There are so many traditions surrounding weddings that, as a Bride-to-be, it is easy to loose track when there are countless other tasks at hand to be concerned with. It is said that, for good luck, you need something borrowed, something old, something new and, oh goodness, something blue! Your bridesmaids are the go-to gals for making sure your bases are covered in this department so don’t be shy about calling upon them to complete the list of necessities! There is one tradition, however, that can only fall in the hands of a certain very special person…your beloved groom!
Most often it is the bride and/or her family who take on the financial responsibility of the wedding itself. The many tiring months of planning your dream day are also likely to fall in your lap, with the exception of a few choice activities such as the cake testing, which is an appointment most guys conveniently find the time in their schedules to accompany you to! As a way of saying “thank you” for all of your hard work, the groom is expected to buy his blushing bride a very special wedding gift.
Please allow me to set the scene for you…Wedding Day: roughly 2 hours away from “show-time”. You are nestled in your bridal suite sipping champagne while being fussed over by your “glam squad” who are making sure that every eyelash is extended to it’s fullest and each curl is pinned in place just perfectly. There is a knock at the door and your Maid of Honor rushes to answer it, making sure to open the door just a crack as not to let just anyone see the guest of honor before she is camera ready! It is the Best Man who has come to deliver something special from the groom. The gift is promptly snatched out of his hands and the door is shut. The bridal party all gather around while you do the honors in opening what looks to be a jewelry box. Oh wait, first there is a note! (Who can blame a girl for almost missing the envelope when that jewelry box is staring her in the face!) The card reads; “Thank you for marrying me today. I will love you forever and ever.” ….or something along those lines but anything sweet will do when there’s a bauble to be opened! Wide eyes and ooohing and ahhing come from the group as you hold up your gorgeous necklace, bracelet, ring or pair of earrings! What a perfect start to a magical day! As you walk down the aisle, feeling like the most beautiful girl in the world, you will proudly be wearing this new token from your hubby-to-be and your “thank you” to him will come in the form of a great big “I DO!”
**Ladies, I strongly encourage you to share this post with your fiances, as sometimes these messages are better received coming from an outside source ;)
The ideal wedding gift from your man needs to be something that will be able to be worn with your gown and not intrude on the overall “look” that you’ve got going on for your day when all eyes will be on YOU. He is best served seeking the help of someone close to you who knows, first-hand, exactly what you have planned for your wedding day look. Is the dress strapless, lending itself beautifully to a necklace or drop earrings? Or does it have a complicated neckline in which case he is safer to go with a earrings or a ring? Here are some of my favorite choices:
Your treasured wedding gift from your husband will become an heirloom for you to pass down to your daughter someday, perhaps as her “something borrowed” when it’s her turn to walk down the aisle. This is one tradition not to be missed so make sure you clue your guy in on the importance of it! After all, his gift in return is marrying YOU!
- Amy McLaughlin | Lifestyle Designer | www.amymclaughlin.com