Tim and I have been engaged for almost 8 months now. [What the heck? EIGHT.] And I realized I haven't done a very good job blogging about engaged life/wedding planning/etc. #OOPS. I am hoping to change that since writing on this blog has been one of my favorite hobbies and I'm always so bummed when I neglect it. In addition, I have a lot of [unexpected] thoughts on wedding planning and the wedding industry in general, so I hope I'm able to carve out time for this more often.
First up, I wanted to share one of the best engagement gifts we received. Tim's best friend [Dan] and his beautiful wife [Samantha] live in Seattle, where Tim grew up. Samantha and I have grown close over the years and I'm always in awe of her talents. [She is a DIY queen. Seriously, you can see their amazing wedding here.] A few days after we arrived back from Mexico, we received a huge box from Washington. Inside was basically an engagement party so that Samantha and Dan could celebrate with us from afar!
The package was filled with wedding magazines, nail polish, champagne, cigars, glassybaby candle holders, and The Newlywed Cookbook. It was so much fun to open each gift and it really felt like an actual party. It also made our engagement seem more "real." Of course, we always knew it was real... but we'd been floating on Cloud 9 - and a few waves in the Caribbean - so we hadn't had a chance to let the reality set in. It brought us down to earth in San Francisco and let us celebrate the moment whole-heartedly.
I absolutely LOVE this concept for gifts. While it's never required to go above and beyond when giving someone a present, there is something so much more fun about opening multiple small gifts in one big box. It's exciting! Since many of my close friends live in different states, I will definitely be stealing this idea from Samantha in the future - whether it's for birthdays, holidays, engagements or promotions. It's the best way to party when you can't hop on a plane!