Wish List

Items and ideas for the discerning bride

Bottle openers - Alaska style

Made with stunning craftsmanship, this Alaska State bottle opener is perfect for a rustic wedding and/or wedding favors, party gifts, or simply to enjoy as a reminder of your favorite state. Crack open your favorite drink and enj doy! Each bottle opener is created and thoughtfully designed from scratch out of 14 gauge hot-rolled industrial A-36 steel. (The pieces are treated before they ship, but a beautiful patina will likely occur when exposed to humidity. If the rust is not wanted, use coarse steel wool to remove any or all rust.) Visit rvmetalshop.com.

Resave the Date Card

Need to reset your wedding day? Send your family, friends, and other guests a “RE-Save the Date” card. You can personalize and print it from the safety and comfort of your own home. With this DIY template, the text is fully editable through an instantly accessible file. No need to install software or download fonts. Save time by not waiting on a designer. The download options include PDF (for home printing, copy center or print shop), JPG (for photo lab or print shop) or PNG (for text, email or social media sharing). Visit etsy.com/shop/tigerlilyandtundra.

Heartfelt gift

Will you be gaining a “bonus” mother or daughter on that big day? Show your love and appreciation by giving them a pretty piece of jewelry straight from the heart. This sterling silver necklace is beautifully packaged and handmade in Alaska. Visit etsy.com/shop/truelilyjewelry.

That’s a wrap!

Is your fall or winter wedding outdoors? Love to have that snuggly vibe in your outdoor photos? Get cuddled up in warmth and style with a beautiful faux fur shawl. Not only do they keep you warm, a bit of luxury and elegance adds to your wedding day look. These Jasmine shawls are super chic and will add that touch of texture for your gorgeous intimate wedding photoshoot. Shown here: Styles YJ13601 and YJ13001, both in ivory. Also available in black. Visit jasminebridal.com.

Personalized bridesmaid robes

When it comes to timeless bridal party gifts, you’ll never go wrong with sweet and stylish bridesmaid robes for the morning of the big day. Plus, your getting-ready photos will look sensational with a matching set of bridesmaid robes (and one for the bride, of course). Everyone will feel pretty in these Gentle Sateen robes made from high-quality satin and accented with matching lace on the sleeves and bottom. The super soft and luxurious satin fabric with spandex makes them especially comfortable. Customize them with initials and floral prints. Visit etsy.com/shop/gentlesateen.

Stamped with personality

Add a cute touch to all of your beautiful invites and stationery with this personalized Alaska state return address stamp. The rubber stamp with wood backing and black wooden handle makes the perfect wedding or housewarming gift! Made with non-toxic, acid-free, fade-resistant ink excellent for most glossy surfaces, including vellum, photos and coated papers. Also works well on ordinary paper, tissue, wood, and other porous surfaces. Drying time will vary with color. Visit etsy.com/shop/honeyandrosespress.

Wired for beauty

Love that boho, beach or vintage wedding vibe? Bridal hair vines with leaves, pearls and crystals will add the perfect touch to your wedding day. Set on bendable and flexible wire, the vines can be worn with many bridal hair styles – hair down, half-up, up-do. Available in five shades of gold and silver and 10 lengths, you can customize and coordinate the headpieces for your entire bridal party, such as the bride wearing the longest vine and the bridesmaids wearing coordinating, shorter variations. Each piece is lightweight and stays in great with just pins. Visit lottiedadesigns.com.

Nude nails

Looking for the perfect neutral nail polish to match your bridal ensemble? Nail your look with a beautiful nude shade. Consider these three great options for long-wearing, barely-there colors so you can really show off those digits – especially the one with the ring on it. Not your match? Don’t worry, these lines have dozens of other au natural shades to suit every taste and style. Shown here, Nanacoco (“Bubblegum”), OPI (“Mimosas for Mr & Mrs.”), and Essi (“Spin the Bottle”).

Heart your special day

This personalized map art is a completely unique way to remember your special place! Choose one or two locations to feature on your personalized heart maps. Printed on wood panels, your print comes beautifully framed in a 13”x13”x1.5” solid pine shadow box frame and is ready to hang. Choose either a white or black frame. Visit definedesign11.com.

Snappy hats

A custom wedding party snapback trucker hat is a unique and stylish gift idea that is suitable for both men and women. Whether you choose to wear them at the bachelor or bachelorette party, or maybe even the bridal shower, this mesh bridal squad trucker cap announces your status in style. They are ideal for team bride and her girls at their party, or the groom and his best guys out at a baseball game. Each hat is white, accented with an array of neon colors and designs, such as this "Bride" text, so you are sure to find a style that fits your theme. Prepare your bride or groom for their big day by gifting them one! Visit weddingstar.com.

Favor bags

Treat your guests to something sweet. These versatile little favor bags are the perfect way to express your gratitude to guests and can be used in so many ways: Fill them with snack treats (candy, cookies, donuts, etc.) for guests to take home, or fill them with confetti or birdseed for the grand send off. Fold over tops and use beautiful washi tape, labels or wooden clothespins to close or hole punch and thread with ribbon or lace to tie up for an elegant look. (If you are prepackaging, make sure to seal away baked goods or oily items in a Ziploc or plastic wrap.) Don't have time to wrap up the treats? Choose from ready-to-fill wax-lined bakery bags. Visit etsy.com/shop/detailsondemand.

