Attending a wedding gives you the chance to witness and celebrate the union of two people. But while a couple’s marriage is a joyous occasion, it can be stress-inducing for invited guests. Aside from worrying about what to wear, you also have to think about what kind of wedding gift to give.
To avoid buying something the lovebirds may dislike, most guests tend to stick to the bridal registry set by the couple. A registry is a list of preferred gifts that the bride and groom would like to receive. The majority of these are housewarming items like kitchenware and bath sets. While that list can help you find a present that the newlyweds will no doubt love, unique but memorable gifts are just as welcome.
Here are 5 unconventional wedding gifts you can consider giving:
- Murano glass chandeliers
Surprise the just-married pair by gifting them some stunning Murano glass chandeliers. Often used for lighting theater interiors and palatial rooms, this fixture features multiple arms decorated with colorful and intricate glass garlands, flowers, and leaves. Considered by many to be the most beautiful and decorative type of chandelier today, these glass chandeliers can brighten up and add a touch of elegance to the couple’s abode.
- Tickets or membership cards
Instead of offering pillows and toasters, why not try giving experiences that can create wonderful memories for the newlyweds? You can give a set of small, affordable experience-based gifts like membership cards for sports and recreation centers, or you can enroll them in couple cooking classes. You can also present restaurant gift certificates, massage coupons, and tickets to concerts, fairs, and other fun events. This type of gift is perfect for those on a budget but still want to give something thoughtful.
- Crowdfunding presents
If you don’t have a lot of money to spare for wedding gifts, you can ask your friends or the couple’s relatives to pitch in for a crowdfunding effort. Crowdfunding is the practice of raising money from a large group to fund something. You can then give the collected amount to lessen the financial worries of a couple like house payments. You can also raise cash to help pay for something grand, like an overseas trip for the pair’s honeymoon.
- Terrariums or functional plants and trees
Plants can act as a sweet symbol of an enduring and long-lasting love, as it grows and blossoms over time. To convey your wishes of a fruitful marriage for the couple, you can also buy a terrarium or make one yourself. Terrariums are adorable miniature gardens encased in sealable glass containers. They can serve as charming house decorations.
You can also opt to give functional plants like small fruit trees that will bear tasty produce. If a sapling is not suitable for the couple’s home—they may not have space available for a full tree—some potted herbs or spices will do.
- Anniversary wine
You can go to your local winery and request for the pair’s favorite wine or get one that will age well through the years. This simple but impressive gift shows that you wish for the couple’s relationship to endure and stay blissful in the years to come, much like how wine can taste better as time goes by. You can attach a note instructing the couple to open the bottle and toast to their marriage on their 10th or 20th anniversary. Instead of a single bottle, you can also get a set of three to mark great anniversary milestones.
With these unconventional gift ideas, you are sure to surprise the bride and groom. Keep in mind, though, that there are no strict gifting traditions nowadays. You can go ahead and give any type of present you see fit. As long as it is given sincerely, with the best wishes for the couple in mind, the newlyweds are sure to love your gift—no matter how much it costs.