What do you get the most important people in your lives? When shopping for Wedding Party Gifts, it is important to make it personal. The day of the wedding will be all about the Bride and Groom, so it is customary to give the people chosen to stand up with you something unique and personal to let them know how much you have appreciated all the time, attention and well, money, that they have surely spent along the way to make your day so special.
It is traditional to give the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer and Parents of the Bride and Groom gifts at the Rehearsal Dinner to thank them for all that they have done to help along the way in planning the wedding.
Traditionally, Bridesmaids are given jewelry to wear with their dresses as part of their gift. Make it something special by personalizing it with a message, the date or their name or initials: a necklace, bracelet, anklet or ring. Giving them something that they can wear again and again for years to come will always remind them of how important they are in your life.
Traditionally, Groomsmen are also given gifts that they can wear or carry in their pockets at the ceremony. Cufflinks with their initials engraved, personalized pocket watches and engraved money clips are all special gifts that show them that they were appreciated.
Flower Girls/Ring Bearer
Give your Flower Girl a children's pearl bracelet, child's sized necklace or an engraved jewelry box. Give your Ring Bearer a set of his own cufflinks with his initials engraved or a bracelet with the name and the date.
Mother of the Bride/Groom
Give your Mom(s) a special gift that acknowledges the new person to the family: a piece of Mother's Jewelry with the birthstones of all her kids (including the new one!), a diamond bracelet, an engraved necklace or bracelet with her name or initials. Give her something that will always remind her of this special day.
Father of the Bride/Groom
Give your Dad(s) a personalized gift, something that says I will love you forever: a personalized men's watch, engraved cufflinks or a bracelet personalized with the date. An engraved money clip will be great, now that he can start saving his money again!
Gifts for the Bride
The Bride has usually planned for months and sometimes years to make her wedding day special. Show her how much you care with a personalized gift. Give her a personalized bracelet with her new initials, the names of her Bridesmaids, or the date of her wedding. Give her an engraved anklet to wear on her honeymoon or a pair of new earrings to wear on the big day. Gifts for the Groom Give the Groom something personalized to remember his big day. Engraved cufflinks or a personalized money clip are great gift ideas. Get him a personalized pocket watch to make sure he makes it to the ceremony on time!
Rugs: North American Rugs - Navajo rugs, American Indian rugs and native American rugs
North American is the name given to flat weave rugs and blankets woven by Native Americans in the Central Western areas of the US, mainly in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. These rugs are better known as Navajo rugs.
The weaving of Navajo rugs is the continuation of a long tradition of excellent craftsmanship that dates back nearly three centuries.
It is believed the Navajos learned the craft from the Pueblo Indians around 1700, as early examples of Navajo weaving show the close parallels between the two groups. The principal difference between Navajo and Pueblo weaving is that the Navajos used wool, while the Pueblos used cotton.
In the mid 1800s, the Navajos started using dye sources and yarns from the Europeans, especially the Germans and Spanish. Along with dyes and commercial yarn, the Europeans brought designs that could be incorporated into the flat weaves of the Navajos. These were usually Oriental patterns, which the Europeans apparently couldn't get enough of.
From the Navajo's own designs, the most famous examples were the 'Chief Blankets', which were worn on the shoulders of the tribe's chief. These items were extremely popular with the other Plain's Indians.
Navajo weaving changed radically in the last twenty years of the 19th century. Commercial ready-to-use yarns were available in a variety of colors, and by 1890 the Navajo Indians were weaving mainly for the trading posts and white tourists.
The traders were a great influence on the weavers, and the requests for pillow covers and bed covers to decorate white homes resulted in a proliferation of quickly woven, inferior pieces.
By 1890, after many years of blankets and bed coverings, white settlers were demanding covering for the floor. The Navajo rugs were born as the Indians were quick to oblige.
The Indians were now weaving less of their traditional simple and abstract geometric designs and more American pictorials designs including patriotic patterns and railroad scenes and houses. The traditional rugs are virtually lost and very rare today and designers seem todesire their 'Aztec' look for modern settings.
There are a few settlements that might still be weaving Navajo rugs, but much like all the other aspects of the Indians' culture, the Navajo rug is but a faint memory to them.
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