. The one thing we know your guests are going to look forward to is of course the cake. Before you start making tasting appointments, be sure to follow this account for inspiration.

8. @theknot

Chances are you’re already following this all-in-one account, but just in case we had to add it to our list. The Knot eats, sleeps and breathes weddings, and if you’re looking for inspiration this account has got it all. Plus, we know it’s every girl’s dream to have their engagement ring featured here, so be sure to polish those nails and tag them in your best ring shot!

9. @mojubawedding

We might be biased, but we’ve got a pretty good thing going on over on our ‘gram too. Follow us to stay up to date with our latest products, blog posts, and inspiration photos!

How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

“This event is unprecedented,” the National Weather Service said on Sunday. “All impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced.”

Here is how you can help!

The Salvation Army and American Red Cross currently are taking donations to help with hurricane relief efforts. The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group is also seeking donations to help those hit the hardest in the coastal region.

Don’t forget about all the pets affected by Hurricane Harvey! Austin Pets Alive has transported over 200 animals and are expecting an influx of animals as flooding get worse. They are currently looking for financial donations to help take care of the new animals, looking for volunteers and looking for people willing to adopt pets to help alleviate crowding in the shelters. Austin Pets Alive also needs the following things donated ASAP to help with the several hundred displaced pets:

  • Donated (not loaned) Medium & Large Wire Dog Crates
  • Sheets (can be used)
  • Bath & Beach Towels (can be used)
  • Aluminum Food Bowls
  • Styrofoam Bowls
  • Dog & Cat Food (meat as 1st ingredient),
  • Wet Canned Cat Food
  • Litter (clumping and non-clumping)
  • Aluminum Baking Pans for litter boxes,
  • Cleaning Supplies: trash bags, bleach, paper towels, dog poop bags, Clorox wipes, sponges, hand brooms/dust pans, litter scoopers, mops, mop buckets, and push brooms
  • Leashes (all size- flat)
  • Martingale Colors (all size)
    Please bring donations INSIDE do not leave items outside.

Want to do more to help? Check out these amazing charities to find out more ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

  • You Caring – Compassionate Crowdfunding organized by JJ Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans.
  • Samaritan’s Purse – Two Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief units are now in Texas to help residents as they continue to struggle with rain, flooding, and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Charity Navigator – Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated charities responding in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey devastation. Our list includes both national and local organizations that are providing food, shelter, and medical support.

 

 

How to Set a Proper Dinner Table

Setting a proper dinner table is always one of those adulting tasks that seem far more daunting than it actually is. While you might be stressing out wondering if you need to buy all new china, or where exactly the soup spoons should go, no need to worry. With a few key serving pieces in your arsenal and our setting instructions, you’ll be prepared to host a dinner party in no time!

 

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Tableware:

The first step in setting a proper table is having the right china. China is often the centerpiece of your wedding registry, so if you’re married or engaged, you’re likely familiar with adding these pieces to your registry. When it comes to china, you’re either talking about formal or causal dinnerware dishes. Formal or fine china includes bone china and porcelain, whereas casual china is usually earthenware or stoneware and is a less expensive option. Many sources will tell you that couples should buy two sets, one set of formal and one set of casual for everyday use. This really depends on your plans. If you plan on hosting formal dinner parties often, it’s a good idea to invest in some high quality china, whereas if you tend to lean on the more casual side of things and plan on only having friends over for a small gathering every once and awhile, there’s no need to invest in formal china.

Key Pieces:

Place settings usually come in four- or five- piece sets. The four-piece is usually a casual china set and includes a dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, soup/cereal bowl, and mug. The five-piece set, typically for formal china, includes a dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, bread plate, and a cup and saucer. Some additional serving items you might want to consider are a large and small platter, two to three serving bowls of various sizes, a gravy boat, a cream pitcher and sugar bowl, a teapot, some small serving dishes of various sizes and shapes, soup bowls, and chargers. You’ll also want to make sure you have the appropriate water and wine glasses, as well as flatware to go with your set.

