After our wedding, when my husband and I finally got around to opening our gifts and noting who gave what for our thank you cards, we became concerned that a bunch of our wedding gifts might have been stolen. About a third of the 150 guests who attended our wedding did not appear to have given a gift — that seemed a little odd. However, I was aware that wedding etiquette says that you have up to a year after a wedding to give a gift, so I didn’t put too much worry into it. After our wedding, a number of friends and family members contacted us with questions like, “Where are you registered?” and “What is your mailing address?” I answered all their inquiries, but strangely never received gifts of any sort from any of the people who asked. Keep reading »
Look, if Mom and Dad are going to fork over a chunk of change for that Vera Wang wedding gown of your dreams, they’re also going to make sure that you fit into the damn thing on the big day. That’s how much they love you. [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
It’s sort of crazy to admit, but long before I got married — even before I met my now-husband — I had a real fear of having a wedding. It wasn’t so much getting married that scared me, but simply all the preparation and planning that I knew would go into throwing a wedding. With family and friends spread around the globe, I worried how I’d get people in one place. I fretted that loved ones would feel obligated to come even if they didn’t have the time or money to travel. I worried about my aging grandparents and whether they’d feel terribly left out if they weren’t well enough to attend. I was concerned about the cost, of course. And I worried about certain friends and family members who might be recently divorced or broken up and find it sad to attend a wedding. And remember, I had all these concerns before I even met my now-husband! When we finally did meet and started seriously talking marriage, I had a brand-new worry: wedding gifts! Would people feel obligated to get us something? Would we get a bunch of stuff we didn’t want or need? Where in the world would we put everything in our small one-bedroom Manhattan apartment? And finally, should we register for gifts? Is that tacky? Would we look, gasp, greedy? Keep reading »
When couples get married, they generally register at a few stores for plates, kitchen appliances, and other household items so their wedding guests can buy them exactly what they need (or want). For the most part, these lists are extensive enough that it’s not hard to find a salad spinner, table setting, or set of towels that fits into your budget. But if you wait until right before the wedding to purchase a wedding gift, a $400 mixer might be all that’s left on the registry. Since we’ve experienced the desperation that comes with shopping for a couple when everything on their registry has been taken, we asked a few of our recently married friends what route wedding guests should go when this happens. Read their advice after the jump. Keep reading »
Dear loving friend or family member who bought me kitchen towels for my bridal shower,
Thank you so much for your wonderful gift. I know I already sent you a note for the present, but I felt the need to write again. Andy and I were just overwhelmed with the many generous and wonderful gifts we received, so it’s been six months since the shower and we have just gotten around to unpacking some of the things we put in storage. What a pleasant surprise to discover these towels, which you so cleverly crafted into a bow.
Once I untied them, I realized how cute the design is. Did you have a chance to actually take a look at them? I know Prop 8 wasn’t even in the collective consciousness when you bought them, so I find the inscription, HOME SWEET HOMO, to be a little puzzling. Is there something about Andy I should know? Did you find out about my little drunken incident in college? Or did you just not look closely enough when you picked these up in the sale bin at the dollar store? Either way, I think they’re fabulous. And I hope you don’t mind if I regift them to some of my favorite gays this Christmas. Somehow, I just think they’ll appreciate them a little more than I will.
All my love,
Annemarie Keep reading »
There’s a part of me that sometimes gets a little cynical — it doesn’t help when the Guys On Our IM make me want to re-question my sexuality — but then I hear a little story like the one I’m about to tell, and my heart melts, I hear birds twittering, and a rainbow suddenly bursts across the sky. So, one of the guys who helps out on the technical side of The Frisky recently got married to his lovely girlfriend of many years. As a final present to show his appreciation and love for her, he gave her the nerdiest/most insanely romantic gift I have ever heard of. Being that he’s one of these tech guys who gets things about the Internet’s potential, he optimized the search term the most beautiful bride in the world — that way, when you type that exactly into Google.com search and click “I’m Feeling Lucky”, it takes you directly to a website he set up for his new wife. Seriously. Try it. But don’t get mad at your SEO because he’ll never come up with something as sweet and awesome.. Keep reading »