Bride and Groom Wedding Gifts
My guess is no matter how meticulously you plan your wedding day, inevitably something always ends up being forgotten. For us (or honestly, me) it was remembering to make a plan for our gift exchange. I love the tradition of the couple getting each other presents (again, gifts are my love language!). We didn’t want to stretch the budget too much further, so we decided to set a price cap of $40ish.
We both remembered to actually buy the gifts, and even brought them to the venue. What we did forget was to decide how the opening would go. In my head I meant for Mr. D to open it when the photographer arrived, and I would do the same. Problem was I totally forgot to mention this to the groomsmen I asked to deliver Mr. Dreamcatcher’s gift, my groom…or even our photographer—ha. With how hectic things started to get in the morning, I honestly completely forgot about it.
When we left off, we had just done our adorable first look.
After some brief catching up about our mornings, Mr. Dreamcatcher asked if I wanted to open my presents. Oh yeah. Those. I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten about this and had a moment of “Crap…what did I do with yours?!” He had our bases covered and brought it too. It was just the tiniest bit awkward doing it outside because there was no surface to lay the box down on as I took off the paper, or even a place to put torn paper for that matter—haha. Nonetheless, I’m glad it’s captured on film!
We did cards first, and I’m proud to say I didn’t start crying, despite the incredible custom card Mr. Dreamcatcher got from Etsy. I went first and opened up an adorable decorative sign with our family name and wedding date.
After the sign, I started to unwrap this box:
We’re laughing because we couldn’t find the gift among so much packaging!
I did finally find this adorable keepsake:
We’ve called each other “puzzle piece” as a term of endearment for a very long time, so this put me into the tear zone for sure. I now keep it with me in all my travels, and it feels so very special.
Mr. Dreamcatcher was up next:
I got him a personalized desk clock, since he spends a lot of time at his desk at work. It’s a running joke between us (and really anyone who knows Mr. D) that he forgets to stop working. In addition to that, he is late for EVERYTHING. The clock has a cute personalized message about being on time. It sits proudly on his desk at work.
In a more sentimental tone, I gave him a small book that over the entire two years of our engagement, I’ve been writing “Reasons Why I Love You.” Some are silly, some are sentimental, but they all reflect what a crazy and unique time our engagement was. I filled the pages with love letters and memories as well, so hopefully he’ll look back on it for many years to come.
There is one minor detail about our gift exchange that is pretty funny…Mr. Dreamcatcher totally already opened his present in the hotel room. Again, we never talked about it so why not? Haha. Ah well, at least he looked good acting surprised! 😉
Dreamcatcher Tip #10: Be sure to go over the schedule, checklists, AND logistics with everyone involved. In my personal schedule I had time built in to open gifts separately but never distributed that particular version to anyone else. This applies to everything, though—for instance, “Cake Cutting” needs a plate and utensils. Make sure someone is thinking about how to make all these tasks happen, haha.
- My dress almost doesn’t happen.
- I get by with a little help from my friends.
- We stumble through a rehearsal.
- We give some awesome gifts.
- Flow it, show it, hair, hair, hair, hair.
- Stuff gets sprayed on my face and makes me pretty.
- It takes one mom and six bridesmaids to dress me.
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Dressed
- A look of the first variety.