Post # 1
Hello fellow bees,
my best friend got engaged today and my mind is already going into overdrive. She helped me a lot with my wedding planning, crafted lovely things and without my knowledge contacted family and friends to put together a book filled with messages, drawings and poems from them.
I really want to give her something nice too, something that requires work and love. Unfortunately, I’m not a very creative person and not terribly good at DIY. I’m willing to learn though.
Do any of you have brilliant ideas? Something that will always remind them of their wedding, something that will get friends and family involved…
Thank you all for helping me come up with something!
PS: I have plenty of time – they’re thinking of a 2020 spring wedding.
Post # 2
woahthisjustgotreal2018 : my sister and best friend got ahold of our invitees and asked for photos of us, together or as children. They put together a collage puzzle using printstudio (a website). We used the box as our guestbook and I put together the puzzle that winter on a do-nothing day. Granted she’s have to like puzzles to make that worthwhile (and would be under no obligation to make it her guestbook)
Similarly, my husband found a website that will make custom game boards for around $25. I believe they’ll sell game pieces and cards as well. You could make them a game based on their life/interests if they enjoy game nights.
Post # 3
I love the board games idea. Could you ask your husband which website he used for that? I’d really appreciate it.
I fear the child photo idea won’t work for family history reasons.
My husband and I came up with an idea together – he’s VERY handy, thank God. We might make a treasure chest and ask their closest friends to fill it with items that they think might prove useful in a relationship. It wouldn’t be the first piece of carpentry my husband makes and he’s been itching to teach me 😉
But please keep the ideas coming!
Post # 4
Build a scrapbook style cookbook, where each important person in her life gets a page to share a recipe with some photos of the new bride and her family/friends
Post # 5
woahthisjustgotreal2018 : ooh I like the carpentry idea. Listen, I have this fridge/pantry idea I’m dying to do in my house… trade for Christmas cookies?
husband says the website was boardgamemaker
very creative naming.
Post # 6
rockclimberbride : I like that idea! I did make a cookbook for her many years ago but that’s a whole different thing. I’ll keep this in mind.
skunktastic : Haha. Not sure you’d really want that. He’s handy but he’s an amateur so everything he makes takes ages. Last year he built something for his study and was dragging sawdust into the house for weeks.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
woahthisjustgotreal2018 : For my Maid/Matron of Honor, who is also getting married next year shortly after I am, I decided to put together a ‘Bride Advent Calendar’. I’m wrapping a bunch of fun wedding related items for her to open each day in the weeks leading up to her wedding. Each will have a personal note from me to explain what it’s for and why.
Some items I am including in case you want to steal the idea:
- Mr & Mrs. Luggage tags for the honeymoon
- A face mask
- Lavender bath salts
- A chistmas ornament that says “Married 2019”
- A hat that says ‘just married’
- a stemless wine glass that has “You had me at merlot” on it
- An adult colouring book
I also plan to include a number of polaroid photo’s I have taken / will continue to take over the course of her engagement so she has memories from the year as well!
Post # 8
gunnabamissus : Your idea sounds like great fun, but I think I’m looking for something that she’ll have for years, if not life.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2020 - City, State
All the ideas you’ve been given are better than mine, but you can find “scrapbook” kits at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. All you need is time to glue and place photos.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
woahthisjustgotreal2018 : Then perhaps I would think of ideas of items that can be passed down through generations? Perhaps you could gift her a stunning set of earrings or barcelet for the wedding that can become a family heirloom?
A personal thing I am doing for my wedding is having a peice of blue fabric from one of my dads shirts sewn into the inside of my wedding dress over my heart. It will be my something blue. Perhaps you could arrange something similar?
OR.. and hopefully my Maid/Matron of Honor doesn’t see this. For my MOH’s wedding, I know she was extremely close to her grandmother who passed when we was young. So I am getting a bouquet charm made with a picture of her grandmother so she can have her there with her on her special day.
Or, and I heard this idea to do for a newborn child but you could retrofit it to you, go to all her close family and friends. Get them to write her a meaningful letter for her to open on her wedding day. Then you can gift her a whole box of letters from all the people she loves most in the world that she can cherish forever.
Just a bunch of ideas! Good luck! 🙂