A wedding is about celebration and offering and receiving gifts. But with all the stress and details involved in organizing the wedding, a couple could forget about purchasing wedding gifts or favors for the most important participants at their wedding: their parents, siblings, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Therefore, we recommend all those happy couples who plan a wedding to start buying gifts for these categories of friends and family members immediately after establishing their wedding date. Otherwise, they could get carried away by all sorts of things they have to accomplish, and they could forget completely about purchasing favors for their bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, grandparents or other important people.
Today, we will discuss some gifts that can be purchased for those young ladies that will play the role of the bridesmaids at the wedding. Their gifts will be purchased by the bride and groom together, but they should be selected by the bride only, because she knows better what a girl/woman wants. And she should start by selecting some lovely pieces of jewelry, that she knows for sure that would be very appreciated by her bridesmaids. When we hear ‘jewelry’, we tend to think of something expensive, but there is no need to worry, because nowadays pieces of jewelry can be very cheap, if you know where to go and what materials or metals to choose. For example, the bride could select to purchase several necklaces, bracelets or pairs of earrings, made of sterling silver or stainless steel, that her bridesmaids could wear not only after the wedding, but also at the wedding. In this second case, the bride and groom should offer their bridesmaids these pieces of jewelry several days before the wedding, so that the bridesmaids to be certain that they have what to wear on the big day, in terms of jewelry.
Other appropriate gift for a bridesmaid could be a handbag as well. Handbags are practical gifts, that can be used on many occasions, including the wedding itself. In other words, in case the bride and groom do not have money to purchase pieces of jewelry, like we have recommended before, they could at least try to purchase handbags for their bridesmaids, in colors that would match the bridesmaids’ outfits.
And if the happy couple does not want to purchase handbags either, they could use this next suggestion, that is not only cheap, but also very appreciated by ladies, regardless of their age: mirrors. Because mirrors can be very cheap, we recommend happy couples to at least personalize them somehow, by engraving them with their recipients’ names, or with an emotional message. A small product like this could be offered in a lovely velvet pouch, that could be monogrammed in order to look beautiful and classy.
Looking for some wedding gift ideas? Here are some options that can be considered by guests invited to a wedding.
We begin by saying that you should not offer the same basic wedding presents over and over again; you should start thinking more creatively and purchase different things for those couples who invite you to their wedding. If you continue to purchase the same things for every couple that invites you, in the near future, you may not be invited at all, since everybody knows what kind of present you purchase for a bride and groom. So try to be different every time and purchase something that is actually needed by the happy couple.
In case the bride and groom are older, they may already have a house of their own, this is why a great present that could be offered is an interior decoration. You can use your talents to make a decoration or you can purchase the decoration from a craft store. But not only decorations and arrangements can be offered to a happy couple; in case you want to offer them a handmade gift, consider writing a story of how the couple met (from your own point of view, obviously), or a story with fictional characters, that represent the bride and groom. This is definitely a cool wedding gift, that will be cherished by its recipients.
Another idea of a handmade wedding gift is represented by a picture or photo printed on canvas, that will turn into a work of art, and will be appreciated not only by the happy couple, but also by those entering their house.
If you are not so good at creating handmade products, you could consider buying some travel gifts, giving the newlyweds a possibility of getting away from all that stress that surrounded their wedding day. Because travel gifts are pretty expensive, you should collaborate with other wedding participants, and buy tickets to an exotic destination together. Take into account that you offer more than just some tickets, but an outstanding experience that will be remembered forever. Besides tickets, you can also offer sleeping bags or camping gear, in case you know that the happy couple loves the outdoor environment and would love to spend their honeymoon surrounded by nature.
Experience gifts are also appreciated by brides and grooms, and are cheaper than travel gifts. They can range from riding a cable car, learning to cook some spicy foods, exploring the caves in a nearby town, learning how to play the piano and many others. Usually an experience gift has a certain availability, so you have to be sure that the happy couple is free during that period when the experience has to happen.
