There are a lot of unwritten rules with weddings, especially when it comes to purchasing a wedding gift. Do those who gift at the bridal shower need to also bring a gift to the wedding? Do couples prefer cash over registry gifts? And, if you do choose to go with cash, "how much should you spend?"
Luckily, we're here to provide you with a few tips that'll help you answer those questions (and more)! Thanks to Zola for these helpful cards to guide you through all your gifting questions.
The answer to this one is pretty straight-forward: if you plan on giving a physical gift to the couple for their shower or wedding day, try your best to stick to their registry. There's a reason that almost every couple registers with a site or store(s) before their big day. Wedding registries make it simple for both the gift giver and the recipient, and ensure that your gift will be loved and used for years to come.
That being said, it's always fun to "spice" it up a bit by presenting your gift in a unique way, or adding some personalization. Or, what I personally like to do, is to get something off the registry, and pair it with something unique that I found on my own. For instance, pair silverware or cutlery with a personalized cutting board, or top off a household item with something unique, like a set of mr. and mrs. mugs or a wedding-themed candle.
When the first of my friends was stepping up to the alter, I was totally oblivious as to how much I should spend on their gift (and frankly, it's still something that plagues me today). Something you'll hear over-and-over again is to give enough to cover your place setting at the wedding, but how are you supposed to know how much that is? And, say the wedding is a black tie, lavish affair - are you supposed to spend hundreds of dollars?
Rather than worrying about reimbursing your hosts for your presence at the wedding, you should gift according to how close you are with the couple, and how comfortable you are financially. According to a recent survey by The Knot, wedding guests spend an average of about $118 on a gift for a wedding. I'd say this is a healthy number to work around, especially if you're bringing a date. If the wedding is for a distant relative or a friend you don't see often, I think it's safe to err on the lower end of that number. Attending a wedding for two of your closest friends? Probably a good idea to spend a bit more.
Something that's always debated in the wedding world is when to give your gift. And the truth is, there isn't an easy answer for that!
In general, the couple should receive your gift before or immediately after their wedding. Giving something other than cash? It's best to send it straight to their home, or bring it to the bridal shower. Luckily, online shopping has made it easier than ever to get a gift shipped directly to the recipient, so shipping woes go out the window!
Additionally, if you're close with the couple and are attending the bridal shower, you should bring a gift that can be unwrapped. This is the best time to give sentimental gifts that can be used on the wedding day, like personalized hangers or custom gift boxes.
By far the most popular wedding gift is cash: it's an easy (fast) way to give a gift, and avoids any awkwardness with duplicate gifts or gifts that the couple can't use.
Modern registry websites like Zola have made it easy and more thoughtful than ever to gift cash as a wedding gift. Couples can set up a fund for anything they can see themselves using their wedding gift money on, like honeymoons, date nights and even gym memberships. When giving cash through a registry, you can pay with a credit card to make it easier on your wallet, and not have to worry about having the cash or check go during a hectic wedding day.
If you do decide to move forward with a cash or check in a card, make sure you place the envelope in a safe place, and address the check to the correct person. Bonus tip: don't assume the bride is changing her name!
Know any other tips or tricks when it comes to gifting for the wedding? Make sure to leave a comment below, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We're excited to announce a fun giveaway in collaboration with Blanc de Blanc bridal! If you're not familiar, Blanc de Blanc is the cutest new boutique in our hometown of Pittsburgh - perfect for modern brides who want a casual, comfortable experience while shopping for the perfect dress. Check out some photos of the beautiful boutique and our dress hangers below, and follow these steps to be entered for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Foxblossom Co.:
A winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, July 14th. Good luck!
Mother’s Day - one of the few holidays specifically devoted to the amazing women in our lives - is coming up on May 14th. While you should tell your mom you love her every day, this day is a wonderful opportunity to show your mom how much she means to you. Here are some fantastic ideas to celebrate your wonderful mom.
One of the easiest ways to tell someone they are special to you is to gift them a beautiful piece of jewelry. The key to this gift is to make it personal and special to your mom - our Tiny Initial Necklace Set, which features an initial on each pendant, can fit this role perfectly. Put your initial on one, and hers on the other, and it can be a lovely accessory for her to cherish as a symbol of your relationship. Make it even more personal and buy yourself a matching set and you’ve got a way to keep you and your mom connected at the heart.
With jewelry, it’s not just the piece itself that makes it special, it’s the meaning behind it that really makes it a gift from the heart. Our Mother Daughter Eternity Bracelet, for example, is a simple, everyday piece that also carries a heartfelt message, symbolizing the bond between a mother and daughter that simply cannot be broken.
