Most couples thinking of getting married either have their own places or have already set up home together.  When they do decide to make their union official compiling a wedding gift list can seem like a nightmare.  Gone are the days of two toasters and a set of knives.  Newly married couples want to ensure no two gifts are the same and the gifts they receive are going to be put to good use.

This is where thinking outside the box comes in handy and here are five alternative wedding gift ideas that do just that.

 

Buy Our Honeymoon

Weddings are expensive and so are honeymoons.  Couples on a budget tend to skip over the honeymoon to ensure they have a wedding day to remember.  Guests can know come together to gift happy couples the chance of a honeymoon and this alternative wedding gift idea is becoming more and more popular.  No one likes to ask for cash and many feel this type of gift is far too impersonal – some close family members might wish to do things this way but not your work colleagues.  If you decide on this option details can be included with their wedding invitation and when it is time to send out thank you cards a picture from your honeymoon would make the perfect addition.

Image courtesy of www.puretravel.com

Image courtesy of www.puretravel.com

 

Donations

A lot of celebrities ask their guests to make donations to their chosen charities instead of worrying about a wedding gift.  Just because you are not in the same circle as them does not mean you cannot ask the same of your guests.  Some couples feel sharing their big day is enough of a wedding gift for them.  If you do decide to ask guests to make donations and you as a couple do not have a charity in mind, why not see if there is a guest who might feel honoured if you asked them to pick one.  Or maybe there is a local charity that would be extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness that your special day brings them.

 

Gift Vouchers

Most people do not like giving money as a gift, let alone as a wedding gift.  However they have no problem with gift vouchers.  If you have set your mind on a new kitchen or would like to give your home a makeover then specify which  gift vouchers you would prefer.  Be honest with your guests, tell them why you want these vouchers.  They will be more than happy to play a part and will no doubt want to come round and take a look.  A great excuse for an after party, as an alternative to a thank you and a chance to show your guests what their gifts have achieved.

 

Image courtesy of www.furnitureinfashion.net

Image courtesy of www.furnitureinfashion.net

Luxury Items

We all love luxury items but they can be slightly out of our budget.  If you are short on wedding gift ideas but have had your eye on a new sofa or dining table why not find out if guests can contribute towards the cost.  Most stores have the facility to open a wedding gift list, even if it just holds one item.  Guests want to get new married couples a gift they know they will be happy with.

 

Money

If money is what you would like from your guests removing the awkwardness of this type of gift is a must.  At your reception guests could place their monetary wedding gift in a wishing well.  If you would like to use as spending money for your honeymoon, make sure you let your guests know whichever currency is required.

So no matter which of the above five you and your partner opt for, guests will be grateful you have pointed them in the right direction when it comes to your wedding gift.  Plus knowing they will be making a small contribution to that dream honeymoon or swanky new kitchen will no doubt make their attendance on your big day even more special.

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