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Hi belles! Our friend Stephanie Scholl is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Stephanie will be blogging for us every two weeks or so until her wedding in April. In case you missed her first post, be sure to check it out here! — Emily

The final countdown is here, friends! Our wedding is less than a month away, Rob and I just returned from our bachelor and bachelorette weekends, and all of the RSVPs for our wedding are in! I seriously can’t believe we’re in the homestretch of our engagement. It’s been such a sweet season for both of us, and we’ve grown so much as a couple, too. (PS: I can’t say enough good things about investing your time and hearts into pre-marital counseling!) I love knowing that Rob and I will get to be joined together as husband and wife on April 1st and that so many of our loved ones will be in Raleigh to celebrate with us! We’re so grateful for it all, and, of course, I love finding creative and thoughtful ways to express our thanks.

One of my favorite Southern traditions is the bridesmaid luncheon, and I cannot wait to partake in this sweet and celebratory tradition! Generally the day before her wedding, the bride hosts a luncheon to honor her bridesmaids and the beloved ladies in her life. I am ecstatic that I get to celebrate how incredible, encouraging, generous, and thoughtful my bridesmaids and our moms (and a few other special ladies!) have been throughout the years. I am having this luncheon at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, a place very near and dear to my heart. Not only do I plan weddings there regularly, but during college I lived in a cute house just across the street – and my sister got married at the Carolina Inn almost four years ago!

For many months now, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect gifts for my bridesmaids, and I wanted to share some of my finds with you all, as you very well might be on the hunt, too! Most any bride-to-be has heard of the dreamy floral robes from Plum Pretty Sugar, and their robes (so many styles and patterns!) are the perfect accessory to get ready in the morning of your wedding.

Speaking of the morning of your wedding morning and getting ready with your best girls… you can’t forget the mimosas to properly toast to your wedding day! Champagne from Le Grand Courtage (I always love rosé!) or white wine from Speak Wines are two favorites: not only are their labels and packaging both beautiful and occasion-appropriate, but most any bridesmaid would love to be gifted a bottle or mini-bottle of champagne or wine. And with mimosas, you can’t forget the toasting flutes! Naturally Chic Gifts, based out of Raleigh, creates personalized champagne flutes (I’m a fan of the stemless ones!) and wine glasses in an array of metallic colors for your best girls.

I also have long loved the adorable Minimergency Bridesmaid Kits from Pinch Provisions, which hold everything you’d ever need for a wedding-day snafu. And, of course, one of the most popular bridesmaid gifts is jewelry for the wedding day, like matching earrings or a necklace that complements her bridesmaid dress perfectly. I love finding local stores to get jewelry from, and Moon & Lola is a Raleigh favorite! The best way to beautifully hold your bridesmaid gifts is in a pretty bag, like this Hello Lovely tote from PCB Home, all tied up with a pretty ribbon. And, above all else, a card with a written note expressing your thanks and love is the most important part. Taking the time to write a thoughtful note (to your soon-to-be spouse, your parents, your wedding party, and even vendors) is paramount!

We are hosting some fun wedding weekend events to love on our guests well and to welcome everyone to Raleigh, especially since most everyone will be traveling into town for the festivities. Welcome bags are always a marvelous way to show your guests some local flavor and your personalities, and they can also provide information on the wedding weekend timeline.

We are having an informal, everyone-is-invited welcome party on Friday night immediately following our rehearsal dinner, as it was important to us to spend as much time with our guests as possible! It’s a great way for everyone to get to know each other better, for us to meet those extended family members that we haven’t been able to meet yet, and to extend the celebrations even more. Most of all, we want to make sure our family and friends feel welcomed and celebrated when they arrive in Raleigh, especially since quality time are both mine and Rob’s love languages!

I’d love to hear how you celebrated your wedding weekend: did you have a bridesmaid luncheon or a welcome party? Are there any fun traditions or celebrations that you incorporated into your wedding weekend, or want to when you do get married?! And I’m cutting it close here with our rapidly approaching wedding date, but I have to ask: do you have a great idea for a meaningful, thoughtful gift for grooms? I have one gift for sure (so excited!), but I’m still searching for the perfect accompanying gift for Rob. I’m all ears if you have any suggestions!

All photos by Sarah Morrel Photography

P.S. In case you missed a post:
The proposal
Venue and photography
The dress
Bridesmaid style
Engagement photos
The details

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Christian reply

    Stephanie,
    Great ideas! Your bridesmaids are going to love everything! I had a hard time with a groom’s gift too. I spent so many hours searching, until I had a lightbulb moment. I have designed a valet box for him that my dad is building and staining out of wood that was harvested off of some family land I own. I ordered two engraved plaques for it – one for the top of the lid with his initials and one for the inside with a special message. Inside, I’m going to be putting a few trinkets including a book of notes I’m writing to him. Also, if you haven’t checked out UncommonGoods online, do so – they have some really awesome unique gifts. Good luck!!!

    • avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

      Christian, these are AMAZING ideas!! Thank you so very much for sharing! I love, love, love the sentiment + meaning behind your gifts for him, and goodness is he going to love it all!!!

