Summer wedding season may be behind us, but the Autumn wedding season is just around the corner! Never underestimate the beauty of an autumn wedding with colorful leaves on the ground. Think of the gorgeous pictures! If you do not feel the need for a traditional June wedding, then do not have one! Pick a season you both love and have the wedding of your dreams. ~smile~
You and your special someone may attend several weddings before you have your own, so here are a few wedding gift ideas to get your mind thinking. If you are saving for your own wedding, going through college, or just starting in the professional world, you may not have loads of cash lying around for gifts. That is okay! You can give a thoughtful present to a new couple without breaking the bank – and they may even like your gift most!
- Check Out Their Pinterest Boards for Ideas! Confession: This idea was completely stolen from a church friend. ~smile~ She showed up to our church picnic with chalk paint on her crockpot. She was able to write what she was serving on the crockpot so others would be aware of the ingredients. Genius! Thanks to her Pinterest board, her friend discovered the idea and decided it would make a great gift for her birthday! She and her husband somehow removed the front of the crockpot, painted it in blackboard surface paint, and reassembled it. It was probably inexpensive, but extremely thoughtful and useful! Stalk your friends’ Pinterest accounts for some great, personalized inspiration!
- Goodie Basket for Their Honeymoon. After all the time and effort placed into creating a memorable wedding reception, many brides and grooms do not eat more than a few bites. They are busy mingling. Everyone wants to talk to them. Pictures are flashing everywhere. Because of the commotion, some new couples leave their reception with an empty stomach! Get to know the types of snacks your friends like, and create a fun basket of treats for them to enjoy on their honeymoon – chips, crackers, snack cakes, candy. Candles, lotions, and other “comforting” items may be appreciated as well. ~smile~
- Something Specialized for Their New Home. Have you seen the inside of their future apartment or home? Do you know the color scheme or any themes they may have going on in different rooms? Perhaps you could buy them some type of art that works with their vision, a personalized picture frame, or a decoration that fits them as a couple perfectly?
- Setting Up House Wait? You want me to give someone Saran Wrap for their wedding? Yes. ~smile~ When my friend had a baby, she said they appreciated the useful gifts such as baby shampoo and diapers the most. It kept them from having to run out and buy more supplies every other day when the new baby arrived. Newlyweds do not want to spend valuable time shopping for home goods either. ~smile~ We take many of the odds and ends in our kitchens and bathrooms for granted until we move out of our parents’ house and suddenly cannot find cotton balls or spatulas anywhere. Wrap a box filled with dishwashing liquid, hand soaps, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and yes, Saran Wrap. ~smile~ These items cost money, so not having to buy them for a while will be a blessing to a young couple.
- Toys! We registered for a bubble machine from the toddler toy section – and someone got it for us! Brides and grooms may be adults, there is a child in all of us. Some just have to dig a bit deeper to find him or her. ~smile~ Board games, couple’s games, outdoor sporting equipment, movies to watch together, tickets to a water park, Twister – give them the gift of fun! Marriage is such a transition. It is important for newlyweds to occasionally embrace their inner-child. Run around and play. Chase each other around the apartment and squeal. Seriously. Help your friends have fun during that (often bumpy) first year of transition.
Happy shopping, creating, and arranging! We hope these ideas help you create some memorable wedding gifts. And, maybe you can revisit this list when it is time to register for your wedding!
What are a few completely unique gifts you would love to receive for your wedding? Do you think your friends would appreciate those gifts too?