A good friend of mine got hitched last month, and all of the bridesmaids wanted to go in on a joint gift for the shower. Now I do have to disclaim this wasn’t my idea. It took 7 brains to iron out all the details, but in the end we had a gift we were so proud to give our bride and she absolutely LOVED it!!
So what is this amazing gift? You and your team of bridesmaids plan 12 dates for the newlywed’s first year of marriage- one for each month! This gift is meant to be given by a group of people, because it would get very expensive to do on your own.
Step 1: Brainstorm. Think about what your couple likes to do, what their interests are, and start making a list of possible dates.
Just to give you a few ideas, here’s what we decided on: Couple’s massage, Philly date night, honeyfund certificate, brunch, mini golf, fall fun date, dine-in theatre, NYC date night, ice skating, pizza place, bowling, and bed and breakfast. You could also do sports games, concerts, amusement parks, etc. Whatever your couple likes!
It’s a good idea, if you’re doing this as a group, to determine the amount of money everyone is willing to spend ahead of time. Of course some dates will cost more than others, but if you decide on a budget in advance, it makes things easier.
Step 2: Divvy up the responsibilities. Decide who will be in charge of which dates and work on collecting all of your gift cards. You may want to set a deadline to keep everyone on track.
Step 3: Make a scrapbook to pull it all together. One of the bridesmaids came up with this really cute poem to display on the opening page. Feel free to use it! Click here to print. Then, the maid of honor designed and put together the pages. She arranged the gift cards on the left side, leaving the right side of the spread open for them to add pictures after the date. Here’s the great part- by the end of the year, they’ll have a completed scrapbook of their whole first year of marriage! How cute is that?!
Optional- you could also write a little poem for each date to help fill up the page in the scrapbook. If you need some inspiration, here are ours:
Couple’s Massage- The last few months have been hectic for you, so enjoy a relaxing massage for two!
Philly Date Night- It’s a hop, skip, and a jump away. You should go to Philly for a day! Take a picture in LOVE park, or a walk down the street. Then off to one of your faves, for a bite to eat!
Honeyfund- Your honeymoon to Greece will be magical, no doubt. You will see many sights being out and about. Here is our gift, a dinner for two. Just a reminder that we’re thinking of you!
Brunch- Summer’s almost over, the leaves will start to crunch. Enjoy the last few days of sun, with mimosas and brunch!
Mini Golf- A day of golf and fun in the sun, I wonder which of you will get a hole in one!
Fall Fun Date- The leaves are all brown, and the air has a chill. A haunted hayride is surely a thrill. Whatever you do, beware of the night. The shadows and sounds will give you a fright!
Dine-In Theatre- Dinner, movie, and drinks, oh my! You couldn’t beat it if you tried. So sit back and enjoy the show, Movie Tavern is the place to go.
NYC Date Night- Time to head to the city and be of good cheer, to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. We’ve arranged for you to have dinner for two, at a place that is both exciting and new. Then, enjoy shopping or visit the tree, the place where he got down on one knee. Whatever you do is sure to be fun, New York at Christmas can’t be outdone!
Ice Skating- The hustle and bustle had come to an end. You’ve sent your love to every family and friend. So take some time for just you two, but be careful you don’t end up black and blue! Just tighten your laces and grab a drink, hold onto each other and head to the rink!
Pizza Place- Roses are red, violets are blue. Pizza tastes better when you eat with your boo.
Bowling- Knock down some pins and stay in your lane, this makes for one fun little game!
B&B- Well that was fast! It’s been a year. Your anniversary is already here! In order to celebrate your special day, this Bed and Breakfast is where you will stay.
Hope this has inspired you! If you like the idea please pin and share!!