Not all moms want or wear much jewelry, and that’s OK! You know your mom best, so if jewelry isn’t her thing, try something else to let her know how much she means to you. Give her the gift of you!
Make a point to set aside some time just for her, no interruptions, no distractions, just the two of you. Take her to dinner and a movie. Treat her to a day at the spa with massages and mani/pedis for the two of you. If you both enjoy baking, spend a day at her house making goodies and just talking about life, the way you used to when you were a kid. Or, try a girl's night with your mom: gather up your favorite movies, get on your comfiest pajamas, and pour a nice glass of wine (or two, or three) in a cute, personalized glass, and enjoy some relaxing time together.
This gift is special because it shows your mom that you really get her. You know what she likes, and what she appreciates. She’s been where you are before, and chances are she understands that life gets in the way. By setting aside your time and attention to devote to time with her will mean the world to her.
Personalized Gift Boxes
There was a time when you were a kid that handmade gifts made out of glue and macaroni were perfectly acceptable gifts for your mom. But, as you’ve grown up, you’ve, hopefully, graduated to more mature gifts. We're happy to say you can still throw a little thought into your Mother's Day gifting without going full macaroni necklace, courtesy of our personalized gift boxes.
A gift box can be a wonderful way to give a gift with a personal touch. Choose one of our pre-made options, or curate your own from more than 100 gift options using our Custom Gift Box Builder. We have everything from scarves, to nail polishes, coffee mugs, jewelry, soaps, and even candies can be added to your gift box, making this a great choice for mothers who have eclectic tastes.
We also have nine greeting cards for you to chose from, each of which includes a personalized, hand-written message to make your gift truly special. We assemble and wrap your gift in-house and ship it directly from our Pittsburgh studio to your Mother's door. Unlike flowers, our gift boxes will stand the test of time - the sturdy box is covered in a beautiful gray Irish linen wrap, which makes it perfect for re-use as a memory box.
However you decide to show your mom how much you appreciate her, be sure to make it special and from the heart. Don’t just give a gift to give a gift - make it sincere, make it special and make it something that will put a smile on her face when she receives it.
As we move past the winter months and start heading for warmer days, the 2017 wedding season is ready to kick off into full swing! This year’s trends are a welcome change from the trends of the past: vibrant, bright, and unique ways to spice up a traditional wedding and make the day uniquely yours.
Take a look through some of our favorite 2017 wedding trends below!
"White and neutral tones will always be connected to weddings, but color will play a big role in 2017. Expect to see color in the flowers, the stationery and the attire. Weddings should be a celebration and fun means more colors." - Jove Meyer, Wedding Planner | The Fashion Spot
For brides who want to stick with a classic dress and decor but desire a little splash of color, consider adding in brighter florals rather than the customary greens and whites. A lively bridal bouquet can brighten your palette without taking away from the traditional draw of a white or ivory dress, and colorful centerpieces can add a pop to your tablescapes. We love the look of these rustic, yet colorful florals from Swoon Floral Design below.
In 2017, metallics, especially gold and rose gold, are continuing to make a huge comeback! Adding metallic accents throughout your decor can give the event a classic, timeless feel. Considering including a metallic in your color palette? We suggest pairing with one or two accent colors: gold looks great with navy or Pantone's color of the year, "Greenery", and rose gold pairs well with ivory and blush.
We've recently added these mirrored gold bridal party champagne flutes to our roster. These beauties can glam up your table setting, and your wedding party is sure to appreciate the personal touch. Gold details in invitations, menus and table numbers can help unite this subtle theme.
We love the little gold details that this Malibu bride (via Style Me Pretty) sprinkled throughout her special day. Delicate gold lettering on the menu, a sparkling gold tablecloth at the head table, and golden bridal accessories all tied into her theme without becoming gaudy.
“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 [...]. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” Leatrice Eiseman, Director of the Pantone Color Institute via Pantone.com
Golden tones may make us think of elegance, but when paired with natural tones and large floral arrangements, you can create a veritable paradise! Incorporating large plants, neutral red-toned woods, and sparing natural stone accents will not only amplify the dispersed color, but make the golds pop out even more.
Be careful not to overdo it here - the golds, reds, and natural tones can clash, but when perfectly balanced, the harmony is absolutely gorgeous! Going for Greenery? As a rough guide, ½ of your decorations should be neutral toned or white, ¼ should be gold tinged, and the last ¼ should be wood-accented or natural.
2017 is all about expression - and a big part of that this year is taking the impersonal standards and making them personalized! Looking for a gift or accessory to make your bridal party feel extra special? We specialize in everything custom and personalized. Our current favorites are our personalized, laser engraved hangers and luxe monogrammed robes.
