winter 2018 wedding gift ideas


Although the traditional wedding peak season is over, more and more couples are ok with jumping the broom during the winter months. Off peak weddings (November-February) can save a nice chunk of change on venue rental fee and also on select vendors that may have special seasonal pricing. A lot of couples also find it a convenient way to rally their loved ones since family and friends are already heading home for the holidays. And one huge trend I’ve seen recently is vow renewal celebrations on NYE - I mean, isn’t refreshing your love for one another the ultimate way to kick off a new year?! So on top of finding the perfect long-sleeved party dress or winter suit, you’ll want to make sure you bring along the perfect gift.

I remember several years back when I was invited to 2 winter weddings and was stumped on what to get as gifts because both couples’ registries were barren after the holidays. About to give up on a failed registry walk through Macy’s, I found a packaged set of gorgeous Calvin Klein heavyweight plush throw blankets (similar) and I had a light bulb moment that led me to add a personal touch by getting them monogrammed for the couple. I ended up buying 2 sets and both couples LOOOOOVED those blankets! So in case you’re having similar registry woes, I’ve put together a few of my favorite winter gift ideas for couples:

1) Plush Monogrammed Faux-Fur Throws


As I just mentioned, these were a HUGE success with both couples that I gifted to. It’s an idea a little outside of the normal registry but oh so perfect for chilly nights when two folks want to snuggle up and get a lil cozy! Check out all the colors and finishes West Elm has to offer. Also, if you hurry - these are marked down a whopping 50% for Black Friday sales and they’ll monogram each one for just an additional $10!

Faux Fur Throws, West Elm ($99, currently $49)

*Get creative: Throw a Redbox movie rental code and/or a gift card to their fave food delivery service in the card!

2) Custom Engraved Wood Cutting Board


Another gift that I love is this gorgeous wood cutting board by Shelby Made It that you can customize for a couple or a loved one. For those snowy nights spent in making comfort food, give them something to help spice up their kitchen! Shelby is a designer based in Milwaukee that creates BEAUTIFUL custom design invitations. I knew this girl was a star when I watched her on Instagram Live writing names on apples in calligraphy, one-by-one, …yes, APPLES! She also has online shop where she has engraved wood signs and she also currently has ornaments.

Visit her shop before November 27th and you can receive 20% off items during her Black Friday sale!

Custom Engraved Wood Cutting Board, Shelby Made It, $80

*Get Creative: Throw in a week’s worth of meals from Plated (use my link and get up to $72 off of your first box!) or wrap up a cookbook like Jeanine Donofrio’s Love & Lemons


3) Edgewater Candles Holiday Collection Set


Ok, I seriously love these candles - and not because we just moved to Edgewater but because every one that I’ve picked up so far has smelled heavenly and burned forever. I came across Edgewater Candles at the top of the year when they were a vendor at IndieWed and I couldn’t help but buy a bagful of candles. My absolute favorite was their Orchid Neroli and I was so sad when it was finally gone but I can’t wait to try these holiday scents! The complete set is perfect to gift or can be broken up individually to create different gift sets for friends and family! Hurry on over to their site and get 25% if you purchase by 11/26!

Holiday Collection Set, Edgewater Candles, $72

*Get Creative: If you’re gifting a busybody or a couple who is always on-the-go, consider adding a pair of adult coloring books and nice colored pencils for some mindless fun. If your friends are readers, consider picking up books by each of their favorite authors or a gift certificate to a local bookshop.

4) Wood Wall Hanging Wine Rack

I found this non-traditional wine rack while cruising through Etsy and fell in love with not only the wood’s gorgeous red mahogany color but the artist's mountain style. This would make an excellent gift for anyone who loves outdoors (…and wine, obviously) and also becomes a great conversation piece for their home!

Wine Rack Rustic Mountain Style, Indoor Survival Co. (Etsy), $59

*Get Creative: Let your friends explore their palette by gifting them a gift subscription to Winc, a personalized wine delivery club. You can also snag some glasses to put on display from Waterford’s Elegance collection.