Let them sparkle

This one-of-a-kind Swarovski crystal earring and solitaire necklace set is the perfect way to propose to your bridesmaids and maid of honor. Not only do they complement each other, they are perfectly paired accessories that add some sparkle to your bridesmaids' walk down the aisle, and double as a special thank you gift. The set is available in gold or silver, and can be personalized with the names of your maid of honor, bridesmaids, mother-in-law, or flower girl. Choose from a variety of packaging options for a gift that is truly unique for your one-of-a-kind bride tribe. Visit weddingstar.com.

Vow journal

A perfect fit for pockets and purses, this mini hardcover linen notebook is ideal for a bride and groom who want to write their own marriage vows. Inspiration can strike anywhere, and the small size of the wedding journal lets you keep it nearby. Embossed with an elegant gold foil, the fancy notebook can be made especially unique with the addition of a monogram, name, wedding date, or special custom text transforming the notebook into a cool personalized keepsake as well as a vow writing tool. An inexpensive blank hardback pocket journal that doesn’t appear cheap, the pretty “Love Wreath” design comes on both an ivory white and charcoal gray vow book, so you can get one for him and for her. They’re even a cute bridal party gift idea for bridesmaids and groomsmen to use as a personal planner. Visit weddingstar.com.

Get unplugged – with style

Functional and affordable, this stylish chalkboard sign is a cute way for the bride and groom to ask guests at the ceremony and reception to take in the moment without electronics. Plus, the chalkboard’s medium size means the sign is easily read and perfectly portable so you can place it indoors, outdoors or wherever you want. Custom printed with a bride and groom’s names, or wedding date, you get the rustic look of a classic rectangle blackboard without the worry of unsteady drawing hands or smudged chalk lines. Consider getting a cute wooden tabletop easel to help display the unique sign and complete your vintage look. Visit weddingstar.com.

Classic Keepsake

Use this custom wooden keepsake box as an alternative ring bearer box and to keep your rings in it at home after you're married. Beautiful wood grain and customizable script form a chic box with a built-in photo frame also make these boxes a great guest favor. Measures 5" tall, 3 7/8" long, and 4 7/8" wide. Visit weddingstar.com.

All Nighter

Terrified of smudged eyeliner and mascara runs ruining your wedding photos? With Urban Decay's All Nighter long-lasting makeup setting spray, you won't even have to think about it. Spritz all over your face after you've perfected your makeup look, and it won't budge for up to 16 hours. This waterproof and sweatproof formula comes in a standard 4 oz. bottle or a mini 1 oz. bottle. Available locally at Sephora or visit urbandecay.com.

Pillows of Love

Angel Gowns of Alaska use donated wedding dresses as materials to make burial gowns and suits for stillbirths and infants who do not survive. The organization fundraises through the sale of pillows and handkerchiefs also made from the gowns. These pillows (which can be fashionable ring bearer pillows) are called "Pillows of Love" and are available for purchase year-round at Orainda's Bridal Boutique.

Champagne Candy

Perfect for bridal showers, bachelorette parties and even receptions, these champagne-inspired candies combine the fizz of champagne and the sugary sweetness of candy for a truly special treat. Champagne Bears, Champagne Bubbles, and aBubbly Bears come in a cute keepsake box. Imported from Germany, these sweets are sure to make an impression. Available locally at Nordstrom or visit sugarfina.com.

Stop Sinking

Planning an outdoor wedding? Consider how you will glide across that terrain in your gorgeous pair of heels. Enter GoGo Heel's Stoppers! These little wonders will help prevent high heels from sinking into grass and getting caught between cracks. Walk gracefully and effortlessly on grass, gravel, cobblestone, and any other soft or uneven surface. Made of highly transparent rubber for unnoticeable wear, GoGo Heel is specially tapered to contour to any heel shape for a seamless, secure fit. Share the love: Add these heel protectors to your bridesmaids’ gifts and guests’ welcome bags. Visit gogoheel.com.

Pretty Organized

Avoid the "Where's my lipstick/mascara/bobby pins?" panic on your wedding day with personalized makeup bags. Give these beautiful zipper bags as gifts with your bridesmaids' initials or names on them and everyone will know exactly where their things are on the big day, no last-minute drugstore runs required. Available in 11" wide by 7" tall or 8" wide by 5.3" tall. Visit weddingstar.com.

Something Blue

Add that traditional 'something blue' to your wedding day with a gorgeous piece of jewelry. The main stones are reminiscient of glacial waters, encircled by Swarovski gems for an elegant sparkle. No matter your wedding season or theme, these earrings are a statement piece no one will forget. Available locally at Bateau Bridal Boutique or visit tiadorojewelry.com.

Pretty French

No one wants to see a plain, utilitarian dress hanger in photos, and a fancy hanger for the dress is one of the most recommended items by recent brides. This French Market Hanger is the perfect accessory to hang your gown for photographs while you're getting ready. Available in copper, gold and silver, the hanger even comes with a cute "Bride" ribbon. Visit bhldn.com.

Looking Back

Earrings, necklaces and bracelets are all common wedding day jewelry, but they are also usually only seen from the front. Why not dress up the back of your gown as well? This back piece can be sewn or clipped to the straps of your gown for an timeless look, especially if paired with an elegant updo. Available locally at Arctic Rose Bridal Salon or visit envogueaccessories.com.

