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    The “I Do Crew” …for those couples doing things a bit differently… .

    At our wedding reception with orange poppies

    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! 

    Personalized Bride Tribe Stemless Wine Glasses

    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.

    Non-traditional Processional

    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.

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    Please, no belt. Love, Suspenders

    Classic Suspenders | Autumn Harvest Design | Brown

    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.

    Button-On Suspenders

    Formal Suspenders | Royal Sapphire Design | Navy
    Item No. 8505 | JJ 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.

    Clip-On Suspenders

    Leather Suspenders | Chestnut Java Design | Brown
    Leather Suspenders | Chestnut Java Design | Brown
    Item No. 8502 | JJ Suspenders

    Style: Causal

    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.

    Leather Suspenders | Sierra Nevada Design | Dark Tan
    Leather Suspenders | Sierra Nevada Design | Dark Tan
    Item No. 8506 | JJ Suspenders

    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.

    Classic Suspenders | Navy Tides Design | Navy
    Classic Suspenders | Navy Tides Design | Navy
    Item No. 8499 | JJ Suspenders

    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.

    Formal Suspenders | Back to Black Design | Black
    Formal Suspenders | Back to Black Design | Black
    Item No. 8501 | JJ Suspenders

    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.

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    Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Make His Day – no tie needed.

    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”.

    Daddy Diaper Bag | $69.90


    Dads who always pretended to listen to everything we had to say.

    When Pigs Fly Cufflinks | $54.95


    Dads who carry pictures where their money used to be.

    Oxford Embossed Tri-fold Leather Wallet | $28.75


    Dads who make it easy to get a Father’s Day gift due to a psychotic love of golf.

    Custom Golf Shoe Bag | $25.30

    Dads, who are one of our favorite parents.

    Best Dad Black Stainless Steel Cufflinks | $59.95

    Dads who wear sawdust like glitter.


    And for Grandpa … since a Grandpa is just a dad with no rules.

    Monogrammed Cherry Wood Humidor | $60.95


    Dads, they’re like Moms, only cooler.

    2 pc. Personalized Gift Set with Wood Box | $27.45

    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.


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    Gift Giving – 5 Simple Rules for a Sane & Successful Shopping Season

    Photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash

    Photo by William Stitt on Unsplash

    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.

    Capiz Shell Candle Holder | Taylor Street Favors

    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.

    Photo by To a Heftier on Unsplash

    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.

    Personalized Turkish Towels | Taylor Street Favors

    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.

    Photo by Dakota Corbin on Unsplash

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    Inspiration through Fermentation

    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:

    Stemless, Etched

    Bordeaux Decanter Gift Set by Viski


    Too many wine glasses already? What about coasters.  Coasters can be cool.  These coasters are keepers, handmade hammered copper backed with black velvet.

    Hammered Copper Coasters


    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.

    The Wine Bible, available on Amazon.com


    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.

    Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board


    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.

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    Gifts for the Newly Engaged

    Engagement Photo provided by Nadine Cheetah of Cheetah Photography
    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.

    Engagement Gifts

    I try to celebrate a friend’s engagement with an out-to-lunch treat, or a heartfelt card, like this one…

    White Rose Love Is Love Card And Gift Box

    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”.

    Etched Whiskey Label Crystal Tumblers

    Stoneware Sake Set by Viski

    Personalized Red Picnic Cooler Set



    Hammered Metal Ice Bucket



    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.

    Stacked Initials with Date Leather Travel Diary

    Script Monogram Journal

    Personalized Vertical Bar Necklace

    Thomas Bracelet: Wood With Gold Skull

    Personalized Gold Edged Ring Dish

    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.

    Monogram Trucker Hat

    Personalized Moroccan Hanging Cosmetic Bag

    Personalized Turkish Cotton Robe

    Dalmatian Dot Tote – Black on White

    Personalized Black Travel Dopp Kit

    Personalized Canvas & Leather Messenger Bag

    The Force Awakens 3 Pair Socks Gift Set

    Personalized Men’s Black Travel Tie Case

    Canvas Weekend Bag with Pink Stripe

    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.


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    If It’s Good Enough For Mildred


    Source:  Live 5 News| live5news.com | Harve Jacobs, Reporter

    This is not another wedding planning checklist or must-have color palette recommendation.  I am not going to try to subconsciously guilt or shame you into some expensive wedding favor or table top decision.  Nope.  Just hoping to put a smile on your face in case you missed this, and spend a minute or two connecting the dots between Mildred, Taylor Street and me.

