Men as Bridesmaids, Women as Groomsmen – and what about that Man of Honor!
As more newly engaged couples, gay and straight, involve friends and family members in their weddings in more creative and personal ways, they are redefining traditional gender-based bridesmaids & groomsmen roles. Welcome to the I Do Crew!
[And really, why can’t brides and grooms have their BFF’s stand with them at the alter regardless of gender?]
While it’s increasingly common to have wedding party members of both sexes standing up for brides and grooms, what to call your male bridesmaids (not this for sure) or female groomsmen (possibly an even worse idea) is all over the place. Here are a few popular gender neutral alternatives to use in your program or when the wedding party is introduced.
I Do Crew and a Few Alternatives for your Wedding Party
Most popular: “I Do Crew”. It’s catchy, gender neutral, and – to me – a little bit sentimental, in a good way. You can find it on all kinds of wedding swag…and it makes a great hashtag: #idocrew . But if that just doesn’t work for you, here are some others…
The safe choices: “attendants” or “entourage”;
Lighthearted & best for personalized gear: Team [fill in the name of groom(s) or bride(s)];
These show up fairly often too: besties, party people, wedding squad, bridal brigade or bride tribe paired with groom squad.
For the male maid of honor: man of honor
And for the female best man: best woman
Or…how about best friend!
3 Other Wedding Traditions Your I Do Crew Will Love
Just as your wedding party may not conform to tradition, increasingly, today’s modern couples — whether two brides, two grooms or a bride and groom — are choosing to co-create their wedding ceremony too. From the ground up, couples are mixing cultural and religious traditions with unique elements.
Here are a few examples of interesting and modern takes on traditional wedding rituals.
Wedding Colors and Wedding Attire
Couples are managing the all-to-familiar bridesmaid matching outfit and coordinating groomsmen tradition with a much lighter touch. Couples are selecting a color (or two) and inviting a close circle of friends and family to wear the color(s). Sometimes instructions include a particular article of clothing (bow tie / socks / shirt or blouse color) and sometimes the request is simply to include that color in whatever outfit is chosen. Not only are couples able to involve more people than they might if the wedding color was limited to the more traditional gang up front, it looks awesome when it comes time for pictures. David and I went this route, but in hindsight didn’t take the idea far enough. We now wish we would have had his mom and my dad wear some “poppy orange” too [really – see picture!].
But make sure your wedding party members look the part, so that there is something in common that helps your wedding pictures to have a coordinated look. If you’ve left people to interpret your request on their own, you may want to have some things available on your wedding day, just in case – a boutonniere, bow tie, socks – for pops of color that tie your wedding party together.
Rather than the 2X2, invite your closest friends, and wedding party participants to walk down the aisle at the start of your ceremony with their respective significant others and then sit in reserved rows at the front. This eliminates the need to have everyone pair up nicely…and means you can forget about requiring an equal number of attendants for each “side of the aisle”. Isn’t it more natural and enjoyable if a family with children move as a clump, or if you have a friend who is happily single, stride down your aisle individually?
Combined Bridesmaids-Groomsmen Party
Why not! Especially if you each already have both men and women as attendants, why not have a co-ed party involving both groups. Not only do these people then have more of a chance to get to know each other, you can have some fun with your best friends while getting to know your future spouse’s best friends – win/win.
New roles, new rules…or in this case, no rules. Be creative in the way(s) you choose to honor your friends and your lives together. If you are feeling in need of a “steady-hand”; someone to help you think things through, get a professional wedding planner involved! Your wedding is a time to celebrate. Ultimately, do what feels right rather than what you wish felt right.
Monogramming adds a thoughtful detail to any item and is the perfect way to make a gift feel even more special & unique. One of the most important decisions in purchasing a monogrammed gift is selecting the monogram style and order of the initials. But, what is proper monogram etiquette exactly? Which initial goes first? How do different size letters effect the order of the initials? What is appropriate for same-sex couples, opposite-sex couples or singles? We hope we can calm your nerves and guide you in the proper direction to suit your individual needs.
A LITTLE HISTORY
As the oldest form of identification in the world, monograms date back to as early as 350BC. They served many roles, from indicating social status, to serving as a signature for royals and artists, to being a form of currency in the barter system. The earliest known examples were used on coins. The Greek cities who issued the coins, often used the first two letters of the city’s name. Monograms were also used to identify property and were typically ornate, which makes them desirable when adding monograms to elegant gifts even today.