No-Hurt Heels

Want to wear a gorgeous pair of heels on your big day but worried about sore feet and ending up barefoot by the end of the night? Bridal Killer Kushionz let you wear any shoe you want without pain. Shock absorbing, anti-slip adhesive pads reduce foot stress and eliminate toe-scrunch while helping prevent callouses. Available locally at David's Bridal and Nordstrom or visit footpetals.com.

Royal Wedding

If you've ever dreamed of wearing a tiara for your wedding day, your time is now. A bandeau headband or tiara is perfectly on-trend and adds some gorgeous sparkle to your look. This piece will complement nearly any style with simple sophistication. Available in rose gold and silver tones to suit any bride. Available locally at Orainda’s Bridal Boutique or visit marionat.com.

Sweet Gift

Bring on the fun with Godiva's Chocolate Festival Gold Collection, presented in a gold gift box beautifully decorated with colorful carnival flowers, fireworks and more. Give this gourmet chocolate to your girls as a thank-you gift, or to enjoy together at the end of a fun, festive evening. The chocolates include playful flavors – Passion, Fun, Surprise, Excitement and Dance – and each comes with a matching decoration on top. Available in 9- and 18-piece boxes. Visit godiva.com.

Glass act

Personalized wine glasses are a perfect gift as a thank you for your “bride tribe” and "I do crew." This oversized glass holds 12 ounces and can be fully customized with your wedding monogram, an etched name, bridal party title, or more. Your bridal party will remember her good times at your big day every time she takes a sip. Bonus: Under $10, these glasses are inexpensive without looking like it. Visit weddingstar.com.

Make a statement

Add some sparkle to your big day with this stunning Noelle earring and necklace set. Eye-catching and elegant with its icy-toned crystals and pristine pearls, this statement set will complement a simple, elegant gown. Perfect for a winter wedding and beyond, these pieces will elevate any outfit to extraordinary. Available locally at Anderson’s Bride or visit chloeandisabel.com.

Pieces of love

Natural wooden puzzle pieces fit together to make a heart for this alternative guest book. Each jigsaw heart is 18.5” tall and 16.5” wide and has 58 pieces for your guests to sign their names on or write well wishes. Made of medium density fiberboard, the puzzle makes a great keepsake to put on your mantle or fit into a frame on the wall, keeping your loved ones nearby always. Visit weddingstar.com.

Nailed it

You’re about to get married and no time for the salon? Thankfully, there’s Color Street. Each Color Street set is made in the US and comes with 16 pieces – enough for a full manicure and pedicure, as well as a nail file and two alcohol wipes. Made of 100-percent nail polish, these thin color strips are easy to apply. No special tools or heat needed. Even after applying, you can gently peel the strip back off to readjust! With hundreds of designs to choose from, you can mix-and-match for your wedding theme. Available locally at Orainda’s Bridal Boutique or online at mycolorstreet.com.

Favors they’ll use again

Funky and functional, this personalizable bottle-shaped corkscrew makes a great favor for the practical bride. Plus the bottle is magnetic, so guests can just slap it on the fridge so it’s handy when they’re opening a bottle of wine. Each little wine bottle comes in its own gift box for each of your guests and can be easily dressed up with a bow or tag. Choose from three designs with your names and wedding date. Visit weddingstar.com.

The bride box

Make some time to treat yourself each month with a Miss to Mrs Box. Each box has at least seven full-sized products full of clever gifts meant to give you peace of mind and help plan your wedding. Items in a box could include vow books, beauty essentials, slippers, sleeping masks and many more items you may not even know existed until they arrive conveniently at your door. Subscriptions are also fully customizable – you can accelerate or decelerate your subscription at any time to work with your wedding date. Available online at misstomrsbox.com.

Map it out

Commemorate you and your partner’s journey together by working with Cool People Designs to create a custom map of your love story. Sami Ali will hand-draw and calligraph places special to your heart with adorable intricate illustrations alongside for a love map just for you. For an extra-special touch, have guests sign the matting and hang the map with all your loved ones’ signatures on the wall. Visit etsy.com/shop/coolpeopledesigns.

Recalling a classic

Yearning for a sophisticated “Old Hollywood” silhouette? This vintage-inspired wrap from Silver Moon will keep you warm for that winter wedding or cold-weather photo shoot. Made with luxurious faux fox fur and a poly lining, the wrap is also cruelty free, leaving you guilt-free and glam. One size fits most and comes in soft grey or soft white. Available locally at Orainda’s Bridal Boutique or online at silvermoonchicago.com.

Natural invites

Calling all nature-loving couples: Set the tone for your nature-loving ceremony with these Wood and Posies Invitations. Made of real birch wood and featuring pretty colorful posies, these invitations are full of rustic charm and sure to wow your guests. Comes with coordinating envelopes to complete the look. Available locally through Bell’s Nursery or visit carlsoncraftproducts.com.

Sweet treat

From candy buffets to wedding favors, treat your guests to something sweet and almost too pretty to eat. My M&M’s makes it easy to personalize your wedding treats by choosing candy to match your wedding colors (up to 25 different colors). You can also pick from several different packaging options, from heart-shaped favor tins to ribbon-adorned bags, or buy in bulk so you can DIY your favors. Also, you can customize the candies by printing your names, a picture or wedding hashtag on each candy-coated shell. (Yes, that means your guests can eat M&M’s with your lovely faces on them!) Visit mymms.com.

