If you have a close friend or family member who’s getting married soon, then you may be wondering what you should get them as a gift. Nowadays, things are different in that most couples already live together and have built a home together long before they get married so they really don’t need or want the practical gifts of toasters and kettles that our parents were gifted when they got married to help them set up home.
However, it can also feel a bit cold to simply hand over cash – no matter how nice the card and envelope it comes in, and also people often don’t really like asking for money, so it’s not the easiest thing to know how to play this.
Since weddings definitely are expensive and are stressful to plan, in this post we’ve listed some creative ways that you can help them out with a bit more thought than money and rather than getting them something that they really don’t want or need.
Offer practical help:
As mentioned above, weddings are quite stressful to plan and all help is going to be appreciated – especially if it’s from someone they know and trust very well. So, you could call them and let them know that as a wedding gift to them, you’d like to help with any of the practical or planning matters, such as organizing dress fittings, help them look for live wedding bands, helping them put favours together or basically whatever they need on a practical level. You’ll be surprised just how much this well help them out and how much they’ll appreciate it because not many people will think of offering this.
Make a contribution to the wedding:
If you’re financially able and would like to make a bigger contribution to their day by paying for something, then you could just use the approach and let them know. Of course this depends on the relationship you have with them and should only be done if it’s a very close family member or friend and even better if you’re actually in the wedding. For example, offer to pay for their cake or photographer.
Make a contribution to the honeymoon:
If you’d rather make a contribution to their honeymoon instead of the actual wedding, then you could also do this – they’d certainly appreciate it since honeymoons are not cheap either, and they’re something that the bride and groom will be very much looking forward to, so if you’re willing and able, then why not offer this in a place of a wedding gift that’s bought just for the sake of bringing something?
Donate to a charity in their name:
Nowadays it’s actually quite common for those getting married to ask for a donation to charity instead of a gift, so if they have that set up, then you can make a donation in their name to their chosen charity, or even make a separate donation to another charity that they care for if you prefer.