Gift Guide for the Newlyweds

Holiday Gift Guide for Newlyweds

Today’s gift guide is for your favorite pair of just-married friends (orrrr that cute couple that sweetly never quite stopped acting like newlyweds!). A lot of these picks would also make a great gift for your honey, or anyone on your list who you happen to just really love!

1. Love Pillowcase Set — This utterly adorable pillowcase set is perfect for your favorite set of newlyweds.
2. Highball Cocktail Glasses — For the couple who loves to entertain, these fun gold detail glasses evoke old-fashioned cocktail glamour.
3. Mr. & Mrs. Cutting Board — Does it even get cuter than this ‘monogrammed’ kitchen staple? We think not!
4. Rewind Candle — This cool ‘spiked cider’ or ‘pinot noir’ scented candle, made from repurposed wine bottles, makes a great gift for the newlyweds or anyone on your list!
5. More Than Coffee Art Print — If you’re anything like us, this art print is saying ALOT! ;) Definitely the perfect gift for your sweetie.
6. I Heart You Neon Sign — An ultra-cool gift for your newly-wedded besties!
7. Why You’re So Awesome Book — This gift could work for your BFF or sibling, but we think it’s extra perfect for gifting to the one you love.
8. Cheese + Crackers Serving Board — For the couple that goes together just like, well, cheese + crackers! We love this sweet + practical gift.
9. Custom Family Portrait — There’s still time to give a totally unique, customized gift! Isn’t this handdrawn family portrait just the cutest?!
10. Our First Christmas Personalized Ornament  — Their first holiday spent as Mr. + Mrs. is a BIG deal. Help them celebrate with this thoughtful ornament from Paloma’s Nest.
11. The Outsiders Book — The perfect gift for the adventurous, globetrotting couple!
12. Ampersand Marquee Light — For a gift with some wow-factor, this set of their initials in marquee lights is so fun, right?!

See all of our handpicked GWS gift guides right here.

And we have lots more ideas we are sharing on Pinterest, so be sure to check out our boards: Gift Guide for HerGift Guide for Him, Gift Guide for Little Ones, Foodie Gift Guide, and Gift Guide for Newlyweds. Happy Shopping!!

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DIY: Gift Wrap with Silk Flowers from Afloral

DIY Gift Wrap with Afloral Silk Flowers

We’ve partnered again with our favorite silk flower company, AFloral, to create this fun gift wrap DIY! With the holidays not far away, we thought it would be fun to show you some pretty wrapping ideas for your gifts (and honestly, I think this wrapping would work for anytime of the year, right?!). Create a fun silk flower arrangement topper for your bestie’s present, or a woodland inspired piece for your mister. Lots of possibilities with AFloral and so easy to create! And those pretty gift tags above? Those are thanks to Goodheart Design and Alex was sweet enough to share a template with those so you can download for your gifting too!!

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

What You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from AFloral. We picked these choices (from left to right): Red Peony, Red Ranunculus, Gold Berries, Pink Ranunculus, Fern, Velvet Phalaenopsis, White Anemone, Gold Money Plant, Guinea Feathers
• Gift tag template (download here). **Be sure to print these on cardstock if you are thinking about dip-dying them
Scissors
Brown Kraft paper
White Kraft paper
Twine, Gold Rope, Yarn options
Boxes (we chose 4-6 in varying shapes/sizes)

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

For the first glam-inspired wrapping we did, we paired the white anemone, feathers + gold berries with white kraft paper and twine. Simply wrap your box up with the white paper, and begin with the twine by wrapping around the box for some texture…

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

Next, you can attach your supplies by using twine to secure down onto the wrapped twine. This will reinforce it onto the packaging. If you need extra support for the white anemone, use a glue gun to secure down! And last, use a pretty tag like our calligraphy adornment from Goodheart Design.

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

For a classic holiday gift wrap look – we paired some greens, reds and golds together with a brown kraft paper…

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

Start by layering your yarn around the box to create a web design, and adjust as necessary. Then you can attach your flowers + accents using the yarn as support.