  2. avatar Joy – Leicester Wedding Photographer reply

    I love these gift ideas!! Great touch :)

  3. avatar Amy reply

    Who wouldn’t want these gifts! So generous and loving! Looks like everything is coming together!

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One of the number one questions we’re asked at Southern Weddings is “What should I give my bridesmaids?” We LOVE that question, because it means that y’all are practicing graciousness–a quality we believe is so important, especially in a bride! So many people come together to love and support you during wedding planning, and it’s always worth the time and effort to make sure these people know how much you appreciate them. We teamed up with Zales to share some of our favorite gift ideas for not only your bridesmaids, but the groomsmen and your parents as well!

Don’t feel like you need to get the same gift for all of your gals–these are your BFFs, so show them how well you know them! Since people can be picky about necklace lengths and styles, bracelets or earrings are often a safer bet to guarantee you’ll choose something everyone loves. Choose pieces in each girl’s birthstone or favorite color for an extra dose of personalization.

Clockwise from top left: Lab-Created Blue and White Sapphire Earrings in Sterling Silver, Oval Lab-Created Ruby Tennis Bracelet in Sterling Silver, 6.0mm Peridot Crown Earrings in Sterling Silver, Pear-Shaped Tanzanite Line Bracelet in Sterling Silver

Gents are notoriously hard to shop for, don’t you think? My go-to is something that is classic and useful, but that he wouldn’t necessarily splurge on himself. A monogrammed money clip is a great option, and any groomsman would appreciate a dapper pair of cuff links to wear on the big day.

Clockwise from top left: Men’s Engraved Money Clip in Sterling Silver, Men’s Polished Oval Monogram Stainless Steel Cuff Links, Gun Metal Engraved Money Clip, Men’s Round Mother-of-Pearl and Onyx Cuff Links in Sterling Silver

As well as your bridal party, your wedding is the perfect opportunity to thank your parents for all they have done leading up to that day, long before you had a ring on your finger. Classic and lovely pearls are our go-to for mama (and your groom’s mama, too!), while a watch or wallet with a sweet engraving is a favorite for dad.

Left to right: Men’s Citizen Eco-Drive™ Watch with Black Dial, Men’s Citizen Eco-Drive™ Watch with Silver Dial, Blue Lagoon® by Mikimoto 5.5-6.0mm Cultured Akoya Pearl Stud Earrings in 14K Gold with Diamond Accents, Blue Lagoon® by Mikimoto 5.0mm Cultured Akoya Pearl Bracelet in 14K White Gold

We’d love to know, did you give gifts to your bridal party and parents? What did you choose?

This post is brought to you by Zales Jewelers – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

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It never fails – one of our most frequently asked questions is, “what should I gift my bridesmaids?” We understand, because with all your gals mean to you, it feels like a lot of pressure to gift them something that’s personal, meaningful, sweet, matches their aesthetic, and that they will keep, use, and/or treasure. And, with the size of bridal parties in the South, it can’t, of course, be too expensive! We’re so happy to introduce you today to The Bride’s Maid Shop, a one-stop shop for beautiful bridesmaid gifts and carefully curated gift packages.

Most of the gifts on The Bride’s Maid Shop are handmade, and all are truly high quality. Many of their items are also designed exclusively for their site, which we love! We also love how they’ve sorted their picks into packages, making it simple for brides to personalize with easy.

Every package includes complimentary gift wrapping and a thank you note card – a huge time saver that makes it easy for you to pen a heartfelt note to each gal before handing her goodies over. Because truly, letting your best ladies know how much they mean to you (in writing!) is one of the best gifts you can give!

Ready to check this “to do” off your list? The lovely ladies at The Bride’s Maids Shop are offering SW readers 15% off their entire order with code SOWED2015!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Alex reply

    I love the gold!

  2. avatar Cassandra reply

    I love this! I recently got a monogrammed gift for being in a wedding and I loved how personalized it was. What a great resource.

  3. avatar Justine reply

    I just bought the monogrammed clutch from The Bride’s Maids Shop and love it!!

  4. avatar Victoria reply

    I LOVE that robe. I have been searching for that turkish towel material robe FOREVER. I’m so happy I know where to buy one now! I’m not getting married, but I buy a couple for me and my sisters!

  5. avatar Tori reply

    I used The Brides Maids Shop for my bridal party gifts and the girls absolutely LOVED them. It was such a pleasure working with the company and I would absolutely recommend them to any brides out there. Ps- I really love the new monogrammed clutches.

  6. avatar Tara reply

    I love the robe and mini-emergency kit! And the message in a bottle necklace is so unique. I will definitely be using The Bridesmaid Shop for my wedding in August! Can’t wait to browse through all of their fun stuff!

  7. avatar Sachin Rajgire reply

    Nice Collection Emily . Love the graphics . Beautiful .

  8. avatar Lindsey reply

    I am absolutely obsessed with the message in the bottle idea. I just want to order 100 of them for myself!

  9. avatar Atul reply

    Love this, literally the perfect bridesmaid gifts!!

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