Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Gifts
If you find yourself humming Skyhooks, “All my friends are getting married”, you’re most likely about to embark on the hunt for the perfect wedding gifts. This is the real thing, a white wedding with all the frills and trappings. You need to come up with some awesome wedding present ideas. Don’t worry, we have a range of fun and unique wedding gifts the newlyweds will love. While couples receive many gifts on their wedding day, if you get them something unique, they’ll be sure to remember your awesome gift, and you, even on their 25th anniversary. Whether you’re after something sincere, sweet, or even silly, you’re sure to find the gift you’re looking for in our range of wedding gifts above.
Messages To Go With Your Wedding Gifts
Whether you want something sweet, sentimental, or funny, here are some messages to go with your gift:
- Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, love and luck.
- You’re a beautiful couple. We feel blessed to be sharing your special day with you.
- May your love never stop growing.
- Have a happy wedding and an even happier ever after.
- Through the storms of life, may your love for one another be steadfast and strong.
- Let the fighting commence! Congratulations married couple.
What To Wear To Weddings
We all know what the bride and groom wear, a white dress and black suit. But what about the guests? It’s not so clear cut - it all depends on what the invitation says.
If the invite says ‘white tie’ you know you’re going to the most formal oF formal weddings. Maybe it’s for a Royal. Whoever is getting married at a ‘white tie’ wedding, there’s a strict dress code. For him? A tuxedo with a long black jacket and tails, as well as a white vest and bow tow. Wow. Fancy. And for her? A formal full-length ball gown.
If the invite says ‘black tie’, he better find himself a tuxedo with a black bow tie, while she better search for a cocktail dress or a long evening gown. This is very similar to a ‘formal’ wedding, although the man may wear a dark suit and tie if he prefers.
What about ‘cocktail attire’ dress code? That means a suit and tie for him and a cocktail dress for her. Simple.
Time to relax - your wedding has a ‘casual’ or ‘daytime’ dress code. He can wear dress pants with a button-down shirt while she can wear a summer sundress or pants with a nice top.
The Different Wedding Gifts Of Different Cultures
The elusive quest to find awesome wedding gifts is easier in some cultures than others. No racking your brain over wedding gifts in Poland. It’s easy. The bride wears a purpose made apron over her bridal dress and guests pin money to her apron in exchange for a dance.
Smashing plates is a custom synonymous with Greek weddings (although the idea actually originated in Germany). A dinner set as a gift for Poles or Germans - not a great idea.
Muslims cherish statues of their gods as wedding gifts. Certainly if you’re the mother or mother-in-law you may give a statue of Lakshmi, the goddess of fertility. Nothing wrong with encouraging the patter of little feet. Also, Islamic artwork is appreciated by Muslims to decorate their new home.
Giving cultural gifts may be challenging and require a little more time and effort, but it will ensure you’re remembered for giving personal and unique wedding gifts.
Buying Wedding Gifts From A Wedding Registry
Prior to the introduction of the registry, guests weren’t really expected to fork out for wedding gifts. Their presence was enough. Today gifts are a given. While thinking up the perfect presents can be difficult, some of the angst of having to come up with clever wedding gift ideas and wonderful wedding presents has been eliminated by the wedding registry.
Now people often think that wedding registries laden with wedding gifts for you to select from is a recent thing, but that’s not actually the case. Macy’s in America were the first to introduce the concept of the wedding registry for wedding presents in 1924. And surprise, surprise, the other major department stores quickly followed suit. Well-done Macy’s marketing department.
The most common wedding gifts were wedding presents of crystal, say a vase, silver, with cutlery sets being a big favourite and china. Of course the wedding china was considered so precious that it was brought out for only the most special of occasions, and so hardly saw the light of day. These days, couples ask for must more useful and fun gifts.
If your wedding invite comes with a wedding registry of potential wedding presents attached, follow these simple wedding registry rules:
- He/She who hesitates is lost. Don’t dither, put off or procrastinate. Go straight to the wedding registry and scan the wedding gifts suggested.
- Choose quickly. The wisest guests get in early and pick the a) most appropriate, b) best priced for their pocket and c) most appreciated wedding presents.
- Select the option to have your wedding gifts wrapped. Especially if you’re a single bloke. This needs no explanation.
- Select the option to have your wedding presents delivered to the bride and groom. This means one less hassle on the day.
Failure to follow this advice will result in the best presents being snapped up immediately and you left choosing from either uninspiring wedding gift ideas, or presents with eye-popping prices.
The History Of Wedding Gifts
History tells us the origins of wedding gift ideas began with the notion of a bride price or dowry that was paid to the bride’s family. The first recorded dowry being in 3000 BC. I’m sure modern families would say their daughter’s priceless, and no dowry could suffice.
This seemed to be the way of the world until the Renaissance period brought about young women being presented with an ornate marriage chest. Over time it evolved into the hope chest. You know, the chest in which young women began to keep items, like linen sheets and pillowcases. When her young suitor popped the question, wedding gifts she’d been given in anticipation of the big event were ready to help fashion their new home.
Today wedding gifts can be something fun or frivolous, but many gifts remain those that will help them furnish their home or start a family.
The Current State Of Weddings In Australia
With 118,962 marriages a year in Australia, you’re a fair chance to be invited to a wedding. So creating a catalogue of wedding present ideas is smart. And if you’re going to shop for that new outfit just in case, Spring is our favourite season for weddings with November being our favourite month.
A challenge in the purchasing of wedding gifts is the changing landscape of those getting married. In 1974 in Australia, the average age of men getting married was 23.3 and for women 20.9. Wedding gift ideas would have been easy because they owned less than people own today. Today in Australia, the average age of men getting married is 29.9 and women 28.3. Much older. In addition to this, they’ve likely to have been cohabiting for a number of years prior to the wedding, making the buying of unique wedding gifts more challenging as they’ve already bought many items for their home. That said, 1 in 5 now marry for a second time. Now that really is a challenge.