Monogrammed Totes – Perfect Bridal Party Gift Idea

An elegant tote bag is the perfect gift for your Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid – or as a great accessory for your BFF!

monogrammed totes marble nautical rose gold wedding bridesmaid maid of honor trendyLet’s be honest ladies, we could all use a chic all-over-print tote bag for those shopping occasions when a handbag just won’t do. These monogrammed totes don’t just make great keepsake gifts they make awesome beach and casual travel bags. Super easy to customize, you just add an initial / letter and a name to the easy to fill in template fields and you’re good to go!

There are hundreds of great designs to choose from – so to make it easier I have designed some monogrammed totes incorporating current graphic design trends and colors and sourced some popular ones from other designers. Check them out below and enter the store via any image / link for more details.

Currently trending in all things tote are marble, rose gold, metallic, geometric, floral, tropical, botanical and of course nautical with a navy blue stripe is always popular!

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Monogram Totes from other designers and merchants

  • Personalized Rope Tote
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:This personalized rope tote is just what your bridesmaids need for running errands, an overnight trip, or a day at the beach.
  • Price: $31.95
  • Minnie Polka Dot Head Silhouette Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Minnie Polka Dot Head Silhouette Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like zmonogram, monogram, disney, add your initials, silhouette, minnie mouse, and minnie red bow stuff.
  • Price: $21.10
  • Watercolor Peonies with Black Stripes and Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Watercolor Peonies with Black Stripes and Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like peony, flowers, floral, flower, stripes, pink, and feminine stuff.
  • Price: $22.30
  • Seaglass Aqua Watercolor Ombre Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Seaglass Aqua Watercolor Ombre Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like monogram, stylish, monogrammed, three initial monogram, girly, watercolor, and ombre stuff.
  • Price: $21.50
  • Glamorous black and white monogram tote bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Glamorous black and white monogram tote bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like custom, momogram, monogrammed, wedding, elegant, bride, and bridesmaid stuff.
  • Price: $20.85
  • Mickey Head Silhouette Striped Pattern Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Mickey Head Silhouette Striped Pattern Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like zmonogram, mickey mouse, monogram, disney, add your name, mickey head, and silhouette stuff.
  • Price: $21.10
  • Moroccan Quatrefoil Pattern Gold Mint Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Moroccan Quatrefoil Pattern Gold Mint Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like moroccan, pattern, quatrefoil, gold, mint, green, and monogram stuff.
  • Price: $20.95
  • Black and White Chic Polka Dots with Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Black and White Chic Polka Dots with Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like polka dots, black and white, monogram, girly, personalized, pattern, and cute stuff.
  • Price: $21.10
  • B1 Quatrefoil Minor Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable B1 Quatrefoil Minor Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like patterns, patterned, quatrefoil, blue and white, monogram, custom, and personalize stuff.
  • Price: $19.95
  • Black and White Chevrons with Monogram Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Black and White Chevrons with Monogram Tote Bag is designed on the tote and would interest those who like chevron, pattern, monogram, black and white, stylish, chic, and trendy stuff.
  • Price: $21.10
  • Black Aubrey Tassel Purse
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Classy and chic, this beautiful super large Vegan Leather purse comes with trendy tassel accent. Personalize for $10! Vegan Leather Magnetic Snap Closure Reinforced Bottom Inside Zipper Pocket
  • Price: $40.00
  • Camel Aubrey Tassel Purse
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Classy and chic, this beautiful super large Vegan Leather purse with trendy tassel accent. Personalize for $10! Vegan Leather Magnetic Snap Closure Reinforced Bottom Inside Zipper Pocket
  • Price: $40.00
  • Monogram Roman Holiday Tote
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Whether you are jetting off to a fabulous destination or just want to feel like you are, you will want to take along a monogram Roman holiday totes also makes a great bellisima gift for out-of-town wedding guests!
  • Price: $25.10
  • Initial Colorblock Tote Bag
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:This initial color block tote bag is a gift that keeps on giving!
  • Price: $29.95

Wedding seating plan – what can possibly go wrong?

Wedding Seating can be the most stressful part of wedding planning

wedding seating plan top tableDeciding on a seating plan can be one of the most stressful parts of your wedding planning due to the feedback from guests when the plan is discussed pre-wedding.

There will nearly always be some who are not happy about where they’ve been seated and who they have been seated next to. This can be especially tricky when it comes to deciding who sits on the top table where seating is limited.

wedding seating - top table Guests also tend to be of the opinion the closer you are to the bride and groom to closer you’re seated to them, so the further away you are …… can to them speak volumes. Of course as a bride and groom we know that is NOT the case as planning seating is hugely difficult to arrange given all the factors you need to consider.