Personalized ribbon

This endearing ribbon is adorable when paired with a sweet tasting treat. The perfect embellishment for dessert bars, favors filled with confectionery, bridal shower goody bags, or anniversary and wedding keepsakes. Available in a rainbow of colors and messages, this ribbon makes a lovely finishing touch. Create your own custom message such as your names and wedding date for a pretty accessory all your own. Printing will have approximately 2” spacing between repeating messages and will read left to right. Visit weddingstar.com.

Get toting

Personalize and design your own tote bag to haul your belongings in style! Available in five sizes to fit all your lugging needs, these bags are made of 100-percent natural material and can be customized with your favorite pictures and text for the perfect gift or casual accessory. Versatile, trendy and durable, this custom tote means you’ll always look fashionable – from wedding planning errands to the honeymoon and beyond. Also, consider creating a custom bag for the bridal party to stash their stuff – it’s a handy tote they’ll actually want to use again. However, keep in mind that most people would prefer to not tote someone else’s initials around town; instead, choose a fun design that can last long after the wedding. They’ll still think of you every time they grab it to run an errand or hit up the farmers market. Visit shop.weddingchicks.com

Custom mugs

Perfect for a country- or rustic-style reception, these high-quality mason jars make great casual drinking mugs. Each one holds 16 ounces of your favorite beverage, whether it be fresh-squeezed lemonade or small-batch craft beer. Personalize it to your liking with your monogram or special message. Use them as bridal party gifts or as wedding favors that your guests will appreciate long after your reception. Visit weddingstar.com.

Something blue

Looking for ‘something blue’? Now you can have your blue and drink it too! Create a one-of-a-kind wedding toast – and wow the crowd – with Blanc de Bleu sparkling blue wine. Because it’s a Brut, it’s more of a dry and crisp wine, rather than overly sweet. On the finish, there’s a kiss of all-natural blueberry flavoring that tickles the palate just enough to make you want another sip. And who can overlook the striking color! Imagine a room full of family and friends holding their glasses raised high, filled with this beautiful blue bubbly. It’s a unique way to add a touch of elegance – and blue! – to your event. Available in 750 ml and 187 ml bottles. For local retailers, visit blancdebleuusa.com.

State pride

The state of Alaska has never looked brighter with this faux gold foil coaster – the perfect detail for any occasion. Whether it’s a special touch to tie your wedding celebration together or something fun to add to Alaska-themed gift baskets for those out-of-state guests, coasters are the perfect accent piece. Consider using this special coaster at a wedding of two people who are finally living together in the same state – or as a gift to the happy couple to dress up their home bar. Personalization available. Visit carlsoncraftproducts.com.

With this ring

Who could forget the rings on the wedding day when they’re safely stored in this adorable wooden box? Couples can customize this laser-engraved ring box with their names and wedding date for a truly unique keepsake. A beautiful piece to display in wedding photos, too. Measures 2-1/8” wide by 1-3/4” tall and made of 100-percent real wood boxes. (Graining may appear slightly different in each box.) For custom order info, visit etsy.com/shop/flowertownweddings.

Pretty paper plates

Looking for beautiful tableware that won’t break the bank? These pretty floral print paper plates are perfect for a wedding reception, shower, tea party or garden party. Featuring a stunning rose blossom in the softest shades of blush and pink, these elegant, disposable plates are not only fancy, they are an affordable and quick way to set a beautiful floral-themed party table. Mix and match these decorative paper plates with other disposable dinnerware and napkins. Additional styles are available too, from boldly contemporary metallic finishes to classically elegant designs. Visit weddingstar.com.

Love notes

With its hidden message inside, this sleek and modern Keynote Locket for the bride or bridal party is a one-of-a-kind gift. Customize your locket with a message that she will be sure to cherish forever – from powerful positive thoughts to endearing love notes. Each engraved note is magnetic, allowing you to easily change messages for new moments and memories. Made of shiny 18 KT gold plating. Available locally through Picture This or visit spartina449.com.

Contoured beauty

Every bride wants to be radiant on her big day. And while a natural glow from healthy skin helps, a couple of makeup tricks can really take your look to the next level. With professional contour makeup and techniques, you can highlight your beauty while concealing flaws, add definition to the face and minimize areas that you may want to appear smaller. Enter the new Jane Iredale’s GreatShape Contour Kits in two shades (Universal Warm and Cool) and the new Contour Brush (for sharp lines) and Blending/Contour Brush (for a diffused effect). These kits feature three matte shades each to sculpt and enhance all of your best assets. Each shade gives truly natural looks to illuminate key features and get you glowing. The super-soft brushes are 100-percent animal-free, using synthetic Naturon and Taklon fibers to deliver superior coverage and a buildable, forgiving application. Bonus: These brushes dry fast, never break or shed, and are designed in a gorgeous rose gold and wooden motif. For local retailers, visit janeiredale.com.

