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

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Black, white, & GLITTER!

WARNING: This post contains a TON of gold glitter.

One of my closest friends had a milestone birthday, and I wanted to find a way to make her feel super special. As always, I look to Pinterest for inspiration. I decided to go with black, white, and gold since she wanted a “wine party” and those were the first colors that came to mind.

There were two main things for her surprise gift that made the night. The first surprise consisted of cards that listed things we (her friends & family) loved about her. I was inspired by the popular pin that has helium balloons with photos hanging at the bottom. However, the last surprise consisted of a slideshow, so I didn’t want to double up on photos. Instead of photos, I created gold glitter cards for under $5. The second surprise was a simple table full of gold and glittahhh (glitter).

Onto the tutorials (yay! my first real tutorials!):

DIY Glitter cards

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