Problems that may arise re Top Table seating

Due to the limited number of seats available around top table, someone who expects to be there won’t be. This is more likely to be the case with extended families, families with divorced, separated parents and new partners and so on.

Consider this scenario. You have your mum and dad at thwedding seating plan e wedding but they’re no longer married to each other. You want them both seated at the top table but don’t have room for their new partners. This leaves a problem for the partners as they will likely not be happy to not be seated next to the person they came with. Where do you seat the new partner and who do you seat them with? 

Should you separate the couple at all?

It’s  a tricky situation and not one that wedding etiquette dictates an answer to. Ideally the new partner is very mature and understanding and will happily sit on a nearby table without fuss.

A solution to the top table dilemma

Instead of having a wedding top table, have a centre table for the bride and groom and their children. Surrounding this table can be tables with the parents and other bridal party members and their invited families. Extending beyond this you have other tables for guests. This way no one table is ‘furthest’ from the bride and groom as they will occupy the same distance from the couple as many other guests.

If you have experience of Top Table seating issues, please comment below with how you handled the situation and what happened next!

Real Story

My own mum was the ‘new partner’ at her partner’s daughter’s wedding a few years ago. She wasn’t able to join him on the journey to the church or venue ( the father of the bride was with the mother of the bride, his ex in the bride’s car) . She also didn’t get to sit with him in the church or at the reception. This left her feeling somewhat isolated as she wasn’t familiar with the bride or grooms family and friends. As the bride and groom had opted for the traditional wedding plan – this was unavoidable due to space. If there had been space I am sure she would have been accomodated as there was no ill will towards her.

Flexible Seating – pros and cons

Unmarked tables which allow people to sort out their own seating are one way to avoid quarrels regarding who has been seated where because everyone recognises that it’s a first come first serve scenario. the problem with this is its a bit like reserving a sunbed on holiday. There will be a rush for a ‘good table’ and there is of course the worry that some won’t be seated as there are single chairs dotted about the place that people don’t and won’t sit on because they don’t know the other guests at that table.

Real Story

This is what happened to myself and some friends. We missed out on the sit down meal as there were no chairs left at tables where we could sit together. So we didn’t sit and eat. Even worse was at my own wedding. I had to ask a guest to move so I could sit next to my new husband! I kid yee not!! In summary, ‘sit where you like’ tables don’t always work out any better than planned seating.

Weddings are one of those times when it’s impossible to please everyone and you really do spend a lot of time trying. Remember though it is YOUR day and you deserve to enjoy it. Remind those who forget this when you reveal your plans. Be prepared for some resistance.

One thing you will need if you have a seating plan is a way to communicate it to your guests. check out these wedding seating charts you can customize online and wedding table place cards, table numbers etc.

Everything shown here is available printed and shipped in the UK too, just go to the UK version of site HERE

  • 20 Table Large Wedding Seating Chart Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable 20 Table Large Wedding Seating Chart Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding seating chart, event seating chart, wedding seating chart templates, large seating chart, large wedding seating chart,...
  • Price: $40.75
  • Black Monogram Wedding Reception Seating Chart Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Black Monogram Wedding Reception Seating Chart Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like monogram seating chart, personalized seating chart, black and white seating chart, wedding reception seating, black and...
  • Price: $39.80
  • Black and White Wedding Seating Chart for 300 Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Black and White Wedding Seating Chart for 300 Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding, monogram, brideand groom, seating chart, wedding seating chart, modern, and elegant wedding seating chart stuff.
  • Price: $34.75
  • Gold Black Hollywood Glitz Glam Seating Chart Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Gold Black Hollywood Glitz Glam Seating Chart Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding seating chart, table seating chart, hollywood wedding seating chart, black gold wedding seating chart, wedding...
  • Price: $25.80
  • Wedding Seating Chart Poster Floral Peony Design
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Wedding Seating Chart Poster Floral Peony Design is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding, bride, groom, monogram, peony, peonies, and seating stuff.
  • Price: $24.65
  • Wedding Seating Chart Poster Vintage Glam Design
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Wedding Seating Chart Poster Vintage Glam Design is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding, monogram, seating, chart, guest, guests, and table stuff.
  • Price: $24.65
  • Black Red White Monogram Wedding Seating Chart 150 Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Black Red White Monogram Wedding Seating Chart 150 Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding, seating chart, wedding seating chart, monogram, seating plan, wedding seating plan, and initial stuff.
  • Price: $19.40
  • Art Deco Wedding Seating Chart Gatsby Style Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Art Deco Wedding Seating Chart Gatsby Style Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding, seating, chart, monogram, monograms, plan, and reception stuff.
  • Price: $17.80
  • Reserved table or seating sign card for place
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Reserved table or seating sign card for place is designed on the card and would interest those who like wedding, marriage, place, placement, sign, reserved, and reserved seating stuff.
  • Price: $2.55
  • Modern Calligraphy Seat Plan Wedding Sign Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Modern Calligraphy Seat Plan Wedding Sign Card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like wedding, black, modern calligraphy, calligraphy, script, typography, and wedding sign stuff.
  • Price: $1.95
  • Escort Place Card Gold Vintage Glam
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Escort Place Card Gold Vintage Glam is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like deco, seating, place, escort, folded, wedding, and elegant stuff.
  • Price: $1.75
  • Mini Eiffel Tower Place Card Holders
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:These elegant mini eiffel tower place card holders make perfect wedding favors for couples jet-setting to France for a destination wedding. These finely detailed, silver-finish replica of the eiffel tower holders can be used as place card holders or as we
  • Price: $18.34

