You've been invited to a wedding, and you're excited for the big day. But what should you give? Well, there are lots of options! The trick is finding something that shows how much you care about the couple's relationship with you -- and still looks beautiful on display after their honeymoon (or even afterwards).
Here are some suggestions for creating personalized wedding gifts:
Set the tone
Once you've decided on the theme, it's time to set the tone of your gift.
The best way to do this is with something that is personal to you and your relationship with the couple. This can be anything from a photo album of memories together, a card or note written by hand (and sent through snail mail), or even an old family recipe book passed down from grandparents. It may seem like overkill if you aren't close friends with them yet but it won't come off as such when presented as part of an organized package that shows thoughtfulness and effort on behalf of both sides!
If there isn't any obvious connection between yourself and couple then stick with something more generic such as a picture frame or other decorative item instead of trying too hard at first glance without knowing much about them yet.
Know the couple well
- Know their relationship with each other, and with family and friends.
- Be prepared to be thoughtful, but not over-the-top (or even under-the-top).
Get to know the bride and groom's style and preferences
It's important to get to know the couple's style and preferences. If you're not close with them, this might be difficult, but it can be done! Here are some ways:
- Know the couple's favorite colors, foods and music. You may have heard them mention their favorite color or dish when talking about their wedding plans--or even before then (people often share these preferences on social media). If so, use that information as a starting point for your gift selection.
- Know if they are planning to move to a new home. Then something creative and decorative that best fits their home interior could be a good gift idea.
Consider the time of year and location
The time of year and location are also important considerations when choosing a gift.
Similarly, if she has chosen an afternoon wedding and your budget only allows for one gift per couple (which seems reasonable), then consider buying them something fun for their honeymoon instead.
The best way to find out what kinds of things people like at different times is by asking around or going online. You never know what kind of inspiration will strike when you're looking around at all those trinkets being sold by locals.
Think about what's meaningful in their relationship with you
You also need to think about what's meaningful in their relationship with you. Are they interested in your life, or do they prefer a gift that represents something else? Maybe they've told you that they want something practical and useful. Or maybe they'd rather have something fun, like a board game or an ornament for the Christmas tree.
If you know someone who has been married before, what did their previous wedding ceremony look like? Was it traditional or modern, religious or secular? Was there an important theme at play (such as "rustic barn") or was everything very minimalistic (such as "maroon tablecloths").
Don't forget about the wedding party
Now that you've got the bride and groom covered, it's time to turn your attention to the wedding party.
You may be wondering how on earth you could possibly find personalized gifts for each of these people. Relax! It's not as hard as it sounds. Here are some tips:
- Make sure you know the bride and groom's friends. They have probably been by their side since childhood, so they will appreciate something special from you--even if it is just a simple card or photo album with pictures of all of their adventures together over the years. You could also give them something sentimental like a necklace with their initials engraved on it (or even better--both initials). Or maybe some nice earrings would do? Just make sure whatever gift idea(s) you choose will suit both genders equally well; otherwise, things can get awkward fast!
- Make sure you know their parents' names too! This way when they open up their present at dinner later tonight they won't think "Who are these people?" instead of "Oh wow! These must be from my friend/cousin/etcetera who got married recently!"
Create a personalized gift that is thoughtful, beautiful, and meaningful
What's the best way to give a meaningful gift?
You can create a personalized gift for your friend or family member that is thoughtful, beautiful, and meaningful all at once! This could include many ideas, such as wedding supplies, or something else that you deem fit. This type of present will be treasured for years to come.
We hope this article has given you some insight into how to create a personalized gift for your friend or family member. We know that giving someone thoughtful and beautiful, customized for them, can be difficult -- but we're here to help! Remember: do your research and consider the audience you're planning on showing off this gift too. If all goes well, they'll love their own unique present (and so will everyone else)!