Setting the Table

Informal:

When it comes to actually setting the table, the dinner plate is positioned in the center of the place setting, with the napkin placed over it. The napkin can actually be placed anywhere in an informal setting, either on the plate, to the left of the plate under the forks, or on its own to the left of the forks. The flatware is arranged around the plate in the order it will be used. Two forks are places to the left of the plate with the small fork on the outside and the dinner fork on the inside. The dinner fork (the larger of the two) is used for the main course, whereas the small fork is used for a salad or appetizer. The dinner knife is placed to the right of the plate, the cutting edge facing inward. Spoons then go to the right of the knife, again following the outwards-in rule by which is used first. If soup is served first, it would be placed outside the dinner knife and the dessert spoon would go to the left of the soup soon. Any drink glasses or stemware should be placed to the right of the setting, above the knife.

Formal:

For a formal event such as a dinner party or holiday meal, your formal place setting is just the informal place setting taken to the next level. You can decorate the table with floral centerpieces, candles, etc. This is your chance to have fun with it! A few things to remember: no more than 3 of any utensils are to be placed on the table at a time, except when an oyster fork is used in addition to the other three forks. If you are serving more than 3 courses before dessert, the utensils for the fourth are brought in with the food. Dessert spoons and forks are brought in on the desert plate before dinner is served as well as the cup and saucer for coffee and tea. Overall, the setting follows the same outside-in order as the informal setting did above. The glasses follow this same order, and the water glass should remain on the table from the beginning to the end, typically placed closest to the plates. The only additional differences are the salad plate atop the dinner plate, the place card addition, and the bread plate and butter knife. 

Happy entertaining!!

A Guide to Registering for Sterling Silver Flatware

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Sterling silver flatware has a classic, timeless appeal that makes it a go-to item for brides to add to their registry. With countless patterns to choose from, you and your future husband will be able to choose a set that fits with your lifestyle. If you’re planning on registering for sterling silver flatware any time soon, read on for some tips on durability, care, and the advantages and disadvantages of adding it to your registry.

Cost

Many brides are weary of adding a sterling silver set to their registry because of the high cost. It is much more expensive than stainless steel, with sets running well into the thousands of dollar range. While this may be a costly investment, you have to remember you are paying for the quality. Your set will retain value over the years and is something that can be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom. You can always build upon your set too, so you might choose to only register for a few pieces and then add to your set later on. If you are missing any pieces either from a set you have been passed down or from your registry, you can purchase replacement pieces through Replacements.com.

Durability

While sterling silver flatware is known for its quality, it does tarnish with use. The copper alloy oxidizes over time as it comes in contact with air, sulfur, and water. To counter this, silverware should be immediately washed and dried after use. 

Care

When it comes to caring for your sterling silver flatware, there are a few different options. Sterling silver made after the 1950s is completely dishwasher safe. Although, most experts do advise hand washing and hand drying to retain quality. If you do plan on washing in the dishwasher, it’s best to remove your silver before the drying cycle and dry with a soft, cotton cloth.

The more you use your silverware, the less it will tarnish. The finish on sterling silver actually improves with daily use, unlike many other metals. There are countless sprays, liquids, and pastes out there that you can purchase to help you clean your pieces. Be sure to avoid citrus detergents as these can cause rust spots. If you’re a DIY kind of person, you can also create your own paste by mixing baking soda and water. In addition to cleaning after use, you’ll also want to polish your set once a year, either professionally or with a polish made for sterling silver.

Storage

You’ll want to keep your silver in a clean, dry place. For silver you use daily, keep in a lined chest or drawer. If you’re only using your silver periodically, a tarnish preventive bag or chest is recommended.

Beautiful Beach Wedding Dresses for Guests

Beach weddings are like a mini vacation… who doesn’t want to watch a friend or a loved one tie the knot in front of a beautiful seascape? While this pending beach ceremony might be exciting, there’s always the question of what to wear? After all, your stiletto heels will inevitably sink right into the sand, and there’s nothing worse than a thick fabric in 90-degree sun! If you’re headed to a beach wedding this summer, here are a few simple rules to follow:

1. Be sure to check on the dress code

Beach weddings can range anywhere from uber casual where a simple sundress or a cotton maxi dress will do, to a formal ceremony where a long, elegant gown is called for. Knowing what kind of dress you’ll need to wear will take most of the stress out of planning your outfit.

