Wednesday, September 20, 2017

6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas

My favorite color, for my entire life, has been purple. So when I was picking our wedding colors, it was a no brainer. I wanted eggplant, and I'd add in lilac and silver just because you're really supposed to pick a trio of colors instead of one.

I wanted my girls to wear champagne dresses -- and then I realized that if my color scheme was purple, their dresses should be purple. Pete didn't care, just as long as I didn't pick black.

These are all the little things that you have to decide. No one comes and says, "These are your wedding colors. Here are dresses for the bridesmaids and matching ties for the men." But once you finally do decide on the women, it makes picking items for the men easier.

Some of those items, you can actually give them as groomsman gift. I actually think wearable groomsman gifts are great ideas, especially if they're something they can wear in the future.


Get your groomsmen gifts that they can use again. Get inspired to pick a great one with this list of 6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.

6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas


  1. A Tie
  2. A Watch
  3. A Belt
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Monogrammed Men's Socks
  6. Shoes


Get your groomsmen gifts that they can use again. Get inspired to pick a great one with this list of 6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.

1. A tie.
There's a good chance your groomsmen are going to wear ties with their suits. Pete wore a bow tie and his groomsmen wore long ties. It was a nice way for him to stand out while wearing the same outfit as everyone else. 

You can shop online where you can shop by color, pattern, size, and more. That's a great way to assure you are choosing a tie that will fit into your color scheme. If your groom has a favorite sports team, you can also pick up sports ties. Or ones with comic book heroes. Try to add a little personality into your wedding, but make sure to pick something the groomsmen can wear after the wedding is over.

2. A watch.
I wanted to say ... watches are so timeless, but man, what a bad, unintentional, play on words. I do love a watch as a wedding gift idea though. I actually made the one in the pin above for Pete.

Of course, if you're giving watches as groomsmen gifts, you aren't going to sign them - your (almost) wife, but you can add a cute card with them or a funny note.

Get your groomsmen gifts that they can use again. Get inspired to pick a great one with this list of 6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.



3. A belt.
Belts are so useful. I used to wear a different one every day, just to accessorize. I stopped when my style changed a little, but that means Pete has inherited my excessive belt collection. He combined it with his, and now he has a ton to choose from: including the one he wore on our wedding day. Some of his groomsmen wore belts too, but I'm not sure if they all did. You can assure they all do by picking out a belt as a groomsman gift. They'll be sure to wear that for years, especially if you pick up a black or brown belt.

Get your groomsmen gifts that they can use again. Get inspired to pick a great one with this list of 6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Sunglasses

4. Sunglasses.
We are big fans of sunglasses. I can't even begin to try and count to figure out how many pairs we have between the two of us. One of Pete's favorite pairs is actually made from a skateboard deck. They're so cool. Pick up a few really cool pairs as groomsmen gifts and they'll be sure to wear them all the time.

If you really like sunglasses, you can actually purchase personalized sunglasses as a wedding favor. They're perfect, especially if you're having an outdoor ceremony.

Get your groomsmen gifts that they can use again. Get inspired to pick a great one with this list of 6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Monogrammed Men's Socks

5. Monogramed Men's Socks
Pete loves funky socks. I buy him a pair every year for Christmas, he permanently borrows mine, and he wore a really fun pair on our wedding day. I wish that we had gotten cool pairs for all his groomsmen.

You can actually pick up monogrammed men's socks in a variety of colors. You can choose them to match your wedding colors, then be assured the groomsmen will wear them. Because who doesn't want a pair of socks with their initials on them (or a three letter nickname). Pete would love them.

Get your groomsmen gifts that they can use again. Get inspired to pick a great one with this list of 6 Wearable Groomsman Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Shoes

6. Shoes
When we got married, we told the groomsmen they could wear any shoes as long as they were black. Pete, however, wore lilac Converse -- and of course, I wore them to match. It was such a cute touch. He wears those shoes every time he wears his suit now (you can also actually see his funky socks in that photo too).

If you want your groomsmen to have a little more style, picking out shoes for them is a great gift idea. You can even personalize them with text on the back like we did. Just be sure to get their shoe size as soon as possible to you have time to design and order the shoes.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these wearable groomsman gift ideas is your favorite?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Get Bridal Guide Magazine For Free

As soon as I got engaged, one of my mom's best friends told me she had a few bridal magazines for me. And almost at the very same time, someone purchased me a gift subscription to Bridal Guide.

I didn't think I needed magazines. I had the Internet, and that was good enough. So I thought.

It's not.

The Internet is a great place to start, but magazines are so amazing and worth the cost. There is so much information, ideas on how to save money, how to address invitations, check lists, and a ton of ads for dresses (which are definitely ads I don't mind).

Bridal Guide is amazing, but it's $5.99 an issue. That's way too much to pick up at the store every month. Right now, though, you can get Bridal Guide magazine for free.

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Right now, you can get a free one-year subscription of Bridal Guide magazine. Just click that link, enter your info, and your first issue should arrive in about six weeks.

