Gift Guide For Your Newly Engaged Friends

Engagement season is once again upon us and with that comes engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. If you are one to enjoy spoiling your friends and giving them a gift they will love, we want to make it easier for you. We're far past the days of towels, ironing boards and cutlery (though those are still great, too!) and into the age of "Wifey" shirts and custom glassware. 

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While some trends will never fade, because they are awesome, new ones have arrived and your engaged friends are going to thank you forever when they see the cutest gift from you. 

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1- Cute Phone Case. Because people change their phone cases every few months anyways, why not get them one that matches their season of life? We love this one from Love From Lucy  on Etsy.  

2- Getting Ready Outfit. I couldn't choose between these two options, a white sleek bridal robe  is a classic, it's comfy and you can wear it again. Sincerely Sofi Designs is great for bridal robes and for the entire bridal party! 

 shirts via Goats and Shirts on Etsy

shirts via Goats and Shirts on Etsy

On the other hand, I love these fun shirts. You can get them customized to say anything, I would pick "after this we are getting fries" or fried pickles ;)  

3- Wedding Planner. Every bride needs a fun paper wedding planner to take with her to meetings, and this Southern Weddings option is by far my favorite! 

4- Pretty Hanger. This is so important for the wedding day. I've mentioned it several times before, you spend so much money on your beautiful dress, why leave it on a plastic hanger? Give your bestie this beautiful gift so she doesn't have to worry about it! 

5- The Mrs Box. While these small velvet boxes are a bit expensive, they make detail shots! Once you know the colors of your friends wedding, this would make a beautiful gift! You can even have it monogrammed. 

Do you have any gift ideas to add? Hopefully this list helps! 

A Look Back on 2017 | Maryland Wedding Coordinator

I can't believe we had the honor of working alongside so many amazing couples this year. It was so sad to see their names fade from my daily inbox as planning of their dream wedding day ended, but I am so happy to see them thriving in their marriage and life. 

I may never get used to the fact that we have the chance to do this, together with my mom (and sister), we have celebrated alongside families as their children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren get married. It's such a big day for everyone and we do not take that lightly. To be given the opportunity to make sure moms enjoy the special day, MOH's have the time to focus on the bride and other vendors are able to give their all, it truly means so much to us. 

We had no idea where Enchanting Events would go when we started talking about it several years ago, and we couldn't be happier to see what this year brought us. It was our best year yet, with some of the most amazing clients. Thank you to each couple that had us along for the ride. Here are some of our favorite photos from this year. 

The only two weddings we had this year without Emily! 

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Anna Schmidt Photography

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We love when there is time to style the details! 

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What a year it has been! I hope to remember to take a few more behind the scenes photos in 2018 ;) 

Lauren & Ryan | Morais Vineyards Virginia Wedding | Virginia Wedding Planner

What a wedding this one was! I can't believe it was 6 months ago already. Lauren & Ryan had the most beautiful day, with the clouds clearing hours before the ceremony even though it was calling for storms all afternoon. 

I had so much fun planning with these two and their families. They feel like friends I have had forever at this point. Several meetings over margaritas, texts about the Lilly Pulitzer Swell bottle release, and three sets of Mickey Mouse ears later, they are married. I love reliving this day through the amazing photos from Leah Adkins, and the video from Nugen...SWOON. 

I truly admire the love these two have, not only for each other, but for their family and friends as well. Lauren & Ryan let their loved ones know how special they are to them, and we felt so warm and welcome into their group. Lauren's mom even made me a cape and gave me a wand to represent the nickname I had been given- their Fairy Godmother. The feeling of sadness and excitement the day after a wedding is always there, as newlyweds partake on a great adventure but the planning has ended, it's been bittersweet ever since! 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Milligan! Thank you for trusting us to be your wedding planners! It's a day we will never forget <3 

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One thing we always try to include in the timeline is a reception sneak peak, when everything is setup but untouched by guests. The perfect time for a spin around the dance floor! 

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Meet An Enchanting Couple: Shannon & Stephen

I had my first conversation with Shannon & Stephen last year and we had a laughter filled conversation about being organized, design and all things wedding. Shannon has the most bubbly personality and I knew instantly that it would be an honor to be the wedding planner for her and Stephen's wedding. 

These two are so sweet and I have enjoyed every part of this planning process with them. A few weeks after we started working together, Shannon told me that she noticed I used Trello and asked if we could use it for planning...YES! A girl right after my own organizational, detail-oriented, heart. Really though, Trello has made this planning thing a breeze between the two of us...but more on that in another post ;) 

If I could replicate the coolest "bride-chilla" it would be Shannon and Stephen has the cool groom thing down. I can't wait for you to meet these two! 

A special thank you to Nichole Meredith Photography for sending these engagement photos right after the session. CAN NOT WAIT to work together <3 

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How did you meet?
Stephen and I met online, but at the time it was kind of taboo to say so! So for years we said our parents were family friends to anyone who wasn't close to us until the modern age of internet dating became less odd.


How did the proposal take place?
Well... It's kind of an embarrassing story for me (shannon). We had taken a day trip to NYC and the weather was so nice that we decided to visit Central Park Zoo. We had timed it perfectly. We could see the whole zoo and end the day with a seal show. After taking a quick water break, I was making my way back to the "stage" where Stephen kept mumbling about how much he liked our day trip, how we could "do things like this forever", and how spending time with me was everything he ever wanted. At this point, I gave him a pointed look and basically brushed him off, eager to make it to the show. Essentially I patted him on the head with a "That's sweet. Not now, 'kay? I wanna see the seal show!" And kept walking. It wasn't until he threw himself in front of me and got on one knee that I even had an inkling as to what he was doing. There was a lot of ugly crying and he bought me a stuffed seal and promised we could watch the show next time. I'm still mortified, but he loves telling the story.

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What was your favorite part of wedding planning?
I am kind of 50/50 on everything. I seriously bemoaned huge hunks of the wedding while simultaneously being really excited about things like flowers, invitations, and the food tasting. The most fun I've had, though, is probably the invites since I had the most hands on time with them. Designing, assembling, and doing the calligraphy.

What are your wedding colors or theme? What was your inspiration?
Purples and Golds! We stumbled into "booze & books." Because all of the themes and ideas Stephen and I leaned towards came back around for out love of books and a great glass of wine or liquor. So it's all about romantic and cozy and a lot of literary references. 

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What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
Family. I haven't seen a lot of the people who are coming in a very long time! Korea. United Kingdom. Australia. West Coast. People are coming from all over and I find that we're really fortunate to have so many people who love us enough to come.

Are you taking a honeymoon? Where will you be going?
We'll be taking a mini-moon after the wedding to the Northeast and maybe Canada. Bed and Breakfasts, scenic drives, and historic sites!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Breath. Make lists. Trust your planner. There are going to be times when you feel like you have all the time in the world and some days when it feels like nothing will be done in time. Stick to your lists, schedule, and prioritize what's really important to you, everything else is just extra!

We can't wait for these two to tie the knot next week! Stay tuned for a stunner!