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Why You Must Have Golden Hour Wedding Photos at Your Wedding
by Emily Westbrooks

Photo by Danielle Capito Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Danielle Capito Photography via Style Me Pretty

Golden hour. Have you heard of it? If you're a photographer or have ever spoken with one for more than ten minutes, it's definitely in your lexicon. But for us normal people, golden hour is that magical time one hour before sunset when the light is just perfect for photographs. Those glowing wedding photographs you've sighed over as you research wedding photographers? Golden hour. Every time.

During the golden hour, the light is softer and less harsh than when the sun is higher in the sky, meaning your photographs will have a beautiful soft glow and you can often take advantage of those gorgeous sun flares. You'll also avoid strong shadows and squinty eyes which make photographing faces awfully difficult for photographers.

You can even check the golden hour for any time zone and any date with this handy caculator, which is helpful if you're trying to fit golden hour photographs into your busy wedding day! Technically, golden hour also happens one hour after sunrise, which might not be so relaxing on your big day unless you and your mate are serious morning people!

Golden hour wedding photos is something to take into consideration as you're plotting out your wedding day, but don't fret if golden hour happens several hours after you'd like to take photos. One way to take advantage of this light is to take group photos after the ceremony earlier in the day, and then sneak away with your photographer for a few after dinner portraits in that magical light. Do make sure to talk with your photographer about taking advantage of this light in advance. They will likely be able to scout the perfect spot to take advantage of this short window of time!

Here are just a few images to get you excited about your own golden hour wedding photos!

Photo by This Love of Yours Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by This Love of Yours Photography via Style Me Pretty

Photo by  Jose Villa

Photo by Jose Villa

Photo by Brook Beasley Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Brook Beasley Photography via Style Me Pretty

Have we inspired you to get glowy with the golden hour? Are you as smitten as we are with these gorgeous images?

For more on wedding photography and how to hire the best wedding photographer for your wedding, check out our helpful tips!

Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here. 

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The Sweetest Father-Daughter Wedding Moments
by Emily Westbrooks

Photo by Trent Bailey Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Trent Bailey Photography via Style Me Pretty

With Father's Day right around the corner, we thought we'd put the spotlight on our sweet dads this week. There's nothing that will tug at your heart strings faster than a proud, tearful dad on his daughter's wedding day. I've been tearing up for hours writing this post and putting together a selection of the sweetest father-daughter wedding moments!

When I got married, my Dad and I had already been crying for weeks. We're a family of sappy souls! In the months before our wedding, I asked my father to choose a song he would like for our father-daughter dance. When he picked it, I knew I couldn't listen to it until our wedding day or I'd spend the next six weeks in a puddle of sappy tears! Funny enough, by the time we got to the big day, we were all cried out and we were the ones with dry eyes for once! But that father-daughter dance was the only time that I couldn't keep it together. My father chose the song Love and Happiness, by Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler and it is possibly the most beautiful song you could ever choose.

There are a few father-daughter wedding moments you'll likely want to capture with your father on your wedding day, from a first look to your father-daughter dance. But there are a few unexpected moments to watch out for - or ask your photographer to watch out for - throughout the day. Here's a tear-jerker of a list for you!

Pinning Flowers on Dad

Instead of letting someone else pin his corsage on, take a quiet moment to pin a flower to your father's lapel.

The Car Ride

There's such anticipation in the car ride to the ceremony, just you and your father.

First Look

First looks aren't just for grooms! Your dad will likely make a face you'll want to remember when he first sees you in your gown.

Down the Aisle

Walking down the aisle with your father is a classic shot you won't want to miss. If possible, ask your photographer to capture the moment from behind as well.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Robyn van Dyke via  Southern Weddings

Photo by Robyn van Dyke via Southern Weddings

Top of the Aisle

When you reach the top of the aisle, your dad will give you a kiss or a hug, and that moment is worth a snap as well as he formally gives you away.

