Wedding gifts

Wedding gifts without the guests

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

A new trend is approaching. With tiny homes, banking on our phones, and self-driving vehicles, there could also be a new way of looking at a traditional wedding. Brides and grooms will be realizing that for the average cost of a wedding they could put a down payment on a home. It doesn’t make sense to start your married life in debt for one night in a room full of people you kind of know. Life can be a debt free adventure!

High costs of attending a wedding

The High Cost Of Weddings Extend to Guests

It’s not only the Bride and Groom who incur the financial expense of a wedding. When guests are invited to a wedding, they not only spend money on a gift but on clothing, lodging, meals, and travel expenses in most cases. Brides.com reported that “a non-wedding party guest pays an average of $628 for a close family member or friend’s wedding. To celebrate with distant relatives and acquaintances, the number drops down to $372.” The Knot assessed the costs as being even higher ($888) when considering the cost of a gift, travel expenses, related wedding festivities, and wedding-appropriate outfits. Those in the wedding might spend more than $1,154. For destination weddings, the cost rises for everyone.

My daughter’s wedding was near her home in San Diego, CA. But only a handful of the 125 guests actually lived in San Diego. San Diego in the summer is prime time for the hotel industry. It also was on a Friday which meant at least one day of loss of pay or vacation time for many.

The elopement alternative

Elopement – An Alternative To Traditional Weddings

There always be a place for traditional wedding that includes ballrooms, a fine meal, DJs, and dancing. But an elopement is an alternative that is an intimate expression of the love and commitment to each other. How special it is to make the focus to be on each other and not an old roommate or crazy Aunt Mary. It’s also is cost effective. I believe that even though an elopement is a private occasion, I think your loved ones can be included too.

Let guests particpate by video

You might send an announcement of the wedding taking place rather than invitation to a wedding. Or invite them to a digital wedding. Take pictures and post them on the website created with Wedding Wire or the Knot. Let them follow your travels with pictures and videos while you are away. How about live streaming the wedding and the guests are attending from the comfort of the room and living room?

Dream Your Dream With A Destination Wedding

Maybe you live in the desert and always dreamed of having a wedding in the mountains? Or maybe you live in the mountains and dream of having a wedding on the beach? Maybe you’d like to get married on the edge of the Grand Canyon or on a glacier. Doing without a large crowd makes fulfilling your dream more feasible.

When you return, a handwritten thank you note with a small trinket from your trip would be a nice way to include your virtual guests connected to your exotic wedding. With the money you save on a nontraditional wedding you now will use to start your future. Family and friends are sure to be happy to be included in that celebration.

Use wedding gifts to buy your first home

What About Wedding Gifts?

When you use this creative way for your loved ones to celebrate with you, there will still be people who want to honor your union with a gift. You might still use a traditional wedding registry, but cash gits allow you to buy what you need for your wedding and honeymoon, your lifestyle, and your future home purchase. By using a Honeyfund honeymoon registry, you can maximize the perfect opportunity to keep even the simplest wedding on budget and even more exciting and fun.

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Place setting

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Weddings are occasions where the two people vow to be together in love for time marked forever. It is also a “beginning” where brick by brick, one nurtures dreams to build a home —with another individual—it is a going forward, a promise to carry on even when times are tough. And it is on this step towards hope, towards home, that wedding gifts can contribute in a big way.

Without debate, all kinds of presents are most welcome as part of a wedding gift registry. However, there are some wedding gifts that ought to be must-haves on it. In the list that follows, while many of the wedding gifts will seem traditional, a patient second of thought spent on them will reveal how useful these “must-haves” are in general, and therefore, why they are must-haves on your wedding registry.

Top Must-Haves On Your Wedding Registry

Here are 10 must-haves and (perhaps even) most-sought-after wedding gifts for your wedding registry:

Enjoy your mixer-grinder blenmder

1. Prestige Iris 750-Watt 4-Jar Mixer Grinder:

Be it for a working couple or one that has either of the spouses at home, the Prestige Iris 750-Watt 4-Jar Mixer Grinder would certainly be an excellent wedding gift and addition to their new kitchen. This white and blue colored mixer-grinder set contains 3 stainless steel jars and a transparent juicer jar with efficient blades and a super-powerful 750-watt motor that grinds solid vegetables, fruits and blends anything you wish to a fine finish. The stainless steel allows little chance of rusting.

2. Techef 2.8 Quart Soup Pot with Glass Lid:

Another kitchen staple that might be a perfect fit for the wedding gift registry, is a soup pot. Elegant to look at, the Techef 2.8 quart soup pot has Teflon platinum coating, is induction-ready with a heavy base, has stainless steel handles, and is oven and dishwasher safe. One could safely say that soups are meant for all–a soup goes for the weary, the ill, the “no-I-can’t-cook-much” individuals, and those who seek something warm and homely on a winter’s day. Two hot bowls of creamy soup alongside a wonderful yesteryear-movie on television (perhaps in front of a crackling fireplace), could actually be the perfect bring-together ingredient for a newly wedded couple. And so, a soup pot is a must-have at home.

