First, let's start with Granny's gift.. My mum still keeps this is in her china cabinet, and it is something that I remember Mum talking to us about when we were very young. Quite simply, Granny put some household items into a clear jar to symbolise the successes that she hoped that my mum and dad would enjoy throughout their lives together. It included:
Bread - so that they may never be hungry
A Coin - so that they will never be poor
Sugar - so that they will always be sweet
(Can you believe that the bread is not mouldy?? But I think the coin has started to rust ;)
I am not sure if this is a Danish tradition (my dad, aunty and grandparents were all born in Denmark), or if it is just something that Granny thought of. What I do know is that through 38 years of marriage and a few house moves, this little jar is still perched on the shelf, as a symbol of our Granny's love and wishes.
So, as each of us girls have been married, we have taken this basic idea and personalised it to suit the beautiful bride of the moment!
My sisters created this gorgeous wallet-sized album for me and presented it to me on my wedding day. I just love it! I leave it on a shelf in my bookcase and look at it every so often - and every time it brings tears to my eyes!! Let's take a peek inside...
|Cassi's Wedding Day Survival Kit (which may also come in handy for the years ahead!)|
|Wedding Cake & Wedding Dress and Suit for Groom|
|Rice - so that you will never be hungry|
|A Coin - so that you will never be poor|
|An Umbrella - so that you always have shelter|
|A Family Photo - to remind you that no matter what, we are always here for you|
|A Band-Aid - to soothe those sore dancing feet|
|A Coffee Sachet - sot that you always have time to catch up with friends over a coffee|
|A Smiley Face - to brighen your day!|
|A Hair Tie - so that you will never have a bad hair day!|
|A Tissue - to wipe away your tears|
|Mick - Today after nine years he becomes your husband. |
You wil share a love with hime who you share with no other, one that will last an eternity.
(That's normally where my tears overflow!)
Made with love, Nicky and Loui creations
It clearly tells the story of me, my family and also of the new chapter in my life with my husband. I love how my sisters took this family tradition and turned it into something that symbolises so much of ME! They are the people who know me the best in the world - the hair tie for bad hair days still cracks me up!!
This is such a thoughtful gift, and I know that when have grey hair and wrinkles, it will be sitting in my china cabinet and I will show it to my children and grandchildren in many years to come...
We adapted this idea recently for my sister who just got married. I will share her 'modern' wedding day survival kit with you soon...
But while on the topic of my beautiful bridesmaids, I thought I would share a photo from that special day:
Thanks girls! You are just the best! xxxx