Archive for the ‘Personalized Gifts/Unique Gifts’ Category

Great Gifts for Great Guys!

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Gift-giving is woven into weddings as a tradition of  appreciating and honoring the bonds of love, family and friendship.  While there is nothing that dictates considerations such to whom a gift should be given or how much to spend, there is one very important guideline to follow.  

Choose a gift that reflects you have thought carefully of the recipient and what they would like versus what you would like for them to have.   Sometimes the two are the same but it is valuable to know when they are not.

Groomsmen are especially important to recognize as, after all, they are likely to be brothers, best buds, life-long friends or close relatives.  While we very often see the “one size fits all” approach in which the same item is selected for everyone, it can be quite fun and even more touching to select individualized gifts reflecting the unique interests or style of the recipient.   Of course, that will require some searching to find a host of different items. 

 Allow us to share a collection personalized treasures that would be appropriate for those groomsmen who aren’t all cut from the same cloth!  Perfect for a favorite soldier, the sharp dresser, guys with a “man-cave”, a die-hard sports fanatic,  beer, wine or cigar aficionados or even the outdoorsy type!    For more options, feel free to browse our entire gift collection here

 

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Discover the Trend Behind One of the Most Romantic Wedding Venues!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

For decades now, America’s appreciation for wine has been steadily on the rise.  In 2013, the United States became the greatest consumer of wine in the world!   While it used to be that the ultimate in U.S. vineyards could be found primarily in California and the Pacific Northwest, today, vineyards and wineries can be found in abundance in every state of the union! 

The bridal industry has certainly been influenced by this epic growth in consumerism. Vineyard and winery weddings are now well-established as fabulously popular destinations for discerning brides and grooms looking for a venue that conveys romance and symbolizes important values and beliefs across many cultures and faiths.  

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Fields of exquisite, fruit-bearing vines, rustic barns, elegant estate homes and elaborate gardens set the stage for the wedding experience of a lifetime serving as a backdrop for themes from vintage romantic to sleek and elegant and even gothic!   Growers who have entered into the wedding arena are showcasing their tasty vintages with gourmet gastronomic experiences that leave wedding parties and their guests utterly captivated by the “total” experience.

 

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A vineyard wedding offers the opportunity not only to delve into luscious taste sensations but to be transported with rich, opulent colors found in Mother Nature’s bounty!  Imagine incorporating merlot, burgundy, crimson, plum, champagne, chocolate and even ebony in your color palette!   Not only will the attire and venue be a feast for the eyes but will provide for the depth and distinction of lush color that makes for incredible photography! 

The thematic concepts are endless.  Wine tastings and pairings are obviously a must, along with perhaps a fruit and cheese or champagne and chocolate course.  Lovely vine scrolled accents and grape motifs can be woven throughout including invitations, reception accessories, tablescapes and favors.   

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No matter where you exchange your vineyard wedding vows, whether it’s an iconic California destination,  North Carolina or even Alaska,  rest assured there will be no shortage of ideas to help make your dream day full of memories that will last a lifetime!   Allow us to share a bit of inspiration for a gorgeous vineyard wedding!   For more ideas, visit us at Advantage Bridal! 

 

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Turn Heads with Sizzling Hot Bikini and Bling Tank Looks!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Our custom lace and rhinestone bikinis and tees are a sizzling hot look for any beach or pool deck.   Create your own one-of-a-kind honeymoon or vacation design that will have all heads turning in your direction!  

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Track Suits are Still in Fashion and They’ve Gotten Even Better!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

From Bethenny to Brittany, Jessica to Jennifer and even Jay Z and P Diddy, the tracksuit remains a comfy,  fashion go-to look for tooling around town or even jet-setting across the globe.

Velour sweats, known for their soft, supple, figure-hugging look, have long been a must-have  favorite adored by both celebrities and fashionistas alike!  Add sparkling rhinestone wording or custom embroidery to the jacket or across the derrière and heads are bound to turn no matter where your travels take you!

Even though that iconic velour tracksuit designer closed its U.S. doors in June, never fear, a fabulous selection of velour sweat suit bling is right here!”   We have long been thrilled to offer classy yet casual velour looks for our brides and their teams and other discriminating guys and gals who desire a high-quality product!   

 

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Great solo or as awesome his and hers outfits, have fun with our gorgeous array of rhinestone colors, embroidery thread and fonts and create a one-of-a-kind, exquisite look to call your own right here!

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Why Choose a Special “Getting Ready” Look?

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Amid all of  the frenzy of wedding planning,  the difficult choices and challenging concerns, what gals will wear as their “getting ready” ensemble is one of the more fun decisions to make!    