SINGLE-LETTER TRADITIONAL MONOGRAMS
Single-letter monograms, traditionally, represent the last name for both men and unmarried women. Rules for creating monograms for children are the same as those for unmarried adults. For a child it is important to consider where and how they will be using a personalized gift. For safety reasons you may not want to put too much information on something a child will have in public. Choose instead to use a monogram versus a name on something like a backpack.
A single initial that can be either the first or last name initial. Example: Anne Masters or Magie Davies. Modern or traditional, you can’t go wrong. Consider who the gift is for and what fits them best.
If you’re looking for a cool and custom gift to impress the ‘I do crew‘ in your wedding party go with a single initial monogram. It’s a modern twist – First name with first name initial above or just an initial only. Example: Andrew Michael or Michael Davis. Modern or traditional you can’t go wrong. As mentioned above, consider who the gift is for and what fits them best.
THE INFAMOUS THREE-LETTER MONOGRAMS
Traditional, three-letter Victorian monograms are the variety we use most often today. Letter arrangement depends on marital status and letter sizes within the monogram. Monograms add a special touch engagement, weddings and anniversary gifts. Something they will treasure for a lifetime and become family heirlooms.
Single Men and Single Women
Single men and single women use the first initial of their first, middle and last name, in that order.
Large surname letter in the middle
Single men and women would use the first initial of their first, last and middle names, in that order. The last name is always the centered, largest font.
MARRIED THREE INITIAL MONOGRAM
For married same-sex couples who choose to use one last name, even hyphenated, the first initial of the first name on the left is up to the couple as to who would be first. Possibly setting a family tradition going forward with who is always on the left or right. The center initial will be the chosen last name initial. The same initials would be used on linens, glass and tableware.
For married opposite-sex couples the bride’s first initial is on the left of the last name initial and the groom’s first initial is on the right, as in ladies first. (Often used on linens). Shown here on our Traditional Monogram Printed Napkins.
A more traditional view is the groom’s first initial is first and the bride’s first initial is last. (Traditionally used on glass and tableware).
TWO INITIAL MONOGRAM
Different Last Names
For unmarried couples, and married couples who choose to keep their individual last names, both initials of each partners’ last names are used together as a 2-letter monogram. For a more modern twist on the two letter monogram stack initials or enter a horizontal line between them. Example: J|P
Use First Names
For all couples, married or unmarried, you may want to keep it simple and use the initials of each partners’ first names together as a 2-letter monogram. Example: Jenny & Perry Roberts
MARRIED PERSONS INDIVIDUAL MONOGRAMS
It is tradition for the woman to use her maiden name initial as the middle initial in three-letter monograms. Otherwise, she would use her first name initial, married name initial, and middle name initial. Shown above the monogram is in the traditional last name initial in the middle position format.
It is tradition for the man to use his last name initial as the middle initial in three-letter monograms. Otherwise for new-tradition men, he would use his first name initial, married name initial, and middle name initial. Shown above the monogram is in the traditional last name initial in the middle position format.
While a highly decorative script font may look just fine on it’s own, it could be extremely difficult to read when used in traditional three-letter monograms. Also note that although these are the more “traditional monogram rules,” there are no right and wrong ways to create monograms. Most of the time, it depends on the person receiving the gift. Focus on fitting the design to their personality, and you won’t go wrong!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on Monograms. Tell us how you’ve decided what monogram style works for you in the comments below.
Confused about whether a bullet back, whale back or a fixed backing is best? Not sure whether metal or polished stone cufflinks are more formal? And are French cuffs really necessary to wear cufflinks? Our cufflinks guide answers these questions & a few more too.
We’ve broken our guide into three sections so you can
read what you need and get on with your day, and included some nifty info graphics too.
Section 2: Cufflink Types
A *very* BRIEF HISTORY of cufflinks
Cufflinks, considered one of the most traditional pieces of male jewelry, were created to replace fabric ties or ribbons used to hold cuffs together. Cufflinks remained an upperclass status item, usually presented as a gift to mark a special occasion, until the industrial revolution allowed mass production of metal cufflinks, making them affordable to a much larger population. It wasn’t until the 1950’s, however, that cufflinks started to become a popular fashion accessory as designers and artisans began experimenting with an increasing number of materials and finishes.
