Happy Wednesday everyone! The hardest thing about a long weekend (Can anymore say, Canada Day? WOO HOO!) is that the week before seems endless! Ryan and I have been keeping ourselves busy though between putting wedding gifts away, visiting with a special (and new) little lady, supper out and in with a friend! Lots of activity makes things go by a lot faster!
Since getting our wedding pictures in our possession last week I have been thinking alot about the wedding and our wedding experience. I honestly think a big part of your wedding experience has to do with your wedding party. My girls were there for me every step of the way. I can’t even put into words how unbelievable they are and were throughout the whole wedding process. I know Ryan feels the same way about his groomsmen.
Being the overly organized person that I was, I knew I wanted to get all of the wedding party gifts done and ready WELL before it was rehearsal time, when we would be handing them out.
The guys gift was the most difficult! When we first got engaged, I had picked up a Southern Wedding magazine to browse through. In this magazine, Ryan saw a picture of groomsmen with custom Nike shoes. He immediately pointed them out and said that that was going to be the groomsmen gift.
I couldn’t argue because I loved them too. We finally decided that if we got them in black then they could also act as their wedding shoes!
It was tricky getting their sizes (thanks wives!) and telling them to just buy whatever black shoes they wanted, so that they didn’t think we were purchasing any shoes.
The even trickier part was buying them! You see Nike.com would not allow for international shipping. After lots of phone calls we finally drove the 5 hours to the closet location in New York and bought them. The store that we dealt with in White Plains, New York was wonderful! They even agreed to ship them to us (by Purolator) when they were ready so that we didn’t have to make that long drive again.
The guys loved their shoes and they looked great on the wedding day!
We also got a pair for Ryan to wear and as a gift for both Dad’s.
We also bought all the guys (Dad’s included) their ties. The groomsmen also received matching pocket squares. They all looked so handsome on the day of the wedding!
Maybe it’s because I’m a girl myself but girls gifts are SO much simpler!
I knew I wanted to get my girls a special piece of jewelry that they could wear on the day of the wedding with their dresses. It was difficult finding something I loved so I contacted, Brittany at BrittanyChavers who custom designed and made all the pieces for the girls! I have bought some beautiful jewelry from Brittany’s etsy shop before so I knew they were going to be wonderful. The best part though was how patient she was with me over the countless emails back and forth trying to find the perfect shade and shape of yellow flower! Thank you Brittany!
All of my wonderful girls received a pair of earrings, bracelet and necklace.
The flower girls also received a matching necklace as well!
Into the night I wanted to make sure the girls had something to carry (besides a bouquet!). That’s when I found these adorable clutches!
The set contained different prints and different shades of yellow so that each was right for that certain person!
The flower girls weren’t left out either and they got adorable silver purses from Claires.
The Mom’s were not forgotten either and I found some nice jewelry for both of them to go with their dresses.
My Mom received a black pearl necklace (for her v-neck dress) and earrings from TreasuredAdornment.
And Ryan’s Mom received a black pearl bracelet and earrings from luminajewelstoo.
Etsy is so amazing for finding some amazing things!
Finally, I didn’t want to leave the ladies out of getting some special footwear! So, when I placed my order for my Toms (dancing shoes) I also order matching silver Toms for my wonderful bridesmaids.
Mini silver toms for the flower girls, that they wore throughout the whole day and looked adorable!
And black sparkly Toms for the Moms!
It was so fun getting to purchase, wrap and then present the gifts to our wedding party. It really was just a small token for everything they had done for us throughout the whole process. We were so thankful to them for their love and support and wanted to show a bit of our gratitude.
Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!