Eric and Sarah wanted a small, DIY wedding but as anyone who has gotten engaged knows, the planning process kind of takes off on its own. As the guest list grew they saw their personal, crafty wedding slipping away and cookie cutters looming in the horizon. To keep their vision on track they hired a wedding planner to help with the big picture and they turned their attention to the things that mattered the most: including their guests in the wedding experience. High on Eric’s list was finding a perfect gift for the men who would stand with him while he waited for his bride to walk down the aisle.
The list of groomsmen included his brother and friends from every part of his life and Eric wanted to show his appreciation for all seven of them. He felt like “just getting them stuff wasn’t going to be enough”, so several weeks before his wedding, Eric decided to come to This Is Ground for a solution. Piece by piece he worked with us to assemble a personalized kit that would serve the busy, traveling lifestyle that all his best guys had in common.
Eric chose to make all the pieces of his groomsman kit with our signature Bomber hide and together we identified the items that would organize and protect the essentials: passports, eye wear, headphones, cards, phones and notebooks.
Eric wanted to make sure each groomsmen felt his personal touch in their gift, so he had us engrave each one’s initials into the products he thought would age with them and be used for years to come. We took the kits to be monogrammed by a precision laser cutter at The Build Shop.
The final presentation was a well-rounded selection of minimal-form but highly functional objects.
A week before his wedding, we sent the kits off to Florida with Eric along with 500 of our cord tacos and gave him our well wishes. The day of the wedding, as they prepared for Eric and Sarah’s big day, the groomsmen found a tie and pocket square for the ceremony, along with their This is Ground groomsmen kits, accompanied by flasks of scotch.
The groomsmen’s reaction was one of initial surprise at the level of Eric’s thoughtfulness. After a few moments of stunned silence they expressed their appreciation for such special gifts and Eric was glad to know his groomsmen felt his gratitude for their presence in his life.
After the ceremony, as the sunny afternoon transitioned into evening, the guests made their way to dinner, where the cord tacos we sent were used as place holders for seating and made individual gifts for each and every guest.
Eric and Sarah had set out to deliver one message to each and every person attending their wedding, that this day was special and so was their role in it.
All they had left to do, was enjoy the moment.