fun things come in pretty packages — wedding gift inspiration

beautiful wedding backdrop

beautiful wedding backdrop

My coworker and dear friend Kate recently married the love of her life at Galena Lodge. It was an idyllic, sweet and oh-so genuine and majestic ceremony with an incredible mountain backdrop. The excellent food, drinks and company didn’t hurt either. 🙂

I like to think I’m a planner, but sometimes planning ahead just isn’t in the cards. I needed to find a gift for a young, down-to-earth couple within 24 hours after returning later than anticipated from a work trip. And, they didn’t register. I know they said “your presence is your present,” but as fun as I try to be, let’s be real…they deserve something new and shiny to remember their special day!

I found these Moscow mule mugs at a local kitchen store squeezed onto a shelf in the glassware aisle. Whether or not you’re a Moscow mule lover, who can argue that you don’t feel infinitely cooler when you’re enjoying a cocktail from one of these mugs?!

I then called a local jeweler that I knew did engravings and was somehow able to talk them into finishing an engraving in about four hours rather than their standard four days. She is not taking her husband’s last name, so I opted for the first initial of their first names instead. Tip: never assume the bride is taking the groom’s name, always ask.

Then, the fun part — wrapping! I went to one of my favorite local boutiques, Willow Papery, to choose from their incredible wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper and card selection. Kate’s save the date and invite were in a simple and elegant blue and white theme, so I tried to continue with those colors. Of course, I couldn’t resist some gold detail and mint ribbon…

Here’s a look at the whole process.

shiny copper mug

shiny copper mug — impossible to not take an awkward photo

mugs with engravings — difficult to see

mugs with engravings — difficult to see

K for Kate

B for Ben

the goods for wrapping

the goods for wrapping

robins egg tissue paper protecting the surprise

robins egg tissue paper protecting the surprise on a bed of handmade tissue paper from Papyrus

I cut out the Moscow Mule recipe just in case and added a (gold) message on the other side

I cut out the Moscow Mule recipe just in case and added a (gold) message on the other side

yum!

yum!

my mom taught me to leave half the height of the package on the wrapping paper side

my mom taught me to leave half the height of the package on the wrapping paper side

the perfect fit

the perfect fit

double stick tape made everything look clean

double stick tape made everything look clean

three different colored satin ribbons in different widths added some color and dramatic lines

three different colored satin ribbons in different widths added some color and dramatic lines. I purposely made the ends different lengths — something different!

adorable greeting card from willow papery

adorable greeting card from willow papery

the final product!

the final product!

ready to celebrate!

ready to celebrate!

Congratulations to Kate and Ben! What a beautiful wedding.

cheers krista

brass blossom

One comment

  1. We loved these so much! Both Ben and I were thrilled to have a new drink recipe and fancy mugs…and then we realized they were engraved, and we were so touched by your thoughtfulness. Thanks again for helping us celebrate!

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