Wedding Gifts



Since guests are often curious about the etiquette of wedding gift-giving, I thought I’d give a few tips that I’ve picked up over the years.

1)A general rule of thumb is to give enough of a gift to cover the cost of you and your date’s meal. This is typically at least $250 per couple in the city of Chicago. If this is too much for you, please don’t worry.

2) Couples love checks (Make it out to the groom, since he’s most likely keeping his name. And, a check is safe because if it is stolen, you can cancel it.)

3) Choose from the registry and have the gift sent to their home (Lugging gifts from the hotel after the wedding is a pain!)

4) If the couple hasn’t registered, give them a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant or funds to spend on their honeymoon.

5) If a gift is out of the question for you financially, give them a card with a heartfelt note inside and include a wish for their future together.

Bluefly Goes Bridal



Our favorite online shopping destination,, has introduced a new feature: The Wedding Shop. Bridesmaids, Mothers of the Bride, and Groomsmen can find the perfect thing for the big day in the “I’m In It” section. There are also adorable shoes and and bags as well as honeymoon clothing and gifts items for the couple. Expect to get the same discounted designer names that Bluefly is known for. This isn’t a bargain site, but if you are just dying to have your bridesmaids with you in Vera Wang or Amsale, The Wedding Shop is a great place to look.

Guests can score trendy wedding-friendly dresses, suits, and gifts in the “I’m Invited” section. If you are unsure of what to wear to a particular type of wedding, sort by black tie, civil ceremony, semi-formal, or destination wedding to get Bluefly-approved ideas.

I’m dying to wear this Vera Wang jersey dress to my friend’s wedding in April:

Vera Wang Canary
Matte Jersey Dress

Left Bank Sample Sale



This Weekend Only

Friday – Sunday

November 14, 15 & 16

All Shoes 10-50 % Off
Wedding Accessories 10%-50% Off
Hair Gems & Headpieces 20%-50% Off
Monogramming Special 20% off
All Storewide Gifts & Jewelry 10-50% Off

Friday 11-7
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday:  Noon – 5pm

The Left Bank Jewelry & Wedding Shoes
1155 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Fabulous Toasting Flutes



If you were thinking of forgoing the tradition of bringing your own toasting flutes to your wedding reception to save a few bucks, these may make you change your mind and go in another direction entirely…

Vera Wang’s Love Knots are a sweet way to toast to your new marriage.
The adorable set of two is on sale for $55.25 at Bloomingdales.
Vera Wang Love Knots
Toasting Flutes

Kate Spade’s Belle Boulevard Toasting Flutes are perfect for a modern Spring wedding.
They are $51 for a set of two at Bloomingdales.

Kate Spade Belle
Boulevard Toasting Flutes

Swarovski Crystalline Toasting Flutes are my absolute favorite. This photo doesn’t do them justice! These are for the couple who loves to make a statement…a very sparkly statement! The stems are filled with tiny individual crystals and the bases are brilliant cut, resembling a diamond. I found them online at Upscale Gallery for$292.50 for the pair.

Crystalline Toasting Flutes

Other ideas:

If you are feeling generous, choose champagne flutes from your favorite retailer for your entire bridal party. Check out Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn for a start.

For the couple who really wants to make a statement with their wedding color pallette, choose colored toasting flutes.

Brides who would like to surprise their husbands with the gift of taking his name could take the fun a little further with monnogrammed toasting flutes (and a cake topper!)


A Fresh Take on the White Wedding



I was researching ideas for a few weddings and I stumbled upon a site I haven’t visited in a little while…Plum Party. I love the interesting and unique party items they stock.

Check out these gorgeous white details that could be used to add a serious WOW factor to your chic, modern decor. Imagine these vases with just a few stems of your accent color.

Sculpture Single Long
Neck VaseThree white vases
These are from West Elm

West Elm White

I love the clean, modern design. How cute do they look with leaves in them? It’s a fun take on the typical fall leaf decor. Leaves are an unexpected element for a spring or summer wedding. I think they look great with the white backdrop.

Happy Planning!