20 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2019

Good news, lovebirds — your upcoming wedding day[1] or anniversary[2] isn't the only annual occasion dedicated to pampering your partner[3] and soaking up each other's awesomeness. Enter February 14, which (no pressure) also means you're tasked with finding a Valentine's Day gift for him that says "I love you" without veering into corny and cliché territory.

Despite knowing your guy better than anyone, finding the perfect gift never gets any easier, and the holiday dedicated exclusively to love certainly ups the shopping challenge. Whether he's a man who has everything or claims he's not the present type (as if), it's hard to get past the mushy motifs and chocolate-covered strawberries to hone in on something sentimental that he'll actually reuse. Just when you thought finding a wedding present[4] was hard....

Lucky for you, because we know that planning your big day[5] demands your undivided attention, we did the legwork for you and highlighted 20 of the best Valentine's Day gift ideas for him. Engaged to a cocktail connoisseur? They're bound to raise a glass to an ultrachic metallic shaker. In love with your binge watching buddy? They'd kill to cuddle up with Pinch Provisions' Binge-Watching Survival Kit. Taking on life with a fellow adventure seeker[6]? Go big with a classic bicycle in a holiday-appropriate hue. And for Valentine's Day traditionalists, we've found plenty of red hot (and literally red!) gifts and goodies. TBH, we discovered the best romantic Valentine's Day gifts for every to-be hubby.

There's no need to use V-Day as an excuse to break the bank, either (keep that wedding budget[7] intact!) — we've got you covered with love-inspired goodies as low as $8.50. Prepare to rule Valentine's Day with all of our favorite picks, completely fit for any dude.

References

  1. ^ upcoming wedding day (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ anniversary (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ pampering your partner (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ wedding present (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ planning your big day (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ adventure seeker (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ wedding budget (www.brides.com)

Here’s Everything You Need to Buy After You Get Engaged

The long-awaited moment has finally arrived—your partner popped the question[1]. Congrats! Once you've posted your obligatory glorious ring selfie[2] and told your mom the big news, it's time to get down to business and splurge on some much-needed pre-wedding swag. Here's everything you need to buy after you get engaged.

This new relationship status is a huge deal, so there are certain things you need to snag right after the engagement[3] in order to celebrate and plan your future wedding accordingly. From obnoxiously cute his-and-hers "Just Engaged" gear to chic wedding organizers that are bound to become your new best friend, check out our starter kit for everything you need to buy after you get engaged. Happy pre-marital shopping!

See more: 17 Engagement Party Decorations to Celebrate the Newly Betrothed Couple in Style[4]


The 56 Best Wedding Songs of 2018

Few things can define your reception quite like your music selection[1]. The stakes are high to please the crowd, and only the best will keep your guests tearing up the dance floor (nothing puts the fun in weddings quite like a good dance sesh). No pressure or anything! So, if you're getting married in the near future, you need to pick the best of the best wedding songs from 2018 to truly set the tone.

Whether you rented a live band or booked a DJ[2], it might seem like the easy way out to leave the music choices to your vendors. But having a say in your reception entertainment falls on the same level of importance as picking your dinner menu[3] or organizing seating arrangements[4]. There may be no stopping your estranged cousin Bob from requesting “Shout” or “Sweet Caroline,” but you can still aim to give your reception present-day vibes and keep the energy alive with our picks of the 56 best wedding songs of the year.

Big wigs like Drake[5], Cardi B, and Camila Cabello will have you covered as far as tunes that will entertain the top 40 crowd and magnify the excitement level. On the slower side of the spectrum, count your lucky stars that love song extraordinaire Michael Bublé as well as Leon Bridges produced new tracks this year to sashay to with your partner and/or parents. Plus, an entire compilation of revamped Elton John[6] hits from an assortment of your favorite artists make for plenty of wedding-worthy musical contenders.

From upbeat pop favorites to romantic (albeit somewhat nontraditional) first dance tunes, these beats will rally all the dancing queens (we see you, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Check out our full playlist of the best wedding songs of 2018, and stream it on Spotify[7] now.

Best Wedding Reception Songs 2018

Ranging from radio hits to fast-paced love songs, you can count on these selections to maintain a well-populated dance floor (just keep in mind some lyrics might not be grandmother-appropriate). Allow Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" to dethrone Beyoncé's iconic track as the next single ladies'[8] anthem, and "Congratulations" by Post Malone and Quavo to act as a celebration of your new marital status (...of sorts). Naturally, we had to throw in some softer melodies, as well, courtesy of Jason Mraz and John Mayer.

