Food, beverages, music, dancing, and romance in the air, what’s not to love about weddings? Oh, choosing the perfect wedding gift for the couple. Today, picking out a gift isn’t as easy as it used to be in the past, many factors are to be considered when choosing what’s right for the bride and the groom. Here are a few tips to help you determine how to choose the perfect wedding gift for any couple.
How Much Should I Spend?
First off, you need to figure out how much you are willing to spend. This varies depending on your relationship to the bride or groom. Also take into consideration if you’ve attended an engagement party/bridal shower prior to the wedding. If so, splitting the cost of the wedding present, with the majority going towards the wedding day is an option. If buying a gift for a sibling, close relative or friend, guests tend to spend more money, usually averaging around $150- $200. If the gift is for a co-worker, acquaintance, neighbor, etc. the average cost is usually around $50.
What Does The Couple Want?
After determining a solid price range, take a look at the couple’s registry. Don’t know where to find it? Go to the bride and groom’s wedding website. Buying a gift from the registry is probably the best, safest, and easiest way to ensure you are getting the couple exactly what they want. Zola, a wedding planning tool, offers not only the bride and groom, but guests a simple and stress free experience when buying gifts from the registry.
Why Should I Buy From The Registry?
Buying a gift off the registry has its benefits. For starters, every item on the registry is something the couple has specifically asked for because they want it. By not looking through the registry list, how will you know if the newly weds don’t already own it? The last thing you want is to buy a duplicate of something they have. Using a registry, especially Zola, which offers over 500 top brands, is as simple as a couple clicks of a button!
What Should I Buy From The Registry?
A couple’s registry offers a wide range of gifts from appliances to artwork. Buying something like dinnerware is a great gift to purchase considering it is something they will be using every day. It is simple and practical. Want to buy something a little moresentimental? Artwork from the registry is a great way to spice it up and add some personalization. When blindly purchasing artwork for someone, not knowing their taste, is a risky move. But, by purchasing something they’ve asked for off their registry is a fun way to add your own taste to theirs.
Is It Okay To Buy Group Gifts?
While browsing through the registry, pay attention to items that may be purchased in a group. These are usually higher priced items that couples really want, but rarely ever receive. If you are buying for a co-worker or your pals from college think about gathering the gang and all pitch in for one of these sought after gifts.
When Should I Send The Gift?
As soon as you receive the Save The Date, check the couple’s registry right away. This ensures you get the first pick on the right gift, and you’ll save yourself a lot of stress and panic from trying to scramble together the sloppy leftovers at the last minute. Also remember to send a gift receipt.
Can I Bring My Present To The Wedding?
Usually, yes! Unless otherwise specified by the bride and groom. Most couple’s have a table to leave cards and gifts at their reception. If you purchase your gift off the registry, it is usually indicated where to send the gift.
After The Purchase Tips
After you’ve purchased your gift and send it on its way, some thoughts that may be running through your mind is whether the couple received your gift, if they liked it, and if you noticed they returned it. A newly married couple will send out thank you cards upon receiving your gift. Give the couple time to do so. Remember, they are adjusting to their new lives and going on their honeymoon. Odds are if you followed the above tips, the couple loved your gift. But, what if you’ve noticed your gift has been returned? Don’t second-guess it! It’s more than likely the couple received duplicate gifts and is exchanging it for something else. This is very common.
Lastly, don’t forget to sign your name! If ordering from the registry or online fill out the gift message. The last thing you want is for the couple to receive an amazing gift and not know who to thank for it. By following these simple steps, you will be a wedding gift expert at every wedding!
As we mentioned above, Zola is a registry site where you can go beyond just the wedding registry to help make your entire planning, gifting, and communicating the easiest with it all in one place! Check out their website to see more of what ZOLA offers but first take a look at some of the highlights of using ZOLA that we think are the coolest!
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