Gifts for the girls

Struggling to find the perfect gift that truly shows you care? Look no further than Grateful Bags. Your bridesmaids will be excited over their clutch purses with their very own monogram. They will be impressed with the thought and love put into this gift. The gorgeous, personalized monogram makes this bag uniquely hers and very fashionable. She will love the velvet clutch so much that she may just want the leopard clutch for her birthday, and she can just snap the monogram from one bag to the next. The clutches come in five different fabrics and patterns, and the interchangeable monograms come in a variety of fonts and colors to make it completely your own. Visit gratefulbags.com.

'Maid up and ready' kit

Give your wedding planning a touch of luxurious comfort by sliding into these cashmere slippers. Beautifully embroidered with “I Do!” for your favorite bride – or groom! Kick back and relax – they’ll feel great after a long day of wedding planning and as you prep for the big day. Visit minnierose.com.

LOVE plates

Place a signature of "LOVE" throughout your wedding celebrations and beyond. Whether you fill them with cheese cubes, olives or finger sandwiches at a bridal shower or candies, flowers or crystals at the big event, these distinctive dishes are sure to be admired by your guests. Visit weddingstar.com.

DIY adorable

A little DIY will make these flower girl baskets perfectly adorable for your pint-sized helper. This alternative basket is a real charmer and instantly evokes a sense that your day will be anything but ordinary. Simply add petals and an adorable child and you'll be set. Alternatively, create an instant centerpiece by inserting a potted plant or remove the fabric liner and use the wire basket only in any number of interesting ways. Visit weddingstar.com.

I do slippers

Give your wedding planning a touch of luxurious comfort by sliding into these cashmere slippers. Beautifully embroidered with “I Do!” for your favorite bride – or groom! Kick back and relax – they’ll feel great after a long day of wedding planning and as you prep for the big day. Visit minnierose.com.

At long lash

For your wedding day, you want the lushest and longest lashes on the planet. After all, they not only look lovely in person but will help make your eyes pop in all those wedding photos. Not a fan of falsies? Then try one of these tried-and-true mascaras for longer, richer-looking lashes – all at drug store prices.

1. For longer lashes, one of the best lengthening mascaras is L’Oreal Paris’ Telescopic Original Mascara, boasting major lengthening effects (up to 60 percent!) while also separating the lashes for a clump-free finish.

2. Want to pump up the volume? Try the thickening formula in Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara – it’s a favorite among beauty bloggers.

3. Sure, you may shed some tears on your wedding day – but skip the black tears! One of the best waterproof mascaras on the market is Maybelline Full ’N Soft Waterproof Mascara – perfect for feather-soft lashes that will stay put during your vows.

4. Just like using primer to keep your makeup in place and last longer, get primed for successful lashes! Use L’Oreal Paris’ Voluminous Lash Primer before applying your favorite mascara for a dramatic boost to the volume and length of each lash. Add two coats of primer for a blast of impact.

Crowning glory

Looking for wedding accessories with that wow factor? This season, it's all about accessorizing your wedding dress with a statement hair accessory, such as a jeweled headband. Here are a few stunning pieces to adorn those lovely locks:

From top to bottom: (1) The exquisite rose gold flexible band from JL Johnson (Item 3404) features pearls and rhinestones. Available locally at Orainda’s Bridal Boutique or visit jljohnsonbridals.net.

(2) The Everdeen Halo from BHLDN exudes a bohemian vibe with its delicate draping chains and clusters of enameled blossoms and Swarovski crystals. Visit bhldn.com.

(3) With its timeless floral wreath look, the Violet Bandeaux from Jennifer Behr glistens with a pattern of petite flowers and is finished with elastic at the back for comfort and versatility. Visit jenniferbehr.com.

Typed with love

Planning a rustic-chic wedding? These cute 'LOVE' magnet favors are perfect replicas of vintage typewriter keys. Give these to your guests as fun yet practical favors, or use as accents throughout your wedding décor. Each set is packaged in a beautifully designed vintage-inspired craft paper gift box. For info, visit weddingstar.com.

Get labeled

Want to make your wedding more memorable for your guests? Think custom wedding labels for use on wine, beer, water bottles and more. They’re a great way to provide special, personalized messages of thanks and notes of welcome to guests. They’re perfect as favors at receptions as well as other wedding-related events (bridal showers, bachelor parties, etc.). Think it might be hard to design and print your own labels? Worry not. The pros at Bottle Your Brand do all the custom work for you. You’ll also find matching sets so you can carry your theme throughout multiple products. For info, visit bottleyourbrand.com.


Give each toast a personal touch with these chic stemless wine glasses that hold a generous 15 oz. The perfect wedding favors, they feature a variety of designs to complement your theme. Personalize with your names and your wedding date for fabulous mementos (and tabletop decor). For info, visit weddingstar.com.

Blend in nicely

Get ready for the cameras! Highlight your best features with Arbonne’s Sheer Glow Highlighter Stick Duo. Blend the lighter of the two sticks (‘Pearl’) on those areas of your face that reflect the light for a radiant, healthy looking glow. The second stick ('Bronze') can be used alone, or in tandem with 'Pearl' as a contour shade. To apply as a contour, simply blend in the hollow of your cheeks, down the sides of the bridge of your nose, on your temples and at the top of your forehead. Formulated with moisturizing botanicals, these easy-to-apply sticks are perfect to throw in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups. Visit arbonne.com.

