Sometimes brides and grooms are unsure about to what to put on their gift list and how to compile one. Basically, you can ask for anything as long as you take into consideration everyone’s budget who will be attending your wedding. As long as you offer a good cross section of people’s affordability for your wedding gift ideas list so that you don’t offend anyone who can’t afford big budget busting wedding gifts then you will make yourselves and everyone else happy.
I would recommend though inviting people to your wedding first before you send out your gift list. However, these days most couples usually send it it in a bumper pack that includes the invitation and all the relevant wedding instructions so to include in with this is acceptable.
People often wonder if it is okay to ask for money as a wedding gift. I would say that in this day and age guests are more then willing to offer money but it is always good to offer choices as some people just aren’t comfortable with giving money as a gift. There is also the alternative of asking for vouchers but I would recommend making sure that they are from a store where you will spend them wisely and not just waste them.
Another alternative if you don’t need any wedding gifts is to ask your guests to make charitable donations. You will generally find information on the charitable websites as this has become a popular way for them to attract revenue.
You can always say a ‘no’ to gifts but I find that there will always be friends and family who will feel uncomfortable at not being able to give you a gift. This is as bad for some guests as them not being able to afford an expensive item from your gift list! It really does make you feel as if you have to please everyone but I think the best advice is to set out what you want right from the start and make sure that every single guests who has been invited knows what your etiquette is.
As a rule my best advice would be to give people a choice so that everyone is happy including the bride and groom. At the end of the day there will still be a couple of ‘nightmare’ gifts no matter how much you plan. At least you will have some funny stories to talk about in your old age remembering the odd shocking gift. As long as you provide enough options though these should stay at a minimum!
Top tips for wedding guest without access to a gift list:
1. If you want to buy something for their home .. buy something neutral.
2. Think of activities where they could both enjoy themselves like an overnight stay somewhere nice … more than one person could club together with this.
3. Don’t buy anything too way out and whacky. Just because is it your taste doesn’t mean it will be theirs.
4. Think of a present that is a little bit quirky and inexpensive. Our personalised Mr and Mrs mugs set is one of our most popular gift in the boutique so this must say something to their popularity.
I hope Boutique To You’s gift ideas for weddings is some help to all of those lucky enough to be attending a wedding over the summer and it gives a little bit of support to all the couple’s who are busy planning their wedding, too. Please share if you found it useful.