Someone special in your life is tying the knot. They have spent months planning the wedding and you’ve been there supporting their every move. Weddings are an incredibly exciting time for everyone involved but they can be stressful too. It’s not only the bride and groom that can feel the pressure. For the guests one of the main areas of worry is finding a gift that really expresses your love for the couple and your wish for them to live happily ever after.
The wedding gift list is a great place to start but even then you may feel like you want to do something a little more personal. Although you know your friends will love the cutlery set they’ve asked for will you be fully satisfied handing it over on the big day? Don’t you want to give something that is slightly more personal and memorable too?
If you need some inspiration here are several ideas to help you:
- Create a slideshow with lots of photos and videos of the happy couple from their childhood right up until the present day. Ask their friends and family to email you over any quality photos they may have and make a three minute show that includes all the best ones. Be sure to hunt down images of the couple together and don’t put in any that include ex-boyfriends or girlfriends.
- If the couple have a favourite film that was inspired by a book hunt down a first edition copy of the book in hardback. This could be expensive but not all first editions costs hundreds or thousands. You may need time to find this gift so start your hunting early on.
- Go to your local brewery and see if they would make you a special brew just for the couple. If not you could make your own beer or wine at home and have a custom label created with a cleverly thought out name that suits the newlyweds and commemorates their special day.
- If you have any personal skills use them as your present. If you play an instrument or sing you could write them a song. If you write you could create a poem or their story and have it bound. Alternatively you could design them a website for their first year of marriage and pay out for the unique domain name or paint a picture. Use whatever skills you have to make something truly unique.
- Find the perfect pictures where they both look at their best and present them in engraved photo frames. The engraving is inexpensive and yet it does add a personal touch to any photo frame so they will treasure them forever. Either give one photo or pick three as they will look fabulous when hung together on the wall.
These ideas don’t mean you should ignore the couples wish list but it does mean that you can add something else to your gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive when it comes to money but it should be rich in sentiment.
Alex is a full time freelance writer who has a soft spot for writing about weddings. Alex has been lucky enough to have hundreds of her articles published online over the years and has provided content for several websites. Besides weddings Alex is passionate about writing articles on home interiors, parenting and family matters.