Gifts of Appreciation {Day 27}

You may have noticed that it’s now November and I am still working on my 31 days series. The sad part is all of my posts have been drafted for some time now; it’s the time for editing, formatting and posting that seems to slip past me. I should have known this was going to happen—I barely made it through 31 days last year as a single gal working part time. Add in a full time job and a new marriage and well, I guess it was wishful thinking. In fact, I knew I was biting off more than I could chew—but I couldn’t let the idea for my series go unwritten. It was about two weeks in that I realized I could have written my series at ANY time, on ANY timeframe I wanted. Something to remember for next year! Regardless, I don’t count it a failure. Patience and grace, my friends. I will finish in the coming week and then return to my regular sporadic pace after that. So here’s to 31 {non-continous} days to the altar!

 Bridal Party Gifts

Bridesmaids watching the Reveal. #wedding #bridesmaids #tshirts #socialmedia

We bought t-shirts emblazoned with our wedding hashtag for our bridal party. We thought it was a genius idea at the time, and we had a Groupon so we figured why the heck not. After the shirts arrived, however, I started to have second thoughts because it seemed really lame. But I rolled them up, put them in their gift bags, and hoped for the best! Luckily they were a hit {or they at least were good sports about it and pretended to like them}. It was fun to get photos together and some of them even wore the shirts on the wedding day, adding to the #Lindszlo excitement and hype.

bridal party, matching t-shirts

We got shirts for ourselves as well, which we also wore on our honeymoon and got FREE drinks!

We got shirts for ourselves as well, which we also wore on our honeymoon and got FREE drinks!

I love giving gifts, but it was hard to know what to get for our attendants. Bridal party gifts are an interesting thing. Now that I’m on the other side of things, I am not at all expecting a gift; I feel like being asked to be in a friend’s wedding is such an honor in and of itself. But alas, I’m a gift giver, and it was nice to be able to thank our family for participating in the festivities and make them feel appreciated! We ended up putting together little decorative gift boxes for the gals, with monogrammed notecards and of course their Lindszlo t-shirts; for the guys Laszlo found storm proof lighters to accompany their t-shirts. And for our little master of ring security- a shark water gun that he thought was the greatest thing ever.

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Whether or not you decide to exchange gifts with your spouse on your wedding day is up to you. Personally I feel that getting married is gift enough, so we decided to forgo gifts. I did however, start on a project for Laszlo as soon as we got engaged, and I ended up giving him a journal full of letters on our wedding day. The journal was filled with letters written to my future husband {a project my mentor in College suggested}, comments about him that came from my journal before we were dating, as well as my point of view on events throughout our relationship and finally letters addressed to him after we got engaged. He loved getting a look inside of my brain and had quite a few laughs as he read through it on our honeymoon.

grooms gift, journalWe are big fans of those sort of sentimental things, and the best part is they won’t break your wedding budget!

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Check out the other posts in the 31 days…to the altar series here.

31 Days to the altar

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