  • “The Middle,” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey
  • “Havana,” by Camila Cabello
  • “New Light,” by John Mayer
  • “Dancing Queen,” by Cher
  • “Make Me Feel,” by Janelle Monáe
  • “God’s Plan,” by Drake
  • “thank u, next,” by Ariana Grande
  • “Have It All,” by Jason Mraz
  • “no tears left to cry,” by Ariana Grande
  • “I Like It,” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin
  • “I’ll Be There,” by Jess Glynne
  • “These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Mackelmore, and Dan Caplen),” by Rudimental
  • “Girls Like You (feat Cardi B),”by Maroon 5
  • “My My My!,” by Troye Silvan
  • “Party For One,” by Carly Rae Jespen
  • “A Good Night,” by John Legend and BloodPop
  • “What Lovers Do (feat. SZA),” by Maroon 5
  • “Never Be The Same,” by Camila Cabello
  • “Lost in Japan," by Shawn Mendes
  • “Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line),” by Bebe Rexha
  • "Congratulations," by Post Malone and Quavo

Best Wedding First Dance Songs 2018

While there are plenty of old-school picks to kick off your first dance as newlyweds[9], keep it modern (and speed up the tempo) by choosing one of yours and your future spouse's favorite new romantic songs. We've covered it all, from jazz to country to alternative rock, so there's something for every couple's unique music taste.

  • “Beyond,” by Leon Bridges
  • “Diamonds or Twine,” by Ryan Hurd
  • “Born to Love You,” by LANCO
  • “Greatest Love Story,” by LANCO
  • “Speechless,” by Dan + Shay
  • “You + I,” by Young the Giant
  • “I’m With You,” by Vance Joy
  • “You Are The Reason,” by Calum Scott
  • “This Is It,” by Scotty McCreery
  • “All My Love,” by George Ezra
  • “Oh, What A World,” by Kacey Musgraves
  • “Your Song,” by Lady Gaga
  • “Parallel Line,” by Keith Urban
  • “I Found You,” by James Bay
  • “Fallin’ All In You,” by Shawn Mendes
  • “Come On, Come On,” by Dave Matthews Band
  • “My Love - 2018 Remaster,” by Wings
  • “Kingdom,” by Carrie Underwood
  • “S’Wonderful,” by Diana Krall and Tony Bennett
  • “Won’t Look Back,” by Josh Groban
  • “99 Years,” Josh Groban and Jennifer Nettles
  • “I Do,” by Morgan Evans
  • “I Only Have Eyes for You,” by Michael Bublé
  • “Unforgettable,” by Michael Bublé
  • “Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys),” by Justin Timberlake
  • “Dancing Away With My Heart,” by Dillon Carmichael
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Kina Grannis
  • “You’re All That I Need,” by Shannon Noll
  • “Here On Out,” by Dave Matthews Band

See more: The Wedding Songs Couples Most Frequently Ban From Their Receptions[10]

Best Wedding Father-Daughter Dance Songs 2018

There's certainly no shortage of classic, sentimental, and tear-inducing father-daughter dance song ideas[11] already. Instead, make your turn on the dance floor memorable with a new hit (or, a contemporary spin on a beloved ballad).

  • “Hold My Girl,” by George Ezra
  • “Tiny Dancer,” by Florence + The Machine
  • “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” by Josh Groban
  • “Dance With Me (feat. Kelsea Ballerini),” by Morgan Evans
  • “Fall On Me (feat. Matteo Bocelli),” by Andrea Bocelli
  • “Forever Now,” by Michael Bublé

References

  1. ^ music selection (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ live band or booked a DJ (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ dinner menu (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ organizing seating arrangements (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ Drake (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ Elton John (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ stream it on Spotify (open.spotify.com)
  8. ^ single ladies' (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ first dance as newlyweds (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ The Wedding Songs Couples Most Frequently Ban From Their Receptions (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ father-daughter dance song ideas (www.brides.com)

19 Engagement Congratulations Cards for All Your To-Be-Wed Friends

So, yet another one of your friends or relatives recently got engaged[1], huh? ('Tis the season, after all.) Instead of making a present for the newly betrothed an addendum to your already-miles-long upcoming holiday shopping list[2], celebrate with something simple (and just as sentimental)—an engagement congratulations card.

Yes, you're not obligated to buy an engagement gift[3] for the latest to-be-wed in your life (praise). However, if you still want to send your best wishes in the form of a few post-engagement goodies[4], go the extra mile and toss in a curated card with your own personal message scribbled inside. And, for those who scoff at snail mail[5], wait until you see the engagement card ideas we have in store that rival any present, hands down.

