Get it? “T” is for take me? But I’m going to talk about tea? Oh I’m so clever I can hardly stand it, and I’m sure you can’t either.
So, tea. For the past several years I have been an herbal tea addict. You can only drink so many cups of coffee before you get jittery, and herbal tea comes in a nice variety of flavors and doesn’t give you the shakes. Plus it’s a nice warmth when you live somewhere without heat (thanks, Mom, for raising me at a steady temperature of 55 degrees). Anyway, you get the idea – I liked herbal tea. I drank coffee for that whole being awake thing. I considered myself a coffee person with a healthy appreciation for tea.
And then Turtle ruined everything.
You see, she didn’t have coffee at her apartment. Once I started staying there (after date 3, in true lesbian fashion), we bought a French press and some coffee, but it wasn’t as good as the drip I made at home. She tolerated my coffee habit, but loved a good cup of Earl Grey. So I tried it, and I was hooked.
We are definitely tea people, and even tea snobs. We like Earl Grey, Lady Grey, and PG Tips like whoa. I haven’t had coffee on any regular basis in two years now, and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back.
And not only do we just drink tea: she handed me a cup of tea at the walk on April 6, 2008; we went out for tea on our very first (5 hour, and unofficial) date after the walk; we went to a pretty little tea cafe for our first official date (the next day… a long wait); every day that we worked together we bought two venti cups of Earl Grey with two teabags from Starbucks before work; we went out for fancy tea after getting domestically partnered. I mean, we did lots of other things too, but tea has been something important for all this time.
So it seems fitting to incorporate our tea habit into our wedding.
We are getting married fairly early in the day (sometime between 9 and 10 am), so we will have tea and coffee available first thing – and, of course, we’ll have a good variety of teas. On top of that, we are considering some tea-like favors. So here is what I’m thinking – tell me what you would like! Or similar ideas…
First, my mom and sister decided that some prints from my print class would be nice favors – possibly framed, possibly not. I can make a lot of them in a fairly short amount of time, and it’s fun work, and they do look nice framed. Anyway, my teacher was saying that someone in one of her previous classes had done a lot of work with empty tea bags, and they looked really nice. So I might try that.
Second, we might have a tea custom made and order loose tea in bulk, like an Earl Grey with hints of something else (TBD). Then we could package them in pretty little boxes (I love boxes!) or in pretty little teabags with pretty little tags that say something nice about getting married and thanks and all that. We could even do some bags that are coffee for all you crazy coffee folk (you know who you are).
What do you think? What would you want? If you’ve done this, are you doing some sort of themed gift/favor?
And, in closing: Us, with Tea.