Cutting-edge gift

Celebrate your new wedded status with this unique cutting board. Words With Boards creates personalized, hand-cut, hand-sanded boards that can be displayed with last name, first name, nickname – you name it, so get creative! The cutting boards, made of sustainably forested hard maple wood, would make a great cake plate at the wedding, as well as a unique wedding gift for the unique couple. Visit wordswithboards.com.

Skinny sipping

So many pre-wedding parties…so many high-calorie cocktails! Go ahead and create signature cocktails for every blissful occasion with the low-calorie, naturally flavored Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka – it offers a crisp, smooth and somewhat sweet flavor with a lightly warming finish. And, at less than 77 calories per 1.5 ounce serving, it provides the perfect base spirit for designing guiltless cocktails. Here are two playful bridal concoctions.

Shower with Love

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
3 parts cranberry juice
1 part orange juice

Preparation: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour over ice.

Here Comes the Bride

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
2-3 parts diet tonic water

Frozen cranberries for garnish

Preparation: Pour all ingredients over ice. Garnish with frozen cranberries.

Forever flowers

Wish your wedding flowers would last for years to come? A unique alternative to real flowers, Made with Love Alaska creates bouquets, hair accessories, corsages and boutonnières – all out of clay. These lifelike hand-sculpted florals are customized for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls. Makes a lovely keepsake long after the wedding day, such as a centerpiece or stored in a shadow box. Visit etsy.com/shop/madewithlovealaska.

Get ready robes

When getting ready for your big day, spoil yourself and all the gals with stylish, personalized, soft and silky robes. This floral-on-white kimono robe features an original water color print in a romantic palette that celebrates pretty. Made from easy to care for polyester silk, this will be an impressive gift that will make a lasting impression. Add an embroidered monogram or brief message for a thoughtful finishing touch. Visit weddingstar.com.

Foldable flats

Dance the night away in comfort and style with these foldable ballet flats. Makes a nice gift for your bridesmaids – and wedding guests! The women dancing at your reception will be oh-so-grateful. Keep the flats all night, then use them again for commuting, travel and more. Just fold them up and tuck them in your purse. For a personalized touch, create a custom bridesmaids’ pack that includes each of your bridesmaids’ names labeled on the bags. Talaria Flats are available in black, champagne or white. Visit talariaflats.com.

Get personal

With your own "Love Wreath" design rubber stamp, you can easily personalize everything from your wedding invitations and escort cards to your favor bags and thank you notes. This stamp can be personalized with the bride and groom's first names and the event date (or two custom text lines). Use an ink pad in your favorite color (or wedding colors). Visit weddingstar.com.

Map your moment

Honor the place you hold dear with a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. A. Jaffe’s new Maps collection offers necklaces, pendants and charms in 14-karat white and rose gold or sterling silver, and each custom-made piece can be engraved with any location the world over. A diamond marks the spot of a favorite memory – such as the spot where you first met, fell in love, were married or experienced some other significant or personal event. Everything from the placement of the diamond, to the choice of gold or silver, to the shape of the piece, and the type of jewelry is available for customization. Visit ajaffe.com.

Sip in style

Add a sophisticated touch of style to your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception with sangria, a wine cocktail synonymous with social gatherings, celebration and joy. But don’t settle for any sangria, consider LOLEA, a refreshing, gourmet sangria from the Mediterranean. The eye-catching, red and white-dotted bottle lends a joyful, colorful flair to any celebration. Available in either red or white wine sangria, LOLEA contains a moderate amount of alcohol and is made with all natural ingredients. You can even plan your party décor around the polka-dot theme. For local retailers, visit sangrialolea.com.

Bring the spa home

Get your whole body (even your feet!) polished and pretty for your wedding day – without visiting the salon. The Spa Sonic Pro, an all-in-one, facial, body and pedi cleanse, is the perfect solution. This waterproof set comes with five removable rotating heads that can be interchanged for easy cleansing and exfoliating both in and out of the shower: three for face (a small brush, a facial sponge and a pore minimizing silicone brush) and two for body (a large brush and a pumice stone for rough areas like feet, elbows and knees). Available at Walgreens.

Save the veil

Never fear: When the wind blows, your veil won’t! Save the Veil was created by a wedding planner after coordinating many weddings where windy conditions caused her brides’ veils to blow every which way, disrupting the ceremony and photos. Save the Veil, made of beautiful pieces of magnetic jewelry that act as veil weights, will ensure that your veil stays down when the wind acts up. After your wedding day, you can use Save the Veil to wear as a piece of jewelry or use them as magnets to hang up your beautiful wedding photos. A keepsake and piece of your wedding to have with you always. Available locally through Orainda's Bridal Boutique or visit savetheveil.com.

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Tutu cuteTutu cute

What's more adorable then a little flower girl covered in tulle? Kick up the cuteness meter with this Daily Tutu from Lille Couture. This detachable tulle tutu with a satin ribbon bow can worn over any of the Lille Couture flower girl dresses and comes in a variety of color combinations. Shown here on the Aaralyn Dress in black glimmer tulle with licorice ribbon. Available locally through Fabulous Frocks of Anchorage. Visit lillecouture.com.

Initial itInitial it

Whether it's for the bride or the bridesmaids, monogrammed jewelry makes a great personalized gift. This polished Engraved Monogram Pendant features elegant script lettering – a timeless style that she’ll wear for years to come. Customize it with different colors, chain lengths and pendant sizes. Guys: Engrave it with her married monogram to wear on her honeymoon! Visit baublebar.com.

