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How to Choose His Wedding Gift

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

One of the most special enduring wedding day traditions is when the bride and groom exchange gifts. This is typically done pre-ceremony, separately, as a way for the couple to connect and feel loved amid the chaos of getting hair and make-up done and wrangling groomsmen.

But finding a special something for this moment—especially for a guy—is no easy task. (Grooms have it easy: They can just buy a little bling and their brides are sure to swoon!)

So, if you’re stumped trying to figure out what to gift the man of your dreams on your big day, here are some key questions to help those ideas flow.

1. Would he prefer a less pricey, heartfelt gift (like a love letter) or something a bit more fancy and tangible?

2. Are there any elements of his wedding attire that you haven’t purchased yet, which could make good gifts? (As in, cuff links, a monogrammed pocket square, or a nice watch?)

3. Have you considered doing a boudoir shoot? (Giving your man pin-up style photos of you the day of the wedding is a popular trend right now.)

Budior Shoot--photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

Boudoir Shoot–photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

4. Does he have a favorite sport or sports player? (You could give him a signed baseball or something small that he would consider special to mark the day.)

5. Are you two all about coziness comfort? (Consider getting coordinating robes and slippers for each other that you can wear while getting ready—and beyond!)

6. Have you settled all of your honeymoon activities yet? (Perhaps a voucher for a fun excursion could be an exciting day-of surprise for him?)

7. Does your man like to be pampered? (Consider an experiential gift, like an in-room massage at his hotel or a stylist to come give him a haircut and shave before the ceremony.)

8. Does your groom have a quirky sense of humor? (Give him funny “groom” boxers to wear or special socks for keeping his “cold feet” warm.)

9. Is your groom getting ready with his boys? (Make it a party by gifting him a nice bottle of whiskey or a beer tower for them to all enjoy…responsibly, of course.)

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10. Have you considered engraving something he already has? (Surprise him with a sweet message inside his wedding band or on the back of his favorite watch.)

Robbins Brothers Wedding Band with Inscription

Robbins Brothers Wedding Band with Inscription

Natasha Burton is an author, freelance writer and editor.
101 Quizzes for Couples
natashaburton.com

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How Brides Really Feel Days Before The Wedding

How Brides Really Feel Just Days Before The Wedding - Robbins Brothers Fully Engaged

I’ve been married for about two weeks now, so I’ve had some time to let all the emotions sink in and cleaned up the wedding supplies. I knew the wedding was going to be emotional, obvi. I’ve been to a ton of weddings prior. However, I had no idea the emotional rollercoaster I was going to be on. Let me try to paint you a picture of how brides really feel just days leading up to one of the biggest days of your life!

The week before: You’re in total denial. Everything is just fine. This is just like every other week. Nothing out of the ordinary happening here. Practically everyone, even strangers, will ask you if you’re ready for the big day (you’re not). “What big day?” you ask as you laugh to yourself. You’ll accidentally blurt out the wrong wedding date when making small talk. You’re so far in denial, that you’re thinking about looking up real estate in Egypt.

Five days before: It sinks in and you will get butterflies. You’ll be thinking about standing in front of almost everyone you know. You’ll be in the center of attention. All eyes will be on you and your soon-to-be-husband. Did you remember to get your eyebrows waxed? Mani and pedi booked? Am I missing anything? Do I need to get my teeth whitened? Your stomach will be making flips and sometimes you’ll wonder, “What am I getting myself into??” Especially if you aren’t the type that likes to be in the center of attention.

Three days before: You’ll realize that you’ll be getting married to the love of your life! You’ll be all smiles. For no reason. You’ll still get butterflies here and there, but you’ll mostly be floating around in a happy stupor, with a smile on your face. You’ll be listening to your wedding playlist (because you’ll have a private YouTube playlist with all of your wedding music in chronological order so you can walk through the entire day in your head) and you’ll tear up just thinking about walking down the aisle. You’ll listen to your father-daughter dance song and you’ll tear up. Then you’ll think about your parents and how much they love you and how much you love them. For the first time, in your mind, you have an absolutely perfect relationship with your parents. You’ll be at a red light and you see an adorable old couple walking hand in hand and you’ll tear up. Lots of tearing up here. I think you catch my drift.

