There were a few extra special things that we had in our wedding (besides my something old, something new, something borrowed, & something blue). Mostly sentimental and very important to us.
The first was having our florist wrap the pearl necklace my grandma had given me around my bouquet. If you’ve read my previous posts, you know how much I miss her and how important it was to me to feel like I had her with me on my wedding day. Jinger did a great job and it turned out perfect.
Cody’s mom passed away and he was very close with her. Thanks to Becca Bristow’s Etsy Wedding Finds video, I was able to find Anne, TheQuiltLabelLady who was a dream to work with. I snuck a photo of a birthday card his mom had given him (not an easy task) and Anne was able to embroider the words she wrote at the end in his mother’s handwriting. I was blown away and he absolutely loved it. I wanted him to have a piece of her close to his heart because I knew it was tough for him not having her there. He wore this in his jacket pocket instead of the one he had rented.
We obviously had a few people missing – some of the closest being Cody’s mom, my grandma, one of my grandpa’s and one of Cody’s cousins. We didn’t want to make it a sad day or draw major attention to a sad topic, but we really wanted these special people to be recognized as being there with us in spirit. So we had a lantern lit in their honor and the sign you see below next to it. It turned out lovely.
For the Father’s Day before our wedding, I gifted my dad these cuff links from LuxeGiftsCo to wear on the big day. One said “Forever your little girl ♥” and the other read “Father of the Bride 10.27.17” He loved them and they looked great.
Also, the Mother’s Day before our wedding I gifted my mom the Alex and Ani Mother of the Bride Charm Bangle. She had seen it before and I knew she’d love it and she ended up wearing it to wedding planning meetings, my bridal shower – any wedding related event really, and then on the day of our wedding as well. She clearly loved it.
I wanted to give my soon-to-be Father-in-Law something special as well. So along with the gift we gave him I gave him something special just from me. (We gave both our parent’s a gift and a card as a huge thank you for all of their love and support throughout this journey.) I found the perfect gift at Target that sent the exact message I wanted: The White ‘To My New Dad’ Wedding Favor Hankie. He loved it and I was so happy with it.
Cody loves football. He was on our high school’s team and was even named All League Kicker one year. So we thought we’d have some fun and instead of a regular garter toss, he put my garter on a football and threw that to the bachelors at the party. It was perfect.
What extra special or sentimental things did you have or are you planning to have at your wedding? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!
*Vendors linked throughout post
Professional Photography: Karey at Hazy Lane Studios
Florist: Jinger & her team at The Flower House