So you procrastinated a little bit and the registry for an upcoming wedding is all but depleted. The marriage ceremonies are coming up, and you want to be prepared with an amazing gift for the couple taking their wedding vows. Don’t worry – just because you waited doesn’t mean you still can’t get the new couple an awesome gift that they’ll never see coming.
Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be meaningful.
Rustic Wine Rack
Rustic wine racks don’t have to cost a lot to add an element of elegance and class to the house of the new bride and groom. If the couple are wine enthusiasts – or even just occasional drinkers – the best thing they can go home to after the marriage ceremonies is a new home for all that wine they’re going to drink together. Although wine racks can be modern, sleek or linear, a traditional rustic wine rack will never go out of style.
Dual Museum Membership
Consider getting them an event instead of an object. A membership to a museum – like the dual membership offered by the Museum of Modern Art – will enrich the lives of the new couple for long after the wedding vows have been taken. A subscription to a renowned house of culture, art, history, music – or whatever their passions are – will remind them every time they visit the museum how happy they are that they invited you to their wedding.
A coffee maker has probably been given as a gift in every wedding that has ever been celebrated. But an espresso machine gives options to coffee lovers that no ordinary coffee machine ever could. From lattes to cappuccinos to Americanos, an espresso machine will make them want to jump out of bed every morning – or at least it will make getting out of bed more tolerable.
A Charcoal Drawing
Elegant, simple and memorable, black-and-white charcoal drawings are a gift that can match the motif of essentially any room in the new couple’s house. Hire a local artist (you can find one on Craigslist, ODesk or Elance) to draw a replication of a photograph that you provide them of the couple.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money for a wedding gift to be great.
Marriage ceremonies are a chance for guests to show their appreciation and love for the couple who invited them to celebrate their wedding vows. Your gift doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to express yourself with a token of appreciation and celebration that exudes the sense of closeness that a wedding is supposed to represent.
Andrew Lisa is a freelance events writer who covers wedding planning and corporate events.