Thoughtful Wedding Gift Ideas That Are ‘Off-The-Registry’

Your wedding invitation has arrived in the post, and you’re all set for the big day. You have your outfit planned, and an appointment with the hairdresser. All you need to worry about is the wedding gift. If you’re struggling with what to buy, read our tips on planning the perfect gift.

  1. It Doesn’t Have To Be Wedding Themed

Remember, your gift isn’t required to have a wedding or love theme. You’re looking for something thoughtful for the bride and groom. Instead, consider unique gifts for all occasions. The important word here is ‘unique’. Find something that has significance to the couple.

  1. History

How much to do you know about the bride and groom? You have been invited to share their wedding day, but is this as a distant friend or relation? If you know the couple well, what do you know about their history? For example, where did they meet? Do they have a favorite holiday destination? If so, you could buy a gift relating to this. For example, a framed photo, a piece of artwork, or a custom map.

  1. Hobbies

Does the couple have any shared hobbies? Do they like the same activities or sports? Or do they prefer long walks in the country? If they have a shared hobby or interest, look for ideas around this theme. Try to think out of the box. For example, if they enjoy wine, consider something unusual like a share in a vineyard.

  1. Customize

Customized gifts are always well-received because of their personal nature. There are lots of gifts you could buy around this theme. Find a local artist who could paint a portrait based on a photograph. Caricatures are another option. Or, opt for a sculpture of their pet.

  1. Experience Gift

If the couple has a lot of ‘stuff’ and you’re struggling for something unique, forget physical gifts. There are no rules about buying something that the couple can keep for the rest of their lives. Buy them an experience instead. Find something that will appeal to both of them. This could be driving a race car or a trip in a hot air balloon. If they’re not particularly sporty or adventurous, opt for a train journey to an interesting location. Though an experience gift has a short shelf life, the memories will last them a lifetime.

  1. Make Something Yourself

Do you have arts or craft skills? If so, consider making something yourself. The possibilities are endless. If you’re a photographer, you could gift them a photo shoot. Artists can paint or draw portraits. If your talent is woodwork, make them a table or bench. The item will be unique to them and something they can treasure.

  1. The Gift Of Learning

Buy the couple a short course that they can take together. Find something that is relevant to them. If they enjoy cooking or baking, look for classes on bread making, etc. If they have a favorite holiday destination, book them a class to learn the language. They can spend time together and have lots of fun while learning new skills.

The best gifts are the ones that take a little thought. They’re the ones that tell the recipient you get them and you pay attention.

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What is a Wedding without the Wedding Party?

That special day is all about the bride and groom and their undeniable love for each other, right? Well, not exactly. For those who decide to have a quiet wedding, or elope to somewhere warm and stunning with no-one but a couple of random people for their witnesses, maybe. But for those of us who want to spend the day with everyone we love there is a lot more involved. Forget the location, size of the cake and wedding band; a true wedding day relies heavily on the wedding party. If any of the party drops out it can completely devastate the blushing bride and groom, especially after months of planning. Lose a bridesmaid, a best man or an usher and everything can seem a little hopeless.

So let’s take a little moment to appreciate these all-important people. Okay, so they aren’t part of the relationship as such, but they are part of the wedding party for a reason. Whether they are family, best friends or childhood buddies these are the people that you call up after an argument with you fiancé, the people you go to when you need some time to yourself. These are the people who support you both, allowing your relationship to bloom. Now, they know you love them and they aren’t going to run out on your wedding if you give them a rubbish wedding favour, but a little appreciation for all that they do certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

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[My cousin’s wedding]

The wedding favours are only a small part of the planning and might seem unimportant in comparison to the hair and makeup artist or finding the right DJ, but they will mean an awful lot to the recipients and will certainly be kept for years to come. Quality is, of course, very important but this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune. Simply take the time to consider what is an appropriate way to thank them for their part in the wedding and in your lives. Luckily for those with large weddings the bride and groom only really have to give favours to the actual wedding party and not all of the guests. These favours could consist of jewellery or engraved cufflinks with personalized wedding favours generally becoming more and more popular. The choices are endless and it all depends on the relationship that you have with them, but if you put a little time and thought into the decision it will be evident in the gift. After-all, it is worthwhile making the effort as these could be the people to help you keep your sanity after 50 years of marriage.

Lizzie is a regular attendee of numerous weddings throughout the year and uses her spare time to share her findings on behalf of Personalised Pressies.

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