Maybe your best friend just got engaged, or your niece, cousin, whoever. You know you don't want to get your recently engaged loved one a boring gift card to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (although we love the BB&B!). You want to give them something different, that they will remember for years to come. Here's seven unique ideas that are sure to make you the hit of the engagement party:
What is it? Similar to Birch Box, this is a monthly subscription for brides delivered to their door. Each month, the bride to be receives a surprise box full of bridal gifts and goodies. You decide the length, and the bride receives cute bridal swag!
2. Tickets to a wedding expo
Wedding expos, or bridal shows, are a great way for couples to find and meet vendors, get ideas, and sometimes get discounted pricing on services. You can do a quick Google search for upcoming bridal shows in the couples area and pay for tickets online. An upcoming big show in Philadelphia is the David Tutera Your Wedding Experience on February 28.
You can purchase a gift card to this unique wedding dress preservation service. This Philadelphia area company sketches your wedding dress and turns it into a piece of art.
Commemorate the start of a family with a custom cross-stitch portrait. Send the artist a photo of the couple and their new name or their wedding date. You can even include the couple's beloved cat or dog. The cross-stitch comes framed, matted and ready to adorn the walls of their newlywed nest.
5. An Experience.
Sounds simple enough. Give the give of an elaborate date night, that's already set up for them. Maybe it's a day at the spa, a wine tour, or a hot air balloon ride. Websites like Cloud9Living.com and Experiences.com can help you find and book events in your area.
6. Pay for a wedding vendor or service.
If you're close with the couple, a nice gesture is to offer to pay for a service for their wedding. Depending on your budget, family members or close friends sometimes pay for the bride's dress, wedding shoes, hair, or makeup.
7. The gift of a wedding planner.
I have personally been "gifted" to brides. As a wedding planner and business owner, I offer gift certificates. Sometimes friends will buy my services for a set amount of hours to have one-on-one consultations with the couple about their wedding plans. Or you can buy a Wedding Coordinator for the day of the wedding, which is a one day service. Contact me for more information regarding gift certificates.
My best friend got married! Seriously!
Rachel married the love of her life, Dan, a few weeks ago at Adelphia's in Deptford, New Jersey. Rachel was the Maid of Honor at my wedding so I was thrilled to be able to stand by her side on her big day. Also my son was the Ring Bearer so that made everything even more special. More pictures will be featured on our social media sites, but here's a sneak peak:
Photo Cred: Joseph Clementi
Photo Cred: Joseph Clementi
Pantone recently released the 2016 Color of the Year, and wedding industry professionals went absolutley crazy. For the first time ever, Pantone announced not one, but two colors. The winners: Rose Quartz (similar to a blush/light pink) and Serenity (light blue). For those not in the wedding industry, this announcement might not seem like a big deal, however these colors will play a huge role in the wedding industry and similar industries like the fashion industry. Expect to see these colors at most weddings you attend in 2016 and even into 2017. Professionals are describing the color combo as symbolic; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture in terms of mood and attitude.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director for the Pantone Color Institute, explains the pairing, saying:
"Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing warm tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as a soothing sense of order and peace."
I'm still loving the 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, which is a wonderful color to incorporate into fall weddings. I put together a Wedding Inspiration Board for any couples who want to incorporate these 2016 colors into their upcoming wedding. Click here to view: