But if you’re like me, it feels like wedding season is eternal. I gotta deal with the year-round nuptials, I’m just at that age. All my friends are getting married and it doesn’t look like there’s any end in sight. I love how I’m talking about this as if I’m not contributing to the problem, but helloooo I’m getting married next year. In my head, I thought I was going to be walking down the aisle in like 5 years maybe, but my future husband completely derailed that plan when he proposed to me in the middle of a Dave Matthews Band concert in July. Turns out, all it takes is a little bling and your best friend asking you to be with him forever in front of your favorite band and you go from “Hell no, I’m not getting married any time soon” to having full-blown wedding Pinterest board(s).
So with this crazy circus, I mean, beautiful tradition of a wedding comes a whole lot of gifting. Gift giving, gift getting, gift registering… it’s endless. It makes sense though, you’re celebrating a union of love. And we all know (or maybe you’re about to learn) that giving gifts is one of the five ways to express love emotionally. Gift giving has been an expression of love in every society since the beginning of time. Of COURSE there’s something inside our psyche that says if you love someone, you will GIVE to him or her. Such humans… SMH.
In case you care, the other four ways of expressing love are also represented in a wedding. You have words of affirmation or appreciation, which we see at the wedding through speeches, ceremony, vows, etc. Then you have acts of service which is probably where the marriage part comes in… Time to put your money where your mouth is because actions speak louder than words. Then there is quality time a.k.a party time at the reception with the people you love. And last, but definitely not least, you have physical touch, so the father/bride dance, mother/groom dance and of course the honeymoon.
Anyway, back to gift-giving… In addition to the wedding guests spending a lot of money and time to celebrate this union, the people closest to the couple will probably spend the most money, time and energy on making sure the celebrations are perfect. Between the outfits, gifts, decorations, food, alcohol and strippers for the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinner – wallets are drained by the time anyone makes it to the wedding.
These people already have to listen to our dumb arguments (and choose the right side, mine–duh!), give advice when your significant other can’t remember to put his clothes in the hamper instead of undressing in the middle of the living room as soon as he gets home, AND they have to like our cheesy wedding countdown Facebook posts?! As if these poor people don’t have to deal with enough! It’s only right that the couple gives something back to thank these angels for going through the wringer for us. And I hate to break it to you, but a lap dance at the bachelor/bachelorette part isn’t going to cut it for all members of the wedding party. So let’s go over some other options…
We’ve got an insane sale going on today: Buy 3 Watches and Get 50% Off! A watch is the perfect gift for your maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, father of the groom or bride and mother of the groom or bride. And with this deal, even grandma can get a watch! We broke the sale down into many easy-to-shop options: rose gold, yellow gold, classic leather or stainless steel. You can get 3 of the same watch or 5 in the same band color so everyone can have something different. The possibilities are endless and your wedding party will always remember what an amazing TIME they had celebrating your love. God, that was cheesy. Ugh, see? I’m turning into a married woman already.