wedding gifts

July 23, 2014

Unique Wedding Gifts

The Gold Leaf Guide to Unique Wedding Gifts

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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.   unique wedding giftsWith 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! Unique Wedding GiftsFor 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. unique wedding gifts unique wedding giftsFor 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! Lake Michigan wedding giftWhether 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!
March 26, 2015

Welcome Boxes on Another Level

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Welcoming your friends, family, and even co-workers to an event is one of the most enjoyable experiences we can think of.  Typically it is a time for celebration, happiness, relaxation (sometimes), and experience.  The art of the "welcome wagon" is growing to be just that, an absolute art form.

We are featuring, and frankly giving a huge high five to some of our favorite companies around making custom welcome boxes.  If you aren't familiar, custom welcome/gift boxes are a beautiful way to welcome your guests to your event.  For example:  A wedding hosted here in Colorado, guests may expect welcome boxes with a bottle opener to represent (and help consume :)) craft beer, which Colorado is becoming more heavily known for.  They may also expect to find, locally sourced beef jerky, or a travel size sunscreen to protect those cheeks from the high altitude sun.   So on and so forth, you get the picture.  Either way, companies are doing an exceptional job welcoming guests from around the globe.  Without further adieu,

Our local Go-To:  Bundles Gift Co.

Beautifully and expertly crafted, Bundles keeps it elegant, simple, fun, and valuable.  They feature gifts only found in Colorado and exceptional custom calligraphy.

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A Signature Welcome

We just discovered this team while attending the Bliss and Bespoke retreat (blog up soon) in Charleston, South Carolina.  Absolutely stunning work.

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By Broken Arrow

Based out of Vancouver, BC, we love By Broken Arrow for using local products, ready to display floral arrangements, and re-usable items.

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Alright folks, with these suggestions you have no excuses!  I love wine and chocolate, I will be checking my door step frequently!

October 16, 2015

Winter Wedding Stocking Stuffers

Okay, maybe you aren't giving everyone a welcome gift in a stocking, but we think it would be amazing if you did!

It's no secret the Gold Leaf team gushes over a dreamy white winter wedding and we love the creativity that comes along with the not-so-typical cold weather nuptials. Welcome boxes are a perfect outlet for that roaring creativity and we have put some of our favorite finds together for you to pack up for guests.

Smores

We think this idea could be so cute, especially if planned correctly! Does your welcome dinner venue have a fire pit? How about the hotel? This would be a little tough to travel with, so if you could utilize this right away, you could make your guests feel extra toasty. (We also love this idea for place cards, more and more weddings are featuring outdoor fire pits and s’mores for dessert!)  Check it out here!

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Jet lag? Family-lag? Wedding guests are always in need of a pick-me-up and chocolate covered espresso beans are the perfect treat! This site also makes these amazing personalized bundles of coffee grounds as well! You’re party won’t stop!

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We cannot get enough of these socks! They are the absolute cutest idea thanks to Brit + Co. (whom we adore)!  Socks are so versatile and will be enjoyed by both men and women at your wedding. Depending on where your wedding is being held, see if there are any known sock companies in that state, for example: Vermont is known for their Darn Tough’s (and other things…we’re talking to you maple syrup) it keeps it fun and very relevant!

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Branders customizes anything under the sun for a very affordable price. What happens more at a wedding, ESPECIALLY in the chilly air? Teary eyes and runny noses, help keep guests comfy with their own pack of tissues.

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Chances are there is going to be some cider poking around a winter wedding, spice it up with everyone’s favorite cinnamon whisky! Just be sure it isn’t first thing in the morning :)

January 24, 2017

Charitable Wedding Celebrations

We’ve all heard the incredible story where a jilted bride whose groom was a no-show ended up donating her entire wedding reception to a local homeless shelter. In the spirit of selflessness and awareness of others we thought it would be nice to focus on gifts that are appreciated most are those that benefit others. Your wedding day is a day you have inevitably thought about how special it will before it actually happens. For many this will be one of the few momentous unforgettable days of your life, focusing entirely on you and your partner. Not many people will have another occasion like it in their life- celebrating a birthday comes every year- a big blow out celebration of your commitment to love is a once-in-a-lifetime experience when all is centered around you. A day centered on your favorite songs, food, champagne, gifts and friends and family all together for one reason. While of course this is a significant occasion where it is ok to be a bit selfish, in the spirit of kindness and awareness many couples find ways to give back, helping others find happiness in your celebration of love. Below are a few ideas to bring your wedding celebration to a charitable level.   Charity wedding registries are great because not only can a couple use their special day to support a cause, but wedding guests often find it rewarding too.     Donate your wedding dress. Along with other accessories please consider donating to a non-profit like bridesagainstbreastcancer.org. The organization will resell them and use the proceeds to help women with cancer.   Ask your bridesmaids to do the same. Beautiful gowns can always be reused, there are plenty of organizations that provide prom dresses for disadvantaged high school girls; The Glass Slipper Project in Chicago is one.  Check out Glassslipperproject.org where they list similar charities nationwide. Reuse your flowers. Call a local nursing home or hospital and ask if you can donate your florals after your wedding weekend. So many lovely decorations can be used more than once to spread some cheer. Rent a nonprofit event space. Think of how distinctive your reception would be if it took place at a museum or botanical garden. The site fee would be tax-deductible and you’ll know it’s supporting a cause. Create care packages. Gift bags are an additional touch for out-of-town guests. With bulk orders consider making up some extras for troops overseas—the thought goes very far to think of others who would benefit from your snacks and Chap Stick. Go to adoptaplatoon.org for more information. Don’t waste food. Arrange to have any extra food from your reception donated to feed others in your area. Find out more from http://www.foodpantries.org/ci/co-aspen