The content of our gifts bags deserved a post of its own. We put time in choosing something that had meaning and in hopes they would remind our guests of us. The contents of the bags had three parts: something Australian, something Romanian and something English.
I can’t really remember where the idea came for neither coasters nor to get something aboriginal. But we found a website of the Tobwabba community with merchandise made by artists who are part of the community. We found beautiful coasters with original designs. We chose two sets: one with Australian land animals and the second one with water animals. The colors are gorgeous and I also liked that they have the artist’s name and the title printed on each piece.
In order to match and create a pair or a set I thought of a friend of mine who likes to do various arts and crafts. She is a talented archeologist who also has various creative projects. I asked her if she could match the coasters from Australia with a similar shape but with Romanian motifs. She did an amazing job as you can see from the photos and it felt quite right to have something created by a close friend of mine. We used to walk arm in arm around Bucharest when we were 15. It was totally worth me stealing a Christmas light bulb replacement for her from a market in 9th grade (I am not proud of it but she is worth it … ). In case you would like her to make something for you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward her the details. I keep nagging her to create an online shop so I am hoping I can soon post a link to that here.
In my previous post I described that we decided to have party gift bags which look like candy bags. Chris said we can’t have them look like that and not have anything sweet in them. It would make us mean teasers and nobody likes that. I like chocolate so off we went in search for a nice chocolate piece. After some searches we found the perfect ones. They have gorgeous packaging and they sent us a gift just for us. A winner all around, Rococo Chocolates. I loved the special organic ingredients too: rose, cardamom, orange, jasmine, violet.
As a closing thought I will say a couple of things regarding our wedding. I didn’t have particular dreams of how it should be or how it should fulfill some childhood fantasy. But I must say that I felt very lucky to have a wedding where so many people, who are part of my life, had such an active role. Our parents, families and friends really made an effort. So if there was something I could advise is if you plan a wedding, or any event for that matter, and you know friends or family members with special hobbies or talents, don’t be shy to ask them to be involved. You will shoot two rabbits with one stone and you will feel great to be surrounded by things you love and they will love creating something for and with you.