Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Top 10 Ring Bearer Gift Ideas

Thank you gifts don't stop with the grown ups. You should also pick up gifts for your ring bearer and flower girl. We're forgetting about the little girls right now, though, because this post is focusing on ring bearers.

If you're looking for a gift for the little man in your wedding party, we're here to help. Our top ten ring bearer gifts are below.

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Top 10 Ring Bearer Gift Ideas

  1. All Star Ring Bearer Plush Football
  2. Personalized Ring Bearer Baseball
  3. The Best Ever Ring Bearer Book
  4. Ring Bearer Stretch Limo
  5. Ring Bearer Sock Monkey
  6. I Am The Ring Bearer T-Shirt
  7. Ring Bearer Picture Frame
  8. LEGO Table Decoration Set
  9. Ring Bearer Water Bottle
  10. Ring Pops
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All Star Ring Bearer Plush Football
I am a big fan of getting kids toys that don't light or beep. Anything that's not electronic is a big yes in my book. Especially if it encourages play. Because really, weddings can be boring for kids, so you want to give them something to play with to stay entertained. This All Star Ring Bearer Plush Football is perfect for that.

Purchase here.

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Personalized Ring Bearer Baseball
Is your ring bearer more into baseball than football? No worries. We still got you. Pick up this Personalized Ring Bearer Baseball instead. Yes, it's personalized, but yes, it also should be played with. Toys for kids shouldn't need to be kept perfect. This baseball, covered in dirt and memories from your reception, will be worth more than if it was kept perfectly white for years.

Purchase here.

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The Best Ever Ring Bearer Book
How much does your ring bearer know about being a ring bearer? If you pick him up The Best Ever Ring Bearer Book, it will tell him everything he needs to know about being a ring bearer. And that'll be fun for him to learn (and a little easier on his parents who will have to explain his duties).

Purchase here.

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Ring Bearer Stretch Limo
Boys like cars. It seems to be a big hit with every young boy. But you can always give Hot Wheels. You can't always give a Ring Bearer Stretch Limo, now can you? This has pull back action too, which is super fun (and can be good if there's a pretend runaway bride inside!).

Purchase here.

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Ring Bearer Sock Monkey
Sock monkeys are so cute. And this Ring Bearer Sock Monkey, it's from when this sock monkey was actually in a wedding. Apparently. I mean, that's what the description told me. It's so cute and I can imagine your little ring bearer snuggling with it after the reception ... and for many nights after.

Purchase here.

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I Am The Ring Bearer T-Shirt
I like wedding clothing. It's fun to wear during wedding week, and then you can use it as (to use Pete's term) knock around clothes after. I've seen a lot of plain items, but this I Am The Ring Bearer T-Shirt is so awesome because it's a play on Batman. And, I'm not saying your ring bearer is Batman, but I've never seen him and Batman in the same room.

Purchase here.
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Ring Bearer Picture Frame
This gift is a little more for the parents than the ring bearer himself, but you can pick up a Ring Bearer Picture Frame. I actually made one at CafePress for our ring bearer so I could add his name to it. I really loved it ... and I think our ring bearer loved that we also gave him a present with it.

Purchase here.

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LEGO Wedding Table Decoration Set
If your ring bearer loves LEGO, this LEGO Wedding Table Decoration Set is the way to go. It comes with a bride and groom too, which is fun. You can set up a kids table at your wedding, use this to mark it, and let the ring bearer take it home at the end of the night.

Purchase here.

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Ring Bearer Water Bottle
Weddings can be long for kids, especially the ceremony. They might get antsy, especially if you have a summer wedding and they get hot and thirsty. My friend Michelle -- whose son was a ring bearer recently (and you can see him later on today on our Instagram page) -- said a cup with a straw is a great way to go. The straw is important so they don't spill and get messy before the reception, so this Ring Bearer Water Bottle is perfect.

Purchase here.

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Ring Pops
Kids love candy. That's the truth. So you should put together snack packs for the ring bearer (and any other kids) for the ceremony and reception. Go with Ring Pops, fruit snacks, Goldfish, animal crackers, etc. Kids with full bellies won't be hangry during the long day.

Purchase here.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Our Engagement Story


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We got home from dinner and I sent a text to a bunch of my friends with a photo of my brand new engagement ring and the words, "I said yes!" And of course, everyone texted back their excitement -- except for the people who were extra excited and tried to call. "I can't talk right now," I said when I answered. "I'm still texting some other people. I'll call you back after the texts."

