While a gift registry is helpful for guests, what happens if there is no registry? What if you don’t feel like buying another place setting or lamp for the couple? What if you want to give something that feels very personal? You can! There are a lot of “rules” around what gifts you should give but we can ignore those on occasion. I gathered with some friends and we talked about our favorite wedding gifts. Keep on reading to get inspired and think about your gift-giving plan. Also, consider setting up a honeymoon registry to fund the experiences and gifts you love.
The Gift Of Wedding Help
When I got married, I had ordered a cake from a friend’s bakery. She even took photos of our wedding bands and replicated the Celtic knot work onto the cake. She included my favorite shade of red that matched the trim on my dress. That friend ended up giving us the cake for free! To this day, I still think about the cake and it warms my heart. Debbie Michaels told me that her parents’ friend ended up taking care of all the catering. It freed her up to put her energy elsewhere and be more present in the moment. She said it meant a lot to her and her parents. It doesn’t have to be much, but any detail that the bride doesn’t want to deal with, you can step in and cover it.
Family Heirlooms Can Be Fantastic
If the bride is sentimental, you can offer up a family heirloom to mark the special occasion. Maranda Everson spoke of the gorgeous wedding China she received. She loved it and used it often. The marriage ended, and Maranda packed it up and saved it for one of her children. Rachel Blunk spoke of a crocheted blanket given to her by her husband’s aunt. Her future mother-in-law also helped her make her wedding dress. These things are more than a useful object to use, they bring together families in a warm and wonderful way.
Gifts That Nurture The Relationship
Some gifts remind the couple to keep the flames burning over the years. My favorite gift was the date night in gift. It included a DVD of the movie we saw on our first date and microwave popcorn. Movie theater candy was inside and packaged in a large popcorn bucket. It was so different than our other gifts that I have never forgotten it. Dawn Johnson enjoyed sharing about her daughter buying her a portable hot tub. She and her husband use it often and they discuss often of how wonderful the gift is.
Sometimes You Need To Think Outside The Box
Renee McNerhany shared a fantastic gift that was very sentimental and unique. The wedding guests came together and planted the couple a small apple orchard. As each year passes by, they get to watch the growth of the trees and enjoy the fruit it bears.
Wedding gifts can be helpful in a variety of ways. You can focus on the basics for the house. Or you can opt for something that treats the couple. There is no right or wrong way to give a gift of the heart.