Weddings are grand occasions not just for the bride and the groom, but also for their families, friends and relatives. Merry occasions such as weddings are made even more special when people make gestures that originate in their hearts. A friend who choreographed a funny dance routine for the couple, that distant but loving uncle who gifted them a honeymoon travel voucher, the maid at home who spent her hard earned savings to get a choice fruit hamper filled with the fruits she knows the couple would love because she was also their part-time nanny – these are just a few examples of what can make a wedding a truly memorable one.
Fruit hampers and pretty vases – these are gifts that one can think of easily. But what if you are in a dilemma and have no idea what you should be gifting the happy couple? Then here are a few wedding gift pointers for you:
- Don’t always go by the gift registry made available. If you know the couple really well, then you can think out of the box and gift them something close to their hearts, even if it’s not something that they put down in the list.
- It would be ideal to send a wedding gift a week or two in advance, or gift something immediately after a wedding. But if you are really swamped with responsibilities or have some other issue due to which you cannot make the gift at an appropriate time, it is still acceptable to send someone a wedding present a year after the ceremony. But don’t wait until the last moment if you don’t have to!
- To gift cash or not is a big question. If you cannot think of an appropriate gift for the couple, or if you want to be practical and gift them something that they can really use for the good, then yes, a cash gift is totally acceptable. There are no fixed rules about the amount that can be gifted, but something according to your budget and which is a reasonable amount (a really small gift would perhaps be better than a really small amount of money) would do the trick.
- Combining gifts for other occasions and giving them all together as a wedding present is certainly a good idea. So, if you have someone’s wedding coming up during new years and the bride, for example, is to celebrate her birthday a week after that, you can combine all three occasions and send a gift to the happy couple.
- Don’t worry if your gift doesn’t feature on the list of registered gifts if you cannot afford of them. All you need to do is make an effort to select a present that you can afford and which would best express your warm wishes for them. Disregard the myth that one should spend an amount at least more than the wedding meal that they would enjoy; that’s a thing of the past.
At the end of the day, the feelings you have for the couple and your true nature would be the most appreciated gifts by good people. So don’t sweat too much about a gift; follow your heart with an eye on your wallet and you should do just fine.