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Getting Along With the In-Laws Starts Way Ahead of the Wedding

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

It’s 12:00 noon. Only one hour give or take a few minutes prior to the wedding. Oh mine! my watch ticks faster than usual, or at least it seems that way. Heck! My sweaty hands only make it more difficult to apply make-up and do the zillion things yet to be done. “Why didn’t I hire a wedding planner?” I mused to myself. Why didn’t I think of what to give my in-laws?  Will I show up to my own wedding empty handed, except with a pair of sneakers ready to run away?  There had been 2 or 3 skirmishes. And both had given me signals. Hints, clues, premonitions that my mother-in-law was as a total bee-ach.  The way she treated my boyfriend Daniel like he was still his baby boy… I had heard my hubby-to-be was a mama’s boy, but not to the extent I witnessed! It was obvious that Danny loves her more than he loves me! I could only see myself, the next day, being ridiculed by everyone after Daniel, my then husband of only one day, literally threw the ring out the window, in a slow motion that seemed like an eternity. All this reaction because I complained about how his mom treated him. That was the first signal. MakeYourOwnYouAndIWoodenPictureFrame 14-931 3 medThe second signal, I won’t even mention, but let it be said it had to do with my wedding dress.These thoughts I just described were the figments going through my mind, fabricated by my imagination, in my sleep. Yes. I had been dreaming. And… no. My wedding wasn’t about to happen. It was in no way imminent. And, although I have my reservations, I can report that in the living world of the alive and risen, not in my dreams, my in-laws like me.The luxury of time was on my side. I had prepared the perfect gifts for both my mother and father-in-law. Both personalized gifts. Being one of those rare couples who have stuck together through thick and thin for over 30 years, I decided, for my  own wedding, to give my mother and father-in-law a personalized photo frame commemorating their love for each other. True. My dream may have given the impression that I dislike my in-laws, but rather than feeling negative about how I feel about THEM, what I really feel queasy about now is thinking that for all the strength I can ever muster to try to do my best, regardless of it, for them not to like me, or rather, for me to feel helplessly drawn to live in a future where we can’t make things work out between us. But I need to be practical, and, realize I am to some extent afraid of not being accepted by those who will be my new relatives. My inspiration came when, last Sunday morning, still in my pajamas, I saw my favorite photo of Daniel smiling as he carried me horsey-riding while on a cruise trip to Cancún.I immortalized that moment in what’s perhaps my favorite picture frame of all. I love wood because it brings me close to the natural world, of plants and animals I’ve always so adored. The engraving on my frame was the result of a laser burning process that left letters chiseled by a technology I don’t yet understand, but that I truly admire. I can tell the burning caused by the laser was intense, because my frame smells like and reminds me of the crackling sounds of the burning wood in the fire place. In short, I went back to the ETCTrade store one more time, weeks before the wedding and I purchased a perfect laser engraved wooden frame for them. More on the personalization on my next post.

For your Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

It is an honor to be asked to be a part of a couple’s wedding. While bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other adult members of the wedding party may seem to better understand the importance of their roles, the younger members of the wedding party are also excited and honored to be included in a wedding.

The children you choose to be your flower girl and ring bearer are typically your own children, nieces and nephews, or other children that are close friends or family members. These little ones may not fully comprehend the importance of their presence in a wedding, but are generally excited about being included. It is more common for young girls to be excited about dressing up, but young boys can sometimes surprise us.

The flower girl walks down the aisle with delicate flower petals and leads the way for the bride and groom. The ring bearer carries the bride and groom’s wedding bands on a lovely pillow. These are very important jobs for little people. Thank your flower girl and ring bearer for their help and love with a beautifully personalized frame like the . It is the perfect thank you gift for the youngest members of your wedding party and also makes a great keepsake for yourself. Customize it for a , a , or both for a truly unique gift and keepsake.

A keepsake for your bridal party

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The girls you pick to be part of your bridal party are your closest family and friends. They have been there for you for years through your good and bad times. They will stand by your side as your bridesmaids on your wedding day. Thank your bridesmaids for all of their help and support with a .

The duties of the maid of honor and the bridesmaids usually start long before the wedding day. They are typically involved in part of the wedding planning, and may even be responsible for planning a shower for the bride-to-be. They are there to help and hopefully eliminate some of the bride’s stress.

Thank each of your bridesmaids for the time, patience, understanding, and support that they will provide with a . The is the perfect gift to give your bridesmaids and your maid or matron of honor. It is a wonderful keepsake your bridesmaids can cherish and remind them of your big day. Personalize each frame to hold individual photos of you with each of your bridesmaids or to display a group photo of all the girls.

A beautiful way to cut and serve cake…

Monday, July 6th, 2009

There are many special occasions for which we have cake. For weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or other important occasions, cut and serve your cake with a .

Weddings are well-known for having a beautiful wedding cake. It is the centerpiece at the reception and there is the tradition of the bride and groom cutting their wedding cake together. Make this moment even more special with a . It makes a great gift for the soon to be husband and wife and is something they can use again on future anniversaries.

A is a classic gift for weddings, but also makes a perfect gift for a 50th wedding anniversary. A personalized cake server set is a unique way to incorporate gold into the traditional anniversary gift.

Following the gold theme, a gold cake server set also makes a lovely gift for a 50th birthday. A birthday doesn’t seem complete without a birthday cake and a cake server is a wonderful birthday gift for a friend or relative.

If gold isn’t your color, or if you are celebrating a 25th anniversary or birthday, a is the perfect choice. A personalized cake server set is the perfect addition or gift for any special occasion where there is cake.