7 Personal DIY Bridesmaid Gifts

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DIY bridesmaid gift locket with note

Bridesmaids gifts are not only a thank you for helping you with and through your wedding. They are also a token of friendship. Making your bridesmaids gifts yourself can be a great way to create something personal and meaning that can be cherished by your bridesmaids after your wedding day.

Here are some ideas for DIY bridesmaids gifts:

DIY pearl ribbon necklace

DIY Pearl and Ribbon Necklace (or Bracelet)

Jewelry is a great gift for bridesmaids as they can wear it on your wedding day and afterward as a remembrance. With a handmade ribbon and pearl necklace or bracelet you can choose your bridesmaid’s favorite color for the ribbon. Find the tutorial for this ruffled necklace on YouTube by Made by Marzipan and a simpler version on Flax and Twine. {Photo by Fabricate by Anna}


DIY gift locket with note

Vintage Locket with Personal Note

What’s more personal than telling someone what they mean to you? We recently created a set of bridesmaid gift bookmarks with a personal note from the bride. And in that same vein, I love this locket idea with a personal note inside. Choose a locket style for each of your bridesmaids, and add your own special note, quote or inside joke. Find the secret note tutorial at 100 Layer Cake.


DIY handmade journals

Handmade Journals or Albums

For bridesmaids who love to write, journal or scrapbook, a handmade journal can be really special. Create meaningful covers from decorative papers, photo collages of past experiences or favorite quotes. I found the above journal kit from Erin Zam on Etsy or you can learn how to make your own simple journal from Samantha Hahn’s Maquette blog.


DIY vintage tin candle gift

Handmade Vintage Tin Candle

Create personal candles for each of your bridesmaids from vintage tins. Depending on their personality, tins you choose can range from classically beautiful to gloriously kitschy. Find the step-by-step tutorial at Design Sponge.


DIY bath salts gift

DIY bath fizzers gift

DIY Bath Pampering Set

Give your bridesmaids the gift of relaxation with a personalized bath pampering set. Choose her favorite scents, oils and colors to make a truly tailored gift. Find the bath salts tutorial at The Craftinomicon and the bath fizzing bomb tutorial at Garden Therapy.


DIY apothecary bottle

DIY Apothecary Bottle

For your bridesmaids who love glamour, hand decorated apothecary or perfume bottles could be a special gift. There are many shapes and sizes available. Provide them empty for her to fill, or fill them yourself with favorite bath oils or scents. Find the tutorial including label printable at Bridal Guide.


handmade business card wallet

Handmade Business Card Holder or ID Wallet

From sweet to sassy create business card or ID wallets that fit your bridesmaids’ personalities. These holders above feature beautiful Japanese papers.  But you can make holders from a variety of things, including fabric, a favorite cartoon or vintage book pages. Find the tutorial at Ume Origami.

Find more DIY inspiration and tips here, or follow our DIY wedding board on Pinterest.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}



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Beach Wedding Theme Inspiration: Seahorses

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seahorse hand stamped silverware spoon

If you are looking for a more unusual theme for a beach wedding, consider seahorses. There’s something really sweet and charming about seahorses compared to the more popular beach theme icons starfish and sand dollars. They are also especially cute for theme bridal and baby showers.

It is commonly said that seahorses mate for life. And while that isn’t actually always true, the kissing seahorse is still a lovely image. {photo credit above by Beach House Living}

Here is some wedding inspiration for a seahorse theme:

hand knit seahorse cake topper

elegant beach seahorse starfish sand dollar wedding cake

Seahorse Cake Toppers

Cake design can match your personality and the mood of your wedding, so seahorse toppers can go DIY or elegant and still work. The knit seahorse toppers were hand made by the bride.

{Photos: Hand knit cake toppers via Fat Orange Cat Studio; Beach wedding cake via Ralph and Jenny on Flickr}


starfish or seahorse beach fan wedding program

seahorse wedding place card

seahorse cameo wedding invitation

Seahorse Stationery

Establish your wedding theme for guests and keep it up throughout the ceremony and reception with wedding stationery featuring seahorse designs.

{Photos: Fan Wedding Program and Layered Invitation by Imbue You Wedding; Seahorse cut place card by Timeless Paper}


Seahorse bridesmaid jewelry for beach wedding

Seahorse hair clip for beach wedding

Seahorse Accessories

It’s not necessary for everyone in the wedding party to wear your theme, but little touches here and there, from cuff links to jewelry, can bring a seahorse theme to life.

{Photos: Seahorse necklace by Shop Something Blue; Seahorse hair comb by Waikikixox}


Die cut Seahorse favor box

beach wedding seahorse favor cookies

Seahorse favors

It’s a nice touch to give your guests a reminder of your theme to take home with them. That can be done simply with a seahorse themed favor tag or more elaborately with a seahorse container or cookie favor.

{Photos: Laser cut seahorse favor box by Kat Blu Studio; Seahorse cookies by A Cookie Jar}

Get more beach wedding ideas, or follow our beach wedding board on Pinterest.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}



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Tips for Formal Wedding Invitation Wording

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Imbue You purple red gold indian wedding invitation wrap

One of most important indicators of what type of wedding you are having is your invitation wording. So when your wedding is a more formal affair, your invitation wording can help you communicate that.

The key is to spell out the date and time. Visually, you should consider more formal fonts, such as elegant scripts and serif fonts or all-cap block fonts.

