The Newport Bride’s 2018 Rhode Island Gift Guide

Welcome to the Christmas season – we’re starting a day early! We are passionate about small businesses and wanted to share just a handful of our favorite products, experiences, or services with you for our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you are looking for a teacher gift or something for a special someone, scroll down and you might just find what you’ve been looking for! Continue reading

The Gifts your Groomsmen Actually Want

Bridal party gifts are supposed to be a gesture that shows how much you care about your closest friends and family. Don’t let choosing an item stress you out! You can spend as much or as little as you want. It’s not about the dollar, it is about the thought that goes into it. We collected a few of our favorite groomsmen gifts ranging in price and made sure each item is something your guys would actually want to receive. Just as when giving a wedding gift, make sure the item is either 1) practical, 2) sentimental, or 3) fun and unique! Continue reading

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25 of the Best Bridesmaid Gifts

There are almost too many options when it comes to bridesmaid gifts. Things to wear, things to eat, use, hold, or carry. We’ve started putting the best options on Pinterest and here are just 25 of our favorites. Which ones do you want? We want them all!

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Newport Welcome Bags – OotLala

Hooray! Your guests have arrived in Newport and are checking into the hotel. They’re excited for the festivities but a teeny bit, they’re missing hone. What’s the thing that sets your wedding apart and makes them feel instantly comfortable? Your amazing Newport themed welcome bags!

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The Best Bridesmaid T’s

Bride and Bridesmaids T’s are in almost every wedding store, in every color and style. There are so many choices! Etsy has a few thousand Bridesmaid T’s listed, the pages just keep going and going….

Lucky for you we’ve put together just a few of our favorites. Check our Bridesmaids Gifts list on Etsy for more presents for the girls!

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The Best Wedding Planning Websites

The world wide web is wonderful for giving information on any and every subject imaginable. Sometimes, that much information can be over whelming especially when it comes to planning your wedding. With thousands of options for everything from napkin colors and ribbons to types of aisle runners and envelope liners, there are almost too many choices. With the bridal party sometimes spread out over multiple cities, states, and even counties, online resources can be a great way to keep everyone involved and on the same page. Over the years we’ve developed a list of the websites we think are the most useful when planning your wedding. Let us know what you think!

Wedding Apparel + Accessories

Weddington Way – They have a fantastic variety of dresses that come in similar color lots for easy mix and match. Brides can invite their bridesmaids to join a virtual showroom where girls can suggest dresses and accessories, and even vote or comment on the ones they like best. This seemingly little feature allows for seamless communication between the bride and her girls.

BHLDN – With everything from bridal and bridesmaid gown to gifts and accessories, BHLDN is like an online bridal boutique with a little of everything. Their pieces are beautiful and timeless, there’s something for every bride.

My Glass Slipper – This shoe only site has every style and color you could hope for. They carry the big designers and known brand names along with some lesser known brands that just make amazing shoes. If you are looking for that special pair of shoes, this just might be what you’ve been looking for.

ModCloth – Known best for their quirky vintage style, ModCloth has a wide array of clothing, accessories, and shoes. Whether you are just looking for the perfect accessories or you want a non-traditional wedding dress, you should definitely peek around their website. With everything from tea length gowns and feathered fascinators to crystal clutches and glittering earrings, they have unique one of a kind pieces that are sure to stun guests and the groom alike.

Plum Pretty Sugar – Offering a discount version of all the most popular wedding accessories like floral robes for your the girls to get ready in and sweet little personalized gifts, Plum Pretty Sugar is the perfect spot to find gifts for your bridal party.

Fritts Rosenow –  For the inventive and creative groom, these boutineers are made of everything but traditional fabrics. Their creative takes on the usual boutineer are fun and playful. They take custom orders so if you have an idea on improving one of their beautiful creations, let them know!

Invitations and Paper Goods

Minted – Minted has every kind of stationary from flat print on flat white to letterpress on pink flowered paper. Every step of customizable down to the exact color of the ink, envelope liners, even word placement. They also can address the envelopes for your so all you have to do is slap on a stamp. As an extra bonus, each design on Minted is created by an individual private designer who submitted their design to Minted. By purchasing through Minted you are supporting the local businesses of independent designers across the country. Many invitation designs also have a matching save the date or ceremony program layout for a cohesive feel from start to finish.

