Jun 09, 2012
There are many things I was completely unaware of before descending down the wedding planning rabbit-hole; you need a special song to cut the cake? there are 50 million-bajillion different shades of "white" (and I actually care about these shades, and find myself exclaiming "what a beautiful shade of WHITE!"?), when you register for gifts you get an AWESOME GUN, which fills you with a sense of power and purpose that assures you that you definitely, unequivocally NEED those margarita makers and 7 person capacity tents, you will eventually become thrilled when people can't make it to your wedding (lower those head counts!), escort cards are a thing, but your escorts are a different thing, themes are needed, colors are needed (ok, I knew that one already), etc, etc, etc. I also had no idea that I was supposed to court my bridesmaids with gifts. Ok, ok, I realize that between the dresses and travel expenses and hard work and support they all definitely deserve a lot - I'm totes down with the bridesmaid gift thing, but I didn't know that the gifting started before they were even my bridesmaids, that there is a whole world of "will you be my bridesmaid" parties, gifts, cards, etc. Now that I know, I think they're nice. And so, this whole rant is to say that I found some darling bribes for my bridesmaids-to-be. I've handed them out, and got great feedback. Here they are, the will you be my bridesmaid handkerchief from BHLDN:
You can get them here, although at 28 dollars a pop they can get pretty pricey, I think they're totally worth it- the squeals of delight from my gals was well worth every cent. I mean, how cute are they?! Plus, each one is different, because they're from real vintage handkerchiefs. Even though a lot of BHLDN's products are overpriced and overrated (my dress aside, more on that to come), I think these are worth it.
Since I'm in the UK and some of my bridesmaid's are here, and the rest spread out all over the US, getting everyone together to try on dresses was not going to happen- so I'm completely thrilled that I found beautiful, versatile dresses from J.Crew. I'm going with their silk chiffon fabric in the dusty shale color, and then letting each bridesmaid choose what style dress they want. Here are some of the options:
I'm a postgrad student planning my wedding (taking place in the states) while attending school in England. My fiancee just finished his doctorate, and right after the wedding we'll be moving to New Zealand (so many wedding present shipping headaches!) The wedding is taking place in my home town, where my parents still live. We've landed on the eclectic theme of "Elegant Dinosaur Library"..... it's a long story!