Post # 1
I’m making an “Established In…” sign for a friend, as a gift. They’re getting married this June. However, they’ve been together for like 6 years, and have a daughter. I feel silly writing “established in 2013”, as their family doesn’t just become official because they’re married. What year would make more sense in your eyes for it? 2007? Or the year their child was born?
The more I think I about this, the more I might just take the date off and just put “The Smith Family”
Post # 3
@cirk: Hmmm, I really like the “Established” phrasing. I would personally do 2013 when they got married because they are officially becoming the SMITHS. BUT, I would do “The Smith’s” before I would do the 2007 when they started dating.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin
You could say something like…
“but a family since xxxx(year of daughter’s birth)” underneath in small print..
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Yeah, I think the “established in” thing doesn’t work well for couples who have been together for a longer time before marriage. It sort of diminishes the importance of the pre-wedding life together. (Speaking as someone who has 10+ years with her guy before engagement/marriage.)
Post # 6
I love the established signs and had gifted those too but it doesn’t really work out as nicely when they started a family before they were married. The year they marry may not be as significant to them as the other years. Maybe something like..
” The Smiths”
Love Est. (the year they met)
Post # 7
@mrs.stormylove: + 1. I like the ‘love est.’ wording. We had been dating for 11 years before marriage so in our photo guest book that I made, the first picture was at the place we met and has the est. date that we started dating. I felt like putting the year we were married sort of diminished the importance of the last 11 years.
Post # 8
I think it would be a safe bet to go with the date they started dating versus married.
Post # 9
Thanks guys! I really like the “Love Established…” idea!
Post # 10
My SO and I actually just had an argument about this with a PILLOW that says our first name initials, est… whenever. I wanted our wedding year (next year) and HE wanted when we fell in love. Since it wasn’t our last names, he won. I had no idea he’d be so adamant about it, it was too funny. PS the pillow is from pottery barn and is adorable.