Whatever you choose,  slipping into this garment will cause your heart to beat a little more quickly reflecting that it is the last thing you will wear before stepping into your dream gown to walk down the aisle!

Although treasured, most bridal gowns are relegated to a closet or given to charity, so selecting a look that you can keep in service after the big day is not only practical, but will bring a knowing smile of magical memories each time it is worn.   You will always recall where you were and how excited and happy you were feeling!

Oversize shirts have been hugely popular because, for starters,  they look casual and classy at the same time!   In addition to avoiding hair and make-up mishaps while getting dressed, they are fabulous for group photos and with skinny jeans and leggings back on the fashion radar, they are the perfect way to top off those bottoms!   Many of our gals have also found them fun to wear as a beach cover-up and even a comfy nightshirt.  

Last but not least, your team will love your thoughtfulness  in selecting something that  they, too, can wear again and again revisiting the cherished memories all of you share!    oxford getting ready shirtp oxford getting ready shirtj oxford getting ready shirte oxford getting ready shirt6 oxford getting ready shirt5 il_570xN.629015164_jagd   advantagebridal_2326_671834222 advantagebridal_2321_208693519 advantagebridal_2320_391884262

There are no limits to the fabulous looks you can create

with an array of fabrics, embroidery

and rhinestone options!  See them all here!

 

 

Why “Bling” Might Just Be A Natural Thing!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Do you find yourself gazing at brilliant stars in the night sky, shimmering holiday twinkle lights or glistening silver and gold ornaments on a tree?  Is your eye drawn to dazzling diamond rings and stunning cut glass chandeliers?     Does your guy love spending an afternoon washing his vintage car or motorcycle and checking his reflection in the newly polished chrome?  Why do sparkling things give us such pleasure?  

It seems scientists have shared research which proposes that sparkle itself has long been the object of human desire for its potential to represent something of need, like a running stream with water that is safe to drink.  

Whether or not we believe that our love of bling is wired in our DNA, it’s hard to deny the attraction!   A bit of sparkle always seems to bring a bright spot to our day!  Here are a few of our latest designs that we hope will brighten yours! 

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See all of our spectacular sparklers here at Advantage Bridal! 

His and Hers Newlywed Looks

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Folks love newlyweds!  Whether you find yourselves at an exotic honeymoon destination or around the corner at a hometown grocery store, there are bound to be people who will joyously beam at and often celebrate a new bride and groom in their midst!

Your new status as husband and wife will not only bring congratulations but inspire others to perhaps reminisce about their own happy wedding memories or even rekindle an old love!    So share your newlywed bliss wherever your travels take you and don’t be surprised at how much joy you both bring to others simply because they know you said “I Do.”   

Here are a few popular ways our brides and grooms are getting the word out!   See them all here at Advantage Bridal!  

 

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Why A Great Tote is as Essential as Your Favorite Designer Purse!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A tote is one of the most well-used accessories in many a gal’s wardrobe today!  Often different in design and function, yet just as essential as your go-to purse,  a well-made, attractive tote is quite literally a must-have for today’s fashionista on the go! 

The world of style has recognized the importance of this carry-all as more than just  a trend and has met the demand with gorgeous colors and designs to express your personal style and creative yet useful features!

To be fully functional, a tote must be constructed to withstand daily loading and unloading of what is often quite a bit of personal essentials!  A durable tote is in all its glory when it is filled to the very brim!  The ideal design is one in which all items can be easily accessed in a roomy compartment through a generous, yet secure opening at the top of the bag. A good tote requires little to no cleaning to maintain a fresh, attractive appearance.

So grab your folding umbrella, change of shoes, jacket, notebooks, water bottle and even an evening look to take you from the office to a night out!  Fill one of our many,  custom-made totes that are the ultimate in carryalls for the discriminating tote shopper!  

With so many custom colors, patterns and design options, our totes make fabulous one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone or any occasion!    We’ve shared just a taste below from our extensive collection for your browsing pleasure!  

Understated and elegant, this single monogram look with rhinestone accents is a favorite!

Aloha!  This monogrammed reversible hibiscus flower tote will have you thinking “tropical” in no time!

Wherever this carryall goes, the biggest, brightest bling on this custom sparkler will have
everyone celebrating your happiest news!  

Your entourage will love their own bling to tote their essentials around town!    Customize with any title! 

Our quilted tote is a long-time favorite!   So many design options to make this one they’ll love!

 

 

This utterly elegant monogram style is one that will bring Ooooos and Ahhhhhs!

 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the gal sporting this fun tote will have everyone asking
“Where can I get mine?”

The brightest, most brilliant rhinestones available make these monogrammed totes superstars!

