Surprise!

If you didn’t already know… I love surprising people! So what better way to kick off the wedding than by surprising our own party? Each person received a gift personalized for them. The girls got engraved necklaces and the guys got tie sets. I also created my own mini photo album (steps below). All of these little gifts went inside a cigar box (Michael’s $3.99 – other options here) – steps also below.

We arranged a dinner and texted everyone separately so they didn’t know what was going on. Donald and I arrived early so we could set their gifts on the table and place their names down as well. Everyone sat down at once and flipped over their names to reveal what role they would play in our wedding party. Needless to say, everyone seemed excited and I can’t wait for our wedding!

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Our Traditional Lao Engagement

Ever since we started dating, we always knew we would do everything traditionally. Not just to please our families, but so we can learn about our culture and be able to pass it onto the next generation. Traditionally, there really isn’t an engagement ceremony, but we decided to split up the things done at the Lao wedding ceremony to save time. Since I am also part Chinese, we will have to do a wedding ceremony for that as well.

Usually the dowry, gold, and rings are exchanged at the wedding ceremony, but we modernized some of the rules and did this at the engagement ceremony. For example, there is no formal proposal in Laos, but Donald did propose. Continue reading