While you may feel it's rude to ask for money, it is never rude to give cash. If you still want to give a personal wedding gift, combine the two: attach a cheque to a beautiful picture frame, a kitchen gadget, or a long letter detailing your wishes and advice for their marriage.
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.
A luxurious night for their first night as a married couple would be very acceptable.
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." Other ideas include the couple's wedding invitation in a beautiful frame.
If you know where the couple is honeymooning, use that knowledge to get them a gift certificate for a restaurant or resort activity.
With so many couples living together before they get married these days, they often already have everything they need. You could help them invest in their future through wine. Pick one bottle for them to drink now, and get the wine store owner to help you pick out a second bottle that will be great to drink in 10 years. If your budget allows, buy a third bottle for them to drink in 25-30 years. Attach notes to each bottle that tell them when to drink it, such as, "Happy 10th Anniversary! Drink me in 2018!" 10 years from now, they'll still be remembering what a special friend you are.
One of the best pieces of marriage advice we know is, "Never stop going on dates together, and treating each other like a king or queen." Help them keep the spark alive, by helping them go on dates during their first year of marriage. Give tickets for something the couple enjoys doing together, such as theatre tickets. For a diverse couple, mix and match, and introduce them to new experiences. Include a note with the above marriage advice for dating each other long after the wedding day.
If you send Mickey and Minnie Mouse an invitation to your wedding they’ll send you back an autographed photo and a ‘Just Married’ button.
If you send Cinderella and Prince Charming an invitation, you’ll get an autographed congratulatory certificate.
Here are the addresses:
- Micky & Minnie / The Walt Disney Company / 500 South Buena Vista Street / Burbank, California 91521
- Cinderella and Prince Charming / P.O. Box 1000 / Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
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