Bridal Shower Invitation Rose Quartz pink – customizable

Bridal Shower Invitation | Elegant Wedding Gown
Bridal Shower Invitation Rose Quartz Pink 

This Bridal Shower Invitation in a Rose Quartz Blush Pink features an elegant Bridal gown and Gold scroll writing. The text can be customized to suit your exact needs. This bridal invitation also comes with matching wedding invitations, thank you cards, postage stamps and more.
The Rose Quartz Bridal Collection is one of many quality wedding items featured on Zazzle, the World’s number one leader in print on demand goods. This design is one of their most popular and it has received glowing reviews.
A sampling of these reviews are shown here:
Product Quality: Excellent
Print Quality: Excellent
Recommended: Yes
Recommended for: Weddings
Shipped on time: Yes

About the product:

The invitation arrived very quickly and was better than I had expected. Although I ordered the basic card stock the quality was very nice. It was an exact replica of the picture online right down to the colors. Perfect, perfect, perfect!!

About the print:

color and printing just as they were shown online, perfect!!
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Product Quality: Excellent
Print Quality: Excellent
Recommended: Yes
Recommended for: Bridal Shower
Shipped on time: Yes

About the product:

This is the first time that I used Zazzle and it was so easy. The quality of the cards was great and they were delivered as promised. I’ll definitely use it again!

About the print:

All the colors and the printing were exactly as depicted on the website. I have received lots of compliments on how the invitation was so beautiful.
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Product Quality: Excellent
Print Quality: Excellent
Recommended: Yes
Recommended for: Weddings
Shipped on time: Yes

About the product:

This product was very well made and durable. I selected the matte look and they came out very well. Couldn’t have asked for a better product

About the print:

The design was beautiful and the colors popped on the background
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Product Quality: Excellent
Print Quality: Excellent
Recommended: Yes
Recommended for: bridal shower
Shipped on time: Yes

About the product:

The selection of invitations was fabulous. There were so many to choose from and I was able to select one that speaks clearly of the bride’s tastes.

About the print:

It turned out just as I had planned and hoped it would.

Purple and Lime Napkins – personalized gift idea

Purple and lime green are trending for weddings, baby showers and anniversary celebrations. Featured here are some trendy Napkins in purple and lime that can be personalized and either given as gifts or used for your celebration or event.

Purple Green Abstract Floral Personalized Wedding Cloth Napkins
Purple Green Abstract Floral Personalized Wedding Cloth Napkins by wasootch
Look at other Purple Napkins at zazzle.com
Funky Colorful Floral Pattern Custom Monogram Printed Napkins
Funky Colorful Floral Pattern Custom Monogram Printed Napkins by MarshEnterprises
See here for Napkins
Prestigious Chevron zigzag pattern Pantone 2014 Napkin
Prestigious Chevron zigzag pattern Pantone 2014 Napkin by InnovationByLeahG
View other Chevron Napkins

Country Rustic Mason Jar Hydrangea Bridal Shower Invitation collection personalized

Featured here is a contemporary rustic bridal shower set which includes matching invitations, postage stamps and envelopes all of which can be customized. The design features a trendy mason jar with Hydrangea flowers in white. The background is a wood panel. This is a wonderful design and is suitable for indoor and outdoor Bridal Shower parties.

Trendy 'Will you be my maid of honor '- personalized cards

If you’re looking for a trendy fun ‘will you be my maid of honor‘ invitation cards, then you’re in luck! Featured here are super trendy cards with a modern hip vibe. You can personalize the cards with the details as required.