Today, you can find novelty cufflinks with your favorite pro team or
Marvel comics character, and in every color, material and price range. You can wear cufflinks at your wedding, to the office and to celebrate the end of the week. Women increasingly are wearing cufflinks too.
Fastening a cufflink to a shirt cuff looks challenging, but is not when you start with the end in mind…you want the face of the cufflink to be facing up when you have your arm extended as though you are about to reach across a table. Check out our YouTube video on How to Fasten a Cufflink.
We are often asked if there is a backing that is “best”? Generally the fewer moving parts there are in the design, the more durable and long-lasting your cufflinks will be.
Fixed backings are the most durable — “knotted designs”, “ball return”, “stub & button” styles all fall into the “fixed” category.
Casual “Everyday” Cufflinks.
Though traditionalists would say there is no such thing as “everyday” cufflinks, we disagree. More so today than ever before, it is both stylish and fun to see a pair of cufflinks glinting at the base of your single cuff shirt sleeve while doing your everyday stuff. Here’s the deal though – keep everyday cufflinks colorful and/or whimsical. Cufflinks with flannel? Why yes, tailors can make any long sleeved shirt cufflink friendly. Cufflinks with jeans? Absolutely, but please avoid jeans with lots of distressing; because: a) it’s not 1980 and b) with fashion especially, less is often more. And because it’s a casual look, there is an endless assortment of cufflink colors, designs … and prices. Be guided by fashion’s golden rule – it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Here are a few of our current favorites…
HogWarts Shield Cufflinks
Black Panther Cufflinks
Superman Shield Cufflinks
These are all officially licensed, high quality cufflinks with iconic characters from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and DC Comics. Or if sports are your obsession, there are NCAA and pro teams to proudly wear, like these officially licensed bullet back closure cufflinks.
Here’s the only rule you need to follow when wearing cufflinks at work:
Your cufflinks ought to work with the overall look and feel you’ve created, not compensate for it or compete with it.
Your cufflinks can liven up a straightforward office look with your own personal style, but don’t over do it. If you are wearing French cuffs, you don’t want to dress down your look too much. Often, something refined and neutral like metal cufflinks with initials or a monogram, work well. Sometimes a small pop of color makes all the difference, like silk knot cuff links. But particularly in a business setting, you may
not want to be remembered as “the guy with the crazy cufflinks”.
Think Madmen, the right pair of men’s cufflinks can set you apart from the pack. Think confidence, and use your cufflinks as part of your signature style. Taylor Street has some beautiful stone cufflinks and precious metal cufflinks that will take your business attire to the next level.
Stainless Steel Gold Tartan Plaid Cufflinks
Stainless Steel Rectangle Engravable Framed Cufflinks
Formal Wear Cufflinks
When it comes to formal occasions you need formal cufflinks, you just do. Is it black tie or white tie?
White tie events are the most formal and have a relatively specific dress code. White tie events call for Mother-of-pearl cufflinks and studs; they are a must wear accessory. Sterling silver, platinum and white gold are preferred metals. Not sure? Check the dress code for the event.
Mother of Pearl Cufflinks
Mother of Pearl Studs
Black tie events, while requiring a black tuxedo or dinner jacket, are less formal and provide some room for personal fashion statements. There really are no “must haves” regarding cufflinks, but as a formal affair, classic materials that create a sophisticated look are expected. After all, if the host had wanted casual and eclectic, he or she would not have said “black tie”!
Here are a examples of classic cufflinks that have beautiful details and won’t pull attention from your outfit.
Classic Black Onyx Cufflinks
Stainless Steel Striped Onyx Cufflinks
Many grooms want to give their groomsmen cufflinks they can wear and enjoy on the wedding day. Similarly, family members want to give newlyweds keepsakes to commemorate the day. You will have to decide, however, if the cufflinks are designed to be single use or a gift that can be worn on other occasions. “I Do Crew” or “Best Man” engraving on cufflinks limits their use to one pretty specific event, much like certain bridesmaid dress styles and colors limit future sightings.
I Do Cufflinks
Pewter Best Man Cufflinks
As an alternative, engrave a more subtle personalization, like a date or location, initials or a monogram. Personalization ideas like these add significance without making them one-off’s. Whether you’re purchasing for a groom, best man, best friend, husband or dad, engraved cufflinks make a memorable gift with a lasting impression.
