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Dragonfly Gift Ideas and Free Gift Tags

Today’s post starts with a little background story before I share all about Dragonfly Gift Ideas. Did you know dragonflies are often associated with joy and happiness due to their positive meaning? story continues below

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Natural Beauties Dragonfly Necklace from Waxing Poetic for Bridesmaids Gifts and Mother of the Bride and/or Groom. Click to Download your Free Dragonfly Thank You Gift Tags. As seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog #jewelrydesign #jewelrymaking #dragonfly #bridesmaids #motherofthebride

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In many cultures, dragonflies are considered a symbol of good luck. I love knowing this as I have always loved them and my daughter had gifted me with a dragonfly necklace that I would wear everyday. One day the chain broke from my dragonfly charm and I honestly felt lost without it. That was until I was able to find the perfect replacement - this gorgeous Natural Beauties Dragonfly Necklace from Waxing Poetic. I now have a very special dragonfly necklace that I can wear daily again.

Pretty Dragonfly Necklace made from recycled silver and precious metals from Waxing Poetic. Makes the perfect bridesmaids gift or gift for the mother of the bride or groom. As seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog #jewelrydesign #jewelrymaking #dragonfly #bridesmaids #motherofthebride #jewelry #giftideas

Call me crazy, but I honestly feel more energized wearing my dragonfly as “The Spirit of the Dragonfly” is said to remind us that anything is possible.

Along with this dragonfly necklace, Waxing Poetic also has many other beautiful pieces to choose from are made from recycled silver and precious metals. Their quality jewelry designs makes the perfect gifts for bridesmaids and of course the mom of the bride or groom.

Free Printable Dragonfly Thank You Gift Tags. The prettiest way to add the finishing touch to your gift package. Pairs perfectly with the dragonfly necklace from Waxing Poetic - come see the full review on Brenda's Wedding Blog and download your free dragonfly gift tags #dragonfly #gifttags #printables #printable #freeprintables #freebie

Don’t forget to add the finishing touch to your Waxing Poetic jewelry box with these dragonfly thank you gift tags that you can download below, for free.

Styling, Design & Photography by Brenda of Brenda's Wedding Blog and Festive Fetti

Exclusive Bridal Gift Sets with The Garter Girl and Marigold Grey

The Garter Girl, created by Julianne, is known for her Stylish Wedding Garters & Modern Heirloom Bridal Garter. I'm loving that she's now collaborating with artisan gift designer, Jamie of Marigold & Grey, to bring you two exclusive bridal gift sets that you will love.

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Each curated bridal gift box comes with one of Julianne's stylish wedding garters tucked inside. There’s the Blush Gift Set and the Something Blue Gift Set. Wait until you see the goodies tucked inside each of the boxes.

This is the ultimate blush gift for the bride. It's the perfect gift choice for a bridal shower or something special for the bride. This gift box includes a modern heirloom bridal garter and carefully curated surprises that are sure to spoil the bride-to-be.

This Blush Wedding Gift Box includes a pine wood slide-top box, one “For the Bride to Be” calligraphy gift tag, gold lettered Mrs. mug, Petite Four bath bombs, Formulary 55 body scrub, candle in French lavender scent, and two gold polka dot matchboxes.

This something blue bride gift is the perfect choice for an engagement present or a bridal shower gift. The bride to be will love the thoughtful treats that are tucked inside with the pretty bridal garter.

This Something Blue Wedding Gift Box includes a whitewashed seagrass basket, a “Something Blue” calligraphy gift tag, Essie nail polish in “Borrowed & Blue”, Rosebud salve, Plum Pretty Sugar eye mask, and Sugarfina Champagne Bubbles gummies.

How to Say Congratulations on Your Engagement with Confetti

We're in the middle of Engagement Season and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, you're likely looking for a fun and unique way to Say Congratulations on Your Engagement to the lucky couple.

Well, I can help you with that . . . I have created a super fun way to celebrate the upcoming "I Do's" and it's with my custom festive-fetti™ confetti.

These fun bags of custom colored confetti are meant to celebrate the newly engaged status of your family member or friend and say "congratulations on your engagement".

PS: Many wedding planners even purchase these confetti bags to congratulate their brides when they book their wedding with them.

Since some of the best surprises are the small, unexpected ones - wouldn't it be fun to surprise the newly engaged couple or even the bride on her bridal shower day with a cute bag of festive-fetti™? This package comes with a shiny silver or gold diamond and the confetti is in the colors you choose {up to 3 colors}.

You're probably curious what you can do with festive-fetti™, right? How about some of these ideas . . .
• surprise a bride-to-be on her bridal shower day with a confetti bag inserted into her card or present
• sprinkle the confetti around the bottom of the bride-to-be's dessert at her bridal shower {please note, festive-fetti™ is not edible - just a fun decoration}
• have the bride to be either toss the festive-fetti™ in the air or blow it from her hands at her bridal shower or engagement session for a priceless photo
• place the festive-fetti™ inside of a clear balloon before filling it with air
• use festive-fetti™ as the added packaging for the present
• use the confetti to embellish cards or gift tags

festive-fetti™ Bag Details: Comes in a clear bag ready for gifting to the lucky couple or bride-to-be — with the saying "Congratulations on your Engagement" on the paper insert.