The beauty of wineThe beauty of wine

The color experts at Pantone have named Marsala – a "naturally robust and earthy wine red" – the color of the year for 2015. This rich, sophisticated hue is universally flattering and – no matter your skin tone – it’s an excellent color choice for adorning those eyes, lips, cheeks and nails on the big day. Try: Bobbi Brown Lip Color in rum raisin, a creamy matte formula with lasting power – a plus in any bride’s book; and for those nails, try Essie’s slinky shade called Skirting the Issue. For a list of local retailers, visit essie.com and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Heirloom giftHeirloom gift

Need a gift idea? Available for purchase by the bride, groom, family or friends, the Alaska Heirloom Marriage Certificate makes a unique gift. Having first debuted in October of 2001, these heirloom quality marriage certificates are available in three designs by Alaskan artists Dale DeArmond, Byron Birdsall (pictured here) and Rie Munoz. Proceeds from each certificate goes to the Alaska Children's Trust, which generates funds to eliminate child abuse and neglect. Last year, the marriage certificates contributed over $15,000 to the Trust Fund. Visit dhss.alaska.gov.

A gift they can drink toA gift they can drink to

A classic groomsmen gift that has proven to stand the test of time, flasks are always appreciated when received by your best men – especially when you gift them pre-filled! This vintage-inspired design is a memorable way to show your men how much you care. Personalization included. Visit weddingstar.com.

Minimergency kit
Minimergency kit

Say "I Do" to disaster relief with the Minimergency Kit for Brides by Pinch Provisions. This kit is chock-full of 21 little essentials to save the big day, including extra wedding bands, antacid, breath freshener, mending kit, and the most compact facial and blotting tissues you've ever seen. But why stop there; find an emergency kit for everyone, including the bridesmaids, flower girl, moms, groom and groomsmen — a great addition to any gift. Visit pinchprovisions.com.

At long lashAt long lash

Want eyes that really ‘pop’ on your wedding day? Dreaming of long, luxurious, silky eyelashes that won’t smudge or clump? Skip the falsies and try Benefit Cosmetics’ They’re Real! Mascara. This breakthrough bestseller, backed up by results from a consumer panel survey, has its customers raving about the lashes they never knew they had. It lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates lashes for a spectacular "out-to-here" look. Comes in jet-black and available at Sephora or visit benefitcosmetics.com.

Wedding fragrancesWedding fragrances

Add a luxurious touch to your wedding day with Gwendolyn-Mary Candles. These hand-poured soy candles are made from all natural ingredients and feature three unique scents. For weddings, the Pavane No. 2 fragrance is a huge hit with its blend of water lily, sacred Moroccan red rose and stargazer lily notes. Once the candle has burned down, these beautiful candle vessels can be repurposed. Use the glass to hold your favorite cocktail or a bouquet of peonies. The candles also make beautiful bridesmaid gifts. Gwendolyn-mary.com

Be a glowing brideBe a glowing bride

Want to avoid dull, dry skin on your wedding day? Go ahead, mask the problem! Perfective Ceuticals' Skin Brightening Mask is a unique paper mask that injects over 1,000 times its weight in moisture into the skin. It also contains seven botanical extracts proven to brighten skin. The active ingredients help give a youthful, dewy glow – perfect for providing a clean palette for makeup application. The masks are easy to apply (no messy gunk to wash off!) and come in single-use packets for travel or for sharing with your bridesmaids. Visit perfectiveceuticals.com.

Sweet treatsSweet treats

Planning a rustic or Alaska-themed wedding? Why not showcase your personal style and satisfy any guest’s sweet tooth all in one bite? These custom-designed sugar cookies – shaped like polar bear, salmon and moose – would add a nice touch to themed dessert bars or as wedding favors to send home with guests. Baked up with love by Celestial Sweets Boutique. Visit celestialsweetsboutique.com

For the young maidsFor the young maids

EarZing earrings are stylish, safe and perfect for the little girl who doesn't have her ears pierced yet. These new pierce-free earrings come in designs such as flowers, butterflies, cupcakes and more. EarZings are not clip-ons or magnets; they use a patented coil design to secure to the ear. They are extremely comfortable, easy-to-wear and stay on great. Plus, they add the right accessory to complement the bride and the rest of the bridal party. Visit earzings.com.

Brew for twoBrew for two

Buying for the new Mr. and Mrs. can be difficult. And finding the right tools to start a life together can also be tricky when the bride and groom have different styles, wants and tastes…coffee tastes that is. With the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio by Fiorucci, couples don’t have to quarrel over their morning perk. The limited edition Genio machine by Italian fashion label Fiorucci is spreading the love with a customized design and message perfect for the newlyweds - "Love Is The Message." A stylish and sleekly designed coffee machine, the Fiorucci can whip up 18 different hot and cold beverage varieties including lattes, espressos, iced teas and more in mere seconds. Whether he’s in the mood for an iced cappuccino or she’s craving a heavenly hot chocolate, there’s something for everyone. Visit dolce-gusto.us.