Stainless Steel Round Engravable Framed Cufflinks
Or, if you go the other direction, you can have some serious fun without spending too much. Increasingly, grooms have been getting creative with theme socks, ties and cufflinks as a fun and whimsical way to show camaraderie, treating cufflinks more as a keepsake to remember the day.
When Pigs Fly Cufflinks
Either way, Taylor Street Favors has cufflink ideas for you. We offer modern and traditional cuff links as well as unique designs that your ‘I Do Crew’ will love.
Cufflinks as Gifts – Gemstone, Novelty, Seasonal and Semi-precious Stone Cufflinks
Always an awesome gift choice, cuff links [and tie bars!] imbue confidence and add a subtle and sophisticated finish to a man’s or woman’s outfit.
Women’s Cufflink Ideas
Gemstone Cufflink Ideas
Seasonal & Novelty Cufflinks
A great pair of cufflinks can become a family heirloom. A fun pair of cufflinks can become a bond to a moment. And while cufflinks make beautiful gifts to mark special occasions, you
can buy cufflinks for yourself, too. Try out different options and eventually you’ll discover what works for you as you define your personal style. A friend, who is a brilliant artist, will jump directly into any project with a “I can figure that out, I can do that!’ attitude. That same attitude applies to creating your personal style. Confidence comes from trying, discovering and learning what style works for you.
Style is putting your personality in what you wear and how you live.
To paraphrase Coco Chanel, “Dress shabbily and they remember the clothes, dress impeccably and they remember you”.
I am going to start this off with the golden rule of suspenders. Don’t wear a belt!
First off, it’s redundant. Second, it’s unflattering and third, it’s redundant. No good can come from wearing suspenders and a belt at the same time – it’s just plain wrong.
Now let’s get to the good stuff…questions like: Suspenders are appropriate for which occasions? What are the right type of suspenders? Are there different ways to wear suspenders? X or Y back?
Last question first: We say Y-back. Because Y-back suspenders are considered more up-to-date and on-trend. The top choice of suspender aficionados.
Now that the X vs Y back is settled. Let’s start with the types of suspenders.
Style: Business and Formal
Required: Buttons – trousers, pants or jeans that have six rounded buttons hidden along the inside of the waistband for the suspender’s loops to button onto. Where are the buttons? In the back, they are located on the inside of the waistband, about 2 ½ to 3 inches apart, 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches on each side of the center seam – and 1″ below the top of the waistband. In the front you will find them inside the waistband about an inch down from the top and 2″ apart. If there are no buttons – don’t panic. A tailor will know the correct placement and techniques for adding suspender buttons to your pants for under $20. If you’re buying un-hemmed trousers, just ask the tailor to add the buttons when hemming your pants. If you intend to wear only suspenders with your trousers you can ask the tailor to remove the belt loops. This will give the pants a much cleaner & sophisticated look.
Required: trousers, pants, jeans, city shorts. Clip-on suspenders are more versatile but definitely more casual. Clip them in the back middle of the waistband, pull them over your shoulders, attach the remaining clips to the front-waistband. Easy – clip them on and go!
But now you’re thinking “But, how do I choose the right width?“ There really is not a right width so much as a scale: the skinnier the suspender, the more casual the look. Subtle changes in width can dramatically impact the look. At the wider end of the spectrum, suspenders become classic, and ultimately, formal.
Thin or Wide Suspenders
Thin ‘skinny’ suspenders, like our Chestnut-Brown Leather Suspenders or our Jet Set Skinny Suspenders, offer up a more trendy and casual appearance. These .75″ wide ‘Skinny’ suspenders can be worn with khakis or jeans and a dress shirt, a t-shirt or over a slim-fitting sweater. Elevating a casual outfit that can be worn out on date night or a night out, streetwear, office casual; even casual weddings. For versatility in fitting keep this in mind — leather suspenders have a front strap that can be loosened or tightened just like a belt: via a buckle and holes.
Classic ‘modern’ suspenders, like our Autumn Harvest Classic Suspenders, allow for more versatility. Casual to dressy, these 1.15″ wide ‘modern’ suspenders can be worn with dress pants; a suit or tux; nice jeans or khakis. Neither skinny enough to be hugely casual, nor wide enough to be considered formal, these “Goldilocks” suspenders are perfect for t-shirts & khakis or jeans (casual); dress shirt & dress pants (less casual). Wear these to work, weddings (perfect for your groomsmen) or cocktail parties.