    Mildred Bowers likes beer.  A lot.  To celebrate her 103rd birthday coming August 31, NBC interviewed her about her daily pint.  When it’s 4PM in South Carolina where you live, raise your glass to Millie, who drinks a pint at the same time every day.

    So what’s the connection to Taylor Street — David’s and my journey into the wedding industry — and Mildred?  

    First the obvious product tie-in.  We sell a whole bunch of beer and barware items.  Personalized, theme-y, formal or country-chic, we have a stein, growler, flight, flask or glass for you to buy and drink with her in style.  

    The second reason has nothing to do with our products or Mildred’s beer habit.  It’s about our message.  When asked if everyone should adopt her daily beer ritual, she said,

    “Yes, if they like it.  Look, there are people who don’t like
    coffee and people who don’t like tea, but I want everyone
    to drink what they like”.

    She is reminding us that it is not “the thing” but the enjoyment “the thing” creates that is important.  We all do not need the same things to experience the same joy.

    The pressure to embrace, to strive — and ultimately — to spend is apparent in much of the wedding industry today.  Even counter-culture bridal and “real wedding” sites often nurture a sense of needing to one-up their most recent couple’s performance piece or chase the hottest new trend.

    I believe Mildred would encourage us all to stress less and enjoy our weddings, our family and our friends more.  

    Taylor Street is about encouraging you to celebrate as you are.  Our perspective is definitely more Sheryl Crow — “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.”  

    Sure, we like pretty stuff, cool stuff, well made stuff too.  We just want to offer it in a way that doesn’t make you feel inadequate about your {you can fill in the blank here – budget, sexual orientation, wedding theme, party favor, etc}.

    Let’s have some fun!  To Mildred!

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    Last minute gifts

    Still looking for that last minute perfect gift or stocking stuffer? We’ve found a few items that just might bring a little less stress to your holiday shopping.

    For the dog lover:

    Written by Cristina Amodeo $14.95

    Written by Cristina Amodeo

    At the Rizzoli Bookstore a beautiful collection of creative vision by Cristina Amodeo. Comparing drawings for dog lovers who love design and design lovers who love dogs.


    For the minimalist:

    $49.99 and up

    MINIMAL CHARGING DOCKS from Native Union
    from Native Union

    Sleek and Minimal plus they offer maximum versatility when recharging and using your device. Home or office; regardless the environment your are in Native Union’s docks with compliment the space.


    For the traveler:


    Personalized Leather Travel Diary at Taylor Street Favors
    at Taylor Street Favors

    Perfect for on the go creative doodlers. The leather casing, which can be personalized, is the ideal setting for documenting your travels for a journey you’ll never forget.


    For the kids:


    ZANY ZEBRA at Poketo Studio
    at Poketo Studio

    A 10″ Rattle or the 15″ Toy in bold stripes, mane and tail fringe, plus a squishy soft tummy at Poketo Studio is sure to please.

    How to buy: ZANY ZEBRA

    For the audiophile:


    at the Apple Store

    The Apple Store brings you the classic design of the Marshall Kilburn portable speaker, and yes, it looks as good as it sounds. Play music on the road from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod with up to 25 hours of playing time. Freedom never sounded so good!


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    Groomsmen Gift: Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set

    The Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set adds a rugged dimension to the traditional flask. Each set includes a 7 oz. stainless steel flask adorned in real leather, a handy funnel, and a pair of stainless steel shot cups. Custom engraving and gift packaging complete the personal touch. Available in Black or Brown leather wrap.

    For the next two days get 20% OFF on Groomsmen Gifts with code ‘GROOMSMEN’.

    Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set

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    Groomsmen’s Gift Idea: Watch Movement Cufflinks


    Time keeps on tickin’ with this classic watch movement cufflink set. A true collectors piece. Actual movements are taken from wind-up watches of the early to mid 20th Century. Featuring gears, levers and jewels, Ox & Bull Trading Co. Gunmetal Watch Movement Cufflinks allow you to wear engineering at its finest. A contemporary twist with a stylish gunmetal finish and sleek watch face. Take them to your local Engraver to add your personal message on the back to create a one-of-a-kind sentimental keepsake. Vintage wind-up watch movements.