First Anniversary Gift Guide | Paper

Hmmm… The first year of your marriage, one of the most bliss-filled, starry-eyed years of your life and all you get to celebrate is paper… okay…

I have a few theories on this; No. 1- There is a good chance that after a year, you just dug yourself out from paying for your wedding and honeymoon, so all you have money for is a card (or some other paper gift). 2., You are still so googly eyed and mushy in love with each other that you could write a book of love poems. So go ahead, break out that pen and get to writing; your anniversary is coming up!!

Okay so actually my anniversary is coming up! In 10 days, P and I will celebrate one year of marriage. I do think that we are pretty deep in love, and we can be pretty mushy with our expressions towards each other, but if this is the most bliss-filled year we have, I will be disappointed. There are many milestones to go that I think will just continue to expand our love for each other. (Go ahead and puke if you need to.)

Although we finished paying for our wedding and honeymoon a while back, it never hurts to save a few bucks. But we also thought it would be sweet to follow the traditional annual gifts for the wedding anniversaries and then do something to celebrate. That said, I am having the hardest time figuring out what to get for P, I have plenty of suggestions for you myself, but he seems to have that figured out.

Here’s my brainstorm for the best gift options for your love on your first anniversary:

first anniversary gift guide for him

For Him: (Clockwise from top right) Frame a ticket stub from a memorable event (This one is from P’s personal collection, find something similar for your guy on eBay); If you can’t afford a ticket to fly away on an adventure, this fun airline ticket tray is a great way to keep your wanderlust dreams in flight while holding your mans keys, wallet, etc., at the end of a long day; P is a writer, so a customizable leather-bound notebook seems like a good option as a sophisticated book to carry around and jot down interview notes or keep track of characters;  A custom coordinates print is a great way to commemorate the place where you tied the knot or the address of your first home together; and a Kindle Paperwhite serves as a great way to keep your reading on hand at all times.

1st anniversary gift guide for her

For Her: (Clockwise from top left) If the Kindle Paperwhite is good enough for him, it’s good enough for her, I know I would enjoy this gift just as much, if not more than my hubby, so put it on the list; This brass cuff is molded after the look of folded paper, and every time it adorns her wrist she will remember your wedding day and anniversary; I am a big fan of the handwritten note and I love gold foil details right now. This Etsy shop does custom stationary in addition to their standards, so why not treat your wife to a little custom gold-foil stationary with her new last name; this paper airplane necklace is simple and light, the perfect complement for every ensemble your wife puts together, and like the cuff, each time she wears it she will remember the sweet details of your first year.

Last but not least, I love a good notebook. I jot down all my notes from client meetings in notebooks along with blog ideas and daily sketches and I keep them cateloged for reference, this Little Gold Book by Kate Spade is sweet little way to honor the wife that loves to put pen to paper.

What do you think? What would you do if it were your anniversary? Would you stick with something that is actually paper, or do you think my modern interpretation works out okay? I’ll let you all in on what we end up exchanging for our anniversary in 11 days!

SMP Something Blue Event

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Style Me Pretty x Tiffany & Co. event “Something Blue.” Needless to say it was a fabulous event filled with delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, plenty of bubbly and a whole lot of bling.

I wanted to do a little overview of the event. First off, I arrived there after the event had started, as I was coming straight from work, what I missed was a discussion about diamonds and rings and a round table of questions which I heard great things about. When I arrived, we walked off the elevator and were greeted with little blue envelopes filled with details on the Something Old, Something New traditions as well as a note explaining the basics on diamonds. When we entered the event, there were greeters with a choice of champagne, white wine or seltzer, and then holding some of the most spectacular rings I have ever seen.

Here’s my opinion on your engagement rings for any of you waiting for the proposal, or dreaming of your “one day,” you will have a good idea of what you want in your head and he (or she-thanks to today’s Supreme Court rulings!) will have a budget. The bottom line is, we like to have something with a little sparkly, some more than others, but at the end of the day, if you really love him, when he gets down on one knee and asks you for forever, it won’t matter how much the rock is worth, if you really love him, you will say yes and you will love the ring because it’s from him and because of what it symbolizes.

That said, if money is no object or you are budgeting on your wedding, I feel that your ring which you will wear forever, should hold a little more weight on the overall budget of the wedding expenses, everything else will last a day, so if there is anything worth splurging on, it’s the one thing that you will wear forever, and Tiffany’s is certainly a great place to start your shopping.

If you are already married, they had some fabulous bands that you can add to your wedding set as your family grows, which a lot of women do, and I even tried a few bands on! In addition to engagement and wedding rings, they have a world of other jewels for any occasion or even to treat yourself! I personally love the pearl earrings in the case with the pearl necklace and diamond bracelet shown in the pictures above.