We hope this article gave you some great ideas to help you plan your wedding day. Save these ideas for later by pinning the image below, and let us know in the comments what trends you’re looking forward to taking on this year!
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Image credits, top to bottom: 1. Lauren Gabrielle Photography/A Charming Féte/Molly Taylor + Co. 2 - 4. Swoon Floral Design/Maria Lamb 5. Foxblossom Co. 6 - 8. Elyse Hall Photography/Atelier De LaFleur 9. Foxblossom Co. 10. (gold bridal party in pin) Margotandme.com
We're so thrilled to be introducing you all to a project that we've been working on for many months: our new line of hand-poured natural soy candles (LIVE now on Kickstarter!)
We're happy to launch our new line with an upgraded, minimal design that features a small gray label and the same delicate handlettering that you all love, now hand poured into natural white ceramic jars!
In addition to being a beautiful part to your home's decor, our new jars are also totally reusable. The glazed interior makes the jars incredibly easy to clean once the candle is burned. We think they look great as a makeup brush holder, desk accessory or even a flower vase.
We're also launching a line of brushed gold mini candles (4 oz), perfect for trying a few scents to see which you like best, or as a travel candle to throw in your carry on! These little gold tins will also be available in our custom gift boxes, and, if we're fully funded, we're planning on offering custom bridal party labels for the lids so that you can include them in your bridesmaid boxes!
Another great addition to the new line is our luxury gift box packaging for our full size candles. As we're sure you can tell, we're all about great gifting here at Foxblossom, that's why we've designed a simple white gift box with a gray threaded closure that's totally ready for gifting. This is unlike anything else on the market, and will surely help you #UpYourGiftGame. You can check out a mockup of our new boxes below.
We proudly use 100% all-natural soy wax made from soy beans grown in the US to make our candles. In fact, all of our materials are eco-friendly and responsibly sourced. Our fragrance blends are made from a blend of essential oils and are safe and completely phthalate free. We also use natural cotton wicks, and hand pour each candle in small batches of about 8-10.
The natural soy wax we use burns slowly and has an amazing hot throw. Our new scents are a mix of classic fragrances (Lavender, Eucalyptus & Spearmint) and unique blends (Rose & Honey, Vetiver & Bergamot). We're also making a wedding candle for all of our wonderful bridal customers called "Bride's Bouquet." This scent smells just like a freshly created bouquet and will surely remind you of your walk down the aisle.
Being a small business has its challenges. While we're rapidly growing, and almost fully self-funded, we have found that going all-in on new product lines is expensive. In order to keep our costs (and prices) as low as possible, we need to meet high minimum order requirements for our custom jars, boxes, and labels. There are also high upfront costs for the quantity of wax, wicks, fragrance oils, etc. required to prepare enough inventory. We're looking to raise $6500 in 30 days, and we need your help to get it done!
If we aren't fully funded within 30 days, these candles may never get made. We need your help to tackle these high upfront costs - every little bit helps!
Our first run of candles will be available exclusively to our Kickstarter backers, at a largely discounted price, with the rest of the line being launched this summer. You can pre-order by pledging and selecting one of our candle tiers, which start at just $10! We're expecting our delivery to be much faster than many other Kickstarter projects, and we expect to start shipping as early as June.
Click the link below to see more about the project, and feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions.
If you take a look through who we're following on the Foxblossom Instagram account, you'll see that we are big fans of the Bachelor/Bachelorette. So when we were approached to be a part of Season Six Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky's Bridal Shower, you know we said yes!
Ali celebrated her bridal shower last weekend at Jessica Biel's Au Fudge in West Hollywood. The brunch was beautifully styled by Casi Densmore-Koon of CupcakeMAG and photographed by Ashley Burns Photography. Among Ali's guest list were a few famous friends such as Lacey Chabert, Amy Davidson, and Briana Cuoco.
Ali's bridal crew enjoyed mimosas and delicious treats surrounded by stunning florals on the Au Fudge patio. Each guest received one of our personalized champagne flutes, drink stirrers, and a goodie bag filled with other treats prepared by the cupcakeMAG team.
Special thanks to Casi for including us in the day, and best wishes to Ali on her upcoming marriage to Kevin Manno! Take a look through some of the amazing photos by Ashley below, and check out a full list of vendors at the bottom. Cheers!
Photography: Ashley Burns Photography | Event Styling: Casi Densmore-Koon/CupcakeMAG | Floral Design: Mulberry & Moss | Location/Cake: Au Fudge | Dress: Endless Summer | Makeup: Emma Willis/Contour Fossa | Candles: The Little Market | Love Flower Sign: Little Sparrow Bows
One of the best parts of any bride's wedding day is the morning of: spending time with her girls, getting pampered with professional hair and makeup artists, and likely drinking a *few* mimosas. What could be better?
