June, August, September and October are the most popular months for weddings, according to The Knot. If summer’s onset finds you dusting off your dress shoes and getting ready to do the Dougie, you have at least one practical matter to attend to first: what to get the bride and groom. Read on to learn more about how to choose a meaningful memento for the happy couple.
The Registry 411
While it is customary to give a gift when you are invited to a wedding, you are not required to choose something from the couple’s registry. As Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting founder Jodi R.R. Smith told Real Simple,
Whether there’s nothing on the registry that appeals to you, all of the items have already been purchased, or you simply want to select something truly unique and unexpected, this tradition still serves a useful purpose: to help gift-givers get a better sense of the couple’s needs and personal style.
A creative wedding gift is a wonderful way to express your best wishes to the bride and groom for a long, happy life together. If you know the newlyweds-to-be well, choosing something off the registry may feel impersonal. Instead, take a minute to think about the pair’s likes and dislikes. For example, if they love to entertain and have a flair for interior design, luxurious table linens — from table runners to decorative tablecloths to place mats — are particularly thoughtful gifts.
Or, perhaps you’ve noticed a common color scheme interwoven throughout the couple’s registry or in their current home? If so, choose something in a complementary hue. For example, if the couple has registered for an elegant gold-rimmed crystal, the Hand Embroidered Rectangular Tablecloth in Light Gold or the Exotic Oriental Table Runner in Pink with glimmering gold tassels will take any table from ordinary to ornate.
Keep in mind that couples who are just starting out will often register only for the basics, such as solid sheets and pillowcases. In this case, a truly extraordinary gift is not only a surprise, but also takes any bedroom decor to another luxe level. Our pick? The Hand Embroidered 7-Piece Duvet Cover Set in goes-with-everything Beige. A hint of metallic sheen adds just a touch of romance — perfect for a blissful boudoir.
When it comes time to cross “buy a wedding gift,” off of your “to-do” list, there’s no one “perfect” gift guaranteed to please the bride and groom; rather, there are many outstanding options just waiting to be discovered. By following your heart, honoring the spirit of the registry, and putting your personal knowledge of the bride and group to work, you are not just giving a gift, but also a precious future heirloom.