Printed Wedding Essentials

Now you’re engaged; the exciting times are up ahead! To add fun to our wedding planning, we’ve compiled a few must-haves and good-to-haves for our bride tribe and groom squad.

Wedding Milestone Cards
Celebrate each of your milestone as an engaged couple with these elegant wedding flash cards!

Personalized Wedding Milestone Cards

Honeymoon Wedding Milestone
Great as props for photo shoots so you can share your important milestones with your friends. Also a perfect gift for our bride and groom-to-be friends.

Wedding Milestone Honeymoon Card

Save the Dates
Announce your wedding date the classy way by sending save the date cards to your guests and family. Use a favorite song or quote as a design concept.
save-the-date calendar invite

 

Proposal Cards
Propose to your best man or groomsmen with these cool printed cards that can go well with any gift or as a standalone.

proposal-cards will you be my best man gift

 

Vow Cards
Write your heartfelt messages and wedding vows in these personalized vows card. Exchange this with your partner on your wedding day and treasure forever.

Wedding Vows Notebook
personalized vows notebook

 

Favour and Gift Labels
Let’s not forget our wedding gifts and souvenirs for our guests. Simple favours and gifts may be jazzed up to suit your theme with personalized tags and labels.

wedding favours labels
wedding gift tags

Personalize Your Gifts with Labels

Personalizing gifts simply causes the giver to exercise an extra ounce of thoughtfulness and creativity.  And no matter how big or how small a gift is, seeing your name on it makes it extra special.

We’ve made a list of our best-selling wedding gifts that were personalized. May these give you some ideas on how you can personalize your own.

Proposal Gifts
Gather some of the favorite things of your soon to be best man or maid of honour and pop the question!

will you be my maid of honour gift

Maid of Honour pretty in pink Gift Basket

Will you be my best man gift

Will you be my Best Man Gift Basket of Whiskey, Cuban Cigar, and Shot Glass

Whisky and Champagne
One of the most popular gifts for your bride tribe or groom squad is the bubbly. What is better than celebrating with a good ole Jack Daniel’s whisky or a French champagne?

Personalized Moet label

Bridesmaid’s Personalized Champagne

personalized whisky labels

Personalize your whisky bottles.

Hangover Kit
Of course, whenever there’s alcohol, there will always be a not-so-pleasant-feeling the next day (to some, at least). For out of town weddings, be the hostess with the mostest by providing your wedding guests and entourage with emergency and hangover kits.

groomsmen hangover kit

Groomsmen’s Hangover Kit

bridesmaids emergency kit

Personalized Emergency Kits for Bridesmaids

Groomsmen Socks
Funky, identical socks make for a fun photo shoot!

wedding socks

Photo by Millie Holloman

Groomsmen sock labels

Funky Socks with personalized labels

For more ideas on personalized gifts, check out our Etsy store. Xx

 

 

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding Feature on Wedluxe

I came back from our Europe trip feeling a bit sad that summer is almost over here on this side of the globe, but my mood instantly shifted as I was informed of another feature by no less than Wedluxe, a sought-after guide on luxury weddings and stylish events. I’m grateful to Teresa Tran for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with her at the last moment. I am truly in awe of her talent and dedication to her craft. Kudos to the rest of the vendors who put together all the elements needed to create this amazing, Audrey Hepburn-inspired styled shoot.

Without further talk, here are the dreamy, beyond-beautiful photos captured by Ken Tan and featured in Wedluxe website.

Hope you get more inspired!

bride with wedding welcome gift pink gift boxAn Ode to Audrey

There’s no denying that Audrey Hepburn’s iconic style has served as inspiration for countless generations and will continue to inspire. Her glamour and elegance is translated into this styled shoot through a soft colour palette, gold tableware, and delicate pearl accents. Feminine, romantic, and oh-so-chic.

pink and gold wedding theme cake

Head on to Wedluxe blog for more ideas and inspiration on how to create that elegant and iconic wedding theme.

Source it:

Photography • Ken Tan Photo, Planning • Teresa Tran Events, Floral Design • Angela & Gabriel’s Flowers Inc., Venue • Stanley Park Pavilion, Makeup Artist • Makeup by Vivian Jun; Makeup by Tianna Tran, Hair Stylist • Hair by Clara Leung; Hair by Candace Deanna, Stationery Design • Made by Michelle Mark, Decor Rentals • Bespoke Decor Rentals, Gowns • Bisou Bridal, Jewellery • Jeweliette Jewellery, Cake Design – Soirette Macarons & Tea, Marshmallows • Butter Baked Goods, Cookies • Cookievonster Customer Cookies
Cake Stands and Dessert Platters • Chic Fête, Pearl Beads • Proline Trading, Chargers and Dinnerware • Atkinson’s, Gold Flatware • A&B Partytime Rentals, Chairs and Tables • Past Pieces, Linens • Paradise Events, Paper Flowers • Mur De Fleurs, Pink Gift Box • Jules & Joy Gifts, Ballons • Fun Fiestas by Ili

Tips on How To Give Meaningful Gifts

When you find yourself not knowing how and what to give, just remember these simple pieces of advice.

