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26 August, 2013

Wedding Season Gifting

Posted in : DIY, FYI, Gift Guide on by : jailavie

My best friend is married!  What a beautiful wedding in beautiful weather, all for a beautiful bride!

Nicole &  Mike's Wedding | jailavie.com

For me, it’s the end of wedding season.  But for many, I know there are plenty of fall weddings ahead.

Of course, in celebration of a friend or relative, you give a shower gift straight off the registry and a standard card with money covering the cost per head. But sometimes when you’re in the wedding – or related to the bride/groom – you want to give something a little more personal.  Here are some thought starters from the wedding’s I’ve attended this year!

Custom cutting boards from AHeirloom on Etsy

Custom cutting boards from AHeirloom on Etsy

Engagement Party | Custom cutting board

These are one of my favorite things to buy on Etsy.  Whether housewarming, engagement party, or an accompaniment to a larger gift, an engraved cutting board is a great personalized present.  You can engrave with the couple’s initials and wedding date, or keep it simple with a state cutting board including a heart over their hometown.

Bridal Shower | Wine Basket

While it’s always smart to purchase off of a gift registry, sometimes you want to add a little something extra.  I’ve posted before about being a fan of gift baskets.  The key is filling them with useful stuff!  Of course, wine is useful and a wine basket is a great way for the couple to stock up their collection. A great idea from Occasions Online is adding note tags with instructions on when to drink each bottle. Or try out some custom cards, with a short note from each bridesmaid.

Pre-Wedding Basket for the Bride | jailavie.com

Pre-Wedding Basket for the Bride

Pre-Wedding | Bride De-stress Kit

My crafty counterpart/creative best friend is a pro at being a bridesmaid.  She came up with the idea to put together a bag full of goodies to give to our friend Nicole the week before her wedding.  We included a bunch of little items to help her get ready for the wedding (or forget about the wedding) and to send her off on her honeymoon.

Some of the items we included were:

  • travel toiletries (deodorant, nail polish remover, eye makeup wipes, hair spray)
  • face mask
  • Shout stain wipes (or a Tide-to-go works, too)
  • unscented bug spray (for her outdoor wedding!)
  • initial mug with chamomile tea (Anthropologie)
  • lip balm with SPF (a favorite is Eos)
  • hair ties (also Anthropologie)
  • candy (for breaking the wedding diet)
  • mini champagne

Philly LOVE

Framed Wedding Song lyrics

The Wedding | Framed Wedding Lyrics

For Tom’s sister, I wanted to give something a little more sentimental than just a card.  Lucky for me, I have a designer in the family, so my sister helped me put together a custom picture with the lyrics to her wedding song.

Since her reception was in Philly, we added a skyline silhouette in back, as well as the Philadelphia “LOVE” logo. (I love double meanings.)  Just a little something extra for a personalized touch!  Of course, if you don’t have a designer in the family, you could always reach out to our design shop for some assistance.

What personalized gifts have you given to the bride-to-be?

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