Post # 1
Darling Husband & I just found out a very old & good friend of his is engaged & getting married next year. We are over the moon happy for him, but will not be able to make it to their wedding in Savannah, GA. They are having an engagement party in their current town of LA in Sept. and we are planning on making the 12 hr drive to join them for that since we want to celebrate with them in some way. We have never meet his fiance, from what I hear she is in design/advertising (second hand info so who knows), he is also in design/artist & advertising and is very quiet & laid back.
Their engagement party invite gives an address in beverly hills, followed by “casual attire”. To me this sounds like an oxymoron. What is casual attire in Beverly Hills? Most def. not my casual attire (button down $5 plaid shirt, hoodie & jeans)???
Then we would like to get them a gift since we cannot make the wedding, but what do you gift couples that most likely have everything they need? We’ve stayed with the groom a few times (but with previous gf’s) and he always ate out nearly every single meal, so my usual kitchen stuff is out. He’s very minimalist & a designer/artist so artwork is out as I don’t wanna risk something they might dislike. I want to make a good impression on his new bride to be but I have no idea where to start since I know nothing about her & he’s such a carefree laidback guy.
Post # 3
Can’t go wrong w/nice skinny jeans, heels/wedges, a high low tank and blazer with nice accessories and a designer bag. Or maxi with bracelets. That’s what I usually wear to Beverly Hills.
Post # 4
I would get alcohol. No one can ever have too much of that. (I guess unless maybe they’re Mormon or Muslim or something 😛 )
Post # 5
I would think of this as a party version of business casual. For yourself, I’d wear a pretty dress or seperates outfit. Think of the kind of thing you’d wear if you were going out to dinner with friends. So not as formal as a cocktail dress, but not as casual as the jeans you’d wear to go to a ball game.
For your husband, slacks and a nice shirt, but no tie needed.
Post # 6
@Diamondgurl: & @cbgg: thanks for the suggestions- Party Business Casual I can totally do! I do have some cute summery dresses/skirts and of course the ever popular skinny jean…. We’ve got a TJ Maxx opening sunday (yaaayyy!!!) so maybe they’ll have something good there!
@red_rose: That’s what I was beginning to mull over. I like alcohol & I know the groom at the very least enjoys beer often… Maybe some nice champagne & glasses? What is the most popular champagne type though- I love the dryness of brut and hate the sweetness of prosecco, but I know other ppl are the opposite.
Post # 7
@BeckyS0: Oh and for gift ideas, here are my go-tos for this type of situation (whcih describes most of my friends)
3) A gift card for a nice date. For example, to a nice restaurant in their area, tickets to a show, or something else that they’d enjoy doing as a couple. Could be paired with the wine/booze idea.
All of these can be adjusted easily to what you’d like to spend.