Photo by Our Labor of Love Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Our Labor of Love Photography via Style Me Pretty

The Father Daughter Dance

Whether you choose a serious song or a silly one with a choreographed dance, soak it in. Or if you're like my dad and I, just try to hold it together! And we have a whole bunch of amazing father-daughter dance songs if you're looking for more inspiration.

Photo by Jen Fariello Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Jen Fariello Photography via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Dark Roux Photography via  Storyboard Wedding

Photo by Dark Roux Photography via Storyboard Wedding

Photo by Robyn van Dyke via  Southern Weddings

Photo by Robyn van Dyke via Southern Weddings

Photo by  Jonathan Canlas Photography  via Southern Weddings

Photo by Jonathan Canlas Photography via Southern Weddings

One last tip - don't forget to ask your photographer to try to get a few different angles while you're dancing with your father. It's lovely to see both your dad's face and yours during such special moments.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here. 

Wedding processional and recessional song ideas to walk down the aisle to!
by Emily Westbrooks

Photo by Joey Kennedy Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Joey Kennedy Photography via Style Me Pretty

I knew what I wanted for my processional music for a long time before my wedding. It took me at least a few months to get the courage to tell anyone my idea, but when I finally Googled "Color Blind" by the Counting Crows paired with "wedding music" I was thrilled when I realized I was far from the only one who wanted something a little unusual to walk down the aisle.

So about an hour before our ceremony, I found my husband's aunt and asked her if she could just play the intro to Color Blind over and over again as I walked down the aisle. You know the part, that beautiful piano part at the beginning. She was a little confused at first, but once she realized how simple it was, she was on board.

When it comes to wedding processional and recessional songs, it's a really special moment you really only get to do once. You need a little drama and a little gravitas, something to make your guests pause and your groom catch his breath as you walk down the aisle. Whether you have a string quartet, a single piano player, or a DJ, your wedding processional and recessional songs will set the tone for the day of celebration to follow. So add it to the top of your list when you're choosing your wedding music!

Photo by Joseba Sandoval via  Bridal Musings

Photo by Joseba Sandoval via Bridal Musings

Before we pop on our headphones and start singing along, here are a few tips for choosing your wedding processional and recessional music. First, your processional music should be slow enough that you can walk down the aisle to the rhythm. The last thing you want is a song that has you rushing down the aisle before you can take in the moment. Make sure your DJ or your musicians have practiced the tempo you want and stick to it on the day!

Second, your recessional music should be upbeat and festive! We're not saying you need a choreographed dance back down the aisle with your new husband or wife, but you've just tied the knot! A little joyous celebration music is the perfect end to your ceremony.

Now, time to turn up the volume!

Processional Songs

1. Bridal Chorus, also known as Here Comes the Bride, Wagner

2. Crazy Love, Van Morrison

3. Can't Help Falling in Love, Ingrid Michaelson

4. Canon in D, Pachelbel (we like this cover by Ryan Jones)

5. Wedding Song, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

6. Color Blind, Counting Crows

7. Marry MeTrain

8. Boom Clap, Lennon and Maisy

9. Kiss Me, Ed Sheeran

10. A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

 

Recessional Songs

1. Good Life, One Republic

2. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder

3. You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne

4. I Do, Colbie Caillat

5. Love Affair, Everlasting Love

6. Come On Get Higher, Matt Nathanson

7. First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes

8. This Will Be, Natalie Cole

9. Mine, Taylor Swift

10. Happy, NeverShoutNever

And if you're looking for your father-daughter dance song as well, check out fifteen of our best picks!

Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here. 

How to repurpose wedding flowers from the ceremony to reception decor
by Emily Westbrooks

Photo by Kate Crean Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Kate Crean Photography via Style Me Pretty

I have to admit that more than once, I've been that crazy guest running around at the dinner asking waiters to bring vases for the wedding bouquets. Too often, those gorgeous (and sometimes expensive!) bouquets end up slumped on tables with broken buds after just a few hours of being used. What a tragedy! I'm usually the one who can't cope with seeing those flowers go to waste, so I try to save their lives with a few vases of cold water. My husband can usually be found as far away from me as possible, nursing a drink and rolling his eyes.