2. How casual is casual?

If you’re headed to a casual beach wedding, make sure to dress light and easy. Most times a cute cotton or chiffon sundress in a pretty print or bright color is your best bet. Light fabrics that aren’t clingy like linen, chiffon, cotton, or thin lace are your best friend. When in doubt, just think of what you would wear to a summer get-together and pair with a cute pair of sandals or wedges and you’re set!

3. When it’s a formal affair

If you’re headed to a formal or semi-formal beach wedding a tea length dress or a ankle length gown are your go-tos. You’ll want to make sure if you do wear a long dress that it isn’t dragging in the sand.

4. Color is everything

While it may be tempting to opt for your go-to LBD (little black dress), remember darker colors conduct heat. For a beach wedding lighter colors like pinks, nudes, and light blues are best to keep you cool. Of course if it’s a formal affair that starts later, black is always a safe and sophisticated option.

5. Don’t forget to pack the essentials

This might go without saying, but make sure you pack some beach essentials with you. If the wedding is during the day you’ll want to put on some sunscreen and bring extra deodorant. You’ll also want to pack some sunglasses and a hair tie (unless you’re going for that wind-swept hair look)! Lastly, bring a shawl or light cardigan for when the sun goes down. It’s always a little chillier by the water at night, and you’ll be happy you brought an extra layer.

Our Picks for Beautiful Beach Wedding Dresses for Guests:

Anthropologie Sienna Dress

J Crew Ruffle Shoulder Sheath


J Crew Double Strap Mini Dress in Eyelet

Eliza J Floral Print Dress

Asos Closet Tie-Front Dress

Ali Jay Flower Frolicking Midi Dress

 

Betsey Johnson Fit & Flare Dress

Lastly, for a formal affair:

Asilio Exclusive Cross the Fader Dress

Monogram Etiquette: What Newlyweds Need to Know

Whether you’re looking to personalize something with your new last name (ek!) or are looking to give an extra special gift to the bride and groom, there are a few monogramming “rules” to follow. So before you go adding a monogram to a set of towels or go gifting the bride with a monogrammed robe for her wedding day, be sure to read on!

Chances are you’re familiar with monogramming from back in your elementary school days when you had a backpack emblazoned with your initials on it. Now that you (or a friend) are getting married you have to take into account whether they’ll be changing their name.

Couple Monogramming:

 

Traditionally women either take their husband’s last name, only changing their last initial, or shift their maiden name to the middle name slot, taking their husband’s last name in place of their own. Many women also keep their maiden name professionally and take their husband’s last name socially. Men on the other hand don’t usually change their initials unless he and his spouse opt for a hyphenated last name. When it comes to couple monogramming, we outlined a few options above. If the bride and groom decide to share a hyphenated last name, a hyphen is also used in the monogram.

If the bride keeps her maiden name, the couple’s monogram would be dual initials, having the two last name initials separated by a dot, asterisk, etc. This will help to differentiate the monogram from a hyphenated last name monogram. In the example above, Elizabeth Grace Brown and Charles William Smith would use B*S as their combined monogram.

Types:

Most monograms can be divided into two main categories: monograms where letters are all the same size (block) and monograms where the center initial is larger. The larger center initial style is mostly used for couple monograms.

Style:

When it comes to the actual typography, the sky is the limit! If you’re gifting a monogrammed item, it’s best to stick with basic block lettering. If you’re personalizing something for yourself, you can go as intricate or as simple as you would like. Some people even have a custom illustration or crest drawn for them. This is your chance to really let your own or your couple personality show.

What to Monogram:

If you’re trying to decide what exactly to mongoram, the options are endless. The most commonly monogrammed items are linens, towels, china, and stationery. A lot of couples will already have these items picked out on their wedding registry with their chosen monogram, so you won’t have to worry about which to chose. 

*All photos via The Knot

7 Wedding Day Mishaps Mojuba Can Handle

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If you’re a bride, you’ve probably had that dream. The one where you’re walking down the aisle, and everybody is starting at you, ooh-ing and aah-ing in delight, when suddenly, a snap-happy guest steps into the aisle and right on top of your train, ripping your dress. 

Or some variation of it, at least. 

The fact is, your wedding day is one of the biggest of your whole life, so it’s no wonder you’re a little worried (even when you’re sleeping!) that something is going to go wrong and derail the entire event. 