Additional tips, courtesy of Emily Post:

  • Technically “honour of your presence” is used for weddings inside places of worship, while “pleasure of your company” is used for other venues.
  • For weddings not on the hour “half after” is preferred over “half past” or “four-thirty”
  • “In the afternoon”, or “in the evening” is not technically needed. But almost everyone does it, and I think it adds to the formality.
  • When spelling out the year, “and” is not needed, and the year is not capitalized.


When the bride’s parents are hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Ellen Marie
Franklin Matthew
son of
Mr. and Mrs. James Myles
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at half after four in the afternoon
Berea Lutheran Church
2200 East Oliver Street
Baltimore, Maryland


Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
request pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter
Ellen Marie Thomas
Mr. Franklin Matthew Myles
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland


When the both sets of parents are hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. James Myles
request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children
Ellen Marie
Franklin Matthew
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland


When the couple is hosting

Ms. Ellen Marie Thomas
Mr. Franklin Matthew Myles
request the pleasure of your company at their marriage
Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

Looking for less formal wording, or wording inspiration for destination weddings? See this post: Unique Invitation Wording Ideas for Destination Weddings. See other wording tips here.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}


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Purple and Gold Island Wedding with a Twist

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My wedding is in December in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The wedding colors are purple and gold and my theme is traditional with a twist. My question is how do I incorporate the island destination with these colors and my theme.



I would say that people actually see shapes before they see color. So I would suggest that if you want an island feel, you can do that with your colors as long as you use shapes in your designs that relate to an island feeling, such as palm leaves, tropical flowers, etc.

Also it might be nice to incorporate more “twist” elements into your wedding design, so that guests understand that it’s not a typical traditional wedding. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.


monogram tropical invitation by Imbue You

This is our new tropical wrap wedding invitation. We usually feature this design with a plumeria flower design, but have replaced it here with one of our monogram designs for a more traditional look. See the original tropical invitation here.

beaded bridal hair piece by BeadFloraJewels

Another way to show the uniqueness of your wedding is to use unusual materials. Here an island flower is handmade as a bridal hair piece from beads. This design is by BeadFlora.

different bridesmaid dresses by thejerseymaid

Another idea is to have your bridesmaid dresses be the same color and basic shape for a traditional look, but slightly different styles for a twist. These bridesmaid dresses are from The Jersey Maid.

spiral wedding seating arrangement

Everyone has a great seat with a spiral seating arrangement. It’s definitely something different, but not too different for a traditional wedding. This photo is by Gideon Photography via b.loved.

monogram tropical thank you by imbue you

We’ve begun doing these thank you cards for couples having destination weddings. I love the idea of these. Weddings after all are about sharing a special day with the people who mean the most to you. A card like this shows your appreciation for your family and friends, especially if they’ve traveled to share your wedding day. You can display it on plates during dinner, or in welcome bags for out of town guests.


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Mexican Wedding Inspiration: Vintage Folk

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mexican wedding vintage altar

Destination weddings in Mexico are a beautiful experience. And if you would like that experience to have a more homespun, romantic feeling, consider Vintage Folk Mexican Wedding inspiration.

For Mexican Vintage Folk, think authentic Mexican folk or art pieces, peasant dresses, lots of flowers, some rustic flair, handmade touches and lots of color.

This wedding altar above is a great example the Vintage Folk style. The flowers have a handmade feel, and they are paired with wood. The colors are also very joyous {Photo by Daisy Varley Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

mexican embroidery wedding dress

mexican peasant dress bridesmaids

peasant dress for flower girl

Peasant Dresses

You can incorporate peasant dresses with a bridal gown, your bridesmaids or flower girl. For a more fun and funky feeling go with the traditional embroidery and more colorful look. For a more classic or romantic look you can opt for the shape of a peasant dress in lighter shades or white, like the flower girl dress above on the left.

{Photos:  Embroidery wedding dress from www.aidacoronado.com; bridesmaid peasant dress photo by Daisy Varley Photography; flower girl dress on the left by Sun Love Shirts; on the right by Elizabeth Palmer}


Mexican Folk wedding invitation by Imbue You

Mexican Folk RSVP by Imbue You

Mexican Folk Inspired Wedding Invitations

You can also capture the feeling of embroidery, peasant dresses or Mexican art through your wedding stationery design. Repeating your invitation design at your ceremony and reception with wedding programs, table numbers, seating cards or menus will pull together your entire look.

{Photos: Invitations by Imbue You Wedding}

mexican beaded necklace

beaded necklace

Mexican Jewelry

You also can pull in a vintage folk look through accessories, including Mexican style jewelry. With the variety in beaded necklaces and bracelets you can find your style from funky to elegant.

{Photos: top beaded necklace by Favored Memories; lower beaded necklace by JustineJustine}


bridal flower crown

floral ties groom and groomen

floral cookies favors


Flowers really do complete a Mexican vintage folk style. Vary the flower types and colors for a true vintage folk look, or sprinkle flowers in new ways throughout your wedding. Floral cookies, for instance, would make adorable favors.

{Photos: Floral crown with DIY tutorial at Green Wedding Shoes; floral groom and groomsmen ties by Cyberoptix; Floral cookies by The Art of Cookies}

handmade Mexican wedding signs

vintage Mexican peasant bookends

Mexican wedding custom maracas

Touches of Mexico

A Mexican vintage folk wedding theme is really about celebrating Mexican culture, and finding ways to incorporate it into your own love story.  Vintage finds and Spanish sayings can decorate your reception decor. And one of my favorite touches is shaking maracas at the first kiss, or to make the couple kiss at the reception. It could even be a fun send off.

{Photos: Spanish signs: Ashley Maxwell Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; Vintage bookends: Valentina’s Vintage; Custom maracas by Mishka Designs via Elizabeth Medina Photography}

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