Five Secrets to Having the Perfect Wedding

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As many of you know we are a family business and last week Adam married Lindsey, the love of his life.  We are still enjoying the after glow of having such a beautiful weekend full of love, family, and friends.

Here are what we found to be the five secrets to having the perfect wedding.

1.  Listen to your bride and groom. The kind of day that the couple wants to have soon emerges after the engagement and the planning really begins. Our lovely Lindsey is from Arizona and it was important to her to celebrate what she loved about Scottsdale and the natural beauty of the area. Their first look pictures were taken along the trails they enjoy together. (Seriously how beautiful is this picture?!!)  

2. Keep Organized. I was blown away with the use of Excel for doing seating and invitations (so much easier than moving index cards around the dining room table). Excel was also used to track the schedules for photos the day of the wedding. We also loved using  paperless post for invites to bridal events and apps like Photocircleapp for photo sharing at the wedding. Instagram tags are also good, but it was great to have a private site to upload the pics (over 1,000 pics were shared in the first few hours) -- so everyone had the fun of seeing the pics long before the professional pics come in.

3. Work with People that Share Your Vision. We worked with the incredibly talented floral designer, AubreysPetals - she created beautiful floral designs for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding.  The event planner Melissa at the McCormick Ranch was grace under pressure (the threat of rain did not phase her) and she runs a rehearsal like a total pro! And our hats are off to the folks at J&G Steakhouse where we had the rehearsal dinner.

4. Bridal party gifts. You know we had this covered! Each bridesmaid received a monogrammed (with silver glitter) East West Bag. They used them the day of the wedding for all of their things. These are amazing women - they stood outside for pictures and the ceremony (where it was windy and chilly) with smiles on their faces.

Each bridesmaid also carried a Quilted Koala Luxe Metallic Clutch in silver to go with their navy dresses. The bride carried the same bag in blue metallic (as her something blue).

 

5. Above all, keep your sense of humor. It's meant to be a fun day to celebrate the beginning of a new family. There are so many moving parts, emotions and budgets on the line -- it's easy to lose yourself in the details. At the end of the day, if there are tears, you want to be sure that they're happy ones.

We are so excited to welcome Lindsey to our family!

 

 

 

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The Best Gifts for Travelers

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We love to travel. Packing not so much. Carrying heavy bags - no thank you.

One of missions of Quilted Koala is to make the packing and traveling with your things easier.

1. Start with a beautiful duffel that's both sturdy and lightweight. There's nothing worse than starting with a heavy bag. We worked for a very long time with our team to create a bag that's very light and comfortable to carry.

2. Make it roomy.  Let's face it, we all want to take along more than we probably should - which is why we have duffels in three sizes.  The large fits in the overhead compartment on a plane while the small duffel is designed to fit under the seat.

3. Our new mini duffel is perfect for traveling. The crossbody strap makes this a great choice for on-the-go fun when you want your bag on you and zipped closed!  Also makes a perfect camera bag.

4. Makeup Bags. Our quilted makeup bags are all lined with water-resistant material to help protect your things. We use one for our toiletries and one for our electronics.

 

SHOP all the collections (and colors) at shop.quiltedkoala.com.

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The Best Gifts for the Sporty, Fitness, Yoga Lover

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Shopping for the active woman in your life? We have suggestions for the best gifts for the woman that loves fitness, yoga, Pilates, or spin class.

Our new Luxe North South Bag is just right for taking to a class or to the gym. It comes with a detachable cross body strap to make it even easier to carry. Available in Camouflage, Jet Engine or Denim.

Our small duffels are also just right for sporty on-the-go fun. Each comes with two outside pockets for easy access. New this season -  our jet engine, denim and camo collections.

 

And if she loves Camouflage, she especially love our Camo collection. Available in both traditional green or grey.

And of course she'll need something for her makeup and toiletries!

 

 

Shop all the collections at shop.quiltedkoala.com

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Jodie Sweetin Practices Hard for DWTS

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We're so impressed with Jodie Sweetin on Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) on ABC. She's sharing her emotional journey with the country which is so meaningful to her fans. And can we also just say - Jodie can dance! She's in it to win it. 

We're so thrilled that she's using our new Quilted Koala Metallic Duffel for taking her things to practice for the show. Go Jodie! Jodie Sweetin on DWTS carries Quilted Koala Metallic Duffel

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5 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas They'll Love

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Here are five bridesmaid's gift ideas that are the perfect 'thank you' for your wedding party. Whether you are looking for something fun, something practical, or simply something you're sure they'll use again, we have you covered!

 

1. Carry-All Tote

A popular gift for bridesmaids are carry-all totes. They make the perfect present and are super useful on the day of the wedding. Stuff some sweet treats inside like chocolate, wine, lip gloss, flip flops (aka dancing shoes!), and a thank you note. Personalize the bags with a monogram of their name for a tote they can always treasure! 

 

 

2. Makeup Bags

Makeup bags are the perfect gift for your bridesmaids on your wedding day. Help them stay organized while they get ready! Great to pair with perfume, makeup, nail polish or any other cute accessories. Personalize them with your bridesmaids' monograms for an extra special gift!

 

  

3. Duffel

Whether it's traveling in for your bridal shower, flying off to your bachelorette, or checking in for the big day-- Bridesmaids are on-the-go for their brides! What better gift to thank them with than a stylish, functional duffel. With all of our great patterns and two sizes, a Quilted Koala duffel makes the perfect bridesmaid gift!

 

 

 

4. Jewelry + Jewelry Roll

Another popular gift for bridesmaids is personalized jewelry that they can wear on the wedding day. Pairing it with a jewelry roll is the perfect combination. Both gifts they can use on the day-of and enjoy after as well.

 

 

5. Heels in a custom box

With the bridesmaids dresses all picked out, now your girls need the perfect shoes for their wedding day outfit. A thoughtful gift is to treat your bridesmaids to some fabulous heels that will keep your wedding party coordinated and also make your bridesmaids happy! Who doesn't love shoes?!  Popping them in a gorgeous fabric box will make the gift all the more special. With a windowpane, you can personalize each box with your bridesmaid's names and they can treasure the boxes as a keepsake after. 

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