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A Special Scent for All Your Wedding Stuff!

Photos: 5 Thirteen Designs

There’s no stronger trigger of emotion and memory than a particular, familiar smell. So here’s an idea: Give your wedding its own unique fragrance—one that will both set the tone for, and forever evoke memories of, your most important occasion, your one perfect day. Online custom stationery boutique 5 Thirteen Designs has just launched WedScents, a line of heavenly fragrance kits designed for the bride to delicately scent all of her wedding essentials—from save-the-dates to favors to fabric elements. A collection of four introductory fragrances includes Citrus Blossom (bright, crisp, outdoorsy), Forever Fresh (herbal, gardeny), Captivating Waters (cool, coastal) and our hands-down fave for Houston weddings, Radiant Glamour—a sexy, feminine blend of fresh-picked florals. Each set includes a mist-applicator fragrance bottle, application ideas and 25 themed note cards. We LOVE the idea of tucking these into your b’maids’ spa kits or gift bags, or using them for favors at your bridal shower or pre-wedding luncheon (did we mention that the packaging is beautiful?). Breathe deep, dolls. This is a fun one!!

2012 Bridal Runway: Bella Bridesmaid

We’ll be the first to admit, we’re on a bit of a b’maids kick this week—first with our bevy of vintage-inspired bridesmaid finds, and now with this lovely, frock-filled video clip of Bella Bridesmaid rocking the I Do! Bridal Soiree runway. And why shouldn’t we be? Our bridesmaids are our confidantes, accomplices, trusted advisors, shoulders to cry on and BFFs, but for REAL. Let’s all make sure they look smashing on our special day, shall we? It’s the least we can do for the best girls we know.

Gowns: Bella Bridesmaid ~ Video: A&A Video

Bridesmaids + Vintage = A Match Made in Heaven!

Got a bit of nostalgia for days gone by? One of the best ways to bring a vintage vibe into your wedding is with your bridesmaids. We’re crazy for e-shops ModCloth, Ruche and Posh Girl Vintage, which have zillions of 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s-inspired frocks. And where would we be without Etsy when we’re shopping for vintage clutches, shoe clips, charm bracelets, fascinators, lockets and boleros for our dear ’maids? For vintage-look footwear, we’re particularly fond of Kate Spade, Seychelles, Miz Mooz and the inimitable Betsey Johnson. Love the idea of a vintage look for your bridesmaids, but don’t know quite where to start? Locally, Bella Bridesmaid’s savvy consultants can suggest all kinds of ways to add vintage verve to your girls’ getups. So get ON that, now, would y’all?

For all of the week’s news, events, featured stories and hot style tips, plus entry details for our awesome 2-night Hotel Galvez midweek summer getaway giveaway, check out today’s Wedding Buzz!

Vintage Bridesmaids Inspiration ~ Houston Wedding Blog
Photos (From Top to Bottom, Left to Right) : BHLDN ~ Leela Purse ~ Endless ~ Twenty Six 7 ~ ModCloth ~ BeSomethingNew ~ Nordstrom ~ linen whites ~ Ruche

 

Etsy Envy: Bridesmaid Gifts

They’re there for you every step of the way, offering opinions when asked (OK, sometimes not when asked), agreeing to wear whatever frothy frock you choose, helping you with wedding prep chores at your whim, and occasionally talking you off the ledge of wedding planning indecision. That’s just what it means to be a bridesmaid. So please, be an exemplary bride, and show those amazing girls just how much you appreciate their patience, good humor, and most of all, their love. Etsy artisans make gracious bridesmaid gifting easy and, yeah, a heck of a lot of fun. We’ve hand selected our current favorite bridesmaid gifts to help you say “thank you” in style!
Etsy Envy: Bridesmaid Gifts ~ Houston Wedding Blog
1. Shop Memento ~ 2. JuJu Baju ~ 3. Tyra Handmade Jewelry 2 ~ 4. Delicacy J ~ 5. Brilliant Bashes ~ 6. Ickady Bags ~ 7. EmenGee Designs ~ 8. Anista Designs

Chic Tech Bridesmaid Gifts

Her iPod is practically a physical appendage. She can’t get enough of her Kindle Fire. She loves her iPhone almost as much as she loves you. Sound familiar? Rare is the bridesmaid who doesn’t adore her tech devices. So how about showing your maids how much you adore them with gifts that are both tech-friendly and totally chic? We love everything from chicBuds, but right now we’re wild about their new Fauvette “birdie” speakers, which’ll bring bling to BFF’s iPod, iPhone or other MP3 listening experience—along with four hours of quality speaker sound. Also new, and so freakin’ adorable we could scream: chicBuds ARTS patterned earbud cords—a first for the earbud market (and a fabulous bridesmaids’ gift, or part of a bachelorette-weekend essentials bag). For the many monogram-lovers among you (yeah, you know who you are), may we suggest Lipstick Shades’ preppie-chic monogram device cases and sleeves? Whether your bridesmaid is partial to her laptop, Blackberry, iPhone or Kindle, these guys have got a case, cover or sleeve she’ll love—even more because it’s personalized with her initials. And offered with your profound thanks. Aww…

Chic Tech Bridesmaid Gifts ~ Houston Wedding Blog
Photos: chicBuds (top 3 images), Lipstick Shades (bottom 2 images)