Perfect Hostess Gifts for Girls’ Weekend

Now that my friends and I no longer live on the same college campus (which we lament often), our get-togethers are weekend-long events that we take turns hosting at our apartments around the midwest.  Hosting, even when it’s people you love, can be challenging.  It’s always appreciated when guests bring something along that makes hosting the group a little easier, and can also be enjoyed by the hostess later.  This past weekend, I was very inspired by the assortment of goodies we brought to Indy…so I thought I’d share.

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48 Hours in Indianapolis

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(photo sources are at the bottom of this post)

This weekend, I took a trip to Indianapolis (high five to Southwest for non-stop flights from KC to Indy!) to visit with two of these lovely ladies.   I’ve been there several times and enjoyed it very much, but this was one of the best trips yet.

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Best Friends Ever.

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After the ceremony, while my wonderful mom and bridesmaids were bustling* my dress, our photographers asked where else we wanted to take photos. Jordan and I paused for a moment, then agreed that we were happy with the photos we had of us, our families, and the bridal party. I looked nervously at Jordan and said “Would you…erm…want to go to the reception while me and the girls run up to Bradley?” I felt bad ditching my brand new husband, but could tell he was done with posed photos. Plus, getting some pictures with my best friends at the place we met seemed right thing to do. It was just up the street!

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Decor, Design, and Details

We paired childhood photos of the couple with the corresponding table number.

The best decision we made was hiring Sara O’Shea of So Chic Events.  Between finishing grad school, job searching, moving to a new city, and starting new jobs—I knew that wedding planning was not going to get the attention it deserved.  Sara loves her job, plans wonderful events, and is a pleasure to work with.  Initially I faced a lot of resistance about hiring a wedding planner—it can sound pretentious or “Father of the Bride”-esque, I know.  But I was relieved to hear my parents praise Sara throughout the process, and the day after the wedding say things like “we couldn’t have done it without her” and “money well spent.”

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Our Guestbook Quilt

Early on in my wedding planning Pinterest frenzy, I came across the idea of a guest book quilt. Jordan’s mother is an talented quilter, and I sent her the idea. She loved the concept and quickly volunteered to do it. We talked a little bit about what it would look like—family tree inspired where the guests would sign leaves on a tree (if we didn’t have connections to a quilter, we probably would have done this). She ran with it from there, and when she sent me a photo of the “base” quilt sans-leaves, I choked up. It’s more beautiful than anything I could have imagined, and I can’t wait to display it in our home.

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The Ceremony: Part II

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All of the ceremony music was done by the church’s music director, James. I’ve actually known James for my entire life—our mothers met when they were pregnant 25 years ago…his sister Mary Claire and I were born a week apart. It was incredibly special to plan the ceremony music with him. James is so talented, I knew whatever we picked would sound great. He suggested that we include a singing quartet, and I’m glad we did—the music sounded almost transcendent with amazing harmonized vocals. For our non-Catholic guests sitting (and standing and kneeling and sitting and shaking hands with other people!) through a wedding mass, at least the church was gorgeous and the music was excellent.

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