You're invited to a wedding—what should you get the happy couple? Consider one of these top wedding gift ideas. These recommendations can be tailored to any couple's interests and are sure to make them smile.
Yes, it's true; while it may seem impersonal or uncreative, money is my number one recommended wedding gift. Most young couples are saving for something big – a house, a car, a piece of furniture, or are still paying back their student loans.
Money may also help them have an extra-special honeymoon or let them order some extra photos for their album. While out-right asking for money may be a bit tacky, it is never rude to give cash. If you still want to give a personal wedding gift, combine the two: attach a check to a beautiful picture frame, a kitchen gadget, or a long letter detailing your wishes and advice for their marriage.
2. An Expensive Item Off of Their Registry
Often the more expensive items on a couple's registry are dream wedding gifts that they don't think they're actually going to get. Whether you're wealthy enough to buy such a wedding gift on your own, or you organize other guests to all chip in, you'll be making dreams come true. And yes, some couples do dream about owning high-end kitchen appliances or deluxe vacuum cleaners.
3. A Luxurious Hotel Room for Their First Night as a Married Couple
Start their marriage off right by giving them a night to remember before they take off for their honeymoon.
Check with the bride's mother or the maid-of-honor to ensure reservations have not already been made, and give your gift early so that they'll be able to include it in their plans. If you know the couple well, be cheeky by printing out my top tips for wedding night success. In the event that the room is already taken care of, consider calling the hotel and arranging for a couple's massage or other relaxing spa treatment.
4. A Wedding Gift to Stand the Test of Time
Whether it's a bottle of scotch or fine wine with instructions to open on their tenth anniversary, a gorgeous vase, or piece of art, give a gift on which the couple will be able to look fondly and say "Our friend John gave us that for our wedding."
5. Make Their Honeymoon Extra Sweet
If you've ever been to the place where the couple is honeymooning, use that knowledge to get them a gift certificate for your favorite local restaurant. You could also upgrade their plane tickets to first class, give them a camera to help them take great pictures, or give them some spending money tucked inside a guidebook of the area. If the couple is open to adventure, consider booking a day trip with a local tour group. What couple wouldn't love to spend the day snorkeling with sea turtles or zip-lining through the jungle?