By Summer Stanley
The invitations have been mailed, the catering is set, and the dress awaits its grand entrance for the Big Day. If you’re a bride-to-be, sometimes it can seem as if the finish line is nowhere in sight, but shifting the attention off of your own wish list and placing it on others can be good for your soul. There’s a special group of women who deserves much-needed appreciation for helping you get this far, both in the wedding process and in life. While it’s still popular tradition to thank the bridal party with individual gifts, usually around a wedding rehearsal dinner, you might consider other ways to make your tribe feel special.
I sat down with Two Jaynes owner Sara Jayne, of South Riding, Virginia, to talk about what makes the partnership business with her teenage daughter, Macy Jayne, a perfect fit for showering loved ones with gratitude. The mother-daughter duo, who launched their business on Etsy in early 2016, creates handmade products ranging from jewelry and accessories to home décor. While these treasures are appropriate gifts for ladies of all ages and versatile enough for any occasion, they’re especially useful during wedding season. The Two Jaynes tag line, “fun, classy and giftable” rings true with each item they produce, as there is an added emphasis on the packaging.
“It’s a big part of the gift-giving process,” says Sara, who explains that how you present something can elevate the perception. Just as the dainty rosebud on a layer of buttercream cake draws us in, so does the Two Jaynes classic black-and-white style. I took the lid off a ribboned box to find a darling floral bobby pin set that had flower girl written all over it, not to mention the “Cute as a Button” hair bands, each adorned with a fabric covered button.
Next, she showed me their gorgeous, best-selling prism compact mirrors that come in various colors and are customizable with a monogram or initials. No matter when you choose to give these to your bridesmaids, they will definitely be handy for the occasional makeup check—something all the ladies are doing for the ceremony, photographs and reception. You can choose your wedding color scheme or your sister’s favorite color, which she’ll keep in her bag long after the event.
An idea for the bachelorette party is to bring along enough elastic hair ties “To Have and to Hold” your hair back, as the sample packaging implies. “After a long night of casual celebrating, the hair always goes up,” says Sara. Two Jaynes can accept custom order requests so you can add names, dates or personal sayings to gift tags. You can even request your own text for the adorable ceramic and cork magnets, sure to give you and your friends a good giggle.
Glam barware, from wine glass charms to bottle stoppers, is another great gift option for celebratory occasions. Imagine the bride and her girls enjoying mimosas the morning of the wedding, each with her own decorative marker. These customizable sets, paired with a Two Jaynes natural slate or marble cheese board, are suitable for gifting the bride and groom, for a bridal shower gift or an engagement party. Plus, the diamond shaped crystal bottle stoppers are an obvious choice for spoiling your squad with extra bling.
When in doubt, gift certificates are available, but isn’t jewelry always the answer, too? Beaded agate, cuff, and wrap bracelets, freshwater pearl stud earrings and a trinket dish to hold them would be a treat not just for the besties, but mothers of the bride and groom. Though, you’ll probably find it hard to resist choosing something for yourself along the way. If your groom needs a little help with what to get the guys, go ahead and snag the stag bottle openers with cast iron deer heads while you’re shopping.
The creativity, quality and personality that goes into the Two Jaynes brand sets them apart. “As we establish our product lines, it’s fun to see what people gravitate towards,” says Sara. “Two Jaynes is an evolution based on our journey as a mother and daughter. It’s inspired by our story and who we are. Playing a role in joyful gifting is the icing on the cake for us.”
You can find Two Jaynes online at www.twojaynes.com, at retail and local pop-up events in Northern Virginia, and by appointment in their home studio. Follow Two Jaynes on Instagram and Facebook for updates on new products, as well as current inspiration and just plain fun! ML