I requested all the free wedding magazines I could find. They were all so helpful for me. I was able to flip through them when I had a few minutes and look at the dresses (bridal magazines are very ad heavy, but I never minded), read an article, and just feel like I was on the right track with my planning. That confirmation is worth the cost of the magazine.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Are you reading any wedding magazines?

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Football-Themed Wedding Ideas

Football season is in full swing, which is super exciting. We've been glued to our screens since August. If you're excited about football too, this post is for you. I put together a list of football-themed wedding ideas. This is definitely a theme where you could go overboard, so be sure to pick wisely.

Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!

Football-Themed Wedding Ideas

  1. Football Wedding Cake
  2. Football Cake Topper
  3. Football-Themed Wedding Invitation Suite
  4. Football Rose Boutineer
  5. Football Cufflinks
  6. NFL Socks
  7. Football Team Nail Tattoos
  8. Football-Themed Garter Belt
  9. Personalized Football
  10. Football Jersey Guest Book
  11. Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Footballs
  12. Football-Shaped Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Pops

For a football-themed wedding, you need to go with green. Green dresses for your bridesmaids, green bow ties for the groomsmen, lots of greenery in your bouquets. Let the green of the field really shine through in your accents.

Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football Wedding Cake
I'm in love with this football wedding cake. If you remember, our wedding cake was super modern and on theme (it basically was a sand castle cake), but this is something special. If you want more of a traditional wedding cake, you could do one layer of the cake in the photo above and have it as your groom's cake.

I love the football helmet cake toppers, but if you want something more traditional ...
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Football Cake Topper
... go with this playful football cake topper. You still get your bride and groom on top of your cake, but when people are looking a little closer, they'll see the football in the groom's hand.

Purchase here.

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Football-Themed Save The Date
Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football-Themed Table Numbers
Good, now that we have cake (my favorite part of a wedding) settled , let's start at the beginning -- the pre-game, if you will: invitations and your stationery suite.

MagnetStreet makes a really great football-themed wedding invitation suite called Touchdown Wedding. You can get save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, table numbers, and more. There is the outline of the NFL logo and a field behind the image. I actually really like this set. Plus, it's a way to tell your guests right from the start that football is going to be a huge part of your event.

Purchase here.

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Football Rose Boutineer
If your guests receive football-themed save the dates and invitations, they won't be surprised when they see your guys' uniforms ... um, wedding attire. Tuxedos with green or NFL ties, but don't stop there.

I am slightly obsessed with this football rose boutineer from Sports Theme Weddings. It's so creative, and so different, and will definitely last a lot longer than a live rose corsage will last. Until I was writing this post, I had never seen anything like this, so I know your guests will be really awestruck by it too.

Purchase here.

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Football Cufflink
Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
NFL Cufflink and Tie Bar Set
Don't stop at the boutineer, though. Definitely go with fun cufflinks. You can go with simple football cufflinks or you can pick up a NFL cufflink and tie bar set with a specific team. This is such a great idea for a groomsman gift. If your groom knows all his friends' favorite football teams (and I'm sure he does because we know who all our friends root for), this would be a really fun gift for them.

Purchase here.
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NFL Socks
If you want something more subtle for your groomsmen, I suggest NFL socks. You can get each groomsman a different team, or maybe his favorite team, and have them wear the football socks on your wedding day. Be sure your photographer snaps a photo of all the men pulling up their pants legs to reveal the socks.

Purchase here.
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Football Team Nail Tattoos
Now, what about your attire?

If you want something subtle, check out these football team nail tattoos. They come four to a pack, but I would suggest you only put one on each of your ring fingers (or pointer fingers, depending on which accent nail trend you fancy).

Purchase here.

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Football-Themed Garter Belt
To do something simple that doesn't take away from your dress at all, you can go with a football-themed garter belt. I found this one at Fanatics, which boasts a lot of college teams. That's cool if you love your college. But you could tweak this Michigan State garter belt by pulling off the Trojan helmet. Now you have one that looks like you wanted New York Jets colors. Works for me. Since, ya know, I'm a big Jets fan.

Purchase here.

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Personalized Football
Speaking of your garter, instead of throwing it, have your groom throw a football. I found the personalized football in the photo above on Etsy, but the shop is taking a break. Instead, you can head over to Wilson and make a custom football there. Add your names and wedding date and "You're Next" because, really, that's what the garter belt catch means.

Purchase here.

Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football Jesey Guest Book
While you're being non-traditional, go with a completely different guest book. Purchase your favorite player's jersey, or create your own personalized football jersey. Use your wedding date as the number and your new last name on the back and have your guests sign it. That would be something really fun to hang in the man cave after the wedding.

Purchase here.
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Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Footballs
Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football-Shaped Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Pops
And of course, you need football favors. You know I am always a fan of edible favors, so I vote with either foil wrapped chocolate footballs or football-shaped chocolate-dipped Oreo pops. Count me in for your wedding with either of those as favors.

Purchase here and here.

If football isn't your thing, check out our other wedding inspiration boards below:
BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these football-themed wedding ideas is your favorite?