  • Robert Frost Way Postcard
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Robert Frost Way Postcard is designed on the postcard and would interest those who like robert frost quote, frost, poet, poet quote, motivational quote, poem quote, and poetry quote stuff.
  • Price: $1.00
  • Towards The Completion Of A Poem (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
  • Merchant:YesAsia
  • Description:Taiwan literature and film become one in The Inspired Island documentary series. A unique and meaningful project to document and preserve Taiwan's rich literary tradition, the series' six films by five up-and-coming directors offer tribute to the lives
  • Price: $23.99
  • Dog Sympathy - Little Dog - Pet Loss Poem Greeting Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Dog Sympathy - Little Dog - Pet Loss Poem Greeting Card is designed on the card and would interest those who like chihuahua, dog, dog sympathy, dog loss, small dog sympathy, little dog sympathy, and dog sympathy poem stuff.
  • Price: $3.15
  • Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorial Blue Poster
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorial Blue Poster is designed on the poster and would interest those who like pet memorial, dog memorial, cat memorial, rainbow bridge poem, blue, custom, and personalize stuff.
  • Price: $8.65
  • Be My Maid of Honor Poem Invitations Orchid 4.5" X 6.25" Invitation Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Be My Maid of Honor Poem Invitations Orchid 4.5" X 6.25" Invitation Card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like wedding party, bridal party, wedding, for maid of honor, maid of honour, maid of honor request,...
  • Price: $2.26
  • Bacon Poem Funny Fridge Magnet
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Bacon Poem Funny Fridge Magnet is designed on the magnet and would interest those who like bacon, funny, quotes, sayings, cool, crazy, and humor stuff.
  • Price: $3.85
  • Persian T-shirts
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Persian T-shirts is designed on the tshirt and would interest those who like iran, iranian, persia, persian, calligraphy, poem, and graphic stuff.
  • Price: $33.45
  • Frienship is... Notecard Greeting Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Frienship is... Notecard Greeting Card is designed on the card and would interest those who like myspace, tmspooner, friendship, peeing your pants, pee in my pants, pee, and friendship phrases stuff.
  • Price: $3.15
  • Will You Be My Maid Of Honor? Pink Ring Card 5" X 7" Invitation Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Will You Be My Maid Of Honor? Pink Ring Card 5" X 7" Invitation Card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like wedding, wedding party, maid of honor, will you be my maid of honor, custom maid of honor, cute maid...
  • Price: $2.01
  • Will You Be My Maid Of Honor? Chalkboard Cards 5" X 7" Invitation Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Will You Be My Maid Of Honor? Chalkboard Cards 5" X 7" Invitation Card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like chalkboard maid of honor, blackboard maid of honor, be my maid of honor, custom maid of honor,...
  • Price: $2.01
  • Burlap Rustic Yellow Mason Jars Maid Of Honor Card 5" X 7" Invitation Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Burlap Rustic Yellow Mason Jars Maid Of Honor Card 5" X 7" Invitation Card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like bridesmaid, maid of honor, responsibilities of maid of honor, white wedding, responsibility of...
  • Price: $2.36
  • Maid of Honor Thank You Stationery Note Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Maid of Honor Thank You Stationery Note Card is designed on the card and would interest those who like wedding, thank you, maid of honor thank you, maid of honor, and wedding thank you stuff.
  • Price: $2.50
  • Personalized Maid of Honor Frame
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:This personalized maid of honor frame lets you show your maid of honor just how much you appreciate her. The frame's words of wisdom and whimsy that describe the bond every bride has with her maid of honor let's you say it all.
  • Price: $32.74

How to create a chalkboard sign that doesn't fade

How to make an awesome chalkboard sign  that stands the test of time

how to make a chalkboard sign
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Chalkboard signs look great they fit the retro theme you’re trying to create for your event, shop, home or restaurant but you can’t replicate the awesome chalkboard writing style that makes these signs so appealing. And they fade!

I have created a solution for this problem.

You can create a chalkboard looking wall hanging in canvas which is durable and has that 3D appeal that is so desirable. There is a chalkboard ‘image’ on the canvas ready for you to add your own wording.

Create Own Personalized Photo Canvas Print

Create Own Personalized Photo Canvas Print

Create Own Personalized Photo Canvas Print

Create Own Personalized Photo Canvas Print

Create Own Personalized Photo Poster

Create Own Personalized Photo Poster

You can choose from many of Zazzle’s chalky style fonts to create an awesome chalkboard sign. Once you’re happy with the design (check it from all angles in the viewing windows) you order and presto – a chalkboard sign that doesn’t fade and endures.

A canvas looking chalkboard sign NEVER needs re-writing, doesn’t fade or smudge when brushed against – it is endures.

These chalkboard canvas templates are also great for proverbs and words of wisdom to display in your home or office etc. Below are more products that you can customize with that ‘chalkboard’ look.