Many of us have reached the sort of age where we’re going to multiple weddings a year. Of course, we absolutely love to celebrate the happiness of our dearest friends – there’s nothing better than watching someone you’ve known for years declaring her love to a man who treats her well and watching him look at her as though she’s the most wonderful person in the world (which of course, as one of your friends, she is!). But there are a lot of other factors that go into attending a wedding, including buying gifts. Here’s some help on how to do that perfectly…
Stick To Your Budget
The couple might have spent vast sums of money on their wedding, but they absolutely don’t want you to bankrupt yourself just for their happy day. Make sure that you stick to your budget – and include your travel and hotel costs and your dress in that. Don’t overspend on them, no matter how much you love your friend. They wouldn’t want you to do that.
Do What The Couple Want
You might have a million amazing creative wedding gift ideas, but they’ll all be pretty useless unless the bride and groom actually want you to use them. If they’ve asked for money, then that’s what you should give them. They might be planning to extend their home, or they need some money towards their honeymoon, or they’d like to be able to afford to have a baby as soon as possible. No matter what their reasons are, you should respect them. If the couple doesn’t want a toaster, then don’t buy them a toaster. Even if giving money feels boring, it will be appreciated.
Write A Heartfelt Card
Make sure that you write a heartfelt note inside a card to go alongside your gift. A lot of wedding presents can feel a little impersonal, so it’s a good idea to tell your friends how much they mean to you and how happy you are to be sharing in their special day. If you’re a little lost for words, look up some love poems and copy a verse into the card. Someone’s probably said it already, much more eloquently than you could!
Fit In With Their Hobbies
If your friends haven’t said specifically what they’d like as a gift, then you’re free to use your imagination and go crazy! Try to think outside the box a little and think about what your friends really like. Maybe they’d love a beer subscription, or access to Netflix for a year, or a beautiful cloth-bound complete set of the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter books. No matter what they’re into, think about what they’d really like and try to go with that for a gift that’s both personal and generous.
If you can’t be sentimental now, then when? If you’re the sort of person who wears your heart on your sleeve and your friends are too, go with a personalized gift like matching mugs with their names on them or maybe even order a personalised picture online with their wedding date and their names on it.