I've put in lots of work over the last several months into planning our wedding, but this past weekend I got to shift my focus to enjoying some pre-wedding celebrations! On Sunday my college friends threw me a beautiful wedding shower. They are very good at planning parties, so I knew it would be a special event. But they really exceeded my expectations!
First things first, the invitation! They really did a great job of tying in the book theme of our wedding!
Now for the event! My friend Heidi hosted it in the club room of her apartment building. I was greeted with a mimosa!
There were so many details to take in at the shower. My favorite was the banner that I plan to use at the church or reception. It's so pretty and ties in with our theme and colors so well!
From the tablescapes...
to the place setting wed-libs game...
to the thank you treats ("bookworms" aka gummy worms)
to the platter of macarons...
Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the brunch spread they prepared for us. But take my word - it was oh so good!
No detail was overlooked. It was truly a beautiful event that I will remember forever. What made is all the more special, though, was the people who were there. 14 friends from different corners of my life joined together to celebrate my upcoming nuptials. It gave me a small taste of how wonderful it's going to be to have all these special people in one place as Phil and I say "I do" for always and ever.
As soon as I got home, I got busy unpacking the many gifts my friends generously bestowed upon us. Since Phil is a total minimalist, I made sure to pack up anything that we will no longer need thanks to these new gifts! Within 2 hours, I had unpacked and delabeled all the gifts and packed of 6 boxes of things to give to family members or goodwill. I don't know what etiquette is about using gifts you receive for your wedding, but whether or not it's appropriate to put them to use right away, we are because I can't handle the chaos of lots of boxes! Plus it's great to reuse the boxes and tissue paper to pack up the things we want out of the house.
I have one last thing to share! The day after my shower we received an unexpected gift from the mom of one of Phil's college friends. Phil has gotten to know this set of parents so well as they live on a lake in Minnesota and have hosted Phil and his other college friends many times. She sent us the coolest gift!
The pre-wedding festivities are just beginning, though! Next weekend I have my family shower at the lake which I am oh so excited about!! Then 3 weeks later, I have my "Girls Gone Mild" bachelorette Party. Let the good times roll!