Great bridal shower gift ideas

My sister texted me tonight saying she's going to a bridal shower and has no clue what to get the bride and wondered if I had any ideas. Because I'm in the wedding industry I totally should have ideas and lots of them, right? Well, I was a little embarrassed to admit that I didn't have a blog post that could help her, but I promised that soon I would. So, here it is! 

Super Adorbs Apron

I know it's super sexist to say that now that she's becoming a wife she needs an apron, but I'll tell you a little secret: I didn't cook until I was married. I mean, I knew how to make scrambled eggs and miso soup but I mostly ate take out from the Whole Foods deli because I didn't know how to cook. So I would have LOVED an apron as a bridal shower gift! Check out this cute and colorful apron.

Bake, Rattle, and Roll Apron

Colorful Nautical Notecards

These sweet nautical notecards are perfect for a bride getting married in Maine! I would freakin' love a set of these and would totally use them. The handwritten note is coming back in style (thank god) and you might even get one of these as a thank you note if you give her this sweet gift! 

Sea My Guest Notecard Set

Jewelry Organizer-Thingy

I need one of these soooo badly! This is the perfect give because it's the kind of thing that your friend might not buy herself but she probably totally needs. My necklaces are a knotted mess and my earrings are all over the place. I would LOVE to get this sweet copper jewelry stand

Wrangle Your Bangles Jewelry Stand

Framable Botanical Prints

I adore these! Every since seeing Alicia Florrick's wall of framed botanical and bird prints I've wanted to do the same thing in my living room. I think they would look so pretty framed and laid out in a grid. Maybe get two sets so she can really make a statement. Would your bride friend like these beautiful botanical prints

Seed What I Mean? Print Set - 9.75 x 8.25

Otter Tape Dispenser

Ergmagahd! Apparently I'm just putting together a list of things I want because I MUST have this otter tape dispenser. He's so dang cute, just look at that face! Another little story...this year for our anniversary I got my husband a card that said "We're meant for each otter!" Cute, right? I know, and so is this adorable otter tape dispenser. I promise you, your friend doesn't already have one. ;)

Alma Otter Tape Dispenser

Everyone Needs Gold Bowls

Ok, yeah, this post is totally just a list of things I want. LOL! But, c'mon, who wouldn't want these awesome gold bowls? They even have matching gold mugs, but I think I like the bowls even better. If she doesn't want to eat ice cream out of them, then maybe she can use them for her hair ties or rings or keys or nuts or candies or...whatever.  

Gold Crush Bowl Set

Mrs. Wine Tote

And, because she's becoming a Mrs. this little canvas wine tote would be a perfect bridal shower gift! And a wine tote is yet another useful item that people don't usually buy for themselves. And, you can totally put a bottle of champagne in it and tell her it's to bring to the bridal suite on wedding day! What a thoughtful gift. Give her this miss to mrs. wine tote and she'll know you really "get" her. 

Hugs and Mrs. Wine Tote

Little Retro Nightgown

It's traditional to get the bride some lingerie for her bridal shower, so why not get her something cute she can wear on her honeymoon. This cute little nightgown could fit most figures and is super flattering and totally sweet. C'mon, it's not like you're getting her leopard print g-strings. 

Love Story of My Life Nightgown

Studs are The Hoops

Is she into jewelry? Studs are making a comeback, so maybe get her this charming set of pastel-y colored earrings. Every time she wears them she'll think of you. And if you're wondering what to get *me* for Christmas, I'd love these! 

Hello, Retro Earring Set

You Need More Sleep

You didn't think I'd make it through a whole post about gift ideas without throwing in something with cats on it, did you? Maybe you don't know me well enough yet. I'm a proud, crazy cat lady to two sweet cats, Felix and Bean. They even have their own Instagram account where you can see the life they live in Maine. So, yeah, I, like, really love cats! Hey, maybe your friend does to! Get her this funny cat advice book

You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats

I truly, honestly love every item in this post. I'm also part of the ModCloth affiliate program and the links on this page are affiliate links. 

Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant

Have you expierenced a sun shower? Now I can say, I have. The only thing missing from this wedding was a rainbow. Everything else, and I mean EVERYTHING else, was perfect! On a hot day in June, Sam and Mike promised to become partners for life. Since everyone in attendance was brought to tears, including me, it seemed only appropriate that the heavens cried, too! Ok, I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but I can't find any other way to describe the awesomeness that was Sam and Mike's wedding. I think the cake-topper sums it up: Best. Day. Ever! 

All photos by A Sweet Start

For more information on the Grey Havens Inn in Georgetown, Maine check out this post and this one, too! 

Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant
Georgetown Maine Wedding Officiant

Venue: Grey Havens Inn, Georgetown, Maine
Photographer: Ben Wheeler Photography
Cakes: Maid of Honor
Music: DJ Brian C
Flowers: Shelley's Flowers

party dresses | cocktail dresses | bridesmaid dresses

the other day my sister asked me about good stores online where she could for a dress for her to wear to a wedding. it got me thinking: that would be a great blog post especially, if you're like me and you don't live in an urban metropolitan area. as much as we love supporting local businesses it's sometimes necessary to shop online for the dress that's just right for the wedding you're attending or you're in. 


i did a little poll on facebook and came up with the following online retailers for party dresses, cocktail dresses, rehearsal dresses, bridesmaid dresses or after-party dresses. where do you love to shop? leave your favorite retailers in the comments. 


mod cloth

anne taylor loft



rent the runway

white house | black market

j. crew


shop ruche

lela rose



shop ruche

mod cloth

i have a great pinterest board of bridesmaid dresses that might give you some fun inspiration of what you're looking for! 

maine made wedding favors

i have the best idea for your maine wedding favors! here in our little town of damariscotta, maine, there is a shop that crafts the most amazing 100% soy candles. they're just about the only candles i've ever used that smell exactly like the scent. for example, i have the garden lilac scent and it totally smells like lilacs, not like your grandmother's soap. so, let's learn a little more about the seawicks candle company

the owners

founded by michael and cara, seawicks started in edgecomb, maine about six years ago. for years they sold their candles wholesale but they just opened their first storefront in my town. they pour all their candles by hand and right now have about 21 scents and are always adding more. michael and cara have awesome taste. their little shop is lightfilled and full of goodies from local artisans; goodies like saltwater taffy, jewelry, linens, scarves, soaps, note cards and even vintage beachy antique furniture. i want to live in their shop! 


wedding favors

they often get orders of candles for wedding favors and i'm telling you this would be the perfect favor that your guests would actually LOVE! pick a scent that works with your wedding theme. you can order online or shop at a retailer in your area. 

other gift ideas

other ideas for these amazing candles: gifts for attendants, thank you gifts for parents, housewarming gifts for the wedding couple, "welcome to maine" gift bag items, a gift for yourself to remember maine, a gift for your wedding officiant (wink, wink!). either way, feel good about your purchases since they donate $.50 from every glass candle purchase to conservation efforts. what's not to love about this maine company (and they didn't pay me to say that!)?

all photos by a sweet start 


north yarmouth maine wedding officiant

i had the great pleasure of officiating a wedding for the sweetest couple at the barn on walnut hill in north yarmouth, maine. both the couple and the venue are stellar! for the week leading up to the wedding, the weather forecast was 90% chance of rain with precipitation up to an inch. we obsessed over it. the day of the rehearsal we practiced the ceremony inside the barn because it had started raining. the feeling of disappointment was palpable. but low and behold, the day of the wedding was a gorgeous sunny day with big white puffy clouds and a light breeze. we're talking PERFECT wedding weather. i know that the universe wanted meaghan and thomas to have the wedding of their dreams, and so they did. 

all photos by a sweet start.

111 maine catering | caterers
henry + mac photography | photographers (love dana and zack!!)
the barn on walnut hill | venue 
all around sound | dj (603) 781-2596
two fat cats bakery | cake and cupcakes 
fabu salon and day spa | hair and makeup 
WToo | bride's dress 
j crew | groom's suit