For an additional $2 you can even add a custom saying to the paper insert to personalize the bag of confetti with the names of the couple. There is about 1 cup of confetti in each bag.

Shipping is within the USA. It's free and ships via first class mail within one week of ordering. Please allow up to 10 days to receive your order from shipment. All orders over $40 receive a free upgrade to USPS Priority Mail.

15 Wedding Toasting Glasses to Say Cheers in Style

When it comes to saying Cheers at your wedding, there’s so many amazing designs of personalized toasting glasses available. There’s styles just for the bride and groom or you can personalize an entire set of toasting flutes for the bridesmaids. You can even ask your girlfriends to be your bridesmaid with a toasting glass.

Today I have gathered a great collection of handmade wedding toasting glasses for you to choose your favorite{s} from - each one customized for you from etsy artists. Which one{s} will you be toasting with at your engagement party or wedding reception?

PS: If you spend $50 or more on your first-ever purchase at etsy, you will receive $10 towards your next purchase. But, hurry as this offer ends December 12th, 2016.

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1. These Bridesmaid Proposal Champagne Flutes can be personalized with your choice of names, titles and date - from Flowertown Weddings

2. Stemless Wine Glasses for Bridesmaids : A perfect choice for your wine enthusiast bridesmaids, mothers, grandmothers, or even as wedding favors.

3. Personalized Wine Glass : Surprise your bridesmaids with a truly unique hand painted wine glass. Flower bouquets, names and dates, titles or other personalized sayings. Can be added at no additional cost.

4. Etched Bridesmaid Wine Glass : Laser etched glassware starting at $10

5. Personalized Beer Mugs for the Wedding Party

6. Personalized Eat Drink and Be Married Wine Glass : Beautiful stemless wine glasses that you can customize to your liking. Makes an elegant addition to your wedding day.

7. Bride and Groom Wedding Glasses : These customized Bride and Groom Wedding glasses would be adorable at the couple's table for the reception.

8. Hand-painted Lace Wedding Flutes : These wedding flutes are hand painted with acrylic paint and decorated with white lace, black bow with rhinestones

9. Personalized Bridesmaid Wine Glasses : Laser etched wine glasses with a pretty feather motif

10. Rose Gold Dipped Stemless Champagne Flutes : Pretty glass flutes with a rose gold dipped bottom

11. Hand-Painted Wedding Toasting Flutes : Made to resemble the bride and groom

12. Rustic Chic Champagne Flutes : Toasting glasses with handmade flowers and bead accents.

13. Mr and Mrs Toasting Glasses : These glasses are the perfect wedding gift for the bride and groom.

14. Customized Champagne Flutes : These personalized champagne glasses are a perfect choice for mimosas at a bridal shower or for a wedding toast.

15. Bride and Groom Toasting Glasses with Wedding Date : Choose from curvy pilsners, classic pints, stylish round whiskey or wine glasses that are personalized for your wedding day.

The Secret to Stylish Wedding Celebrations with a little DIY + some bubbly

A wedding celebration is always a bit better with a little bubbly.

Today on the blog, Freixenet Brut {makes of a quality wine that’s affordable} joins us with three creative DIY tips to make your wedding celebrations stylish while still coming in under budget.

Gifts for your bridesmaid:

When it’s time to ask your BFFs to be in your wedding party, it can be overwhelming to come up with a way to pop the question that's unique and affordable. A fun idea is to grab a bottle of Freixenet Brut for just $12 and a gold pen - then simply write the words “Will you be my bridesmaid?” on Freixenet’s chic black bottle. On the other side of the bottle, you can write a personal note to each friend for a sweet and sentimental touch. To complete the entire look for popping the question - you can package up the bottle of Freixenet Brut with a pretty handmade card and some other fun goodies - like a coffee mug, some chocolate and maybe even a pair of earrings.

Ask "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" in DIY style with a personalized bottle of wine, a pretty handmade card and other goodies
Personalize Bottles of Freixnet Brut in gold pen for wedding gifts and/or favors

Place cards that pop:

Spruce up your place cards whether it's a seated dinner at the reception or a rustic-style bridal luncheon by using adorable Freixenet Brut minis (SRP $4) as a fun alternative. You can personalize each mini black bottle with a gold pen and place one at each table setting to instantly elevate the look while leaving your guests with a treat to take home. {Wedding decor that serves two purposes are always a favorite of mine}

Turn Bottles of Feixenet Brut or Wine into Stylish Wedding Place Cards and Favors with Personalizing each one with the guests name in gold pen


Surprise your guests with a unique guestbook to sign by using a magnum of Freixenet Brut (1.5L, SRP $18). Simply place the magnum bottle in the center of a table surrounded by fresh flowers and have gold pens ready for guests to use to sign their names. This extra-large bottle of Freixenet Brut will look elegant and inviting at the reception and will give the couple a fun keepsake to hang on to after the wedding.

Surprise your guests with a unique guestbook to sign by using a magnum of Freixenet Brut and a gold pen for signing
Find out the Secret to Stylish Wedding Celebrations with a little DIY and some bubbly