The event had a florist on hand who made custom bouquets for the brides-to-be and a calligrapher who made a custom keepsake with your name, ring size and desired ring of choice to hand over to your sweetheart when you got home. In addition to the passed hors d’oeuvres, there was a little dessert table with Tiffany box cookies, wedding cake cookies and chocolates. Everything was beautifully done, the event was great and I had a really nice time! I finally met a friend of a friend who I’ve talked to a dozen times but never met and I also met the founder of Style Me Pretty, Abby Larson, who is so sweet and very down to earth.

All in all I’d say it was a successful night! And P, if you are ever in a bind trying to decide what to get me, I’ll take either of those add-on bands (though I think the baguettes will compliment my setting better), or the anything from the pearl case.

What is everyone up to this weekend? It’s a rare weekend when we both have a Saturday night free, so this weekend while we are both off and have no social obligations, our obligation is to each other! We are taking a little date night in the city, planning to head in early and go to the TKTS booth to score show tickets, have a nice dinner before, and then enjoy whatever musical we can get tickets to! Sunday will be a chore day and maybe a good day to take Brantley on an adventure, and then the weekend will be over before we know it!

Happy Friday–enjoy the weekend!!

PS, I apologize for the poor quality of some of these photos, they were all taken on my phone during the event, so I know they aren’t the best, but they are better than nothing and at least this way you can see the bling!

(This post is not sponsored by anyone, although it may seem like a Tiffany’s promotion, it is simply my own reflection of this event that I attended. I hope you enjoyed a little peek at the bling!)

Wedding Season|The Registry

When a couple is newly engaged and planning their big day, putting together a registry is often one of the most fun parts for both bride and groom. It’s something they look forward to and can have fun with, but it is also something that can be quite overwhelming! I wanted to give some pointers on what to think about while you are registering for items for your new home together.

Sunset on the Mediterranean during our honeymoon.

Sunset on the Mediterranean during our honeymoon.

1. First, there are fabulous websites that allow you to register for your honeymoon, register for some upcoming financial goals like your first house, etc., and these are great places to look. I highly recommend that everyone do a honeymoon within a few months of getting hitched. Don’t sweat the cost (but don’t go crazy if you really can’t afford it), you are likely to get some monetary gifts on your big day, although you won’t be able to count on how much, so plan to do a honeymoon fund as one of your gifts. Your honeymoon will build the memories that will last your entire marriage. Our honeymoon was amazing, and I don’t regret a single thing we did or didn’t do and we frequently talk about our time on our honeymoon like it was a dream. Check out Wanderable and Honeyfund. And if you love to travel in general, don’t forget to register for new luggage!

monogrammed luggage

2. Consider large gifts for your friends and family to be able to get you. Often times at showers a group of friends will go in together on one larger gift as opposed to each purchasing a few small pieces. A lot of companies also offer completion discounts for the items you didn’t receive from your registries, so after your big day, you may be able to splurge for that new sofa or those nightstands you’ve been dreaming of for less. But if they aren’t on your registry you won’t be able to apply the discount.

3. Consider all the little things. It takes a lot to make a fully functioning home and all the little pieces really add up. You will use those measuring scoops and cooking-and-serving utensils more than you think, so register for a few more pieces than you need. The worst-case scenario is that once you actually are gifted these pieces you may realize you don’t like to use a bagel stand to slice bagels in so you return it for credit and put it towards that bigger purchase that nobody was able to splurge on for you.

Place Settings

4. Look at the open-stock items for your dinnerware and flatware. A lot of times the sets come with pieces you won’t ever use, so why have them taking up space in your cabinet or coming out of what people can afford to buy you? Instead look towards the open-stock pieces in which you can mix and match pieces to create a place setting you really love and that you can actually entertain with. Once you’ve created your place-setting, ask for one or two place settings more than you think you will ever need (i.e., if you plan to host 8, order 9; if you plan to host 12 order 13), because let’s face it, dishes break. See more on the dinnerware we registered for here, also pictured above.

5. Have fun! This should be something that you and your future spouse can really enjoy. Part of planning your registry is planning what kind of life you want to live together and figuring out the essentials to get you started.

If you are shopping someone’s registry, remember these things too! Plan your purchases based on first what you can afford, decide if you want to go in on something with a group to get a larger item or if you would rather pull a few smaller items together.

In general, I like to get things that remind me of my friendship with that couple. If it is friends you always do game night with, get something on their registry that would help them host their own game night, maybe a chips and dips bowl; if they are friends you often grab drinks with, get them a cocktail shaker or some of their barware; if they are friends that you love to cook with, get them a few of their essential skillets.

Remember that these are likely all things that when they use them in the future, they will stop and think of you and how thoughtful it was for you to get them something that corresponds to your friendship together. It makes it a little bit more meaningful which makes the gift that much sweeter!