Formal ‘traditional’ suspenders, like these Royal Sapphire Formal Suspenders, send the message that you’re in charge. These 1.5″ wide classic ‘traditional’ suspenders are dressy, classy, and formal. Perfect for red carpet events, business settings, weddings and formal occasions. Be sure to pair your suspenders with a quality shirt. For formal events in general, french cuffs are always a great choice. Add some eye catching cufflinks to your look to finish it off.
Let’s Button This Up (did you see what I did there?)
A quick search on the internet will bring you a ton of suspender articles to help you hone your suspender skills. Just remember, suspenders that come with clips allow most pants or shorts in your closet to be suspender-friendly. Suspenders with buttons require more up front work, but are generally a more traditional/dressy look. Whichever way you go with suspenders, you’re making a style statement that is part of a great looking trend that continues to gather momentum.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on suspenders. Tell us what you’ve learned in the comments below.
Groomsmen Gifts. Gifts that are beautifully made and built to last.
Finding awesome gifts for the guy(s) – and gal(s) – in your life is a breeze when you shop our collection of personalized gifts for your best man, groomsmen, and dads. We offer gifts as special as the man you’re shopping for – stylish, personalized and thoughtful gifts for men that are beautifully made and built to last.
Taylor Street Favors makes personalized gift giving easy. We have a huge selection of cufflinks – with themes from Star Wars to Marvel to your favorite sports team, most are available engraved in a variety of styles. We also have a wide range of personalized wine & bar accessories, wallets, tie clips and outdoor gear from well known, quality name brands like Cufflinks Inc., True Brands, WeddingStar, Susquehanna Glass and Teals Prairie. We know your best mates will be proud to stand at your side. Show them you appreciate their friendship with a one-of-a-kind, personalized gift.
We are big supporters of gender neutral bridal parties – so if you’re shopping for gifts for both women and men as part of your Groom Squad, we’ve got you covered! From personalized totes & travel bags to engraved jewelry & jewelry boxes, our gifts represent a wide range of individual tastes. And whether it’s with craft beer or a prized malt liquor, we’ve got the personalized copper mugs, steins, flasks & shot glasses you’ll need to raise at any congratulatory toast your groomsmen or “I Do Crew” will give.
At Taylor Street Favors we also make it easy; you can ‘same-gift’ a group like your wedding party (personalized for each person, of course) with a few clicks, or you can pick and choose unique, personalized accessories based on each man’s, or woman’s, style. And if you are just not sure, we are here to help. Call us, text us, or chat with us.
Take a look through our collection to find your perfect thank-you gifts to let the special men & women in your life know just how much they mean to you. When it’s time to celebrate – Taylor Street Favors has you covered.
No ties, no problem! Taylor Street has you covered. Father’s Day is almost here… .
We celebrate Dads who know every verse of “Wheels on the Bus”.
Dads who always pretended to listen to everything we had to say.
Dads who carry pictures where their money used to be.
Dads who make it easy to get a Father’s Day gift due to a psychotic love of golf.
Dads, who are one of our favorite parents.
Dads who wear sawdust like glitter.
And for Grandpa … since a Grandpa is just a dad with no rules.
Dads, they’re like Moms, only cooler.
Finding awesome gifts for the dad(s) in your life is a breeze when you shop our collection of personalized gifts for men. Taylor Street Favors offers gifts as special as the man you’re shopping for – stylish, personalized and thoughtful gifts for men that are beautifully made and built to last.
Fatherhood – it requires love, not DNA.
It is human nature — the more we value the person we are shopping for, the more we strive to find THAT one-in-a-million gift that will completely & effortlessly reflect the depth of our feelings about our relationship and be EXACTLY what he or she wants.
Warning, Will Robinson.
You know and I know that thinking this way is, at best, unhelpful & at worst, a sure path to frustration and spending (way) more than you can afford. So why do we do this? There is a psychology to gift giving — and there is research that demonstrates the biggest effect from giving a gift may be on ourselves — our self-perception as a result of the gift we give. Self-perception could be a pretty powerful motivator when just one person is involved, but multiplied by a long gift list full of cherished friends and family and it is not surprising that we often lose control.