That little embarrassing story leads us nicely into our topic for today: how to repurpose wedding flowers from your ceremony to your reception. We love when any of your wedding decor can do double duty and flowers are the easiest to make work for you. We'll start with that one that so many brides forget - making sure there's a place for your bouquets!

Wedding Bouquets

By the time you get to your reception, you are likely going to be ready to throw your bouquet you've been holding it (or having a bridesmaid hold it) for so long. One of the best tricks in the wedding planning book is to make sure there's a place you can leave your bouquets at your reception where they'll be safe and add to the decor. If you leave your bouquets on the table, like I've seen at nearly every wedding I've attended, they won't be there when you go looking for them the next day. They'll have been cleaned up, brushed aside or stepped on.

Either bring your own vases (we love these vintage tins!) or ask your venue to provide vases to the number of bouquets you'll have, and set them out at the reception site. Ask one of your bridesmaids or a helpful friend to take charge of them once you get to your table. They'll be whisked away, set in water, and you might even get to enjoy them the next day!

Think about the placement of those vases, though. You'll want them to be waiting somewhere guests won't see until you and your bridal party arrives to set them there. Otherwise, they'll be wondering why there are empty vases around! A dessert table or your cake table might be a good option.

From Ceremony to Reception

Moving your ceremony flowers to your reception site can be a game-changer when it comes to repurposing wedding flowers. But it takes a little creativity and a some advance planning. When you meet with your florist, ask about options for using flowers that flank the alter or are used on the end of aisles later in the day. It's becoming a more common practice, so your florist might have a few tricks up his or her sleeve to make your flowers work extra hard for you.

If you have large arrangements at the top or bottom of your aisle, those can add lots of life to a buffet or dessert table at your reception. Small arrangements hanging from the end of the aisle can be set on your dinner tables to add volume and texture to your table decor.

Photo by OneLove Photography

Photo by OneLove Photography

 

Wedding Flowers as Thank You Gifts

Once your wedding is over, all those flower arrangements from the tables and your ceremony can go a long way toward thanking your friends or family who have been a big help in wedding planning. Before your wedding kicks off, ask a friend or family member to take care of making sure the flowers get to the right people - perhaps with a little thank you card for their help! They'll be able to enjoy the arrangements all week and seeing them will remind them of your beautiful day!

Rehearsal Flowers for the Ceremony

If you have other wedding events leading up to the big event, consider repurposing those flowers as well. If you have flower arrangements planned for your rehearsal dinner, it can be an easy transition to have those flowers decorate your ceremony site. Sometimes your florist will even be able to take some of those arrangements apart and create fresh new creations the morning of your wedding with those same flowers, saving you a bundle!

Are there other ways you've repurposed your wedding flowers or are planning to for your big day? We'd love to hear all about it!

Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here. 

20 daring and wearable sheer wedding dresses
by Emily Westbrooks

Photo by Brandon Kidd via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Brandon Kidd via Style Me Pretty

I can't say I wore a particularly daring dress to my own wedding, but my grandmother was making my dress, so it was all I could do to keep her from adding sleeves and a turtleneck! But I love the sheer and faux-sheer trend in dresses lately. They allow for feminine, romantic details, without being too revealing. Well, in some cases they're a little revealing!

Sheer wedding dresses can be a little tricky to pull off. There's a fine line between a little daring and a little risque. A few tips to help keep you on the right side of that line. First, consider your own style. If you're not the type to bare any skin in your regular wardrobe, baring all on your wedding day might be a shock, both for you and your guests. Second, make sure you're comfortable in it. Remember you're going to be moving and dancing and hugging guests, so you don't want to be worrying about whether you're too revealed!