As we prepare for wedding season, we wanted to share a few photographer-approved hints to help you get those beautiful wedding morning photos that you'll cherish forever. Check out of 5 Tips for Better "Getting Ready" Wedding Photos below, and let us know if we missed anything in the comments!
Photos in this post are from a beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina wedding courtesy of destination wedding & lifestyle photographer Jillian Knight.
Tip 1: Look for Natural Light
This is the number one thing you'll hear from any photographer when you chat about your wedding - having a surplus of natural light in the room is the easiest way to get the best looking photos. It's simple: a room flooded with natural light is more flattering (on you and your venue) than one with incandescent light or filled with flash. Sunlight filtered through large windows spreads evenly on your face to fill in any shadows. Spring/summer light casts a warm glow on your skin, which can even out your complexion and actually camouflage blemishes from photos. If you have the luxury of a room with lots of windows, we recommend turning off any artificial lighting and letting the sunlight do its job.
The best way to ensure you have a room with good light to get ready in? Call the venue or hotel and ask, or email for photos. If you live nearby, swing by for a visit and check it out one morning for yourself!
Tip 2: Start Early and get Ready at your Venue
This one is something you'll hear across the board in wedding planning, not just in terms of photos. Getting ready early (but not too early) is the best way to make sure you'll have the time to get the photos you want without rushing your hair and makeup artists or feeling rushed yourself.
Don't start so early that your bridesmaids are sitting around for hours in full hair and makeup, but definitely leave an hour of "cushion" before you have to leave to go to your ceremony. Things will almost definitely take longer than what you budgeted for, but having that extra time will help you stay relaxed and not feel tense while taking bridal portraits or fun bridesmaid photos.
Here's a little insight from wedding photographer Jill Knight on the subject:
"I always recommend brides have all their details laid out first thing in the morning (a great job for a maid of honor!) This allows me to spend time photographing the details upon first arriving while your maids are still getting make up on. Make sure to craft your timeline with your photographer in such a way that allows you to have ample time to relax and get ready. It's the key to candid, sweet and fun photos. You'll want this part of your day to be relaxing. The rest of the day goes by so quickly!"
Tip 3: Be Comfortable
There are enough reasons to be anxious on your wedding day, getting pampered should not be one of them. The best way to avoid wedding morning stress? Make sure you and your girls are comfortable. One of our favorite ways to have a comfortable, relaxing wedding morning is to give your girls bridal party robes to lounge in. They feel luxurious, and are the perfect way to make great photos, even while you're bridesmaids are sitting around for hours in full hair and makeup. They're also a great keepsake that your girls will use over-and-over (hello, indulgent at-home spa days!).
Oh, and pro tip: don't skip meals! A well-fed bridal party is a happy bridal party. Pizza is never a bad choice, just make sure you have lots of napkins ;)
Tip 4: Less is More
When it comes to decorating your wedding venue and getting-ready room, less is certainly more. Don't get me wrong, I know all-too-well that's it's tempting to buy or DIY a billion embellishments and bedazzle the day away, but you'll regret crowding your photos with unnecessary things (and your budget could probably use a little TLC, too).
Too much clutter in your venue? Don't be afraid to rearrange the room you're getting ready in. If you see something that you don't like, such as a tacky hotel lamp or a trinket on a shelf, simply move it out of the room for the morning! Ask your girls to keep their bags, makeup, brushes and anything else they might have organized or in another area. Keeping the clutter to a minimum will help keep you sane, and give your photographer more photo opportunities.
For instance, before any of the photos in this blog post were taken, photographer Jillian Knight spent a few minutes to move two glass vases filled with sea shells off the mantel, ditch a couple lamps and decorative books, scoot a chair out of the way and open all the shutters. After that, she showcased the bride's dress on a custom hanger in the background, turned off any artificial lighting and asked the girls to move their bags to the room next door. What resulted is a set of morning of photos that look effortless and natural.
Tip 5: Stay Photo-Ready
This tip is one that can easily be overlooked. And we understand - sometimes you're so busy planning your big day that you forget those little morning details that can really make your day special. That's why we're here to help.
A few simple details really go the extra mile when it comes to morning of photos. Something that photographers hear from brides all the time is that the detail shots are what made their wedding photos special. Whether it's a handwritten note from/to your future husband, beautiful florals in the bridal suite, personalized gifts for your girls or even cute apparel for your flower girl, there are tons of little ways to make your photos stand out.
Still looking for ideas to spruce up your bridal suite? Check out our full collection of bridal accessories by clicking through the "bridal" dropdown on our homepage.