The good news is that same sex marriages are on the increase, and gift sites seem to be coming around to the whole idea. But there is still a big need for ideas and suggestions. Which is why we felt the need to start a website of our own. Aimed at same sex couples, who are looking at planning their big day, as well as friends and family members who are seeking some kind of guidance.
It can be a bit daunting, the whole idea of wedding gifts. Do you want your guests to give them, or would you prefer a few dollars instead?
There are countless gifts available, especially when you look at dedicated gift sites like this one, or you can ask they make a contribution to the honeymoon. With a gift list, is probably the best answer. As many of your guests will be feeling a little confused about what kind of thing to get you. So put them out of their misery and give them some useful ideas. Here are our tips on organising your own wedding gift list. To Have One or Not? It might surprise you to know that more than half of couples choose not to use a gift list for their wedding day.
Which is actually quite surprising. What Are the Options? Considering the options is all part and parcel of the planning process. You can opt for a traditional gift list in which the gifts all come from one store.
Or how about donations to your honeymoon fund, or a favorite charity? There are even gift list services that combine all three. And only have one! And they should also stand the test of time, staying with you long into the future, and even getting passed on as family heirlooms. Take your time and pick the right wedding gift now, and twenty, thirty or even forty years from now, the gift will still have a place in your home.
Judging by the customer feedback received by Eternity Rose , these gifts have gone on to be precious heirlooms. Think about Capturing Those Special Moments Are you planning to have photographs taken of your special day? Your wedding photos are going to be very special to you, so you need to think of a few gifts that will keep them safe and protected in the future.
Personalized albums would be a great addition to your gift list. Some may prefer to give you a gift that is traditional, while others may prefer something a little more up to date. Some will also be more than happy to give a cash contribution to the cost of your honeymoon. You should also ensure there are gifts in the list to suit all budgets.
You know the people being invited better than anyone, so should have a good idea of what they can afford. Include gifts at the top and bottom end of the budget, and maybe you could include gift vouchers as a more flexible option.
Your Gift List Should Be Personal You and your style, and that means both of you, should be reflected in your gift list.
Remember to include some gifts that you can treasure forever. Dance classes — do one or even both of them have two left feet? The gift of an experience — or an annual subscription to a date-planning service. Give them the tools of the trade to get their DIY endeavours well under way. And help save on the expense of calling in the professionals. How about the gift of some paintbrushes, painting tray and some rollers?
Some lessons in the kitchen — there are all sorts of people that would benefit from a little inspiration in the kitchen, and a brush up on some of the required skills. And cooking is one regular activity that a couple should enjoy doing together.
Lessons can be given in the home, or there might be a local organization they can sign up to. The services of a maid for the day — hands up who loves housework? So organise the hiring of a maid for the day, as a special treat. Or book a spring cleaning service to save them from the burden of this bi-annual chore.
Something old, something new etc. And an increasing number of gay and lesbian couples are choosing to follow the trend. Something old — this refers to the continuity of a marriage, and indeed life itself. Something new — optimism for the future and things to come. Something borrowed — this represents the borrowing of happiness from your significant other half. Something blue — this represents the values of loyalty, fidelity, love, trust and happiness.
A sixpence in your shoe — pretty self explanatory really. It refers to good wishes for the future and the promise of wealth. It is usual for the items to be given to the couple by close family and friends. But when it comes to giving gay wedding gifts, we think the occasion deserves a little more thought.
Bear in mind the couple may have been living together for a number of years. Because of this there will be little need for the basic household items. Such as matching candlesticks.
Think whether the couple would prefer a gift that celebrates their relationship and contributes to their gay pride. If the rainbow couple have decided to forego the planning stage, because they want to celebrate their union with an official ceremony, why not give the gift of your time? Offer to take the wedding snaps or shoot the video, or how about offering your culinary skills to help with the reception food?
Silk sheets, matching silk pyjamas, spa packages, or a foot massage, are just a few quick ideas. Give them a gift that has significance. It could be a gift card or voucher, to be spent in the place they first met.
Make them a scrapbook. Handmade gifts will always be appreciated, and none more so than one that is full of their own personal memories. Your gift should relate to the pride they feel in their relationship. The gift could relate to their special interest. For example they might love the theatre, live music, sporting events or the arts. So get them a couple of tickets to an upcoming event.
Donate to a favorite charity of theirs, select a gift list item which donates a percentage of the cost back to charity, plant a tree in their honor, or give them the gift of a living plant for their garden.