Just in time for the holidays (read: engagement season[6]), we come bearing 19 pre-wedding celebratory notes that both the sending and receiving ends will love. There's no shortage of punny picks, perfect for the humorous couple[7]. Take Party Mountain Paper's note, adorned with a drawing of love-song extraordinaire Adele[8] and lyrics from "Someone Like You" for the congratulatory message. Or, channel millennial-speak[9] through La Croix-inspired stationery from Paper Source. If you're close with the soon-to-be-bride, play up her new sparkler[10] via Idlewild Co.'s fitting "OMG" card. Seen this engagement coming for ages? Poke fun at the pair with a pretty-in-pink "At last" congrats note. And, finally, for those who just want the most straightforward route, merely opt for a money card with "Congratulations" plastered across the front.

The proof is in the stationery[11]—keep scrolling to see a few of our favorite engagement congratulations cards, all priced at $7 or less. Pro tip: keep this page bookmarked in preparation for an explosion of social media ring selfies[12] this winter (don't say we didn't warn you).

References

  1. ^ recently got engaged (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ holiday shopping list (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ engagement gift (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ post-engagement goodies (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ scoff at snail mail (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ engagement season (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ the humorous couple (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ Adele (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ millennial-speak (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ new sparkler (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ the stationery (www.brides.com)
  12. ^ social media ring selfies (www.brides.com)

24 Best Presents for the Bride and Groom Wedding Day Gift Exchange

Among one of the many longstanding, nuptial-related conventions[1] is the bride and groom wedding gift exchange on the day of (or bride and bride and groom and groom, of course!). This may not be on every couple's agenda, but it's one more little gesture of love (and a nice nerve-reducer[2]) before you and your soon-to-be-spouse exchange vows.

And, even if you've already overextended your wedding budget[3] (it happens to the best of us), you don't have to fork over an engagement-ring's worth of moolah[4] to make your present count. In fact, some to-be-weds even map out strict price limits for the exchange beforehand to keep it within a reasonable confine. It's truly all about the sentiment, even if the gift is something that can't be used until after the wedding[5].

With that being said, we rounded up 24 of the best wedding present ideas for the day-of gift exchange with your partner. For the bride, you can never go wrong with an extra touch of jewelry[6], which she can choose to sport down the aisle. We're especially enamored with EF Collection's subtle "Love" ring for a heartfelt showing of affection. Or, play on the something blue tradition[7], like a small periwinkle clutch that's big enough to house her day-of necessities[8]. As for the groom[9], finish off his wedding ensemble with a crisp pocket square from The Tie Bar, or sleek shades for an outdoor celebration. If he's more the nostalgic type, matching coffee mugs, courtesy of UncommonGoods, might be more on par. Or, perhaps the music buff will get a kick out of high-tech headphones for your honeymoon travels[10].

Either way, there's something fit to match any budget and style. Starting with ladies first, scope out our top bride and groom wedding present picks.

References

  1. ^ longstanding, nuptial-related conventions (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ nice nerve-reducer (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ overextended your wedding budget (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ engagement-ring's worth of moolah (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ after the wedding (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ extra touch of jewelry (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ the something blue tradition (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ day-of necessities (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ for the groom (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ honeymoon travels (www.brides.com)

How to Have a Plastic-Free Wedding: 6 Tips from an Ethical Wedding Consultant

Ever the modern bride, Princess Eugenie of York's royal nuptials made headlines just a few short weeks ago, not only for her stellar gown[1], but also for her decision to host a plastic-free wedding[2]. If royalty can make an effort to go green and eliminate plastic, then you and your partner easily can (and should), too. And, aside from participating in the very relevant straw-swapping crusade (#SaveTheTurtles and go metal), there are many other feasible ways to make your big day plastic-free.

For couples wanting to reduce their carbon footprints (or simply hop on the anti-plastic bandwagon because it's backed by a princess), we spoke with Praise Santos, photojournalist and founder of the Ethical Weddings[3] movement, which advises couples on ways to minimize their wedding-day impact[4]. Here, Santos offers her insight on the environmental benefits of a plastic-free wedding, as well as easy solutions and sustainable alternatives for a more eco-friendly celebration. And, if you're not yet fully sold on decreasing your wedding-day plastic use, we encourage you to read on for a likely change in mentality.

Why Go Plastic-Free?

