As my friends started getting engaged I immediately wanted to shower them with cute little gifts and as a newly engaged girl, I was loving all things that said “bride/ bride to be/ future Mrs.” and so on. So in today’s post I am talking about some of my favorite gifts I received when we first got engaged, and those gifts that I loved shopping for my friends when they got engaged. With engagement season behind us this is the perfect time to show that new bride to be in your life how excited you are for her with a thoughtful gift.
1. Ring Dish: OK, this is one of the most practical gifts any bride wants but she doesn’t know it yet. This was one of those items that I just thought they were so adorable but didn’t think much of until I received like 3 of them as Christmas gifts! And these are seriously the best thing ever. The engagement ring instantly turns into one of the most coveted pieces of jewelry a girl will own and trust me she will want to wear it 24/7 if she could. But there are times you do have to take it off but you don’t just want to leave it thrown around. I actually have a ring dish on my night stand, near my bathroom sink and my kitchen sink, basically all the spots you would need to take your ring off. Each ring dish I own was given to me by a different person and I always think of their sweet gesture when I see the dish. Here are a couple of my favorite ones.
2. Mugs: This one is predictable but when there are so many cute options to fit the bride’s personality, how can you resist? I now have what seems like a collection of engaged/bride mugs. The bride to be will love these whether to enjoy her coffee or to snap pictures and show off that ring! Take a look at some of cutest ones out I found!
3. T-Shirts: Perfect for any bride! Engaged/fiancé/bride shirts are perfect for just lounging at home, running errands, or attending wedding shows/vendor meetings. This is the stage in a girls’ life where these cute shirts will possibly become a keepsake, or when she looks back at pictures of her “saying yes to the dress” she will remember that shirt you got her. You can go the personalized route just like with any of the gifts mentioned above or find more generic ones. Here are a couple of options!
4. Picture frames: These can be so versatile and she will totally use this gift! Whether she decides to use it as decor for the bridal shower or wedding reception, or for decor in her home/office, these will definitely get their use. I received the most perfect picture frame that says Mr. and Mrs. that matches my bedroom currently. I can’t wait to put a wedding picture in mine! I found a couple of great options below:
5. Wine glasses: When the planning gets tough, and you have to decide between a white or off white table linen, and you are on the verge of eloping, it’s time to break out the wine! Haha but seriously, I think there’s just something about drinking wine and wedding planning that makes that a memory on it’s own to look back at. I remember when I first started doing research on venues, I would get so overwhelmed and then I would grab my Future Mrs. glass, bottle of my favorite white wine and it would just make it all a little more bearable. When one of my best friends got engaged that was the first thing I thought of for a gift for her, and ordered her a custom one on Etsy and she absolutely loved it! Browse through some of my favorites here!
6. Local Wedding Magazines: Lastly, I think this is one of those other gifts that she doesn’t realize she needs until she receives it. The reason I say “local” wedding magazine is because I feel as though that city magazines where you reside just feel so much more personal than a generic one that is being read across the country. When we were deciding what city to have our wedding at, I got a magazine for each city and started analyzing the details of what the weddings there looked like. Most of the time the weddings that are published on these magazines are a mixture of styled and real weddings, and what that does is it showcases what the current trends are there. For instance in one city magazine that we were deciding on, the weddings felt more rustic, country chic, in comparison to the other one, where the weddings had that glam feel. That sort of swayed me to see my vision come to life to think, “oh that florist put together exactly what I was envisioning” and so on. Also another tip, local wedding magazines will provide an index with vendors information such as phone number, email and website and they will give you a generic timeline for planning purposes. I’ve linked a few examples of local wedding magazines here in Texas.
If you noticed, I did not add a planner on this list. A planner is a tool a bride will rely on very heavily and more than likely want to design her own/ pick out what features she loves and so on. I am planning on writing a whole post on some of the best wedding planners out in the market and how I decided which one works best for me. See you next Wednesday!