wedding gifts

Wedding gifts for couples who have everythng

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

It is the wedding guest’s responsibility to witness the bride and groom as they exchange vows, to wish the newlyweds all the best in their new adventure as husband and wife, and to shower their union with blessings and gifts as they build their own family home. However, modern newlyweds do come into the marriage with their own furniture, their own kitchenware, and sometimes even their own house.

With more and more established brides and grooms, the wedding guests and well-wishers are left with the daunting task of finding a perfect gift for the newlyweds. The popular go-to wedding presents simply won’t make the cut for these lovebirds as they either might already have one of those little house-warming trinkets or they might not need an extra fruit bowl in their well-curated kitchen.

What should get the established couple?

Picking Out Wedding Gifts For Couples Who Have Everything

Here’s a short list to help you pick out a gift:

Monogrammed items make great giftsThe Name Game.

Of course, the easiest sure-fire wedding present to give any couple is anything personalized with their names on it. Be it an ornate serving tray or fancy bath towels, anything with the bride and groom’s names is a definite win. But for couples who have everything, take it up a notch and give them something extra luxurious that they can have more than two of – like lush bedsheets with his and hers pillowcases, personalized leather tags for luggage, or even matching silk pajamas with Mr. and Mrs. embroidered on the pockets.

Visit a winery

The Gift of Experience.

If you want to steer clear of the material presents, why not give them a more hands-on kind of gift? Sign them up for a winery tour or give them scuba diving lessons. Anything from calligraphy classes to special cuisine cooking lessons would be perfect as a gift and you don’t even have to worry about wrapping it. Just make sure that the newlyweds will enjoy it.

Champagne for the loving couple

A Little Something for their Honeymoon.

Add on to their getaway and make it an extra special honeymoon with anything as simple as buying them a bottle of champagne that will be waiting in their room upon check-in. If you are thinking of splurging for this once-in-a-lifetime trip for the newlyweds, surprise them with a room upgrade or book them a candlelit dinner with a romantic sunset view.

Cooking classes for the couple & you

The Priceless Gift of Time.

Especially if the newlyweds are close to you, the best gift you can give them is time – time that is shared together. Celebrate the start of their life as husband and wife together by spending more time with them even after all the wedding festivities. You can choose between going to those cooking classes with them, getting tickets to see a show or play you all were dying to see together for months, or simply getting them to fly out to you if you live far from them.

A Honeyfund gift registry is the perfect way to fund the honeymoon dreams for any couple.

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Gift giving at an Indian wedding

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

Indian weddings are fun, large, colorful, multi-day events. As the product of an ancient culture with rich traditions, each wedding event has a significance and meaning. Most Indian weddings are a week full of celebrations culminating with the biggest events – the wedding ceremony and the reception.

Understanding Indian Wedding Traditions

We collaborated with Samta Varia, the Founder & CEO of ShaadiShop, an innovative website for couples to find Indian-friendly wedding venues, to tell us more about Indian weddings and the art of gift giving.

While the average Indian wedding has 350 guests, not everyone attends every event. The smaller events usually take place at the couple’s parents’ homes – each with their own separate celebrations with their respective family and friends.

Beautiful Inking For The Bride

It’s during this week that the bride gets her mehndi, aka henna done, usually 2 days before the wedding. Throughout the week, there’s an atmosphere of joy with special decor in their homes, food galore, ladies gathering around and singing and, of course, finishing preparations for the wedding.

Beautiful henna inking for the bride

Photo: Greycard Photography

Photo: Neha Assar Henna Artistry

The Night Before: The Sangeet

The night before the wedding is the first major event, the sangeet, where guests have flown in from around the world to start the celebrations with a night of music and dance. At ShaadiShop, we help couples find venues for their sangeet as well as their wedding and reception. Hotels and resorts are particularly popular venues for Indian weddings with their large capacities and convenience for all of the out-of-town guests to stay on-property.

Venue for the sangeet

Photo: Global Photography

Wedding couple at the sangeet

Photo: Global Photography

The Wedding Day – The Baraat Procession

The wedding day is the main event with a full day of celebrations starting with the baraat, or the groom’s procession.

The groom, along with his family and friends, dance to music outside the venue, basically partying their way to the ceremony site. Traditionally Indian weddings took place at the bride’s home so the baraat procession was literally the groom and his ‘entourage’ celebrating on their way to get his bride.

Where it gets even more exciting is the groom typically rides on a white horse or an elephant while his family and friends dance around him! Alternatively, exotic cars are also popular amongst grooms as well!

Groom arriving at wedding on horsebak

Photo: Aaroneye Photo & Video

Welcoming the groom to the wedding

Photo: Randery Imagery

Groom arriving in exotic car

Photo: Greycard Photography

Photo: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

The Wedding Ceremony

After the baraat, the groom and his family/friends are received by the bride’s family and the ceremony begins.

The nabap - the wedding aisle

Photo: Greycard Photography

In many Indian weddings, the altar is called a mandap – a 4-pillar decorated structure where the bride, groom, their parents, and the officiant participate in a series of rituals. The ceremony lasts between 1-2 hours followed by a lunch or cocktail hour.

Another view of the mndap

Photo: Global Photography

The final event for the weekend is the reception which mixes elegance, fun, and a mix of Eastern and Western cultures.

Reception venue at India wedding

Photo: Greycard Photography

The bridal table

Photo: Greycard Photography

Let the wedding banquet begin

Photo: Greycard Photography

Gifts at Indian Weddings

Gifts at an Indian wedding

Photo: ShaadiShop

If you’ve ever been to an Indian wedding you might have been noticed that there was no wedding registry. Instead at Indian weddings guests give money – cash or check inside an ornate envelope.

Where This Gift Giving Tradition Came From

Having and giving money is a symbol of good fortune in Indian culture. At weddings, giving money as a gift often coincides with showering the couple with blessings. It’s an ancient tradition that has remained strong as South Asian people have moved across the globe.

While India has developed into a major world economy with bustling cities, centuries ago many Indians lived in villages where access to markets or visiting the market was not an everyday occurrence. This is not much different than what it was like to live in the Western frontier in the United States.

Thus, giving cash was simply a more practical way to give wedding gifts rather than running to a store to buy something.

Gift Amounts

The amount of the cash gift varies and is personal to each guest. Whereas you might think of nice round numbers like $50, $70, or $100, in Indian culture we never give a gift ending in 0. The amounts usually end with a “1” such as $51 or $101. There’s a finality with 0s, whereas by giving $51 or $101 we are starting the couple off to accumulate their next $50 or $100.

That $1 is in its own way a blessing that wishes the couple good fortune and prosperity.

Using The Honeyfund For Indian Weddings

The Honeyfund honeymoon registry is a great option for Indian weddings. It’s still a cash gift, easy to give and convenient for the couple to receive as the funds are all electronically setup in their account on the website vs. depositing all of those checks individually after the wedding. For anyone whose been to an Indian wedding, there’s a lot of checks as the average wedding has 350 guests! (Note: gifts are given 1 per family; not per guest).

If you get a chance to go, there’s nothing like attending an Indian wedding. Fun and food for days! Not to mention the stunning clothes and jewelry! The art of gift giving in Indian culture is unique and full of meaning and the Honeyfund might just be the next best thing to incorporate into Indian weddings!

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In addition the ShaadiShop blog is a haven for planning a South Asian wedding, with everything from checklists to pro tips and photos, videos and more!

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