Santos cited data[5] that a culmination of plastic twice (twice!) the size of Texas is currently drifting through the Pacific Ocean. Please let that sink in for a moment.

"It's our responsibility as citizens to use less and less materials that will contribute to this 'floating state,'" she says. "There's so many great alternatives out there for plastic."

How to Eliminate Plastic on Your Wedding Day

From your dress (yes, there's typically plastic involved) to your dinnerware, Santos dishes on easy ways to remove this material from your wedding.

Start With the Right Vendors

Going plastic-free starts with researching teams[6] that can bring your vision to life. “When a couple is planning their wedding, a big thing is to ask vendors ahead of time…if they recycle or have alternatives,” says Santos. She adds that it’s also important to see if your venue offers on-site recycling bins or can provide recycling containers. A quick “eco-friendly wedding planners” Google search is a step in the right direction.

Rely on Reusable Cups and Straws During Cocktail Hour

“You have to estimate that guests will have at least two drinks per hour,” Santos says. “So, if you have 100 guests, that's already 200 drinks.” That's a lot of plasticware.

A more earth-friendly alternative that your nearest and dearest will also love? A real-life bride and close friend of Santos gave each wedding attendant their own glass cup at cocktail hour[7] to use for the evening. Instead of a bartender, guests refilled their own glasses from premixed cocktail stations. Reusable cups, along with metal or aluminum straws, can also double as wedding favors[8], with plenty of post-wedding shelf life.

Shop for Eco-Friendly Wedding Ensembles

Surprise—you may not be aware that certain synthetic fabrics, like polyester, involve plastic. As with your vendors, mapping out sustainable clothing brands[9], especially ones that use compostable fabrics, for your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses is key. Santos recommends Celia Grace[10], an ethical wedding dress brand that creates gowns from materials like pineapple fibers (who knew!?). Or, there's Reformation[11], whose sustainability-focused collection doesn't fall short on style and affordability. According to Santos, the brand even delivers your order in an eco-friendly garment bag.

Ditch Plastic Garment Bags

Speaking of, plastic garment bags for bridesmaid dresses will probably get tossed in the bridal suite trash can shortly after hair and makeup[12]. Encourage your girls to bring their own reusable gown storage in order to decrease your plastic use. Or, consider giving them garment bags as bridesmaid gifts[13].

Store Favors in Reusable Bags

The same sentiment goes for your wedding favors, especially if you're treating guests to an edible gift. "A lot of food is bought in bulk at the grocery store in [plastic] bags," says Santos. "I know couples who have done DIY wedding food favors, and even then it’s about using compostable bags."

Rentals. Rentals. Rentals

One of the easiest solutions for swapping out plastic starts with your dinnerware. Rely on reusable rentals[14] or, Santos suggests, look for utensils made from environmentally friendly materials, like bamboo or palm leaves.

See more: 17 Eco-Friendly Labels to Shop for Your Bridal Wardrobe[15]

Ultimately, if you plan to eliminate plastic at your wedding, Santos advises seeking eco-friendly safety in numbers. "Find a community of people who are in this, too, because trying to do it alone is really hard," she admits. "Whenever you're doing something that's a bit against the grain, finding other people makes a big difference." On the bright side, though, a passion for going green[16] has been on the rise recently, so you shouldn't be too hard-strapped finding fellow plastic-free enthusiasts before your big day.

References

  1. ^ her stellar gown (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ host a plastic-free wedding (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Ethical Weddings (ethical-weddings.com)
  4. ^ minimize their wedding-day impact (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ data (www.usatoday.com)
  6. ^ researching teams (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ cocktail hour (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ wedding favors (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ sustainable clothing brands (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ Celia Grace (www.celia-grace.com)
  11. ^ Reformation (www.brides.com)
  12. ^ hair and makeup (www.brides.com)
  13. ^ bridesmaid gifts (www.brides.com)
  14. ^ reusable rentals (www.brides.com)
  15. ^ 17 Eco-Friendly Labels to Shop for Your Bridal Wardrobe (www.brides.com)
  16. ^ passion for going green (www.brides.com)

14 Save the Dates From Etsy for Every Wedding Style

This is it—the official start of your wedding stationery[1] moment (#PaperPower)! Your save the dates[2] not only inform potential guests of when to mark their calendars, but they also set the tone for the style of your upcoming nuptials. Essentially, think of these cards as your wedding's first impression. We'd be lying if we said there's no pressure, but that's where Etsy comes in to be your save the date saving grace.