The night before: You’ll be completely calm. It’s like the calm before the storm. You’ll either sleep like a baby (which I did) or you’ll be laying in bed, thinking about everything that’s going to happen in just a few hours. You’ll have a “whatever” attitude towards the last few to-do’s left on the list because it’s all happening tomorrow! You’ll be so excited and happy that you’re about to be a MRS. to your best friend that those handwritten bunting signs you were supposed to make won’t even matter to you at this point.

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Day of wedding: Your heart will burst from all the love you feel from practically everyone in your life. The real tears. If you thought three days ago was bad, think again. You’ll alternate between tears and laughter every half hour. From the precious moments with your family right before the ceremony, to laughing at the adorable flower girls throwing rose petals at the guests. From the maid of honor’s sweet speech, to laughing at your mother-in-law owning the dance floor with your childhood friends. You’ll feel guilty, almost undeserving of all the gifts that you’ve been showered with on this day. A few days later, you’ll look at your total wedding costs and you won’t feel so bad. Congratulations, you’re now in a legally binding contract with your love and your wedding diet is over! Woo-hoo!

What about you? Were you surprised by any of the emotions you felt? Did an ex suddenly pop into your head? Did you have any strange dreams? Or were you cool as a cucumber? Let us know all about it!

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Summer of Love Engaged Couples Reunion on KTLA-TV

Robbins Brothers’ Valentine Surprise Proposals have become a viewer favorite on KTLA Channel 5. For nearly 10 years, the Robbins Brothers Love Team and popular fun-loving Los Angeles reporter, Gayle Anderson, have helped anxious guys plan and surprise their girlfriends with heart-wrenching marriage proposals…..on live television! There is always uncertainty, suspense and a little chaos involved; and sometimes the Love Team doesn’t even make it on-air due to breaking news stories. But one thing’s for sure, each and every proposal we plan is special, sweet, tear-jerking, fun, magical and memorable.

Recently we decided to catch up with some of our previously engaged couples to see what they’ve been up to since their televised proposal. But first we started the week off with a surprise proposal for an EMT who stunned his girlfriend during a CPR training in the city of Orange!

CPR Training at Care Ambulance Headquaters right before the big proposal surprise! Photo courtesy of John Dinh Photography

CPR Training at Care Ambulance Headquarters right before the big surprise! Photo courtesy of John Dinh Photography

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Once the charming Keith Boles proposed to Michelle in 2012 in front of coworkers, she gleefully started singing and dancing! Stan Huang serenaded the love of his life, Janelle, for breakfast at Old Vine Cafe and she is not a morning person (uh oh). Did these couples actually get married or was it all for show?

A few years ago Ray Ledesma popped the question to Rochelle at her daughter’s daycare with the help of adorable kids (awww). Did they make it to the alter and if so how’s married life we wonder?

Meanwhile, Refugio Calderon was all set to propose to his girlfriend Juana at the Alan Levy Dental Office, but there was a gunman pacing a rooftop in Westwood and the segment was almost cancelled (yikes, never a dull moment on live TV!). Did love conquer all?

All  smiles, Juana Calderon shows off her Robbins Brothers engagement and wedding ring set to reporter Gayle Anderson.
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We are happy to report that most of our couples are still crazy in love!

Wishing every couple across the world the most romantic summer ever. We enjoy celebrating your Love!

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Top 8 Re-Pinned Men’s Wedding Bands

Don’t forget the most important detail of your wedding day: the wedding bands! I recently perused the top pinned rings and found a flurry of some good looking’ men’s rings! Here are the top 8 most re-pinned Men’s wedding bands from our site!

Love that ladies are not only shopping for themselves but also keeping their dear SO’s in mind! Wondering if you absolutely need to have a matching ring with your soon-to-be spouse? Absolutely not! Go shopping together and pick something out that he’ll love! It’ll be on his finger, after all! You’ll want him to have a ring that he’ll want to keep on.

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

Glad to see the different styles that men are picking! I’m loving rings with black diamonds and the black wedding band. It’s just so sleek and would definitely stand out amongst the other wedding bands!