Here are 5 rules that I know, but sometimes forget to apply, when it comes to holiday shopping. These help to keep me grounded and thoughtful as I go about checking off my Christmas gift giving list.
1. Money does not buy love. You can be passionate about gift giving and still not blow your budget. Giving gifts that are practical, but maybe a bit less desirable to give as gifts, is GOOD! Handmade gifts are awesome, if you dedicate the time and materials needed to truly deliver. But – if you haven’t yet done what you are planning to do for a DIY gift – do a practice run to make sure you have all the supplies you need and that the end result is what you envisioned. As with all gifts — keep the recipient in mind — ‘useful’, ‘edible’ or ‘holiday keepsake’ are all great DIY categories. And lastly – do not turn gift spending into a competitive sport – do not attempt to match spend. Rarely turns out well, builds resentment, and just not a good headspace to be in.
2. If they asked for it, that probably means they would like it. There are studies that demonstrate recipients actually appreciate gifts they specifically asked for more than gifts chosen by the gift giver. (!!) Moreover, when recipients then rated the giver of the requested gift, they rated them as more thoughtful and personal than the person who gave the unrequested gift. Long story short here — don’t guess — ask for a list. And if you are worried that asking for a gift list may seem tacky, or obligate the person you’re asking to then give you a gift, good points! Plan B: going with a gift that tracks an interest (yoga) or theme (cooking, gardening) or a gift certificate (massage, bookstore, coffeeshop) could be a great alternative.
3. Men and women not only shop differently, but truly think differently about gifts. Gender factors into gift giving & receiving. While a generalization, men tend to skew more pragmatic/functional & women skew in a more sentimental gift direction. I am not saying this to let anyone “off the hook” for a poor gift choice. No way. I say this so that you and I can compensate for any chromosomal tendency we might have – not play to it. So while gift cards and envelopes full of cash have their place, don’t assume that because you would like to receive your gift that everyone else would appreciate receiving it as well.
4. ‘Experience gifts’ are often more appreciated. A gift of time – sharing a meal & a movie together, breakfast in bed, a day spent shopping, hiking, or museum hopping are all amazing gifts. These gifts allow you to feel closer by spending more time together and allow you to tailor your gift to the specific interests of the person receiving it – increasing the emotional value to you both.
5. It is okay to give the same gift to different people. Placing a premium on “uniqueness” over “appropriateness” is the trap not to fall into here. It’s okay to buy the same gift for different people if you believe each person would enjoy receiving it. It’s efficient too! Might need to consider if the recipients would be opening your gifts to them at the same event, but really — if I like a gift enough for more than one person, or if two people on my list have asked for the same gift, why not!
Choosing gifts based on the recipients perspective is the best way to approach your gift shopping. Gift giving, when done with intention and thoughtfulness, can make relationships stronger, regardless of money spent.
The holiday season swings into full gear. Christmas and Hanukkah gift shopping looms. I drink more wine. Which leads me to today’s article on 5 great gift ideas for wine (& cheese) lovers.
The stem versus stemless dilemma need not confuse. [And for those of you who, like me, enjoy wading deeply into details few appreciate – know this: stemless wine glasses actually have neither a stem nor a base & are more accurately referred to as tumblers.] Stems are there so you do not hold the bowl, thereby warming the wine beyond its optimal drinking temperature. Stemless wine glasses have become synonymous with modern & casual, while stemmed glasses suggest, to some, a more formal and traditional affair. Taylor Street offers both. And rather than a colorful imprint that will not wear well over numerous cleanings, we suggest an etched personalization, with a minimal design that is beautifully etched. Two of our most popular wine glasses:
Too many wine glasses already? What about coasters. Coasters can be cool. These coasters are keepers, handmade hammered copper backed with black velvet.
For those on your list who love books and would enjoy learning as much as possible about wine from one of today’s most knowledgeable and entertaining experts, The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil is the book for you. Spoil your loved one with the hardcover edition at $22.
If you believe, as I do, that wine tastes better when shared with friends, then why not gift a cheeseboard to linger longer? Our bamboo board has a slate strip running through it, which makes it easy to add a fun & personal chalk note to guests with each use.
There you are. Five gifts for the wine (& cheese) lover on your guest list.
And remember — the best wines are the ones we drink with friends.
