What sort of wedding gift buyer are you?
There is no bigger reminder that wedding season is upon us than the constant coverage of the next glitzy royal nuptials.
Yep, the countdown has begun to Saturday May 19 when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Details of the royal wedding are slowly emerging, such as the organic lemon and elderflower wedding cake and post-ceremony carriage tour of Windsor before one of two receptions back at the castle.
However, many other details can only be speculated about until the big day. Who is on the guest list? Will the Spice Girls really attend, alongside Elton John and tennis star Serena Williams? Then there is the “biggest fashion commission of 2018” - the dress, of course.
We’ll just have to wait and see. It was recently announced the couple will request donations to charity in place of gifts from their guests - this is what Prince William and Kate Middleton did. Gifts will probably still pour in from wellwishers though. When Will and Kate got married in 2011 they received a tandem bike, a Land Rover and a song by George Michael among other wedding presents.
Now that the most popular months to get married are coming up, we’ve been thinking about the various options for selecting the perfect wedding gift for any upcoming ceremonies you’ve been invited to (hats off if you have bagged an invite to the royal wedding!). From traditional - think toasters and wedding lists - to emerging trends such as financial contributions towards the honeymoon, there are many approaches to finding the perfect present.
Which way do you go? Are you pleased to see the future bride and groom have set firm guidance on what guests should gift? Or have you always had a strategy for wowing newlyweds with your unique and thoughtful present?
Decide what kind of a wedding shopper you are with our quiz. Pick which description suits your strategy best from the following below...
Wedding list lover: Thank goodness - they’ve indicated what they actually want. There’s no risk of this couple ending up with five toasters and as many casserole dishes. You’re sure to get in early to make sure you get first dibs on the selection of items listed.
No gift: Modern weddings are so expensive, aren’t they? First there’s the hen/stag party, then the travel to the event, paying for a hotel and purchasing a new outfit so you don’t look the same in all wedding pictures. Add the expense of a gift to that bill? No thank you.
Better late than never: Doesn’t tradition state you can give a wedding gift up to one year after the couple get married? It may well get interpreted as a first anniversary gift, but hey, you prefer to take your time over gift buying.
Charity donations: The happy couple have been a happy couple for years and have tons of stuff - what more could they possibly need? You prefer to spend your cash on something more meaningful, which is why a charity donation in their honour seems the best option.
Honeymoon contributions: Talking about having enough stuff, many couples now opt to ask for contributions to their honeymoon fund instead of receiving physical gifts. Thanks to jazzy websites which allow you to buy them a candlelit meal at their chosen destination, a flight upgrade or perhaps a romantic sunset elephant ride, you see it as a great option to help them enjoy a trip-of-a-lifetime.
Personalised: Our personal favourite, of course, is embracing your inner creative and designing your loved ones a gift which is totally unique to them. Our range of fully personalised prints allow you to create a lasting memento by celebrating key information about the day while creating beautiful pieces of wall art. Need inspiration for any upcoming nuptials this year? Then check out our popular wedding designs.