In addition to offering quite possibly anything wedding-related you could ever need (invites[3]! photo props[4]! wedding menus[5]!), the online craft haven has no shortage of elegant save the date cards, fit to match your big day's vibe[6]. Requesting your guests to venture to a tropical locale for your destination ceremony[7]? Set the tone with Seahorse Bend Press' pineapple card. Planning to go the minimal route[8]? Cocoa and Mint Studio's black and white initial stationery couldn't be more perfect. If traditional save the date cards don't seem up your alley, mix it up with a glamorous magnet, courtesy of Oak Street Press. You can even pay homage to your venue's geographic location with a custom map design from Sterling Stripes. Feeling inspired yet?

Get a move on your wedding cards[9] and check out our roundup of 15 save the dates from Etsy. You may even find a viable vendor for your actual invites[10], as well.

References

  1. ^ wedding stationery (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ save the dates (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ invites (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ photo props (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ wedding menus (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ big day's vibe (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ destination ceremony (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ minimal route (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ wedding cards (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ actual invites (www.brides.com)

Wedding After-Party Planning: How to Host a Budget Friendly Celebration

You know the saying—after the party comes the after-party[1], and this has been holding true for more and more weddings recently. Couples are by no means obligated to host their guests for a wedding after-party but, think about it—who wouldn't want to prolong one of the biggest days of their lives, surrounded by friends and family!?

Even if finances are holding you back or you can't fathom planning yet another wedding-related event, fear not. We chatted with Serena Merriman of Merriman Events[2], the New York–based planner behind Harley Viera-Newton's nuptials[3], who fully makes the case for hosting a postreception soiree. "In general, I haven’t done a wedding yet without one," Merriman admits.

If you're still skeptical of the after-party trend, know that that you don't have to allocate extensive funds to the cause, or pull out all the decor stops[4] to satisfy your partygoers. Here, Merriman offers hassle-free tips on planning a postwedding bash for the books (without breaking the bank[5], that is).

Why Host an After-Party in the First Place?

For couples hosting weddings at venues that close on the earlier side, like 10 or 11 p.m., Merriman advises that the festivities migrate to another locale, especially if the guest list largely includes a younger crowd.

"It’s another opportunity for you to personalize your day and show your personalities[6]," she says. "It’s a wedding—it’s the biggest party you're going to have for yourself. You’re spending a lot of time and consideration. Why not go big and make a night of it?" We concur.

The only situation when an after-party might not be the best idea? "If you’re at a venue that allows you to stay until 1 or 2 [a.m.] and you choose an after-party to start at 11 [p.m.], you’re essentially breaking up the party, which can be a buzzkill," warns Merriman.

The key is to make sure guests are fully informed if you choose to add an after-party to your wedding agenda. Notify your nearest and dearest through a separate insert within your wedding invitation suite[7] (avoid advertising it on your formal invites), or send out a mass e-vite[8].

Where to Host an After-Party

It all depends on your wedding reception venue and guest count[9], but it's essential to scope out an after-party spot that's nearby. Wedding attendants will likely appreciate a change of pace and scenery—however, pick somewhere within a 15 minute radius. Otherwise, partygoers will start to trickle off. You can even consider migrating to a separate area within your reception locale.

Size matters, too—the smaller and more intimate the venue, the better. "Dancing[10] is always more fun if you’re in a smaller space," says Merriman. "You don't want it to feel empty, and you have to assume that half your guests won't make it. Find something cozy."

How to Host a Budget-Friendly After-Party

Thankfully, after already wowing guests at the ceremony and reception, the stakes aren't nearly as high for a postwedding affair. "The great thing about an after-party is that it’s later in the evening and you’ve already had a great party and spoiled everyone," says Merriman. "I don’t think there’s high expectations—you don’t need to spend a lot of money[11] on decor or food. People just want to have drinks and great music[12]."

In terms of booze, if you alerted guests of the after-party beforehand, the expectation is likely that you and your S.O. will be footing the bill (unless you're headed to a bar). However, you can get around this in a more budget-friendly manner. For example, offer to pay for a signature cocktail[13] of sorts and establish a cash bar for the rest of the beverages. Or, set a time limit—cover the after-party drink costs for an hour, then leave the rest up to your guests. Late-night food[14] could also be a plus (your friends and family have been drinking for a while...), but Merriman considers this the least important postreception component.

