Is it just me or is it really hard to buy a present for your parents? Usually if they want something, they buy it for themselves or they give you a specific list. We have had the most success in the past surprising our parents with experiences or sentimental gifts.
For the wedding, we knew that we wanted to gift them something simple but sentimental. Since Mr. Coral’s parents are divorced, we wanted to give them each individual presents instead of “couple” gifts. So, I decided that I wanted to get four of the same thing.
I get the Things Remembered catalog now (when you get engaged, I swear you start getting all sorts of nonsense in the mail), and I was flipping through there absentmindedly one day when I spotted this beaded double hinge frame. I loved that it had four spots for engraving and space for two photographs. Mr. C OKed it, and so I went online to order them. That was when I realized that they charge $9 for each engraving! That would add $36 in engraving to each $30. I just…couldn’t. So, I hopped on Google and found these silver frames from Exclusively Weddings. There is no hinge on this frame, but it still holds two photos and allows for one engraving at the top and two on the bottom. The frames were $30 and the engraving was included—and we were sold. If you order from them, be sure to search for coupon codes. There are a lot, and worst case scenario you can get one by signing up for their mailing list!
When I first started buying wedding magazines in bulk, I came across a great idea in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. It talked about decorating your bride and groom chairs with felted pom-pom garlands from The Fickle Felt Tree.
I thought the garlands were freakin’ adorable, but they didn’t really have anything to do with the rest of the wedding decor, nor were they at all necessary to wedding planning. So, I cut out the picture, slapped it into my wedding binder with all the other random inspiration photos I’d been keeping, and mostly forgot about it.
Cut to a year later, when I was looking for a new craft to try while “letterpress the invitations” loomed on the horizon. I was flipping back through my wedding binder one day and I re-stumbled upon those lovely felt garlands. And suddenly, I reeeeally wanted to make some of my own.
Now, I could’ve just bought the garlands from The Fickle Felt Tree. At $22 apiece, I wouldn’t exactly be breaking the bank if I bought two of them. I could’ve even bought the pre-felted pom-poms, strung them into a garland, and called it a DIY day.
I spent hours researching various websites, chat rooms, and magazines to compile a list of possible venues in the Baltimore area that looked to be within our price range. Then once I had a list of two dozen or so, I did further Googling to try and figure out what the venues’ websites didn’t tell me: how well each venue performed and what each actually charged. My biggest fear is that I’d fall in love with a so-called “affordable” venue only to discover it was affordable to only the Kardashians.
In the end, those hours of research paid off. We visited five venues that met our three must-haves and were able to quickly narrow down our choices to two.
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A one hour flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok got us to the capital city in the late morning. Saving Bangkok as our last stop before returning to the States was a strategic decision. We knew our main activity in Bangkok would be shopping and we didn’t want to have to haul our loot all over Thailand. But though the city’s various malls and markets were on our four day agenda, there was also a good bit of sightseeing to do as well.
Our first activity was a guided night tuk tuk tour —visiting some of Bangkok’s landmarks via the infamous motorcycle tuk tuk.
Mr. Coral had been a groomsmen for two of his friends before, so he knew the standard protocol for a groomsmen gift: anything with a monogram. In the past, he’s received a monogrammed flask and a monogrammed cigar cutter. Both of those guys are in our wedding, so he had to go a different route. When searching around, we found these engraved football glasses that we thought would be perfect for them.
It seems like eons ago that I first told you about our plans to honeymoon in Thailand. When it became obvious that we couldn’t make Thailand happen right after our wedding, we took a shorter holiday to Tulum, Mexico (we already had the days off and it was nice to escape from the NYC winter). But we had labeled Thailand as “our honeymoon destination” years ago (we decided on Thailand long before we decided on a wedding date) and being able to finally take this long-awaited trip of a lifetime in mid-March was awesome.
Our twelve night tour of “the land of smiles” started in Koh Samui, a beach town in the southern part of the country. After a 26 hour journey across the world (Mr. S survived the airplane rides with lots of movies and midnight servings of instant noodles), we checked into Buri Rasa Village where we spent the next four days and four nights watching the sunrise, eating, lazing on the beach, eating, wandering the markets, eating, getting massaged, and eating.