We get it: Wedding gifting is complicated. From feeling guilt about setting up a registry to figuring out whether you need to bring gifts to every single party, there are all sorts of questions to answer, for both the happy couple and their guests. As a wedding guest, deciding how much to spend, what to get, and how (and when!
While planning a wedding is probably at the forefront of your mind throughout your engagement, there's something else you should be planning for, too: your marriage. You've got decades of life together ahead of you, so it's important to take a little time between the cake tastings and dress fittings to lay the groundwork for the future.
In Liz Susong's, editor at Catalyst Wedding Co., weekly column devoted to the feminist bride, she dives headfirst into the crazy history behind common wedding traditions we may take for granted. Liz investigates bridesmaid gifting here: I'm going to let you in on a little secret about my home decor. This is the recipe for the special sauce: 10 percent stuff from other people's weddings, 20 percent stuff from my wedding, 10 percent stuff the previous owner left behind, and 60 percent stuff my mother-in-law has passed down, almost as if through a slow but steady IV drip over the years.
While wedding registries are always personalized to the couples creating them, featuring decor suited to their combined personal styles or cooking gadgets fit to their skills in the kitchen, there are a few wedding registry mainstays that we've come to expect to see on every couple's wish list. From KitchenAid stand mixers to Dyson vacuums, these popular wedding registry items probably have even made their way onto yours.
The old adage "sharing is caring" might be a tad overplayed, but it rings very true when it comes to merging your closet with your man's. A well-thought-out his and her closet design will save couples serious time (and sleep)-not to mention make married life blissfully clutter-free. Whether you've been living together for years or you just bought your first house, consider upgrading your space and restoring order in the closet with these five must-have features.
There aren't enough words to express the appreciation and love you have for your bridesmaids, but luckily, there are gorgeous bridesmaid gifts that can help you do the talking. While there are endless ways to thank your gals (or guys) for standing by your side on your big day, nothing is quite as timeless as an elegant necklace or a classic pair of earrings.
Right before you take your first few steps down the aisle and give the love of your life your first kiss toward a forever future together, it's customary to give a little something on the morning of the wedding. Whether the gift has a special meaning or is something that will make him laugh out loud, we have you covered with five of our favorite ideas for gifts to put together and wrap up for your groom on your wedding day.
Of course you've made sure your photographer took hundreds (okay, thousands) of snapshots of your big day, but trust us - you can only frame so many wedding photos! Instead, we suggest stashing away some extra special wedding mementos to help you remember every wedding day detail for years to come. Sprinkling some special trinkets and keepsakes around your home - like these ultra-unique finds - is a guaranteed way to bring back that flood of sweet sentiments and emotions with every glance.
While setting up a wedding registry can sometimes be a pain (especially for the couple that has lived together for years and doesn't really need any more plates or wine glasses), it's a useful tool when it comes to helping guests figure out just what to buy as a wedding gift. If you're close to the couple and really know their taste, can you go off-script and get them something that's not on their registry?
A wedding is never about the gifts. But they are a nice bonus, right? Except when you receive something that you really, really don't want. It might be hard to imagine an unwelcome gift but, trust us, they exist. To prove it, we asked seven wedding pros for their thoughts on gifts that are subpar, inappropriate, or just plain bad.
They may only wear the bridesmaid dress once, so give them a gift they can wear every day. They've planned your shower and your bachelorette party. They've been by your side through all the bridal decisions when your groom couldn't bear to look at another floral arrangement. Now it's time to thank your bridesmaids for all their hard work.
Even though bridesmaids gifts are fun and thoughtful, sometimes brides want to honor their friends with something a little more exciting than a monogrammed bathrobe. Don't waste your time buying basic bridesmaid gifts that will only go to waste! Just like dresses your girls can actually wear again, you want your BFFs to really appreciate and treasure the presents you give them.
Building a registry fit for apartment life is a special feat-you've got only so much square footage to spare and the absolute last thing you need to deal with during your wedding planning is more clutter. Having shared a 420-square-foot charming shoebox with my husband (and survived to tell the tale), I recommend focusing on ushering out the old from your place and asking for upgrades.
The last thing on your mind when you're hurriedly packing for your honeymoon and still recovering from your dance floor soreness is stopping by the bank, but it might be something you should add to your to-do list. (Not that you need one more thing to take care of!) Experts say it's key to create a game plan for depositing checks given to you as wedding gifts ASAP: not only for security reasons, but also because it's pretty inconsiderate not to.
In addition to helping couples prepare for their lives together, sending a wedding gift is a great way to congratulate the newlyweds on the exciting step they've taken in their lives together. But what if your friends have opted to skip the big to-do of a wedding? Here's what our experts think about sending a wedding gift to a couple that has eloped.
It's hard to contain your excitement when someone you love is getting married, never mind once they've asked you to be a part of their wedding party. But once the initial elation wears off, the cost of being a bridesmaid or groomsman can add up quickly, from buying a new outfit to traveling for showers and pre-wedding celebrations.
Wedding registries make it easy for guests to shop for gifts, making sure they'll pick something you'll love. But while websites and brick-and-mortar stores are convenient for guests who live in the U.S., it can be a challenge for international guests. Should you set up an additional registry that will be easier for international guests to access?
If there's one thing you definitely need when you're wedding planning, it's a perfect, organize-your-life wedding planning notebook-and the ideal bridal party gifts. You'll no doubt have a million to do lists, not to mention guest lists, and vendor lists. You also need the right place to jot down every marvelous idea that pops in your head (think of it as a dream journal for wedding planning).
The morning of your wedding should be filled with excitement and relaxation. And nothing is more crucial to getting your day kicked off right than spending some quality time with your bridesmaids! You'll want to spend the last moments of your singlehood getting pampered with your girls, and nothing turns your bridal suite into a calming spa-like environment like slipping your bridesmaids into some adorable silky matching robes.
Whether you are a bridesmaid or groomsman, a lot of obligations come with being part of the wedding party-meaning, you'll be giving a lot of your time (and spending a lot of your money) as the big day approaches. After chipping in for the engagement party, ponying up for the bachelor or bachelorette getaways, and putting down deposits for the perfect bridal shower-not to mention your emotional support and DIY assistance-do you have to also put down your credit card for a wedding gift?
Creating a wedding registry is a lot like sending a detailed letter to Santa Claus as a kid: You've really got to be careful what you ask for or else you might wind up disappointed when the big day comes. Oftentimes, due to stress and procrastination however, many couples don't think through their wedding registry as much as they should.