With so many people now living together before getting married, the wedding gift list has changed since the days of washing machines and dryers, toasters and kettles. Most modern couples have all of the home appliances they would already need and because of co-habitation, many couples already have two of everything. Here are five top wedding gifts as suggested by married couples.
Money, money, money
Neither lazy or impersonal, money is the one gift that newlyweds appreciate the most. Many couples attest to wanting to put money gifts towards buying a house or making a long-term investment. This is symbolic of the marriage itself, as an investment towards the future.
A large, expensive gift
Wedding guests could pool the money they intended spending on individual, smaller gifts, and buy the wedding couple an expensive gift off the registry. Often bride and groom will compile their gift registry and throw in an expensive gift and apply wishful thinking about actually receiving it. Imagine their appreciation for everyone who chipped in to make them feel extra special by buying something that they “could only wish for”.
For many couples, weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime event, so the wedding night is extra special. You could contribute towards luxury accommodation for their first night as husband and wife and help make the event extra memorable and decadent.
The timeless gift
A more traditional approach is to invest in something that the bride and groom will be able to treasure for their lifetime. A bottle of scotch or a quality wine that they can be prompted to open on their 10th anniversary to celebrate their time together, is a classy and traditional idea.
If you know where the couple plans to spend their honeymoon and you’ve been there before, you can give them gift vouchers to a highly recommended restaurant. A camera or specially-nominated “honeymoon spending money” also make great wedding gifts.