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This week, we’re talking with Melinda McKee, who owns Memento & Muse. Giving and receiving gifts is so important — not only is it the love language for many people, but there are many occasions throughout the year where it comes into play, your wedding being an important one. Some gifts come in the form of time — time spent at a bridal shower or weekend bachelorette getaway — and others in the form of physical things, like welcome gifts or gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen. We love Melinda’s thoughts on gifting and wanted to share those with you! Read on to learn more about Memento & Muse!
RP: Tell us about Memento & Muse and who you love to serve!
Melinda: Memento & Muse is a custom gift design studio specializing in artisanal gift collections for businesses, weddings, and other events (think client appreciation gifts, wedding guest welcome boxes, that kind of thing). We especially enjoy working with folks who value creating a unique, non-cookie-cutter gifting experience that truly represents their story while making others genuinely smile!
RP: What do you wish brides and grooms knew when thinking about gifting for their wedding?
Melinda: Don’t save that hotel welcome gift project for the last minute, and recruit help if you can. If you’re commissioning gifts from a custom studio like Memento & Muse, you’ll need plenty of lead time (ours is currently around 6 weeks) — and if you’re going the DIY route, the last thing you want to be doing the day before your wedding is filling a bunch of gift bags and tying yards and yards of ribbons.
RP: What resources or advice do you suggest for brides and grooms who are thinking about their dream wedding?
Melinda: Before the intensity begins, promise each other (repeatedly if necessary) to remember that if things are less than 100% perfect on your wedding day, that is okay, truly. It helps your wedding day be more enjoyable in the moment, which leaves fonder memories. Oh, and if you’re not working with a wedding planner, at the very least hire a day-of coordinator — both your wedding party and your future self will thank you!
RP: What are you working on right now that’s keeping you happy and energized?
Melinda: This is an amazing, and important, and hard question! With work, anytime I start the gift design process with a new client is an exciting and energizing period. Outside of work, I’m trying to focus on reading for fun every day — it’s the only thing I’ve found that makes multitasking impossible, which is almost therapeutically relaxing for me. (Relaxed now = energized later. ????)
RP: When you planned your wedding, what is one unforgettable thing that you did to make sure your day and marriage were intentionally crafted?
Melinda: We used traditional vows, but asked the officiant to slightly tweak the language in a few places so that it fully represented our personal beliefs and sentiments…a small thing, but I’m really glad we did that.
I’m also happy we incorporated a “ring warming ceremony,” during which the boxes containing our wedding rings were passed through the hands of all our guests so they could say a silent blessing over them….we have a close-up photograph of my husband’s grandmother’s hands, holding the rings, and it makes me tear up just to picture it. The support of family and friends is everything.
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