We're getting ready for our "Weddingtown" Bridal Event coming up on June 26, 12-5p. It's been a growing edge for the Gift Shop, and a meaningful way to engage our customers. When we do a registry with a Bride and Groom, we get to know them a lot more than the typical customer because we end up doing so much talking about their specific styles and needs for setting up "home" together.
It's a privilege to be a part of someone's journey at this crucial time in their lives. These will be the handmade dinnerware, cutting boards, paintings, quilts, etc. that grace everything from the romantic evenings of their newlywed year to all that comes after with the ups and downs of kids, houses, and life adventures. Many of these pieces made with care and skill will follow them into the "sunset" years to be passed on to loved ones. We can only wonder at the stories these pieces will become woven into.
Choosing to do a wedding registry with a shop like ours that exclusively does "local handmade" also reminds the couple of who they are and what they care about. The handiwork of their literal neighbors reminds them that
they are Pennsylvanian, and of all the pride and responsibilities that come with that. It helps them recall the importance of quality over quantity at a time when it is tempting to accumulate "stuff". They begin this crucial life journey with a couple powerful statements: "We care about the economy and our place in it. We care about how things are made and the beauty of handmade practical art".
The physical gifts are for the Bride & Groom, but the gift of seeing this goodness transpire--that's all ours.