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

Lastly, we picked a pretty pink + gold combo. We found some pretty gold wrap to tie around our box, and adorned with a big red peony + pink ranunculus. Love the addition of the dip-dyed tag!

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

DIY gift wrap with Afloral

And there you have it! 3 pretty ways to dress up with gift wrapping with AFloral. Pretty, and simple right?!

If you do some pretty wrapping at home with AFloral using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Rustic, Santa Fe Inspired Wedding: Laura + Jon

colorful rustic bridesmaids

Today’s wedding seriously proves that your ideas don’t always have to perfectly match in order to create fun + whimsical (but still cohesive) look for your day. Laura + Jon describe their wedding décor as ‘organized chaos': think materials like yarn, wood, terracotta + twine mingling with wildflowers, boho furniture + lots of patterned textiles. Color was key, and a palette of cream, burnt orange, turquoise, deep purple and mustard yellow felt just right. Laura gives us all the background on why they went with a rustic, Santa Fe look for their day below:

Neither of us being super traditional, we wanted something that felt less wedding-y and more us. Me being from Albuquerque and him coming from a ranch-style home in the Midwest, we knew this look would be right for us. The basics were wood and metal mixed with colorful wildflowers, turquoise stones and hand-crafted touches like hand-painted terracotta pots and wood-burned logos. Every item of decor was picked separately so it didn’t match but it all fit together. We had lawn games and blankets, signature cocktails, fire pits, and our favorite desserts. We wanted it to feel like a big celebration!

Thanks so much to Le’ Marie Events, who helped L + J put their design ideas into action, and to Christopher from Next to Me Studios for sharing his gorgeous photos with us today!

feather invitation

strappy heels

first look

flower crown

Laura wore one of the most cheerful flower crowns we’ve seen! The handiwork of Seven Stems Floral Design.

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

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colorfulrustic-wedding-10

^^ We ADORE that happy photo of Laura + her ladies! Don’t you? ^^

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rustic wedding party

garland arbor

garland arbor

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Laura: Seeing Jon cry as I walked down the aisle and then as we said our vows. I didn’t expect either of us to get so emotional. It was just so overwhelmingly beautiful standing there in front of him committing the rest of our lives that it was impossible not to get choked up. It was a moment I will never forget.

Jon: Hearing “The Scientist” by Coldplay start playing and seeing Laura walking from the Stonehouse down to the altar. It was an amazing day.

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

garland decor

midcentury couch

succulent favors

succulent favors

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Their photog, Christopher, shares a bit about the reception setting: The centerpiece vessels were hand-picked from various antique shops and furniture stores that they shopped for themselves. All of them were placed on wood slices that were wood burned with their custom wedding logo. The primary centerpiece vessels were filled with wildflowers and then surounded with tin-punched votives and glass bottles that we hand-wrapped in yarn in our wedding colors, all in different shapes and sizes. To finish, turquoise stones were scattered around the table tops.

And, well, we just love how it all turned out! Get a similar look for YOUR day by shopping this colorful wedding below:

colorful tablescape

colorful tablescape

ribbon chair decor

colorful tablescape

Processional: Bridal Party: I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons; Bride: The Scientist – Coldplay

Recessional: Next to Me – Emeli Sandé

First Dance: Make you feel my Love – Adele

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

Temecula Creek Inn wedding

rustic dessert bar

dreamcatcher decor

string light

Just be you! Your wedding should reflect what you love, it should make you feel comfortable and happy. Don't worry about traditions or what people think. The last thing you would want on your wedding day is to walk in and have it feel like a show. It should be relaxed, fun, unique and memorable. An amazing day for you, your husband and all your friends and family to celebrate and always remember.

photography: Next to Me Studios // planning + design: Le’ Marie Events // venue: Temecula Creek Inn Temecula, California // florals: Seven Stems Floral Design // rentals: Pow Wow Design Studio // lighting: Event Lighting // desserts: California Cheesecakes // cupcakes: Cupcakes Squared // signage: Hannah Salazar // wedding dress: Allure Design // makeup: Dina Bree // ceremony guitarist: Jasmine Commerce

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryNext to Me Studios is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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