As the wedding season approaches each year, invitations arrive, plans are set and gifts are purchased. Choosing the right gift is not always an easy task, however. Wedding gift preferences vary with each couple nowadays—some keep it traditional with an appliance-filled registry while others choose to forgo gifts altogether. Some couples also appreciate gifts at their engagement party.
In all situations, personalized wedding gifts make both meaningful and practical presents for the newlyweds. Each customizable gift remains one-of-a-kind while also serving an important purpose throughout the home and office. And what’s more, these daily reminders of the wedding celebrate your friendship and their new marriage.
Designing an item with a personalized quote, date and photo make excellent wedding gift ideas for the couple no matter their style or traditions.
Why Personalized Wedding Gifts are Always a Hit
Weddings are built around century-old traditions and family rituals. Nevertheless, each wedding is unique, and couples love to be reminded of this. Sticking to personalized gift ideas sends the message that their particular event was different than any other. The present also acts as a daily reminder of the one-of-a-kind experience they had on and around their wedding day.
Custom touches are also a way to show you care deeply about your friends without breaking the bank. In this case, your effort shines through by highlighting your unique relationship and history together. What’s more, you never have to worry about the couple receiving a duplicate of your present. Even if guests purchase similar personalized gifts such as photo ornaments or monogrammed bags, yours will always represent a unique style.
Though couples appreciate all sizes and sentiments, understanding basic wedding gift-giving etiquette can help guide your decision. Consider a few guidelines when making your decision:
1. Do send a gift whether you’re attending or not
This is where personalization really comes in handy. The extra individual touch speaks volumes about your unique relationship with the pair.
2. Don’t wait too long after the wedding
Traditional etiquette states that you can give a gift up to a year after the wedding. Though this is true–and may be best for particular circumstances–waiting too long after the wedding can be confusing for both you and the couple. The couple begins writing thank you cards soon after the event. It also may be easier to let it slip your mind without the event on the horizon.
3. Don’t ignore their gift preferences
Also be sure to read the invitation to determine what type of present the couple would really prefer. Nowadays, many couples are either skipping the traditional registry or keeping things small.
4. Do personalize traditional gifts
Some couples may already have the full set of appliances and cookware. Customized accents for the home, such as large cozy photo mugs and personalized blankets, stay within these parameters of simplicity while still remaining unique.
5. Don’t break the bank
Above all, never worry about spending over your budget. The couple expects nothing but your love and support, and sending well-thought-out, custom surprises are both wallet-friendly and special.
6. Do consider cash or gift cards
There’s no reason to feel that gifting money or gift cards is impersonal. The couple will be thrilled with the freedom to spend the money as they wish, especially as they enter this new phase of life together.
The Ideal Wedding Gift
After the wedding, couples want nothing more than to maintain that rush of enthusiasm leading up to the big day. To truly make an impact, shower them with simple, personalized items to spread throughout their house. Each time they encounter your gift—over their morning coffee, at Christmas or when heading off to their honeymoon—the personalized photos and messages will greet them with nostalgia and excitement.
Consider these charming, one-of-a-kind personalizable presents for your favorite couple this season:
Foliage Circle Latte Mug
Each and every morning, greet the couple with a reminder of their big day over a cup of coffee or tea. Choose several favorite images from their relationship to surround this oversized ceramic mug, perfect for cozy hot beverages. Include a custom message of love or their wedding date and location to make this a one-of-a-kind wedding present.
Photo Gallery Horizontal Fleece Photo Blanket
Perfect for both indoors and out, gift this personalized photo blanket with a large, stunning image of the special couple. They’ll be reminded of their big day every time they wrap themselves up by the fire or on the couch after a long day. This machine-washable fleece blanket makes both a practical and personalized wedding gift idea for your favorite pair.
Photo Gallery Luggage Tag
Truly a unique gifting opportunity, spruce up the new couple’s luggage before they ship off on a honeymoon with these photo luggage tags. They’ll always know which bags are theirs when this photo-filled tag greets them at their destination. The tag comes in two sizes and includes a quaint black connecting strap and stylish buckle.
Perfect Pair Heart Canvas Tote Bag
Make all their weekend trips together a success with this monogrammed canvas tote bag with a custom-toned base. Durable and stylish, this zippered tote is perfect for moving around town on a busy day or heading off for a local trip post-wedding. Choose their favorite color to enhance the full bottom half of the bag and add their initials above a charming printed heart.
Nothing displays wedding memories better than a professionally designed photo book. Combine the couple’s professional wedding and engagement photos with memories of your friendship together, telling a new story with each page. Each book varies in style and theme, perfect for tailoring to the couple’s personality. Select from choices such as Autumn Memories, Classic Wedding, and World Travel.
Christmas Script Glitter Ornament
Mark the couple’s first Christmas together as a married pair with personalized sparkle. Include a wedding photo, or use the couple’s first Christmas card, and special message inside this clear glass ornament, topped off by a festive red ribbon and surrounded by gold confetti. Add the wedding date and name as an extra-special touch.
Wedding gift etiquette varies with each family and group of friends. Understanding gift-giving traditions from engagement parties to the big day can be confusing. If there’s one thing for sure, personalized wedding gift ideas transform simple items to presents that will be cherished for a lifetime. Above all, the best wedding gifts make it all about the couple and their unique relationship.