The only way we know to ease your fears of wedding day mishaps is to be prepared. Our founder, Jackie James, is a long-time wedding planner that’s literally seen–and fixed–it all on a wedding day. It’s how she decided what to put into our wedding day emergency kits! Here are just a few of the wedding day blunders Mojuba is equipped to handle.

The ripped dress.

You’ll probably be walking around in a long white dress for at least eight hours on your wedding day. That might include time spent traipsing through the woods or climbing out onto a jetty to pose for the perfect photo, AKA plenty of opportunity for rips and tears. Our bags have professional sewing kits from Gilchrist and Soames® with pre-threaded needles to make it a cinch to fix a snag and move on with your big day. 

The stained dress.

Ditto to stains, because you have to eat (really, you do!) at some point on your wedding day. If you happen to spill pizza on your gown mid-day (we’re not judging!) you’ll have a Madame Paulette™ couture stain removal kits in the bag. 

The sweats. 

Even the driest, daintiest woman in the world can break a shvitz on her wedding day. If you start to sweat, we’ve got you covered with deodorant, plus oil-blotting papers to keep your makeup intact. 

The blister.

The only thing that can take away from the magic of your first dance with your new hubby is a mega-blister from your just-as-new shoes. Not to worry! You’ll be light as air with Dancin’ Feet® cushions and a box of band-aids at your disposal. 

The hangover. 

No one means to be hungover on their wedding day, but with all of the rehearsal dinner festivities and toasts the night before, headaches can happen. Get your bliss back (or your bridesmaids back) with Advil. 

The Aunt Flo.

Who invited HER?! Sometimes, unexpected guests show up, and you can’t have that ol’ B wrecking your moment. Mojuba kits are packed with Advil and the girly-products you need to show her the door (or at least hide her out sight for the remainder of the evening). 

The limp hair-do.

Like we said, your wedding day is a long eight, ten or twelve (even longer, sometimes!) hours, and no matter who did your hair, any combination of sun, humidity, wind, your veil, and plenty of dancing and smooching can mean that come time for introductions at your reception, your hair looks like it was styled by your flower girl. No worries, wifey, we’ve got you covered with bobby pins, a comb, and hairspray (now here’s hoping one of your bridesmaids spends a lot of time watching beauty tutorials on YouTube). 

For a full list of how Mojuba can save your big day, check out our Bride Bag page here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unique Bridal Shower Gift Ideas the Bride Will Actually Use

Technically, there are few events in life when it is easier to give a gift than for a bridal shower. If the bride is traditional, then you probably have an entire list of very specific gift ideas to choose from in the form of a wedding registry. But sometimes, giving a couple a pair of salad tongs can just feel impersonal, especially if the bride is someone close to you. If you’re considering “going off registry,” you’re also probably wanting to be certain you get something the bride and groom will love. Here are a few of our favorite ideas. 

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Think outside the Le Creuset.

A luxe throw blanket. Encourage the newlyweds to cuddle up during movie night with a super-soft throw blanket in a luxurious material like cashmere or rich wool. Bonus if it’s stylish enough to leave out on the sofa when it’s not in use. 

A night on the town, on you. The months leading up to a wedding can be incredibly stressful as the couple finalizes dozens of details and pays the outstanding balance on all of their vendors. Give them a chance to unwind on you with a gift card to a favorite restaurant, or two tickets to a sporting event, theater performance, or museum.

A pretty silk robe to get ready in. Give the bride something special to wear on the morning of her wedding while she gets glam for the day. Not only will it make her feel special from the moment she wakes up, but it will look great in photos, too. 

A ring holder. Get the bride a beautiful spot to store her bling with a ring holder she can keep a alongside her bed. Kate Spade, Waterford, and Lenox all make beautiful versions. 

Something monogrammed. To add a personal touch to something already on their registry, get it monogrammed with the couple’s new initials. Wine glasses, cutting boards, serving pieces and towels are all easy contenders for monogramming. 

A wedding emergency kit from Mojuba! Of course, we couldn’t forget the ultimate bridal shower gift (ahem!)…one of our wedding day emergency kits for the bride! Consider it doing your part to ensure that the biggest day of her life goes off without a hitch (and if there does happen to be a hitch, that it’ll be handled, pronto).  Check out our bride bags here

What are your favorite unique shower gifts for the bride?