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Wedding gifts: the gifts that keep on giving…or not

Planning & Styling / Wedding Planning / February 9, 2015
– Weddinging with Tara –

Couples who live together before marriage undoubtedly already own pots and pans.

Marriage customs have endured countless modifications over the past few centuries. It is no longer uncommon for couples to be already established within their career and home life. More often than not these couples are now marrying at older ages leaving little space for the traditional “wedding registry”. So here lies the question: What is trending in wedding gift giving today?

Globally, the exchanging of money has been the rising trend in wedding gift giving. Most likely, this is due to the percentage of couples living together before marriage, nearly doubling over the last 2 years. Couples who live together before marriage undoubtedly already own pots and pans. Sure, they can opt to make a wedding registry that will allow them to upgrade to designer pot and pans but what a waste that would be! These couples are more likely to opt for money to help pay for things like their honeymoon, a new car, down payment on a home, or a baby/family making fund.

Now what about the couple who has it all? Some couples have been known to rule out gift giving entirely. The rise of extravagant weddings are leaving guests with enormous expense obligations such as travel, hotel stays and pre-wedding events such as engagement parties, bridal showers, etc. As you can imagine guests are spending a bulky amount on the new couple before they even attend the wedding reception. A trending idea for this type of circumstance could be to leave an open invitation for guest to donate money in the couples’ name to an organization of their choice. For example, LGBTIQ+ couples getting hitched could be drawn to the idea of supporting marriage equality. Registering for charitable gifts is a great way to help make the world a better place!

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Now let’s say that the happy couple “have it all” and are not registered for any charitable or tangible gifts. What do we get them? How about a gift that keeps on giving? Here are some upcoming ideas for 2015 unique wedding gifts:

  • A Netflix (or similar) membership
  • Gourmet couples’ cooking classes
  • Gift certificate for a bed & breakfast getaway
  • Membership to a wine/beer/fruit of the month club
  • Tickets to a local concert, art museum, aquarium, etc.

If all else fails… maybe we should stick to the oh-so ever-easy gift of cash. After all, it is globally trending for a reason!

What was your most beloved wedding gift (given or received)?

Tara Rosa
Tara Rosa
Tara married the love of her life in June of 2014, after 6 years of facing insecurities about her sexuality. These struggles are no more, as she embarks on life’s journey with her wife, Mandi by her side. They currently run a YouTube channel, Living Rosa, capturing the road to motherhood as a same-sex couple. @ F* yeah, Tara puts a smile on our faces and laughter in our hearts as she shares her heart felt and sometimes funny experiences. With her brutal honesty, she will provide you with advice that will leave you eager for more.

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