Some of us are fortunate enough to be invited to a few weddings a year. It’s rarely difficult to have a good time. Surrounded by love, laughter, and beautiful dresses weddings are usually a wonderful party. But it can also be easy for them to become stressful. The bride and groom are likely to have planned the day down to the very last detail. From what they will wear to where they will sit. How they will pose, what they will eat and more! For that reason, choosing a gift can become nerve-racking. It is natural to want to pay our respects with a little something. But when everything else has been carefully planned, it can be a daunting prospect to get it exactly right. If you’re considering a gift for the bride, groom, or both, ask yourself these questions.
What Is The Style Of The Wedding?
The style of the wedding can give a great indication of the type of present that would be appreciated. Some weddings are sumptuous and opulent. They are an opportunity for all-out glamour, luxury and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For a couple like this, perhaps an experience day might be a good choice. They are probably people who like to have memorable and amazing days together, and a day they can enjoy could be perfect. A spa day or treatment might also go well with the theme of glamour. Other weddings may be more modest and intimate. A card, framed photograph or even a speech may be more appreciated. A wedding might have a vintage feel too and welcome quirkier gifts. Great giveaways of the theme can be the style of the wedding dress or engagement ring. A diamond engagement ring can indicate a traditional, elegant affair. An unconventional or eccentric dress can suggest an offbeat, youthful wedding. Take your cue for the style of present from the style of the event.
What Is My Budget?
This may seem an obvious suggestion. But considering your budget from the start is an essential step. It can be frustrating and demoralising to find the perfect item or gift only to realise that it is far more than you intended to spend, for example. Have a clear idea in your head about what you would be comfortable spending. Also consider what other guests are likely to have brought and what would be welcomed by the couple. It can be sensible to go for a similar price range as all the guests then there is no competitiveness or embarrassment.
When Will It Be Given?
It can be helpful to think of the gift from a logistical point of view. If you intend to give your gift at the wedding itself, for example, be sure to ask whether there will be a special table or area for gifts. You may want to consider a card or something smaller. A large, cumbersome item can be an inconvenience on the actual day but entirely different if given before or after.
Think carefully about the personalities of the couples, the style of the wedding, and what you are comfortable with. You can then be confident of giving a thoughtful, treasured gift that also suits your own tastes and budget.
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