Engagement photo provided by Nadine Cheetah of Cheetah Photography
Most of us can find an ‘okay’ gift in a heartbeat, but finding just the right gift for a newly engaged dear friend — or friends — is hard. Fold in equal parts of what-is-customary, what-is-wanted, what-is-so-NOT-me and what-is-affordable, add a lack of available time to shop into the mix, and there – you and a white elephant might meet. Fear not, as Taylor Street is not just a wedding favors store. We have awesome gifts for the newly engaged — for both guys and gals (!) — and couples too.
But first, be aware of these rules of the road. There are different gifting moments, with different generally accepted gifts for each — beginning with the engagement announcement (engagement gift), then the bridal shower / bro-bath gift, and lastly the bachelorette / bachelor party gift.
I try to celebrate a friend’s engagement with an out-to-lunch treat, or a heartfelt card, like this one…
But, if there is an engagement party, do you “have to” bring a gift you ask? No, you don’t have to, but if your friend’s parents have put on a fairly wiz-bang catered event for the about-to-be-married, you absolutely will see other guests bringing gifts…so, yes, you ought to. These gift suggestions range from $35 to $55. Particularly if you know both of the newly engaged, think of gifts that a couple can enjoy together. It does not need to be “wedding-y”.
Bridal Shower / Bro-Bath Gifts
This is most definitely a party/gifting event, and is usually planned far enough in advance that the wedding registry is already available – potentially creating a dilemma – do you do your gifting based on the registry or gift “free-style”? If you keep the registry gift costs at the lower end, I like to not only buy something from the couple’s list, but then give a smaller, personal item too, particularly if I have not yet celebrated the engagement with a gift early on. These gifts ideas range from $15 to $150.
Bachelorette / Bachelor Party Gifts
As the last “blow-out” event of a bride or groom’s single days, the emphasis here is on fun and friends. Your gifts ought to reflect this. Depending on the cost sharing arrangement for this last party, your gift may have already been given – helping to pay for the event itself – a Las Vegas weekend can get pricey. If a gift is in order, gifts related to the honeymoon or travel are always welcome. These gifts can be priced all-over-the-place, but the ones I’ve noted range from $20 to $55.
There you have it – our selection of great quality gifts that are as nice to give as they are to receive. Party on and get gifting.
The absolute-must-have bridesmaid gift this fall is totes. Now, we all know, the tote does not have to be just for the bridal party – even though they do make great bridesmaids gifts. You should have one, your mom should have one, even your awesome gay BFF should have one! Taylor Street has all kinds of totes to choose from that can make exceptional birthday, anniversary and baby shower gifts. To start you off here are a few I think you will tote-ally love.
Starting with the Annie Stripe Tote. This is a beautiful and stylish bag that comes in Metallic Gold or Metallic Black. Fitting everything from gym shoes to a weekend getaway outfit. With a couple of books and a bottle of wine tucked into the interior pocket it’s the perfect I’m so getting out of town this weekend. bag. It can be personalized with a single initial to make it totally you. Built with burnished grommets and leather handles the gold stripes on natural canvas make this a stylish yet practical bag to have.
You can say a lot about the politics of Cruella Deville, but she rocked fashion. This black and white bag has all the markings of a 101 Dalmatian inspired tote. This on point canvas and lightweight bag with rope handles makes a great gift for the lover of all things black and white. It’s distinctive, comfortable and stylish. You’ll love being spotted with this Dalmatian tote at your side.
Another Black and White favorite – the Geo Prism Tote – Black on White. Personalized with a modern monogram this tote, with it’s rope handle, is tote-ally styling! This distinctive, lightweight canvas tote features a snap magnet closure and soft dual rope handles that provide comfort for the hands and the shoulders. Why get one just for the bridesmaids – you deserve something this beautiful too!
Everyone wants to get away for that weekend “up north” or “down south” trip, right? So, why not give a gift that suggests Grab me and go! This weekender tote features a removable cross-body strap, a zippered inner pocket with two open pockets, and faux leather accents. Perfect for causal and sophisticated travel plans. A versatile accessory that you, and your gift-y, will absolutely love.
We have many totes to choose from – Personalized, Black or Grey, Striped Canvas Oversized Weekender Tote, Tropical Beach Tote Bags, Gold Foil Team Bride Canvas Tote, Personalized Brown Faux Leather Weekender Tote and so many more. Here’s a quick search link to get you started. Whatever direction you choose to tote it will be totally totes. Yes, Yes I did just tote-ally do that.