A few months ago, I learned that a proposal was in the works for one of my best friends. Me being the (extremely) impulsive person I am, started thinking up engagement gift ideas from that very moment. While wine and gift cards are always good options, I immediately knew I wanted to put together an engagement gift basket with lots of fun goodies for her to enjoy. I scoured the internet for tons of ideas and gift basket themes, made a mile-long list of the items she might like, and did what I do best – shopped!
Putting together a basket is the perfect way to personalize a unique gift. And let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t love receiving a basket filled with fun, pretty things? To start, all you need is a cute basket or bucket, wedding magazines and/or planning books, and then extra gift items such as wine or champagne, picture frames, chocolates, a ring holder, nail polish, candles, and the list could go on and on! But if you’re having trouble thinking up ideas, consider the personality and interests of the bride-to-be and use one of these basket ideas as a guide.
Pair any of these themes with wedding magazines and/or books and you’ve got yourself the perfect engagement gift she’ll be totally into!
The wino: If she loves a good glass of wine, throw in some wine bottles, wine stoppers, tumblers, cheese, and of course, a great chocolate to pair.
The overachiever: Is she the girl that can’t stop making lists? Add in items like a wedding planner or datebook, Post-it notes, pens, and anything that she can use to stay organized!
The movie buff: We’re thinking wedding classics like The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses, Wedding Crashers, Bride Wars, and the holy grail of them all, Bridesmaids. Add in some popcorn, candy, maybe a bottle of wine, and she’ll be set for a perfect night of planning!
The girly-girl: For the girl that just wants pretty things! Include nail polishes, ring cleaner, a pretty frame, candles, bridal fashion magazines, and top it all off with a big bow.
The caffeine addict: To get her wired for a day of planning, include his and hers coffee mugs, Keurig cups or coffee bags, mini Baileys liqueur bottles, and yummy treats like Milano cookies or crackers.
The party queen: If she just likes to have a little fun, add in some cocktail mixes, mini liqueur bottles, his and hers glasses, a drink recipe book, and some cute napkins or coasters.
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Styling your besties in mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a huge trend for the past few years. And as popular as it still is, we’re slowly starting to see brides revert to having all of their girls dressed in the same style. So how do you decide what’s best for your own wedding? Here are some points to get you thinking about whether you should go the route of mismatched bridesmaid dresses or styling your girls in all the same look.
Romantic, elegant, and totally on-trend; we’re currently obsessing over Bordeaux bridesmaid dresses! Inspired by Marsala, Pantone’s 2016 color of the year, our newest color was created out of the need for a deep red with a romantic pink undertone. Literally, you guys, this color is everything we’ve ever dreamt of! Flattering on literally every skin tone, we think this is a color that your bridesmaids are easily going to fall in love with!
In my opinion, choosing your wedding colors is one of the hardest wedding decisions you’ll have to make. If you’re anything like me, you’re indecisive, overwhelmed by the amount of gorgeous color options, and your color preferences change on a weekly basis. How’s a girl to choose!?
Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.