Wednesday, June 25, 2008

MMM Mailbag

From Reader C:
I am getting married in one month (july 19th) and I am desperately searching the Internet for reasonably prices silver/pewter goblets/glasses for Brendan and I to drink out of during our reception. I'd like something thats about 8 inches tall. Could you post on your blog to see if anyone has any suggestions? Or do you have any ideas? I don't just want to drink out of the wine glasses that night as they aren't pretty.

Answer from MMM:
Hi C! I used Salisbary Pewter monogrammed water goblets (they were bigger) for my husband and I at our wedding. They were given to us as a wedding gift. I've checked out the internet and you can also find them here and here and here. Readers feel free to comment with other suggestions.

From Reader S:
Will you ask your blog world for ideas for a co-ed shower at a wine bar, not stock the bar, besides his and hers, around the house, the usual. Or if you know of any ideas, let me know! The bride is also having an around the house co-ed, and a kitchen & linen girls' shower I think His and Hers sounds a little funny for that venue, and misc. is so plain... any more ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Answer from MMM:
What about an "Entertaining shower." Readers--do you have any other ideas?


Questions and Answers from Reader A:
Hi there! This may seem odd...I don't even know your name and I'm emailing you like I've known you forever. I randomly found your blog when searching for wedding flowers --- and I've determined that we must be sisters separated at birth. Okay, so the chances of that are VERY unlikely...but I swear that we're just alike. I'm obsessed with everything preppy and girly: grosgrain ribbon, madras plaid, Lilly dresses, Vineyard Vines flip flops and belts, pearls and lace, I could go on forever... and from what I've gathered - you are too! I'm also currently planning a pink and green wedding for July 19th. I can hardly believe it's only 4 weeks away now, but I've found your blog to be MORE than helpful! I'm emailing you because I'd like to see even more pictures of your big day and to ask your advice/suggestions/help with some things. Forgive me for bombarding you with questions...

1. What did you put in your out-of-town gift bags? Here's the post all about them.


http://magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan.blogspot.com/2007/08/out-of-town-bags.html#links


2. Could you send me your brochure that you made? I'd love to have a starting point for mine...

I will try to dig it up again--but not sure where it is!! It's been a year now!! =)

3. Did you end up ordering sparklers? If so, from where? (Do you recommend them?)

I got the cheapest I could find---Phantom fireworks and they worked just fine.
http://www.fireworks.com/phantom_mall/wedding-sparklers.asp

4. I saw that you ordered stickers with your monogram on them, but I cannot find it again in your blog. It's hard to go back and figure out where you read something! But...could you send me the link for that, too?

My monogram was created by I Do Originals and a local company printed my stickers. If you go to the label "weddings" it has every post I ever did about weddings.

http://www.idooriginals.com/

5. What gifts did you give? (to groomsmen, parents, flower girl and ring bearer)

My mother in law did monogrammed silver ice scoops for the groomsmen (not my idea! but I had to pick my battles). I gave my MIL a LL Bean bag like my bmaids and a handkerchief. I gave my mom a handkerchief and later gave my parents and A's parents a Kodak Wedding Album that I put together (the legacy album complete with captions), I did monogrammed LL Bean Bags for flower girls and bell ringer filled with dollar store goodies, pearl necklace/bracelet sets for the girls.

6. Did you make your own programs or have them printed? I had them printed at a local store.

Thank you so much for your help!

~A

Question from Reader K:
Hi, MMM! I am an avid blog reader...I am engaged to be married in September and love all of your details! I also have a fun dog who is my child, and I live in the South!

Am writing for some help--what did you get your bridesmaids? I have been in a number of weddings and while each gift I received was fun, I am looking for something unique and not so "done". Thoughts, suggestions? I have just loved all of your wedding details/posts thus far and I thought I might write for help.

I have 6 girls in the wedding...we are all meeting in Charleston in July for my bachelorette party and I have gotten them monogrammed beach towels for that. I would like to buy them their shoes for the wedding, some gold flip flops for the reception, and possibly their earrings. But I am struggling how to tie it all together. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! I want to get them something they'll remember, but not necessarily another LLBean tote (as I've received 3!)

