Whether it’s because they already have a home together, they’re getting married later in life, or this is the second time around, a lot of couples already have the items that make up a traditional wedding gift list. It’s not uncommon to receive a wedding invitation that says the newlyweds will have everything they need for their home but would appreciate a monetary contribution, perhaps for the honeymoon or something along those lines. If you want to make a grand gesture, you could look at some ideas for unusual gifts that would have something of the wow factor, to make your contribution memorable and give it special meaning.
Make It Personal
It’s never been easier to buy personalized gifts, with hundreds of items available that can have names and dedications printed on them. You could take a special photograph or series of pictures and have them framed, or turn a favorite picture into a canvas art print, or you could create your own book of photos and memories. The Internet facilitates access to all manner of handmade and artisan products, many of which can be made to order and customized to your specifications. You can keep it simple and just have something made with their names on, or you could have a personal message engraved on the gift so that the item is a permanent reminder of your relationship. There are also some clever options like using the fingerprints of all the guests to make a picture or having a comic book printed with the newlyweds featured as the heroes.
The Spirit of Generosity
It’s common to expect to spend more on wedding gifts than you might do for the birthdays or other celebrations of the people involved. If you are in a position to be even more generous, there are some extraordinary gift ideas available. How about choosing from a range of antique silverware or commissioning an original painting? You could present the newlyweds with experience, something that is ideal for people who don’t require practical items for the home. There is a huge range of experiences available, from sports, fine dining and weekend break to circus skills workshops, so whatever the happy couple is interested in there will be an experience package to match.
Looking to the Future
A wedding is a good time to pass on family heirlooms and ensure the story behind these artifacts gets carried on down the generations. If you have things that have been handed down to you, whether it’s antiques, books, papers or anything that has some significance for your family, it can mean a great deal to pass something down to the younger members of the family. Equally, if you are a friend rather than a family member and you have no relatives to whom you wish to pass precious belongings to, making them part of your wedding gift is a wonderful way of preserving heirlooms for posterity.
Weddings are a time of joy and celebration, and finding something unique with which to mark this union is a perfect way to make the event as memorable as possible.