Buying a wedding gift for a bride can be a tricky task, especially if you do not know the bride very well. This operation requires a lot of efforts and in some cases, a lot of money as well. The etiquette regarding offering a wedding gift to a bride varies from culture to culture, but it is considered that you cannot go wrong with candles, interior decorations, homemade gifts, gym memberships, gift cards, and photo frames, regardless if you are the bride's father, mother, sister, aunt, work colleague or a very dear friend.
Let's take candles for starters and let's see why they represent such a suitable gift for a bride. Well, candles symbolize romance, and they are mostly used by ladies, not by men, therefore offering a candle set to a lady comes natural. Candles are a simple gift, but if they are combined with other types of gifts, they can prove to be unusual. An example of an unusual wedding gift containing candles is one that contains also a homemade quilt. Quilts, just like candles, are created to warm up the atmosphere of the room where they are used, and a homemade quilt shows the bride that receives it, that its maker devoted his or her time to create a unique item, designed especially for that bride.
Interior decorations are also typical gifts for a bride. Usually, wedding guests offer interior decorations that can be used during that very season when the wedding takes place, but how would it be like to offer some Christmas decorations on a summer wedding day? Or a lovely fruit arrangement, made of artificial fruits, on a spring wedding day, when no fruits are available? Put your mind to work and think creatively, in order to impress the bride that will receive your present. Also, take into account that you might offer a similar type of present to her man, if you do not want to cause distress between the bride and her husband. For example, if you plan to purchase a lovely tablecloth that features some Renaissance patterns, for the bride, you should also purchase some Renaissance-related napkins or place mats, that will be offered as wedding gifts to her man.
Women like to have a figure that attracts attention, and for this they are ready to stop eating, work out for hours and run for miles. Because of this reason, one year gym membership is one of the best gifts that could be offered to a bride. A recent study shows that married women are twice as likely to become obese compared to girls/women that are not married. The same study states that it only takes a few years to change your slim silhouette into a large one, so by offering a gift like this, a wedding guest will be giving a gift of health and confidence.
Wedding gifts are special by definition. They are traditionally given by guests to the bride and groom on their wedding day, or by the happy couple to their guests in order to show their appreciation for being able to come to their wedding. Today, we would like to talk a bit more about the presents offered by guests to the happy couple.
Everybody knows that when you are invited to a wedding, your first thought related to a wedding gift goes to some dinnerware and linens. Yes, these are indeed the most traditional wedding gifts, but can’t you think of something else? Use your creativity and try to find something else, something that can also express your feelings towards the happy couple that will receive your present. At the same time, we have to mention that you cannot purchase an intimate present, if you are not close to the bride or groom. This would be considered an imprudence from you and the present would not be appreciated at its rightful value. In other words, special wedding gifts have to be offered only by people that are very close to the happy couple, such as their brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents and very dear friends.
A great example of a special wedding gift is represented by a relationship journal; products like this are sold by most book retailers, and are not blank journals as one might expect, but actual books containing interesting questions that the couple has to respond to together. These relationship journals are just like a game that has to be played in the presence of some friends or relatives, in order to show them how much the bride knows her groom and how much the groom knows his bride. Questions included in a relationship journal refer to how they met, where they went on their first date and other personal questions, that only they should know about each other. Not only that a special wedding gift like this will help the bride and groom get to know each other better, but it will also provide a sentimental keepsake, that will be cherished throughout the years.
Another example is a lovely wall art, that could be represented by a customized portrait of the bride and groom, by a wall poster representing the bride's bouquet or by any other drawing, that will be considered by the happy couple as a unique addition to their home. If you are a painter, you can draw that wall art yourself, but if you are not, we strongly recommend you to address a one-of-a-kind artist, that is able to draw the image of a couple in love (the happy couple that will receive this present) only by looking at their photograph.