August 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm , by Beth Roehrig
When it comes to weddings, I’m always torn: Do I go with something off the registry or cold, hard cash? Well, when a good friend of mine recently tied the knot, I was stuck. Literally everything on their registry had already been snapped up. So…what to do? Sure, most newlyweds probably can use the cash more than that mixing bowl set on their registry. But handing over a card with a check inside just felt so impersonal. So I decided to make them a personal gift to give along with the check. I had seen an idea I liked over on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, that I was excited to try. Sherry and her husband John covered an entire hallway in their home with framed, art, pictures, and other various items. They have a ton of great ideas on their walls—you should go read all about it here. Anyway, as you can see above, they framed a calendar page and circled the date of their wedding with a heart. So adorable!
See my version after the jump.
I ordered a beautifully designed accordion calendar from Snow & Graham ($11), circled my friends’ wedding date with a Sharpie, and wrote a little note on the back of the calendar page. Then I framed it in one of West Elm’s floating frames ($14), which are great because you can see both front and back. (I found the chrome version in the store, although it’s not available online.) Then I wrapped it and tied on a vintage bell ornament that I had around. Unfortunately I only had one “wedding bell” but I think it still turned out nicely. Do you have any go-to personal wedding gifts? If so, I’d love to hear about them.