Creative Wedding Gift Ideas

The holidays are quickly approaching and that will bring with it some beautiful winter weddings. It will be likely that you’re invited to multiple weddings or wedding showers in a short amount of time, which might make it difficult on your wallet since this can already be a financially-strapped season.

Here are a few recommendations for wedding gifts that don’t break the bank. And remember that you don’t have to be cheap about it, you can still do something classy or meaningful!

  • Take them out before the wedding to somewhere like a local wine bar or specialty dessert place. If you just make sure that it’s far enough in advance before their planning gets too hectic, some couples really appreciate having some down time and a night out together leading up to the big day!
  • Go in on a registry item (like a bedding set, for example) with another wedding guest and make it a shared gift so you can split the price.
  • Buy the “smaller” registry items that many others won’t. (Do watch out because these can add up quickly, but if you focus on one room like a bathroom then it likely won’t break the bank.)
  • Offer quality time to the couple and share a home cooked meal after they return from their honeymoon. This could be helpful for them if they’re still up to their elbows in moving boxes and they can reminisce on the fun memories. Make this night feel special for the ‘bride and groom’ and make them your guests of honor.
  • Give them a gift card to a place like the movie theater in their home town for them to go on a date night.
  • Purchase something meaningful that ties into their shared interests as a couple. It could be something like a cute picnic basket for the couple that likes to go to the park or nice matching water bottles (those that keep water cool for, like, ever) for the couple that enjoys hiking. Just add a sweet note with the gift so it’s clear that you put thought into it.
  • If you want to buy them something meaningful but don’t have the cash right then, let them know that you’ll go in on wedding prints for them (like a canvas shipped from Shutterfly) once their wedding photos have been edited. Just make sure they don’t forget, so reach back out if you see their photos hit social media and offer to make the purchase!

As long as you go into this with the right intentions, that will be made clear. No matter what? True friendship and support for the newlyweds post-wedding day is priceless.

With love,

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Planning a Winter Wedding

7-18-2017 5-30-31 PMIs it just me or is this year flying by??? For those of you brides who are planning to get married this winter, or you’re looking to do a winter wedding in 2018, this post is for you. (PS If you are planning a wedding that’s a year out, plan to score on some major discounts the week after Christmas this year so you can stock up on decor.)

“Winter” can be a really broad theme that can go in a variety of directions. Hone in on what you and your fiance like most about the season before you create the final theme. Is it the weather? The holiday spirit? The Christmas season? The hint of wintery blue in a color palette? Snowflakes?

Try not to forget it’s a wedding. While Christmas-themed weddings can be fantastic, having a Santa Claus impersonator show up might be a little overboard.

One easy way to make it feel seasonal is to think about the music! There are a lot of Christmas-themed albums that feel more modern than the classic renditions. Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson are some of my favorites. And songs like “Baby it’s cold outside” can add to the romance in the air.

If you expect that guests will be traveling in, make sure they know well in advance. Traveling this time of year can be more expensive and schedules fill up fast. Make attire really clear on the invite ahead of time if your guests are going to be outside for any period of time so they can show up prepared. And once they are there, keep your guests warm and comfortable. Offer cozy blankets, scarves or gloves if it’s going to be cold. And have a formal coat-check available since most guests will come inside with big jackets.

For your own style, don’t underestimate how gorgeous a faux-fur bridal jacket can be. Most bridal gown stores have them available but they can be a little pricey because they are created specifically with weddings in mind. Take advantage of the season and look for any clothing store that offers nice jackets or shawls. Make sure your bridal party is comfortable, too! The worst thing about outdoor winter photos are bridal party shots where the girls look freezing! You can add winter muffs on the girls side (instead of flowers) and give your groomsman cozy socks or scarves as gifts.

And my favorite part…tie it all together with warm food and drink. Set up a hot chocolate bar with different flavors and toppings. Have a signature hot coffee drink (with/without alcohol). Add sugar crystals on the rim of the drink or put a peppermint stick in place of a coffee stirrer. S’mores, anyone?

For more ideas, check out my Pinterest board called Winter Dream!

With love,

Girl with a diamond ring

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