24 Great Gifts for Brides-to-be & Grooms-to-be

With the first night of Chanukah and Christmas Eve falling on exactly the same day this year, I thought it might be fun to create some holiday gift guides for every kind of budget! I’ve picked out my current fave picks for you and your groom-to-be / wifey-to-be / newlywed friends across a range of price brackets. I hope this edit helps you find some unique gifts for your loved ones… and don’t forget to buy something special for yourself (I call it self-giftification!)

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1.  Wifey For Lifey beaded cotton clutch by Sophia Webster $945  //  2. ‘Mrs’ necklace by Kate Spade $88  //  3. Shearling Audio Earmuff by Ugg $100  //  4. Wedding Consultancy by Smashing The Glass $440  //  5. Bridal Wine Tote by Kate Spade $88  //  6. Wifey For Lifey sandals by Sophia Webster $750  //  7. Bride Cap by ASOS $15  //  8. Cowshed and Soho House spa experience by Soho Home $350 /

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13 insanely fun (and affordable) wedding ideas from Etsy

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It goes without saying that every wedding is special and unique – but one thing that our Smashing the Glass couples tend to have in common is their commitment to making their wedding as individual as they are with some lovely unique dettails. Even after all these years and countless real weddings, we never cease to be surprised by a new and original detail that we haven’t come across before. That ethos is the reason we’re such huge fans of Etsy

Etsy is a place of endless imagination. Small businesses and sellers lovingly craft a mixture of fashion-forward and traditional wedding wares, which can often then be personalised by the couple to create a one-off wedding-day treasure. While would never dream of denying you the joy of a long Etsy hunt, we have come across a few gems lately that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves. Here are thirteen of our favourite affordable, creative Etsy wedding finds.

1. Have your wedding logo made into a rubber stamp £12

Have a custom stamp made with your wedding logo and have fun branding all the different details of your big day! It’s amazing how simple this is to do and how much fun you can have doing it (FYI I wrote a whole post on how to brand your big day with a logo here.)

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2. Create a custom slogan veil £37

Say it loud and proud with a slogan veil. This double layered, shoulder-length veil is handmade to order with the word or phrase of your choice (up to 12 characters). I love the idea of having one with your new married name on it!

Custom wedding veil

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3. Create a personalised cake topper £65

Have your names, your new surname, or any phrase you fancy stop your wedding cake!
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4. Have some fun with your dance floor signs £6

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Bridesmaid Gift Guide – Gift Ideas for your bridal party + BFF’s

Those of you who follow me on Instagram Stories know that I saw my first Christmas Tree of the year (or do we call it a Chanukah Bush?!) in central London this week. What does that mean? It might just mean that the season of gift giving is just around the corner… and with the first night of Chanukah and Christmas Eve falling on exactly the same day this year, I thought it might be fun to do some gift guides. I’ll be curating my fave picks for you, your best girls, fiancé(e), hubs, wife, newlyweds, and more!

Kicking off the series, I’m picking out the loveliest gifts for your bridesmaids, BFF’s, mothers, sisters, sister-from-another-mister… you get the gist – Happy shopping everyone!

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1. Personalized Champagne Flutes by Fox Blossom Co. £13  //  2. Personalised bracelet by Monica Vinader from £85  //  3. Rotating Stamp & Ink Set by Kate Spade £20  //  4. Engraved Bridesmaid Bangle by Kate Spade £50  //  5. In Bloom Book Collection by Rifle Paper Co. £52  //  6. Personalised Bridesmaid Make Up Bag by Not On The High Street £12.50  //  7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera £65  //  8. Personalised ‘The Adventures Of’ Memory Book by Not On The High Street  £19  //  9. Alphabet pendant by Monica Vinader from £150  //  10. Baies Scented Candle by Diptyque £42  //  11. ‘Same Mistakes’ Pencil Case by Kate Spade £24  //  12. Personalised watch by May28th £18  //  13. Eat Cake for Breakfast Thermal Mug by Kate Spade £16  //  14. Charm + Alphabet pendant by Litzi from £70  //  15. Monogram Nail Polish by Not On The High Street £7  //  16. Birchbox 12 month subscription £100  //  17. ‘Bridesmaid’ Tote Bag by Not On The High Street £13  //  18. Engraved personalised pendant by Monica Vinader from £35  //  19. Personalised Monogram Framed Print by Not On The High Street £49

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10 Stylish Judaica Pieces For Your Home

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This is a guest post by Andrea Cohen

In 1984, the same year Miami Vice premiered on American TV and Frankie Goes to Hollywood was getting us all to ‘RELAX’, I was a 13 year old Bat Mitzvah. I spent almost every other weekend that year attending another friends’s Bat Mitzvah, and sneaking out of her service to peruse the temple’s Judaica collection. I was a budding artist and designer on a search for objects that were new, clever, modern and inspiring. Would there be anything in those vitrines that I’d like to see on my holiday or Shabbat table?

Uh, no, not really…

Suffice to say I was an unimpressed tween, disappointed by the short range of Judaic styles on display. As far as I could tell back then, modern Judaica fell into three general categories:

1. Chagall inspired colourful designs
2. Brightly colored geometries reminiscent of Agam’s work
3. Cold and severe steel or silver minimalist works

Where were the warm, modern, tasteful menorahs, seder plates, and kiddush cups for design-savvy Jewish girls like me?

32 years later I’m still asking the same question.

Stylish Modern Judaica. Does it really exist?

There are many talented Judaic artists working today, but there is still limited contemporary Judaica available that reflects the tastes of young, modern, urban, assimilated Jews. However, there are a handful of Judaic pieces that would bring me joy to have in my home—works that reflect my personal style and aren’t a throwback to the 1980s (or 1880s). Any of them would also make an excellent wedding gift. So here are my top 10 picks for my favourite modern Judaica, with links to where you can find them.


 

1. Futura Seder Plate by Jonathan Adler $150

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10 brilliant ways to personalise your wedding

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Hello you.. how’s 2016 treating you so far?! I’d love to hear all about what you’ve been up to… For me, January has already brought in some really exciting new projects and my creative juices have been flowing to the max! Creative ideas always excite me so today I want to tell you about some, quite frankly, brilliantly imaginative and fun ways to personalise your wedding day. You’re going to love these! Let me know which ones are your favourites, and if you want even more creative wedding inspiration, head over here.

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1. Custom slogan veil £35

Say it loud and proud with a slogan veil. This double layered, shoulder-length veil is handmade to order with the word or phrase of your choice (up to 12 characters). I love the idea of having one with your new married name on it! Custom wedding veil
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2. Personalised marshmallow cake toppers / favours
From £1.30 per marshmallow

Print pictures of each of your guests on marshmallows and attach them on a skewer to their dessert! If that’s too time-consuming, how about personalising the marshmallows with a picture of the two of you, or your wedding logo? You could also use them as favours and create mallow pops!
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3. Personalised cake topper £56

Have your names, your new surname, or any phrase you fancy stop your wedding cake!
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