Wedding season can be overwhelming – a string of late nights, pretty dresses, decadent food and of course shopping for presents!
Whether the bride and groom to be have a gift registry or not, these tips should save you time, money and most importantly, make the whole experience enjoyable rather than stressful.
Start by asking yourself three simple questions:
- What is my budget?
- What type of couple am I buying a wedding present for? Are they homely, stylish, outdoorsy?
- Do I want to buy something practical or a statement piece?
Become a budget master
When it comes to budget, don’t feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses. Thoughtful wedding gifts are always the favourites at the end of the day. Work out what a realistic amount to spend is before you start shopping, and don’t even look at anything above your maximum budget. If you’re selecting something from a gift registry, make sure you get in early, while there are still lots of lovely things to choose from in your price bracket.
Buy for them not you
It’s easy to fall in to the trap of buying something that you can picture in your own home, rather than something the bride and groom will love and enjoy. Take a few minutes to think about their home, their style, and their personalities. For example, if they love entertaining, work out whether a crystal decanter for their drinks trolley or a stylish cooler picnic bag would be more suitable.
Practical or pretty?
Most gift registry lists focus on practical and useful gifts that newlyweds will use for years to come – and we think this is a great strategy… unless the couple already has everything they need. More and more couples are living together before they get married these days, which means that the basics are usually covered.
If this is the case, why not opt for a one-of-a-kind statement piece that will add character and style to their home? A few of our favourites include this hand-woven storage basket from Malawi, an opulent chandelier with old-world charm, and a beautiful handloomed carpet made from damask wool.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect gift, make sure you write a thoughtful card to accompany your present – with words of wisdom or a happy memory to make them both smile.