Wedding welcome gifts

1. Gift what you love.
Get something you would love to receive yourself. In almost all cases, whatever you value yourself is what others would find worthy, too.

Groomsmen wedding gift

2. Make it personal.
There are so many ways to personalize – by engraving gifts with names or monograms & customizing labels and prints.

Groomsmen socks with personalized labelsJack Daniel whiskey custom labels

3. Hand write messages. 
Nothing beats good old handwritten letters that come from the heart.

Personalized gift tags calligraphy

Gifting Ideas for the Bride and Groom

Giving gifts to a couple getting married can be quite challenging. This time, you don’t just think about two gifts for two persons but you need to think of a gift/s both persons would enjoy.

Bride and groom kissing under veil

Photo from BridalMusings

Here are some tips we picked up from experience.

Make it His & Hers
Matching, personalized gifts never go old. They are cute, fun and will always bring smiles to newlyweds. Pick some practical items that the couple can use at home or while traveling. Some of our favorites are hubby and wifey matching shirts, his and hers luggage tags, engraved wooden board, bed pillows and his and hers coffee mugs with funny anecdotes.

his and hers personalized wedding gifts

His & Hers Gift Ideas

Wedding Gift Mr & Mrs Ring Dish

Mr & Mrs ceramic ring dish to hold the couple’s wedding bands

Contribute to their Honeymoon
Why not get the tab for the couple’s flight to their honeymoon destination? This would require letting the couple know in advance that you plan to give them the tickets as a gift so they would not double-book themselves. If this is too much for your budget, you can instead go for a gift basket that includes items they can use in their honeymoon.

Elegant gift for newlyweds

Gift Basket for Newly Married

Honeymoon Gift Basket with a few essentials: Fragrance Bag, Love Soap, Aromatic Candle, Bath Salts

Encourage Making Memories
Help the newlyweds prepare for their new life together through gifts that would encourage them to make lasting memories- non-expensive items that would require more interaction between husband and wife. They can be a devotional book on love and marriage, redeemable love coupons to spice up the relationship, or even board games to play on date nights.

couple gifts making memories

Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages book, Redeemable Love Coupons, Date Night Board Games

wedding cookies bride and groom

Jules & Joy includes bride and groom customized cookies in its wedding gift basket

These gifts not only would solidify the newlyweds’ official role as Mr & Mrs but hopefully would also keep the romance alive long after the wedding day.

Need some custom gifts for your friends about to tie the knot? Consult with us!

Artfully Wed Feature

When I heard from Shawna of Sweetheart Events that the styled shoot we worked on last February will soon be featured by an online wedding style blog, I was beyond ecstatic! I know that the shoot was tastefully done, and it was an honor for me to be included alongside a list of seasoned and awesome vendors in Vancouver.

Customized Bridesmaid Gift Basket

I was asked to create a gift basket following the industrial-inspired theme so I used galvanized tin and chose gift items in hues of white, gold and blush pink.

This post is lifted from Artfully Wed’s website

This beautifully airy art studio wedding styled shoot from Summer Rayne Photo and Sweetheart Events showcases a stunning Truvelle gown, vintage decor and personalized wedding vows in an industrial warehouse space softened by the romantic color palette of dove gray, white, gold and Rose Quartz! The venue, a former winery, is a current working art studio where guests can look through the reclaimed window walls to see into the artists’ work spaces. The estate head table was accented with dove gray linens, rose tapered candles, green garland, gold dipped cutlery and a gorgeous centerpiece to bring out the subtle hints of the color palette. The unique wedding vows were written in calligraphy on a backdrop behind the cake table, as well!
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Artists
Photographer: Summer Rayne Photo
Event Designer: Shawna Spooner, Sweetheart Events
Venue: 100 Braid St Studios & Gallery
Floral Designer: Our Little Flower Company
Cake Designer: The Cake & The Giraffe
Dress Designer: Truvelle
Stationery Designer: Cornwall Stationery
Hair Stylist: Clarke Fryer
Makeup Artist: Savannah St. Jean
Vintage Rentals: Bespoke Decor
Lace Backdrop: Past Pieces
Chair, Linen & Napkin Rentals: Lonsdale Event Rentals
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Barr, Sweetheart Events
Rings: Carats
Bridesmaid Gift: Jules & Joy Gifts
Models: Jaclyn & Patrick

To His Manness: Gifts for Our Dads, Best Man and Groomsmen

We’ll be honest – when we began curating gifts for Jules & Joy, we only had the ladies in mind most of the time. We were mostly just conceptualizing the best bridesmaids’ kit or that customized beauty gift box for brides and their mothers. Not until we started receiving custom orders for groomsmen and best men gifts that we realized that hey, men need some boxes of tlc too! :p

best man gift

The best gift for your best man

groomsmen gifts

In time for father’s day, we also collected some neat items that our own fathers and the dads in our lives will be glad to keep in their man caves!
father's day gifts

personalized fathers day gifts

Personalized Father’s Day Gifts:

  • Good ol’ Whisky
  • Stainless Steel Beer Mug
  • Personalized Leather Luggage Tag
  • Engraved Pen
  • Monogrammed Argyle Socks

gift for dad

man cave items

 

Happy father’s day to all the awesome and strong daddies out there! Xx

Refreshment & Reinforcement: Thoughtful Gifts for Your Bridesmaids on Your Wedding Day

Your bridesmaids will help you shine your brightest and be your most relaxed and beautiful on your wedding day. They will be running around the venue and be your gofers throughout the day. They will be always on the lookout for any wrinkle on your dress or a tear ready to roll down your face. They will be your cheerleaders, ready to crack jokes and make light of what could be a very emotion-charged event.