That night, the night we got engaged, was actually the night that kicked off this blog. And yet somehow, I haven't told our engagement story. I told it to my friends who called and I told it countless times when we saw people face to face, but somehow, I never told our engagement story here. That's changing right now.

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When Pete and I still lived in New York, we lived in separate towns. I would drive down to him on Fridays after work and stay until I went to work on Monday morning. Then, every other Wednesday was date night. We would trade between him driving up or me driving down, and we would spend time together.

We moved to North Carolina together, but still kept our Wednesday date night tradition. That's actually something we still have now. I use the date night guest book I made for a post as our date night bag.

Rewind back to September 2012.

We had been living in North Carolina for six months and our two year anniversary was coming up on a Tuesday. "Let's celebrate on date night," Pete had said.

Date night comes and I put on a cute dress and he puts on a nice outfit. Before we walk out the door, he hands me a yellow Post-It note with some sort of rhyme that ends with "come to the cloud." The cloud is what we call our new mattress. So as soon as we were up and getting ready to head out of the door, we turned back around lay down in bed. If you know me, you know I love lying in bed -- especially on the cloud -- so it was perfect.

He handed me a second yellow Post-it note which lead us to a local grocery store so I could get a snack. In the check out line, he handed me another note, which took us to a locally-owned frozen yogurt shop. We ate that, then he handed me another note, taking us to the local boardwalk. We had walked on a boardwalk on our first date, so this was really special. We stopped for a drink, then I got the final note. That one took us to a restaurant that I had been wanting to try since we moved to North Carolina.

We went in and had a great dinner. Then Pete asked if I wanted dessert. I was so full, and we had frozen yogurt not too long before, so I said no. And then he asked again and I realized that even if I didn't want dessert, I wanted dessert.

We order it and out it comes with a Momiji doll. Have you seen these? They're super cute wooden messenger dolls. They come with a piece of paper that inserts inside the base and allows you to write a secret message. On that paper, Pete asked me to marry him. As I was reading it, he had gotten up from his side of the table and went down on one knee.

It was really sweet and a day I will remember for as long as I live.

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Not too long after that, I was reading a story about a couple that got engaged at a restaurant two towns over from here. The man got down on one knee, and, in the couple's excitement, somehow the ring got knocked through the boardwalk's floorboards and into the ocean. All the diners jumped into the water to help find the ring.

"I hope that ring was insured," I thought.

If you're recently engaged, you really want to look into getting your ring insured. Get a free jewelry insurance quote and see how much it will cost for your piece of mind. Some insurance quotes are based on the value of your ring, and some take into account the state where you live.

If you're not even sure if you need insurance, this Jewelry Insurance 101 is a good place to start. There's a great infographic to let you know what is covered with specialized jewelry insurance (loss, theft, etc.) versus homeowner's insurance and the jewelry store warranty. It will also tell you what you need before you're actually even able to get your ring insured.

That graphic also states that 1 in 4 married women lost jewelry when vacationing and gives you recommendations as to when you need to be careful with your ring (which are similar to the times I say when you should take off your engagement ring).

And, if you're just reading this and being cautious, you might not even have a ring yet. Or you might actually just be buying one for your girlfriend and you're looking for creative ideas on how to pop the question. Learn what brides-to-be want in an engagement ring, then apply those thoughts to your own girlfriend taking into account her taste, her lifestyle, and any images she may have sent your way.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Father Of The Bride & Groom Gift Ideas

My dad is the best person ever. When I originally wrote this post (yes, sometimes they get updated and reposted), he was just here, trying to fix our new dishwasher. See, we had a new house built and the dishwasher was installed but no electrician ever came to hook it up. So Pete and I looked at it, didn't know what we were doing, and called my dad. He came over, pulled apart the bottom with the back of a fork (because our tools are in a box we haven't unpacked yet) and tried to figure out if he could hot wire it.

Dads are the best ...

unless you have to go shopping for them. For a long time, we bought my dad clothes for every holiday. Then, it was sneakers. And before that, it was anything with a Jets or Mets logo on it. And the Christmas before last, Pete and I got my dad a combination: pajamas, a Mets pen, a Mets coozie, a couple shirts ... the only thing missing was sneakers, but that was his Father's Day gift.

