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Here’s to You

Seemingly, your wedding day is all about YOU as it is the day YOU have dreamt of your entire life, the day YOU have lost sleep over, stressed about every detail of and, for the most part, YOU are the focus of. However, in actuality, has nothing to do with YOU as it is a symbol of YOU becoming WE and, without your fiancé, there wouldn’t even be a wedding. Show your partner in life how much he means to you by giving him a meaningful gift on your special day that will last as long as your marriage and be a reminder of your love for him.

Have his closest friends and family make short videos (which can be easily done on their phones and sent to you) sharing how they met, why they love him so much, a favorite memory and some words of wisdom for your future together. Compile all of them into a single movie, play it at the reception and your thoughtfulness will knock his socks off.

Make arrangements for a guest who had to decline your invitation, leaving your groom feeling really upset, to make a surprise appearance. If they did so due to financial constraints, pay for their travel. If the reason was a prior commitment, reach out to them and let them know just how much their presence would mean and how disappointed your fiancé was to learn they would be unable to attend. Not only is it a gift to both your husband and the guest but also to you when you see the excitement and joy on his face.

Keep a journal of what has led up to your ceremony including each decision and the reasons behind them, the smallest ways he has made the stress of the entire process worth every second, how you have chosen things to incorporate his tastes and the excitement the experience has evoked about spending your life together. It is a tangible demonstration of both your devotion and commitment and he will be touched by how much you did to make your wedding flawless.

Of course the type of gift you give your future husband is both endless and easily personalized dependent upon his likes and dislikes. One thing it is not dependent upon is a budget as, whether you can afford to spend a million dollars or merely pennies, the importance of the gift is the sentiment behind it and the demonstration that, while most people were focused on you, you were focused on him.

A MEmento to YOU

 

For the most part, brides and grooms exchange gifts (through third parties) on their wedding day both as a way to calm one another’s nerves and to remind each other of the excitement and preparedness for the moments, days and years to come. It is the meaning which is important and not the opulence or cost but it serves as a lasting reminder of the commitment made. While many brides choose gifts such as cuff links or watches, it’s fun to think outside of the box and give something one of a kind.

Go to a paint-your-own-pottery location and spend time creating something unique which would be representative of a memorable moment in your relationship. You can guarantee that, while it may not look perfect (unless you are an artist), it will be significant and the thought, time and energy invested are what make it sentimental. It could be anything from a bowl for him to eat cereal or soup out of to a monkey that reminds you of a date at the zoo. Most places have countless options to choose from.

Find a small box (perhaps with a personalized charm) and fill it with small one-sentence reasons why you are so excited for your future. Many can fit into the container and it’s a gift that he will be able to keep, open in the future, randomly select one and be reminded of your love for him.

Gift him with tickets to see his favorite team play with some of his friends. That way, he can relax and remember that, while marriage is complete devotion to one another, neither of you has to lose your individuality in the process.

Personalize a key chain. It doesn’t have to be ornate or flashy. Engrave your wedding date, a special message or something as simple as a heart. It’s just another way to provide a daily reminder of what your relationship and marriage mean to you.

No matter what you choose, it will be a representation of your union and the meaning behind the decision to spend your life together. Whether you’ve been married a day, a month, a year or twenty, it’s always nice to have a keepsake of the love, happiness and devotion you feel.

 

Pretty Please…

Every couple creates a registry for their wedding of things they either need or want. Registries are convenient because they allow both you and your guests to keep track of what has been purchased and prevent two people from buying the same thing. However, there is etiquette that should be taken into consideration and some guidelines to keep in mind. Here are a few of them.

It is not appropriate to include information about your registry with your invitation. Typically, brides rely upon their family and friends to share with the guests the stores that have been chosen even though some stores offer the service of sending the information to the invitees. However, it is acceptable for the host of your shower to provide the information to the guests.

If you have everything you can possibly need as far as kitchenware, etc. goes, do some research. You would be surprised by the number of stores that have registries and it never hurts to ask. You should limit your number of choices, however, to two or three because it can easily become difficult for you to keep track of as well as overwhelming for your gift givers.

Keep in mind where the gifts will be coming from. If you have guests attending your wedding from out of town, it is a good idea to register at stores that can be found nationally or that are available online. If you only choose small boutiques in town, it can be very inconvenient and quite a hassle for your friends and family because it is likely they will have to scramble at the last minute to find the perfect present for you.

Choose things in different price ranges because no matter how honored someone may feel to be included in your big day or how much they love you, they may not have the finances to spend a great deal on a gift for you. Gifts, after all, come in all shapes, sizes and prices, so that is something to keep in mind.

Don’t be surprised or offended if someone gives you a gift that is not on any of your registries. Some people like the element of surprise and take the time and make the effort to select something for you that is personal and unique. Even if the item is something that you are not thrilled about or already have, keep in mind the planning and forethought that went in to the choice.

An alternative in the event that you have everything you need is that many banks have the option of setting up special accounts to designate money for a down payment on a home. That way, you are working towards your goal and your guests know exactly what they are contributing to.

Don’t forget the thank you notes. They should be sent within 2 – 3 weeks (maximum) after you receive the gift, especially if it is prior to the wedding. That way, your guest is assured that you received their present and it keeps you from having an overwhelming amount of notes to write and mail after you return from your honeymoon.

Do Them a Favor

Everyone at your wedding is excited to share in the first day of a new chapter in your life with you. A wedding favor is a great way to show them that you are glad to have had the opportunity to share it with them too. While it might seem like one of the easiest things to do, keeping a few simple things in mind will make the wedding favors leave a lasting impression and really make your guests feel special.

Favors that reflect the theme of your wedding or an aspect of your personality are one way that you can’t go wrong. It shows that you put much-appreciated time and thought into the gifts.

Items that can be used in the future, such as picture frames, candles or coffee mugs or that include a personalized message are also a great idea.

Flower bulbs and seedlings are fantastic, eco-friendly (and affordable) gifts that can be planted and will grow for years to come and serve as a reminder of you and your wedding day.

The most important thing to remember is that there are endless gift ideas for any budget. What matters is the thought behind the gift and that it is a token of your appreciation and a symbol of your wedding day.