Attending a wedding this summer and struggling to find the perfect wedding gift? We’ve got you covered.
The average couple is together four years before getting married. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were only together 16 months before he popped the question. The royal wedding helped to get everyone into the summer spirit, so now’s the time to think about that perfect wedding gift.
One of the most common questions asked is: what should I buy the loved-up couple? It can be a challenging prospect for any wedding attendee, as you want to make a good impression with your gift and make sure that they can get the most out of what you buy.
We’ve teamed up with Oldrids & Downtown, a luxury department store and suppliers of beautiful dinner sets for the bride and groom which could make that wedding gift shopping spree a much easier process. In this article, we’ll take a look at the most common wedding gifts and provide you with a guide on how to pick the perfect present.
The most common gifts
It’s inevitable, with the average couple inviting 75 guests through the day and 101 on the evening, that the bride and groom will likely receive the same gift twice — or even three, four and five times. This is an awfully common issue that most bride and grooms face, leading them to make several returns, storing the gifts in a room and allowing them to become dust collectors, or even just disposing of them completely.
This can be disheartening for any wedding invitee. But to minimise this issue and exceed appreciation for the gift you send, here is a list of some of the most common gifts that you should stay away from:
• Glassware (to accompany their gifted champagne!)
• Kitchen appliances
• Photograph frames
Unexpected surprises for the newlyweds!
If your bride and groom hasn’t outlined the gifts that they want through an online registry, it can be a difficult job. Luckily for you, we know the gifts that happy couples love most — and we’re going to let you in on the secret.
Forward thinking is vital when choosing wedding gifts. Stop thinking about what they need now and start thinking about what they need after they say: “I do!”. Think about the honeymoon, future holidays and even buying their first home together if they haven’t already.
You can do what me and Jay did for our wedding and ask for money contributions towards the honeymoon.
The average wedding spend is around £25,090. 13.3% of this is contributed to the honeymoon and can leave newlyweds out of pocket. They’ve saved for this incredible wedding experience, and now it’s over they may feel a bit short on expenses. It’s your duty to ensure that their wedding high continues after they jet off on their honeymoon.
There are plenty of ways you can make their honeymoon more enjoyable, whilst spending the same on a gift that they are unlikely to use. However, for the following, we recommend that you speak to the couple in advance to ensure that you get all honeymoon details correct to ensure no mistakes are made!
Upgrade their seats
This is a small luxury that can go a long way. Think about upgrading the happy couple’s seats on a flight and take their journey to new heights, allowing them to experience a first-class, world-renowned service as they fly to their destination to enjoy time together. This can make the travelling process a lot easier, allowing them to relax in style as they take off from the airstrip.
Book a day trip
Whether this is a day trip on their honeymoon or a surprise for when they return home, this would be a great surprise for when they land.
The options are endless, for example, booking a boat trip or paying for a meal at a fancy restaurant would enable them to spend some more valuable time together and make the most out of this milestone in their relationship.
There’s nothing more satisfying than giving back to those who are less fortunate, and a trend we’re seeing more with weddings is that the bride and groom ask their guests to donate to a selected charity.
But if this is something that hasn’t crossed the mind of your new favourite Mr. and Mrs., do it on their behalf. They’ll be ecstatic to see how they’ve helped the world become a more loving place — print off a certificate and keep up to date with where your donations go!
Finding the perfect wedding gift for the perfect couple can be tough. Use our advice, and you can’t go wrong.