Illusion necklines were reserved for ice dancers until a few years ago, and we're so glad they're making a come back. They allow for the beautiful and romantic look of sheer dresses without being too bare.

Let's look at twenty of the most stunning and, in some cases, daring wedding dresses we're loving at the moment.

Sheer Bodice

A sheer bodice can add instant elegance to a strapless dress, giving you a little more coverage, or it can create head down the road to downright sexy, impressing your man on your big day!

Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Dress: Grace by Monique Lhuillier

Photo by Whitney Kruzfeldt via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Whitney Kruzfeldt via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Greg Lewis via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Greg Lewis via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Kikitography via  Fly Away Bride

Photo by Kikitography via Fly Away Bride

Dress: Inbal Dror Dress 13.5

Sheer Back

Sheer backs on wedding gowns are simply so sexy. We love that the options range between ultra-sexy to more conservative. For more backless gowns, see our post right here!

Photo by Sawyer Baird via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Sawyer Baird via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Amsale

Photo by Amsale

Photo by Jose Villa via  Once Wed

Photo by Jose Villa via Once Wed

Dress: Claire Pettibone

Photo by Epic Love Photography via  One Fab Day

Photo by Epic Love Photography via One Fab Day

Dress: David's Bridal

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography via  Ruffled Blog

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography via Ruffled Blog

Dress: BHLDN

Cutouts

Cutouts are another trend we can absolutely get behind. Little unexpected peeks of skin that add so much interest or texture to your gown.

Photo by Hannah Thomson via  Vogue

Photo by Hannah Thomson via Vogue

Dress: Mara Hoffman

Photo by Lela Rose via  Brides

Photo by Lela Rose via Brides

Photo by Mama Photography via  Myday

Photo by Mama Photography via Myday

Photo by  BHLDN

Photo by BHLDN

 

Daring sheer nude dresses

Want to go big style-wise? Then the newest and boldest trend in sheer wedding dresses is for you: the nude lace dress! These pretty gowns are anything but traditional, and sure to drop jaws and turn heads on the big day.

Photo by  The Lane

Photo by The Lane

Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!

Sweet summer wedding dessert ideas to treat your guests
by Emily Westbrooks

I got married in August in Maine, and while I was rather comfortable in my sleeveless gown, my husband was roasting in his suit, shirt and tie. Given, he was a little nervous and grew up in Ireland, where it rarely gets warmer than 70 degrees. And that's a heat wave! So he really could have used one of these cool summer wedding dessert ideas to cool off after a slightly sweaty ceremony!

If you're having a summer wedding, these are some of the sweetest (and some of the simplest) treats you can offer your guests to cool them down if the weather gets a little too hot.

 

Popsicles

Popsicles are all the rage, and I don't think they'll be going out of fashion any time soon. There are some amazing combinations to try, like berry yogurt pops or ginger peach popsicles. Can you believe you can even spike popsicles? We love these Grapefruit and Strawberry Greyhounds or French 75 Popsicles. Popsicles for a crowd can be a little tricky to DIY, so consider asking your venue to whip up a batch of signature popsicles for your guests and bring them out on beautiful trays when they need something refreshing.

 

Sundae Bar

Sundae bars bring out the kids in any age wedding guests. Keep it simple with one or two ice cream flavors, then offer a selection of toppings, like sprinkles, Oreo cookies, fresh fruit, chocolate and caramel sauce. Providing the toppings in jars means you can set everything up well ahead of time, and then have the venue staff set out ice cream and whip off the lids.

 

Ice Cream Bars

If your guests are the playful types, consider handing out ice cream bars for a sweet treat. You could even source traditional ice cream truck treats to bring your guests back to when they were kids! This is another easy option to buy ahead of time and drop off at your venue - just make sure there's ample freezer space to keep everything cool until you're ready for a lick!

