To round up our gift guide, we picked out some of our favorite fun things for the littler folks at your wedding – flower girls, ring bearers, junior bridesmaids. And of course, we hope these ideas might inspire should you be searching for that last minute holiday gift for the kids (or young-at-heart) in your life.

Bee’s Knees Print by The Black Apple, $16 / Gold Glitter Ballet Flats from J.Crew, $58 / Glass Jewelry Box from ABC Carpet & Home / Pearl Bobby Pins from J.Crew, $12.50 / Drumstick Pencils from Fred Flare, $12 / Miniature Automoblox, $10 / Comic Strip Bandages from Spoon Sisters, $6.25 / Super Powers Poster from Popchart, $25 / Animal Hands Temporary Tattoos, $10 / Magnetic Color Cubes from Urban Outfitters, $16 / Finger Printing Art Set from Uncommon Objects, $10

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Next up, some gifts for the guys! (Although I know quite a few ladies who would love to receive these gifts, too.) Ties and cufflinks are always a good choice for groomsman gifts, but we wanted to find things that were a little more fun than that…

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, $20 / Shot Glass Ice Cube Tray, $14 / Custom Groomsmen T-Shirt by Flanels, $320 for 7 / Col. Littleton Pocketknife from Sundance, $98 / Garden & Gun Subscription, $20 / Etch-A-Sketch iPhone Cover, $25 / Mini Air Hockey from Fred Flare, $36 / Vintage College Football Calendar by Asgard Press, $20

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Since you’re probably already in the giving spirit, we thought it was a good time to think about bridal party gifts. Jess and Lyndsey, Snippet & Ink interns extraordinaire, helped me to round-up some of our favorite ideas (which would also make for excellent holiday gifts) in a range of prices. First up, goodies for your bridesmaids (or for yourself)…

Scotch Naturals Nail Polish, $15 / Sofia Blanc de Blancs, $19 / Bloom Etched Stemless Flutes from CB2, $16 for 4 / Pave Bow Pendant from Bauble Bar, $42 / Silk Cord and Crystal Necklace from The Vamoose, £16 / Tassel Bracelet by Lennebelle, €19 / HomArt Matches from Areo Home, $3 / Linnea’s Lights Soy Candle, $30 / Bagatelles & Co. Envelope Clutch, $90 / Lollia Handcreme in Wish, $24 / Kissing Swallows Cuff, $225 / Merino Wool Shawl by Virginia Johnson, $195

Stop by later today for some groomsmen gift ideas!

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There are so many things I love about the fall, just one of which is all the yummy treats that come in season. I thought I’d share a little round-up of some of my favorites that I’ve come across. What are your favorite autumn treats or flavors?

 

Snacks

Clockwise from top left: Salted Butterscotch Popcorn with Peanuts, Maple Sugar Candies from Vermont, Miniature Grilled Cheese with Creamy Tomato Soup, Manchego Crackers with Quince Jam

 

Cocktails

Clockwise from top left: Grape-Elderflower Fizz with Concord Grapes, San Francisco Filibuster with Maple Syrup, Cognac Sparklers with Apple Cider, Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned

 

Pears

Clockwise from top left: Pear Tartelettes with Puff Pastry, Spiced Poached Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce, Pear Almond Tart, Caramel-Dipped Pears with Salt

 

Pumpkin

Clockwise from top left: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Milk, Pumpkin Tartelettes with Meringue, Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts, Pumpkin Bourbon Tart with Mascarpone Cream

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Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by the incredible fashions found in the digital archives of the Kyoto Costume Institute. Gowns from centuries ago are as jaw dropping as ever, with incredible textures and colors, cuts and patterns. I know this might seem like an abstract source of wedding inspiration, but consider the possibilities – details for a custom dress, color palette ideas, patterns for an envelope liner. And even if they’re totally unhelpful for you in thinking about design elements of your wedding, don’t you find them incredibly beautiful? I wish I had reason to wear a dress like this!

Oh, and as you go through the images, click on them to see larger versions with a closer look at all the details…

The intricate details on this monogrammed ivory hand fan are amazing, but I also love the use of pattern in both the gown and the sash. c. 1800, China.

The one above is probably my favorite of the lot – the simple colors, and the India-inspired pattern. c. 1850, India.

What about taking inspiration for your bouquet or centerpieces from a dress like this? I’d love to see what a floral designer might do with this as her only direction for bridal flowers. c. 1785, England.

This retro gown is a bit different from the rest, with a playfulness in its details (polka dots! bows!). c. 1950, Jacques Fath Paris.

c. 1888, Rouff Paris  //  c. 1780, France.

Even the description of the fabric in this elaborate dress is luscious: “Light-blue Lyons silk chine with cartouche-enclosed floral motif.” c. 1765, France.

Doesn’t this dress look straight out of Emma? I adore how light it seems, and the super simple pattern of what looks like bumblebees and wheat leaves. c. 1795, Italy.

c. 1855, England.

The floral embroidery on this muslin chemise dress is too beautiful for words! And feels very much like a wedding (especially with the white satin toe peeking out from underneath). c. 1802, France.

 

So what do you say? Would you be able to find inspiration in any of these designs or patterns, or in any of the other pieces over at the Kyoto Costume Institute?

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