5) French Press Set & Tiled Monogram Mugs

I saw all of these lovelies while shopping in Anthropologie last week and couldn’t stop thinking about them! The sleek French press set comes in a stunning copper and the mugs are described as being “inspired by French bistro tilework (their words, not mine).” These together as gifts are sure to turn anyone’s kitchen ultra chic! Anthropologie currently has a Black Friday sale going on - not sure when it ends but everything is 30% off! Ok, maybe it wouldn’t hurt if I just snagged these as an early wedding present for my fiance and I….right?!

French Press Gift Set, Anthropologie, $148 (currently $103!)

Tiled Margot Monogram Mug, Anthropologie, $10 (currently $7)

*Get Creative: Visit your neighborhood coffee roaster and pick up a ground seasonal bag o’ beans for them to try a new local blend!

6) ‘Hayes’ Black Marble Collection


If you’ve got friends that love to entertain, this set is EVERYTHING! I love this modern and moody collection by Crate & Barrel! We actually purchased a couple of these pieces earlier this year for a friend’s wedding and I was beating myself up for not grabbing one or two pieces for myself! I love Love LOVE that these pieces have such beautiful texture on top of the dark colors - which means, no more worrying about how to get the spilled red wine stains out of your white marble cheeseboard! (P.S. Try baking soda or hydrogen peroxide.) The sleek gold accents along with the complimentary wood sections will have guests drooling over your charcuterie AND your serveware! To gift, I’d highly recommend grabbing at least one serving tray, the cheese tool set and either the wine chiller or salt + pepper cellar. There’s currently a Black Friday sale happening on the site so you can swipe all these pieces for 20% off. UPDATE: while typing this, I just bought the serving tray and cheese tools sooooooo, who wants to come over and eat all the fancy cheeses with me? #noregrets

Hayes Black Marble Entertaining Collection, Crate & Barrel, $24.95-$59.95 currently $19.96-$47.96

*Get Creative: We wanted our friends to be cocktail-party ready when we gifted this for their wedding so we added in a gift card to Eataly so they could grab fresh Italian market goodies the next time they had guests. If your pals aren’t pros at hosting just yet, you can also gift Eataly classes like “Salumi and Formaggi Board for the Holidays”, Cheese 101 or How To: Winter Cocktails. Another idea is to toss in a copy of Sur La Table’s “Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking and Feeding Your Friends.”


Happy Gifting!


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guest list: creative black tie weddings

so excited for a friend’s upcoming wedding, which they’ve decided to make a creative  black tie affair - my first thought was “congrats!” and my second thought was “what do i wear?!” and after a minor freak out, I realized that this. is. AMAZING...the possibilities are endless!

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first rule of creative black tie: you can bend the rules.  you’ll want to remember the basics of black tie attire but keeping in mind that you can pepper in your own flair -- you know I love flair!  conservative necklines and hemlines can be traded in for more interesting looks like a chic, flowy jumpsuit - and a lady can even give her man a run for his money by outdoing him in her own form-flattering tux.  


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and speaking of the fellas... guys, you can loosen your collar a tad bit for this soirée.  you can certainly wear a bow tie but make it stand out - take a hint from your date and choose a pop of color from their corresponding ensemble.  and feel free to play around with in-season suit colors, vests, fun jacket linings, silk socks and pocket squares. 


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if you want to be the belle of the ball, there are so many dress options but please remember: you cannot outshine the bride - unspoken wedding rules still apply here (this ain't the Oscars, hunny!)  just remember you can do so much with a solid color - look for interesting fabrics, hues, patterns and cuts that stand out on their own or paired with statement earrings or a clutch.  


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so what have I decided on wearing?  that's still tbd - duh, it's me...I'll be picking out outfits until the day before.  but because I'm a tad extra, one thing that I keep coming back to are these flowy formal maxi dresses that are popping back up this year.  i'm in love with this number worn by Olivia Palermo, which I'd pair with a simple strappy black heel and an on-trend circular clutch.  

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lastly, don’t feel like you have to spend a million dollars just for one day.  check out options like Rent the Runway and Black Tux and don’t be afraid to explore stores like  Nordstrom Rack or Off Fifth - if you’re looking for something classic, you might find something from last season that is timeless, chic and a good damn deal!  for more inspo, check out my Pinterest board here.  

no matter what you end up in, just remember to have a good time!