Photo by  The Hotplate

Photo by The Hotplate

 

Fruit on Sticks

For a more casual wedding (like this sweet garden party!), there's nothing more fun than frozen fruit on sticks! Slices of watermelon, stacks of grapes, berries, even slices of peaches look and taste great when eaten like a kebab. And there's nothing more healthy or DIY-friendly to make beforehand than a whole bunch of fruit on sticks!

Photo by  Made by Mary

Photo by Made by Mary

 

Sorbet or Granita

Another lighter summer wedding dessert is a sorbet or granita. Both are a sweet but less creamy than ice cream, so they not only cool your guests down but really refresh them as well. If you have your caterer make a big batch of the seasonally flavored treat, you can serve them up in beautiful glasses for an elegant pick-me-up. Try this delicious recipe for pink champagne granita with pomegranate. Delish!

 

An Ice Cream Cart Outside

This might be the simplest summer dessert option for your guests: arrange to have an ice cream cart parked outside your venue! If your wedding venue is in a busy area, you can even give your wedding guests little special tickets to redeem for a few scoops. It's often easiest and most cost effective to limit the flavor options.

Is your mouth watering yet? I think I'm going to start taste testing different combinations of fruit on sticks - and of course some ice cream! - for my sister's upcoming August wedding!

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Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!

Wedding reception decor: don't forget about these crucial last-minute details!
by Emily Westbrooks

When you're thinking about wedding reception decor, the tables where your guests will sit get a lot of attention. You might think of your reception room or what's hanging from the ceiling of your reception tent, and you've probably remembered you'll need to decorate the church or ceremony location, too.

But there are a bunch of other little spots around your wedding venue that could do with some sprucing up as well. Here's a reminder of other spots you might consider adding a little decor to make yourwhole wedding venue feel festive.

Let's get started!

First, let's start with a post-ceremony cocktail reception. Here are a few areas that tend to get overlooked on the decor to-do list.

Guest Book Table

You've chosen the cutest, most creative guest book and you've reminded your venue to add a table for it. It's easy to think you could just plonk your guest book on the table with a pen, but it can easily look dwarfed on a table by itself. Consider allocating a small flower arrangement or even some greenery to help make the guest book table seem a part of your overall decor.

Favor Table

Favor tables tend to look lovely just because they have high numbers of the same thing lined up or stacked up on them, so you shouldn't have to use too much precious decor here. But consider what happens when half of your guests have taken their favors and the table starts to look a little lonely. Signage is a great way to lift your favor table - a chalkboard or sign instructing guests to take one home with them.

Cocktail Tables

You might have a few small tables at your cocktail hour for guests to set their drinks on or for older guests to have a seat. They'll definitely benefit from a few small flower arrangements or candles. You could put out a few small stacks of cocktail napkins on each table for guests as they nibble on crudites for a little extra useful decor!

Now, on to dinner!

 

Buffet Table

If you're having a buffet dinner, the buffet table can be awfully boring on its own. Consider adding a few simple decor elements that won't interfere with guests trying to get to their meal. A special table cloth can add color without getting in the way, or maybe a ribbon strung along the length of the table to tie in your wedding colors.

Bar

I always think it's a nice idea to give guests a sense of what they can expect for the events of the evening. On the bar, you might think about having a little timeline of the evening, which helps guests who particularly want to make sure they don't miss the bouquet toss or the cake cutting. When there might be lulls in the excitement and guests head to the bar, they'll immediately see what's coming up.

 

Dessert Table

If you're having a dessert table in addition to a cake, you can make your dessert platters and stands work as decor. Candles aren't a good bet here as you don't want to burn your guests as they reach for the brownies! Instead, little placards explaining what desserts your guests have to choose from can add a little pizzazz to the table.

Cake Table

Your cake will probably need very little extra decor, but letting your guests know when you plan to cut the cake with a little sign can be a nice touch. At my brother-in-law's wedding last summer, we added a few sprigs of ivy to the cake table just to liven it up and make it feel part of the rest of the reception decor.

