When two lovebirds come together and choose to be soul mates, it is only fair and just for you to show generosity, and you celebrate them through gifts on their wedding day. It is also necessary to ensure that the gift you bring with you will touch the couple’s hearts and brighten their faces. This article will share some of the ideas you can use to choose your wedding gift for the next wedding you show up.
Wedding gift traditions around the world
The history of wedding gifts dates back to the beginning of wedding exercises. Marriages were there before, but there were no wedding ceremonies until in the 1820s when weddings became a thing only limited to the wealthy in America.
According to history, wedding gifts vary in different regions in the world as the traditions varied too. In the Asian region, particularly in China, on the wedding evening, the bride serves her in-laws a traditional tea. In return, she was given a red envelope that could be full of money or jewelry. In their neighbors, Japan, money is also a very popular wedding gift. The groom’s side gives a special envelope to the bride’s family that is full of cash.
In the other region in Poland, guests to a wedding carry with them money and pins. The guests are to pin their gift money to the bride’s gown and get a chance to dance with her. Traditionally, the money is supposed to fund their honeymoon. In the African region of Nigeria, the most common wedding gift is still money. The bride carries decorated a bag with her at her reception. Guests at the wedding fill the bag with envelopes containing money or cheques.
From the various wedding gift traditions around the world, it is clear that the most common commodity is money. To some extent gifting money to newlyweds may be monotonous and uninteresting. The newly wedded couple deserves a unique gift, something that will remain to be seen for a long time, and that will always remind them of your kindness.
How much should you spend on a wedding gift?
Accepting to attend a friend's wedding means accepting any costs that come when attending the wedding; this includes a wedding gift, travel and accommodation expenses. Deciding how much you want to spend on a wedding gift may be a tricky decision having in mind that you never want to appear like a cheapskate when the gifts are unboxed. You may need some tips that will help you to figure out how much you should possibly spend on a wedding gift.
The rule of tradition
The traditional system requires that you base your wedding gift expenditure on the estimated cost of having you at the wedding reception, including the food and drinks. If, for example, you estimate that the couple is spending $150 to $200 per guest at the wedding, your gift should be approximately that amount.
Consider your attendance expenses
Your friend's wedding may be a destination wedding that will require you to travel and spend some time on paid accommodation and food. Attending the wedding itself could be considered a gift, but still, something physical is necessary. In such a situation, it could be fair and just to presume that the wedding couple is aware of the expenses incurred in the process of attending. If your attendance costs are high, it is only advisable that you get an affordable but lovely and unique gift for the newly wedded couple.
Consider your closeness to the couple
A wedding expert, Sara Margulis, who is the co-founder of Honeyfund (A wedding registry website), says, “A wedding guest should always give what they feel best celebrates the occasion, taking into account their budget as well as their closeness with the couple.” If you are not that close to the couple, you can spend less, but if you are close to the couple, don’t mind spending more on their wedding gift.
Spend what you can afford
As much as you want to give a lovely wedding gift, don't forget about your financial capability. It would be best if you do not get yourself in debt while trying to get a very costly wedding gift for your friend couple. After all, the couple just invited you to show up and celebrate with them without expecting much from you.
Wedding gift ideas
- Scented candles
Scented candles are a perfect gift to a newly wedded couple and on any other occasion such as birthday gifts. They are a unique gift that has good value for money, easy to store, and they bring luxurious appeal with harmonious and relaxing properties in the atmosphere. They could be perfect for use during the wedding evening after a long celebration day.
- Artisan soap
Gifting a beautifully decorated dozen artisan soap to your newly wedded friend is not only a gift to celebrate their wedding but also a sign that shows how much you care for them. Showing an act of care comes second to none in giving gifts.
- Quality kitchenware
A newly wedded couple may have all their kitchen fully stocked, but still, they may need a little upgrade. You can gift them with the latest high-quality cooking pots and pans. This could help them move from the old worn-out pots and pans that have been in use for longer than expected.
- An elegant drink.
You may also choose to get creative and gift the newlyweds with a famous expensive bottle of wine or champagne or scotch that the couple can toast on their honeymoon or first anniversary or their first dinner.
- Fancy appliances.
Gifting newlyweds with some fancy modern appliances could save them a lot of energy and resources. Appliances such as a brand new blender, toaster, coffee maker, and other cooking appliances would really help newlyweds.
- Nice picture frames.
After any wedding ceremony, there is a heap of beautiful wedding photos that some need a place to hang. Gifting the newlyweds with picture frames would help them have a place to keep some of the most stunning wedding photos to put them on display around the house.
This commodity is one of the most common wedding gifts to date. Giving money to the newlyweds is a gesture of generosity that may help them to take crucial steps in their marriage life.
At the next wedding you are attending; you will have an idea of what kind of gift to give to the newlyweds and the factors to consider to get the best gift.