So when you're trying to think of father of the bride and father of the groom gifts, it's difficult. But not for you because I actually did the difficult part and came up with ten gift ideas for dad. Hopefully that will make your gift giving simple.

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Father Of The Bride & Groom Gift Ideas


Dads can be hard to shop for, especially when you're looking for a father of the bride and groom gift idea.  Don't worry. We've got you covered. Check out the top ten list at www.abrideonabudget.com.
Personalized Cufflinks

We gave our dads personalized cufflinks and I was really just so very happy with them. I had "Father Of The Bride" written on one of them and then a photo of me as a baby with my dad printed on the other cufflink. For Pete's dad, I had "Father Of The Groom" written on one side and a photo of Pete as a baby with his dad on the other side. Everyone loved them.

Purchase here.

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Cufflinks
Maybe you don't want to buy your dad cufflinks with your baby picture on them. Or maybe you don't know if he'll ever use "Father Of The Bride" cufflinks again (unless you have a sister or two). Go with cufflinks then. You don't have to get plain silver ones, though. You could get his favorite sports team (or ones made from a piece of baseball), his favorite super hero, etc. There are a ton of choices out there now, so no matter what your dad is into, you can find something for him.

Purchase here.

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A New Tie
On one hand, a new tie sounds pretty boring. But stick with me. You're not gonna pick him up a run of the mill tie from the local department store. Instead, go to where the groomsmen rented their tuxedos and pick him up a tie to match. Your dad will probably wear his own suit so he won't completely match the groomsmen, but he'll match your wedding with a tie.

If you just want a less match-y tie, purchase here.

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Father Of The Bride Frame
I saw a pin on Pinterest once where the bride made a canvas print of the father daughter dance and printed lyrics on it. Oh it won my heart. I wanted to make it for my dad but I ended up going with a Christmas ornament instead. If you really like the frame idea, check out this "Of All The Walks We've Taken, This One Is My Favorite" frame. It's able to be personalized too, which is great.

Purchase here.
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Father Of The Groom Water Bottle
It's hot here in North Carolina. It's already 80 by the end of March and we've gone to the beach every March since we moved here. Warm weather means you drink a lot of water. Like way more than I did when we lived in New York (and I drank a ton there). When our families were coming for our wedding, we made our parents and my grandma personalized water bottles. I was happy to see them using them all wedding weekend.

Purchase here.

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Alcohol And Accessories
Does your dad have a favorite kind of beer? Maybe he's a wine drinker. Or perhaps he has a Moscow Mule obsession. Whatever he likes, pick it up for him, plus whatever "accessories" he might need. If he's into gin and tonics, grab a bottle of tonic water and a nice bottle of gin. If he's into wine, a new Father Of The Bride wine glass might be a fun addition.

Purchase at your local liquor or grocery store.

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Cigars
Pete's dad is a fan of cigars. He brings them down when he comes to visit us and him and Pete sit on our porch and smoke them together. It's a nice bonding moment for them. It might be a nice time for you and your dad too. Most cigar shops will really help you out if you don't exactly know what to buy. To make it a bit more special, you could also put together a DIY humidor.

Purchase at your local cigar shop.

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Sports Or Concert Tickets
Does your dad have a favorite sports team? Like I mentioned above, my dad is a huge Mets and Jets fan. A few Christmases, we were able to get him Jets tickets. And as a family, we've been to more Mets games than I can count. If your dad likes a team, pick up a pair of tickets. Even if your dad has seen the team a million times, sporting events are always a good time -- and each game always ends up being a different game and different experience.

Purchase on the team's website.
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Personalized Travel Bag

A personalized travel bag is a great gift idea, especially if you're planning a destination wedding. See, dads have a habit of using something until it basically falls apart. And then they find a way to patch it back together. Again and again and again until it becomes thread and duct tape. The only time dads really upgrade is if it's a gift. So give your dad the gift of a brand new personalized travel bag. The next time you see it, it might be held together with Scotch tape and prayers, but you'll know dad will get as much use out of this as possible.

Purchase here.
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Gift Cards
I know, I know, gift cards sound like a cop out. But sometimes, you just have completely run out of ideas. You can still personalize it, though. Get a gift card to dad's favorite restaurant and write him a note for a daddy-daughter date (or a father-son date, if this is for the groom's dad). What a dad wants more than anything is to spend time with his kids, and this is the perfect way for him to do it.

Purchase here.

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