Bathrooms

Most wedding venues' bathrooms are a little dull, so a few small flower arrangements or nicely scented candles can add a little something special. Some couples choose to include a few extra comforts for their guests - hand lotion, mints, maybe even a stain remover stick for accidents.

Gift table

Somewhere on your venue you might have a spot where guests can leave wedding gifts. It's helpful for guests to have a basket or box to put loose cards and space for gifts both on and under a table can be helpful. For your gift table, you'll want signage to direct your guests to leave cards or gifts there so they aren't carrying them around looking for a place to leave them safely. Consider a framed sign that matches your wedding decor or invitations.

Now that we've spiced up so many of those often-forgotten corners of your wedding, we'd love to hear what you almost forgot (or even what you did forget!) in your own wedding planning. We'll add them to our list!

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Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here. 

5 unique bridal shower favor ideas for an unforgettable party!
by Emily Westbrooks

I'm in the middle of planning my sister's bridal shower at the moment and we just started looking at cute and unique bridal shower favor ideas for the guests. While I'm still narrowing down our choices, I thought I'd share with you a whole bunch of adorable and useful options that you can buy or DIY for bridal shower favors or for bridal shower game prizes.

I have one requirement for favors for any parties. They have to be at least vaguely useful. Most of us are in a constant state of trying to de-clutter, so adding useless junk no one will ever use is a big no for me. These are all pretty and useful, no matter your guest's differing styles.

1. Nail Polish

Photo by  Shower Belle

Photo by Shower Belle

Nail polish is a great little favor, instantly elevated by a little cute packaging. You can wrap the bottles in little pieces of fabric that match your party decor, tie with a satin ribbon, and the bottles will also serve to brighten up the party space. You could even select a range of colors within your color palette and let your guests choose one on their way out the door.

 

2. Charm Necklaces

Photo by ERia Designs via  Etsy

Photo by ERia Designs via Etsy

Charm necklaces come in so many forms and shapes that they're easily customizable for a crowd. You could go for initial necklaces (just hope your RSVP list is correct!), little beaded necklaces, or even tiny gold hearts. These are a little more pricey (about $20 each), so they might work better as game prizes.

Photo by Beading Times via  Etsy

Photo by Beading Times via Etsy

Photo by AApril via  Etsy

Photo by AApril via Etsy

 

3. Hair Ties

Photo by TiednTangled via  Etsy

Photo by TiednTangled via Etsy

I think it's fair to say we're all fairly obsessed with these fabric hair ties at the moment. They're kinder to your hair, look nicer on your wrist, and they're just plain pretty! Many Etsy shops allow for customisation of the tag the hair ties are displayed on, so they can really tie in with the party's decor. Try this shop for tie-dye or this shop for sparkles!

Photo by So Splashy Designs via  Etsy

Photo by So Splashy Designs via Etsy

Photo by Elastic Hair Bandz via  Etsy

Photo by Elastic Hair Bandz via Etsy

 

4. Bath Bombs and Soaps

Photo by PSJ Boutique via  Etsy

Photo by PSJ Boutique via Etsy

A little beauty treat would be fun for your guests, whether bath bombs or soaps. They're fairly simple to DIY, but there are lots of options for buying them in whatever color you like as well. Try this tutorial, or if you want someone else to do the (not-so) hard work, try here for bath bombs or here for cute soaps!

Photo by Vice and Velvet via  Etsy

Photo by Vice and Velvet via Etsy

 

5. Candle Holders

Your favors can do double duty for you as well, if you let them serve as your table decor. Make enough of these wooden candle holders for each guest to take home with them, and they'll have helped with the clean-up as well as given them a reminder of your bridal shower every time they light a candle.

Do you have any unique bridal shower favor ideas to add? We'd love to hear them!

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Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here.