Courtesy of GreatRussianGifts.com
I love planning the details for my wedding day, because these little things truly represent us as a couple. Just the other night, my fiance and I pondered unique ways to set up escort cards. Initially, we thought about a natural theme to go with our park setting, but we ended up steering away from the idea, worried about bombarding our guests with one too many leaf and flower pieces. We started thinking about alternatives and decided to incorporate my Russian background into the details—and eureka! Nesting dolls!
These little dolls (matryoshkas) add culture without resorting to a vodka-shot toast. Plus, our guests will each leave with a souvenir that holds a special significance.
A word to budget-conscious brides: Unless you have a babushka who can import the nesting dolls from Russia, be ready to spend a little extra, as authentic matryoshkas cost around $10 for a three-piece doll. To cut back on the price, consider Etsy's adorable fabric dolls. Each sells for $5 and makes a lovely ornament—you'll be remembered every year!
—Yelena Moroz, BRIDES Features Department