Get a leg upGet a leg up

Are your legs ready for honeymoon shorts? Try these two tips to get legs looking and feeling their best ever. To remove dry, rough skin and help even skin tone and texture, exfoliate with emerginC Scientific Organics ginger-lime sugar scrub, made with 100-percent natural ingredients. Then, to add a touch of bronze and definition to legs, apply Miracle Skin Transformer BODY, a high-performance tinted body enhancer with SPF 20. It contains moisture magnets such as jojoba oil, soy amino and hyaluronic acids to keep skin hydrated and radiant. Visit emerginc.com and miracleskinstransformer.com.

Fresh faceFresh face

Every bride needs a fresh face, and that starts with a thorough cleansing. The new Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush oscillates at more than 300 movements per second to remove dirt and oil from the skin and creates a smooth, even canvas for the bride’s makeup application. Aria sings with 3 speeds, a real-time battery life indicator, and a USB-enabled charger so brides can maintain their glow on their honeymoon. A great gift for the bride or bridesmaids, make Aria your own by imprinting the handle with your name or personalized message. Try it out at the Beauty Room Day Spa & Beauty Boutique, or visit www.clarisonic.com.

Get the party rolling
		Get the party rolling

After hours of preparation, photos and dancing the night away, what bride wouldn’t be left with aching, blistered feet? Enter Footzyrolls. The roll-able, fold-able shoe is the must-have item to keep tucked away in your clutch. Just when your feet start to ache, relieve them with cute, comfy flats. Your bridesmaids, too, will be glad to kick off their heels when you set out a basket full of Footzyrolls. Visit www.footzyrolls.com

Get cookin’ (light)!Get cookin’ (light)!

‘The New Way to Cook Light,’ Cooking Light’s newest cookbook, is an indispensable reference for modern couples looking to spend quality time together in the kitchen – all while cooking and eating healthy foods. The book features more than 400 healthy and delicious recipes along with more than 200 beautiful photographs. Enjoy a wide variety of dishes, including quick weeknight meals and special occasion dishes perfect for the holidays. Makes a great newlywed gift. Find it at Barnes & Noble.

S.O.S. to the rescueS.O.S. to the rescue

The Solemates Outdoor Solutions (S.O.S.) set may just save the proverbial day! For bride, bridesmaid or wedding guest, these gift sets include all the essential fix-its and fashion necessities for an outdoor wedding. Each kit includes a pair of Solemates, the clear covers that slide onto spike heels to keep them from sinking into grass and getting stuck in cracks. The custom kits are available in two varieties – Emergency (including pain relievers, insect repellent, bandages, breath mints and more); and Shoemergency (containing all the things needed to keep shoes pretty and feet comfortable and happy, including a nail clipper and file, a peppermint foot wipe, nail polish remover wipe, foot cushions, anti-skid pads, and heel gel cushions). Visit www.thesolemates.com.

Bubbly send offBubbly send off

Send guests off with tokens of your appreciation – and style! VOGA Italia’s Baby Sparkling, a mini-sized bottle of sparkling wine, makes a great single serve option or parting wedding favor. Simply tie a ribbon and thank you tag that coordinates with your party colors. Visit www.vogaitalia.com

Bug offBug off

At outdoors weddings, no one wants to be bothered by pesky mosquitoes and other biting bugs. ThermaCELL mosquito repelling lanterns discreetly keep up to 98 percent of biting insects at bay by creating a zone of protection. These lanterns are discreet, odorless, portable and priced affordably. With no open flame, the lanterns can be set at the parameters of the party and can provide protection for your guests. Visit www.thermacell.com.

Add sparkle to your dayAdd sparkle to your day

Need a little extra sparkle to kick your reception up a notch? If so, try these glitzy and scrumptious bonbons from Bedazzle My Bonbons. Covered in an edible dusting of glitter, these little chocolate wonders are perfect for decor accents, food accents and even favors. Consider displaying them around your cake, centerpieces, drinks, candy stations or anywhere you need a little something sparkly. Available in 24 hues and six flavors. Visit www.bedazzlemybonbons.com.

Stress-free travel
		Stress-free travel

Genius Pack makes honeymoon travel simple and stress-free – the perfect luggage for brides and grooms after their chaotic big day. The pack’s features include a laundry compression area, electronic re-charge station, integrated speakers, mini pop-out umbrella, designated compartments, a built-in packing checklist – and a whole lot more. The pack includes an exterior laundry chute to dispose of laundry and an air valve to expel unwanted air and compress laundry contents. When you return home, the laundry compartment zips straight out of the duffle and serves as a handy laundry bag. Visit www.geniuspack.com.

Faux glowFaux glow

Want sun-kissed skin without the risk of sun exposure? Luckily, achieving a totally natural-looking faux glow has never been easier. The new Brazilian True Tan is an innovative tanning alternative that combines two steps of exfoliation and tanning into one. To ensure an even tan, Brazilian True Tan is developed with an advanced glycolic formula to exfoliate and condition skin in order to obtain that all-natural tan every bride desires. Brides can now get their glow on and no longer fear turning orange, staining a white gown or getting burned. Available through Sephora in Anchorage or visit www.sephora.com.

Blissful feetBlissful feet

Complement bright bridesmaid dresses with sandals that radiate the ease of the islands or add a little flare to a wedding dress with a pop of color at your feet. Even better yet, you can dance the night away because these podiatrist-designed, good-for-you sandals from Orthaheel have a biomechanical orthotic footbed to help support and realign the feet for fantastic support and all-day comfort. Visit www.orthaheelusa.com.