Bride and bridesmaids 1

Photo from weddingsonline

Show them how much you appreciate their friendship and their presence on your big day. Thank your ladies with R&R gifts that will come in handy and make the day such a breeze.
Here is a collection of some gift items that your bridesmaids will be thrilled to receive.

bridesmaids tote with flowers

A customized tote (or a shirt) will make their “duty” as bridesmaids more official. 🙂

For out of town weddings, give out beauty products and some snacks the night before the big day so your ladies wake up looking refreshed and energized.

Bridesmaid's wedding kit

It’s always a good idea to throw in a necessity kit in case of emergencies and those ooops moments.

Bridesmaid emergency kit

Wedding day emergency kit with bobby pins, Band-aids, headache pills, mints, wet wipes and hair tie

bridesmaids custom gifts tote bag

If totes are not your thing, a simple nice box will also do. Collect a few of your favorite things like this temp tattoo…
And don’t forget to include the bubbly too!

bridesmaids gift box

If you want to go for something more personal and fancy, some options are customized robes, monogrammed bracelets, and Instax cameras, sleeping eye mask and a floral corsage.

bridesmaids custom gifts 2

Suitable for the fun-loving and feminine bridesmaids, these gifts are not only useful and refreshing but also instagram-worthy! 😉

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Free Downloadable Prints

We at Jules & Joy know how special our mamas are to us so just for Mother’s Day, we came up with a collection of pre-designed gifts that Mom will surely enjoy.

happy-mothers-day-gifts
Give Mom a tea and relaxation gift set on Mother’s Day.

gifts for Mom

Order the Mama Box

Something not too fancy but has everything Mama likes? We got ’em!

mothers day gift box

Custom Mother's Day Gifts

Order your custom boxes today.

To honor our beloved Moms, we also created 8 x 10″ downloadable prints that you can put in a frame and give as a gift.

8 x 10 mothers day downloadable print

Photo from KevindandAmanda.com

Download this print here – 8×10 Print Happy Mother’s Day.

Mother's day downloadable prints

Background photo from pexels.com

Download this print here – 8×10 Print All That I Am I Owe to Mom.

Downloadable print Proverbs 31 Mother
Download this print here – 8×10 Print Proverbs 31 Mother.

Downloadable label Supermom
Download this print here – 4 x 5 Print Supermom.

Hugs and kisses to all precious Mommas out there! XO

The Joy of Giving: Why Giving Makes Us Happier

giving gifts to bridesmaids

We’ve been told time and again that it is better to give than to receive. Apparently, this is not just to encourage us to be more selfless, but it is actually based on science. According to a research on 600+ Americans conducted by Michael Norton, a professor at Harvard Business School, “Regardless of income level, those people who spent money on others reported greater happiness, while those who spent more on themselves did not.”

A similar experiment was conducted by Elizabeth Dunn at the University of British Columbia with the same results: the students who spent on others were happier than those students who spent on themselves. According to an article published by Berkeley University of California: Scientists also believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.”

joy in giving

Aside from the happiness factor, why is giving good for us?

In giving, you get something in return.
Some people call it the law of karma; some call it the boomerang effect. I call it Return on Investment. 🙂 We may not necessarily receive back the same value of what we have given or in its similar form or from the same person, but somehow, at some point, we get a return on our generosity. This is not to give us false expectations of always getting something back when we give, but this is about having assurance that being charitable is fruitful.

giving to homeless

Photo from Youtube

Giving makes a community thrive.
Sharing our excess with people who are in need not only gives us a sense of meaning but also strengthens our sense of community. It promotes cooperation, goodwill and healthy relationships. Author Sonja Lyubomirsky writes in her book, The How of Happiness says, “Being kind and generous foster a heightened sense of interdependence and cooperation in your social community.”

Giving is viral.
It has been proven that giving inspires others to do the same. How many online fundraising sites/projects have we seen being created, shared and successfully funded by strangers who were moved to give not just to help the cause, but because of the good example set by the rest of the online community? Generosity is definitely contagious.

Giving leads to contentment.
On this day and age when everybody constantly craves for more of everything – success, fame, material wealth, only few people find themselves in a state of contentment. But when give a part of ourselves, a portion of our time and resources to others, we realize that what we have is actually more than enough.

So go ahead, give. And be truly happy! =)

giving leads to happiness

Photo from tinybuddha.com