thank you gifts

October 28th, 2010

Taking a break from talking about the wedding day itself, I’m taking a side bar to talk about how we thanked some of our biggest helping hands. I love to give gifts, thoughtful ones for that matter and especially things that I would love to have myself. Six ladies who did so much for us/me were treated with kate spade cosmetic bags.

The 6 lucky ladies were:

  1. Steph – for the money box, handwriting our invites, and hand painting our seating chart board.
  2. Boumy – for the bridal shower sneak peeks and invites,  the candy station, and the wooden signs.
  3. Nancy – for stepping in last minute to work on the wooden road signs and leading the way with chopping wood for the candy station decor.
  4. Cindy – for the fabulous eyelash extensions!!
  5. Christine – for the fabulous hair-do and make-up for my bridal shower.
  6. Helen – for stepping in last minute to help with MC the day of the wedding.

I really wish I had picked up a 7th one for myself. These are a great size to hold all the cosmetics you typically need on a trip. I have ones that are a bit too small or too big–this one seemed just right. Kind of like Goldilocks, huh?

We also gave various thank you gifts to some of our other big supporters: Gwen Huyen for hair, Anha for make-up, Tuyen for hair, Frances & Anne for being my back-up dancers, Dan for choreographing the dance, Anne for booking/planning our honeymoon, and Hoang for providing the pre and after party location with food for the drunks. I’ve found that a word of sincere thanks goes a long way but a small gift that goes along with it goes even further to show your appreciation. It doesn’t have to be a big, flashy gift–something small does the trick.

And as you already know from previous posts, we thanked our wedding party for their hard work and support with various gifts as well.


  • bling, personalized flasks
  • See by Chloe personalized tote bags
  • Planet Flops flip-flops

These are very roomy and have a drawstring tie at the top.

These run small. If you typically wear a 6.5/7, you’d want to get a 7/8.


  • chrome, personalized flasks
  • “The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man” paperback book
  • Converse Jack Purcell John Varvatos Oxford Low Profile Leather sneakers

Got these off of Amazon. Rob wrote a note inside for each guy.

We had a ton of help from other friends and family that day, but the few that I want to specially call out here are Dennis and Thanh.

Dennis transported the slideshow equipment and was in charge of setting it up that day. He also helped with setting up the photobooth and printing of all the images for our guests to take home. He even had a flashlight to assist our guests with finding their image since it was quite dark that night and hard to spot on the table. He prob did a lot more that I do not know about. Thank you, Dennis!! You were a much needed helping hand that day that I did not fully anticipate needing. We appreciate you stepping in to help when things came up.

Thanh was a big sounding board for me throughout the whole planning process. He heard my rants, complaints, gave suggestions and helped with almost every aspect as far as brainstorming and strategics. He accompanied me to Michael’s so many times that he prob knows where everything is located in 3 different Michael’s stores. He even picked up and delivered food to my parents’ home early that morning for the tea ceremony. Of course he did a lot more that I have failed to list here but you get the gist of it–he was there to support us and was eager to lend a helping hand whenever needed. Thanks, TDANG! You were a huge help to us both!!

8 Responses to “thank you gifts”

  1. mareyberry on October 28, 2010 8:59 pm

    I AM FIRST! whooooooo nothing says classy like kate spade!

  2. mareyberry on October 28, 2010 9:05 pm

    tdang – you’re slipping hahahhahaah

  3. Tony on October 28, 2010 9:05 pm

    Thanks again for the shoes! Totally unexpected, wear them all the time…

  4. KellyD on October 28, 2010 9:27 pm

    Dennis was sooooo nice! I have to thank him profusely for helping out at the photo frame tables because it was pretty chaotic at times.

  5. tdang on October 28, 2010 9:52 pm

    ain’t no thang! I look drunk and I like how kimchi snuck in that photo. haha

  6. tdang on October 28, 2010 9:52 pm

    Mary, u got lucky!

  7. Anne on October 30, 2010 1:58 am

    you made us feel very loved and appreciated, thaoie and rob. *tear*

  8. Gertrude on October 13, 2011 5:34 am

    Whoever edits and piublsehs these articles really knows what they’re doing.

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