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8 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive During Wedding Planning

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By guest blogger Natasha Burton

As any engaged couple will tell you, wedding planning is stressful. (Those who say otherwise, well…I’ve never met any.) Not only are you putting together the largest event you’ve likely ever thrown, but you’ve got two families and tons of friends to cater to, meaning that there’s a litany of relationships and emotions thrown into the planning mix.

So, it’s not unusual for romance to take a backseat to your wedding-related to-do lists and anxieties. However, you don’t have to wait until the honeymoon to take a deep breath and rekindle the passion that made you want to get married in the first place. The following eight tips will have you buzzing with love again in no time.

1. Don’t Replace Date Night with Wedding Planning Night
Carving out a time every week to romantically connect can be difficult for any couple, but wedding planning makes this ritual even more elusive. You may start setting aside time each week for wedding planning, eventually replacing your regular date nights with discussions on venues, flowers, what have you—but resist this at all costs. Keeping romance alive requires spending some time and energy being romantic. And while planning does have fun aspects, there is nothing romantic about balancing your wedding budget in an Excel spreadsheet, even if you’re both finance geeks.

2. Make Date Night a No-Wedding-Talk Time
When you do go out to revive the romance, fight the urge to fall into wedding planning chitchat. Yes, you may be stressed about the fact that your wedding coordinator still hasn’t answered your last email but try not to let that dominate your night. A few hours of relaxing and really enjoying each other’s company will make you realize that, whether she gets back to you or not, you’re really, really excited to get married and spend your lives together. And that’s what’s important.

3. Delegate Some Wedding To-Dos
If you’re feeling so overwhelmed that, between work and your other obligations, you just can’t find time to spend non-wedding planning time together, enlist support. Whether that looks like hiring a wedding planner or asking your bridesmaids to take over a DIY task, asking for help will keep stress from overwhelming you—and your relationship.

4. Make Wedding Tasks Passionate
Some parts of wedding planning are decidedly unsexy—i.e. choosing pima cotton or polyester table linens—but there are many to-dos that can be fun, even romantic. Some caterers offer take-home tastings, so why not turn trying food into a picnic? Or, if you’re stressed out about your first dance, why not take a few dance lessons? Even flipping through old photos to create a slideshow for the reception is a chance to reconnect: As you go through the images, allow yourselves to reminisce about all the fun times you’ve had together.

5. Don’t Hit “Pause” on Your Relationship
Engagement can sometimes feel like a purgatorial zone between “in a relationship” and “married” in which the only purpose is to plan a big party. But when you let the wedding overtake this special step in your relationship, you’re not honoring the fact that this time is incredibly unique—you’re more committed than ever but you’re still unmarried. Use these months to continue learning about each other, especially the aspects of your partner you may not know everything about yet (particularly bigger topics like kids, careers, family rituals and such). Really mapping out your future together can be a very intimate experience and bring you even closer together.

6. Try a New Activity
According to a study about what keeps couples happy in the long term, going on regular date nights alone won’t keep love alive. The key is continuing to try different types of activities and hobbies together, which will fuel your curiosity as well as strengthen your bond and your passion for each other. So, check out that spoken word event or try paddle boarding or take that tapas cooking class together now, don’t push fun new experiences back until “after the wedding.”

7. Make Honeymoon Planning a Priority
Even if you’re not taking a honeymoon right after your wedding (or even until months later), it’s important to take some time to at least conceptualize or dream about where you might want to go. While wedding planning can be punctuated with worry, honeymoon planning is all about fun—there are no parents to please, no expectations to fulfill but your own, and no dreaded seating chart (except for choosing where you’ll sit on the airplane). Honeymoon planning can balance out wedding planning and get you both excited for the big day to come—because afterward, you’ll be on your way to the paradise of your choice.

8. Verbalize Your Love
Wedding planning creates lots of to-dos—and honey-dos—so make a commitment to devoting as much of your talk time to expressing devotion as you do to giving tasks. Yes, actions may speak louder than words but talk ain’t cheap when it comes to keeping passion alive. Telling your partner you love him or her in the midst of wedding planning chaos can go a long way toward keeping you both sane.

Natasha Burton is an author, freelance writer and editor.
101 Quizzes for Couples
natashaburton.com

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