Egg cooker

3. Velveeta Egg Cooker:

While you might end up with quite a few pieces of kitchenware as part of your traditional wedding gift registry, one that is a unique must-have wedding gift is the Velveeta Eggs Device. This multifunctioning electric egg cooker, boiler, and steamer can cook up to seven eggs and to any form—poach or boil. With a transparent lid that will allow you to see what’s going on inside, the egg cooker comes with a measuring cup too. Moreover, the power goes off automatically once the water dries up.This may not be a traditional wedding gift, but we say, include it especially for couples who love eating eggs.

4. La Opala 35-piece Scarlet Duet Dinner Set:

Following any wedding, playing host is a common scene. A dinner set is, therefore, a must-have on your wedding gift registry. Made of special Opalware glass laminate which is thermal shock resistant, the La Opala 35-piece dinner set is microwave-, oven- and dishwasher-safe. It contains 6 dinner plates, 6 quarter plates, 6 veg bowls, 6 soup bowls, 2 serving bowls, a rice plate and 6 spoons. This must-have would not only add to your collection of useful kitchen staples but also be a source of compliments from your guests.

5. Dining Table Runners, Mats and Napkins:

In any home, a dining table is a coveted place for it is here, that at the end of any day—busy, frustrating, fun or boring—people, or couples, come together to settle over hearty conversation, sweet silences but surely sumptuous food and drinks. Table linen in the form of mats, napkins, and runners, therefore, should be compulsory on a wedding gift registry.

Two seat recliner

6. Two-Seater Recliner by Royal Oak:

While a television is a common fixture in any home, space, where the screen can be viewed by a couple in proximity, would be, i.e., ought to be, a much-desired wedding registry must have. The brown colored divine two-seater recliner by Royal Oak would be an ideal wedding gift suitable for cozy living rooms or even large, partitioned bedrooms almost synonymous to the promise of a life together, side by side, hand in hand.

7. Begonia Swing in Brown Frame:

A perfect wedding gift that is recommended for inclusion in the registry of must-haves is a relaxing swing that could be placed inside your room. The Begonia swing in brown frame that comes with a stand and an orange cushion from (Home Town) responds adequately to that need. Keep it in a well-spaced out living room corner or on the terrace or swimming pool area. Washable and light, the Begonia swing is made of antibacterial and antimicrobial material that not rot or become sticky if you sit on it for long. Quite amazing, we must say and again an apt wedding gift.

Lamps make marriage bright

8. Pendant Lamps:

When speaking of decor and furnishings, why leave out lamps and lighting? After all, a warmly lit house is the sign of a warm home and that is what one wishes for a soon-to-be-wedded couple. Hence we include in the list of wedding gifts, lamps: for those who like to heat up modern interiors, one could go for the tear-shaped, three-piece cascade pendant lamps, or the pendant lamp made of terracotta in an exquisite turquoise colour from Fabuliv; for those who like a touch of the old in the glow, the brown and white wood and metal Ester vintage pendant lamp again from Fabuliv might be most suitable as a gift.

Ceramic bath set

9. 4-piece Ceramic Bath Accessory Set:

When it comes to modern couples, gift-givers are aware that practicality rules the day. Thus, as part of the ten must-haves on the wedding gift registry, we add bathroom accessories like this 4-piece ceramic set from Home Basics (available on Amazon) that includes  a tumbler, a soap dish, a liquid soap dispenser, and a toothbrush holder. A delightful wedding gift, that is both useful and very affordable.

10. Personalized Wedding Gifts:

As we have established already, wedding gifts are important. They become reminiscent of the life that the couple living together will see through in the years to come. So having gone through the list above, you might be wondering what else could one want? How about the couple gift each other something they can personalize with photos and messages? The list of such customized or personalized gifts could include nameplates, wall clocks, rings, pendants, luminous photo frames, cushions, pillow covers, and several such keepsakes.

Best wedding gifts

Gifts From the Heart Start Out A Marriage Right

For some, weddings are moments when two people already in love vow to be together for the rest of their lives. For others, a wedding is a beginning to a journey that will bring them closer, together. Wedding gifts may be traditional or modern, but as long as they are from the heart, they are worth every penny and more importantly, worth the smile they will earn from the couple who gets them.

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Bio:Himani Kour, lover of wine, literature and long naps. Himani is working as a writer for Giftcart, an online gifting website. In her free time, she enjoys sipping on tea and eating exquisite cuisines.

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