The gifts we buy for our favorite couples should reflect their personalities. As each of their relationships and stories are unique, we’ve created a guide to assist guests in making their “perfect present” shopping list. Whether your summer calendar is filled with weddings for your most traditional friends, or you have a wacky wedding to attend, we have fun and imaginative ideas to ensure your gift won’t go forgotten! Enjoy these unique wedding gifts.Attending weddings has become quite expensive; as it’s rare a guest list only consists of people who live in the place where the wedding is taking place. If you have several friends attending the same wedding, you can suggest going in on what we call a “themed” unique wedding gift. Rather than getting your best bud a spatula that’s left over on their registry, have 11 of your friends purchase gift certificates to their favorite spots to dine! 12 pre-planned date nights lets the newlyweds off the hook for the cost of date night, once a month for the first year of their marriage. With summer in full swing, and whether the newlyweds are already living together or moving into their new digs, a grill is a hot pick for a summer wedding gift. The cost of a grill and all of its tools can be rather pricey; therefore this is a great idea for a “group” gift. Costco has a variety of options, and a fabulous return and exchange policy… Just in case! For the sporty couple, who already has a complete kitchen (or doesn’t want one)… His and hers golf bags, tennis racquets, bikes, camping gear or hiking shoes make great gifts! Typically the “sporty” couple is also the “nutrition conscience” couple, in which case you can’t go wrong with a Vitamix. For our lakeside brides, we found this very rare, super exclusive company called Below the Boat, you can select which lake your friends are getting married near, and Below the Boat creates a work of art out of wood for the couple to hang in their new home. Another intimate and thoughtful gift is a woven photo blanket. With the excessive picture taking and easy access to our friend’s photos, this is a huge hit for the photo-happy couple! Whether you create something personal or buy something expensive, your presences is more important to the couple than your presents and they’re going to be happy you’re spending the most important day of their lives with them!
Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid Bouquet, Coursage[caption id="attachment_1257" align="aligncenter" width="667"] Photo by: Kate Holstein Photography[/caption] Picking flowers for the big day is far from a seamless task. There’s the bridal bouquet, the grandmother’s corsage, and don’t even get us started on the centerpieces. To make the flower flurry more manageable, we share with you our Wedding Blossoms and Blooms Guide: Bridal Bouquet: There is certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing the bride’s bouquet. To narrow down the choices pick a consistent theme and flowers that are in season. That will help narrow down the choices and make your dream bouquet become a reality Some of our bouquet favorites are the cascading and more compact looks. But every bride is different and it’s important that it works for her. Bridesmaid Bouquet: The Bridesmaid bouquet is probably the second most important flower arrangement during the ceremony. These bouquets are typically less extravagant; after all, we can’t be stealing attention from the bride. Each bridesmaid can have a different bouquet, similar or completely different to that of the bride’s. Boutonniere: Yes…the boys get floral as well. We think it’s best if boutonnieres match the overall floral theme. They can be as modest as a single rose or just some simple greenery. But if the groom has a liking for a bit of flare then throw simple greenery out and load the boutonniere up with some color. Boutonnieres can be made out of an array of synthetic material. [caption id="attachment_1259" align="aligncenter" width="814"] photo by C2 Photography[/caption] Corsage: We recommend picking one or two prominent flowers from the bouquet to create the corsage. This designates a common theme and color pallet. [caption id="attachment_1275" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Photo by Elizabeth Anne Designs[/caption] Centerpieces: Let’s talk centerpieces. Just like with corsage, an overall theme is important when approaching these floral arrangements. Choose similar colors to that of the other blooms and blossoms. Centerpieces can range from lots of small bud vases to large arrangements in the center of the table. We recommend keeping centerpieces low enough that guests can see over them and not feel as though they are talking through the arrangement to the guests on the other side of the table. One new trend we love is hanging centerpieces! And…don’t forget, centerpieces can incorporate more than just flowers!