As a wedding guest, it can be tough to find the perfect present to say, “thank you for inviting me!” Kirsty Prankerd, Managing Director at personalised gift providers Write From The Heart, shares her tips for wedding gifting etiquette…
“You’re one of the chosen few who will get to celebrate with the bride and groom at their wedding. To show your gratitude, you’re probably planning the perfect present to bring with you on the day — but what do newlyweds actually want to receive? Below are my tips for selecting the perfect wedding gift that the happy couple will love.
Budget and choosing a gift
The amount you choose to spend depends on your relationship to the bride and groom and how much you feel comfortable parting with. The average couple spends £17,913 on their weddings (Bridebook) before they even factor in the honeymoon, so some guests feel more polite giving a valuable gift in return.
However, most couples only spend a lot of money on their weddings because they want to remember it, and the people they invited, forever. The best wedding gifts are like weddings in that they are a celebration of the bride and groom, as well as their friends and family, so it’s worth going for something more memorable than getting a gift with the biggest price tag.
With this in mind, a decorative keepsake for the home makes a great gift for newlyweds because you can spend as much or as little as you like, and it usually has a practical use. Plus, they can look at it when they’re having a night in and remember the fun that they had on their wedding day.
Something luxurious like a decorative cushion or set of champagne flutes can make a fancy present that they can get out for special occasions, but items like mugs and coasters can be enjoyed every day. A keepsake box is another great idea, as they can use it to keep safe all their gifts, cards, and mementos from other guests.
Making a gift personal
For a present that’s truly tailored to their big day, take inspiration from the invite. A lot of thought goes into these mini announcements and they often include clues about what to expect from the big day, especially if the wedding is themed. If it isn’t a themed wedding, you can still use the colours chosen for the invite as your mood board for selecting your gift. Many wedding gifts can even be personalised with their names, a photograph, or a personal message to create something really unique to them.
An average of 3,400 photos are taken at each wedding by guests alone (Bridebook). The bride and groom will have their own professional wedding album to cherish, but guest photography is a great way to capture the little moments and funny happenings that they may have missed. After the wedding, you could compile your own unofficial photo album or a guest book full of tales told by attendees about what happened on the day.
With the tips in this guide, you can choose the perfect present to help the happy couple remember their big day for years to come.”