Dating back to the 1600s, cufflinks have long been the choice of nattily-attired men for securing the French cuffs on their dress shirts. These small ornamental clasps, once called "sleeve buttons," were made of silver and gold that was often encrusted with precious gems.
Today, one needn't be a true gentleman with an estate and butler to wear cufflinks to a special event. In fact, for a wedding we'd expect no less: After all, cufflinks are a must-wear, especially if yours is a black tie wedding. Plus, they're a great way to add a commemorative piece of jewelry to the occasion. They can announce his style, celebrate your bond or underscore his passion for a movie, book or vehicle.
If you happen to have two major dates in your future — a baby's due date and a wedding — well, soon-to-be Mrs. Mom, you have much to celebrate. But first, take a deep breath and pick the wedding dress. Size your maternity wedding dress according to what your due date will be on your wedding day, and size up to cover your bases: It's always easier to tailor a larger dress. Then the sky's the limit! You can a choose a silhouette that includes a flowing A-line skirt and a high empire waist or, in the opposite direction, a form-fitting style that shows off your great legs and features a flattering neckline. If your bump will be small on the big day and you would prefer to hide it, a peplum waist is the perfect camouflage. (Bonus: In some cases, you can double dip by using your wedding dress as your baby shower gown.) No matter how far along you are, your wedding will be a celebration of love and life. We've rounded up some gorgeous maternity wedding gowns from our favorite online shops, including Etsy, Nordstrom and David's Bridal. Cheers to you!
The white ball gown remains the iconic wedding dress for a princess bride. Think: Cinderella, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy. Such wedding gown imagery is bound tightly within our collective memories, yet modernity has brought many a twist to the time-honored silhouette. One is the wedding jumpsuit. Another recently popularized style is the two-piece wedding ensemble, a new choice for the iconoclasts among us. The two-piece bridal outfit allows a bride various options. With a crop top and skirt combo, fit brides can subtly (or not so subtly...) flaunt their washboard abs. A voluminous skirt paired with a simple, structured top creates a stunning display. A slinky skirt and form-fitting top can allow for movement within structure. Here, we've made it a cinch to find your two-piece wedding gown by listing amazing options from Nordstrom, Etsy, David's Bridal and more.
The tea kettle, that humble household necessity, has historically conveyed the notion of comfort. Steeping tea to be served with cookies (or "biscuits", per the English) is a time-honored symbol of hospitality. Then in 1980s America, tea kettles became status objects: Italian architect Aldo Rossi designed a sleek number for Alessi and architect Michael Graves designed his famous kettle topped by a red, chirping bird. It was the whistle heard around the world.
Today, tea kettles are must-haves on any wedding registry. Coveted styles include the retro SMEG design and the super cute kettles from Kate Spade. Even if you don't drink tea, a kettle is a must-have for boiling the water used in a French press for coffee or for hot chocolate. No hostess is prepared without one, particularly while hosting a brunch, a book club or holiday parties. We've rounded up the best tea kettles for your wedding registry from Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma and more. (And don't forget the Fortnum & Mason Wedding Bouquet Blend, a tea developed to commemorate the marriage of Prince Henry ("Harry") of Wales and Meghan Markle!)
Amid the tumult of wedding preparations, there is someone who always keeps a cool head: Mom. Whether she's your mom or your future mother-in-law, she's been there since the beginning for you guys, offering her love and support. So, now's the time to gift her with a treasure she'll always cherish. Traditionally given at the rehearsal dinner or the morning of the wedding, gifts for the mother of the bride or mother of the groom should be substantial, but they don't have to be exorbitant. We've rounded up a list of gifts that cost $50 or less that are unique and memorable: Some are sentimental, others are practical and a couple are glamorous; choose which one best reflects your special lady's personality. We shopped at Uncommon Goods, Williams-Sonoma, Nordstrom and more for these thoughtful keepsakes. No doubt, you'll find something she'll love from this creative assortment!
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Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Broken Arches Punch Cup - Pressed, Starburst/ Fan Design, Clear
Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Hampton 12 Oz Flat Tumbler - Cut #C527, Barware
Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Candlewick Clear (Stem 3400) Oval Platter 12" - Clear, Stem 3400
Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Provincial Green 12 Oz Footed Tumbler - Stem #1506, Verde Green
Mariposa - Mariposa Icon Highball - Vidrio,Green Tint,Embossed Motifs
Mariposa - Mariposa Swirl (Various Colors) Green Double Old Fashioned - Varous Colors, Swirl, Recycled Glass
Bobby Flay - Bobby Flay BFZ1 Green Double Old Fashioned - Green Tint, Etched Flowers And Leaves
Mariposa - Mariposa Swirl (Various Colors) Blue Double Old Fashioned - Varous Colors, Swirl, Recycled Glass
Iittala - Iittala Kuusi Double Old Fashioned - Clear, Embossed Trees, No Trim
Waterford Crystal - Waterford Crystal Lismore Pops Emerald Green Double Old Fashioned - Color Motifs,Vertical & Criss Cross Cuts
Lenox - Lenox Donner Road Double Old Fashioned - Kate Spade, Etched Reindeer Motif
Mikasa - Mikasa Garden Harvest Green Double Old Fashioned - Green
Waterford Crystal - Waterford Crystal Spirit of America Double Old Fashioned - Clear, Cut Flag Motif
Mikasa - Mikasa Holiday Season 10 Oz Glassware Double Old Fashioned - Stoneware, Green Trim, Embossed Holly
Sakura - Sakura Sledding Characters 10 Oz Glassware Double Old Fashioned - Green&Red Lines,Christmas Motif
Juliska Glassware - Juliska Glassware Dean Double Old Fashioned - Clear,Embossed Rope Bands At Base
Franciscan - Franciscan Madeira Citron (Green) Double Old Fashioned - Citron Green
Denby - Denby Arabesque Moss Green Double Old Fashioned - Moss Green
Artland - Artland Iris Green Double Old Fashioned - Green Bowl, Bubble Glass
Mikasa - Mikasa Swirl Green Double Old Fashioned - Green,Swirl At Bottom
Juliska Glassware - Juliska Glassware Graham Double Old Fashioned - Clear,Optic Swirl,Embossed Band&Berries
Culver - Culver Toledo Double Old Fashioned - Green Background, Gold Scrolls
Block - Block Poinsettia Double Old Fashioned - Green Leaves, Red Berries
Noritake - Noritake Perspective-Green Double Old Fashioned - Green, Pressed, Thumbprints & Panels
Waterford Crystal - Waterford Crystal Lismore Pops Red Double Old Fashioned - Color Motifs,Vertical & Criss Cross Cuts
Waterford Crystal - Waterford Crystal Lismore Pops Purple Double Old Fashioned - Color Motifs,Vertical & Criss Cross Cuts