Answer from MMM:
Well, K--I gave my bridesmaids handmade earrings (pearl drops with little green crystals that matched their dresses), Pink Flip Flops from Old Navy and pink monogrammed LL Bean totes! =) Ha, Ha.

See them here: http://magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan.blogspot.com/2007/08/bridesmaids-earrings.html#links

and here: http://magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan.blogspot.com/2007/11/few-more-wedding-details.html#links

and here: http://magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan.blogspot.com/2007/09/misc-small-wedding-details.html#links

Readers--got any new ideas for bridesmaid gifts or a gift that you really enjoyed.

Question from Reader S:
I love your blog. I have my monogram and I was just reading about what you did with the labels. Did you just take the monogram to a print store and have they had labels in stock? Sorry - I am a little confused about how to do this. Thanks!!

Answer from MMM:
Hi S,
I sent the jpeg to a print shop and they did them there (they had them in stock). But, you could buy the labels and do them yourself if you had a good color printer. Good luck!!
MMM

Do you have any other questions for me? Leave them in the comments section or send me an email to magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan@gmail.com and I would be glad to help you out if I can! A special congrats to all the summer brides that are readers!

6 comments:

Sunshine In The City said...

For Reader S:
We threw my best friend Kristen a misc. shower but called it a "First Month of Wedded Bliss" Shower. I designed the invites with a calendar on the front with their wedding date marked and then put "appts" on the calendar such as "Honeymoon," "unpacking & decorating," "parents over for bruch," "yard work," "College Football Game" etc. for the next month. I then wrote a poem for the inside to further illustrate my point. They guests brought all kinds of gifts from lingere, china, home decor, entertaining items, a beach bag for the honeymoon, etc. The hostesses got her "breakfast in bed" consisting of items from her registry including mixing bowls, muffin pans, spatula, a Breakfast in Bed tray, and we through in two different types of muffin mix! The whole shower was great and she loved it! This could easily translate into a co-ed shower because people could bring yard tools, tailgating gear, bbq stuff, etc. for the groom. I think I still have the template for the invites, feel free to email me (sydneybaker78@yahoo.com) if you'd like to use it or for further details/ideas. Good luck!

Sunshine In The City said...

For Reader S:
We threw my best friend Kristen a misc. shower but called it a "First Month of Wedded Bliss" Shower. I designed the invites with a calendar on the front with their wedding date marked and then put "appts" on the calendar such as "Honeymoon," "unpacking & decorating," "parents over for bruch," "yard work," "College Football Game" etc. for the next month. I then wrote a poem for the inside to further illustrate my point. The guests brought all kinds of gifts from lingere, china, home decor, entertaining items, a beach bag for the honeymoon, etc. The hostesses got her "breakfast in bed" consisting of items from her registry including mixing bowls, muffin pans, spatula, a Breakfast in Bed tray, and we through in two different types of muffin mix! The whole shower was great and she loved it! This could easily translate into a co-ed shower because people could bring yard tools, tailgating gear, bbq stuff, etc. for the groom. I think I still have the template for the invites, feel free to email me (sydneybaker78@yahoo.com) if you'd like to use it or for further details/ideas. Good luck!

Seige said...

For Reader S:

What about a "holiday and/or games shower"
you get get them anything from Christmas Ornaments to beach towels to, of course, any kind of game!
I had one and got some of the most useful stuff!

Hope this helps!

Lauren said...

Great suggestions! I love the idea of an entertaining shower.

Enjoy your week!

Jennifer H. said...

Comment for Reader K - bridesmaid gifts.

Right now I'm loving the "going to market totes" by Rosenthal. They are very practical for many uses and not your ordinary bag.

You could also purchase an acrylic wine/ice bucket (maybe add a monogram) and put the gifts in that.

One of my favorite bridesmaid gifts was a clutch that coordinated with the bridesmaid dresses. It was nice to have a bag that made the dress more of a complete outfit than a bridesmaid dress.

Good luck and congrats on your wedding!

GroveGals said...

For Reader S: We just threw a Monogram Shower for my husband's friend and his fiance at a local wine bar. We printed their new monogram on the invite so everyone would know and I think it worked out perfectly.

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