By: Revanche

Bridal shower and wedding gifts

October 16, 2007

Bridesmaid #3 and I were brainstorming ideas for the bridal shower and I realized that we could take on a couple of really ambitious presents that are frugal and yet, something the bride’d never ever anticipate. She also couldn’t ever put it on a registry, so no one would ever think to do it.

5 years ago, she undertook an enormous quilt-making project for the dozen members of our core group of friends. She had everyone decorate a quilt square for every other member, and she intended to gather all the squares and create friendship quilts. However, thanks to a few procrastinatory members, she never got the rest of the squares, and the project has languished ever since.

It’s just possible that we might be able to locate, smuggle out the various components of the project and do it ourselves. Uh, while I’m also organizing 3 of her parties, BoyDucky’s weekend, helping her plan the entire wedding, counseling and all that jazz, I’m going to organize friends who can sew to try and sew a dozen quilts between now and … January. Uh …. hm. Maybe this isn’t such a good idea.

Well anyway, the idea was to have them all made up and ready to go, and give them to her to give out at her own shower, as if she made them!

I just found out that I have to fold 1000 paper cranes for the wedding, too. Or make that happen. I’ve already tapped all my go-to creative people for other things, I feel like I’m overloading them with things to do.

Oh, and for her wedding gift: I wanted to make a “behind-the-scenes” photo album of all the planning and organizing that she’s not participating in. Stuff like our creating her shower invitations, the preparations thereof, the quilt-making party if we do that, the actual showers, etc. It’ll be the companion to her actual wedding album!

What do you think? Too cheesy?

4 Responses to “Bridal shower and wedding gifts”

  1. The 1000 cranes are a fab idea.. but as you’re making them, have someone have a LONG STRING and stitch them together at the time (in a long string, so they’re on top of one another or something)

    … or else you’re going to get a HUGE garbage bag full of these gorgeous 1000 cranes that you folded, and no way to string them up on the day of, and the hassle will be not just folding but trying to get them organized and in strings ready to be hung.

    As for the photo album idea – I LOVE IT 🙂 If it were my wedding and you made it for me, I’d cherish it just as much as my wedding album.. if not more 🙂 The candids behind the shots are the best!

  2. SavingDiva says:

    1000 cranes?! There is no way I would ever be able to do that.

    The photo album idea is adorable! I think it’s thoughtful…and she’ll be able to keep it for years to come.

  3. Mrs. Micah says:

    Wow. The cranes will take you a while, though I’m sure they can be done. But maybe not with the quilt as well. :-/

    The photo album sounds like a great idea to me! Not cheesy at all.

  4. ~FB~ I’ll let the mother of the bride decide how she’d like them strung up: long narrow stacked garlands, or streamer-like wingtip to wingtip vs beak to tail. In the meantime, I’ll have everyone leave them flat, to be poufed up at a later date.

    I’m glad you like the idea of the album. I haven’t decided if it’ll be a photobook using something like shutterfly or an actual hand produced album. We’ll see ….

    ~Savingdiva~ A whole freaking thousand cranes, yep!! And no, I think my fingers will fall off if I try to do it all myself. Especially with the 3 by 3 inch origami paper that MOB bought! That’s what the troops are for 🙂 I have scheduled Bridesmaid 4 and a good friend of my own who isn’t involved to help out.

    I’d better take some good pictures for that album, it’s starting to sound like a better and better idea!! LOL.

    ~Mrs. Micah~ Welcome! I just need more people to assign work to in order to get that quilt in the mix. More skilled laborers, please! hehe. We’ll see how that goes, I’ve got so many wedding related balls in the air right now.

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