A gift certificate is always a pretty good guarantee that the bride and groom will like your gift. Go with a gift card for the place they registered at or even a home improvement store would be nice. Even if they aren't handy, they can always find something at Lowes or Home Depot.
Another great option is a gift certificate or purchased services from a local contractor. Our Milwaukee painter has done painting for newlyweds that their parents have purchased the services for them. Unique idea and very valuable!
convinced us to unwrap the gifts at the reception. If I had to vote for what I think people should do, I would say either open the next day with family and close friends. If the bride and groom are going on their honeymoon right after the wedding, I think a close second would be for them to open the gifts when they return. What would or did you do?
I hope nobody minds, but can I use this space to vent? I went to a wedding shower for an admittedly immature 28 year old this summer. It is October, her wedding is done and her first baby is due in a few weeks. I have still not received a thank you card for the gift I gave at the shower OR the wedding. I really wish she were having a baby shower so I could DENY! It is her 4th kid but she is tacky enough to require her friends to throw her one. Gosh I hope she has one so I can say NO. Sorry, I am totally off topic from the blog, but I just feel like I have to stress for the few people out there that don't know to send thank you cards. Anybody else have experience with people that don't send thank you cards?
I came across this neat gift today. I think it is so incredibly creative. It really shows that you took your time to come up with the gift for the happy couple. You'll have to spend some time at a place with a lot of pebbles. You can pick up one of these shadow box frames at a craft store like Michael's. get some super glue or use a hot glue gun and you are made in the shade. You'll want to sign the art because they are going to wonder if you purchased this at the store. Such a cute gift, but will have such a big impact on the newlyweds.
One of my favorite gifts to give is the wedding invitation decoupaged onto a plaque. This gives the couple something to commemorate their wedding with. It creates a beautiful decorative piece that the couple can put on a shelf or hang on the wall. To do this project, I start with getting the plaque and decoupage paste at the local craft store. There are a variety of plaque sizes. Take the card and either tear it in half so it is one piece and or cut it so only the top part of the card remains. If you get some edging scissors, you can create a beautifully decorated edging. You can put beads around the outside of the plaque that look like pearls. These are in the bouquet artificial flowers area of the store. Here is a picture of some decoupage work on a plaque to give you a good idea of what an invitation would look like.
Now the bride and groom always have something to remember you by. I put my wedding vows on nice piece of paper and had it decoupaged onto plaques because at the time I hadn't learned how to do this technique yet. Seeing the vows on plaques had me hooked and I started doing it with wedding invitations when I was guest at a wedding. Do you like to decoupage? If so, what do you like to work on?
I went to a beautiful wedding for a close friend this summer. It was set in a vintage barn that is now transformed to host parties, weddings, corporate events, and other events. They decorated the place beautifully! I was sitting there with my husband, waiting for the wedding to begin when I heard the guests behind us start discussing their wedding gift. One couple they were talking to followed the gift registry and purchased a bedding set for the couple. I could not believe my ears when I heard what the other person got for the happy couple: A card with $5 in lottery tickets. I had to resist looking at my husband in shock. Actually, he probably wasn't even listening at the time, because when I told him about it at the reception he had no idea what I was talking about. The reception for this unique wedding was amazing! They had a huge tent outside of the barn where they put a wood dance floor and some tables for the guests. I loved that the wedding dj played while dinner was taking place. There was nice soft music playing. After dinner, they turned it up and got everyone dancing. While I was dancing with my husband, I asked what he would think of lottery tickets as a wedding gift. It didn't bother him much so I kind of let it go. It just gave me something to think about.
I don't know... maybe I shouldn't be so critical. I mean maybe that couple couldn't afford an appropriate gift and was hoping the lottery tickets would turn into a bigger gift if the newlyweds were to win on the tickets.
What do you think about giving lottery tickets as a wedding gift? Would you do it? How would you feel if that were a gift given to you?
I love weddings! They celebrate the love of a man and a woman as they promise to love each other forever. We will ignore the 50% divorce rate in this fantasy. Picking out the gift is one of the most fun parts of the occasion for me. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about getting a wedding gift for the bride and groom. We'll take a look at different options throughout this blog. Hopefully this will make your next wedding gift purchase a little easier to pick out.