After-party decorations are hardly worth your time and money (read: no flowers necessary), but you can easily (and affordably) contribute to the vibe with a few party staples[15]. Take Viera-Newton's post-reception celebration—Merriman decorated with balloons, gold glitter, and tinsel. Guest accessories, like plastic glasses or crowns, can also be a thoughtful additive if you're looking to add some pizazz but, again, aren't mandatory.

See more: How to Budget for the Honeymoon You Both Want[16]

If an after-party still isn't up your alley, Merriman advises having a backup option after your reception regardless. "Even if you're not going to have an official one, have a plan for where people can go to keep the party going," she says.

References

  1. ^ the after-party (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ Merriman Events (merrimanevents.com)
  3. ^ Harley Viera-Newton's nuptials (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ all the decor stops (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ breaking the bank (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ show your personalities (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ wedding invitation suite (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ mass e-vite (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ guest count (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ Dancing (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ spend a lot of money (www.brides.com)
  12. ^ great music (www.brides.com)
  13. ^ signature cocktail (www.brides.com)
  14. ^ Late-night food (www.brides.com)
  15. ^ party staples (www.brides.com)
  16. ^ How to Budget for the Honeymoon You Both Want (www.brides.com)

14 Fall Wedding Favors from Etsy to Get Your Guests in the Autumn Spirit

The fall season is one of the most popular periods[1] throughout the year to host a wedding. With crisp outdoor venues, the changing leaves dominating as photo backdrops[2], and the potential for long sleeve gowns[3], we can see why this season is coming out on top in terms of wedding dates. Oh, and let's not forget about the plethora of warm fall cocktails (spiked apple cider[4], anyone?) that make for brilliant photo ops and cozy guests.

Aside from beverages, there are plenty of other ways to help spread the fall fascination with your nearest and dearest, and one of the best places to start is with seasonally themed wedding favors[5]. Another fall wedding perk is that you have immeasurable options for guest thank-you gifts that they'll actually reuse. A maple syrup–scented candle[6], for example, will encourage everyone to curl up at home with a good book post-wedding. It truly wouldn't be fall without mention of pumpkins[7], making pumpkin spice soap favors feel all the more appropriate. And if you're having an outdoor ceremony[8], blankets for your friends and family can be put to good use during the wedding itself. For temporary treats, appeal to your guests' taste buds with the best sweets the season has to offer, like mini pies (on a stick!) and vintage jars of honey.

To further inspire your gift giving creativity before your big day, we come bearing 14 fall wedding favors from Etsy, each just as likely to inspire a hearty dose of autumn nostalgia from your guests.

References

  1. ^ one of the most popular periods (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ dominating as photo backdrops (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ long sleeve gowns (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ spiked apple cider (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ wedding favors (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ candle (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ pumpkins (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ outdoor ceremony (www.brides.com)

16 Wedding Thank You Notes You Can Buy Right Now

Post-wedding[1], your home is probably the most well-stocked it's ever been, thanks to a brand new blender from Aunt Peggy, sheets from your in-laws, and that dinnerware set[2] you've been fawning over from mom and dad. So, you know what that means—it's officially wedding gift thank you note time (cue involuntary cringe).

Wedding thank you etiquette[3] (yes, this is a thing) decrees that one to three months after the ceremony is the proper timeline to have them mailed and ready to go. So, to prevent you from procrastinating any further (we know this is the last thing on your mind amid your newlywed bliss[4]), we're here to assure you that writing cards to your friends and family doesn't have to be a chore, as long as you have the right stationery. Sure, repeating "Thank you so much for the ____" over and over is going to lead to a hand cramp and a glass of wine regardless, but it's not so bad when you're putting pen to paper that's actually, dare we say it, pretty cute.

Whether you prefer the personalized route[5] or simply just a standard "Thank You" card, we've got the stationery for you with our roundup of 16 thank you notes. There's no shortage of cool, customized cards with yours and your spouse's names, like Bailey and Beau Paper Co.'s pretty vintage-inspired stationery. If you fancy yourself a photo-infused card to flaunt those wedding pics, there's a modern template that's perfect for your favorite black and white snapshot[6] from Blanche Paperie. Or, if "Thank You" just seems too passé, switch up the wordage with Paper Refinery's elegant "Love & Gratitude" card. You can even match your wedding color scheme[7] to your notes thanks to JP Stationery's watercolor paper products. Either way, you can't go wrong with a decorative (or simple!) thank you card that speaks to yours and your partner's styles.

References

  1. ^ Post-wedding (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ dinnerware set (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ thank you etiquette (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ newlywed bliss (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ personalized route (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ favorite black and white snapshot (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ wedding color scheme (www.brides.com)