The Circle Monogram is a timeless classic and we’ve updated
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with gorgeous embroidery and tote color options!  

This damask look has gotten a total, trendy makeover with
hot color combinations and striking embroidered accents!  

Who can resist taking a walk on the wild side?
This tote  just roars ” fabulous”
with every splash of embroidery color in any font you choose!   

Shop our entire line here and start creating the custom tote of your dreams or the absolutely perfect gift for that special gal,
Mom, Grandmom, teacher, work pal or
your entire crew of BFFs!

 

Prom Garters! The Must-Have Accessory!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The history of the wedding garter which dates back for centuries is fairly common knowledge for most brides these days and having endured the test of time, remains a very popular bridal accessory and focus for a familiar reception ritual.  Even if a bride chooses not to have a garter removed in front of an audience of enthusiastic well-wishers, most love this alluring piece of antiquity worn discretely under a gown for their groom to discover after the festivities have died down.

In as much the pomp and circumstance of weddings, the spectacle of a gorgeous gown and sparkling jewelry are the fairy tale dreams of so many young gals, it is no surprise to see that some bridal traditions have found their way to other special occasions that are very much romanticized as rites-of-passage by young women today.    

That is why we continue to see the trend of prom grandeur simply exploding!  This time of year, even before a gal knows who will escort her to this fabulous affair, the venue, gown and accessories are very much a focus of relentless searching and endless discussion!

Along with a stunning gown and gorgeous hair and makeup, the seemingly insignificant garter has become another “must-have” for the fully appointed prom goer and as with its bridal cousin, has become a keepsake as a reminder of happy memories and a magical night.  She may choose to give it to her date or, akin to the wedding reception tradition, participate in a “garter dance” as part of the prom festivities.

Whether she chooses a wild animal pattern, shimmering opulence or perhaps a silk garter in her school colors, gals heading to the prom these days are sure to wear a little something special accenting their perfect look!  Following this fabulous trend, our prom garter collection just gets more colorful and exciting with each season and we’d like to share a taste of some of our most popular looks! 

 

Sparkling Bling and Fun Tuxedo Style Bow

Shimmer and Sparkle 

Lovely Organza and Shimmering Sequins

Every Gorgeous Color In the Rainbow with a Rhinestone Center

A Little Dazzle and and Lot of Wild!

Satin, Organza and Rhinestones…Oh My! 

Camo in So Many Colors and Styles! 

So Many Dots!   So Many Colors!  

Take a Walk on the Wild Side! 

Why Embroidery is Such a Time-Honored Treasure

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Ornate and elaborately embroidered clothing and domestic accessories have been a signature of wealth and status over many centuries and across many more cultures.  Embroidery skill and technique, requiring great practice and patience to acquire, has been passed on from generation to generation allowing for both the proliferation and continuity of this craft. 

While the vision of Great-Great Grandma painstakingly hand-working a lovely garment monogram is part of our shared heritage, we have to say that as with most things, industrialization has changed so much of our world.

Interestingly, the fundamental embroidery stitches of  800 AD and even earlier have changed little and are still used today – more often though by embroidery machines! 

While nothing can replace the labor of love shown in hand-embroidery, contemporary embroidery can reflect even more intricate designs and precision craftsmanship and mechanized embroidery allows for unique dimensional textures and designs within finished works. 

The beauty and significance of embroidery is still appreciated as an opulent finish for a garment or accessory.  Monogrammed garments and domestic goods remain symbols of elegance and refinement in many cultures.  A new monogram or date to commemorate an occasion brings both recognition and appreciation for the thoughtfulness of the gift as well as the intrinsic value of a future heirloom or keepsake.  

No matter by hand or machine, it seems clear that embroidery will continue to endure as a timeless and tasteful finish for garments and accessories.  Take a few minutes to browse some of our finest embroidered items.  High-quality thread and a gorgeous array of colors combine to adorn best sellers like our silk robes, plush towels and over-size oxford shirts with monograms and personalization for an exceptional, luxurious look! 

Silk Kimono Robes - Truly Luxurious Quality

 

Oversize Oxford Shirts – Gorgeous Monogram Detail 

Monogrammed Velour Bath Robes  and matching slippers!   Gorgeous material and thread collection! 

Spa Wrap – Hers 

Spa Wrap – His

His and Hers Towels

Fabulous Gifts for All! 

Personalized Pool Side Opulence! 

Stunning Monogrammed Carryall Tote – Dozens of  Design Options! 

A Tote That Will Walk With You on the Wild Side! 

Come Visit our Fabulous Embroidered Collection where you find everything from shirts, to swimwear, plush towels and soft, billowy robes!

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