Wedding Paper Divas – Adorable, beautiful, and with lots and lots of options, Wedding Paper Divas is a bit more afforable than Minted but still has a wide array of options and customizable features. Many design suites have an array of wedding paper goods available from save the dates before, ceremony orders during, and thank you notes after.

Bella Figura – With eco friendly paper, vintage and modern designs, and everything from letterpress to foil, Bella Figura has a little bit of everything. They sort by design types like modern, vintage, metallic, beach, etc. making invitations easy to sort through.

Decorations

Shop Sweet Lulu – Shop Sweet Lulu was born out of love of fun colorful boutique party planning materials. They carry everything from paper straws and cake toppers, to mini milk jugs and wedding favors. They carry quality products that are sure to wow your guests. They even do custom orders!

Save On Crafts – Prefect for the DIY bride, Save on Crafts offers discounted craft and crafting materials. Think Michaels but bigger and with better variety.

For Your Party – This site sells every party accessory you can think of from matchboxes and sparkler sleeves to cocktail napkins and drink stirrers. Everything can be personalized with your monogram or wedding hashtag.

Do you have a favorite online resource not listed here? Share in the comments below!

 

Friday Fav: The Bride Box

You’ve probably heard of BirtchBox or Ipsy, or one of those other services that sends monthly goodie deliverables. There’s ones for makeup, accessories, clothes, home decor, almost anything. Now, there’s one for brides!

Bride Box sends you a package full of fun accessories, planning materials, girls night out inspiration, or things for your new home. With almost 100 brands supplying products for the boxes, you’ll never get the same stuff twice. I wish this was around when I got engaged! You can choose to sign up for 1 month, 6 months, or 12 months and you can cancel at anytime. When you sign up there’s a questionnaire that helps the box fillers get to know you. If you choose to fill it out, some of the items in the box will come personalized. If you’re giving Bride Box as a gift, be sure to fill out your friends information so she can get the ultimate Bride Box experience.

(All photos from the thebridebox.com)

16 Gifts for the Groom

Some couples choose to give each other gifts before they tie the knot. A sweet little romantic gesture saying “I love you” before the “I do”. Guys can be hard to buy for, hopefully these 16 gifts for the man in your life help you find the perfect pic.

(Header: Borrowed and Blue 1. Wedding Ideas Mag 2. It’s a Brides Life 3. Wedding Chics 4. Bo-ho Wedding 5. Etsy 6. Something Turquoise 7. The Bridal Defective 8. Etsy 9. Something Turquoise 10. Disney Weddings 11. Etsy 12. Etsy 13. Etsy 14. Etsy 15. Personal Creations 16. Etsy)

How to “Pop the Question” to Your bridesmaids

The groom isn’t the only one who gets to pop the question. After the big bling is in place, it’s the brides turn to ask her gals to join the fun. From chocolate to wine, to cookies to cups, there are a million adorable ways to ask the gals. (Our favorite’s involve sweets…)

 

 

(1. Nordstrom 2. Francesca’s 3. Francesca’s 4. Inklings Paperie 5. Inklinks Paperie 6.  Petal and Paperie 7. Heartwood Paperie 8. Lace and Twig 9. Etsy 10. Something Turquoise 11. Flora Belle Keepsakes 12. Pinterest 13. Chocolate Says Etsy Shop 14. BHLDN 15. Mod Party Etsy Shop 16. Lacey’s Lace Etsy Shop 17. Katie Pie Designs 18. Cupcake Gems 19. Say Your Piece 20. Two Broads Apparal )

Friday Fav: MapIsArt

Last Thanksgiving while touring the Hotel Viking’s annual Small Business Saturday Showcase, we came across one of the coolest businesses. MapIsArt allows buyers to put in a location, down to a specific address, and a water color style piece of art is generated from the topographical map of that location. These beautiful images can be put onto marble coasters, lamp shades, a serving tray, canvas, clock, print, and coming soon, baby onezies and pencil skirts. Each pieces is beautiful and completely unique.

Based in Newport Rhode Island, MapIsArt is our latest Friday Fav. Just as perfect a gift for the couple of honor, remembering where they tie the knot, as it for bridesmaids, groomsmen, mothers, fathers, and god parents. Their art is something everyone should own. Too cute!